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 May 15, 2021 by

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Posted on May 13, 2021 by

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Posted on May 11, 2021 by

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Posted on April 27, 2021 by and

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Matthew J. Shin Joins Ruder Ware

Posted on April 23, 2021 by

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Attorney Andrew Lorenz Joins Ruder Ware

Posted on April 23, 2021 by

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Posted on April 20, 2021 by

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Protecting Your Rights: Protecting Works Created by Employees and Independent Contractors

Posted on April 19, 2021 by

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Subleasing Poses Up-Front Risks to Landlord and Tenant

Posted on April 8, 2021 by

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Department of Labor Posts ARPA COBRA Subsidy Notices; Dedicated Web Page

Posted on April 7, 2021 by

Today the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the section of the Department of Labor that handles all things employee benefit plans, posted a dedicated webpage with much anticipated (and much needed) employer tools on the “COBRA subsidy” provision of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”), which was enacted on March 11, 2021.  The […]

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