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Godfrey & Kahn has a diverse and deep client base, ranging from multinational publicly traded and privately held companies to middle market and family-owned businesses.

Our clients rely on their attorneys at Godfrey & Kahn to serve as outside general counsel to provide an array of business, financial and legal advice to help them manage and grow their operations and to identify, manage and reduce risk. Whether advising in-house counsel or acting as a client's outside general counsel, our goal remains the same-understand our clients' businesses and strategic objectives, and work with them to find and implement solutions that will help them be successful and reduce risk.

We assist our clients in every stage of their development including:

  • Choosing and organizing their business entities as "C" or "S" corporations, limited liability companies or partnerships
  • Establishing and managing corporate governance policies among the owners through the drafting of charter documents and stockholders, buy-sell, operating and partnership agreements
  • Addressing director and officer liability, indemnification and insurance concerns
  • Drafting employment and executive compensation agreements, equity incentive plans and benefit and compensation plans
  • Reviewing and negotiating lease, distribution, licensing, franchise, outsourcing, e-commerce, technology transfer, media advertising, marketing, sale, non-competition, confidentiality, supply and other commercial agreements
  • Managing shareholder relations
  • Designing, implementing and completing ownership and management transition plans
  • Managing and negotiating ongoing contractual relations with domestic and international customers, suppliers, distributors and sales representatives
  • Reviewing and negotiating loan and credit and note purchase agreements with lenders and other capital providers
  • Managing foreign, federal, state and local government and regulatory affairs
  • Facilitating domestic and international import/export transactions
  • Assisting with business expansion and diversification
  • Addressing the legal aspects and risks of operational strategies
  • Providing other day-to-day advice on general legal concerns

In addition to this array of corporate counsel services, our attorneys regularly advise foreign subsidiaries of our United States-based business clients, assist them in establishing a variety of joint venture and technology transfer relationships, and counsel them in their acquisition of foreign operations and companies. We also provide legal and business advice for an increasing number of foreign clients seeking to make direct investments in the United States.

Our attorneys also routinely serve as directors, secretaries and business advisors to the boards of directors, management and other decision makers for our clients.

Brian Anhalt

Anhalt, Brian D.

Richard Bliss

Bliss, Richard J.

Of Counsel
Jessica Braeger

Braeger, Jessica L.

Special Counsel
Andrea Cataldo

Cataldo, Andrea F.

Benjamin Clarke

Clarke, Benjamin J.

Dennis Connolly

Connolly, Dennis F.

Jay Creagh

Creagh, Jay K.

Evann Derus

Derus, Evann D.S.

John Dickens

Dickens, John A.

Krisstina Ebner

Ebner, Krisstina L.

Patricia Falb

Falb, Patricia L.

William Foley

Foley, William C.

Laurel Foshag

Foshag, Laurel N.

Barbara Gurican

Gurican, Barbara D.

Special Counsel
Dana Hall

Hall, Dana L.

Alexander Hansch

Hansch, Alexander W.

Special Counsel
Kristen Irgens

Irgens, Kristen A.

Brett Koeller

Koeller, Brett D.

Matthew Ludden

Ludden, Matthew J.

Danielle Machata

Machata, Danielle M.

Kevin McCauley

McCauley, Kevin

Special Counsel
Timothy McCoy

McCoy, Timothy J.

Green Bay
John McDonald

McDonald, John R.

Laura Meronk

Meronk, Laura H.

David Navarre

Navarre, David R.

Christopher Noyes

Noyes, Christopher B.

Mathew Peterson

Peterson, Mathew R.

David Platt

Platt, David W.

Green Bay
William Plummer

Plummer, William J.

Green Bay
Kristin Roeper

Roeper, Kristin A.

Jed Roher

Roher, Jed A.

Kelsey Schanke

Schanke, Kelsey A.

Andrew Schlidt

Schlidt, Andrew J. III

Robert Shepard

Shepard, Robert J.

J. Connor Slivocka

Slivocka, J. Connor

Ashley Smith

Smith, Ashley A.

Alex Stein

Stein, Alex J.

Nicholas Vlies

Vlies, Nicholas J.

Green Bay
Charles Vogel

Vogel, Charles G.

Brian Vogt

Vogt, Brian T.

Nicholas Wahl

Wahl, Nicholas P.

President and Managing Partner
C.J. Wauters

Wauters, C.J.

Justin Webb

Webb, Justin P.

Special Counsel
Henry Weiner

Weiner, Henry J.

Mark Witt

Witt, Mark C.

Jennifer Wolff

Wolff, Jennifer P.

Crystal Airriess

Airriess, Crystal

Janell Bohn

Bohn, Janell M.

Wendy Schlies

Schlies, Wendy

Green Bay

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Representative Experience

The below list is a sample of our transactional work in the listed year. A comprehensive list can be provided upon request.


ARI Network Services, Inc.
Represented ARI Network Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIS) in its purchase of the assets of Direct Communications, Incorporated.

ARI Network Services, Inc.
Represented ARI Network Services, Inc. in its acquisition of Signal Extraprise Corporation and Tire and Dealer Systems and Services Corporation.

Associated Banc-Corp
Represented Associated Banc-Corp in its offering of Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock.

Badger Fund of Funds I, L.P.
Represented Badger Fund of Funds I, L.P. in its offering of limited partnership interests.

Baylake Bank
Represented Baylake Bank in its acquisition of New Bancshares, Inc.

Blackthorne Partners Ltd.
Represented Blackthorne Partners Ltd. in its acquisition of Schaefer Brusth Mfg. Co., Inc.

Blackthorne Partners Ltd.
Represented Blackthorne Partners Ltd. in its acquisition of Design Specialties, Inc.

Cherry Tree Dental, LLC
Represented Cherry Tree Dental, LLC in its debt offering.

Community Financial Shares, Inc.
Represented Community Financial Shares, Inc. in the merger of Community Financial Shares, Inc. with Wintrust Financial Corp.

County Bancorp, Inc.
Represented County Bancorp, Inc. in its initial public offering.

Duluth Holdings Inc. dba Duluth Trading Company
Represented Duluth Holdings Inc. (d/b/a Duluth Trading Company) in its initial public offering of Class B Common Stock.

Dynatect Manufacturing, Inc.
Represented Dynatect Manufacturing, Inc. in its issuance of Class A Units.

ExactBid, LLC
Represented ExactBid, LLC in its acquisition of Narrative1 Holdings, LLC.

Fortis Management Holdings, Inc.
Represented Fortis Management Group in its corporate organization and acquisition of the operations of numerous skilled nursing and assisted living facilities located in Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin from Formation Capital, LLC.

Gardner Denver, Inc.
Represented Gardner Denver, Inc. in its acquisition of Tri-Continent Scientific, Inc.

Golden Angels Investor, LLC
Represented an entity formed by Golden Angels Investors, LLC in its investment in Emopti, Inc.

Group Basis Holdings, LLC
Represented Group Basis Holdings, LLC in its sale to TriCore Solutions, LLC.

Gundersen Lutheran Health System, Inc.
Represented Gundersen Lutheran Health System, Inc. in its affiliation with Palmer Lutheran Health System.

IOD Incorporated
Represented IOD Incorporated in its merger with HealthPort, Inc.

Johnson Controls, Inc.
Represented Johnson Controls, Inc. in the sale of Johnson Controls Security Systems, LLC to Versar, Inc.

Kiio, Inc.
Represented Kiio, Inc. in its offering of Series A-1 preferred stock.

Kohl's Corporation
Represented Kohl's Corporation in its cash tender offer and debt offering.

Madison Family Dental Associates, S.C.
Represented Madison Family Dental Associates, S.C. in its acquisition of the practice of Dr. Veit.

Magneto Power, LLC
Represented Magneto Power, LLC in the sale of its distribution business to Power Distributors, LLC.

ManpowerGroup Inc.
Represented ManpowerGroup Inc. in its offering of 1.875% EuroNotes.
Represented ManpowerGroup Inc. in its acquisition of Stowe Group, LLC.

Monroe Truck Equipment, Inc.
Represented Monroe Truck Equipment, Inc. in its sale to Industrial Opportunity Partners, LLC and rollover of seller equity.

Pride Manufacturing Company, LLC
Represented Pride Manufacturing Company, LLC in its sale to Medalist Corporation.

Quad/Graphics Packaging, Inc.
Represented Quad/Graphics Packaging, Inc. in its acquisition of Specialty Finishing.

Quickstep Technologies, LLC
Represented Quickstep Technologies, LLC in the sale of Quickstep Technologies, LLC to Pivotal.

ThedaCare, Inc.
Represented ThedaCare, Inc. in its WHEFA bond issuance to finance construction of Shawano Hospital.

Utility Equipment Holding Company
Represented DUECO, Inc. in its sale to Terex Utilities.

Valiant Health, LLC
Represented Valiant Health, LLC in the sale of its healthcare technology to Health Care Excel, Inc.

Waukesha Wholesale Foods, Inc.
Represented the shareholders of Waukesha Wholesale Foods, Inc. in the sale of their stock and related real estate holdings to US Foods Inc.

Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and Wisconsin Hospital Association
Represented Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and Wisconsin Hospital Association in connection with formation of Physician Compass, Inc.


A&A Manufacturing – Revised to be Dynatec Manufacturing, Inc.
Represented A&A Manufacturing in the sale of A&A Holdco, LLC to 3iGroup plc.

American Finishing Resources, LLC
Represented American Finishing Resources, LLC in the sale of assets to DuBois Chemicals, Inc.

ARI Network Services, Inc.
Represented ARI Network Services, Inc. in its acquisition of Tire Company Solutions, LLC.

Associated Banc-Corp
Represented Associated Banc-Corp in registered public offering of senior and subordinated notes.

Bemis Company, Inc.
Represented Bemis Co. Inc. in the sale of its paper packaging division to Hood Packaging Corp.

Dynatec Manufacturing, Inc.
Represented the Managing Shareholders of Dynatec Manufacturing, Inc. in the sale of Dynatec Manufacturing, Inc. to 3i Group plc.

Empire Level Manufacturing Corp.
Represented Empire Level Manufacturing Corp. in its sale to Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation.

Franklin Energy Services, LLC
Represented FES Holdings, LLC (the parent company of Franklin Energy Services, LLC) in the purchase of Resource Action Programs, LLC.

Geneva Capital Management Ltd.
Represented Geneva Capital Management in its sale of stock to Henderson Global Investors.

Lawrence University
Assisted Lawrence University with WHEFA Bond Financing in connection with campus renovation.

Management Team of Emteq
Represented Management of EMTEQ Inc. in connection with new executive agreements with B/E Aerospace, Inc., the purchaser of Emteq.

Northern Star Industries, Inc.
Represented Northern Star Industries, Inc. in its sale of the BOSS® Snowplow Division, a leader in the snow and ice equipment management business, to The Toro Company.

Quad/Graphics, Inc.    
Represented Quad/Graphics, Inc. in its purchase of Unigraphic, Inc.

Regal Beloit Corporation
Represented Regal Beloit Corporation in its acquisition of Benshaw Inc., a leader in custom low and medium voltage drives and soft starters, from Curtiss-Wright Corporation.

Regal Beloit Corporation
Represented Regal Beloit Corporation in its purchase of Hy-Bon Engineering Company, Inc.

S-F Analytical Laboratories, Inc.
Represented S-F Analytical Laboratories, Inc. in the sale of stock to Eurofins Food Testing US Holdings, Inc.

Solaris, Inc. 
Represented Solaris, Inc. in the sale of stock to LRUS Medical, Inc.

Stealth Therapeutics, Inc. 
Represented Stealth Therapeutics, Inc. in the issuance of preferred stock.

ThedaCare, Inc.
Assisted ThedaCare, Inc. with WHEFA bond financing previously issued to Community Health Network


ARI Network Services, Inc.
Issuance of stock and warrants to institutional and accredited investors in PIPE (private investment in public equity) financing transaction

The Art Commission, LLC
Sale of equity to angel investors

Broadview Advisors, LLC
Reorganization of FMI Focus Fund and Acquisition of Fund Assets from Fiduciary Management, Inc.

Cellular Dynamics International, Inc.
Sale of common stock in initial public offering

Concordia University Wisconsin, Inc.
Affiliation of Concordia University Wisconsin, Inc. with Concordia University Ann Arbor

Continental Equipment Corporation
Sale of assets of Continental Equipment Corporation to International Thermal Systems, LLC, LLC
Sale of equity of, LLC to Rotunda Capital Partners

Erik Buell Racing, Inc.
Sale of Series A Preferred Stock to Hero MotoCorp

Gundersen Envision
Joint venture involving digester and biogas generation facilities in Middleton, WI and Sun Prairie, WI

Johnson Controls, Inc.
Purchase by Johnson Controls Advanced Power Solutions, LLC of equity of MAC-Johnson Controls-Delaware, LLC, a joint venture between EMA Holdings, S.A.S./Procaribe S.A. and Johnson Controls, Inc.

Kiio, Inc.
Issuance of equity

Meriter Health Services, Inc.
Purchase of equity of Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation (PPIC) from Physicians Plus Investment Group (PPIG)

Potawatomi Business Development Corporation
Purchase of stock of Redhawk Network Engineering, Inc. by Advancia Corporation, a portfolio company of Potawatomi Business Development Corporation

Regal Beloit Corporation
Purchase of RAM motor business from Schneider Electric USA, Inc. and Schneider Electric Brasil Ltda.

Robert W. Baird & Co.
Underwriter’s counsel in connection with secondary common stock offering of Rosetta Stone, Inc.

Senior Management of BarrierSafe Solutions International, Inc.
Sale of stock of management to Ansell Group

StoneRiver National Flood Services, Inc.
Purchase of assets of Flood Business Process Outsourcing Services Division of Computer Sciences Corporation

Spendship, LLC
Issuance of equity to angel investors

Thermoset, Inc.
Sale of assets to Sulzer Ltd.

United Milwaukee Scrap, LLC
Combination of United Milwaukee Scrap, LLC with Schulz’s Recycling, Inc.

Wisconsin Super Angels Fund
Purchase of Series A Preferred Stock of Cover5, Inc.

Zimbrick, Inc.
Acquisition of Stark Chevrolet of Sun Prairie


A & A Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Purchase of capital stock of Ro-Lab American Rubber Co., Inc.
Purchase of stock of Lead Screws International, Inc.

Accuweb, Inc.
Sale of stock to BST-PRO Mark, Inc.

American Auto Auction Group, LLC
Purchase of assets of Badger State Auto Auction, Inc.
Purchase of assets of Auctions in Motion, Inc.

ARI Network Services, Inc.
Purchase of assets of Ready 2 Ride, Incorporated (n/k/a RJ Longacre, Inc.)
Purchase of assets of the retail services division of Fifty Below Sales & Marketing, Inc. from Chapter 11
Operating Trustee pursuant to a "363 Sale"

Ascential Service Corporation
Sale of stockholder's shares to FS WP Holdco, Inc.

ATF, Inc.
Purchase of assets of Header Products, Inc. (n/k/a McManus Products)
Restructuring of ATF, Inc.'s aerospace business and sale of equity

Blackthorne Partners Ltd.
Purchase of assets of Berlon Industries, LLC and debt and equity financings
Purchase of assets of The Basis Group, Inc. and debt and equity financings

Capitol Indemnity Corporation
Purchase of assets of a Managing General Agency and related entities

Decision Insight Information Group
Purchase of equity of Rels Title by DataQuick Lending Solutions, Inc.

Facilitator Capital Fund LLP
Sale of stock of Sani-Matic Systems Holdings, Inc. to Sani-Matic Holdings, LLC

Frank Beer Distributors, Inc.
Purchase of assets of Preferred Distributors, LLC

Frank Bros., Inc.
Sale of asphalt production assets and real estate to Rock Road Companies

Generation Growth Capital, Inc.
Purchase of equity of Midway Industrial Supply, Inc.

GLF Holdings, Inc.
Purchase of equity of Great Lakes Foods

Great Lakes Commercial Sales
Sales of assets to WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems

Ixonia Bancshares, Inc.
Issuance of equity shares to Lubar family members

Johnson Controls, Inc.
Sale of division of Johnson Controls Denmark ApS to Emerson Electric Co.

Kayo Technology, Inc.
Issuance of Series A Stock

Lake Forest Holdings
Purchase of assets of Jim's Cheese Pantry, Inc.

Lakeside Water Treatment, Inc.
Sale of assets to MET-CHEM Inc.
Purchase of assets from Bauer Engineering & Technology, LLC

Landec Corporation
Purchase of stock of GreenLine Foods, Inc. by Apio, Inc. (a subsidiary of Landec Corporation)

Lubar & Co.
Purchase of stock of MEA Holdings, Inc.
Purchase of stock of ChemDesign Holdings, Inc.

Merit Capital Partners
Investment in I.E.A., Inc.

MetalTek International, Inc.
Purchase of assets of Specialty Maintenance & Construction, Inc. and SMCI, Inc.

Michael Schanke
Purchase of assets (nursing home and Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF))

Mile Bluff Clinic, LLP and Mile Bluff Building Partnership, LLP
Sale of medical practice and related real estate to Mile Bluff Medical Center, Inc.

Northern Wire, LLC
Sale of membership interests to Elgin Fastener Group, LLC

Pinstripe, Inc.
Sale of stock of Pinstripe, Inc. by management and institutional investors; investment by Accel-KKR and affiliates in Pinstripe, Inc.; rollover of equity by management

Pioneer Metal Finishing
Purchase of assets of Superior Metal Finishing
Purchase of assets of Parts Finishing Group

Polyfirst Packaging, Inc.
Purchase of assets from Qualified Innovation Inc.

PSB Holdings, Inc.
Purchase of equity of Marathon State Bank

Quad/Graphics, Inc.
Purchase of assets of Williamson Printing Corporation, PRM Printing Resources Management Corporation, Williamson Express Printing Corporation and the Fulfillment Center, Inc.

Racine Federated, Inc.
Sale of assets to Badger Meter, Inc.

SAI Advanced Power Solutions, Inc. (f/k/a Soft Switching Technologies Corporation)
Sale of division of SAI Advanced Power Solutions, Inc. (f/k/a Soft Switching Technologies Corporation)

SciLog, Inc. (Shareholders)
Sale of stock and real estate to Parker Hannifin

Security Insurance Services, Inc.
Sale of assets to March & McLennan Agency
Sale of assets of Security Insurance Services, Inc. to Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC

Specialized Medical Services, Inc.
Sale of stock to Riverside Management Holding Company

Sussek Machine Company, Inc.
Purchase of assets of Sussek Machine Corporation

The Art Commission, LLC
Issuance of equity in seed round financing

The Colman Group, Inc.
Sale of equity of The Colman Group, Inc. to Dispensing Dynamics International
(d/b/a San Jamar - Chef Revival)

Thermoset, Inc.
Sale of assets related to Sulzer Ltd.

Tonka Bay Equity Partners
Purchase of stock of Engineered Specialty Products

Utility Equipment Leasing Corporation
Sale of stock to Nesco, LLC

Walker Forge, Inc.
Purchase of membership interests of PMT Industries, LLC

Washington Street Real Estate Fund II, LLC
Purchase of equity of Fox Cities Hotel Investors, LLC

Skana Aluminum Company
Purchase of assets of Scott Aluminum Company

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