Do You Plan for the Unexpected?

It’s been said time and again that planning for changes over the life of your business is a must and yet, every day, business leaders are caught off guard by unexpected events such as disagreement, divorce, or death.  Weiss Berzowski Brady attorney Sandy Swartberg is quoted extensively in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, Partner’s death leads to quick changes, reminding people that everyone who owns and runs a business needs to plan.  Warning that even the best intentioned, honorable handshake can be misremembered down the road, Attorney Swartzberg notes the need for a customized plan for your unique business.  Full text of the article can be found on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel website.

Cloud Computing and Ethics

Milwaukee, WI – February 6, 2012 – Third in his series of posts on ethics for Wisconsin attorneys, Michael M. Berzowski addresses the topic of cloud computing.  Taking a slightly different approach than on his two previous posts, he looks at one of the newest ethical questions facing attorneys.   His latest post for the Wisconsin Law Journal’s Ethically Speaking blog can be read here.

Sikora authors article in Real Estate Taxation

Milwaukee, WI – June 10, 2011 – Real Estate Taxation, a national journal written by leading practitioners in the field, published an article by John A. Sikora entitled “Structuring the Build-to-Suit Like Kind Real Estate Exchange” in its first quarter 2011 edition.  The article, based on John’s work of more than two decades advising participants engaged in such transactions, explores the tax and non-tax considerations important to proper structuring and offers his views on an important case pending in the Tax Court regarding a build-to-suit arrangement.

Michael Berzowski Sounds Off on Professional Responsibility

Milwaukee, WI – May 27, 2011 – The Wisconsin Law Journal has enlisted attorney Michael M. Berzowski to write a series of articles on ethics and professional responsibility, the first of which was published this week and can be found here. Directing his thoughts to both practicing lawyers and law students, Mr. Berzowski presents an introductory call to arms, reminding people that preventative maintenance and knowledge can be the best medicine.

Mr. Berzowski’s expertise on the ethics of the legal profession has long been recognized in the state. He annually presents the “Ethics for Wisconsin Lawyers” seminar sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Law School, readily sharing his expertise with the legal community.

Michael Berzowski Named a “Leader in the Law” by the Wisconsin Law Journal

Milwaukee, WI – February 18, 2011 – Earlier this week, Michael M. Berzowski was recognized at a formal reception for his contributions to law in Wisconsin. The “Leader in the Law Award” is awarded yearly by the Wisconsin Law Journal to attorneys who “have demonstrated their outstanding leadership, vision and legal expertise in Wisconsin’s law community,” according to the Journal’s website.

Mr. Berzowski is one of those born leaders, achieving the rank of major general during his service in the Army Reserve as well as heading up the firm of Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP as managing partner from 2007-2010. Additionally, he annually presents the “Ethics for Wisconsin Lawyers” seminar sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Law School, readily sharing his expertise with the legal community.

Charles R. Stone to present a paper on Chinese law later this month at the University of Illinois Law School in Urbana Champaign

Milwaukee, WI – January 12, 2011 –  Charles R. Stone will be presenting a paper on Chinese law at the University of Illinois Law School in Urbana Champaign on Friday, January 28.  One of the first scholarly events of the semester, the colloquium is entitled “Law & Social Change in China” and Dr. Stone’s paper, “Two things about Chinese intellectual property that lawyers never talk about,” should prove a dynamic start to the University’s guest lecture programming for the Spring. Dr. Stone has previously presented papers on Chinese law and business as well as lectured on Chinese law, business and culture at such academic institutions as the Marquette University School of Business and the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.

Scheduled Sunset of Reduced Capital Gain and Dividend Tax Rates – Back to the Future (or Not?)

Milwaukee, WI – December 2, 2010 – John A. Sikora, an attorney in our Delafield office, has an article included in the November issue of the Journal of Taxation.  Published since 1954, the Journal of Taxationis published monthly by Thomson Reuters/WG&L.  John’s timely article, entitled “Scheduled Sunset of Reduced Capital Gain and Dividend Tax Rates – Back to the Future (or Not?)”, discusses the historical impact of the expiring tax rate reductions and outlines current planning options.

Weiss Berzowski Brady Attorneys Again Selected as “Super Lawyers”

Milwaukee, WI – November 23, 2010 – Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP is pleased to announce that four attorneys from its Milwaukee and Delafield offices have been selected for inclusion on the 2010 Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (the state’s young attorneys) lists. Randy Nelson, Philip Miller and John Sikora were selected Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Robert Teuber has been selected a Wisconsin Rising Star.

The polling, researching and selecting of “Super Lawyers” is designed to identify Wisconsin lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. “Super Lawyers” are selected based on a multi-step process including lawyer surveys and peer evaluations. Rising Stars must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less and do not go through a peer evaluation process.

Insurance Coverage Held To Exist On Appeal In Spite Of “Care, Custody, and Control” Exclusion

Milwaukee, WI – September 23, 2010 – In a decision issued by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals on September 22, 2010, Chris J Trebatoski and Bryan W Edgar, successfully argued that even though the president of the insured home construction general contractor was living in the house his company was building for his family, the “care, custody, and control” exclusion contained in the company’s insurance policy did not preclude coverage for personal property owned by the president and his family when a fire destroyed the home and its contents.  Decision available here.

Chiming in on the Expiring Tax Cuts – Milwaukee BizTimes Addresses the Issues

Milwaukee, WI – September 10, 2010 – This week, the Milwaukee BizTimes addressed a topic that is on business owners’ minds these days: the looming expiration of the Bush administration tax cuts.  Both Michael Berzowski and John Sikora were amongst the experts quoted in the BizTimes article.  The article covers several of the possibilities the future has to hold – including possible action by Congress – and can be read here.

Teuber to speak at State Bar of Wisconsin Seminar

Milwaukee, WI – July 23, 2010Robert Teuber was a featured speaker at the seminar on “Social Media and Rules of Professional Conduct,” an event sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin.  Centering on the hot topic of social media and how its use is impacting current ethical and professional concerns, three speakers addressed how these increasingly popular methods of communication relate to the Wisconsin Rules of Professional Conduct.

Berzowski Discussed Motorcycling Issues on Radio Show

Milwaukee, WI – April 20, 2010Michael Berzowski spoke to listeners of the “Business Solutions with Diane Chamness” radio show on May 1, 2010 about motorcycles and motorcycling issues.  Topics  discussed include learning to ride, the growing interest in motorcycling among women, clothing, the different kinds of bikes and social events. Joining Mr. Berzowski was Kirk Topel, owner of Hal’s Harley-Davidson, Inc.  “Business Solutions” is broadcast on Saturdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on WISN (1130AM).


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