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James W. DeCleene

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

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


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).

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • Milwaukee Bar Association