Thomas Solheim’s practice includes acquisitions, financings, venture capital transactions, initial organizations of businesses, tax-exempt organizations, real estate leasing and financing, as well as large institutional investments. Clients range from small closely-held businesses and startups to large banks, foundations, institutional investors, and governmental entities.
Mr. Solheim also provides assistance with contracts, employment matters, international transactions, and regulatory compliance. He practices before administrative agencies, especially tax and financing authorities.
Mr. Solheim graduated from Dartmouth College in 1969 with a degree in physics, afterward serving as a shipboard engineering officer in the U. S. Coast Guard, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander before being discharged from the reserve. He attended the University of Wisconsin Law School, serving as Editor-in-Chief of The Wisconsin Law Review and graduating magna cum laude in 1976.
Mr. Solheim has particular interest and expertise in finance and governance law regarding not-for-profit entities. He was intimately involved in developing and articulating the governance procedures for the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, the $210 million showpiece facility jointly operated by the Morgridge Institute for Research and the UW Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. He has also provided counsel to the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars— including for its initial organization—which provides need-based grants to thousands of Wisconsin public school students.
Mr. Solheim’s physics and shipboard engineering background make him particularly conversant about law relative to science, technology, and engineering. He has been selected for inclusion in “Wisconsin Super Lawyers,” and as one of Madison’s Best Lawyers by Madison Magazine.
University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1976; magna cum laude)
Dartmouth College (B.A., 1969)
American Bar Association
Wisconsin Bar Association
Dane County Bar Association
Supreme Court, State of Wisconsin, 1976
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1976
Mr. Solheim has served since 1983 on the Wisconsin Rustic Roads Board, which is dedicated to helping citizens and local governments preserve what remains of Wisconsin’s scenic lightly-traveled country roads; and he is a founder and active member of the Madison Committee on Foreign Relations, which provides forums where experts and leading academics share their international insights and expertise with local interested citizens.
He is also a director or active participant in Monona Terrace Convention and Community Center, Madison Curling Club, Wisconsin Innovation Network, Bethel Lutheran Church, and other organizations.
Favorite Movies: Bullit, Great Escape, and LeMans
Favorite Music: classical guitar, blues, jazz, and hymns
Food of Choice: ocean-front seafood
Would like to visit: Buenos Aires, Argentina