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Agribusiness

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...

Securities

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...

Taxation

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... 

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...

Attorneys

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
Kim Marie Wynn Attorney Milwaukee kwynn@whdlaw.com

Consultants

John C. Healy Consultant Milwaukee jhealy@whdlaw.com

Paralegals

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"

Arthur Phillips and 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"

Donald Daugherty Article for In Business: "American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo: The Supreme Court Meets the Cloud"

Douglas Pessefall Article for BizTimes: "Giving Back Helps Your Own Business"

Michael Bohn Article for BizTimes: "Effectively Accessing Chinese Consumers Through Distribution Relationships"

Kate Bechen Article for In Business: "Data Security in the Cloud"

Special Report: IRS Issues Important “At-Risk” Announcement for Owners of Pass-Through Entities

Melinda Giftos Article for In Business: "10 Things You Need to Know About Promotions and Contests"

Ariane Strombom Article for Journal of Internet Law: "Internet Outlaws: Using Contributory Trademark Liability to Shut Down Rogue Sites"

Sverre Roang Article for BizTimes: "Leverage the Family Legacy: How to Use a Family Bank to Advance Wealth"

Ariane Strombom Article for In Business: "Why Your Website Needs a Good Privacy Policy"

Special Report: SEC Grants Significant No-Action Relief to "M&A Brokers" Regarding Broker-Dealer Registration

WHD Attorneys to Present to WICPA: "Advanced Sales and Use Tax Workshop" (Joseph Pickart, Jennifer Jin and John Healy)

Mindi Giftos Featured in Madison Magazine: "A Q&A With Mindi Giftos - The Intellectual Property and Technology Law Attorney Talks Running Socks, Speed Limits and Helping Young Women Gain Confidence"

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Names Cleveland and Lenzen Co-Leaders of Its Agribusiness Team

Kate Bechen Interviewed by In Business: "Celebrity Photos Rain From iCloud … Is Your Data Secure in the Stratosphere?"

Madison Health Care Attorney Named Interim CEO of National Health Care Association

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Adds Five Attorneys to its Milwaukee Office

Kate Bechen Elected to the Wisconsin State Bar Health Law Board of Directors

Jennifer Jin Elected as Chair of the Wisconsin State Bar International Practice Board

Jennifer Jin Appointed to the Wisconsin State & Local Tax, Inc. Advisory Committee

Jennifer Jin Elected as Chair of the Wisconsin State Bar International Practice Board

Jennifer Jin Elected to the Renaissance Theaterworks Board of Directors

Jennifer Jin Appointed to Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s World Trade Association Board of Directors

Steve Lyons Appears on CNN: "'Slender Man' Victim Gifted Purple Heart"

Ariane Strombom Appointed as Vice-Chair to International Technology Law Association Young Lawyers' Committee

Ariane Strombom Article: "The Canadian Anti-Spam Law: What You Should Know"

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Names Jack Enea Trusts & Estates Team Co-Leader

Steve Lyons Appears on Good Morning America: "'Slender Man' Stabbing Survivor Says 'Thank You' in Newly Released Photographs"

Steve Lyons Appears on Fox 6 News: "She has a 'Courageous heart:' Girl Stabbed by Preteen Classmates is on the Mend"

Lisa Lange Elected to Board of Directors of Madison Children’s Museum and Madison Children’s Museum Foundation

Patrick Coffey Appointed to the Advisory Board of the American Society of Physician Advisors