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Melissa C. Selinger


33 East Main Street, Suite 300
P.O. Box 1379
Madison, WI 53701-1379
Phone: (608) 234-6077

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Melissa Selinger is an attorney in the Madison office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. and a member of Trusts & Estates Team. She focuses her practice on estate planning and business succession planning for individuals and families. Ms. Selinger advises clients on a broad range of estate planning matters, focusing primarily on advanced wealth transfer and tax-saving techniques. In addition, she advises clients on corporate, partnership, limited liability company and other strategic transactions to facilitate the growth and continued success of their business interests. Ms. Selinger places much emphasis on her personal connections with her clients and their families. In all cases, her goal is to help her clients achieve their unique personal objectives while minimizing estate, gift, generation-skipping transfer and income taxes.

Ms. Selinger also has significant experience assisting clients with the complicated and often sensitive issues that accompany the probate, estate and trust administration process. She has assisted clients with administration of estates at all levels of complexity, and ranging in value from very modest to extremely high net worth. Whether helping clients through a difficult administration process or planning for a complex family situation, her highly personalized and engaging approach helps make each client's experience a positive one.

Prior to joining WHD, Ms. Selinger practiced in Chicago, where she was an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, holding many leadership positions over the years, as well as a member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council. She currently serves on the board of the Madison Public Library Foundation, and is a member of the Madison Estate Council.


  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, J.D., 2003
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., Economics, 2000


  • Wisconsin, 2011
  • Illinois, 2003

Awards & Distinctions

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in Trusts and Estates (2016)

Professional Associations

  • Committee for the Wisconsin Uniform Powers of Appointment Act (Member)
  • Forum for Women Estate Counselors (Member, 2011-present)
  • Wisconsin Planned Giving Council (Member)
  • Madison Estate Council (Member)
  • Chicago Bar Association - Federal Taxation Division Committee - Estate & Gift Taxation (Co-Chair, 2010-2011)
  • Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section - Estate Planning Committee (Co-Chair, 2006-2008)
  • Chicago Estate Planning Council (Member, 2006-2011)

Community Involvement

Articles and Presentations

  • Estate Planning for the Young and Wealthy, national webinar, Lorman Educational Services (December 3, 2015)
  • Selected Topics in Estate Planning: Asset Management and Financial Planning, guest lecturer, University of Wisconsin Law School (November 19, 2015)
  • Estate Planning 101, Lunch and Learn at Musicnotes (November 18, 2015)
  • Estate Planning and Business Succession Planning, presenter, Next Generation Leadership Bootcamp, Family Business Center – University of Wisconsin School of Business (October 7, 2015)
  • Estate & Retirement Planning for the Retired or Retiring Attorney, presenter, Senior Lawyers Division CLE Program, Wisconsin State Bar Association (May 13, 2015)
  • The Use of Trusts in Estate Planning, guest lecturer, University of Wisconsin Law School (April 21, 2015)
  • All in the Family: Estate Planning for the Vacation Home, national webinar, Lorman Educational Services (December 9, 2014; November 6, 2013)
  • Gifts to Employeees –Taxable or Not, article, Wisconsin Institute of CPAs OnBalance magazine (November/December 2014)
  • Debt, Personal Guarantees and Succession Planning in the New Economy and Regulatory Environment, presenter, Family Business Center – University of Wisconsin School of Business (November 20, 2014)
  • Rules of Trust Administration in Wisconsin, presenter, Lorman Education Services (September 17, 2014)
  • Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples: Practical Considerations for Estate Planning, presenter, WHD's Same-Sex Marriage Legislative Update (August 13, 2014)
  • Introduction to Marital Property Course, guest lecturer, University of Wisconsin Law School (April 15, 2014)
  • Debt at Death: Debt, Personal Guarantees & Life Insurance Planning – Do Your Clients Understand Their Risks?, presenter, Smith & Gesteland, LLP (January 7, 2014)
  • All in the Family: Estate Planning for the Vacation Home, presenter, WHD Breakfast Seminar (June 6, 2012)
  • On the Money: Estate Planning Window of Opportunity, article, BizTimes (January 9, 2012)
  • Estate Planning: Today’s Window of Opportunity, article, In Business Magazine (December 6, 2011)
  • Ten Essential Tax Rulings for Every Estate Planner's Toolbox, article, ABA Journal, Probate & Property Magazine (November/December 2010)

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