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There’s a reason we’ve been in business for over 100 years.

Since 1895, families and businesses throughout Greater Milwaukee have relied on Petrie + Pettit to solve a variety of complex legal challenges. Today, we focus on five core areas of law: Estates + Trusts, Real Estate Law, Labor + Employment Law, Business + Commercial Law, and Litigation. Small businesses continue to count on our seasoned attorneys for a full range of legal needs, from formation through transactions, governance and succession planning. From start to finish, we treat every client the way we would want to be treated – with respect, responsiveness and honesty at all times. Because our experience matters, but your experience matters more.

Although our counseling and careful drafting of contracts, trusts and policies helps our clients avoid litigation, there are times when resorting to the courts is inevitable. When litigation becomes necessary or unavoidable we have the skills and experience to protect the interests of our clients.

Petrie + Pettit Celebrates 125 years in business.

This year, 2020, we are celebrating our 125th year in business. Thank you to all of our clients for trusting us with your legal needs. We are grateful for you!

125 years ago . . .

FACT:The SS Chicora sailed out of Milwaukee at 5:00 a.m. on January 21, 1895 with, a load of flour, 22 crew members and one pharmacist heading home to Michigan, and disappeared.

The School District of New Berlin presents Special Needs, Special Families, featuring Petrie + Pettit Attorney Sumeeta Krishnaney

Families of children with special needs are invited to join the district for a free education event on Wednesday, October 16 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the district office. Participants will learn ways to plan for their ...

Wisconsin Landlords Cannot Require a Tenant to Pay A Non-Refundable Pet Deposit

by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Pets, Security Deposit

Wisconsin law does not allow a landlord to charge a tenant a non-refundable pet deposit.I know of some landlords that require tenants with a pet to post both a non-refundable pet deposit (to cover the cost of cleaning the carpets ...

The Next LANDLORD BOOT CAMP will be held on April 25, 2020.

by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Landlord Boot Camp

The 21st Landlord Boot Camp will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2020.To sign up now you can go to or you can call the AASEW directly at (414) 276-7378 or email Joyce at joannajoyceb@gmail.comBelow are more details about the ...

GUEST POST: Short-Term Rentals Are More Complex Than You Think. Are They Right for You?

by Attorney Jennifer M. Hayden in Short-Term Rentals

This is a guest post by Atty. Jennifer M. Hayden of Petrie + Pettit S.C.With the rise of short-term rental (STR) sites like Airbnb, Homeaway, and VRBO, you may be wondering if turning your home or rental property into a ...

Protecting Your Company’s Trademarks

by Attorney David J. Espin in Business Management

Your company’s name, logo, and, more broadly, its “brand,” often comprise some of its most important and valuable assets.  Strong brand recognition often takes years to build, and helps to engender customer loyalty and distinguish your business from its competitors.  ...


by Attorney David McClurg in Employer-Employee Relationship, Human Resources, Labor Relations

On March 7th, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) unveiled a long-awaited replacement to an Obama era rule (blocked by a federal court in November, 2016) that would have increased the salary level required for exemption from federal overtime ...

Supreme Court Holds that an Employer’s Actual Knowledge of Link Between an Employee’s Disability and Misconduct Resulting in Termination is Required to Prove Disability Discrimination

by Attorney David McClurg in Employer-Employee Relationship, Human Resources, Labor Relations

An employer can be held liable under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act if it takes an adverse action (including termination or other disciplinary action) against an employee “because of" the employee's disability. One of the most vexing problems for employers ...