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  • Northern Trust Economic Trends 2018

    January 19, 2018

    Davis & Kuelthau is a proud sponsor of the Northern Trust Economic Trends 2018 forum. This annual forum provides a content rich overview of the year ahead with a vibrant discussion among Wisconsin business leaders and industry experts on the U.S. economy as well as a sneak peek of the emerging local and national trends in business, manufacturing and technology industries. The keynote speakers for 2018 will include Becky Frankiewicz, President, ManpowerGroup North America; Nick Turkal, President & CEO, Aurora Health Care; and Michael Knetter, Economist, President and CEO of the University of WI Foundation. Together, they will bring perspectives from



  • Trusts 101 – NBI Seminar

    December 19, 2017

    Corporate and trusts and estates attorney, Jacqueline L. Messler will be presenting Trusts Used for Tax Reduction in conjunction with NBI’s Trusts 101 program. The focus of this program is to examine the challenges associated with different types of trusts by understanding their characteristics and explore how to minimize common mistakes when selecting and drafting estate planning documents. This full day seminar will take place at the Holiday Inn Pewaukee-Milwaukee West Hotel located on N14 W24140 Tower Place in Pewaukee, WI on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:40 PM. Attendees are eligible to receive CLE, CPE, CF, IACET,



  • Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. Welcomes Terrance Navin as Executive Director

    October 9, 2017

    MILWAUKEE — Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. is pleased to announce Terrance (Terry) J. Navin has joined the firm as its Executive Director. “As our firm grows, we sought a management professional with exceptional experience in leading midsized law firms particularly in the areas of recruiting, client service and business administration,” said Joseph E. Tierney, President of Davis & Kuelthau. “Terry’s first-hand knowledge of our market along with his acumen for modern law firm management align well with our initiative to remain at the forefront of the rapidly changing business environment. Dynamic administrative leaders like Terry are the foundation of our



  • 24 Davis & Kuelthau Attorneys Honored by The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 Guide

    August 15, 2017

    MILWAUKEE – Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. is pleased to announce that 24 of its attorneys were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018, a national and local per-review publication. The recognition includes colleagues across all three of the firm’s offices and spans more than 20 service areas. Additionally, three of the firm's attorneys were selected as Best Lawyers 2018 Lawyer of the Year in their respective communities and practice areas. The Davis & Kuelthau attorneys recognized as Best Lawyers in America® 2018 are: Brookfield Marilyn M. Carroll, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Charles G. Maris, Trusts and Estates,



  • Family & Closely Held Business Summit 2017

    July 12, 2017

    Davis & Kuelthau is a proud sponsor of BizTimes Media’s Family & Closely Held Business Summit taking place on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. This forum will provide an extensive overview on how to navigate many of the complex issues related to growing a successful and sustainable family and closely held business. Attendees will learn from family business owners on a variety of topics ranging from culture, growth, transitioning, sustained success, and legacy. The keynote speaker for this year’s summit will be Tom Deans, New York Times best-selling author of Every Family's Business. Following the speaker will be an informative panel discussion featuring



  • Jacqueline Messler Joins Girls on the Run Board of Directors

    June 15, 2017

    Davis & Kuelthau is pleased to announce Brookfield attorney Jacqueline L. Messler has been named to the Board of Directors of Girls on the Run (GOTR) of Southeastern Wisconsin. She previously served as a Board Member. Girls on the Run is a non-profit program for girls enrolled in the 3rd through 8th grade. Through fun activities and curriculum centered around running, their mission is to help girls to appreciate health and fitness. Click here to learn more about Girls on the Run of Southeastern Wisconsin.



  • Attorney Mark Andres Joins Davis & Kuelthau’s Corporate and Trusts and Estates Practice

    June 12, 2017

    BROOKFIELD— Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. is pleased to announce attorney Mark Andres has joined the firm’s Corporate Team as a shareholder in its Brookfield office. Mark has served small to midsized businesses, particularly hospital-based physicians, dentists and other medical practitioners, for more than 15 years. His areas of focus include business entity law, tax planning, and succession planning. Mark has also represented health care professionals and health care organizations in the areas of professional liability and risk management, as well as contract drafting and negotiation for health care services and equipment. Mark also offers extensive experience in the areas of



  • CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series 2017

    March 23, 2017

    Davis & Kuelthau is a proud supporter of St. Norbert College’s ‘CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series’. These programs cover a variety of business topics featuring speakers who are significant business and community leaders. They will share their stories related to common business challenges and provide success strategies. Attendees have an opportunity to network and gain key information to help them reach their business goals. Please join us on February 7, 2017 and March 23, 2017 for our sponsor program. Mark Kaiser, CEO of Lindquist Machine Corporation will be presenting, "Crucial Conversations: Creating an Intentional Culture" on February 7 and Wilson



  • Step-by-Step Estate Planning II – State Bar of Wisconsin Seminar Series

    February 23, 2017

    Ann Rieger of Davis & Kuelthau’s corporate, health care, non-profit organizations, tax, and trusts, estates and succession planning teams will be presenting, Gifting Techniques Using Trusts and The Use of Family Limited Partnerships/LLCs in Estate Planning at the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Step-by-Step Estate Planning Series II on February 23, 2017. This series will cover advanced concepts and applications related to the estate planning practice and is designed for established attorneys who may be looking to incorporate this into their practice as well as offer valuable insights to attorneys who are new to the estate planning practice. Attendees will learn about federal



  • Northern Trust Economic Trends 2017

    January 26, 2017

    Davis & Kuelthau is a proud sponsor of the Northern Trust Economic Trends 2017 forum. This annual forum provides a content rich overview of the year ahead with a vibrant discussion among Wisconsin business leaders and industry experts on the U.S. economy as well as a sneak peek of the emerging local and national trends in business, manufacturing and technology industries. The keynote speakers for 2017 will include Cynthia LaConte, CEO and President, The Dohmen Co.; Debbie Seeger, Senior Vice President, Co-Founder, Patina Solutions; W. Kent Lorenz, Chairman and CEO, Acieta LLC; and Michael Knetter, Economist, President and CEO of the



  • Davis & Kuelthau Adds Employee Benefits, Trusts & Estates, IP and Litigation Attorneys in Metro-Milwaukee and Greater Fox Valley Regions

    December 19, 2016

    MILWAUKEE — Joseph E. Tierney, IV, President of Davis & Kuelthau, s.c., announced the addition of four attorneys in the firm’s Brookfield, Green Bay and Milwaukee offices. Katharine G. Shaw joined the firm’s Labor and Employment Team, Jacqueline L. Messler and James E. Lowe joined the Corporate Team, and T. Wickham Schmidt joined the Litigation Team. “We added 15 colleagues to our firm throughout 2016. This expansion is one of many initiatives underway at Davis & Kuelthau to remain at the forefront of the rapidly changing business environment,” said Tierney. “The addition of good people like these is key to meeting



  • Davis & Kuelthau Proudly Announces Joseph E. Tierney, IV as the Firm’s Next President

    August 12, 2016

    The Wisconsin law firm of Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. today announced Joseph E. Tierney, IV, corporate and real estate attorney, will take the helm as the firm’s next president as of October 1, 2016. This transition is one of several steps the firm is making to remain at the forefront of the next generation of progressive, dynamic legal service workplaces. “Joe was selected as our next president for many reasons, including his forward-thinking approach, understanding of the changing legal landscape, and his 10 years of service as a transactional attorney with our firm,” said Kathy Nusslock, the firm’s Chief Operating Officer



  • Family & Closely Held Business Summit 2016

    June 2, 2016

    Davis & Kuelthau proudly sponsored BizTimes Media’s Family & Closely Held Business Summit on Thursday, June 2nd. This forum provided an extensive overview on how to navigate many of the complex issues related to growing a successful and sustainable family and closely held business. Attendees learned from family business owners on a variety of topics ranging from culture, growth, transitioning, sustained success, and legacy. Leaders of local, family and closely held businesses participated in interactive sessions and shared their advice and experiences. The keynote speaker for this year’s summit was Tom Deans, New York Times best-selling author of Every Family’s Business. Following



  • CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series 2016

    April 5, 2016

    Davis & Kuelthau is a proud supporter of St. Norbert College’s ‘CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series’. These programs will cover a variety of business topics featuring speakers who are significant business and community leaders. They will share their stories related to common business challenges and provide success strategies. Attendees have an opportunity to network and gain key information to help them reach their business goals. Please join us on April 5, 2016 for our sponsor program. Mike Jansen, CEO of Faith Technologies, will be presenting, “Grow Big or Grow Home: Changing Your Business Model for Profitable Growth”. Below is the full



  • Build Your Practice: Step-by-Step Estate Planning II – State Bar of Wisconsin Seminar Series

    March 3, 2016

    Ann Rieger of Davis & Kuelthau’s corporate, health care, non-profit organizations, tax, and trusts, estates and succession planning teams presented, Gifting Techniques Using Trusts and The Use of Family Limited Partnerships/LLCs in Estate Planning at the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Build Your Practice: Step-by-Step Estate Planning Series II on March 3, 2016. This “Build Your Practice” series covered advanced concepts and applications related to the estate planning practice and is designed for established attorneys who may be looking to incorporate this into their practice as well as offer valuable insights to attorneys who are new to the estate planning practice. Attendees



  • Davis & Kuelthau Adds Six Attorneys in Corporate, Litigation, Real Estate and Trusts & Estates

    February 26, 2016

    MILWAUKEE— Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. is pleased to announce attorneys Allen M. Salomon, Brian J. Pfeil, John W. Hein, Marjorie Mitchell Greene, Nicholas R. DiUlio, and William H. Frazier have joined the firm. The addition of these colleagues in Milwaukee and Brookfield is among several executed growth initiatives as Davis & Kuelthau continues to expand its focus in the greater Milwaukee and Green Bay regions. “We are excited to welcome each of these experienced attorneys to our dynamic team. Davis & Kuelthau has been dedicated to serving Wisconsin businesses, municipalities and individuals for many decades. A key factor in our success



  • Davis & Kuelthau Announces Leadership Changes in Corporate and Real Estate Teams

    February 26, 2016

    The Wisconsin law firm of Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. today announced Joseph E. Tierney, IV as Team Head of the firm’s Corporate Practice Team and Daniel A. Kaminsky as Chair of the Real Estate Practice Team. Former Corporate Team Head, Scott E. Fiducci, will continue his role as member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Managing Shareholder of the Metro-Milwaukee offices. “These transitions met a Board objective to create additional opportunities for our attorneys to be involved in firm leadership,” said Kathy Nusslock, firm President and COO. “We are grateful for Scott’s dedication of many years as Corporate Team Head



  • Northern Trust Economic Trends 2016

    January 29, 2016

    Davis & Kuelthau was a proud sponsor of the Northern Trust Economic Trends 2016 forum. This annual forum provided a content rich overview of the year ahead with a vibrant discussion among Wisconsin business leaders and industry experts on the U.S. economy as well as a sneak peek of the emerging local and national trends in business, manufacturing and technology industries. The keynote speakers for 2016 included Michael Knetter of the (University of Wisconsin Foundation), Peter Gunder of (American Family Insurance), Jonas Prising of (ManPowerGroup), and Todd Zakreski of (HUSCO Automotive). Together, they will bring perspectives from their industries and predictions



  • Workshop: Business Formation and Contract Law 101

    November 4, 2015

    In collaboration with Gateway Technical College, D&K Corporate Team member, Mark Kmiecik will be conducting a timely workshop that will highlight the reasons for forming a corporation, pros and cons of each business formation, along with cost and tax implications. In addition, he will provide an overview of the necessary contract principals you need to know before executing any related agreements. This program will take place at Gateway Technical College’s SC Johnson iMET Center in Sturtevant, WI. The new program date will be announced in January of 2016. For more information, please visit Gateway Technical College’s Website.



  • Wisconsin Family Business Forum's Summer Picnic

    August 20, 2015

    In collaboration with Zander Press, Inc., Bank First National, and Schenck SC, D&K hosted a traditional summer picnic on August 20, 2015. Proudly produced as supporting members of the Wisconsin Family Business Forum (WFBF), this networking event included a blend of business and casual discussion along with food and fun for young and old. Attendees shared success stories and challenges as a business owner, learned more about WFBF's resources and sponsor opportunities, relaxed with long-time acquaintances, and met an array of business leaders from across the region. Beginning with a tour of Zander Press, Inc. in Brillion, WI, attendees then gathered



  • Business Succession Planning: Clearing Up the Confusion

    June 11, 2015

    Davis & Kuelthau is a proud sponsor of the Wisconsin Family Business Forum. Please join us along with area business leaders for the upcoming June 11, 2015 program in Appleton, Business Succession Planning: Clearing Up the Confusion. This program will be presented by Joe Cerniglia of Wells Fargo Private Bank and Steve Utech of UTECH Customized Organization Development. They will cover key concepts that will help you effectively create succession plans including: 5 compelling reasons to plan Common difficulties for putting off developing a succession plan Determining where you need to start Sponsors include: Bank First National Davis & Kuelthau, sc. 1st National Bank Schenck UW Oshkosh College of



  • Family & Closely Held Business Summit 2015

    June 4, 2015

    Davis & Kuelthau proudly sponsored BizTimes Media’s Family & Closely Held Business Summit on Thursday, June 4th. This forum provided an extensive overview on how to navigate many of the complex issues related to growing a successful and sustainable family and closely held business. Attendees learned from family business owners and CEO’s on a variety of topics ranging from culture, growth, transitioning, sustained success, and legacy. Leaders of local, family and closely held businesses participated in interactive sessions and shared their advice and experiences. The keynote speaker for this program included David Ransburg of Family Business Consulting Group, Inc. who presented, “An



  • Wisconsin Family Business Forum: Deliverables for Family and Closely Held Business Leaders

    May 14, 2015

    Davis & Kuelthau is a proud sponsor of the Wisconsin Family Business Forum. Please join us along with area family and closely held business leaders for the upcoming May 14th program in Appleton, When Disaster Strikes…Best Practices For When An Untimely Event Strikes. This program will be presented by Meghann Kasper of Bank First National and Dan Kugler of the UW Oshkosh Center of Insurance and Risk Management. They will address various disaster recovery considerations for businesses, including: Types of disaster recovery plans Disaster recovery plan components Business impact analysis Risk assessment Risk management Sponsors include: Bank First National Davis & Kuelthau, sc. 1st National Bank Schenck UW Oshkosh College



  • Build Your Practice: Step-by-Step Estate Planning II – State Bar of Wisconsin Seminar Series

    May 1, 2015

    Ann Rieger of Davis & Kuelthau’s corporate, health care, non-profit organizations, tax, and trusts, estates and succession planning teams presented, Gifting Techniques Using Trusts at the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Build Your Practice: Step-by-Step Estate Planning Series II on May 1, 2015. This “Build Your Practice” series covered advanced concepts and applications related to the estate planning practice and is designed for established attorneys who may be looking to incorporate this into their practice as well as offer valuable insights to attorneys who are new to the estate planning practice. Attendees learned about federal and Wisconsin estate taxes, planning opportunities for



  • Corporate Attorney Authors Article for the The Journal of Accountancy

    April 13, 2015

    Corporate and Tax attorney Mark Kmiecik authored an article in the April edition of the Journal of Accountancy (JofA), a flagship publication of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The article addresses the responsibilities tax practitioners must take when considering to file a UTP. To read the full article, please visit, the Journal of Accountancy's Website.



  • Northern Trust Economic Trends 2015

    January 29, 2015

    Davis & Kuelthau proudly sponsored the Northern Trust Economic Trends 2015 forum. This annual forum provided a content rich overview of the year ahead with a vibrant discussion among Wisconsin business leaders and industry experts on the U.S. economy as well as a sneak peek of the emerging local and national trends in business, manufacturing and technology industries. The keynote speakers for 2015 included: Michael Knetter (University of Wisconsin Foundation), Tina Chang (SysLogic Inc.), Tom Still (Wisconsin Technology Council), Keith Rozolis (ABC Supply Co. Inc.) and Todd Teske (Briggs & Stratton Corp.). Breakout Session: Executive Briefing: A New Era for Building and Preserving



  • Post-Election Labor & Employment/Tax/Estate Planning Seminar

    December 3, 2014

    Join members of the Wisconsin Family Business Forum along with Schenck, SC and Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. for a timely post-election seminar, Employment, Corporate Tax and Individual Tax Issues. How will the changes in Congress impact you? This seminar will address the potential benefits and implications of the election relative to tax, employment, and succession planning considerations for family owned businesses. Speakers will include Ron Altenburg, Shareholder and CPA at Schenck, Robert Mathers, Shareholder and member of Davis & Kuelthau's Corporate Team. Specific topics will include: Wage & Hour laws Family Medical leave Act (FMLA) Equal Pay/Minimum Wage 2014/2015 Tax Issues Tax Inversions Legislative Updates Medicare "Dox Fix" SSD Fund



  • 2014 Wisconsin Family Business Forum Business Expo

    October 22, 2014

    Davis & Kuelthau proudly sponsored the Wisconsin Family Business Forum’s 4th Annual Family Business Expo on Wednesday, October 22nd at LaSure’s Banquet Hall located on 3125 S. Washburn St. in Oshkosh, WI. Members of the organization and program sponsors attended to create business awareness and help facilitate productive networking with family businesses in a casual environment. For additional details, please visit the Wisconsin Family Business Forum’s Website.



  • Wisconsin Family Business Forum's Summer Picnic

    August 21, 2014

    In collaboration with Printco Incorporated, Bank First National, and Schenck SC, D&K held a traditional summer picnic on August 21st. Proudly produced as supporting members of the Wisconsin Family Business Forum (WFBF), this networking event included a blend of business and casual discussion along with food and fun for young and old. Attendees shared success stories and challenges as a business owner, learned more about WFBF's resources and sponsor opportunities, relaxed with long-time acquaintances, and met an array of business leaders from across the region. Hosted on the site of Printco in Omro, the evening included a tour of the Sperling family's



  • Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. Announces Kathy Nusslock As the Firm’s Next Chief Operating Officer

    July 23, 2014

    MILWAUKEE — Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. has proudly announced that it will appoint Shareholder Kathy L. Nusslock the firm’s next Chief Operating Officer. Kathy will work in conjunction with the Board of Directors and will be responsible for overall management of the firm’s operations, including human resources, facilities management, and oversight of accounting/finance, information technology, and marketing/business development. Kathy joined the firm’s Litigation Team in 1998 and since then served in a variety of firm management roles including Litigation Team Head, Employment Litigation Practice Chair, Director on the firm’s Board, member of the Shareholder Development Committee, and Pro Bono Coordinator.



  • Protecting Wealth: Safeguarding Assets for the Individual and the Community

    June 5, 2014

    D&K corporate attorneys provided an overview of asset protection planning for the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Their presentation included solutions to protect family wealth from potential lawsuits by structuring their investment and business affairs in advance. This session took place at The Waters in Oshkosh, WI with a brief networking session beginning at 4:45 PM led by the program which will start at 5:15 PM. For more information on this event, please visit the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation Website.



  • Attorney Mark G. Kmiecik Joins Davis & Kuelthau’s Trusts, Estates and Succession Planning Practice

    May 6, 2014

    MILWAUKEE — Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. is pleased to announce attorney Mark G. Kmiecik has joined the firm’s Trusts, Estates and Succession Planning Team as well as its Tax Team in metro-Milwaukee. "Mark brings a strong legal background in estate planning and tax having served as a tax advisor for 14 years," said Charlie G. Maris, Shareholder and Trusts, Estates and Succession Planning Chair. “His extensive experience in advising on all aspects of high net-worth estate planning further complements our practice and the quality of services we provide for related asset management.” Mark earned his Masters of Law degree in Taxation



  • Northern Trust Economic Trends 2014

    January 17, 2014

    Davis & Kuelthau proudly sponsored the Northern Trust Economic Trends 2014 forum. This event provided an overview of the year ahead with a vibrant discussion with Wisconsin business leaders, and industry experts on the economy, including a closer look into the staffing, manufacturing and technology industries. The keynote speakers this year were: J. Timothy Ferry (InSinkErator), Katherine M. Gehl (Gehl Foods, Inc.), Michael Knetter (University of Wisconsin Foundation), Steve Laughlin (Laughlin Constable) and Sue Marks (Pinstripe & Ochre House). D&K Corporate Attorneys, Scott E. Fiducci and Ann M. Rieger participated in the breakout sessions with fellow industry leaders from Northern Trust, Bridgewood



  • NBI: Accounting 101 for Attorneys

    June 6, 2013

    Type: Seminar Location: The Sheraton Madison Hotel, Madison, WI Description: This program provided a comprehensive understanding of financial records and accounting methods for various roles. Attendees learned the basics of accounting and provide helpful tips on how to avoid potential risks. Attorney Robert Mathers presented a topic that discussed various strategies on how to comply with ethical standards.



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