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Scott W. Brunner

111 East Kilbourn Avenue, 19th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202
P 414.273.1300
F 414.273.5840

Scott W. Brunner maintains a comprehensive transactional, real estate, and general corporate legal practice. He serves the diverse business needs of clients, notably by drafting transactional and organizational documents and guiding clients as they structure terms and arrangements in contract negotiations.

Scott’s areas of expertise include commercial and residential real estate leasing and sale transactions; securities offerings and other securities matters (including federal and state crowdfunding, Regulation A, and Regulation D); corporate organizational matters; business entity selection; corporate policies and procedures; and various other legal matters concerning the purchase and sale of real estate and businesses.

Scott’s published works and speakerships have included business-focused real estate, environmental, and securities topics. He has also been at the ground-floor of the new federal and state equity crowdfunding laws, and is co-authoring a new chapter on the topic for the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Prior to joining Meissner Tierney, Scott served as a judicial intern to the Hon. Rudolph T. Randa of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and contributed to the research of Dean Joseph D. Kearney and Associate Dean Matthew Parlow of Marquette Law School.  He was also the Managing Editor of the Marquette Law Review.

Representative Matters


  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers® Rising Star (2016)
  • Marquette University Law School, Thomas More Law Scholar
  • Wisconsin State Bar, Environmental Law Section, Essay Award Winner (2011)
  • CALI Awards - Environmental Law, Comparative Law


Speeches & Publications

Panel Speaker, Securities Law for Attorneys Representing Closely Held Businesses, State Bar of Wisconsin (PINNACLE) (May 2017)

Co-Speaker, Raising Capital for Startups, Milwaukee Startup Week/Startup MKE (November 2016)

Speaker, Evolution of Securities Crowdfunding and Regulation A, Milwaukee Bar Association (October 2016)

Co-Speaker, Introduction to Equity Crowdfunding, State Bar of Wisconsin (PINNACLE) (June 2016)

Co-Author, Crowdfunding: A New Federal and State Form of Securities Offering, State Bar of Wisconsin, Inside Track Newsletter (May 2016) (with Mitchell D. Lindstrom)

Co-Author, Crowdfunding, in Securities, Mergers, and Acquisitions in Wisconsin (3d ed. 2016)

Co-Speaker, Negotiating Indemnification in Commercial Leases, National Business Institute (December 2015) (with Brian C. Tokarz)

Co-Speaker, Negotiating Indemnification in Commercial Leases, National Business Institute (June 2014) (with Jennifer A.B. Kreil and Brian C. Tokarz)

Author, New Wisconsin Crowdfunding Bill Plays off of Federal JOBS Act; Certified Investor and Funding Portal Categories Created, Wisconsin Bar, Business Law Section Newsletter (Dec. 2013) (related interview with Milwaukee Public Radio)

Author, The Prosecutor’s Vulture: Inconsistent MBTA Prosecution, Its Clash with Wind Farms, and How to Fix It, 3 Seattle J. Envtl. L. 1 (2013)

Author, Sharing the Green: Reformatting Wisconsin’s Forgotten Green Space Grant with a Public–Private Partnership Design, 95 Marq. L. Rev. 305 (2011)

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Federalist Society, Milwaukee Lawyers Chapter

Community/Civic Activities

Wisconsin Real Estate Appraisers Board, Board Member (Government Appointment 2013 - 2016)

Vital Voices for Mental Health, Board Member & Secretary (2015 - present)