Client Successes

At Meissner Tierney we understand that our success is measured by nothing less and nothing more than the success of our clients. Indeed, our clients’ success is our singular motivation. In some settings “success” is difficult to measure—sometimes it’s a favorable settlement, other times it might be as simple as practical advice that helps a client achieve a particular business objective. In other settings “success” is crystal clear, typically in the form of a judgment, court decision, verdict or favorable settlement after victory on a litigated issue. In the past 160+ years, we have developed an unparalleled track record of achieving successful results for our clients. A small sampling of some of the more noteworthy matters and cases is listed below.

Drafting and Advising New Legislation

Tom Nichols and Erica Kolo have been engaged to draft and advise with respect to SALT Parity Legislation for pass-through businesses in over a dozen states, starting with Wisconsin. To date, 24 states have passed such legislation, or have such legislation pending. Tom and Erica have been actively involved in drafting and/or advising with respect to such legislation in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Development and Implementation of Business Succession Plans

Tom Nichols, Joe Tierney and Randy Brotherhood have developed and implemented business succession plans for a number of substantial closely held business concerns in Wisconsin, successfully facilitating the transition of business operations to second and third generation family members. Each individual situation involves integrating estate tax, corporate law, income tax and other business considerations in a way that works for the principals of two or more generations.

Brown v. Kazmierski, Appeal No. 20-2655 (7th Cir. 2021)

Attorney Jacob Sosnay obtained summary judgment in favor of Deputy Kazmierski in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Plaintiff, Charles Brown, alleged Deputy Kazmierski conducted an illegal roadside search along the highway. As a result of the search Brown was found to be concealing approximately 200 grams of heroin. Brown alleged the search was performed after Deputy Kazmierski unlawfully extended the traffic stop. Plaintiff appealed summary judgment to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals where summary judgment was affirmed.

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“As counsel for corporate matters, MTFN consistently provides us with timely, cost effective solutions. Their understanding of entrepreneurial entities allows them to quickly frame practical answers that fit our needs. This team has great energy and passion to help our business, succeed and thrive, regardless of the challenges.”

– Paul Beste, Chief Operating Officer, Heartland Advisors, Inc.