Dave Navarre is a shareholder and a business lawyer in the Milwaukee office. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and general corporate law matters.
Dave has more than 25 years of experience representing public and private companies and private equity groups in complex domestic and cross-border transactions. He represents both buyers and sellers of businesses in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, business services, automotive, information technology, construction services, facilities management, energy, staffing, agriculture, chemicals, consulting and life sciences. Dave provides pre-acquisition planning advice and counsels his clients on structuring, negotiating and closing transactions.
In addition to Dave’s transactional practice, he also has a diverse corporate law practice. He serves as outside general counsel to many manufacturing and service clients. His experience includes negotiating and drafting supply agreements, manufacturing agreements, licensing and leasing agreements, distributor and sales representative agreements, warehousing agreements, purchase and sale of goods agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, consulting agreements and other commercial agreements. Dave also counsels many family-owned and closely-held businesses regarding succession planning, debt and equity financing and corporate governance matters, including shareholder agreements and limited liability company agreements.
Dave is actively involved in Godfrey & Kahn’s governance and administration. He is a member of the Board of Directors and co-chair of the Marketing Committee. In addition, he is the firm’s representative to the Private Enterprise Counsel, a multi-state association of independent law firms serving closely-held and family-owned companies.
Dave is also active in civic and charitable organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Committee of Penfield Children’s Center and enjoys coaching youth sports.
Juris Doctor, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1996, Law Review (Managing Editor)
Bachelor of Science, Marquette University, Business Administration
Penfield Children’s Center - Board Member and Strategic Planning Committee Member
SecureFutures - Financial Literacy Instructor and Volunteer
Visiting Faculty Member, University of Wisconsin Law School, Lawyering Skills Class
Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) Wisconsin Chapter – Judge, 6th Annual ACG University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Business Intra-school MBA Competition and 5th Annual ACG Marquette University Business School Intra-school MBA Competition
Co-Chair, Godfrey & Kahn’s Marketing Committee
Youth Sports - Football and Baseball Coach
Listed in Best Lawyers in America (Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2013 - present)
Admitted To PracticeWisconsin
Professional AssociationsAmerican Bar Association, Milwaukee Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin
Represented Muth Mirror Systems in connection with an equity investment by Greenbriar Equity Group
Represented Harley-Davidson, Inc. in the purchase of the assets of StaCyc, Inc.
Represented DUECO, Inc. in its sale to Terex Utilities
Represented Regal Beloit Corporation in its acquisition of Benshaw, Inc. from Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Represented Regal Beloit Corporation in its acquisition of Hy-Bon Engineering Company, Inc. from Pfingsten Partners
Represented Professional Power Products, Inc. in its sale to Power Solutions International, Inc.
Represented Baird Capital in its sale of American Auto Auction Group to Huron Capital Partners
Represented Lubar & Co. in its investment in ChemDesign Holdings, Inc.
Represented Thermoset, Inc. in its sale of assets to Sulzer Ltd.
Represented Ascential Service Corporation in its sale to FS WP Holdco, Inc.
Represented FSC Colorado Holdings, Inc. in its sale to InfoTrust Group, Inc.
Represented Lubar & Co. in its investment in MEA Holdings, Inc.
Represented Racine Federated, Inc. in its sale to Badger Meter, Inc.
Represented Regal Beloit Corporation in its purchase of the RAM motor business from Schneider Electric USA, Inc. and Schneider Electric Brasil Ltda.
Represented Engineered Machined Products, Inc. (EMP) in the recapitalization of EMP funded by Prudential Capital Partners, L.P.
Represented Accuweb in its sale to BST ProMark Inc.
Represented American Auto Auction Group, LLC in its purchase of assets of Badger State Auto Auction, Inc.
Represented American Auto Auction Group, LLC in its purchase of assets of Auctions in Motion, Inc.
Represented Lakeside Water Treatment, Inc. in its sale of assets to MET-CHEM Inc.
Represented Alstom (Paris Stock Exchange: ALO), a global leader in energy and transport infrastructure, in the acquisition of certain assets of North American Phoenix Energy Services, Inc. and Phoenix Power Control, Inc.
Represented Alstom in Alstom's investment of up to $55 million in BrightSource Energy Inc. BrightSource Energy Inc. is a specialist in designing, building and operating tower based solar thermal power plants with operations in the USA, Israel and Australia
Represented Baird Capital in the establishment of American Auto Auction Group, LLC (AAAG) to execute an acquisition strategy in the whole car auto auction market, including the acquisition of AAAG's first three auto auctions in South Carolina, Mississippi and Texas
Represented Baird Capital and Chicago Growth Partners in the merger of CLP Resources, Inc. with Labor Ready, Inc.
Represented Baird Capital and Lubar & Co. in the acquisition of Marshall Erdman & Associates, Inc.
Represented Baird Capital in the acquisition of Flatirons Solutions Corporation
Represented Baird Capital in a private equity investment in Campbell Alliance Group, Inc.
Represented Baird Capital in a private equity investment in Encore Legal Solutions
Represented Baird Capital in a private equity investment in TrialGraphix, Inc.
Represented Baird Capital in the divestiture of Berbee Information Networks Corp.
Represented Manpower, Inc. in the acquisition of Jefferson Wells International
Represented Management of Fiserv Insurance Solutions (StoneRiver Insurance Solutions) in the sale of equity to Trident IV, a fund managed by Stone Point Capital, LLC
Represented Trega Foods, Inc. in a sale to Deutsch Kase Haus, Inc., a subsidiary of Agropur Cooperative
Represented Lakeside Water Treatment, Inc. in its purchase of assets from Bauer Engineering & Technology, LLC
Represented Zenith Canada Corp. in a share purchase of Thixotech, Inc.
Represented CLP Resources in the acquisition of Crown Technical Services
Represented Air Logic Power Systems, Inc. and Lake Monitors, Inc. in a sale to TASI, Inc., a portfolio company of H.I.G. Capital Partners
Represented Ampco Metal Incorporated in the divestiture of U.S. and European operations to multiple buyers
Represented ERDA, Inc. in a merger with DeCrane Aircraft Holdings, Inc.
Represented Facilitator Capital Fund, LLP in the acquisition of Final Approach, Inc.
Represented Facilitator Capital Fund, LLP in the acquisition of DEC International, Inc. and Rapid Pak, Inc.
Represented Facilitator Capital Fund, LLP in the reorganization of Newell Riverside, Inc. and Sivyer Steel Corporation
Represented Baird Capital and Lubar & Co. in the merger of Erdman Company with Cogdell Spencer LP
Represented Wire Maid Manufacturing, Ltd. in the acquisition of Ro-Band Corp.
Represented private investors in the purchase of Federal Tool
Represented AJS & Associates, Inc. in a sale to Hankscraft Motors, Inc.
Represented a private investor in the purchase of Alternative Machine Tool, Inc.
Represented Jacobus Energy, Inc. in the acquisition of Hometown, Inc.
Represented Waukesha Foundry, Inc. in a sale to Facilitator Capital Fund, LLP
Represented Plymouth Foam Incorporated in the acquisition, financing, and development of a 300,000 square foot facility
Represented Empire Screen Printing, Inc. in connection with Industrial Revenue Bond Financing