Randal J. Brotherhood


Shareholder

rjb@mtfn.com

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

Randal J. Brotherhood Best Lawyers 2020
Randall J. Brotherhood Super Lawyers
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rated

Randal J. Brotherhood has more than thirty years of experience representing businesses and their owners in a wide variety of industries and settings. He also devotes a substantial part of his practice to representing tax-exempt organizations, foundations and trade associations of all types and sizes, ranging from local charitable organizations to large national and international membership associations.

Randy represents business clients both on a day-to-day general counsel basis and as a strategic adviser for particular transactions, including acquisition transactions and joint ventures. Randy regularly functions as a member of his clients’ upper management teams in providing timely and experienced guidance to protect their interests.

As reflected by his ranking in The Best Lawyers in America®, the definitive guide to legal excellence in the country, as well as in other ranking venues, such as Wisconsin SuperLawyers®, Randy has earned an outstanding reputation among his clients and his peers in the legal community for his approach to legal issues, his skill in identifying creative, practical and business-oriented solutions, and his legal ethics and integrity.

Randy is a frequent lecturer and author on a variety of business-related legal topics.

Honors


  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2011 – 2020)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers® (2011 – 2019)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Wisconsin Law Journal’s “Leaders in the Law” (2014)

Professional Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
    Chair, Business Law Section; Chair, Chapter 180 Committee
    Member, Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Committee (2019)
    Member, Section Leaders Council (2019)
    Section Leaders Council Representative to Legislative Oversight Committee (2018 – Present)
    Planning committee establishing State Bar of Wisconsin Real Estate and Business Law Institute (2011-Present)
  • American Bar Association
    Section of Business Law Committee on Venture Capital and Private Equity: Committee on Fund Formation; Subcommittee on Prototype Limited Liability Company Fund Agreements
    Section of Business Law Subcommittee on Governmental Regulation: Subcommittee on Nonprofit Governance; Subcommittee on the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act; Subcommittee on Current Developments in Nonprofit Corporation Law; Subcommittee on Trade Associations
    Section of Intellectual Property Law Committee on Federal Trademark Legislation
  • American Society of Association Executives, Past Member

Speeches & Publications


  • Essential Trademark Concepts for Business Lawyers, Presentation to State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting and Convention (June 21, 2018)
  • A Primer on Hotel and Meeting Agreements–Selected Issues, Presentation to association management industry executives (March 3, 2017)
  • Securities Law Considerations in Closely-Held Business Transactions, Presentation to StartupMKE (November 1, 2016)
  • What Every Business Needs to Know About Intellectual Property, Presentation to StartupMKE (November 1, 2016)
  • Program Chair and Presenter, What Every Business Lawyer Needs to Know in Advising Clients About Social Media Law, State Bar of Wisconsin Seminar (October, 2015)
  • Initial Considerations for Nonprofit Organizations Contemplating a Merger, Joint Venture or Strategic Alliance, National Business Institute (October, 2014)
  • Key Issues for Nonprofit Organizations in Evaluating and Negotiation a Merger, Joint Venture or Strategic Alliance, National Business Institute (October, 2014)
  • Licensing Issues For Finders in Securities Offerings, Solicitors for Investment Advisers and Others Paid in Securities-Related Transactions: A Dialogue With the Wisconsin Securities Administrator, State Bar of Wisconsin Business and Real Estate Law Institute (June, 2013) (with Patricia D. Struck, Administrator, Division of Securities, WI Department of Financial Institutions)
  • Social Media and the Law for Businesses: Developing Issues and Legal Trends, State Bar of Wisconsin Business and Real Estate Law Institute (June, 2012)
  • Securities Law Considerations for Owners of Closely-Held Businesses, State Bar of Wisconsin Business and Real Estate Law Institute (June, 2011) (with Patricia D. Struck, Administrator, Division of Securities, WI Department of Financial Institutions)
  • What Every Business Needs to Know About Intellectual Property, State Bar of Wisconsin (June, July and September, 2010)
  • Choice of Entity for Wisconsin: New and Old Considerations in Light of Recent and Pending Developments, State Bar of Wisconsin 33rd Annual Corporate Practice Institute (November, 2009)
  • Selected Issues in Regulation of Non-Profit Organization Activities, National Business Institute (2006)
  • Boards of Directors of Tax-Exempt Organizations, National Business Institute (2005)
  • Overview of Critical Association Law Issues, Private client presentation delivered to numerous trade association clients (2009)
  • Securities Law Considerations in Formation of Start-Ups and Venture Capital Transactions(presentation delivered periodically to Marquette University graduate school business students)
  • Introduction to Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations,National Business Institute (2006)
  • Ethical Considerations Pertaining to Representation of Non-Profit Organizations, National Business Institute (2004)
  • Intellectual Property Law Aspects of Franchises,National Business Institute (2003)
  • Forms to be Familiar With in Starting a Franchise,National Business Institute (2003)
  • Location Selection in Starting a Franchise, National Business Institute (2003)
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property for IT Professionals,State Bar of Wisconsin (1999)
  • Legal Issues Presented by the Internet and E-Mail,International Association of Association Management Companies (1998)
  • Doing Business in Wisconsin: Recent Trends, Historical Perspectives and a Look to the Future,MTFN Symposium (1998)
  • A Practitioner’s Guide to Intellectual Property Issues on the Internet, State Bar of Wisconsin (1998)
  • Developments in Investment Adviser Regulation, State Bar of Wisconsin (1998)
  • Knowing Your Rights in Computer Software, State Bar of Wisconsin (1996)
  • Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Pertaining to the Internet,State Bar of Wisconsin (1996)
  • The Wisconsin Fair Dealership Act, Milwaukee Minority Business Development Center (1993)
  • Legal Aspects of Franchising, National Business Institute (1993)
  • What Business and Investors Can Expect Under the Clinton Administration, Robert W. Baird & Co./MTFN Symposium (1993)
  • The Impact of Asbestos on Real Estate Transactions and Ownership, State Bar of Wisconsin (1991)
  • Gain from Sale or Exchange of Residence, Private client presentation (1990)

Washington University, J.D., 1981, Senior Editor, Washington University Law Quarterly
Marquette University, B.A., 1978, cum laude


  • American Heart Association, Wisconsin Affiliate, Executive Board of Directors (1993-2002); Chairman (2000-2001)
  • Wauwatosa Public Library,Board of Trustees (1997-2004); Chairman (2001)
  • Marian Catholic Home, Inc., Chairman, Board of Directors (1988-1995); Chairman (1992-1995)
  • Kindcare Inc., President, Board of Directors (1993-1999); President (1995-1998)
  • Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Inc., Board of Directors, Milwaukee Regional Board (1993-1997)
  • City of Wauwatosa Citizen’s Advisory Capital Improvements Committee (1993-2004)
  • Washington University, Alumni Board of Governors (1987-1993)
  • Washington University Alumni Association, Wisconsin Chair (1987-2000)

Articles & Videos


Understanding the Key Provisions made in the New Sick Pay Legislation

In light of the disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, lawmakers passed legislation containing provisions pertaining to paid leave and corresponding...
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Paycheck Protection Program – § 7(a)(36) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(a))

The “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (“CARES Act”) establishes a new loan under section 7(a) of the Small...
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Shareholders Thomas Nichols, Randal Brotherhood and Adam Tutaj testified before the Wisconsin State Assembly’s Judiciary Committee in support of Assembly Bill 854

On Thursday, February 6, 2020, shareholders Tom Nichols, Randy Brotherhood and Adam Tutaj testified before the Wisconsin State Assembly’s Judiciary...
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Nine Meissner Tierney Attorneys Selected as 2019 Wisconsin Super Lawyers

Meissner Tierney is proud to announce that seven of its active shareholders, including Joseph Tierney III, Thomas Nichols, Randal Brotherhood,...
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Nine Shareholders Voted to The 2020 Best Lawyers in America© List

Meissner Tierney is extremely honored to announce that all nine of our active shareholders were once again selected by their...
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Nine Meissner Tierney Attorneys Recognized by Wisconsin Super Lawyers for 2018

Meissner Tierney is proud to announce that seven shareholders, including Joseph Tierney III, Thomas Nichols*, Randal Brotherhood, Michael Cohen**, William...
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Attorney Randy Brotherhood’s Article, “The EU’s New General Data Protection Regulation: Implications for U.S. Businesses” Published by The State Bar of Wisconsin

The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Business Law Blog recently published an article authored by Meissner Tierney shareholder Randy Brotherhood entitled...
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Eight Meissner Tierney Shareholders Voted to the 2019 Best Lawyers in America© List

Meissner Tierney is extremely honored to announce that eight of our senior shareholders were once again selected by their peers...
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Attorney Randy Brotherhood Elected to a State Bar of Wisconsin Leadership Post

Shareholder Randal Brotherhood, currently Chair of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin and a member of...
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Steps to Protect Your Business From Trademark Infringement

Randal J. Brotherhood The elements for a successful trademark infringement claim have been well established under both federal and state...
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Ten Meissner Tierney Attorneys Recognized by Wisconsin Super Lawyers for 2017

Meissner Tierney is proud to announce that seven shareholders, including Joseph Tierney III, Thomas Nichols, Randal Brotherhood, Michael Cohen*, William...
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Eight Meissner Tierney Shareholders Voted to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America© List

Meissner Tierney is extremely honored to announce that eight of our senior shareholders were once again selected by their peers...
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Video: Protecting a Trademark – Part III: Steps to Protect Your Business From Trademark Infringement – Attorney Randy Brotherhood

In this final installment of a three part video series on Trademark Law, Attorney Randy Brotherhood identifies how a business...
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Attorney Randy Brotherhood Appears Before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Support of the Business Court Pilot Project

Attorney Randy Brotherhood appeared before the Wisconsin Supreme Court on February 16, 2017, in his capacity as Chair of the...
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Attorney Randy Brotherhood’s Article, “The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: A New Federal Civil Cause of Action for Trade Secret Theft,” Published by The State Bar of Wisconsin

The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Business Law Blog recently published an article authored by Meissner Tierney shareholder Randy Brotherhood entitled “The Defend Trade Secrets Act...
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Eleven Meissner Tierney Attorneys Recognized by Wisconsin Super Lawyers for 2016

Once again, nearly all of Meissner Tierney’s shareholders, including Joseph Tierney III, Thomas Nichols, Randal Brotherhood, Michael Cohen, William Stuart,...
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Eight Meissner Tierney Attorneys Named to the 2017 Best Lawyers in America© List

We are excited to announce that eight of our 10 shareholders, and all of our senior shareholders, have been selected...
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Steps in Protecting Rights in a Trademark Once it is Selected

Randal J. Brotherhood Once a business selects a trademark, the key next steps consist of, first, searching the trademark and...
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Attorney Randy Brotherhood Elected Chairman of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin

Attorney Randy Brotherhood was elected Chairman of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin on June 16,...
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What is a Trademark & What Does a Business Need to Know in Selecting One?

Randal J. Brotherhood What is a trademark and what a business should think about when selecting a trademark as a...
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