What a Year it Has Been, and What a Year It Will Be

December is always a busy month.
Shoveling. Preparing for the arrival of loved ones. Booking that plane ticket “home.” Hosting or attending holiday parties. Buying too many holiday presents. More shoveling.
And at FOS, facilitating the 2019 closing of commercial transactions, finalizing our pre-2020 tax strategies, and drafting of new and/or revised estate plans.
Even in this whirlwind of activity, December is the perfect month to look back over the past 11 months and look ahead to the new year.
Because of you, our clients, FOS had a very active 2019.
Our attorneys helped clients buy and sell businesses, transfer real estate of all sizes, prevent and/or resolve corporate and employment issues, navigate the minefields of divorce and custody issues, protect their intellectual property, and preserve their assets.
Multiple attorneys brought their different specialties to the table, working together on three related multi-million-dollar commercial transactions, which required months of due diligence, and which all closed almost simultaneously.
Our litigators successfully asserted and/or defended their clients’ rights in civil and criminal state and federal court cases and before local and county boards.
To protect our clients, FOS targeted the dangerous threat of phishing, issuing a Client Alert mailing and devoting an entire newsletter issue to electronic data theft.
We worked hard and produced results. Our attorneys were recognized during the year for their knowledge and expertise.
Shareholder Laurna Kinnel received the Wisconsin State Bar Young Lawyer’s Division’s 2019 “Outstanding Young Lawyer” award.
Shareholder Matt O’Neill and of-counsel Ken Barczak were named to the list of 2019 Super Lawyers (Matt to the Wisconsin Top 50 and Milwaukee Top 25), and shareholders Mike Koutnik and Laurna Kinnel were named to the list of 2019 Super Lawyers Rising Stars. O’Neill and shareholder Jake Manian presented at the State Bar Annual Convention.
Perhaps most exciting of all, FOS was honored as a “Best Place to Work” by the Milwaukee Business Journal.
We are grateful to our clients for enabling all of us at FOS to spend 2019 providing the high quality legal services upon which you rely.
And 2020? FOS will continue to serve our clients, whenever the need exists, for whatever legal issues arise.
We will review and negotiate your contracts, help you buy and/or sell your business or real estate, register and maintain your trademarks, assert your rights and defend you before administrative bodies and in court, and protect your assets through tax and estate planning.
Thank you for the trust that you place in us. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you in 2020.