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John Donahue

John E. Donahue

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John Donahue

John Donahue is of counsel in the Tax and Employee Benefits Practice Group. He works in the Milwaukee office.

John’s practice includes tax, employment and corporate law with a primary emphasis on employee benefits. He advises businesses and their owners regarding the design, installation, maintenance and termination of pension plans, 401(k) programs, employee stock ownership plans and other benefit programs. John provides guidance on the employee benefit aspects of mergers and acquisitions, and he assists clients in responding to regulatory inquiries and disputed benefit claims. He also counsels institutional trustees and other fiduciaries on fiduciary matters and has served as an expert witness for numerous cases in federal and state courts.

John served as Chairman of the Employee Benefits Section of the Milwaukee Bar Association, and he is a member of the Employee Benefits Committee of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the ESOP Association, Wisconsin Retirement Plan Professionals, Ltd. and the Greater Milwaukee Employee Benefits Council.

Admitted To Practice

Wisconsin - 1975

Court Admissions

United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Professional Associations

American Bar Association
ESOP Association
Greater Milwaukee Employee Benefits Council
Milwaukee Bar Association
Wisconsin Retirement Plan Professionals, Ltd.


Boy Scouts of America, Three Harbors Council – Vice President, Board of Directors and National Scout Jamboree, Co-Chair

Mount Mary University – past Chairman of Board of Trustees

Children's Hospital Foundation – past President

Metropolitan Milwaukee Civic Alliance – past President

Kiwanis Club of Milwaukee – past President


Listed in Best Lawyers in America (Employee Benefits (ERISA), 1995 - present)

Listed in Wisconsin's Top Rated Lawyers (2012)

Listed in Wisconsin Super Lawyers (2005 - 2009)

Listed in Who's Who in American Law (1992 - 2008)

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®


Juris Doctor, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1975

Honors Bachelor of Arts, Marquette University, History, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

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