General Information

Year founded: 1848
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Overview

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Running a successful business requires you to overcome many challenges, and legal pitfalls are never far away. Whether it is a day-to-day contract or employment issue, a sophisticated merger or acquisition transaction, a difficult tax matter, or a “bet-the-company” lawsuit; when the need arises, it is critical to have access to reliable and effective legal counsel.

Answers & Accessibility | Resources & Expertise | Trust & Collaboration

Building a collaborative relationship is essential to providing effective legal representation. Our firm draws upon the appropriate level of resources within our organization to accomplish every aspect of your legal project. This approach helps us reduce your potential risk of exposure to litigation and other possible liabilities, to ultimately impact your bottom line in a positive way. We judge the success of our relationship by the success of your business.

Tap into a rich history of excellence and a winning record in the courtroom. You will be working hand-in-hand with a team of legal experts whose experience spans a myriad of experiences in commercial transactional work and business litigation. Our lineage reaches back to 1848, proudly serving Wisconsin business owners and executives in matters both large and small, from the sophisticated to the routine. At Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., we are committed to providing you with critical, accurate information in a timely fashion, to help you make sound legal decisions to protect your business.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact one of our Milwaukee attorneys, visit www.mtfn.com or call 414-273-1300.

Firm News

Rankings

Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C. is metro ranked in 12 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

Milwaukee, WI
Tier 1 for Appellate Practice
Tier 1 for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Insurance Law

Highlighted Client Comments

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Corporate Law
Both Adam Tutaj and Mike Cohen of Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols are great lawyers to work with; they are very efficient and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend them.
Jeff Paul – Hometown Hospice & Homecare, Inc.
Commercial Litigation
Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols is a terrific law firm which always responds in a timely manner and gets great results. They treat me like I am the most valuable customer they have.
Steven Davis – State Farm Fire & Casualty Company
Commercial Litigation
We have been extremely satisfied with Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols and their handling of our legal matters. They keep us fully informed of what was going on in a very timely manner. The MTF&N team made sure we understood what is happening and why it was happening. There is a mutual respect between us and the sharing of ideas which we consider very important. We highly recommend Meissner, Tierney Fisher & Nichols for commercial litigation needs.
Tucker Schoenecker – AKT Corporation
Corporate Law
Navigating legal concerns in our business has required a team of experts, and Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols provides just that. I love the fact that they have many different attorneys with different specialties, so they can leverage the talents across the team to find the best solution for any given problem we might have. From navigating a commercial real estate transaction, to reviewing our employee handbook and crafting a non-compete and confidentiality agreement, or assisting in collecting from negligent accounts, it is great to know that we have a partner we can count on.
Heather Mangold – Mangold Creative LLC
Commercial Litigation
I am extremely happy with the quality of work provided by Meissener Tierney to help manage coverage issues.
Steven Davis – State Farm Fire & Casualty Company
Corporate Law
Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols is a great partner for a small business owner. The firm has an excellent reputation in the community, and its attorneys are knowledgeable and professional.
Richard Dobberstein – Collection Associates, Ltd.

Rankings

Metro Rankings

Milwaukee, WI
Tier 1 for Appellate Practice
Tier 1 for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Insurance
Tier 1 for Tax Law
Tier 2 for Environmental Law
Tier 2 for Litigation - Environmental
Tier 2 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 2 for Trusts and Estates
Tier 3 for Health Care Law

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Appellate Practice
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Environmental Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

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Client Comments

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Awards

Awards are self-reported by firms and are not verified by the Best Law Firms rankings.
  • Best Lawyers - Best Law Firms
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

Main Location

Milwaukee, WI
111 East Kilbourn Avenue
The Milwaukee Center, 19th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202
United States
414-273-1300 Call our Milwaukee, WI location at 414-273-1300 Get Directions Get directions to our Milwaukee, WI location

Management and Personnel

Vice President
Pamela J. Tillman
Vice President
Michael J. Cohen
Vice President
Mark D. Malloy
Vice President
Adam J. Tutaj

Contacts

Firm Administrator
Pamela Zacharias

Significant Matters

Below are matters chosen by the firm to highlight.

Attorneys Michael Cohen and Joseph Sarmiento Obtain Unanimous Decision from the Wisconsin Supreme Court

Attorneys Michael Cohen and Joseph Sarmiento successfully appealed an adverse decision from the Wisconsin Court of Appeals to the Wisconsin Supreme Court on behalf of Acuity Insurance in Acuity v. Chartis Specialty Insurance Company, 2015 WI 28. The case arose out of a natural gas explosion which destroyed a church and damaged a number of buildings in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Acuity’s insured, an excavation contractor, was alleged to have ruptured the natural gas line that led to the explosion. Acuity defended and indemnified its insured under a commercial general liability policy issued to its insured, which did not contain an absolute pollution exclusion. The excavation contractor was also insured under a contractor’s pollution liability policy issued by Chartis. The trial court agreed with Acuity that natural gas constituted “pollution conditions” as defined in the Chartis policy and required Chartis to reimburse Acuity for one half of the defense and indemnity costs Acuity had paid on behalf of the excavation contractor. The Wisconsin Court of Appeals unanimously reversed. The Wisconsin Supreme Court then unanimously reversed the Court of Appeals’ decision, finding that, in the circumstances of the case, natural gas was an “irritant or contaminant” under the definition of “pollution conditions” in the Chartis policy and Chartis was required to reimburse Acuity as ordered by the trial court.

Attorney Mark Malloy Obtains Dismissal of Fiduciary Duty Case in Northern District of Illinois

Attorney Mark Malloy successfully defended a breach of fiduciary duty claim in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Malloy represented a national appraisal firm based in Milwaukee that was sued by an Illinois corporation for alleged breach of fiduciary duty. The case arose out of testimony offered by the client appraiser in an underlying lawsuit filed in Cook County among shareholders of the corporation. The testimony related to an independent valuation prepared by the appraiser for the company a few years before the underlying shareholder lawsuit was filed. The plaintiffs alleged that the testimony offered breached the appraiser’s fiduciary duty to the corporation, which they claimed arose out of a prior valuation conducted by the appraiser. The case was originally filed in Cook County, but Malloy and his team, associates Tim Nichols and Henry Weiner, removed the case to federal court. In federal court, they brought a motion to dismiss on multiple theories, including the position that all claims were barred by witness testimony immunity and that no fiduciary duty existed as a matter of law for the appraiser. The court granted the motion, dismissing all claims on the merits and with prejudice.

Attorney Mark Malloy Obtains Defense Verdict in Milwaukee County Mold Trial

Attorney Mark Malloy obtained a defense verdict in a mold case tried before a jury on January 5, 2015 to January 8, 2015 in Milwaukee County. In the action, a condominium unit owner who purchased a condominium in 2005 sued the condominium association for damages relating to mold that was discovered in the walls and ceilings of the unit in 2010. The unit owner had purchased the property on an “as is” basis, and sued the association, claiming that the association negligently failed to maintain common areas and/or breached duties owed to the unit owner under the condominium bylaws. The owners were seeking damages in excess of $10 million relating to property damage and personal injury. Malloy represented the association’s insurance carrier and, together with counsel for the association, argued that the unit owner was negligent in the purchase of the home and maintenance of unit owner responsibility areas, and that this negligence was the sole cause of the damages claimed. After four hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict finding that the association was not negligent and did not breach any duties owed to the unit owners.

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