James W. DeCleene
James W. DeCleene is an attorney in Meissner Tierney’s transactional practice group. He serves a variety of business entities and provides advice relating to business formation, taxation, and compliance with state and federal regulations.
Prior to joining Meissner Tierney, Jim held positions with the Waukesha County Circuit Court, where he served as Judicial Intern for the Honorable Mac Davis, Jennifer Dorow, and Ralph Ramirez. He also interned with the Wisconsin Supreme Court for the Honorable David T. Prosser, Jr. Jim comes to Meissner Tierney from Marquette University Law School, where he graduated cum laude, served as a Comment Editor of Marquette Law Review, provided leadership in the Academic Success Program, and finished as a Regional Semi-Finalist in the 2014 National Moot Court Competition.
- CALI Awards: Trusts & Estates; Criminal Process; Advanced Legal Research: Taxation
- Regional Semi-Finalist in the 2014 National Moot Court Competition
- January 14, 2020
- Attorneys Tom Nichols and James DeCleene Co-author Article “Investing in Qualified Wisconsin Businesses: A Closer Look” for the State Bar of WisconsinOctober 1, 2018
- Choice of Entity CornerJuly 1, 2018
- Attorney James DeCleene’s Authors Article "Round Three: Another Crack at Benefit Corporations" for the State Bar of WisconsinJuly 1, 2017
- December 22, 2015
- Journal of Passthrough Entities - Choice of Entity CornerNovember 1, 2015
Speeches & Publications
Thomas J. Nichols & James W. DeCleene, Bona Fide Reciprocal Purchase Arrangements Under the Code Sec. 414 Common Control Rules, Journal of Passthrough Entities (Nov. - Dec. 2015).
A Prosecutor's Guide to Character Evidence: When is Uncharged Possession Evidence Probative of a Defendant's Intent to Distribute?, 98 Marquette Law Review 1383 (2015).
- American Bar Association
- Milwaukee Bar Association