Thomas P. Solheim

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Thomas P. Solheim

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On the Job

Attorney Tom Solheim’s Practice

Attorney Tom 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 US 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 also helped organize the University Research Park of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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.

Tom’s Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court, State of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Tom’s Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1976; magna cum laude)
  • Dartmouth College (B.A., 1969)

Tom’s Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Dane County Bar Association

Off the Job

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 involved with the Madison Region Economic Partnership.

He is also a director or active participant in Madison Curling Club, 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

Community Involvement

  • Bethel Lutheran Church
  • Madison Committee of Foreign Relations, Founding Member
  • Madison Curling Club
  • MadREP (Madison Region Economic Partership), Board Member
  • Rainbow Hospice Foundation, Board Member
  • State of Wisconsin Rustic Roads Board, Board Member