James W. DeCleene


Associate

jwd@mtfn.com

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

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.

Honors


  • CALI Awards: Trusts & Estates; Criminal Process; Advanced Legal Research: Taxation
  • Regional Semi-Finalist in the 2014 National Moot Court Competition

Professional Organizations


  • American Bar Association
  • Milwaukee Bar Association

Speeches & Publications


  • Thomas J. Nichols & James W. DeCleene, Fool’s Gold, Code Sec. 1202 Stock and the Alchemy of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Journal of Passthrough Entities (July-August 2018)
  • 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).

Marquette University Law School, J.D., 2015, cum laude, Comment Editor, Marquette Law Review
Ripon College, B.A., 2012, cum laude


  • Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Western District of Wisconsin
  • Supreme Court of Wisconsin
  • United States Tax Court

Articles & Videos


Wisconsin Pass-Through Entity Tax-Saving Opportunity Now Available to Partnerships

Thomas J. Nichols, CPA, JD, and James W. DeCleene, JD 2017 Wisconsin Act 368, a bill sponsored and championed by...
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Attorneys Tom Nichols and James DeCleene Co-author Article “Investing in Qualified Wisconsin Businesses: A Closer Look” for the State Bar of Wisconsin

President and shareholder Tom Nichols and attorney James DeCleene recently co-authored an article for the State Bar of Wisconsin's Inside Track...
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Fool’s Gold, Code Sec. 1202 Stock and the Alchemy of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Choice of Entity Corner Journal of Passthrough Entities (July-August 2018) You may have read an article that one of us...
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Attorney James DeCleene’s Authors Article “Round Three: Another Crack at Benefit Corporations” for the State Bar of Wisconsin

Attorney James DeCleene, a member of Meissner Tierney's transactional practice group, authored an article for the State Bar of Wisconsin's Inside...
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Meissner Tierney Sponsors and Participates in the Sixth Annual MJC 5K Run for Justice

Team Quality Matters comprised of MTFN employees and their family and friends made a strong showing this year at the...
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New IRS Expensing Rules May Require Action By Year-End

Thomas J. Nichols & James W. DeCleene Late last month, the IRS increased the cost of items that can be expensed as...
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Bona Fide Reciprocal Purchase Arrangements Under the Code Sec. 414 Common Control Rules

Journal of Passthrough Entities - Choice of Entity Corner Journal of Passthrough Entities (November-December 2015) In forming new business entities,...
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Meissner Tierney Welcomes Associate James W. DeCleene

Meissner Tierney is pleased to welcome James W. DeCleene as an Associate Attorney. James comes to Meissner Tierney from Marquette...
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