Christopher J. Jaekels
Shareholder

Location: Milwaukee
T: 414.225.1409
F: 414.278.3609
111 E. Kilbourn Avenue, Suite 1400
Milwaukee, WI 53202-6613
Assistant: Dyer Salahadyn
T: 414.225.7519

Education

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin, 1986
  • B.A., University of St. Thomas, 1982

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Wisconsin Environmental Law Section, Administrative and Local Government Law Section, Business Law Section, Public Contract Law Section, and Construction Law Section.
  • Wisconsin Association of Assessing Officers
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association
  • Past Board Member, Wisconsin Green Building Alliance
  • Member, FaB Wisconsin
  • Umpire, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (Environmental Remediation)

Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers® in America - Milwaukee, Litigation – Municipal, and Municipal Law (2011-2018), Environmental Law (2013-2018)
  • Best Lawyers® in America - "Lawyer of the Year" - Milwaukee, Litigation - Municipal (2016)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine - Environmental (2006-2016)
  • Best Lawyers® in America - "Lawyer of the Year" - Municipal Law (2013)
  • Listed as Top Rated Lawyer in Environmental, Construction Law and Energy, Commercial Litigation, and Natural Resources by American Lawyer Media
  • "Who's Who in Wisconsin"
  • “Who’s Who in America”
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®

Christopher J. Jaekels
Shareholder

Main Bio | Notable Representations | Leadership

Biography

Chris chairs the firm's Corporate and Business Law Team at Davis & Kuelthau. He is experienced in real estate, land use, zoning, construction, corporate regulatory, and environmental law. Chris understands how to approach the goals and challenges of businesses and institutions in ways that overcome those challenges and meet those goals in a cost effective manner.

Chris also assists public (both municipal and utility) and private (both commercial and nonprofit) clients in all aspects of land regulation, real estate and corporate transactions, finance, governance, contracting, and infrastructure.

His significant work in utilities and environmental law includes the following:

  • Representing several regulating municipalities, site owners and wireless telecommunications tower owners, with regard to construction, approvals, and leasing
  • Representing municipalities in right-of-way disputes
  • Representing multiple municipal utilities including sewer utilities, storm water utilities, water utilities, and parking utilities in all matters of land use and environmental regulation
  • Negotiated construction contracts and development agreements worth several hundred million dollars for public and private developments and utilities
  • Formed utility districts and represented municipal interests before the DNR Board and Public Service Commission
  • Representing municipalities on sewer issues, including a coalition of municipalities before the state Supreme Court and Public Service Commission in a $100 million dispute over rates
  • Representing the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and the Neenah Menasha Joint Sewerage Commission regarding environmental permitting and disputes
  • Representing WE Energies and the Wisconsin Utilities Association with regard to environmental remediation and beneficial re-use of industrial by products
  • Representing Verizon Wireless with regard to all environmental siting issues in Wisconsin

Representative Clients

  • Schneider National
  • Vulcan Materials Company
  • Village of Bayside
  • Village of Whitefish Bay
  • David Hobbs Honda
  • Jimmy John's local franchisees
  • Indian Community School of Milwaukee

Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers® in America - Milwaukee, Litigation – Municipal, and Municipal Law (2011-2018), Environmental Law (2013-2018)
  • Best Lawyers® in America - "Lawyer of the Year" - Milwaukee, Litigation - Municipal (2016)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine - Environmental (2006-2016)
  • Best Lawyers® in America - "Lawyer of the Year" - Municipal Law (2013)
  • Listed as Top Rated Lawyer in Environmental, Construction Law and Energy, Commercial Litigation, and Natural Resources by American Lawyer Media
  • "Who's Who in Wisconsin"
  • “Who’s Who in America”
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®

Education

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin, 1986
  • B.A., University of St. Thomas, 1982

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