The Wisconsin law firm of Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. today announced Joseph E. Tierney, IV, corporate and real estate attorney, will take the helm as the firm’s next president as of October 1, 2016. This transition is one of several steps the firm is making to remain at the forefront of the next generation of progressive, dynamic legal service workplaces.
“Joe was selected as our next president for many reasons, including his forward-thinking approach, understanding of the changing legal landscape, and his 10 years of service as a transactional attorney with our firm,” said Kathy Nusslock, the firm’s Chief Operating Officer and current President. “Joe is an exceptional choice. He’s personable, business-centric, and attuned to the evolving needs of our clients as well as the attorneys who serve them. With his collaborative nature and dedication to the community, Joe will lead the firm into the next era of legal services.”
Earlier this year, Tierney was elected to serve as the firm’s Corporate Team Chair. Previously, he served three years as the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group Chair. In addition to his firm leadership, Tierney maintains an active business transactions practice. A former tax consultant for one of the nation’s top accounting firms and a local, fourth generation attorney, Tierney offers a distinguished pedigree of business acumen and community ties.
“We greatly appreciate Kathy’s leadership as president and in her continuing role as Chief Operating Officer. Kathy’s dedication to our clients, attorneys and staff is constant and unwavering,” said Tierney. “The legal landscape is changing at a faster pace than ever before. As one of the larger Wisconsin law firms, we embrace the opportunity to evolve with our clients into this new era of mobility, collaboration and efficiency. As president, I look forward to working with Kathy, our Board of Directors, and our client service team to ensure that we remain at the forefront of the legal industry.
Joseph E. Tierney, IV
Tierney represents organizations in the real estate investment, food and beverage industry, education, construction, and manufacturing areas. He advises clients on complex sales and acquisitions of companies, real estate transactions and financing, and sophisticated tax planning. He routinely works with clients in structuring their investment entities and offerings as well as developing or acquiring real estate and business assets.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, Tierney’s success and contributions to the legal industry have most recently been recognized by the Best Lawyers® in America, where he is listed as a Best Lawyer® in the areas of Corporate Law and Real Estate Law for the 2016 edition. He is a graduate of Marquette University and Marquette University High School.
As a local community leader, Tierney serves on the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Alliance for Charity as well as the Milwaukee Urban Soccer Collaborative. Prior community initiatives include Journey House and the Mitchell Street Development Opportunities Corporation. Tierney is also past president of the Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Kathy L. Nusslock
Kathy joined the firm’s Litigation Team in 1998 and since then has served in a variety of firm management roles including President, Litigation Team Chair, Employment Litigation Practice Chair, Director on the firm’s Board, member of the Shareholder Development Committee, and Pro Bono Coordinator.
Since January of 2015, Nusslock has served a dual role as President and Chief Operating Officer. She is the second woman to serve as the firm’s president, building on Davis & Kuelthau’s long history of diversity in leadership. Nusslock will continue as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer. In addition, Nusslock manages an active litigation practice focusing on commercial, trust and estate, and employment litigation.
As a successful trial attorney, Nusslock’s dedication to the legal industry has not gone unnoticed. She has been proudly ranked among Wisconsin’s Super Lawyers® since 2005, honored among the Top 25 Women Attorneys in Wisconsin, by Super Lawyers®, for five terms, and recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal among their 2013 Women in the Law. In 2010, Nusslock joined Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, former Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti, and other distinguished leaders as an honored recipient of the Brennan Award from the National Trial Advocacy College.
Davis & Kuelthau, s.c.
Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. offers an array of innovative legal solutions to individuals, business entities and public entities both regionally and out-of-state. Our entity clients range from small, midsized institutions to large municipalities and corporations. The firm's attorneys, who practice from three offices across Wisconsin, have national experience combined with strong community ties. For more information, please visit www.dkattorneys.com.