John Tokarz
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John K. Tokarz is a business lawyer whose practice focuses on complex transactions. As a Certified Public Accountant who previously worked as an auditor for a Big Four accounting firm, John understands his clients’ businesses. From start-ups to publicly traded corporations, he┬áprovides a full range of transactional and strategic support to clients with matters involving mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, divestures and securities offerings.

In addition to his transactional work, John maintains a general corporate practice advising closely held and family-owned businesses on matters involving entity formation, contracting, governance and other day-to-day legal and business issues. John graduated first in his class from the University of Wisconsin Law School where he was a Note and Comment Editor for the Wisconsin Law Review and honored with the James J. & Dorothy T. Hanks Memorial Award for excellence in the study of corporate law.


J.D., summa cum laude, University of Wisconsin Law School; Order of the Coif
B.B.A, University of Notre Dame (Accountancy)

Bar Admissions


  • Regularly counsels clients about issues under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, including notification filings with the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Represents insurance companies and other institutional investors in connection with their alternative investment activities with a focus on private equity and hedge fund investments.
  • Advises banks, bank holding companies and other financial institutions on regulatory, governance, and other operational matters.


  • Recipient, Daniel H. Grady Award (top ranking student in the University of Wisconsin Law School graduating class)
  • Recipient, James J. & Dorothy T. Hanks Memorial Award (excellence in the study of corporate law)


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Law Review (Note and Comment Editor)
  • Moot Court Board
  • Involuntary Servants: The NCAA’s Abridgement of Student-Athletes’ Economic Rights in Perpetuity Violates the Thirteenth Amendment, 2010 Wis. L. Rev. 1501 (2010).