Michael Van Someren


Michael Van Someren

Location: Milwaukee

T: 414.225.1433

F: 414.278.3633


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Assistant: Mary Michalek

T: 414.225.7518



  • Best Lawyers® in America - Corporate Law (2022-2023)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, Rising Star (2020-2021)
  • Up and Coming Lawyer, Wisconsin Law Journal (2019)
  • Developing Leader All Star, NAIOP (2018)


  • J.D., cum laude, Marquette University Law School, 2012
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008


Mike is Chair of the Capital Markets and Securities team a member of the real estate, commercial finance, and corporate practice groups at Davis|Kuelthau. He regularly counsels clients in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including providing advice on entity selection and formation, drafting purchase and sale agreements, offers to purchase, performing due diligence, and negotiating and drafting agreements with municipalities and other stakeholders. He has extensive experience counseling clients on land use and zoning matters, such as drafting easements and restrictive covenants, and providing advice regarding project requirements under local zoning laws. Mike also represents landlords and tenants in the drafting and negotiation of retail, healthcare, industrial and office lease agreements.

In addition to his commercial real estate work, Mike advises clients on corporate matters. He focuses specifically on corporate governance issues, business to business contract review and negotiation and business to consumer contract drafting. Mike represents clients in merger and acquisition transactions, negotiating and drafting stock purchase and asset purchase agreements and performing due diligence research.

Representing clients on commercial finance transactions, Mike addresses their capital needs, including structuring joint ventures, raising cash from investors through the sale of securities in private placements, as well as tax credit financing when available. Mike also represents borrowers and lenders in the negotiation and drafting of loan documents.

Notable Representations

Assisted a national industrial property owner in acquisition of a portfolio of industrial facilities located in multiple states.

Negotiated a multi-million dollar permanent loan secured by real and personal property.

Assisted a retail strip center owner in the negotiation and closing of a commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) nonrecourse loan secured by the retail strip center.

Represented a borrower in the negotiation and closing of a CMBS nonrecourse loan secured by multiple multifamily buildings located throughout Wisconsin.

Represented landlords and tenants in drafting and negotiating industrial, commercial, retail and office leases.

Advised a tech startup company in the raising of funds through private placements.

Assisted a non-stock corporation in successfully obtaining income tax exemption under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Counseled clients in a variety of zoning and other land use issues.

Represented clients in the formation of commercial and residential condominiums as well as the purchase and sale of commercial and residential condominiums.


Professional Activities

Admitted, all Wisconsin State Courts

Member, State Bar of Wisconsin

Member, Milwaukee Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association

Member, NAIOP-Commercial Real Estate Development Association

Community Involvement

Member, National "W" Club

Member, ArtWorks for Milwaukee, Governance Committee