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Godfrey & Kahn, SC

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Managing Partner: Nicholas P Wahl
Number of partners: 87 Number of other lawyers (in US offices): 93

Firm Overview:
Godfrey & Kahn provides business-oriented, comprehensive advice to clients ranging from emerging growth companies, venture capital and buyout funds to large, privately and publicly held national and international corporations, and high net worth individuals and executives.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Antitrust
Banking & Financial Institutions
Business Finance, Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Corporate
Employee Benefits
Environment & Energy Strategies
Estate Planning, Estate & Trust Administration
Healthcare
Insurance & Reinsurance
Intellectual Property
Labor, Employment & Immigration
Litigation
Mergers & Acquisitions
Real Estate
Securities
Tax
Technology

Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions:
Godfrey & Kahn has a diverse and deep client base, ranging from multinational publicly traded and privately held companies, to middle market and family-owned businesses. The firm’s attorneys have substantial experience in advising companies, management teams, investment bankers, lenders, private equity firms and other sources of capital on the legal, business and financial issues relating to a variety of transactions.
Contact: Brett Koeller Tel: 414 287 9445
Contact: C.J. Wauters Tel: 414 287 9663

Environment & Energy:
The firm provides its clients with innovative approaches to their current and future environmental and energy needs. The attorneys are leaders in their field regarding emerging issues like climate change, sustainable development initiatives and water quality trading. Godfrey & Kahn is a leading Wisconsin law firm that provides practical counsel to regulated public utilities, their customers and new entrants in the energy development space.
Contact: John Clancy Tel: 414 287 9256

Healthcare:
Godfrey & Kahn’s health care practice group is organized around a core group of attorneys who provide legal services to clients in the health care industry. As counsel for hospitals and other health care facilities, the firm assists its clients in planning and executing corporate restructurings, mergers, acquisitions, affiliations and joint ventures.
Contact: Tom Shorter Tel: 608 284 2239

Intellectual Property:
The firm’s IP practice has extensive knowledge and experience protecting its clients’ intellectual property matters. Godfrey & Kahn’s focus is on each client’s business objectives, whether it is protecting intellectual property to attain or maintain industry leadership, establishing exclusivity in a market niche, or increasing company value. The attorneys assist their clients in recognizing their protectable rights and in formulating strategies to obtain, protect and commercialize their IP.
Contact: Brian Gilpin Tel: 414 287 9317

Labor & Employment:
The firm’s attorneys help businesses successfully navigate the complicated legal landscape by providing proactive advice in all areas of labor, employment and immigration law. The goal of this practice group is to recognize and understand the issues affecting the workforce and leverage the team’s collective experience to deliver practical solutions that meet all business needs effectively and efficiently. The firm offers a broad range of services regarding statutory, judicial and regulatory authority concerning workplace matters. The attorneys work closely with the firm’s corporate lawyers to address complex labor and employment matters that arise in acquisitions and sales of businesses, including comprehensive employment agreements and restrictive covenant agreements. The firm’s labor and employment litigation services are also vast and sophisticated.
Contact: Christine Liu McLaughlin Tel: 414 287 9232

Litigation:
Godfrey & Kahn’s litigation attorneys, having a vast array of experience in federal, state, and international litigation and arbitration forums, never lose sight of their primary goal: protecting a client’s best interests. The approach begins with a thorough understanding of the client’s operations and the commercial realities that affect them. The firm ensures that cases are appropriately staffed to avoid the unnecessary costs associated with multiple attorneys performing the same tasks on a case. The litigators understand that a favorable outcome in litigation is one that best serves the client’s overall interests, and not one achieved by an expensive, burdensome process that itself impedes the client’s economic vitality or business objectives.
Contact: Tony Baish Tel: 414 287 9435
Contact: Josh Johanningmeier Tel: 608 284 2637

Real Estate:
Godfrey & Kahn’s real estate attorneys serve as business advisors and provide practical business strategies and solutions. The firm has the requisite legal skill and business experience to ensure that its clients’ real estate holdings are strategically employed to serve its clients’ needs. Its clients include businesses, financial institutions, developers, contractors, construction managers, brokers and others who need legal experience with real estate matters.
Contact: Mark O’Neill Tel: 414 287 9233

International Affiliation:
Through the firm’s membership in TerraLex, an international network of independent law firms, Godfrey & Kahn has access to 17,000 attorneys in more th