Amy Barnes
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Amy L. Barnes is a shareholder in the firm’s Tax Practice where she advises clients on tax planning matters. Her practice focuses on structuring and negotiating mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations; designing and implementing executive compensation arrangements, including navigating tax limitations applicable to such arrangements; and assisting clients with various federal and state tax issues, including tax-free reorganizations, equity rollovers, restructurings and operational issues facing nonprofit organizations.


J.D., magna cum laude, Marquette University Law School
B.B.A., with distinction, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Finance and Real Estate)

Bar Admissions


  • Analyzes alternatives for structuring tax-free acquisitions
  • Addresses shareholder issues, including amending operating agreements
  • Addresses executive compensation issues, including parachute payments and section 409A compliance
  • Represents clients before the IRS and Wisconsin Department of Revenue
  • Participated in U.S. Tax Court trial, including pre-trial preparation and post-trial briefing
  • Addresses a variety of tax issues involving corporations and individuals, including transferee liability, passive activity loss, bad debt deductions, debt versus equity and reasonable compensation


  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers – Rising Star Edition


  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Associate Editor of the Marquette Law Review