Focus Team: Manufacturing & Distribution

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 courses 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.

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Posted on November 1, 2023 by

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Posted on June 29, 2023 by

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Posted on June 5, 2023 by

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Posted on May 17, 2023 by

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Posted on February 28, 2023 by

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