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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...



Myriem Bennani Attorney Waukesha County mbennani@whdlaw.com
Kevin R. Du Attorney Madison kdu@whdlaw.com
Jack A. Enea Attorney, CPA Milwaukee Waukesha County jenea@whdlaw.com
Jennifer H. Jin Attorney Milwaukee jjin@whdlaw.com
James R. Lowe Attorney Milwaukee jlowe@whdlaw.com
Timothy A. Nettesheim Attorney Waukesha County tnet@whdlaw.com
Peter J. Walsh Attorney Waukesha County pwalsh@whdlaw.com


John C. Healy Consultant Milwaukee jhealy@whdlaw.com


Kate L. Albrecht Paralegal Specialist Milwaukee kalbrecht@whdlaw.com
Jill S. Knutson Paralegal Specialist Waukesha County jknutson@whdlaw.com
Christopher N. Lerario Paralegal Waukesha County clerario@whdlaw.com
Teresa A. Noeske Enrolled Agent Madison tnoeske@whdlaw.com
Brooke Van de Kamp Paralegal Specialist Milwaukee bvandekamp@whdlaw.com
Melinda Giftos' and Ariane Strombom's Article for In Business: "Bug Bounty Programs: Hacking for Good or Evil?"

Daniel Geraghty's Article for On Balance: "Buying and Selling Multimember Interests in an Entity Taxed as a Partnership"

Robin Lehninger's Article for the Wisconsin Law Journal: "Increasing the Use of ACA Overpayment Rule in DOJ Enforcement Actions"

Benjamin Brunette's Article for In Business: "A revised UFADAA keeps the PEAC(e)"

Special Report: Health Care Fraud and Abuse Update: Increasing Use of the ACA Overpayment Rule in DOJ Enforcement Actions

Special Report: Proposed New Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rule Impacting Long-Term Care Facilities

Andrew Schlidt's Article for In Business: "Humpty Dumpty’s Great Fall: Business Continuity Planning"

Special Report: Proposed New Hazardous Waste Rule for Healthcare Facilities and Pharmaceuticals

Jeffrey Vercauteren Article for In Business: "Lease Considerations With Small Cell Wireless Technology"

Gina Carter Article for In Business: "Data Breach Wonderland: What's a Business to Do?"

Melinda Giftos and Eric Hansch Article for In Business: "Social Media Contests — Creative Marketing Tools, But Beware the FTC"

Andrew Schlidt Article for In Business: "Bluffing IT: Five Secrets of an IT Vendor"

Kate Bechen and Trevor Currie Article for In Business: "Bridging the Gap: IT Contracting Between Large Companies and Small Emerging Companies"

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"

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

Thomas Krukowski to Present: "Advanced FMLA Administration Issues - Half Day Workshop"

Thomas Krukowski to present: "FMLA: Administering the Federal and Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Acts"

Thomas Krukowski to Present: "Advanced FMLA Administration Issues - Half Day Workshop"

Thomas Krukowski to present: "FMLA: Administering the Federal and Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Acts"

WHD Construction Academy 2016: Building a Solid Foundation to Manage Risks for a Successful Year

Joshua Levy and Tiffany Hutchens to present: "Successful Performance Review Procedures" at Associated Builders and Contractors Wisconsin Chapter's SuperCon16

Lynda Templen and Kate Albrecht to present at public finance seminar: "Unique Application of Municipal Debt Instruments"

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Names William Gardner Commercial Finance Team Leader

Frank DiCastri featured in Wisconsin Law Journal: "Soft Landing: WHD’s DiCastri Helps Clients Navigate Bankruptcy Issues"

Daryl Diesing quoted in Milwaukee Business Journal: "Cardiac Science Emerges From Chapter 11 with $90M Private-Equity Sale"

Frank Gumina Featured in BizTimes: "Coffee Break"

Philip Halley Appointed Wisconsin State Chair-Elect of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)

Paul Karch featured in Wisconsin Law Journal: "The Art of the Sale: WHD’s Paul Karch Enjoys Guiding Businesses"

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Practice Areas Named to the U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2016 “Best Law Firms” Rankings

Stephen Lyons quoted in In Business: "Jordyn Schara: Women of Industry: Teen Activist to Adult Difference-Maker"

Stephen Lyons quoted in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Young Patient Faces New Struggles Years After DNA Sequencing"

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Adds Leslie Gutierrez to its Litigation Practice Group

Mindi Giftos featured in the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission's Volunteer Spotlight

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Adds Three Attorneys to its Madison Office

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Names Paul Karch Agribusiness Team Leader and Eric McLeod Real Estate & Eminent Domain Litigation Team Co-Leader