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James W. DeCleene

Senior Associate

Overview

James assists clients with the federal and state income tax aspects of a variety of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, incorporation/organization events, and Code Section 1202 qualification issues. James also handles all aspects of tax transactions for public companies and closely held businesses, whether treated as a C corporation, S corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship for tax purposes. He also counsels businesses on new tax legislation and compliance and advises on corporate formation and governance matters.

Experience

Before joining Michael Best, James practiced tax and corporate law with a Milwaukee business law firm. Previously, he served as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable J. Mac Davis, Jennifer R. Dorow, and Ralph M. Ramirez of the Waukesha Country Circuit Court. James also completed an internship with the Honorable David T. Prosser, Jr. of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Wisconsin “Rising Stars” list, Super Lawyers magazine, 2020
  • CALI Awards: Trusts & Estates; Criminal Process; Advanced Legal Research: Taxation
  • Regional Semi-Finalist in the 2014 National Moot Court Competition

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Milwaukee Bar Association

Education

Bar Admission

Court Admission

Education

Bar Admission

Court Admission

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