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Gretchen E. Cleveland
33 East Main Street, Suite 300
P.O. Box 1379
Madison, WI 53701-1379
Phone: (608) 234-6070
Fax: (608) 258-7138

Team Specific Bios for
Gretchen E. Cleveland

Corporate Transactions
Gretchen Cleveland is an attorney on the Corporate and Finance Team at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., where she is co-leader of the Agribusiness Team and member of the Corporate Transactions and Securities teams. As a transactional attorney, Ms. Cleveland aims to develop strong, trusting relationships with established, closely-held companies so as to better understand their businesses and goals and to efficiently navigate and overcome transactional issues they may face. She is experienced in representing clients in all phases of a business's life cycle, and particularly skilled in assisting clients with the sale of stock or assets and other transitions of ownership and management. She enjoys and excels at managing the transitions process on behalf of her clients.


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D.; Editor in Chief, Wisconsin Law Review
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A. with distinction, Teaching of English


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Western District of the State of Wisconsin

Representative Work

  • Negotiated and drafted letters of intent, purchase agreements, and other ancillary documents used in connection with mergers, stock sales, and asset sales, including escrow agreements, employment agreements, intellectual-property assignments, real-estate leases, and service agreements.
  • Assisted with complex strategic transactions among companies in the seed and agricultural industry.
  • Supported clients through significant business transactions, including the drafting and negotiation of licensing agreements, commercial contracts, and joint venture agreements.
  • Conducted substantial due diligence on behalf of both target and acquisition entities.
  • Participated in sophisticated financing transactions involving multiple lenders, forms of credit, and security.
  • Prepared private offering memoranda for the purchase of securities pursuant to various exemptions from registration under the Securities Act of 1933 and state securities laws.
  • Negotiated and drafted terms and conditions and commercial contracts pertaining to the sale, distribution, and consignment of goods under the Uniform Commercial Code.
  • Represented and advised clients with respect to the formation and dissolution of limited liability companies, corporations, and other business entities.

Professional Associations

  • American Agricultural Law Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin

Community Involvement

  • Member, Rosenberry Society

Articles and Presentations

  • Global Agricultural Law (1st ed. 2014), authored chapter "United States Agricultural Law" (in progress)
  • Contract Law in Wisconsin (4th ed. 2013), edited Chapter 16, Electronic Transactions
  • Contract Law in Wisconsin (4th ed., 1st supp., 2014), edited Chapter 16, Electronic Transactions (in progress)
  • Wisconsin Credit Union League 2013 Compliance Officer School, presented "UETA: Electronic Transactions" and "Best Practices for Filing UCC Statements"