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The commercial agriculture industry has a long, rich history, both in terms of its growth and its effect on world agribusiness. With a global population projected to top 9.6 billion by 2050, the demand for agricultural products remains on the rise. WHD's Agribusiness Team is composed of experienced attorneys who appreciate the broader context, helping businesses to follow the industry's current landscape and anticipate where it is heading. In addition, the team is invested in learning about and understanding the unique operations and markets of the individual companies with whom it works. More...

Business Restructuring, Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy

WHD is a leading business restructuring and creditors’ rights firm in the State of Wisconsin. With nearly 300 years of combined experience, WHD’s Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy Team has unrivaled depth and experience representing debtors and trustees in chapter 11 cases and other insolvency proceedings, including every major bankruptcy filing in Wisconsin history. More...

Commercial Finance

Each commercial finance transaction involves a unique framework of risks and rewards. In the end, what matters most is managing the risks and enhancing the rewards at the heart of our client's deal. That's why WHD's Commercial Finance Team offers more than experience and technical expertise. We also provide the practical judgment, innovative and incisive thinking and professional commitment it takes to advance our clients' business success. More...

Consumer Financial Services

WHD's Consumer Financial Services Team is known for its unique ability to blend legal principles with operational and marketplace understanding. Our professionals combine talent with industry expertise and involvement in the legislative process to get results for providers of consumer credit. More...

Corporate Transactions

WHD's Corporate Transactions Team draws on extensive experience in a wide range of corporate merger, acquisition, divestiture and reorganization transactions. The team is composed of experts in the fields of tax law, securities law, corporate finance and general corporate counseling. More...

Emerging Companies

Entrepreneurs understand the passion, energy, sacrifice, and dedication needed to foster a growing business. They want lawyers who will invest the same kind of commitment in them and their future. They want lawyers who are entrepreneurs themselves. They want an entrepreneurial law firm like WHD. More...

Federal Taxation

So many business activities—from corporate transactions to employee compensation to long-term planning—have significant tax implications. That's why, at WHD, corporate law and tax law are integrated pursuits. Our Federal Income Taxation Team delivers more than experience and expertise in a wide array of tax matters affecting our clients' companies. We also offer the business acumen and corporate law insight it takes to advance our clients' unique interests and produce the most advantageous tax outcomes for their businesses. More...

Government Affairs

WHD's Government Affairs Team includes experienced former public servants who have the depth, breadth, and ability to aid our clients in understanding Wisconsin government and achieving their goals within it. From both sides of the aisle, and from both the legislative and executive branch, we have a diverse knowledge of the inner workings of the state government and a wealth of experience at each level of administration. More...

Health Care

The mission of WHD's Health Care Law Team is simple: to serve all of our health care clients with the careful attention they require. We identify our clients' legal concerns, analyze and predict the effects of changing laws and circumstances, and help to develop and implement strategies to achieve each client's business objectives. More...

International Transactions

WHD’s International Transactions Team represents Wisconsin and U.S. clients abroad, as well as international clients in all U.S. marketplaces. More...

Public Finance

WHD is a nationally recognized bond counsel firm, having maintained a continuous listing since 1986 in The Bond Buyer's Municipal Marketplace list of Municipal Bond Attorneys. Our public finance attorneys, combined, have more than 100 years of experience in public finance transactions and have been involved in various capacities in more than 1,500 bond transactions involving nearly $26 billion of bonds. More...


WHD’s Securities Team has experience handling matters ranging from angel and venture investments for small start-ups to SEC compliance work for mature public companies, to mergers and acquisitions involving publicly traded companies. We have represented clients on securities matters in a wide variety of industries including biotech, commercial and residential real estate, retail grocery, information technology, medical equipment, music, agriculture, beverage, pharmaceutical, health care and many other industries. More...

State & Local Taxation (SALT)

Wisconsin continues to be ranked highly among the states with the greatest state and local tax burdens. That, coupled with the state's rigorous practices around auditing and tax collection, highlights the increasing importance business is placing on exceptional state and local taxation counsel and litigation. WHD's State & Local Taxation Team offers just that—a strong record of successful outcomes in a wide variety of SALT matters. That includes compliance issues, tax planning and tax refund opportunities, as well as expertise in all levels of audit and appeal. More...

Tax Exempt Organizations

Today’s tax exempt, charitable and nonprofit organizations face an increasingly complex legal and business environment. Navigating that environment requires comprehensive, real world and practical advice on organizational, operational and transitional issues. The attorneys on the Tax Exempt Organizations Team at WHD are experienced professionals with a long and successful history of working as business partners and counselors to many types of organizations. More...


WHD's Taxation Team brings extensive experience in tax law to their clients. Our attorneys regularly represent clients in federal, state and local income, franchise, sales, and property tax planning and dispute resolution, including issues involving multi-state taxation, nexus and related matters. The team also includes seasoned attorneys with experience defending taxpayers in criminal tax matters. More...

Technology Law

WHD has one of the Midwest's leading technology law practices. We address the unique challenges inherent in contracting and claims resolution processes involving the design, development, implementation, operation and maintenance of complex information technology, telecommunications and e-commerce solutions, in addition to providing tailored litigation and regulatory solutions for our clients. We are knowledgeable and experienced in transactional, administrative, legislative and governmental approval processes. More... 

Trust, Estate & Fiduciary Litigation

WHD’s Trust, Estate & Fiduciary Litigation Team attorneys represent individuals, financial institutions, and nonprofit organizations in disputes arising from the administration of estates and trusts and the validity and interpretation of wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents. Our team also represents individual and corporate fiduciaries in controversies relating to a fiduciary’s unique duties and responsibilities. We help our clients develop strategies to resolve such disputes in probate and non-probate contexts, in state and federal court, through negotiated settlement, mediation, and, when necessary, through trial. More...

Trusts & Estates

WHD's Trusts & Estates Team provides advice to individuals, families, business owners and fiduciaries on various aspects concerning the transmission of wealth. We plan and prepare for the transfer of wealth, we implement and administer our clients' intentions as documented by their estate plans, and we represent our clients in disputes to preserve, protect and defend their rights. More...



Jack A. Enea Attorney, CPA Milwaukee jenea@whdlaw.com
Jennifer H. Jin Attorney Milwaukee jjin@whdlaw.com
James R. Lowe Attorney Milwaukee jlowe@whdlaw.com
Timothy A. Nettesheim Attorney Milwaukee Waukesha County tnet@whdlaw.com
Kim Marie Wynn Attorney Milwaukee kwynn@whdlaw.com


John C. Healy Consultant Milwaukee jhealy@whdlaw.com


Kate L. Albrecht Paralegal Specialist Milwaukee kalbrecht@whdlaw.com
Jill S. Knutson Paralegal Specialist Milwaukee Waukesha County jknutson@whdlaw.com
Teresa A. Noeske Enrolled Agent Madison tnoeske@whdlaw.com
Brooke Van de Kamp Paralegal Specialist Milwaukee bvandekamp@whdlaw.com
Ariane Strombom and Andrew Schlidt Article for In Business: "Keeping IT Simple: How to Start an Effective IT Risk Management Program"

Robert Dallman Article for Journal of Taxation: "The Built-In Gains Discount for Transfer Tax Purposes"

Special Report: TIF Reform Package Introduced in State Legislature

Gina Carter Article for In Business: "Data Security: Congress and Courts Step into the Breach"

Special Report: The Ongoing Threat Posed by Whistleblowers: Insights on Risk Management for Health Care

Ariane Strombom Article for BizTimes: "Social Media Policy an Essential Business Tool"

Jeffrey Vercauteren Article for In Business: "Addressing Potential Roadblocks to Broadband Expansion"

Kate Bechen and Trevor Currie Article for BizStarts: "Startups and the New Wisconsin Equity Crowdfunding Laws"

Trevor Currie Article for In Business: "Equity Crowdfunding in Wisconsin: Another Way for Startups to Raise Capital"

Melissa Selinger and Daniel Geraghty Article for On Balance: "Giving Gifts to Employees: Taxable or Not"

Special Report: Military Lending Act Proposed Rulemaking

Mindi Giftos Article for In Business: "Are Your Online Privacy Policies and Terms of Use Enforceable?"

Ariane Strombom Article for In Business: "The Next Big Thing in Technology: 3 Top Challenges of 'The Internet of Things'"

Kate Bechen Article for In Business: "Where Should Your Business Store Its Data?"

Jennifer Jin and Thomas Vance Article for On Balance: "Significant Federal and State Tax Developments to Access Now"

David Eckhardt Article for On Balance: "Top HR issues for CPAs"

Richard Silverthorn Article for the Milwaukee Business Journal: "Bridging the Valuation Gap: The Use of Earn-Outs in M&A Transactions"

Benjamin Brunette Article for In Business: "Estate Planning for Copyrights in the Digital-Media Era"

Melinda Giftos Article for In Business: "Canada's New Anti-Spam Law is In Effect: Are You Compliant?"

Nida Shakir and Hal Karas Article for BizTimes: "Towns in Wisconsin Gain TIF District Authority"

Pat Coffey to present at the third annual Health, Labor & Employment Law Institute: "Managing the Surge of Whistleblower Claims Under the FCA"

Jack Laffey to present at 2015 ATA Litigation Center Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel: "Litigation Tactics and Public Relations/Image Issues During Accident Litigation"

Pat Coffey will moderate a panel including U.S. Attorney James Santelle and Edward-Elmhurst Health System Executive Vice President and General Counsel Chris Mollet: "Strategies for Avoiding Whistleblower Controversies and FCA Actions"

Gina Carter to present at the NASCUS Wisconsin Directors College: "Cybersecurity"

Stephen Lyons will serve as a panelist at the 2015 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Conference: "Capitol Round-up: How State Legislation is Affecting Wisconsin’s Tech Economy"

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Adds Attorneys to Its Corporate & Finance and Litigation Practice Groups

Stephen Lyons Interviewed by WISC-TV3: "Lawmakers to Consider Changes to State Construction Pay"

Robert Sanders Featured in Wisconsin Law Journal: "Worker’s Comp Cases Keep WHD’s Sanders Engaged"

Stephen Lyons Quoted by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Changes to Prevailing Wage Likely but Repeal Won't Happen, Robin Vos Says"

Stephen Lyons Quoted by WisBusiness: "Opponent: Prevailing Wage Has 'No Real Benefit to the State'"

Stephen Lyons Quoted in People Magazine: "Slender Man Stabbing Victim Payton Leutner Celebrates 13th Birthday"

Jack Enea has joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee’s Board of Trustees.

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Adds Seven Attorneys to its Milwaukee and Madison Offices

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Attorney Rebecca Mitich Named to Milwaukee Business Journal's 2015 Class of 40 Under 40

Angela Black and Benjamin Brunette Article: "CMBS Lending – Back With a Bit More Baggage"

Steve Lyons Quoted in the BizTimes: "Contractors Unite to Fight Right-to-Work"

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. to Open Waukesha County Office; Expands Corporate and Environmental Teams

Frank DiCastri Quoted in The Journal Times: "Lincoln Lutheran Insolvent"

Steve Lyons was interviewed by Good Morning America as he continues to serve as the spokesperson for the little girl who was attacked in the Slender Man case. Steve provided an update on the little girl and her family.

Jennifer Jin Quoted in Wisconsin Law Journal: "International Law Expanding: Practice Area Absorbs Attorneys from Different Fields" (premium subscriber access only)