James J. Wawrzyn

James J. Wawrzyn


111 East Kilbourn Avenue, 19th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202

James serves as his client’s navigator across the legal landscape, from contract formation to dispute resolution. James counsels clients on commercial contract negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, supply-chain alternatives, financing, risk management, and general corporate matters. James collaborates with clients to identify and implement their priorities. For each project, James has a results-oriented approach. He continuously engages the stakeholders to recognize and actively address obstacles that may impact desired outcomes.


  • CALI Awards: Negotiating Business Transactions,  Legal Writing & Research,  Intellectual Property Law, and  Advanced Legal Research

Professional Organizations

  • Wisconsin State Bar Association
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Speeches & Publications

  • Speaker, Transitioning the Business through Mergers & Acquisitions, Family Business Legacy Institute (February 20, 2020)
  • Speaker, Advanced Language Writing – Simplifying Contract Templates to Increase Customer Acceptance Rates and Reduce Disputes, Association of Corporate Counsel – Wisconsin Annual Conference (May 19, 2019)
  • Speaker, Experiences with the Eviction Defense Project¸ Rotary Club of Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise (February 15, 2019)
  • Speaker, Avoiding a Dumpster Fire: Practical Considerations in Negotiating Sophisticated Commercial Contracts with Strategic Partners, Association of Corporate Counsel Annual – Wisconsin Conference (May 18, 2017)
  • Author, Panzer v. Doyle: Wisconsin Constitutional Law Deals the Governor a New Hand, 89 MARQ. L. REV. 221 (2005) (cited in Dairyland Greyhound Park v. Doyle, 295 Wis. 2d 1, 76 n.1 (2006))
  • Author, Becoming a Marquette Lawyer: A Student’s Perspective (2006)


  • Supreme Court of Wisconsin

Marquette University Law School, J.D., 2006
University of Wisconsin – Madison, B.A., 2000

Articles & Videos

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