Jesse Ishikawa
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Jesse S. Ishikawa is of counsel in Reinhart’s Real Estate Practice where he had a practice devoted to the representation of developers, mortgage lenders and business owners in all aspects of real estate law including purchases, sales, commercial leasing and development transactions.

Jesse primarily serves the following industries:

  • Leasing
  • Real Estate Acquisitions and Sales
  • Real Estate Development


J.D., with honors, University of Michigan Law School
A.B., with high honors, Middlebury College; Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions


  • Often called upon for his expertise in condominium, tax incremental financing and easement law by other lawyers throughout Wisconsin
  • Frequently lectures at the State Bar Annual Commercial Real Estate Seminar; recent lecture topics include “Drafting Better Condominium Documents” and “Tax Incremental Finance Update”
  • Structuring tax-deferred exchanges
  • Obtaining tax incremental financing
  • Developing the largest private multifamily apartment building ever constructed in downtown Madison
  • Creating condominiums for downtown and suburban residential developments, industrial developments and resorts
  • Developing industrial, research and office parks
  • Creating elderly housing communities, residential and industrial subdivisions, golf courses and resort communities
  • Redeveloping blighted areas


  • Named “Adjunct Teacher of the Year” for 2014-2015, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Named “Madison Real Estate Lawyer of the Year” in 2009 by Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which refers to him as “one of Madison’s finest lawyers” and a “highly intelligent and esteemed practitioner”
  • Frequently ranked Madison’s “top real estate lawyer” in Madison Magazine’s periodic polls of local attorneys
  • Recognized from 2006 to 2010 as one of the “Top 50” lawyers in the state by Wisconsin’s Super Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers 2005 to present
  • Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate Law)
  • Wisconsin Top Rated Lawyer Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Named Reinhart 2011 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • University of Wisconsin Law School (adjunct professor)
  • Member, Advisory Board, University of Wisconsin Law School Program in Real Estate, Land Use, and Community Development
  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (general counsel and past president of the Board of Trustees)
  • Drafter’s Guide to Wisconsin Condominium Documents, Co-author with Brian Mullins, won the “Best New Continuing Legal Education Product for 2005 Award” given by the State Bar of Wisconsin, and the “2005 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Publications” given by the Association for Continuing Legal Education, an international association of legal publishers. This book has been cited as authority by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
  • Wisconsin Law of Easements, published by the State Bar of Wisconsin. This book has been cited as authority by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
  • Lead Author (with Harvey L. Temkin) of Commercial Real Estate Transactions in Wisconsin, published by the State Bar of Wisconsin