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Derek J. Taylor



Derek provides responsive, targeted solutions to his clients’ challenges across a broad range of real estate and commercial financial transactions. His clients include developers and owners, who he regularly represents in the purchase, sale, leasing, financing, and development of real property. He also represents financial institutions in the financing of commercial real estate loans, commercial lending, and new market tax credit lending.

Derek’s clients benefit from his considerable experience in drafting and negotiating:

  • Commercial real estate purchase and sale agreements
  • Leases
  • Easement agreements
  • Commercial and real estate loan documents
  • Credit agreements

Prior to joining Michael Best, Derek was corporate counsel involved in corporate finance, tax, and commercial transactions at Johnson Controls, Inc. He also worked as a commercial real estate associate in Dallas, Texas. 


Derek’s notable matters include representing:

  • A professional football team in negotiating and documenting one of the largest stadium naming rights deals in the nation, as well as in acquiring land for the development of the team’s headquarters and practice facility
  • Lenders in new market tax credit lending opportunities across the United States
  • Real estate investors in the sale of downtown Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin properties to national hotel developers
  • National bank clients in making various construction and term loans to commercial developers
  • Clients in the purchase of luxury residential properties, including luxury residential condominium units
  • Professional ice hockey players in a number of legal matters, including negotiating and drafting endorsement agreements, arranging wealth planning services, and advising as to immigration services
  • A farm holding company in the acquisition, leasing, and disposition of farm properties across the United States and in general corporate matters
  • Business owners in the dissolution of business and real estate assets
  • The estate of a wealthy physician in the disposition of commercial real estate properties in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Honors & Recognitions

  • Associate Member of the Year, NAIOP - Wisconsin Chapter, 2017
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Staff Editor and Articles Editor, SMU Law Review Association
  • Inaugural Member of the SMU BBA Scholars Program

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Member, Sports Lawyers Association
  • Member, NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association)
  • Chair, NAIOP Membership Committee
  • Member, Commercial Association of Realtors



Community Involvement

  • Member, Village of Shorewood Board of Review
  • General Counsel to Sharing Life Community Outreach
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