Experience

We are honored to assist our clients with their legal needs. Our efforts range from business advice and corporate agreements to achieving the best outcome in high stakes litigation. The following are some examples of our work.

  • $11 Million Judgment for Food Manufacturer A start-up company developed several innovative food products, including shelf stable cookie dough that needed no refrigeration before baking. After several years of development efforts and product improvement, a large national retailer agreed to sell the product in its stores. Other companies were also negotiating to license the product. The company’s CEO, seeing this success, ...
  • Bank Client Gains Secured Creditor Status A bank client found itself as an unsecured creditor in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceeding after omitting a portion of the legal description in mortgage documents. We reviewed the documents to determine whether this error could be corrected. Wisconsin law does not require an exact legal description to perfect a mortgage. The mortgage is only ...
  • Disabled Logger Prevails Our client had worked for many years as a logger. To protect his family from lost income, he bought insurance that would provide compensation if he became disabled from work. Over the years, his spine wore down, requiring several spine operations. Eventually, he became disabled and could no longer work. Despite paying his premiums for many ...
  • Family Farm Protected by Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision A dairy farm included a 300-acre parcel desirable for residential and commercial development. The farmers obtained financing for their dairy operation from a private individual. He persuaded them to sign an Option to Purchase, which gave him the right to purchase the entire 300-acre parcel for $300,000, an amount well below market value. The financier later asserted that, due to his financial assistance, he owned a ...
  • Large Manufacturing Company Sold A corporate buyer based in Chicago expressed interest in acquiring a Hudson-based manufacturing company. The Hudson company’s general manager contacted Bakke Norman to assist the company’s 20 shareholders to negotiate the stock purchase agreement and close the sale. The shareholders resided throughout the Midwest and included the founder’s family members; company employees, who had received stock ...
  • Trial Victory for Employees Facing Discrimination and Harrassment Two female employees were experienced laborers for a water and sewer contractor. Their employer assigned them undesirable jobs, withheld safety equipment necessary to do their jobs, denied them basic hygiene needs and exposed them to unsafe work conditions. The female employees’ similarly situated male co-workers were not subjected to the same work conditions. The female employees’ ...