David Patzer is the chair of Godfrey & Kahn’s Estate Planning Practice Group in the Milwaukee office and co-Chair of the firm’s Fiduciary Litigation Practice Group.
His areas of practice include fiduciary income taxation, estate and gift taxation, probate administration, and the preparation of marital agreements, wills, trusts and other estate planning instruments. Dave often implores estate planning techniques focused on leveraging the use of available tax exemptions including Family Limited Partnerships, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, Charitable Lead Trusts, Charitable Remainder Trusts, sales to defective Grantor Trusts and the creation and administration of family foundations. He works closely with the firm’s Corporate Practice Group on business succession matters for many of our closely held clients.
Admitted To Practice
Wisconsin - 1998
State Bar of Wisconsin
St. Francis Children’s Center – Past President and Past Board Member
YMCA Camp Minikani – Board Member
Milwaukee Estate Planning Forum – Past President
Evan Scholars – Milwaukee Regional Alumni President
Wisconsin American College of Trust and Estate Counsel – Fellow
Recognized as a Five Star Wealth Manager (2012 - present)
Listed in Best Lawyers in America (Trust and Estates, 2014 - present)
Recognized as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer (2017 - 2019)
Juris Doctor, University of Minnesota Law School, 1996, cum laude
Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993, Accounting