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Michael C. Ablan

Tax Attorney at La Crosse, WI

4.7   15 reviews
  • State Years
    Wisconsin - WI 50 years
    Minnesota - MN 31 years
  • Licensed for 50 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1974
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1992
    Not Authorized - Non-payment of fees No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Tax

    50 years, 125 cases

  2. Estate planning
    My estate planning experience started in 1974. Since then I’ve designed nearly 1000 plans for families of all levels of wealth.

  3. Tax fraud and tax evasion
    I have been admitted to practice before the US Tax Court since 1980. We defend collections, audits and all aspects at state and federal level. We do settlements, appeals and litigation.

    50 years, 8 cases

  4. Business
    My tax litigation and personal litigation practice has expanded to the point where I don't do a lot of startup and maintenance but I still do a considerable amount of business litigation.Practiced heavily in this area in the early years of my practice and am currently a co-author of the State Bar of Wisconsin's "Business Advisor Series" handbook for lawyers.

    50 years, 200 cases

  5. Real estate
    Represented many banks and individuals in real estate transactions which comprised about 40% of my practice until 1983.

    50 years, 800 cases

  6. Personal injury
    This was the cornerstone and labor of love for over 30 years. Of the cases handled over 90% have settled successfully. My thoroughness and jury trial success and experience are a big factor

    50 years, 800 cases

  7. Construction and development
    Formally legal counsel for the La Crosse Area Home Builders Association. I practice included construction contracts liens and some litigation. Now it is mostly litigation.

    50 years, 300 cases

I am not married now, my children they live in different locations around the United States.  I have to granddaughters. During Covid I visited them virtually, and now plan to visit them often. I have been practicing law since 1974 and was admitted to the United States Tax Court Bar in May 1980. Since then I have been representing clients who face difficulties with the Internal Revenue Service. I take my clients' challenges against the taxing authorities very seriously. I have even obtained a refund of my attorney's fees against the IRS. I take pride in being the sole contact for the clients. Tax law is too complicated to pass the work on to non-tax lawyers.  My website says we treat you like family and that is my sincere guaranteed to my clients.


Michael Ablan Law Firm
411 King Street
La Crosse, WI, 54601-4005
Michael Ablan, Esq.
12448 W. Lazy Ave.
Hayward, WI, 54843
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  15 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring and very knowledgeable. Our case was not his specialty but he took it to help us. He is always available and responds very quickly to calls or e-mails. Highly recommend.
Posted by BRUCE | February 2, 2015
Posted by Justin | January 30, 2015
Top notch!
I had the opportunity to work with Mike on a complicated case. He kept my family informed of the progress as the case moved forward. He was always easy to get in touch with and never made me feel as though he didn't have time to answer my questions. I highly recommend Mike Ablan!
Posted by Mark | January 29, 2015
Ablan Law Firm
When in reference to the Ablan law firm, three words come to mind. Professionalism, humanity and understanding. Michael and his staff are EXTREMELY knowledgeable in all aspects of the law. My wife and I found that they are always accessible and gave us a tremendous sense of confidence. Michael is very easy to speak with,very down to earth, yet tough enough to get the job done. I would highly recommend his firm to anyone and he will be the first person I call for any further needs
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Posted by Eric | December 24, 2014
A Bright Light during dark times
Letters from the IRS are never fun. When you receive one you need someone to be your advocate. I selected Michael Ablan and it was an inspired decision. Michael was experienced, knowledgeable and a great communicator. Together we made a great team. Ultimately, I had a better outcome than I had expected. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Chris | December 22, 2014
Review of Michael C Ablan from La Crosse, Wisconsin
Have hired Michael C Ablan twice for two different situations. Both times he did an excellent job for my husband and myself. As I rated him above have complete faith in his knowledge of the subject he was representing me in. Kept me informed generally by emailing or when necessary he called me for clarification. The work he did for me was timely. If the situation arises again where we need a lawyer will contact him. He was fair in the fees he charged.
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Posted by Brent | December 22, 2014
Thank you Michael!
Michael has been my attorney for the past 10 years and has helped me through many legal issues. We first met in 2004. My business was in trouble and he help me through a bankcruptcy proceeding. Following that, he took care of all the necessary paperwork and registrations for the formation of a new LLC. He has represented my business and myself in matters ranging from collections on contractors debts, lien filing, IRS audits, offers in compromise, etc. In every case, he has been straight forward, knowledgeable and his results have been great. I would not hesitate in the least recommending Michael for any legal matter.
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Posted by Dick | December 21, 2014
Mike Ablan is a good attorney
I've known Mike Ablan for over 35 years. My original contact with him was as legal counsel for the real estate brokerage, developer, builder that I worked for. Mike was great on the little legal nuances that were important to the advice and counsel that we looked to him for. He also provided us excellent guidance on strategic and negotiation issues that contributed to our success. He was fair in his billing and charges and his invoices provided an adequate level of detail so we could clearly see what we were being paid for. Over the years I've seen Mike provide good legal advice to his clients.
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Posted by Nathan | December 20, 2014
Honest and extremely helpful.
I have sought Michael's advice and guidance on numerous occasions. His overall legal knowledge is impressive and he is one of the most trusted persons I have in my contacts list. Michael will always be my first call for business, estate planning, employment, civil, or criminal law (I hope never criminal). He is a straight forward attorney who will tell you exactly what is going on and exactly what will happen given the choices you have.
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Posted by Michael | December 19, 2014
IRS Audit Help
Michael Ablan helped my wife and I with legal representation when we were faced with an unsuccessful IRS tax audit on two separate occasions. In both cases, Mr. Ablan took over the necessary work to represent us in an appeal of those IRS audits. He was professional, knowledgable, and timely in his interaction with the IRS Appeals Officer. He thoroughly questioned us to make sure we had a case, and then assertively researched the facts behind our particular situation, which involved claiming tax deductions for an artist operating as a business. All through the process, Mr. Ablan, knowing that this was very stressful for us, was calming and reassuring, yet honest, with us. At the same time, he was respectful to the IRS Appeals Officer and the IRS generally. In the end, Mr. Ablan knew how to win these cases and he did. The process, although difficult to endure, was made easier by Mr. Ablan's expertise and professionalism. His representation of our case saved us thousands.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2014
Mike is the attorney you want on your side!
When I needed to seek legal services I had called attorney Ablan to help me with my case. Mike made the process less stressful and made the transition go smooth so it was not overwhelming. I had not needed any legal services in the past so I was appreciative of the diligent work Mike had put into my case. Attorney Ablan comes highly recommended!
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Posted by Melissa | December 18, 2014
Smart and Results Driven Attorney
Attny Michael Ablan has helped our family and our company with estate and tax planning. He easily handled our complicated situation!
Posted by Cheryl | December 18, 2014
Mr. Ablan is an extremely capable attorney. He is representing me in two separate car accident cases. Even though these cases intertwine and are very complicated, his tenacity in resolving these suits in my favor is exemplary. His compassion to my medical issues gives rise to his "bull dog" determination to ensure that he uses all of his legal expertise to represent me and bring these cases to a close with a favorable decision. I am so grateful to be represented by someone who is so willing to tackle any adversity and fight for their client.
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Posted by Thomas | December 17, 2014
Michael Ablan is very outgoing and engaging in the Legal process...
Attorney Ablan was engaged in my Legal case and didn’t ignore any questions and/or e-mails that I had. He seemed to be honest and straight forward with his legal advice and was willing to listen to any concerns that I had as well. His billing process was fair and I did not receive any unexpected charges. I was impressed with his outspokenness in the court room and he seemed to have the respect from his peers, including the other Attorneys & the Judge. I would recommend Attorney Ablan and I would utilize his services again, thank you.
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Posted by Michelle | April 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He Promised and did not follow through
i am a former client who was disabled in car accident. I am a single mother hired Mr. Ablan with borrowed money for retainer. He promised to not go over. He did not perform duties promised and showed up late for trial. He billed us more than $20000. Over retainer and took our personnal injury. It was in a trust and after divorce he went before judge and had him reverse his order and award him his additional attorney. Fees he claimed were accurate out of an honest attorney trust in La Crosse who represented me and my child. Charged me for things that he promised he would not and he was initially hired to save our personally injury among other assets from the opposing side. Instead we lost and he put a claim in for his fees on the one thing my kids had to start over and he took it. I am disabled so dont know how he could do this to my children and i.
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Response from Michael Ablan December 11, 2019
I do not handle personal injury cases on an hourly basis. Unless it is a flat fee there is no attorney that can promise what a case will cost, especially in a divorce. It depends on how hard the client wants to battle. We send bills monthly so the client can plan that. Sometimes clients can insist on fighting over principal and become punitive. Most importantly, if the judge awards attorneys fees, as Michelle states, the attorney would have had to prove competency and effectiveness and the fees have to be fair and reasonable and in line with community standards.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Michael Ablan Law Firm, LLC.
  • 1974 - Present
  • Business Professor
  • Viterbo University
  • 1985 - 2010
  • MBA Professor
  • University Of Wisconin La Crosse
  • 1975 - 1990


  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1971


  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Mock trial judge-high school
  • 2010 - Present
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court appointee
  • Ethics Committee
  • 2006 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice
  • Membr trial attorney
  • 2002 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1989 - Present
  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • United States Tax Court
  • Licensed Member of the practice Bar
  • 1980 - Present
  • Western District Federal Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1974 - Present
  • Eastern District Federal Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1974 - Present
  • National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1974 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Media-Law Advisory Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Law Practice Management Section, Advisory Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • La Crosse County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Wisconsin Workforce Development Board
  • Private-sector member
  • 2011 - 2014
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Executive Committee
  • 2006 - 2013
  • La Crosse Area Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Counsel
  • 1986 - 2000
  • Big Brother Big Sister
  • Board member and past president
  • 1984 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2016
  • Nation's Top 1%
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015


  • 2007 Wisconsin State Bar Association's Business Advisor Series Handbook
  • Business Advisor Series Handbook
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • La Crosse County Bar Association
  • Jury Trial
  • 2013
  • UW-L
  • Administrative Law IRS
  • 2003
  • Viterbo University
  • Health Care Law
  • 1999
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Construction Law
  • 1995
  • Viterbo University
  • Business Law and Taxation
  • 1980
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
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Unknown Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mike is a high calibre La Crosse Attorney with the experience and passion for his clients that makes his advocacy great. He consistently pours himself into his cases, bringing a level of dedication which leads to firepower to spare going into court. His transactional practice is highly detail oriented. He is also other-oriented and tailors his time and effort to the needs of the community, clients, and bystanders. Mike and I worked on several business cases and I was progressively impressed with his record-keeping, his touch for organization, and his zealous appreciation for his clients and their needs. I endorse Mike Ablan without reservation, and credit him with setting the bar high for attorneys in his area of practice."
Tax Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike is an excellent trial attorney who has distinguished himself in the practice of Tax Law. As a criminal defense attorney I sometimes encounter tax related issues in the defense of my clients and it is a great asset to be able to confer with Mike on these matters. His level of expertise and commitment to his clients places him in the top of his field throughout the State."