Denasha A. Scott

Legal Assistant
Jennifer Mueller

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On the Job

Attorney Denasha Scott’s Practice

Attorney Denasha Scott is a partner in the Stafford Rosenbaum’s Milwaukee office, and she serves on the firm’s Board of Directors as the overseer of its financial goals.

She serves as counsel to individuals and families regarding appropriate estate planning arrangements to carry out their goals and objectives. Examples of Denasha’s work in this area include:

  • Drafting of wills, trusts and other estate planning documents
  • Complex gift and estate tax planning techniques
  • Probate and trust administration
  • Estate and gift tax return and fiduciary income tax return preparation
  • Representation before the IRS and Wisconsin Department of Revenue

Denasha also serves as counsel to businesses and professional practices on a wide variety of ongoing business needs. Examples of her work in this area include:

  • Acting as general counsel and business advisor
  • Business succession planning
  • Business and tax planning
  • Organization and development of corporations, LLCs, and partnerships
  • Shareholder’s agreements
  • Corporate governance and compliance
  • Contract drafting and negotiations
  • Corporate restructurings, joint ventures, spin-offs, mergers, and acquisitions
  • Stock purchase and asset purchase agreements

Denasha counsels nonprofit organizations and foundations on all aspects of nonprofit law and tax exemption. Examples of her work in this area include:

  • Startup of nonprofit organizations
  • Income tax exemption, property tax exemption, sales tax exemption
  • Continuing compliance with the complex federal and state regulations applicable to non-profit organizations and their officers and directors
  • Governance and corporate procedures
  • Organizational change, changes to articles and bylaws, non-profit mergers, spin-offs, joint ventures, strategic alliances, creation of subsidiaries, and other reorganizations
  • Fiduciary duties of officers and directors and avoiding liability risks
  • Endowments, planned giving and charitable trusts

Denasha’s Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1997, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif)
  • Beloit College (B.A., 1994, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

Denasha’s Professional Recognition and Awards

  • Life Fellow, Wisconsin Law Foundation (2023)
  • Wisconsin Law Journal Women in the Law Award (2015)
  • Selected by peers as a Wisconsin Rising Star in estate planning (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012)

Denasha’s Publications and Presentations

  • Co-author, “Legal and Financial Aspects of Tax-Exempt Organizations,” National Business Institute, November 2009
  • Denasha has taught and spoken to numerous organizations, businesses, and community leaders on estate planning and nonprofit law.

Denasha’s Professional Memberships and Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property, Trust & Estate Section
    • Business Law Section
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
    • Business Law Section
    • Taxation Section
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Association for Women Lawyers
  • Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises (AFHE), Board of Directors

Off the Job

Community Involvement

  • Antonia Foundation, Board Member, Secretary
  • Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens, Board of Directors, Chair
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation Herbert J. Mueller Society, Member
  • Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation, Board Member, Treasurer, Director
  • Lawyers for Libraries, Member
  • Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Member