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Over the course of his 30-plus year career, Thomas J. Nichols has represented thousands of clients and organized hundreds of business entities.  Tom has extensive work experience at the state and federal levels.  He is well versed in both business entity law (e.g. corporations, partnerships, LLCs) and tax law (e.g. income tax, self-employment tax, estate tax) as well as other tax considerations involved in structuring of business ventures. 

Tom is uniquely qualified to advise businesses on choice of entity issues including the nuances of the various corporate structures available under Wisconsin law and cutting edge tax income planning.  Tom has been and is still active in updating Wisconsin's business entity statutes and in tax reform at the Federal level.  


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 20%
  2. Tax: 20%
  3. Business: 20%
  4. Health Care: 20%
  5. M & A: 20%

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Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols Sc

111 East Kilbourn Avenue
19th Floor
Milwaukee, WI, 53202-6633


WIGood Standing197903/02/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2016
ListedWisconsin Super Lawyers2015
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2015
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
ListedWisconsin Super Lawyers2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
ListedWisconsin Super Lawyers2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
ListedWisconsin Super Lawyers2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
ListedWisconsin Super Lawyers2010
ListedWisconsin Super Lawyers2009
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President & ShareholderMeissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols1979 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Wisconsin, Business Law SectionDirector2011 - Present
Milwaukee Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Institute of Certified Public AccountantsMemberN/A
Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public AccountantsMemberN/A
American Health Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
S Corporation AssociationChairmanN/A
Journal of Passthrough TaxationMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Taxation Section, Corporate Tax CommitteeChair2008 - 2010
Wisconsin Taxation CommitteeChairman1989 - 1991
Publication nameTitleDate
Wall Street JournalEnding the One-Two Corporate Tax Punch2016
Wall Street JournalTax Reform Should Go Right Down Main Street2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Marquette University Law SchoolN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Bar of Wisconsin's Annual MeetingRevised Uniform Partnership Act2014
Tax Aspects of the Affordable Care Act SeminarPlanning Now for the New Net Investment Income Tax2013
Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures of the Committee on Ways and MeansresentativesSmall Business and Pass-Through Entity Tax Reform Discussion Draft2013
Capitol Hill Panel DiscussionPass-through Business and Comprehensive Tax Reform: Designing Tax Reform to Grow All U.S. Business2013