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James W. DeCleene



James assists clients with all aspects of tax transactions related to closely held businesses, S corporations, partnerships, business formation, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate. He also counsels businesses on new tax legislation and compliance, and advises on corporate formation and governance matters.

Before joining Michael Best, James practiced tax and transactional 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





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