Seven Reinhart Attorneys Named 2014 "Lawyers of the Year" by Best Lawyers

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MILWAUKEE – Best Lawyers named seven Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. (Reinhart) attorneys "Lawyers of the Year" for 2014. Best Lawyers designates only a single lawyer in each high-profile legal specialty within each large legal community.

Best Lawyers recognized Reinhart attorneys as "Lawyers of the Year" in both the Milwaukee and Madison regions.


Bruce T. Block – Best Lawyers' 2014 Milwaukee Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year. Block has been practicing law since 1979. He is a shareholder and chair of the firm's Real Estate Practice and is also a member of the firm's Board of Directors. Block's clients include private developers and investors, institutional developers and investors, lenders, municipalities and community development authorities. He has significant experience in a broad range of real estate matters including land use planning, zoning, eminent domain, historic tax credits, multiple and mixed use ownership structures, tax incremental financing and leasing, construction and design contracts. Block's extensive contacts in both public and private sectors are key factors in his ability to navigate complex transactions to successful and creative conclusions.

In addition to his 2014 recognition, Block was named Best Lawyers' Milwaukee Land Use & Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year" in 2013 and 2011, and Best Lawyers' Milwaukee Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year" in 2009.

Jennifer R. D'AmatoBest Lawyers' 2014 Milwaukee Litigation - Trusts & Estates "Lawyer of the Year." D'Amato is a member of the firm's Board of Directors, a shareholder in the firm's Trusts and Estates Practice and a member of the firm's Fiduciary Litigation and Tax-Exempt Organizations teams. D'Amato's clients include closely held business owners, wealthy families, trusts, estates, private foundations and public charities. Her practice focuses on estate and business succession planning; estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax issues; will, trust and tax controversy matters; sophisticated gift techniques; family limited partnerships and limited liability companies; charitable planning; prenuptial and postnuptial agreements; estate and trust administration; and executive compensation.

Heather L. Fields – Best Lawyers' 2014 Milwaukee Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year." Fields is a shareholder in the firm's Health Care Practice and the Tax-Exempt Organizations group. Fields is a frequent speaker on health care issues. She addresses a wide variety of health care regulatory and transactional issues in her practice. Fields also has extensive experience dealing with tax-exempt organizations, medical staff matters, professional licensing and accreditation, bioethics issues, HIPAA compliance and clinical research compliance. She is Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) and a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP).

Frederic G. Friedman – Best Lawyers' 2014 Milwaukee Tax Law "Lawyer of the Year." Friedman is a shareholder in the firm's Trusts and Estates Practice, which he chaired for 15 years. He advises individuals, closely held business owners and organizations on estate and succession planning issues and on the tax consequences of estate planning techniques. Considered a close confidant and trusted advisor by his clients, Friedman works directly with closely held business owners, guiding them on the most effective ways to transfer value and control of their businesses to successive generations. Friedman also works with executives and professionals in creating estate plans to maximize their personal objectives and minimize tax consequences.

Michael G. Goller – Best Lawyers' 2014 Milwaukee Litigation & Controversy - Tax "Lawyer of the Year." Goller is a shareholder and chair of the firm's Tax Practice as well as a member of the Litigation and Business Practices. He focuses on tax controversy and tax litigation, as well as on tax planning. His clients range from large public corporations to midsized, privately held businesses and their owners. Goller works on behalf of his clients in disputes with the IRS, the Department of Justice and various other taxing authorities. He represents his clients before the United States Tax Court, various federal district courts, the United States Court of Federal Claims and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Albert S. Orr – Best Lawyers' 2014 Milwaukee Mergers & Acquisitions Law "Lawyer of the Year." Orr is co-chair of Reinhart's Business Law Practice, chair of the firm's Private Equity, Venture Capital and Corporate Finance Group, and a member of the firm's Board of Directors. He represents private equity sponsors, mezzanine investment funds, operating companies and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries, with respect to corporate transactions and finance. Orr has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged transactions, commercial contracts and other related issues.


Don M. Millis – Best Lawyers' 2014 Madison Tax Law "Lawyer of the Year." Millis is the managing shareholder of Reinhart's Madison office, a member of the firm's Tax Practice and co-chair of the firm's Government Relations group. He assists business clients in Wisconsin and elsewhere with tax planning and tax disputes. Millis has a wide range of experience in tax dispute resolution, including sales and use taxes, property tax and the real estate transfer tax.

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Lawyers being honored as "Lawyer of the Year" are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the exhaustive peer-review assessments that Best Lawyers conducts with thousands of leading lawyers each year. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.