Focus Team: Manufacturing & Distribution

Not only is manufacturing and distribution the backbone of Wisconsin’s economy, it plays a prominent role in our 100-year history. We represent many of the area’s largest manufacturers and have grown with them over the course of our histories.

As a full-service business law firm, our attorneys provide a diverse spectrum of services for manufacturers and distributors of locally based operations to internationally based facilities. We have extensive experience advising clients on a wide-variety of issues, including day-to-day operational issues as well as sophisticated transactions that are key to a business’s success.

The challenges faced by manufacturers are real.  We understand the competitive and increasingly global marketplace and the pressure to be lean, cost-effective, and proactive.  Working as trusted advisors to manufacturers and distributors, our attorneys combine legal knowledge with business acumen to provide clients with decisive, sound counsel.

We work collaboratively as a firm to provide our clients with timely, practical, and cost-effective legal guidance.  Clients benefit from an attorney team with experience in all of our comprehensive practice areas.  Services include:

  • Business succession planning
  • Commercial litigation
  • Deferred compensation
  • Distribution agreements
  • Employee manuals
  • Employment and personnel issues
  • Employment contracts
  • Entity formations
  • Finance and lease arrangements
  • Licensing issues
  • Loan and equipment lease documents
  • Non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Operating agreements
  • Purchase and sale of manufacturing and distribution operations
  • Purchase and sale of real estate including manufacturing facilities
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Reorganization strategies
  • Risk management strategies
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Stock options
  • Supply agreements
  • Tax advice
  • Terms and conditions of sale
  • Trademark protection  and intellectual property matters
  • Warranty and product liability issues
  • Work force issues

In addition, Ruder Ware is a member of Meritas, a premier global alliance of independent law firms working collaboratively to provide businesses with qualified legal expertise. Our membership allows us to connect clients to rigorously vetted law firms anywhere in the world.

Cheaper Gasoline Prices Means Decrease in Optional Standard Mileage Rates for 2020

Posted on January 2, 2020 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2020, and the decrease in rates reflect the decrease in the fixed and variable costs of operating a vehicle.  Effective January 1, 2020, the optional standard mileage rates […]

Happy New Year! Pass the Champagne AND a Joint—Illinois Legalizes Marijuana Effective 1/1/2020

Posted on December 30, 2019 by

Here in Wisconsin marijuana is still illegal.  However, this week our neighbor Illinois becomes the 11th in our nation to legalize marijuana which may cause complications for Wisconsin employers who recruit or have locations in that state.  Our neighbor Minnesota has had marijuana legal for medicinal purposes since 2014 (recreational use is not yet legal […]

The DOL Issues Final Rule to Update Regular Rate Regs!!

Posted on December 18, 2019 by

Late last week the Department of Labor announced a Final Rule that will allow employers to more easily offer bonuses and benefits without worrying about the regular rate of pay. The rule is the first major change to the regulations governing regular rate requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in over 50 years. […]

House Passes Farm Workforce Bill

Posted on December 12, 2019 by

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, easing immigration for agricultural workers. The bill would give “blue cards” to agricultural workers who have worked at least 180 days on farms over the past two years. They would become eligible for five-year renewable visas that would require working at least 100 […]

Estate Planning for Family Farms: What to do with the Land

Posted on November 11, 2019 by

While most businesses use real estate, unique planning issues arise for family-farm owners because of the importance of real estate to the farm and family. There are several reasons for that. Family farms are not as mobile as other businesses. Family-farm owners usually have strong emotional attachments to the land. They treat the land they […]

2020 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2020 Social Security Taxable Wage Base

Posted on November 6, 2019 by

On November 6, 2019 the Internal Revenue Service announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. All of the limits shown below have increased from last year.   Qualified Plan Limit Cost-of-Living Adjustments 401(k) and 403(b) elective deferral limit 2019-$19,000 2020-$19,500 $200,000 compensation limit 2019-$280,000 2020-$285,000 $160,000 defined benefit limit 2019-$225,000 2020-$230,000 […]

Sara Ackermann Presentation at Mfg First Expo

Posted on October 22, 2019 by

My practice is dedicated to helping business owners and HR professionals work through some pretty sticky employment issues.  Although there is not much I have not seen, employee behavior never ceases to amaze me.  With the evolution of marijuana and CBD legalization, it is going to get even more interesting.  For the latest information on […]

How Much Water Can the Federal Government Regulate?

Posted on October 4, 2019 by

A controversial federal environmental regulation has been repealed, according to an announcement Sept. 12 by the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the assistant secretary of the Army who oversees the Army Corps of Engineers. That means the definition of “Waters of the United States” will return to its pre-2015 definition. That’s important […]

Don’t Miss the Ag Land Values and Lease Seminar

Posted on October 3, 2019 by

Gone are the days when handshake deals suffice as a contract for a land purchase.  I’ll be presenting on Ag Lease Agreements as part of the Agricultural Land Values and Lease Seminar on October 9 at the Rib River Ballroom.  I plan to walk attendees through an overview of what leases are (and are not), […]

It’s a Bird – It’s a Plane – It’s the Final Overtime Rule!!!

Posted on September 24, 2019 by

The long wait is over. Today, the U.S. Department of Labor confirmed the final rule on the overtime “white collar” exemptions. Effective January 1, 2020, the minimum salary level for exempt workers will be $684 per week ($35,568 annualized). As you may remember, in 2015, the DOL attempted to increase the exemption to $913 per […]

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