About Me

I work with business owners at all stages of their business development. I consult with Founders on pivotal start-up matters such as their business model, entity choice, protecting and leveraging intellectual property, hiring employees and contractors, minimizing damage from disgruntled Founders, Internet law, and State & Local regulations. I continue to support business owners as they grow their business, with a particular eye towards reducing risk and taking advantage of revenue opportunities that may be overlooked. Finally, I assist business owners looking to retire and pass the business on to the next generation - with a passion for building the succession and estate planning framework needed to carry the business into the future.

With good planning, the vast majority of expensive litigation can be avoided -- however, I also represent individuals and businesses that need to bring suit against someone to protect their rights.

Prior to pursuing a career in law, I worked in the software industry - specifically with data integrity and internal control systems. I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Business with concentrations in Sales and Spanish from Bradley University. I was born and raised in Ozaukee County, and graduated from Grafton High School. I enjoy hiking, adventure sports, travel, Spanish language, and programming in my free time. I was the Past President of the Dodge County Bar Association, am an active Member of the Wisconsin Bar Association, and am involved in a number of local organizations. I am passionate about helping entrepreneurs, small business owners, and hard working Wisconsinites achieve their goals. If you are an individual or business owner who has a legal issue, or wants help planning for the future - I can absolutely help.

Education
JD - University of Wisconsin | Madison;
BA International Business & Spanish - Bradley University (summa cum laude)

Organizations
Past President - Dodge County Bar Association
State Bar of Wisconsin
Springboard Startup Competition - Bradley University
August Derleth Literary Society - Board of Directors
United States Parachute Association
Grafton, WI Lions Club
Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors
Skydive the Rock - Board of Directors

Languages
English
Spanish

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Business Support

IT Planning & Risk Reduction
Data Breach Mitigation

Assess the current points of risk in your IT infrastructure and take care of the issues before they become bigger liabilities. Expand your current IT footprint with an eye for risk, both technical and legal. Mitigate a recent data breach and respond appropriately to customers, law enforcement, and regulatory agencies.

Strategic Business Planning


Assistance with business plan drafting, SWOT Analysis, research, and strategic planning - both domestic and international.

Rates

Consultation

Discuss your matter first, see what the options are, and decide on moving forward.

30 minutes in person\on the phone - $60
Hourly rate applies after first 30 minutes

Hourly

Matters of all types $175\hour

Packages\Flat Rate

Founder's Package (LLC): LLC Formation, Operating Agreement, Depository Authorization, EIN Number, WI Tax ID Number, LLC Maintenance Guide
$500.00 + Costs & Fees

Trademark Package (Word or Slogan - Up to 2 classes): Trademark Search & Usability Analysis, USPTO Registration, 2 communications with the USPTO examining attorney, Trademark Maintenance Guide
$750.00 + Costs & Fees

On Call Corporate Counsel

Founding a business and don't know how many hours of legal you'll need? Do you want a strategic partner who understands your business to help you every step of the way, or be there when problems come up?

Flexible fee arrangements are available.

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Please feel free to call me at: 262-204-7870