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Nelson, Richter and Sharkey Appointed as Co-chairs of DeWitt’s Business Practice

MADISON | BROOKFIELD | MINNEAPOLIS – The law firm of DeWitt LLP, today announced that partners Nathan J. Nelson, Brody C. Richter and Ross A. Sharkey are appointed as Co-chairs of the firm’s Business Practice Group, one of DeWitt’s largest practice groups. 

Nelson, Richter, and Sharkey succeed partner Bryan C. Esch, of DeWitt’s Madison office, who adeptly chaired the group for many years.  Esch was recently reelected to another term as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

About Nathan J. Nelson

Nelson, who practices from DeWitt’s Minneapolis office, serves as a business and estate planning attorney, and provides counsel to both companies and individuals. He approaches his legal practice by listening to his clients’ goals and working with them to accomplish their objectives. As a transactional corporate and estate planning attorney he focuses his practice on addressing both general and specific business matters, including start-ups, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and dissolutions. Nelson is a member of the Minnesota Trucking Association and has represented hundreds of motor carriers, logistics companies, manufacturers, general contractors, and professionals in all facets of legal matters or other snafus, including licensing, reorganizations, agreements OOIDA issues, mergers and acquisitions and other challenges business owners encounter.  He earned an L.L.M. from Villanova University School of Law, a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law, and a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.

About Brody C. Richter

Richter practices from the firm’s Madison office where he serves clients of all scopes and sizes.  Whether looking to purchase a piece of real property and secure financing or merging a company with another, Richter uses the practical and creative methods that he has gained while helping clients reach their transactional goals in a variety of unique situations. He understands that no transaction is a “one size fits all” transaction and that corporate, real estate, securities, and franchise require attention to detail and an attorney willing to go the extra mile for his clients.  Richter assists a wide array of clients, from individuals to major corporations. His clients have included, but are certainly not limited to, small retail businesses, large commercial real estate developers, major manufacturing companies and tax-exempt organizations.  He has helped clients secure and negotiate the terms of conventional financing, both as it relates to business and real estate needs. In addition, he has a good deal of experience assisting companies attempting to raise equity through less conventional means, including private securities offerings.  He has extensive experience representing franchises at all stages of the franchise process.  He earned a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School (Member of the Moot Court Board) and a B.S. from Ohio University.

About Ross A. Sharkey

Sharkey brings more than 30 years of experience to DeWitt’s Metropolitan-Milwaukee office located in Brookfield. He focuses his practice on commercial financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. In addition, Sharkey has extensive experience in complex commercial transactions of all kinds, as well as creditor’s rights, and restructuring and workouts of nonperforming commercial credit facilities.  He commonly represents financial institutions in commercial loan matters as well as businesses seeking private financing. He has counseled both lenders and borrowers in all aspects of loan restructurings and workouts.  He also provides guidance on equity financing transactions.  Sharkey is a past member of the adjunct faculty of Marquette University Law School where he taught courses in commercial contract drafting. He earned a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison

About the Author

Michelle joined DeWitt in January 2011 as the Director of Marketing. She is responsible for the marketing, communication and business development efforts of the firm.

She has more than 19 years of experience in the legal marketing industry.  Michelle is a proud veteran of the United States Army Military Intelligence Corps where she served four years on active duty as an Arabic Linguist, with an emphasis in Egyptian dialect.

For more information about this article please contact Michelle Friedman, Marketing Director, by email or by phone at (262) 754-2877.

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