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Timothy A. Burkard

Managing Partner, Manitowoc Office


Tim acts as general counsel to privately held businesses including family owned companies. Tim represents these companies in a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, franchising, real estate matters, and business formation, structuring, and strategic planning.

As a former officer with a large regional financial institution, Tim’s banking experience brings depth to his practice advising his business clients.

Tim is the Managing Partner for the firm’s Manitowoc, Wisconsin office.


  • National and international representation of a multi-national corporation involving complex commercial contracts and mergers and acquisitions 
  • General counsel representation to manufacturing clients including those in the food and beverage industry
  • Representing franchisors in the development of franchise documents and compliance with federal and state franchise laws
  • Representing franchisees in the review and negotiation of franchise agreements, analyzing franchise disclosure documents, entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial real estate transactions
  • Regularly represents businesses on a broad range of commercial contract issues, including:
    • Supply Agreements
    • Terms and Conditions of Sale and Purchase
    • Franchise, Distribution, and Dealer Agreements
    • Sales Representative Agreements
    • Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements
    • Indemnity Agreements
  • Represents companies in formation, transition planning, buy-sell arrangements, and dissolution
  • Provides commercial and residential real estate counsel for purchase, sale, and lease transactions

Honors & Recognitions

Tim holds an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, their highest distinction available. Tim was honored with the Joseph P. Schmitt Speak Up Award, given annually by the Manitowoc-Two Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce to an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the quality of life for citizens of Manitowoc County.

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association, Business Law Section and Commercial Financial Services Section
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin, Business Law Section and Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors’ Rights Section
  • Member, Manitowoc County Bar Association
  • Peer Counselor for Wisconsin State Bar Lawyer Assistance Program



Community Involvement

  • Governance Committee, Progress Lakeshore
  • Board Member, Shady Lane Nursing Home & Assisted Living Facility
  • Past Board member, Manitowoc Public Library Foundation
  • Past General Counsel and Board Member, Manitowoc-Two Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc.  
  • Past Board Member, Capitol Civic Centre Theater
  • Past Board Member, U.W.-Manitowoc Foundation
  • Past Board Member and Chairperson, Hospice Advisory Committee, Holy Family Memorial Medical Center
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