Reinhart Names Seven New Shareholders

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MILWAUKEE Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. (Reinhart) is pleased to announce that Kelsey L. Berns (Trusts and Estates), Katherine G. Bills (Real Estate), Derek H. Campbell (Intellectual Property), Michael J. Gentry (Labor and Employment), Monica A. Mark (Litigation), Jack T. Murphy (Corporate) and Andrew A. Price (Banking and Finance) have been named shareholders.

“This dedicated group of new shareholders has a proven record of delivering insightful legal counsel,” said Reinhart CEO, Albert Orr, “and their ability to translate complex legal and business issues into sophisticated yet practical action will continue to help our clients achieve their greatest ambitions.”

Reinhart’s new shareholders and their areas of focus are listed below:

Berns advises wealthy individuals and families on a wide range of estate planning matters, such as complex wealth transfer planning, charitable planning strategies and tax planning. She has considerable experience implementing estate plans designed to avoid probate, reduce or eliminate transfer taxes (including gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes), and maximize income tax planning. Berns frequently counsels clients on tax-planning strategies, both during lifetime and at death, and understands the necessity of working closely with other advisers to craft plans that meet a family’s tax and non-tax objectives.

Bills focuses her practice on auto dealership law and commercial real estate. She represents motor vehicle dealerships and their owners in both Illinois and Wisconsin in dealership acquisitions and sales, dealership financing and floor planning, bank financing, manufacturer negotiations, consumer fraud complaints, dealer agreements, contracts, business and succession, real estate development and purchase and sale, leasing matters, and employment contracts and matters. She also counsels commercial real estate developers, property management companies and real estate investors. Her commercial real estate experience includes representing clients in developments, acquisitions, sales, partnerships, financing matters, leasing arrangements, 1031 exchanges, commercial leasing arrangements, zoning work, special use permits, planned unit developments and sales tax rebate agreements.

Campbell focuses on patent counseling and prosecution in the computer science, mechanical and electronics fields. His extensive experience allows him to counsel his clients in managing all aspects of patent prosecution, including conducting disclosure meetings, leading brain-storming sessions, preparing patent applications and office action responses, and in the development of large patent portfolios. Campbell also assists his clients with reviewing patent license and patent sale agreements, and with IP litigation support.

Gentry represents his clients through all stages of employment counseling regarding discipline, leave and termination decisions, and regularly represents them in litigation involving non-compete and non-solicitation issues, alleged discrimination and in wage and hour class and collective action matters. He also helps his clients develop employee-facing policies and agreements to protect their customer relationships and confidential information. Gentry is also a member of the firm’s Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Group where he leverages his litigation experience to help clients secure proprietary data and advises them regarding compliance with international and U.S. data privacy laws.

Mark focuses on intellectual property matters and commercial litigation. A large part of her practice centers around appellate litigation, where clients rely on her ability to guide them through the appeals process. Oftentimes brought in as a consultant, Mark ensures that appellate procedure is followed and helps effectively frame arguments and brief appeals. She has briefed appeals in numerous courts, including both state and federal courts of appeals, and has argued before both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Murphy represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, entity formation, growth financing, contract negotiations, corporate governance and a broad assortment of other transactional matters. He serves as outside general counsel to many of his clients, functioning as an extension of their team instead of a mere service provider. Murphy works with private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, strategic investors and business clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, life sciences and professional services. Clients appreciate Murphy’s understanding of the nuances of their business and his ability to proactively avoid issues and find practical and cost-effective solutions to problems that arise.

Price represents borrowers, lenders (traditional and non-traditional) and other related parties throughout the county in structuring, negotiating and documenting financing transactions ranging from smaller loans to affiliated borrowers up to large and complex facilities. Clients turn to Price not only because of his extensive experience with transactions of all sizes and levels of complexity, but also because of his acute awareness of the business considerations that are at the foundation of these transactions.