Jerry has extensive experience in complex transactional and business matters for businesses of all types, with an eye toward helping them achieve organizational and operational efficiencies within the confines of the law. He also assists clients with estate planning, probate matters, and succession planning. Jerry is a well-respected creditor’s rights and bankruptcy attorney, as well. In addition, he has extensive experience with agricultural law, particularly as it may relate to financial opportunities, such as leasing cell towers. Jerry also has experience in municipal matters and open meetings issues.
In the Profession
As a native of Wisconsin’s agricultural heartland, Jerry has unique skills and interest related to dairy and agricultural business, and the changing economies of those heartland businesses, including monetizing lands for leasing of cell towers, and other land use and real estate opportunities available to his agricultural clients. Jerry long served as general counsel for one of Wisconsin’s largest dairy cooperatives, and he assisted a cooperative in merging with two others to create the third largest membership dairy cooperative in the United States.
While Jerry prefers to work with small businesses on growth and financial opportunities and with individuals on estate and succession planning, he also has a deep background in creditor’s rights, bankruptcy, litigation.
Jerry has been named to the Wisconsin Super Lawyers list for the past nine consecutive years and is Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
While in law school, Jerry was an editor on the Wisconsin Law Review.
In the Community
Jerry has served as a member of the Milwaukee County Condemnation Commission, the City of Milwaukee Ethics Board and as an election inspector for the City. He has regularly volunteered to teach first-time home-buyers
Get to Know Jerry
What vacation spot would you recommend, and why?
Lake Pepin, located in the West Central Wisconsin driftless area on the Mississippi River, has great small town getaways with both water and hilltop vistas dotted with craft and artist shops, country stores, small dairy, horse and vegetable farms, sailboats, barges, railroads, great restaurants, pie shops, and vineyards. I was raised near Lake Pepin and visit whenever I can.
What is the best concert you’ve attended, ever, and what made it the best?
Many years ago I attended a Tina Turner concert at the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee where I got caught up in “Rollin’ Down the River”.
Action, Drama, Comedy, Foreign Film?
I watch comedies before I go to bed at night. After I laugh, I sleep better.
University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D. (with honors)
University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, B.A. (with honors)
Admitted: Jerry is admitted to practice in the State of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the Western District of Wisconsin, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Memberships: Wisconsin Bar Association.