Bryan Tillman

PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial Transactions, Business Succession Planning, and Real Estate

Bryan puts first-hand knowledge from the business side of transactions to use for the firm’s clients. His experience extends across all commercial property types, including retail, office, industrial, and warehouse (distribution). Having represented corporations and limited liability companies from an in-house environment, clients rely on Bryan’s practical and thoughtful legal advice on a wide range of matters relating to their business and commercial interests. Bryan believes in a pragmatic and cost-effective approach to meeting the objectives of the client.

Deanne Koll

Deanne Koll - PRACTICE AREAS: Creditors Rights, Secured Transactions, Litigation

Deanne is a collections expert with comprehensive knowledge of state and federal collection regulations as well as the Bankruptcy and Uniform Commercial Codes. She counsels lenders and businesses on collection issues, creditor’s rights in bankruptcy, state insolvency proceedings and out-of-court business reorganizations. She joined Bakke Norman in 2006 and has developed a deep understanding of, and has experience with, complex commercial restructuring and business litigation.

Pete Reinhardt

Pete Reinhardt –PRACTICE AREAS: Business & Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Specialized Farm Law,

Pete is a highly regarded civil and business litigator, with an emphasis on commercial litigation, employment law, and intellectual property disputes. He has specialized experience involving farm-related legal matters. Pete is the consummate trial lawyer including jury and court trials before administrative, state, and federal courts. He’s handled appeals to the State of Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the State of Wisconsin Supreme Court, the Federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Terry Dunst

PRACTICE AREAS: Municipal Law, Real Estate, Estate Planning

Terry specializes in Municipal Law, Real Estate and Estate Planning Law. He has represented cities, villages and towns all over Northwestern Wisconsin in many areas of municipal law including zoning, frac sand issues, impact fees, open meeting and public records laws, drafting ordinances, and board-of-review issues. Terry’s experience as head of software sales for a European company before becoming an attorney has also given him unique insight into Information Technology issues.

Tom Schumacher

Tom Schumacher | PRACTICE AREAS: Closely Held Business Representation, Commercial Real Estate and Commercial Financing

Tom, along with Gary Bakke and George Norman, is a founding shareholder of Bakke Norman. He is a proven leader in Western Wisconsin. He is respected as a practical solution-based attorney, representing Closely Held Businesses and structuring Commercial Real Estate and Commercial Finance matters. He has won many awards over the years and is an amazing asset to the businesses and individuals he represents.

EDUCATION: University of Wisconsin Law School • University of Wisconsin, BA, Economics

Paul Mahler

Paul Mahler – PRACTICE AREAS: Real Estate, Municipal & Business Law

Paul has been involved in Real Estate and Local Government law for over 20 years. Combined with his knowledge of Business, he is extremely adept in the areas of Real Estate, Municipal and Business Law. His goal is to move smoothly and efficiently through the process, keeping his clients best interests in clear view to effectively close the deal. Additionally, Paul is very knowledgeable in all aspects of the Due Diligence and Entitlement processes including Environmental, Geotechnical, Title and Government approvals.

David Schoenberger

David Schoenburger | PRACTICE AREAS: Personal Injury and Employment Discrimination/Civil Rights

David is a highly regarded Personal Injury, Employment Discrimination and Civil Rights attorney. David has tried injury claims in both Wisconsin and Minnesota, and has successfully handled numerous employment discrimination and civil rights cases in state and federal courts, as well as various administrative forums. He’s been with Bakke Norman for over 20 years and takes great pride in helping his clients get proper representation against corporations and insurance companies. His personal injury practice include car accident, wrongful death, and product defect claims.

Lavern K. McDuffie


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