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Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.


Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. - Milwaukee
  • 1000 North Water Street
  • Suite 1700
  • Milwaukee
  • Wisconsin
  • USA
  • WI 53202
  • Tel:414 298 1000
  • Fax:414 298 8097
  • Web:Visit website
  • Chief Executive Officer: Jerome M Janzer
  • Number of partners: 141
  • Number of associates: 59
  • Total number of attorneys: 200
  • Total number of support staff: 205

Firm Overview:
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. serves business needs with innovation, focus and commitment. The firm’s attorneys are dedicated to providing strategic, comprehensive and cost-effective legal services to clients throughout the world. Founded in 1894, Reinhart serves public and privately held corporations, financial institutions, family-owned businesses, retirement plans, exempt organizations and individuals.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
Reinhart goes beyond providing counsel on state and regulatory compliance. The firm brings together lenders and borrowers to meet the needs of businesses and help municipalities finance projects. Business: The firm’s deal makers and problem solvers have the insight and contacts to help clients achieve goals and add value at any stage in the life of their business.

Business Reorganization:
With a pre-eminent reputation and proven track record of success in insolvency matters, the firm represents lenders, borrowers, creditors, debtors, committees, trustees, receivers, landlords, buyers, sellers, shareholders and other equity holders and bondholders. Employee Benefits: Reinhart was one of the first law firms to represent employee benefit plans more than 50 years ago and now has clients in almost every state.

The firm has experienced attorneys, scientists, engineers and other technical professionals who provide one-stop shopping for resolution of environmental problems.

Government Relations:
When businesses or not-for-profit organizations need access to local, state or federal officials, Reinhart delivers through lobbying, government procurement opportunities or building strategic partnerships.

With 150 years of combined insight, the firm’s healthcare teams offer both industry-focused support and guidance into traditional and niche legal practice areas. Insurance: The firm represents clients before state insurance departments and helps organizations navigate complex regulations and address the unique aspects of insurance related transactions. The firm’s attorneys also have extensive experience in a wide range of insurance related litigation.

Intellectual Property:
The firm offers strategic solutions to develop customized and forward-thinking intellectual property protection. The firm’s philosophy involves not only obtaining traditional protection for its clients, but also offers a synergistic approach with intangible asset management.

The firm advises clients on compliance with business, tax and immigration laws around the world, and has the connections to compete in a wide range of foreign political or economic systems.

Labor & Employment:
Reinhart advises clients on the entire spectrum of labor and employment issues and helps employers prevent problems and avoid costly litigation. Reinhart represents management before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

Winning efficiently requires a trial team with casespecific experience. The firm understands the difference between bloated strategies that sound good and creative solutions that produce results. The firm believes in early evaluation and negotiated solutions to reduce legal fees.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Reinhart offers a broad spectrum of services ranging from counseling purchasers and sellers of middlemarket companies to negotiating and structuring complex transactions involving publicly held and multinational companies.

Private Equity, Venture Capital & Corporate Finance:
Efficiency, responsiveness and the ability to get involved in the early stages of financing are what sets Reinhart apart. Firm attorneys do more than structure and negotiate financial transactions; they help clients raise capital by assisting them to locate the right source.

Product Distribution & Franchise:
The firm’s unique interdisciplinary team of trial and corporate attorneys solve distribution and franchise law problems for companies that buy or sell products or services at retail or wholesale.

Public Finance:
The firm serves as bond counsel and as counsel to 501(c)(3) borrowers, letter of credit banks and underwriters in tax-exempt bond financings.

Real Estate:
Reinhart offers clients custom-tailored real estate counsel through subspecialty groups so that its broad experience and depth of knowledge apply to every matter.

The firm is dedicated to saving clients money, whether at the international, domestic, federal or state levels. The firm’s Tax Controversy Group enjoys a reputation for winning large reductions from tax agencies.

Tax-Exempt Organizations:
Serving several industries, Reinhart provides corporate, formational, governance endowment, tax, financing, employee benefit, litigation and employment legal advice.

Telecommunications & Energy:
The firm’s attorneys help clients compete successfully in the complex world of heavily regulated industries.

Trusts & Estates:
Reinhart helps clients build and preserve wealth both for themselves and their heirs. Many successful family-owned businesses rely on Reinhart for business succession and continuation planning. They also rely on Reinhart for their personal estate and tax planning, as well as for estate and trust administration.


  • 1000 North Water Street,
  • Suite 1700,
  • Milwaukee,
  • Wisconsin
  • USA
  • WI 53202
  • Tel 414 298 1000
  • Fax 414 298 8097
  • Website : www.reinhartlaw.com
  • N16 W23250 Stone Ridge Drive,
  • Suite 1,
  • Waukesha,
  • Wisconsin
  • USA
  • WI 53188
  • Tel +1 262 951 4500
  • Fax +1 262 951 4690
  • 22 East Mifflin Street,
  • Suite 600,
  • Madison,
  • Wisconsin
  • USA
  • WI 53703
  • Tel 608 229 2200
  • Fax 608 229 2100
  • 233 South Wacker Drive,
  • Suite 9400,
  • Chicago,
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60606
  • Tel 312 207 5456
  • Fax 414 298 8097
  • 2215 Perrygreen Way,
  • Rockford,
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 61107
  • Tel 815 633 5300
  • Fax 815 654 5770
  • 16220 North Scottsdale Road,
  • Suite 290,
  • Scottsdale,
  • Phoenix,
  • Arizona
  • USA
  • AZ 85254
  • Tel 480 860 0414
  • Fax 414 298 8097
  • 8400 East Prentice Avenue,
  • Penthouse,
  • Greenwood Village,
  • Denver,
  • Colorado
  • USA
  • CO 80111
  • Tel 303 843 6042
  • Fax 303 721 1083

Corporate/M&A - Wisconsin

What the team is known for Offers a broad transactional service, adept at focusing on midmarket matters and representing a significant number of private equity clients and mezzanine lenders. Demonstrates particular strength in leveraged recapitalizations and refinancings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Reinhart has a large number of senior corporate attorneys and a lot of collective deal expertise in M&A."

"I felt Reinhart was superior in client relations and taking a practical approach in negotiations as opposed to over-lawyering to impress the client or the other side."

Work highlights Counseled Badger Meter through its acquisition of software company Aquacue for $15 million.

Acted for Nekoosa Coated Products in the sale of the totality of its company to a buyer formed by Wingate Partners. 

Notable practitioners  

Michael Pepke is admired by his peers for his "great client following." He has expertise in the development of midmarket businesses, which involves advising on M&A, growth financing and recapitalization, among other matters.

The highly regarded James Bedore is well known for his transactional work and is regarded by sources as one of the firm's "top securities and corporate partners." He advised Nekoosa Coated Products on its purchase by Wingate Partners.

Significant clients Merit Capital Partners, FIS, Chicago Growth Partners, Johnson Outdoors, First Capital Partners.

Intellectual Property - Wisconsin

What the team is known for Offers advice on IP protection, with expertise in a broad range of technology sectors ranging from biotechnology to the mechanical arts. Also offers expertise in licensing, litigation, and trade secrets and nondisclosure counseling.

Work highlights Represented T&M Inventions in a patent dispute over product inventorship.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the IP litigation group, David Hanson is renowned for his "good reputation and broad litigation focus" advocating on behalf of an enviably broad spectrum of business clients. As well as litigating in copyright and trademark disputes, Hanson also has experience in false advertising matters.

James Morrow specializes in IP litigation and risk assessment. His areas of expertise include patent infringement claims and counseling clients through inter partes review.

Significant clients Silgan Containers, Amerisource Bergen, Silgan Plastics, Fenwall, T&M Inventions.

Labor & Employment - Wisconsin

What the team is known for Particularly adept in the employee benefits arena, including advising sponsors of benefit plans and assisting with ERISA-related work. Displays keen ability in acting for employers in race and gender discrimination and FMLA matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very efficient in terms of staffing. They've got the right mix of expertise."

"They're very good; they're responsive and have all the skills of a big firm at half the cost."

Work highlights Appointed by the Milwaukee County Pension Board and Retirement System as its fiduciary counsel, advising on litigation, benefits and tax matters.

Continues to act as fiduciary counsel in regard to the $110 billion pension plan of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Sholl is recognized for his expertise in defending discrimination and harassment claims, as well as advising on noncompete arrangements. He is also highly skilled in the employee benefits arena.

Steven Huff is head of the employee benefits practice and considered by sources to be "excellent; very knowledgeable and always mindful of the client's experience."

Lynn Stathas displays impressive skill in employment litigation with experience in wage and hour matters, and FMLA and ERISA claims. One interviewee declared her to be "very sharp - a good litigator with good communication skills."

Significant clients Milliman, Scientific Protein Laboratories, Broan-NuTone, KishHealth System, Cardinal Capital Management.

Litigation - Wisconsin

What the team is known for Maintains a well-respected practice covering a broad scope of commercial litigation concerning a range of issues including securities and M&A, product liability and distribution, white-collar crime, ERISA and insurance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Reinhart is my go-to firm for litigation."

Work highlights Defended Cargotec Solutions against claims from over 300 plaintiffs alleging serious personal injury due to exposure to a diesel particulate emitted by Cargotec's Terminal Tractors.

Advised Brit Insurance, a member of a Lloyd's underwriting syndicate, in an insurance claim brought by ten health insurance trusts against the syndicate. The group secured summary judgment and a favorable settlement for the client. 

Notable practitioners  

Scott Hansen is an expert in counseling clients through complex litigation, including trade secrets and breach of contract disputes. His client base has included US Paper Mills, Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation and Harley-Davidson. He is particularly skilled in complex litigation involving management of serious risk to corporations.

Department head Allen Schlinsog is skilled in product liability matters, with particular emphasis on the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. One incredibly impressed client describes him as "the ultimate gentleman and professional. He is accessible, responsive, intelligent and knowledgeable."

Mark Cameli is chairman of the firm's white-collar litigation and corporate compliance team. He is noted for his strength in tortious business and fraud-based disputes.

Significant clients Milliman, S.C. Johnson & Son, US Paper, CNH America, Broan.

Natural Resources - Wisconsin

What the team is known for Active in air permitting and associated compliance matters, as well as biomass projects, permitting for wetlands and waterways, and brownfield redevelopment projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Working with them has been a good experience."

Work highlights Advised the City of Waukesha in preparing a diversion and return flow application for the Great Lakes Water Supply, a $195 million project.

Acted for Green Whey Energy on the development and financing of a $29 million project involving a biomass anaerobic digester.

Notable practitioners  

Clients appreciate Donald Gallo's ability and confidence as a negotiator: "When the opposition makes issues that are becoming unsupportable, he can straighten things out." He represented Green Whey Energy on its biomass anaerobic digester project.

The "tenacious" John Van Lieshout is highlighted by peers for his strength in litigation. His practice straddles real estate and environmental law, and he is skilled in M&A environmental due diligence.

Chair of the environmental practice, Michael Simpson is particularly experienced in environmental land use matters and defending clients from enforcement actions. One client reports: "He's very knowledgeable and he knows the right people to talk to."

Significant clients Advanced Waste Services, American Society of Electroplates and Surface Finishes, Polyurethane Manufacturers Association, Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers Association, North Shore Environmental Construction.

Real Estate - Wisconsin

What the team is known for Much admired by observers for its specialist knowledge and formidable expertise in real estate. Significant capability in advising on an extensive range of matters, including tax-exempt financing and PPPs, New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) and Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm as a whole is absolutely top-drawer, especially in terms of major projects. They're very easy to work with, pragmatic, and even though they are large, they're also relaxed."

"They're filled with common sense. They're innovative, good people."

Work highlights Continues to advise University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Real Estate Foundation in connection with a range of campus development matters and facilities financings.

Notable practitioners  

Bruce Block displays great strength in a broad range of real estate matters, from handling disposals to advising on financing, as noted by his clients: "He's very pragmatic and knowledgeable, not only in substantive issues, but in being able to understand the entire process."

Jesse Ishikawa is a leading real estate practitioner who is highly regarded for his skilled approach to handling client relations. Observers affirm that "he listens carefully and takes in the facts of the particular matter you're working on. He asks thoughtful questions, suggests good alternatives and he pays careful attention to the client's goals."

Clients praise Deborah Tomczyk for her "great knowledge of procedural issues." She is described as "a joy to work with - she's not interested in ego and collateral issues, she's interested in getting to closing." Tomczyk is recognized for her strength in zoning and land use.

Another zoning and land use specialist Dean Richards is well regarded by peers as "a very good municipal lawyer." He led a team representing the Mansion Hill Steering Committee in a matter regarding construction of a new condominium tower in an historic district.

Significant clients Kohl's, Opus Development, J.H. Findorff & Son, T. Wall Properties, General Capital.