James Wawrzyn counsels clients on commercial contract negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, supply-chain alternatives, financing, risk management and general corporate matters. James collaborates with clients to identify and implement their priorities. For each project, James has a results-oriented approach. He continuously engages the stakeholders to recognize and actively address obstacles to address priority items.
James is skilled in the preparation and negotiation of technology-based agreements such as master services, development and licensing agreements. James has advised sellers and buyers in a wide variety of transaction structures, including purchases and sales of stock, purchases and sales of assets, mezzanine financing, and public and private company mergers. James prepares franchise disclosure documents, and negotiates distributor agreements and sales representative agreements. When disputes initially arise, James assesses risk and negotiates resolutions. James also counsels clients on dispute resolution, including when claims have been filed with the courts.
Before joining von Briesen, James served as a trusted advisor in all three branches of Wisconsin government. He acted as law clerk to the Honorable Jon P. Wilcox of the Wisconsin Supreme Court for the 2006-07 term after completing law school. Prior to law school, he served as a member of the policy staff for two governors and as committee clerk for the Wisconsin State Senate.
Away from the office, James enjoys chasing after his kids, low-scoring Big Ten basketball games, and playing platform tennis. He is the Chair of the St. Eugene Pastoral Council.