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Attorney James A. Spella graduated from Marquette University with a BA in Accounting and graduated from Marquette University Law School with a Juris Doctor Degree. He was a Tax Attorney with Arthur Andersen & Company and then began the private practice of law with the law firm of Schloemer Law Firm, S.C.  Attorney Spella is a Partner in the firm, a member of the Washington County Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, and American Bar Association.

Attorney Spella has served as legal counsel and a director of various civic and charitable organizations. Attorney Spella is a current Board Member of the Westbury Bank, current member and past President of the West Bend Noon Rotary Club, a Director and President of the Threshold Foundation, Inc., past President of the West Bend Community Foundation, Inc., and Honor Roll Member of the Partners in Philanthropy. He is a former President and Director of the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, a former President and member of the St. Frances Cabrini School Board, and former President of the Washington County Bar Association. Attorney Spella resides in West Bend with his wife, Karen. They have six daughters.



I have enjoyed assisting families and small business owners with their legal needs. At times, the advice I provide goes beyond the legal environment by providing advice on family and business decisions and relations. I see myself as “transactional” and as a “problem solver” instead of adversarial. One of the values I bring to my clients is addressing events and situations before they happen so there is a methodology for a solution and resolution. I believe in providing “exit strategies” which are mutually beneficial.

Though I continue to “learn” since the law is constantly changing, and though my accounting background allows me to see a client’s tax and accounting situations with a fresh eye, my experience gained over the years with hundreds of clients provides a strong basis of skills for me to listen, identify, and assist.


Areas of concentration are estate and succession planning, business matters, including organization and contracts, real estate law, and the tax implications that always arise in these areas.



Practice Areas


  1. Estate Planning: 25%
  2. Real Estate: 25%
  3. Tax: 25%
  4. Business: 25%

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Contact Info

Schloemer Law Firm, S.C.

143 S. Main Street, Third Floor.
West Bend, WI, 53095-3308


WIGood Standing197103/16/2015

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Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of WisconsinMemberN/A
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West Bend Area Chamber of CommercePast PresidentN/A
Washington County Bar AssociationPast PresidentN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law School LawJD - Juris Doctor1971
Marquette University AccountingBA - Bachelor of Arts1967