David M. James

David M. James

David M. James

David M. James

David M. James, a partner at Anderson O’Brien, LLP, focuses primarily on Estate Planning and Business Law. When working with clients on their estate planning needs, he works to protect the client’s assets with careful tax planning, while helping to ensure that their wishes are carried out. Business clients can count on Dave at all stages of their business ventures from formation, through operations, to sale or family succession.

Service to the community is an important part of the culture at Anderson O’Brien, LLP. Most recently Dave has worked with North Central Conservancy Trust, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the natural heritage of Central Wisconsin through the protection of land. Dave also supports his alma mater, UW-Stevens Point by serving as corporate counsel for the UWSP Foundation. He is also a veteran and served in Iraq during 2009 as a member of Wisconsin’s 32nd Brigade Combat Team.

Dave enjoys the challenges that a law practice brings, in particular, he likes being able to help his clients work through the legal obstacles that life can present. Whether it is forming an LLC for an entrepreneur, or helping to preserve a grandparent’s legacy, Dave works with his clients to secure their future and peace of mind.

Education

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2001)
University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D. 2005)

Professional Activities

State Bar of Wisconsin
Tax Law Section
Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section
Portage County Bar Association
American Bar Association
Business Law Section

Admitted to Practice

State Bar of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Community Activities

UWSP Foundation, Inc.
Board Member and Corporation Counsel
North Central Conservancy Trust – Director since 2016
Iola Winter Sports Club – Member

Keith J. Pilger

Keith J. Pilger

Keith J. Pilger

Keith J. Pilger

Keith works with owners of small and medium sized businesses on a wide range of issues including business formation, tax issues, corporate matters, buy-sell agreements, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and business succession planning. Keith also regularly assists clients with residential and commercial real estate acquisition and development, and planning for long term ownership of family cottages, family farms, and other recreational properties. Keith has assisted many families with the preparation of customized estate planning, including wills, trusts and powers of attorney that are specifically tailored to accomplish their personal goals.

Keith is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and the University of Marquette Law School. Being from central Wisconsin, he is actively involved in the community. He resides in Stevens Point with his wife Kristi and their three children.

Education

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1999)
Marquette University Law School (J.D. 2003)

Admitted to Practice

State Bar of Wisconsin
U. S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Community Activities

Boys & Girls Club of Portage County, Inc.
Past Board Member and President
YMCA Foundation of Stevens Point
Past Board Member and Chair
Portage County Business Council Foundation
Board Member and Past President
Saint Michael’s Hospital Foundation
Board Member and Treasurer
Opportunity Development Center, Inc.
Board Member

Daniel F. Schmeeckle

Daniel F. Schmeeckle

Daniel F. Schmeeckle

8.1Daniel Schmeeckle

Daniel F. Schmeeckle

As a 2002 graduate of SPASH and Stevens Point native, Dan was thrilled to return to Central Wisconsin after graduating with honors from the University of Minnesota Law School. Dan began his career at the firm as a summer associate in 2009 and joined the firm as an associate in 2010.  After a few years at the firm, he spent two years in China working at large firms.  During his time abroad, he focused on complex matters of international commercial arbitration and litigation in relation to cross-border transactions.  In addition, he held adjunct positions with the China University of Political Science and Law, as well as the University of International Business and Economics, where he was a frequent lecturer on topics related to international litigation. This experience solidified his desire to return to Anderson O’Brien, LLP and focus on representing the people and businesses in Central Wisconsin.

To Dan, the firm’s slogan of “Lawyer’s where you live” resonates strongly.  At the time this law firm was forming in the 1880s, his great grandfather, Henry Reading, was finishing the last log drive on the Plover River, and his father was a pioneer of Stevens Point. Three generations of Dan’s family have built their homes in the same area.  Being deeply connected to this geographical area translates into being a better advocate for the people and businesses located here. He is passionate about the work he does and is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for every client.

In addition to his law practice, he serves as the sole community member on the Institutional Review Board at UW-SP.  He has also previously volunteered with the Our Courts Wisconsin Program and has served on the Board of Directors of the Stevens Point Sculpture Club and the Ma-Kah Water for All Foundation.

Outside of the office, Dan can be found in the workshop building furniture.

 

Education

University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh (2005 cum laude)
University of Minnesota Law School (J.D. 2010 cum laude)

Admitted to Practice

State Bar of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Professional Activities

State Bar of Wisconsin
Portage County Bar Association

Honors

Named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2019 and 2020

Testimonials

“Dan offered sound guidance and assisted us in navigating the unfamiliar legal terrain. He demonstrated professionalism through his expertise of the subject matter and ability to instill trust. Dan was continually available to us throughout the process, and his actions were at all times motivated by our best interest. We highly regard Dan and would recommend him to anyone needing legal assistance.”    T. B.

“Having never worked with an attorney in any aspect of legal matters, I was hesitant to even move forward with legal counsel to try and recover damages for my injury. I felt very comfortable with Dan, he explained everything so that it was easy for me to understand, and kept me informed along the way on how my case was progressing. Dan is highly professional and very knowledgeable. I wouldn’t hesitate to contact him again if I needed any further legal advice.”   R. W.

“Attorney Dan Schmeekle’s case presentations are some of the very best I see. His communication is clear, concise, and extremely persuasive. His clients are well-served by his exceptional advocacy skills. Attorney Schmeekle rightfully enjoys the deep trust and respect of his clients. He capably handles difficult legal issues, is extremely competent and hard-working, and yet has a down-to-earth manner that makes him a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Attorney Schmeekle to those looking for legal representation in central Wisconsin.”    Mediator John Hertz

“Daniel Schmeekle is one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with. He saves our company time and money again and again. He also is a great advisor as our company moves forward and grows. We couldn’t ask for a better law firm or attorney to represent us and help us get to the next level.”   Keaton Schultz

“It was a very good experience with Attorney Schmeeckle. He was good to work with and he explained everything. He is a very good listener. I liked the concern he had for me and my case. I am very happy with the outcome.”   K. K.

“My experience working with Attorney Schmeeckle was fantastic. I was in a lawsuit where it wasn’t my fault and he brought several arguments to the table that favored me incredibly. Before I retained Attorney Schmeeckle, I retained another lawyer firm in town where they said that the lawsuit was going to cost me $40,000 and it will probably take over a year and go to trial and that I should just look at what the plaintiff wants and accommodate him and make this all go away. They had no arguments or knowledge of any way to identify the law in my favor. When I came to Attorney Schmeeckle he was like a breath of fresh air. Right out of the gate he had half a dozen legal arguments and more ideas of what we should do!

Right away he actually discovered that I was entitled to have my case taken over by the title company lawyers for free and have free representation throughout the entire case so I only paid the small retainer fee and the other title company lawyers took over the case for free for the next 9 months and saved me thousands and thousands of dollars.

I was very impressed with how detailed and knowledgeable Attorney Schmeeckle was throughout the short time that I worked with him. He was very personal, listened and had great ideas every time we met or emailed. He knows the law and it showed! I would recommend to anyone who is seeking representation for real estate law to contact Attorney Schmeeckle. I promise you he will go to work for you and you’ll have the best representation you can possibly have and you won’t be disappointed.”   L. G.

“Attorney Schmeeckle, Richard and I want to thank you so much for your help in resolving the lot line problem we had with our neighbors. We were novices in something like this, never having to work with an attorney except for wills. You guided us through this with expertise and humor. You gave us clear explanations of what our options were and how to accomplish them. It also helped that you understood and sometimes shared the frustration we were put through. It helped keep us calm. Thank you! Like it or not, you are now our attorney of choice! Thank you again ” – Richard and Karen Olsen

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