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Michelle Wagner Ebben

Practice Group Chair, Real Estate


Michelle provides strategic counsel and representation to clients involved in a range of construction, real estate and project development matters.

Representative work includes:

  • Complex real estate purchase, sale, and leasing transactions
  • Entitlement processes
  • Easements, licenses, and rights-of-entry agreements
  • Developing and implementing best practices on large-scale, high-ticket construction, and development projects
  • Negotiating and drafting construction-related contracts
  • Handling construction related disputes, such as contractor and design defect cases, lien claims, insurance coverage claims, and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) matters
  • Resolving zoning and land use issues


Recent representations include:

  • Providing a higher education client with RFP assistance, construction contract drafting and entitlement guidance
  • Advising a public institution client on architect, owner’s representative and construction contracts and development agreements
  • Assisting and industrial/steel fabricator in the purchase and sale of environmentally contaminated property and rezoning the property for the future buyer
  • Representing a real estate investment firm in the refinancing of a residential housing complex
  • Advising a real estate developer on purchase, leasing and entitlement issues
  • Negotiating and drafting prime and subcontracts for utility contractor for projects throughout U.S.
  • Aiding general contractor in development of mixed use urban development

Honors & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Construction Law, Real Estate Law, 2020
  • Up and Coming Lawyers, Wisconsin Law Journal, 2016
  • Recipient, CALI Excellence for the Future Award
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society

Professional Activities

  • Director of Membership, Momentum Milwaukee
  • Board of Directors, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, WCREW, 2020
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Member, Commercial Association of Realtors – Wisconsin
  • Member, Association of General Contractors



Community Involvement

  • President, Momentum Milwaukee
  • Former Building Board and Board of Review, Village of Hales Corners Police and Fire Commission
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