Richard Donner
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Richard W. Donner is a shareholder in the firm’s Real Estate Practice. Rick’s practice focuses on governmental relations, zoning, land use, property tax, eminent domain and other aspects of real estate development. He represents local, regional and national developers, as well as owners, lenders, borrowers, municipalities and individuals.

Rick is co-author of the State Bar of Wisconsin publication Condemnation Law and Practice in Wisconsin and regularly speaks to real estate professionals, students and trade organizations on a range of real estate related topics.

Rick primarily serves the following industries:

  • Government Relations
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Financing
  • Real Estate Acquisitions and Sales
  • Food and Beverage Law


J.D., Brooklyn Law School
B.A., with distinction, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

  • Works with both private and institutional developers on matters relating to site purchase, entitlement, financing and leasing
  • Conscientiously works with municipal staff on obtaining entitlement approvals for his clients and regularly delivers persuasive arguments on entitlement matters to municipal boards
  • Negotiates with taxing authorities to resolve property tax matters
  • Advises buyers and sellers on the purchase and sale of commercial properties, including drafting and negotiating letters of intent and purchase agreements, reviewing title and survey, and preparing transfer documents
  • Represents landowners and condemning authorities in eminent domain matters
  • Represents lenders and borrowers to document real estate financing


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


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • New York Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Historic Milwaukee, Inc. (Board of Directors, Executive Advisory Board)