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.

BREAKING NEWS-CDC Now Recommends Masking Indoors for Certain Areas of Country and DOJ Clears Way for Employers to Mandate the Vaccine

Posted on July 28, 2021 by

Yesterday the CDC issued new guidance recommending Americans to “wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.” The site includes a link so individuals can search their particular county to find out if transmission is low, moderate, substantial, or high.  As of the date of this […]

EEOC Issues Long-Awaited LGBTQ+ Guidance for Employers

Posted on June 23, 2021 by

It was about this time last summer when the U.S. Supreme Court extended Title VII protections to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and transgender status. Now the federal agency tasked with enforcing these new protections has clarified just what the new protections mean for employers. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission […]

Employers Don’t Have to Record Adverse Vaccine Reactions on Their OSHA Logs

Posted on May 26, 2021 by and

OSHA has changed course and is now advising employers they do not need to record employees’ adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines on their OSHA logs.  A month ago, OSHA’s position was adverse vaccine reactions had to be recorded as illnesses if an employer required its employees to be vaccinated.  The new guidance now relieves employers […]

To Mask or Not to Mask? For Employers That is the Question!

Posted on May 15, 2021 by , and

Unless you have been in a cave, you are aware that on May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that individuals who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 no longer need to wear a face covering in many settings. (CDC Guidance) Many of you shouted “HOORAY!” when you heard this […]

Gatherings On Farms in 2021

Posted on May 13, 2021 by

In any normal year, the onset of warm weather causes Wisconsin residents to flock to the outdoors.  This year, however, the stream of cars leaving cities should flow stronger than ever, as large sectors of the state’s population has been either outright locked down or significantly restricted in their travel since last spring.  Landowners who […]

2022 HSA Limits Are Announced

Posted on May 11, 2021 by

Yesterday, the IRS announced the Health Savings Account limits for 2022.  With respect to contribution limits, the limits are slightly higher than the ones for 2021.  As a reminder, these inflation adjusted amounts are effective for calendar year 2022. HSA/HDHP Requirement Cost-of-Living Adjustments Limit on HSA Contributions – Self-only HDHP 2021 – $3,600 2022 – […]

It Looks Like a Mandatory COVID-19 Standard Will be Coming, and OSHA Clarifies Recording Adverse Vaccine Reactions

Posted on April 27, 2021 by and

There are two new developments on the OSHA COVID-19 front to report.  First, yesterday, OSHA sent a draft of a new, mandatory, temporary emergency standard on COVID-19 to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.  Up to now, OSHA has not had a mandatory standard in place to deal with the coronavirus, relying […]

Matthew J. Shin Joins Ruder Ware

Posted on April 23, 2021 by

Matthew Shin’s intellectual property and business transactions practice has supported the development and commercialization of new technologies, products, and services in laboratories, factories, and computing systems around the world.      

Attorney Andrew Lorenz Joins Ruder Ware

Posted on April 23, 2021 by

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of Andrew Lorenz to our Eau Claire attorney team. An Eau Claire native,  Andrew is a 2018 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School.  Prior to beginning his legal career he served four years with the United States Marine Corps.  At Ruder Ware, […]

Unemployment Insurance Notice No Longer Required Upon Separation

Posted on April 20, 2021 by

Last October, we shared information about the emergency rule that created DWD 120.02 which required Wisconsin employers to notify workers of the availability of unemployment insurance upon separation of employment in a post titled Wisconsin Employers Must Notify Workers of Unemployment Insurance Upon Separation. As of March 31, 2021, the emergency rule requiring unemployment insurance […]

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