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William R. West


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William R. West


  • Telephone

  • Fax

    (414) 238-6677

  • Email

  • Office

    411 East Wisconsin Avenue
    Suite 1000
    Milwaukee, WI 53202

Bill West is a Shareholder and Chairs the Business Section and Co-Chairs the Mergers & Acquisitions Section. Bill is a trusted advisor to his clients and they rely on his ability to achieve desired outcomes in a practical, timely and cost-effective manner – in other words, he gets things done. He has over 30 years of experience in corporate and business related transactions including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Complex corporate and commercial transactions
  • Corporate governance and business counseling
  • Business formation, strategy and structure
  • Business succession planning
  • Commercial real estate

Bill’s clients are involved in a range of industries, and include public and privately held businesses engaged in a wide variety of domestic and international transactions including asset and equity acquisitions, mergers, reorganizations, divestitures and restructurings.

Bill is also co-chair of the firm’s Retail Real Estate section. He represents clients nationwide in the purchase and sale of commercial real estate. Bill has a national practice handling the retail real estate leasing needs of both tenants and landlords.


  • University of Wisconsin, J.D., cum laude, 1986
  • Marquette University, B.S., cum laude, 1983

  • Wisconsin 
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin

  • American Bar Association (Business Law, Real Estate and Taxation Sections)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin

  • Co-Author, LLCs and LLPs: A Wisconsin Handbook, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions, State Bar of Wisconsin

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) (2015-2024), Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law (2014-2024)
  • Best Lawyers® Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law “Lawyer of the Year”, Milwaukee (2017 & 2020)

  • Catholic Memorial High School, Former Chair and Board of Directors