Keith J. Pilger

Keith J. Pilger

Attorney Pilger is a partner at the firm practicing in the areas of business, real estate and estate planning.

Keith assists many of the firm’s business clients addressing a wide range of issues including business formation, real estate transactions, tax issues, corporate and partnership law, buy-sell agreements, lease agreements, contracts, sale and purchase agreements, registration of trademarks and copyrights, and intellectual property license agreements. He is also well versed in drafting estate plans for families to help them avoid probate while still meeting their personal goals.

Keith is actively involved in the community. In 2012, Keith and his wife, Kristi, were the Campaign Chairs of the YMCA Annual Strong Kids Campaign.

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.
Board Member/Past President
YMCA Foundation of Stevens Point
Board Member and Past Chair
Portage County Business Council Foundation
Board Member and Past President
Plover Area Business Association
Community Development Committee Member

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