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Laurna Kinnel focuses her practice on corporate law, intellectual property law, and family law.
Laurna assists business clients at all operational stages, including entity creation and development, mergers and acquisitions, private placements and other financing, succession issues, complex contract negotiations, and employment disputes.
Laurna protects businesses’ and individuals’ intellectual property rights through domestic and international trademark registrations and prosecutions, counseling clients in the selection, maintenance, protection, and enforcement of these increasingly valuable property rights.
Integrating her business experience into her family law practice, Laurna avoids a “one-size-fits-all” approach to family matters. Her approach varies from settlement-based to traditional litigation-based divorce.
Regularly represents clients in protecting and enforcing their intellectual property and trademark rights, in the United States and internationally, through prosecuting trademark applications, negotiating license agreements, and protecting against intellectual property infringement.
Assists in the preparation of private placement memorandum and preparation and negotiation of securities filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with multiple private placements.
Regularly assists clients in the preparation of separation agreements for departing employees.
Regularly advises clients on various employment issues.
Routinely represents clients in the negotiation and preparation of prenuptial agreements.
Represented a local dentist in the sale of his practice.
Represented a Milwaukee client in negotiating the 2016 refinancing of New York City investment property.
Represented a local sporting goods distributor in the multimillion dollar 2016 sale of its business to a large, publicly-traded company.
Represented a local orthodontist in the 2014 sale of his practice.
Represented a storage and material handling business in its 2014 acquisition of another local material handling business.
Represented a leading local pipe and related components provider in the sale of its business to a large Kentucky-based pipe solutions provider.
Named “Outstanding Young Lawyer” Wisconsin State Bar Young Lawyer’s Division
Named “Up and Coming Lawyer” Wisconsin Law Journal
Association of Women Lawyers Pro Bono Award
Named to the list of Super Lawyers Rising Stars
Fellow, Wisconsin Law Foundation
Leander J. Foley Society of Family Lawyers Board member
Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association Past-President
Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association Board member
Marquette University Legal Clinic volunteer
Admitted, Wisconsin Supreme Court and all lower state courts
Admitted, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
J.D., Marquette University Law School, cum laude
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, magna cum laude
Wauwatosa native Laurna enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, cheering on the Marquette Golden Eagles, and working on her golf game.