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Stephen Cole Werner Jr.

Business Attorney at Janesville, WI

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Steve Werner, Stephen Werner

  • Licensed for 26 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1997
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

I enjoy working with my clients on a variety of business matters that include strategic planning, employments issues, mergers and aquisitions, intellectual property, and day-to-day business operations, including work with business start-ups. I work closely with both business clients and individuals on real estate matters that include purchase and sales, leasing, landlord disputes, property tax issues, developments, contractor issues, home rentals, and municipal approvals. I have significant experience helping my clients with business and consumer collections and real estate foreclosures. I also assist clients in the trucking and transportation industry with a wide range of industry speciific needs such as accident mitigation, insurance, contracts, and employment law issues.

As a founding member of Murphy Desmond's Janesville office, I am fortunate to work for a firm that has a larger office in Madison. As such, Murphy Desmond is able to provide a full array of legal services for most business and personal matters throughout Wisconsin.

Please contact me at or call to discuss your legal matter. I look forward to working with you.

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Murphy Desmond Sc
101 E Milwaukee St Ste 301
Janesville, WI, 53545-3004


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Posted by james | February 6, 2015
Land purchase via a reverse 1031 exchange
Steve did a great job guiding our family through the entire land sale and purchase process. When our bank failed to identify the correct procedure executing the reverse 1031 exchange, Steve stepped in and guided the team along. He saved our family potential taxable gains with his knowledge of the 1031 exchange laws and titling requirements set forth via the US tax code. I will recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Barry | February 3, 2015
Best Attorney in Rock County
Steve has the reputation of the attorney you want on your side. He makes sure the client is aware of all issues so they are able to make an educated decision as part of the bigger picture. I am always impressed how he is able to point out potential problems that others have not, including other attorneys. I would never use anyone else.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Board of Directors - Secretary
  • Murphy Desmond S.C.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Co-Chair - Business Practice Group
  • Murphy Desmond S.C.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Murphy Desmond S.C.
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Quarles & Brady
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Attorney
  • Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Nowlan & Mouat, LLP
  • 1997 - 1999
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  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Wisconsin
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991


  • Janesville Innovation Center
  • Vice President
  • 2013 - Present
  • Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce
  • Director
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Rock County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Junior Achievement
  • Director
  • N/A
  • Forward Janesville, Inc.
  • Past Director and Past Chair
  • N/A
  • City of Janesville Plan Commission
  • Member and Past Chair
  • N/A
  • Mercy Health System Institutional Review Board
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Young Lawyers Division
  • Director
  • 2000 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Superb Rating
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Rising Stars
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • 2007
  • Rising Stars
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • 2006


  • Wisconsin Environmental Law Journal
  • To Compensate or Not to Compensate, That Is the Question: Misconstruing the Federal Regulatory Takings Analysis, Zealy v. City of Waukesha
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • Property Exchanges
  • IRC Section 1031 Tax Deferred Echanges
  • 2007
  • SCWBA Annual Meeting
  • Wisconsin's Right to Cure Law
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Business Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I believe Steve is one of the best business and real estate lawyers in Rock County. He gets to know his clients and their businesses well, and is very proactive in his work with them."
Business Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve's strategic thinking benefits his clients in business and real estate matters. He's a well-respected lawyer in the community."
Business Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Steve's pragmatic approach to structuring, negotiating and closing business deals is unique and highly valued by his clients."
Business Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Steve is a very proactive and respected business and real estate lawyer. Steve has earned the trust of his clients through his dedication to their legal needs."
Business Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Steve has a great appreciation for the "art of the deal." He gets things done."
Business Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve has all of the qualities one would look and hope for in your attorney--knowledgeable, attentive, creative, and practical. I am proud to have worked with him."
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Janesville Business Lawyer Stephen Cole Werner Jr.
Stephen Cole Werner Jr.
Business Attorney
Janesville, WI
Licensed for 26 years