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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

U.S. Congress regularly makes significant changes in federal tax law, and in recent years has enacted complex changes to laws governing corporations. Understanding and adapting to this evolving legal landscape is critical to the success of any business. WHD’s Federal Taxation Team is committed to rigorous study of any changes in both tax and corporate law so that we can help clients avoid potential tax pitfalls in their businesses, as well as capitalize on unique opportunitiess. 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 Advantaged Financing

WHD’s Tax Advantaged Financing Team specializes in advising clients seeking federal, state and local incentives to finance complex real estate development projects. The team has decades of experience guiding clients through the highly technical world of tax credits, special taxing districts, tax increment financing and other government programs providing incentives for the development of projects in difficult areas and under challenging circumstances.. 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 its clients. Our attorneys regularly represent clients in federal, state and local income, franchise, sales and property tax planning and dispute resolution, including issues involving multistate 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... 


Myriem Bennani
Waukesha County
Kevin R. Du
Jack A. Enea
Attorney, CPA
Milwaukee Waukesha County
Jennifer H. Jin
James R. Lowe
Timothy A. Nettesheim
Waukesha County
Peter J. Walsh
Waukesha County


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Kate L. Albrecht
Paralegal Specialist
Nicole L. Dueno
Waukesha County
Jill S. Knutson
Paralegal Specialist
Waukesha County
Christopher N. Lerario
Waukesha County
Brooke Van de Kamp
Paralegal Specialist
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