Heading Up the Corporate Practice Group

Pete assists buyers, sellers, borrowers, lenders, and investors with a wide range of corporate law matters: including, mergers and acquisitions, formation and organization of new businesses, and contract negotiations. As the head of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group, Pete has successfully closed more than 100 mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions involving public and private companies.

Pete Assists Clients With:

  • Mergers, acquisitions, and recapitalizations of businesses
  • Private equity and venture capital financing
  • Private offerings of debt and equity securities
  • Securities laws issues
  • Complex contractual matters and negotiations
  • Business financing and loan documentation for borrowers and lenders
  • Formation of new businesses and exit strategies
  • Covenants not to compete and confidentiality agreements
  • Corporate governance issues
  • Tax-exempt organizations

Awards & Distinctions

  • Rated a 10.0 out of 10.0 by Avvo, a national attorney rating service which uses a mathematical model to rate attorneys based on experience, professional achievements, industry recognition and professional conduct
  • Named one of “Milwaukee’s Leading Lawyers” in Corporate/Incorporated in 2014 and Securities Offerings in 2015 by M Magazine. Only 2-5% of the top ranked attorneys published by Avvo for each category were recognized
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013–2020–Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Selected as one of the “Top 25 Lawyers” in Milwaukee in 2011 and 2015 by Law & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine
  • Selected as one of the “Top 50 Lawyers” in Wisconsin in 2011 and 2015 by Law & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine
  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers in 2005–2018 by Law & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine
  • Editor-in-Chief, Marquette Law Review


  • Speaker, Private Client Breakfast–HNI “Liability Protection” (2019)
  • Speaker, ACG–Wisconsin Next Gen “Trends and Takeaways  from the ABA Private Target Deal Points Study” (2019)
  • Speaker, Park Bank Business seminar, panel discussion “Working on Your Business,” 2015
  • Speaker, O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing, Hot Topics for Small Firm and Solo Practitioners seminar, panel discussion “The Drafting of Business, Documents: Perspectives from Transactional and Litigation Attorneys,” 2014
  • Speaker, O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing, Hot Topics for In-House Counsel seminar, panel discussion “Legal Ethics Issues Relating to the Media & Dealing with the Media,” 2013
  • Speaker, BizTimes Business Strategy seminar, “Preparing Your Business for Sale: A Legal Perspective,” 2011
  • Speaker, Corporate Practice Institute seminar, “The Enforceability of Employment-Related Covenants Not to Compete”
  • Speaker, Lorman Education Services seminars, “Noncompete Covenants in Other Agreements” (Sale of Business, Shareholder, Franchise, etc.)