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Jan Scott Pierce

Real estate Attorney at Milwaukee, WI

5.0   55 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Jan

Learn Jan’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Business
    30%
    Sale and purchase of businesses; shareholder and operating agreements; independent contractor agreements.

    23 years, 65 cases

  2. Real estate
    30%
    Residential and Commercial; Landlord and Tenant

    23 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    20%
    Sale and purchase of businesses; shareholder and operating agreements; independent contractor agreements

    23 years

  4. Bankruptcy and debt
    10%
    Debtor and Creditor Rights; Workouts

    23 years

  5. Tax
    10%
    Choice of entity (e.g. LLC vs. corporation) and tax status (e.g. C-Corp vs. S-Corp); 501(c)(3) applications

    23 years

I founded this firm with the belief that people can make a positive difference in the world and make a profit by doing so. My emphasis is on assisting small businesses and social entrepreneurs in all aspects of launching and managing their ventures. I’ve built a successful practice by working with the kind of people I respect and enjoy being around. Maybe that’s why it often becomes difficult to remember what came first – business or friendship. After spending over a decade working with hundreds of small business people throughout the entire life cycles of their businesses, I’ve become very adept at helping entrepreneurs concentrate on doing what they do best.

Location

Jan Pierce Sc
2018 S. 1st Street, #517
Milwaukee, WI, 53207

Reviews

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Posted by Bhavya | March 25, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable
He is very knowledgeable in his area. I consulted him on a issue relating to contract and instantly he gave me the right advice and best course of action. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Ellie | October 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Contracts/Agreement Advice
Jan contacted me within a few minutes of reaching out to him on Avvo. He went through the steps I would have to take if I wanted to file a Small Claim and provided insight on how the process all works. Appreciated the time and assistance!
Posted by The Shop | June 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grateful!
Jan was so incredibly proficient in the work we requested from him. Timely, professional and truly an expert. We appreciated his work so very much, he pulled us out of bit of a bind! Thank you Jan!
Posted by Sarah | May 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Jan was absolutely great at helping me deal with a condo board that decided to go back on their agreement with me to rent out my unit. The board changed their mind after my tenant had already signed a lease and moved in and were trying to force him out. The board was threatening a lawsuit as was my tenant. Jan took care of everything and completely took the stress off of me. In the end Jan made it so my tenant could finish his lease and I sold the condo after he moved out. I highly recommend Jan.
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Posted by Nereus | May 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Building a business on a firm legal foundation
I had been doing business for years as a web designer, starting off on my own and latter adding a few employees. For all those years, web design projects were based upon little more than a handshake. After getting burned a few times, I started to educate myself on putting together web design agreements. I started to use these agreements, but I had no idea if they were legally binding or whether they would hold up in a court of law. I finally reached a point where I couldn't stand the legal ambiguity anymore, so I turned to my network of friends and family and asked for help finding a business attorney. My sister, who's opinion I hold it high regard, said, call Jan Pierce. I did, and I am happy that I did. In our initial consultation, I told Jan about my business and what I thought I needed. Within the hour, we figured out I needed several types of agreements and he gave me an estimate of what it would take to draft those agreements. I value legal advice and I knew that good legal counsel comes at a price. So, I wasn't afraid of what it would cost to have legal peace of mind. I'm happy to report that the legal services provided by Mr. Pierce have been invaluable. Over the years, Jan has provided me with sound legal advice and I would recommend him to those just starting out in business or those who have been in business for years. Jan is a great talker and he's an even better listener. He's also an expert and he will give you the legal advice that you need.
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Posted by Michael | April 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My experience with Jan Pierce
To put it simply, Jan Pierce changed my life. We met when he was knocking on doors while he was running for a local government office. I was most impressed by his personality and willingness to sacrifice his time for the betterment of his community. He's incredibly smart but he's Everyman... The fact he was a lawyer was not of immediate importance to me at the time as I was recovering from an injury and my plans were on hold... As my life was able to gain momentum again, the implementation of my plans dictated numerous legal necessities. My first call was, of course, to Jan. From real estate transactions to business/incorporation matters to contractor mediation, he's performed and provided everything I've needed in an absolutely professional manner. A true Neighborhood Lawyer.
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Posted by Shyanne | March 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer!
Having Jan on board of my small business team was the best decision I ever made. Jan is not only knowledgeable but super easy to talk to and explains the processes in a way that anyone can understand. And if that all wasn't enough, he is very understanding and personable, treating you as a person not just a case. Jan is the LAW NINJA, thank you for all you have done for me and my family.
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Posted by Jessica | March 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent, Ethical, Affordable, Trustworthy
Jan Pierce is exceptionally competent and resolute for the startup phase of any organization or business. He has helped myself, and several other local entities jump start and maintain their operations. His practice is an ethical one - keeping his fees lower than the standard market for legal services to increase access to legal help. I also appreciate Jan for his dedication to the well being of his community. Overall, a very smart and trustworthy human for handling my legal needs.
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Posted by Kristen | February 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Definitely recommend Jan
Jan helped me fire a management company from their contracted responsibilities. After working with Jan, the management company refunded me every dollar they owed me. Jan is EXTREMELY responsive, listens to what the client needs and wants, then gets the job done. I will definitely use him again for ANY type of situation that comes my way.
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Posted by Steph | February 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent small business lawyer!
I came to Jan to help me negotiate a new retail shop lease for my business, after 4 years I was expanding and faced a lengthy lease that was well out of my realm of experience. Jan talked me through the points that were new to me and helped me negotiate a fair & manageable lease with my new landlord that I felt confident in. He was very communicative and took the time to not just do the work for me, but educate me so I walked away with more knowledge and felt great about the whole experience. I would highly recommend working with Jan if you find yourself in need of legal advice!
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expert advice and service in real estate law
We have worked with Jan Pierce both within the context of a non-profit charitable organization that my wife is on the board of, as well as for the purchase of our current home. He provided excellent legal counsel and assistance right through closing of the home and beyond. He was there through offers on three separate properties and helped us navigate the sometimes challenging aspects of home purchase. His fees were reasonable and he was readily available via email or telephone. I have since recommended him to several friends and acquaintances, who have had similar wonderful experiences.
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Posted by Carrie | February 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I hired Jan to be part of my small business team.
I used to be that person who would start to feel queasy and get nervous at the thought of having to reach out to discuss an issue with an attorney. After being introduced to Jan, I now have no fear when a topic comes up in my small business that requires some legal counsel. Jan is EASY to reach, EASY to talk to, and EASY to understand. I appreciate his no fuss approach to dealing with what is almost always an emotional or difficult topic to work through. I have recommended him to many other small business owners who might not feel they have the resources to work with legal counsel, because what I learned was that as a small business, you can't afford NOT to have him on your team. Don't think twice about it, he's the best.
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Posted by Jessica | February 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personable and Down-To-Earth
I worked with Jan to help create photography contracts that could be used electronically for my business. Jan is personable and down-to-earth, creating an environment in which you can feel comfortable asking questions about your case. He speaks to you in a way that makes you feel empowered. Jan is also an active member of the community, hosting and attending many events, which makes him in touch with our city and our people. He is definitely someone you want on your team.
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Posted by Chuck | February 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rate my Lawyer Jan S. Pierce
Jan has worked with me for the last 6 months, in regards to a commercial property I'm selling. He has worked very close with me in keeping in touch and always returning phone calls or messages. He is very honest and fair in his rates, I would highly recommend his services to any of my family or friends. Jan is a very positive person!!
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Posted by bruce | February 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
mr jan pierce
i have used mr jan pierce for several legal matters. he has drafted up several business contracts for me, quickly and properly. his prices are very fair. he is not a price gouger. he is incredibly fair for his services. large or small, he took care of all of my needs, and is easy to get a hold of with very quick responses. couldnt be happier! he is currently my attorney and id use him again in a heartbeat for anything else. great guy!
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Posted by Allison | February 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personable, informed, local
Jan helped me to handle a challenging situation by helping me to understand the legal system, advocating on my behalf, and providing me with informed options. He seemed to readily be free for consultation and was quick to respond to my requests. As an active member in our community, I met Jan shortly after moving to Bay View as he entered the race for Alderman. I had recently graduated and moved leaving behind a condo as rental property. This was successful until the condo association changed their rental practice putting me in a tough position with renters and debt. Jan consulted with me on how to intervene with the association. When my intervention did not work, he stepped in to communicate with the condo's lawyers. Ultimately, when I had to make the tough decision to foreclose, Jan was there to help me through the the process.
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Posted by Paul | February 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledge beyond his specialty
Over the last year I have employed Jan for the purchase and development of a commercial property. His expertise is obvious and immediately put me at ease that things regarding the purchase would be handled completely. I put him in touch with my bank and accountants in order to streamline my involvement. He coupled with both easily and things progressed without complication. As I worked on the development of the property he was always available for consultation. He's personable and has lived an adventurous life so conversation is easy interesting when breaking from 'business'.
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Posted by Kristen Kakatsch | February 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Local. Legal. Helpful.
My company hired Jan Pierce to represent us in an emotional lawsuit with a client. Not only was Jan efficient but he was effective in representing our position, work ethic, facts, and more importantly the law in which we are all protected. He is honest and compassionate and worked tirelessly on and off the clock to ensure all communication was conveyed and understood by both myself and opposing counsel. He worked as if I were his most important client and that's exactly what you need when legal expertise is needed.
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Posted by Adam | February 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Personal, Down-To-Earth Lawyer that is always a phone call away!
Jan has been my lawyer for almost a decade. I met him when he was working at a large law firm and he helped my partner and I establish 3 businesses. I was happy when I found out Jan was starting his own law firm, not only because I knew I would get better rates than the large firm (which I did), but I knew he wouldn't be confided to the archaic rules of the large law firms. I have used Jan the last couple of years to establish a new business, as well as help my family sell an estate property. He always answers the phone, or calls you back within minutes if he's with another client. Even on a Sunday afternoon when he should be enjoying his time with family and friends, he is willing to take a phone call or e-mail to help you out. I highly recommend Jan for anyone looking for an honest lawyer who will look out for your best intentions.
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Posted by Richard & Sherlena Hale | February 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Non Profit Realistate Company
My husband and I had a vision for a non profit realistate company that would allow us to give back into the community all while helping those that have low income to rent a home that would be fully remodeled for a price within their bracket. We represented it to Jan and he gave us wise counsel on the matter and was able to help us interprete our thoughts on paper so we could present our vision to the IRS with the language that the IRS would understand. We are happy to say that today we hold our non profit papers that were approved by the IRS. Thanks Jan for helping us. Richard & Sherlena
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-200 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Mawicke & Goisman, S.C.
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Buss & Burleson Legal Group, S.C.
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP
  • 2000 - 2002

Education

  • Marquette University Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Viterbo University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • 1995
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1986

Associations

  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Western District Bar Association of Wisconsin
  • Attorney Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Attorney Member
  • 2001 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Special Recognition for Volunteer Service
  • Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation
  • 2014
  • Small Business Legal Assistance Award
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Jan
Litigation Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have no hesitation in recommending Jan to others in need of a terrific litigation and family law attorney. He is efficient, knowledgeable and extremely capable at what he does."
Business Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jan Pierce is a thoughtful and dedicated professional. He loves his community, and takes pride in assisting individuals and small businesses to accomplish their goals. I have worked with attorney Pierce on several matters, and I found him to be responsive, insightful, and very knowledgeable. I strongly recommend attorney Pierce."
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Milwaukee Real estate Lawyer Jan Scott Pierce
Jan Scott Pierce
Real estate Attorney
Milwaukee, WI
Licensed for 23 years
Free Consultation