Brian C. Randall


Brian C. Randall

Location: Milwaukee

T: 414.225.1484

F: 414.278.3684

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Assistant: Linda Stieber

T: 414.225.7582


  • Best Lawyers® in America - Litigation - Land Use and Zoning (2013-2023), Land Use and Zoning Law (2018-2023), Food and Beverage Law (2018-2023), Municipal Law (2018-2023), Government Relations Practice (2020-2023)
  • Best Lawyers® in America - Milwaukee, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning "Lawyer of the Year" (2023)
  • Best Lawyers® in America - Milwaukee, Land Use and Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2021)
  • 2019 Power Broker, Milwaukee Business Journal
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, Land Use/Zoning (2016-2021)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Land Use/Zoning (2007 - 2010, 2012, 2014)
  • Best Lawyers® in America - Milwaukee, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning "Lawyer of the Year" (2014)
  • 40 Under 40 Award, Milwaukee Business Journal (2013)
  • Legal Leaders Top Rated Wisconsin Lawyer - Government Law, Real Estate Law and General Practice (2013)
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell (2006-present)


  • J.D., Marquette University Law School
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin


Top developers, businesses and property owners have long turned to Brian Randall for guidance when navigating the government process. In representing clients, Brian’s approach is relationship driven and politically minded as much as it is legal.

Brian’s land use and real estate experience for commercial, industrial and residential developments includes zoning, entitlement, permitting, occupancy, variances, historic preservation and Tax Increment Finance work for owners, developers and end users.

Representing businesses subject to municipal licensing, Brian works with food and beverage clients and other license holders on applications, license renewals, quasi-judicial hearings, and regulatory compliance. He guides clients through statutory and ordinance issues including strategies to address alcohol license quota restrictions.

Brian also works with clients affected by municipal ordinances and regulations, and those with targeted business enterprise issues including SBE/DBE/WBE/EBE certifications. He advises clients on current laws and manages lobbying and legislative matters where proposed ordinance changes and new regulations will affect clients, and registers as a local lobbyist if needed.

Brian’s government law experience includes advising clients submitting bids for local government contracts and concessions. He also handles campaign finance and election law issues for groups and candidates.

Notable Representations

Developers commercial, industrial and residential (apartments and condominiums)

Entertainment restaurants, bars, bowling alley, art studio, movie theaters, casino, winery, brewery

Automotive/Transportation gas stations and convenience stores, freight terminal, used car dealership, car washes, automotive parts stores, shuttle vehicle company, private ambulance companies

Retail national retailers, supercenter retailers, regional shopping mall, in-line and strip shopping destinations, regional grocery chain, nationwide used book store retailer, payday/installment and title lenders, check cashier, pawn shop

Appearances Regularly appear before both elected bodies and appointed member bodies: Historic Preservation Commission, Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Architectural/Design Review Board, Board of Public Works, and Task Forces

New to Market Assist new-to-market clients, in some cases opening multiple locations concurrently, and clients already in-market that are expanding services


Professional Activities

Member, Commercial Association of REALTORS Wisconsin (CARW) (2016 – present)

Member, FaB Wisconsin (2018 - present)

Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (2015 - present)

Member, NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Wisconsin Chapter (2017 – present)

Member, Tavern League of Wisconsin (2010 - present)

Member, Wisconsin Electronic Security Association (2010 - present)

Community Involvement

Member, Wauwatosa Board of Zoning Appeals (2005 – present, Chair, 2011-2017)

Board of Directors, Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce (2010 – present, Chair, Government & Community Relations Committee, 2010 - present)

Board of Directors, Wisconsin Alumni Association – Milwaukee Chapter (2001 – present, President, 2006-2007, 2014-2015)

Member, Marquette University Law School National Sports Law Institute Sports Law Alumni Association (1999 – present)

Former Member, Wauwatosa Redevelopment Authority (2002-2011)

Member, Marquette University Law School Class of 1999 Reunion Committee (2019, 2014)

Published Articles/Presentations

Presenter, "Government Contracts – From the Perspective of a Private Practice Lawyer" (2019 Continuing Legal Education seminar for the State Bar of Wisconsin)

Presenter, “Participating in the Land Use Planning Process” (2017 Continuing Legal Education seminar of HalfMoon Seminars)

Presenter, “Historic Preservation” (2017 Continuing Legal Education seminar of HalfMoon Seminars)

Presenter, “Current Issues in Land Use Law” (2015 Continuing Legal Education seminar of the State Bar of Wisconsin)

Presenter, “NIMBY – The Approval Process in Retail Development” (2015 Commercial Association of Realtors Wisconsin Retail Conference)

Presenter, “Shaken or Stirred: Alcohol Beverage Law in Wisconsin” (2012 Continuing Legal Education seminar of the State Bar of Wisconsin)