William T. Stuart


Shareholder

wts@mtfn.com

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

William T. Stuart Super Lawyers
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rated

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 developments of two signature multi-use towers 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, pier cases, zoning and permitting issues, construction disputes, partition cases, boundary line disputes, title claims, foreclosure/work-out cases, and commercial leases. Bill has formed, terminated and restated condominiums, and litigated advanced claims in condominium law, including so-called “dockuminiums.” He has represented purchasers, sellers, developers, title agents, 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. 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 – Present)
  • Milwaukee Lawyer of the Year® (Real Estate Litigation, 2014, 2018)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers® (2010 – Present)
  • 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, Damages and Remedies in Real Estate Disputes: What You Can Get When Things Go Wrong, Association of Corporate Counsel (October 2022)
  • Speaker, A Deep Dive Into the World of Title Claims, Stewart Title Guaranty Company 2022 Wisconsin Agency Seminar (October 2022)
  • Speaker, Key Provisions in Commercial Leases, Annual Conference of the Association of Corporate Counsel (May 2022)
  • Speaker, There Are No Silver Bullets: What Seller Protective Provisions in Purchase and Sale Contracts for Real Estate Really Mean, Annual Conference of the Association of Corporate Counsel (November 2021)
  • Speaker, Getting Command of the Real Estate Parcel: What Do You Own & What Can/Should You Do With It?, Annual Conference of Association of Corporate Counsel Wisconsin (2020)
  • 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)

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


  • Wisconsin
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

  • Marquette High School Trap Team, Coach (2018 – Present)
  • Notre Dame School of Milwaukee, Volunteer—After School Workshops (2022)
  • Project K-9, Inc., Former Board Member

Articles & Videos


10 MTFN Attorneys Selected for 2022 Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers, from more than 70 practice areas, who have...
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Shareholders William T. Stuart and Garrett A. Soberalski presented “A Deep Dive Into the World of Title Claims” at the Stewart Title Guaranty Company 2022 Wisconsin Agency Seminar

On October 5th, Shareholders William T. Stuart and Garrett A. Soberalski presented "A Deep Dive Into the World of Title...
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Shareholders William T. Stuart and Garrett A. Soberalski Present Webinar Hosted by Association of Corporate Counsel

On Wednesday, October 12th, Shareholders William T. Stuart and Garrett A. Soberalski presented "Damages and Remedies in Real Estate Disputes:...
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William T. Stuart Participates in Golf to End Alzheimer’s

On September 26th, 2022, William T. Stuart participated in the “Golf to End Alzheimer's” golf event at The Bull at...
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The 2023 Edition of “Best Lawyers in America” Recognizes 13 MTFN Attorneys

Best Lawyers in America recognizes nine Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C. shareholders in their 2023 edition. Additionally, two shareholders...
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Shareholders William T. Stuart and Garrett A. Soberalski with Chief Operations Officer Pamela M. Zacharias contribute to National Volunteer Month

During the 2022 spring semester, Shareholder William T. Stuart, Shareholder Garrett A. Soberalski, and Chief Operations Officer Pamela M. Zacharias...
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Shareholders William T. Stuart and Garret A. Soberalski are Selected as 2022 Platinum Sponsors for the Association of General Counsel Wisconsin

We are pleased to announce that shareholders William T. Stuart and Garrett A. Soberalski have been selected as a 2022...
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Shareholders William T. Stuart and Garrett A. Soberalski spoke at the 2021 Annual Conference for the Association of Corporate Counsel Wisconsin

Shareholders William T. Stuart and Garrett A. Soberalski spoke at the 2021 Annual Conference for the Association of Corporate Counsel...
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Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C. Attorneys Named to 2021 Wisconsin Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C. is proud to announce that seven shareholders, including Joseph E. Tierney III, Thomas J....
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The 2022 Edition of “Best Lawyers in America” Recognizes 13 MTFN Attorneys

Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C. is proud to announce that nine of its shareholders were recently selected for recognition...
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MTFN Attends The Couture Groundbreaking Ceremony

On June 16, 2021, after nine years in the making, The Couture project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin celebrated the start of...
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Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C. Attorneys Named to 2020 Wisconsin Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C. is proud to announce that seven shareholders, including Joseph E. Tierney III, Thomas J....
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Nine Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols Attorneys Selected as 2021 Best Lawyers

Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C. is proud to announce that nine of its Shareholders were recently selected by their...
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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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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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