James B. Egle

Legal Assistant
Erica Marty

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On the Job

Attorney Jim Egle’s Practice

Attorney James Egle is a partner in Stafford Rosenbaum’s Madison office with a practice focused on complex commercial transactions, franchise and distribution law, public utility matters, and real estate.

Jim has negotiated the sale and acquisition of numerous businesses as well as joint ventures, owner buyouts, and restructurings. He advises companies on corporate governance, tax matters, investment due diligence, and regulatory matters.

Jim frequently counsels clients on the intricacies of the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law and its application to franchise and distribution arrangements. He has represented both lenders and borrowers with respect to commercial loan transactions. His real estate experience includes wind farm projects, affordable housing, facilitating 1031 like-kind exchange transactions, tax incremental financing, and commercial lease negotiations.

Jim is admitted to practice in Wisconsin. Click here for Jim’s Martindale-Hubbell lawyer rating. Jim was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Real Estate Law and Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law.

Jim led Stafford Rosenbaum through service on its Board of Directors for three elected terms, including as Managing Partner.

Jim’s Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1992, cum laude, Order of the Coif)
    • Note and Comment Editor, Wisconsin Law Review
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (B.A., 1983; Honors)

Jim’s Professional Recognition and Awards

Jim’s Presentations and Publications

  • Talking Past Each Other: Divergent Approaches to the Community-of-Interest Standard in Wisconsin’s State and Federal Courts,” Franchise Law Journal, American Bar Association, Winter 2024
  • “Business Succession and Transition,” Wisconsin Family Business Center Speaker Series, January 2024
  • “Practical Ethics Considerations for Corporate Counsel,” Association of Corporate Counsel – Wisconsin Conference, October 2021
  • “Assumption and Delegation” chapter, Contract Law in Wisconsin, 5th edition, 2018-19, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Co-author, “Sweepstakes and Contests in the Digital Age,” Franchise Law Journal, Summer 2017
  • Comment, “The Constitutional Implications of School Choice,” Wisconsin Law Review, 1992 Wis. L. Rev. 459
  • Co-author, “Contract Law: Duty to Reveal Changes,” Wisconsin Lawyer, October 2001
  • Jim frequently speaks to attorneys and community groups on contract drafting, business organization planning, legal ethics, changes in the federal and state tax laws, and the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law.

Jim’s Professional Memberships and Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Tax and Real Property Law Section
    • Forum on Franchising
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
    • Business Law Section
    • Public Utility Law Section
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Dane County Bar Association

Off the Job

A native of Milwaukee, Jim now lives in Fitchburg with his wife, Marcia, and their two children. Prior to attending the University of Wisconsin Law School, Jim worked as a sportswriter for The Milwaukee Journal, the Green Bay Press-Gazette and USA Today. He continues to enjoy UW athletics, biking and golf in his free time.

  • Favorite food: Barbecued ribs
  • Favorite author: Ernest Hemingway
  • Favorite music: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
  • Favorite book: All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
  • Favorite place to visit: Hawaii

Community Involvement

  • The Rainbow Project, Extra Mile Award (1999 and 2012)

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