William T. Stuart


Shareholder

wts@mtfn.com

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

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Shareholder William T. Stuart maintains a dual practice in the areas of real estate and general business litigation.  His real estate litigation practice led to a groundbreaking decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of the landowners in a governmental takings case—a decision which countered national trends and reversed contrary authority in this jurisdiction.  His transactional practice recently involved the development of a signature thirty story multi-use tower in downtown Milwaukee.

In his real estate practice, Bill is involved in nearly every facet of real estate law, including the financing, development, construction, purchase and sale of multi-million dollar commercial real estate projects and the litigation of disputes involving property rights and other land-use issues.  His clients span the spectrum of large to small and his projects involve some of the most complex topics in real estate law.  He has experience in water law rights, environmental remediation, zoning and permitting issues, construction disputes, partition cases, boundary line disputes, title claims and foreclosure/work-out cases.  Bill has formed, terminated and restated condominiums, and litigated advanced claims in condominium law, including so-called “dockuminiums.”  He has represented purchasers, sellers, lenders, developers and brokers of real estate, as well as condominium associations and other businesses with needs in property law.

Bill additionally has extensive experience in commercial litigation matters, and has handled numerous business lawsuits.  He has litigated non-compete cases, contract disputes, product liability cases, corporate fraud and derivative claims actions.

Bill is one of the few lawyers to successfully navigate complicated legal issues in both litigation and transactional work.  His experience in these areas is unparalleled and offers his clients unique insights which help them achieve their goals.

Honors


  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2013 – 2020); Milwaukee Lawyer of the Year® (Real Estate Litigation, 2014, 2018)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers® (2010 – 2019); Wisconsin Super Lawyers® Rising Star (2007, 2009)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Noteable® Peer Review Rated

Professional Organizations


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

Speeches & Publications


  • Speaker, Railroad History and Current Litigation, 70th Annual Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors’ Institute (2018)
  • Speaker, Appellate Practice in the Real World, Appellate Advocacy Class at Marquette University (2018)
  • Speaker, Railroad History and Title Insurance, 2018 WLTA Graduate Course (2018)
  • Speaker, 3 Surprising Litigation and Liability Facts That Will Cost You, Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin’s (AASEW) Trade Show (October 20, 2017)
  • Author, Potential Runaway Train Could Impact Land Rights, TitleNews, Vol. 93, Issue No. 2, p. 17 (February 2014)
  • Author, Supreme Court to Decide Critical Property Rights Case, State Bar Business Law News, Vol. No. 31, Issue No. 3, p. 8 (December 2013)
  • Author, Shareholders-Guarantors Cannot Pursue Derivative Claims in Collection Action, State Bar Business Law News, Vol. No. 31, Issue No. 2, p.6 (September 2013)
  • Speaker, Update on WLTA Amicus Brief, Montalvo v. Montalvo, Wisconsin Land Title Association Annual Convention (September 2012)
  • Speaker, Special Considerations in Disputes Involving Condominium Associations, Who Can Bring What Claims When, State Bar Business and Real Estate Law Institute (June 2012)
  • SpeakerSamuel C. Johnson 1988 Trust v. Bayfield County, Wisconsin (Wisconsin Land Title Association Annual Convention, September 22, 2011), addressing issues related to property rights to abandoned railroad rights of way and related title insurance issues
  • Author, Switching Tracks: How the Seventh Circuit Restored Certain Landowners’ Rights to Abandoned Railroad Rights-of-Way. Title News, Vol. 90, No. 10, p. 23 (Oct. 2011)
  • Speaker, Introduction to HUD/FHA Financing For Real Estate Development:  Unique Features Of HUD Financed Transactions That Real Estate Lawyers Should Know Before Their Clients Go, State Bar Business and Real Estate Law Institute (June 2011)
  • Speaker, Representing the Closely Held Business: Complex Issues in Real Property Law (State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Seminars) (2010)
  • Speaker, Truly Doing God’s Work – Defining Ecclesiastical Job Functions Under the Ministerial Exception to the First Amendment, St. Thomas More Lawyer’s Society of Wisconsin (2008)
  • Speaker, The Enforceability of Restrictive Covenants Against Real Estate, 31st Corporate Practice Institute (December 5, 2007)
  • Speaker, Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law, Presented during What You Need To Know About Public Records and Open Meetings in Wisconsin (Lorman July 18, 2003)
  • Co-Author, Can Employers Force Employees To Sign Noncompete Agreements As A Condition Of Their Employment?, Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 72, No. 5 (May 1999) (with Michael J. Cohen)
  • Contributor, Real Property Remedies, Wisconsin Practice Series—Methods of Practice (4th Ed.) Volume 1, Chapter 10

Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1997, cum laude, Editor in Chief, Marquette Law Review
University of Wisconsin – Madison, B.A., 1994, cum laude


  • Project K-9, Inc., Board Member (2007 to present)
  • Marquette High School Trap Team, Coach (2018)

Articles & Videos


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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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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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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Attorneys Bill Stuart and Garrett Soberalski Speak on Litigation and Liability to the Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin

On October 20, 2017, attorneys Bill Stuart and Garrett Soberalski spoke at the Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin’s (AASEW) 2017...
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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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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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5 Title Endorsements for Closely Held Business Owners in Wisconsin

William T. Stuart Every owner of a closely held business, at one point in time, is going to be involved...
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Video: “Title Endorsements for Closely Held Businesses in Wisconsin” – Attorney Bill Stuart

Attorney Bill Stuart discusses the role and importance of title endorsements for business owners when purchasing real estate or leasing...
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William Stuart Published in American Land Title Association’s “TitleNews”

Attorney William Stuart has been published in the February issue of American Land Title Association's TitleNews. His article, Potential Runaway Train Could Impact...
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