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Real Estate & Corporate Attorney Michael Van Someren Named Up and Coming Lawyer for 2019

September 20, 2019

MILWAUKEE, WI – Davis|Kuelthau, s.c. announced that Michael Van Someren, member of the firm’s Corporate and Real Estate Teams, was selected by the Wisconsin Law Journal as one of its Up and Coming Lawyers for 2019.  This award honors attorneys who have demonstrated leadership, contributed to their community and successfully achieved legal outcomes early in their career.

At a stage when most associates choose to focus more so on meeting their requirements for advancement, Mike raised the bar by exceeding the expectations set forth for his experience level in each of our pillars of focus as a business: our clients, our colleagues and the community.  Internally, Mike proactively mentors each of our junior corporate associates, and often other associates as well.  His open door policy allows associates to leverage Mike as a valuable resource in their own career growth.  Mike’s willingness to regularly invest time into mentoring others is just one of the many ways he betters the legal community.

As a thriving commercial real estate attorney, Mike regularly counsels clients in all aspects of 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 also counsels 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 represents landlords and tenants in the drafting and negotiation of retail, healthcare, industrial and office lease agreements.  He also represents 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.

Mike earned his J.D., cum laude, from Marquette University Law School and his B.A., from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  He serves on the Programing Committee of NAIOP – a leading national real estate industry association.  In 2018, he was recognized as a Developing Leader All Star by NAIOP.  This award honors up-and-coming commercial real estate professionals for their valued contribution and commitment to the industry.  Mike also serves as the Finance Chair for his church and previously served as a board member for the Artworks for Milwaukee.  Additionally, he along with his wife are active contributors to the Catholic Relief Services, Team Rubicon, the Humane Society, and the Zoological Society.

The Up and Coming Lawyer awards were presented to Mike and 27 other young legal professionals at a ceremony held at Discovery World Museum on September 18, 2019.

Click here to read Mike’s feature in the Wisconsin Law Journal.

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Davis|Kuelthau, s.c. offers an array of innovative legal solutions to business owners and corporations of all sizes, including emerging, middle market and Fortune 500 companies, high net worth individuals and families, private and institutional investors, and lenders. The firm’s attorneys, who practice from three offices across Wisconsin, have national experience combined with strong community ties.