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William R. Tehan

Professional Experience

Bill Tehan practices primarily in the area of business and commercial law, focusing on corporate mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, corporate finance transactions, construction contracts, and transactions involving software licensing and the internet. Bill has worked closely with privately and publicly held corporations in the transportation, health care, paper, forest and building products, food products, manufacturing, private investment, and service areas. His extensive transactional experience includes:

  • Representing purchasers and sellers in stock and asset acquisitions.
  • Counseling business entities at all stages in their development (including formation, growth, and exit strategies).
  • Providing advice regarding the selection of corporate, partnership, or limited liability company business forms.
  • Preparing agreements for buyers and sellers regarding the purchase and sale of goods and services.
  • Representing owners in negotiations with contractors regarding construction projects.
  • Representing borrowers and lenders in negotiating financings, including secured and unsecured debt.
  • Assisting in negotiations regarding software licensing transactions and utilizing the internet for business purposes.

Education

  • B.B.A. (with honors), University of Wisconsin - Madison (1978)
  • J.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison (1981)

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association - Member: Business Law Section; Cyberspace Law Committee; Mergers and Acquisitions Committee; Middle Market and Small Business Committee; Uniform Commercial Code Committee; Forum on the Construction Industry
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Member: Construction and Public Contract Law Section; Business Law Section, Director (2002 - 2006); Business Assistance Program Committee, Chair (2004 - 2006); Non-profit Business Assistance Program Committee, Chair (2004 - 2006)
  • Marathon County Bar Association

Admitted to Practice

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Professional Recognition

Worldwide ERC - Distinguished Service Award Recipient (2014)
Meritorious Service Award Recipient (2013)

Professional Activities

  • American Moving & Storage Association - Legal Advisory Council, Member (2004 - present), Chairman (2007 - 2011)
  • Conference of Freight Counsel - Member (2011 - present)
  • International Association for Contract and Commercial Management - Member (2011 - present)
  • Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Member (2015 - present)
  • Transportation Lawyers Association - Member (2008 - present)
  • Wisconsin Law Foundation - Fellow (2009 - present)
  • Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association - Member (2011 - present)
  • Worldwide ERC - Public Policy Management Committee, Member (2008 - present), Government Relations Task Force, Member (2012), Government Affairs Committee, Member (2013 - present), Regulatory/Compliance Forum, Chair (2013 - present)

Civic Activities

  • CW Soccer, Inc. - Director (2008 - 2010)
  • Centergy, Inc. - Director (2004 - present), President (2005 - 2014), Executive Committee (2012 - present)
  • Diocese of La Crosse Episcopal Commission for Catholic Schools - Member (2011 - 2012)
  • Grand Theatre Foundation, Inc. - Secretary (2003 - 2016), President (2016 - present), Director (2009 - present)
  • Grow North f/k/a/ Northwoods Advantage - Member (2005 - 2007)
  • Newman Catholic Schools Endowment Trust - Trustee (1993 - present)
  • Newman Catholic Schools - Long Range Planning Committee, Chair (1997 - 2000); Education Commission, Member (1997 - 2005), Chair (2002 - 2005); Executive Committee, Chair (2002 - 2005)
  • Rainbo Lodge - Director (2004 - 2010), Vice President (2009 - 2010)
  • State of Wisconsin - Governor's Business Council, Member (2007 - 2008)
  • Wausau Area Catholic Parishes and Schools - Pastoral Planning Committee, Member (2002 - 2006); Coordinating Committee, Member (2002 - 2006)
  • Wausau Area Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. - Director (1988 - 1994); United Arts Fund Drive, Chair (1988 - 1990), President (1990 - 1991); ArtsBlock Building Committee Member (1993 - 2001)
  • Wausau Rotary Club - Member (1989 - present), Board of Directors (2007 - 2012), President-elect (2009 - 2010), President (2010 - 2011); Uthrotar Program, Committee Chair (2001 - 2010)
  • Wausau Soccer Club, Inc. - Director (1998 - 2001)
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Association - Member (2005 - 2014)

Articles

  • "The Act" a Long Time in the Making, Chippewa Valley Business Report - Winter 2016
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Business Law News, Internet Domain Names require Protection Under Changing Systems (Fall 1998 Volume 17, Number 3)

Presentations

  • Leadership Characteristics: An Inside Look at Successful Local Leaders, Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce panel discussion - 4/23/14
  • Construction Contracts: The Owner's Perspective - 5/2/06 and 5/9/06
  • Angels (Investing) in America - Raising Venture Capital Privately, State Bar of Wisconsin, Securities Law Update Seminar, Now Showing (2004)
  • Are You Doing Business Over the Internet, If so, You Need to Consider Insurance Issues, State Bar of Wisconsin, Annual Convention - " (2002)
  • Law Firm Limited Liability Entities, State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Convention - (1995)