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Shareholder William T. Stuart maintains a dual practice in the areas of real estate and general business litigation. Most recently, his real estate litigation practice led to a groundbreaking decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of the landowners in a governmental takings case—a decision which countered national trends and reversed contrary authority in this jurisdiction. His transactional practice recently involved the development of a signature thirty story multi-use tower in downtown Milwaukee.

In his real estate practice, Bill is involved in nearly every facet of real estate law, including the financing, development, construction, purchase and sale of multi-million dollar commercial real estate projects and the litigation of disputes involving property rights and other land-use issues. His clients span the spectrum of large to small and his projects involve some of the most complex topics in real estate law. He has experience in handling water law rights, environmental remediation, zoning and permitting issues, construction disputes, partition cases, boundary line disputes, title claims and foreclosure/work-out cases. Bill has formed, terminated and restated condominiums, and litigated advanced claims in condominium law, including so-called "dockuminiums." He has represented purchasers, sellers, lenders, developers and brokers of real estate, as well as condominium associations and other businesses with needs in property law.

Bill additionally has extensive experience in commercial litigation matters, and has handled numerous business lawsuits. He has litigated non-compete cases, contract disputes, product liability cases, corporate fraud and derivative claims actions.

Bill is one of the few lawyers to successfully navigate complicated legal issues in both litigation and transactional work. His experience in these areas is unparalleled and offers his clients unique insights which help them achieve their goals.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 34%
    18 years
  2. Administrative Law: 33%
    18 years
  3. Real Estate: 33%
    18 years

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Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols Sc

111 E Kilbourn Ave 19th FL
Milwaukee, WI, 53202-6633


WIGood Standing199703/20/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2015
Real Estate; LitigationLawyer of the Year2014
ListedWisconsin Super Lawyers2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
ListedWisconsin Super Lawyers2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
ListedWisconsin Super Lawyers2012
ListedWisconsin Super Lawyers2011
ListedWisconsin Super Lawyers2010
ListedWisconsin Super Lawyers2009
Rising StarWisconsin Super Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderMeissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols, S.C.1997 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of WisconsinMemberN/A
Milwaukee Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Abbey Villas Condominium Association, Inc. v. Abbey Resort Condominium Association, Inc. and Abbey Provident Venture, LLCN/A
SU Group LLC, et al., v. Gerald G. Williams, case no. 10-CV-9731N/A
Samuel C. Johnson 1988 Trust, et al. v. Bayfield County 649 F.3D 799 (7th Cir. 2011)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Title NewsPotential Runaway Train Could Impact Land Rights2014
State Bar Business Law NewsShareholders-Guarantors Cannot Pursue Derivative Claims in Collection Action2013
State Bar Business Law NewsSupreme Court to Decide Critical Property Rights Case2013
Title NewsSwitching Tracks: How the Seventh Circuit Restored Certain Landowners' Rights to Abandoned Railroad Rights-of-Way2011
Wisconsin LawyerCan Employers Force Employees To Sign Noncompete Agreements As A Condition Of Their Employment?1999
Thomson ReutersReal Property RemediesN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of Wisconsin, MadisonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wisconsin Land Title AssociationUpdate on WLTA Amicus Brief, Montalvo v. Montalvo2012
State Bar Business and Real Estate Law InstituteSpecial Considerations in Disputes Involving Condominium Associations, Who Can Bring What Claims When2012
Wisconsin Land Title AssociationSamuel C. Johnson 1988 Trust v. Bayfield County, Wisconsin2011
State Bar Business and Real Estate Law InstituteIntroduction to HUD/FHA Financing For Real Estate Development: Unique Features Of HUD Financed Transactions That Real Estate Lawyers Should Know Before Their Clients Go2011
State Bar of Wisconsin, CLE CommitteeRepresenting the Closely Held Business: Complex Issues in Real Property Law2010
St. Thomas More Lawyer’s Society of WisconsinTruly Doing God’s Work – Defining Ecclesiastical Job Functions Under the Ministerial Exception to the First Amendment2008