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Michael J. M.
N. th Way • Scottsdale, AZ,
Licensed to practice law in Arizona and Wisconsin. Versatile and accomplished attorney with
years experience in complex corporate transactions and contracts. Proven ability to negotiate and
close complex commercial transactions, provide general business legal counsel, and negotiate and
draft a wide variety of contracts including financing, leasing, employment, equipment sales,
information technology and professional services agreements.
• Representation of lenders and borrowers in structuring, documenting, negotiating and
modifying commercial loan transactions including acquisition, development and construction
mortgage loans, assetbased credit facilities, UCC Articles and matters, bond, mezzanine
and participation financing;
• Representation of companies, owners, senior management and investors in mergers and
acquisitions, divestitures, joint venture agreements, business succession planning, debt and
equity financing, distribution, supply chain, vendor, sales and other commercial agreements,
and protecting and licensing intellectual property;
• General corporate counsel, including: entity selection and formation, corporate governance,
credit facility management, employment and noncompete agreements, environmental and
regulatory compliance, litigation and prelitigation strategy, management and support;
• Coordination and management of all aspects of the due diligence process for multi
jurisdictional corporate and real estate transactions;
• Acquisitions and sales of real property, land assemblages, airrights development, options,
mineral rights, forest cropland, exchanges and saleleasebacks;
• Groundup development and construction of shopping centers, retail stores, office and
industrial buildings, office parks, medical facilities and municipal buildings;
• Lease and sublease work for all manner of real estate products, including ground leases,
building, warehouse, office space, store, parking garage, hospital, medical office buildings and
telecommunication/cellular facility leases;
• Utility, transportation and railroad right of way acquisition, condemnation, valuation and
related infrastructure documentation and management.
Murn & Martin, S.C., Waukesha, Wisconsin. August, – March,
Selfemployed, Waukesha, Wisconsin. November, – August
Business law practice centering on corporate and real estate transactions, contract negotiation and
drafting, succession planning, distressed asset management, foreclosures, workouts and
foreclosure alternatives. Sat for and passed the Arizona Bar exam during this period.
SECTION MANAGER AND REAL ESTATE PRACTICE LEADER
HNTB Corp., Milwaukee, Wisconsin. January, – November,
National project management and real estate consulting practice for transportation, federal services,
water services and other largescale infrastructure projects, while managing the division’s municipal
practice in the areas of brownfield redevelopment, land use, and major private sector development.
Also responsible for managing the department’s human resources, budget, and marketing endeavors.
ATTORNEY, SHAREHOLDER: Business & Corporate Law Section
Davis & Kuelthau, S.C., Milwaukee, Wisconsin. March, – January,
Business law practice for a client base consisting of closelyheld and midcap companies, financial
institutions and municipal entities, with an emphasis on contracts and commercial corporate and real
estate transactions, including financing, acquisition, development, construction and management of
corporate assets. Provided counsel on a diverse range of business and corporate matters.
Chicago Title Insurance Company, Waukesha, Wisconsin. –
Provided title insurance underwriting and risk management solutions for real estate and credit
transactions involving all types of commercial, industrial and residential properties, including:
examination and evaluation of titles to real property with regard to matters of ownership, possession,
lien priority, bankruptcy matters, zoning and boundaries; and evaluation of legal documents, including
mortgage and security agreements, surveys, contracts, condominium and subdivision instruments,
easements, conveyances and other recorded and unrecorded documents affecting real property.
Primary underwriting decisionmaker for Wisconsin’s largest and busiest commercial closing
department, and for all orders originated by the company’s five largest revenueproducing customers.
STAFF ATTORNEY, TITLE INSURANCE AGENT AND ESCROW OFFICER
Newberry Title & Escrow Inc., agent for Chicago Title Insurance Company Kenosha,
Provided title insurance underwriting and risk management solutions for real estate and credit transactions;
managed construction escrow and closing departments; examined and issued title insurance policies
and other titlerelated products; conducted commercial and residential closings.
State Bar of Wisconsin
State Bar of Arizona
Milwaukee Bar Association past Chairman, Real Property Section
Waukesha County Bar Association
Juris Doctor J.D. , Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI;
Executive Editor, Marquette Law Review; American Jurisprudence Award; Peters Scholarship
Bachelor of Science in German, English & Art History B.S. , University of Arizona, Tucson,
AZ; Deans List
West’s Wisconsin Methods of Practice, th ed.; MULTIPLE CHAPTER AUTHOR: “Joint Ownership” and
“Curing Title Defects by Affidavits, Quitclaim Deeds and Statutory Procedure.”