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Stroud, Willink & Howard, LLC, provides a wide variety of services
to its clients. Our firm could best be described as a general
business practice firm, practicing in virtually all areas of business
If you would like to know more about any one of our primary
practice areas, please click on the heading below to see a brief
description of the practice area, along with a list of the attorneys
significantly in that area.
We represent clients in many aspects of the construction industry.
We also participated in the negotiations to
build Madison's arts
center in downtown
by the renowned architect Cesar Pelli. Ron Todd would be pleased to answer your questions regarding this practice area.
A major facet of our practice is providing
counsel to our business clients. Enveloped in the heading "Corporate," are
virtually all legal questions faced by businesses of any
type, whether formed as a corporation, partnership, limited liability
corporation, cooperative, or otherwise. We participate
in all aspects of a business' life, including formation,
business litigation, tax planning, transactions, employment,
trademarks and copyrights, and business succession planning.
The Stroud firm is well-suited to respond to the needs of its
corporate clients. Most
of our attorneys practice in this area, including Rob
Dale Peterson, Bob
Schwab, Carolyn Hegge, Joe
Richter, Norm Farnam, John Laubmeier, Krista Pleviak, and Tripp Stroud.
Wisconsin has a very unique dealership law which poses unique challenges
for franchisors and franchisees, alike. Our firm
has been at the forefront of the issues surrounding Wisconsin's
since its inception. We encourage you to contact Dale
Peterson with your questions.
Our firm is uniquely qualified
to respond to clients' questions regarding deferred compensation
issues, whether from employers
or employees. If
you have questions in this area, we encourage you
to contact Bob Schwab.
One of the most rapidly evolving areas of the law is
employment law. Employers
are faced with new demands and challenges
on a daily basis. We
have remained poised to answer our clients'
questions, primarily from the employer's point of view, efficiently
and effectively. We
have special experience with discrimination
complaints, employee handbooks, compensation issues, and compliance
with federal, state, and local
regulatory requirements. Peter Richter would be pleased to answer your employment law questions.
Estate Planning & Probate
Our attorneys have long
been known to provide exceptional counsel for our estate planning
clients. We have handled virtually every
aspect of estate planning, including
wills, trusts, life insurance, and business succession planning.
On the probate side, our firm has represented thousands of probate
estates, both small and very
large, and has unique experience in
representing parties involved in disputes in probate. One
of these attorneys would be happy to answer your estate planning
or probate questions: Rob Stroud, Bob
Hegge, Joe Bartol, and Tripp Stroud.
Our financing practice includes representation both of our
business clients securing loans and banks making loans. We have represented
fsb, in many of their
more complex matters for many years. Attorneys
practicing in this area include
Ron Todd, Rob Stroud, and Norman Farnam.
Our attorneys have extensive experience in representing secured and unsecured creditors and lenders in a variety of financial transactions from loan origination to workouts of problem loans and repossession of collateral. At the initial stages of financing negotiations, we assist our lender clients in negotiating and preparing loan documents, letters of credit, and other financing arrangements, reviewing appropriate due diligence materials, and negotiating asset-based and other sources of lender security. In the context of problem loans, our services are as flexible as loan relationships are varied—we assist lenders in complex foreclosures and replevin actions, negotiations with debtors, deed-in-lieu transactions, forbearance agreements, representation in bankruptcies, and all other types of loan workouts. With respect to owned real estate, we work extensively with lenders and creditors in negotiating purchase contracts, resolving title issues, environmental matters, land use issues, and other property ownership and sale issues, and assisting and advise lenders with respect to the sale and closing process. Please contact Rob Stroud, Peter
Richter, Norm Farnam, John Laubmeier, and Krista Pleviak.
Litigation & Arbitration
Our litigation practice has
grown into a sophisticated group that is capable of handling the
most complex commercial litigation. The
focus of our practice is
business litigation, helping our clients effectively prosecute
their disputes in state and federal
courts, as well as through
complex arbitration matters. Our
litigators include Dale
Richter, Norm Farnam, John Laubmeier, John Gentry and Tripp Stroud.
Our real estate attorneys have extensive
experience in everything from residential house
closings to complex commercial transactions to like-kind exchanges.
Our extensive experience in all aspects of real estate law gives
us unique capability to handle any real estate
transaction faced by
our clients. Our real estate
attorneys include Ron
Todd, Rob Stroud, Carolyn
Hegge, Joe Bartol, Peter
Richter, John Laubmeier, Krista Pleviak, and Tripp Stroud.
Our firm has long represented American
TV & Appliance of Madison,
Inc., a premier
retailer of furniture,
appliances, and electronics
with stores at several
locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and
Upper Michigan, as
well as an established presence on the World Wide Web. This
experience, along with our representation of many other retailers
of consumer products, has given our firm a strong
background in issues
facing retailers. Please contact
Todd if you have any questions about our retail practice.
An increasing area of practice
involves the resolution of disputes between shareholders
in corporations. We have extensive experience
in advising clients
in these disputes, as well as developing plans to avoid such
disputes before they occur. Dale Peterson would be happy to answer your questions regarding shareholder disputes.
Our firm has developed significant experience in
the issues facing shopping centers, especially in drafting
commercial shopping center leases. If
you would like
more information about our shopping center practice, please contact
Software & Technology
Stroud, Willink & Howard
has developed a unique expertise in matters relating to software
and technology. We have worked extensively
licensing agreements, developed a unique contractual approach to
relationships between software programmers/providers and
helped developers of technology protect their work with trademarks
and copyrights, and have handled several pieces of
involving highly complex technological disputes. For
licensing, contracting, or litigating technology issues, please
contact Ron Todd or Dale Peterson.
Our firm has a long tradition of providing sophisticated
tax advice to our
clients, especially in connection with business and estate
also have extensive experience in representing clients in disputes
before the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and
Internal Revenue Service. Bob
Schwab is available to answer your tax questions.
Trademark & Copyright
In today's information world, protection of our clients' trademark
copyright interests is becoming increasingly important. The
increasing influence of the Internet has added to and enhanced
these needs. We assist our clients to protect their
by obtaining federal registrations of their marks and copyrights
by counseling them in disputes with infringers. We also
developed special knowledge in intellectual property licensing
have a trademark or copyright matter, please contact Norm Farnam or John Gentry.