Adam J. Tutaj

Top rated banking attorney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.
Adam J. Tutaj
Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.

Practice Areas: Banking, Business & corporate, Construction litigation; view more

Licensed in Wisconsin since: 1999

Education: Marquette University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2012, 2014

Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.

111 East Kilbourn Avenue
19th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Visit website

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Attorney Adam J. Tutaj is a shareholder with Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C. law firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A nationally ranked lawyer with more than 22 years of total legal experience, Mr. Tutaj provides exceptional counsel and support to a diverse range of clients across his region who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Business law
  • Banking and financial institutions
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Construction law
  • Employment law
  • Tax law
  • Health care law
  • Securities law
  • Real estate

Since joining the firm in 1999, Mr. Tutaj has proven himself an indispensable member of the firm's team, and he has gained a reputation as a leading authority in tax law, health law and business-related transactions. As an attorney, he delivers highly personalized counsel based on his clients' specific needs and goals, and he has achieved a long record of devising effective strategies and solutions to help his clients obtain their goals and the positive results they seek efficiently and cost-effectively.

Honored for his remarkable professionalism and outstanding client service, Mr. Tutaj has earned an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell along with perennial recognition from The Best Lawyers in America. He has also received designation as a Top-Rated Lawyer in Healthcare Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell.

A 1996 graduate of Marquette University, Mr. Tutaj returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School magna cum laude in 1999. While there, he served as editor of the Marquette Law Review, and he received many honors for his excellent academic achievements.

Mr. Tutaj has published articles and conduced lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics. He has also served as co-chair of the Milwaukee Bar Association's Taxation Section, and he is the former chair of the Health Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin. He has also served as co-chair of the organization's subcommittee on LLCs, and he is an active member of the Small Business Council of America, the American Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Banking, Business/corporate, Construction litigation: business, Employment & labor: employee, Health care, Mergers & acquisitions

Focus areas

Employment law - employee, Health & health care law

  • 30% Banking
  • 20% Business/corporate
  • 20% Construction litigation: business
  • 10% Employment & labor: employee
  • 10% Health care
  • 10% Mergers & acquisitions

First Admitted: 1999, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: https://www.mtfn.com/attorneys/adam-j-tutaj/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Speaker, Buying and Selling a Medical Practice:  A Transactional Perspective, State Bar of Wisconsin Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute (August 23, 2013)
  • Author, Intrusion Upon Seclusion:  Bringing an “Otherwise” Valid Cause of Action into the 21st Century, 82 Marq. L. Rev. 665 (1999)
  • Author, Choice of Entity Considerations for 501(c)(3) Organizations: More Than Meets the Eye, Journal of Passthrough Entities (November/December, 2012)
  • Speaker, The Revised Uniform Limited Liability Act: A Proposal for Wisconsin, State Bar of Wisconsin Real Estate & Business Law Institute (June 13, 2013)
  • This session will discuss the legal considerations you need to make before you convert your side-hustle into your main hustle by providing an overview of shifting from employee to owner, the business formation process, and the financing regulations from a legal standpoint. Women’s Entrepreneurship Week (WEW) is a series of events that sparks business and economic growth by showcasing, educating, and connecting women entrepreneurs and professionals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and beyond., Speaker, From Side Hustle to Full-Time Business: Legal Considerations in Making the Jump, Setting Up Shop, and Raising Capital, Women's Entrepreneurship Week, Start Up Companies, Small Business, 2020
  • Ever been asked to solve a problem involving corporate-owned real estate?  You’ll need to get command of each specific parcel of land – but where do you start?   Please join Attorneys William T. Stuart and Adam J. Tutaj, real estate practitioners with Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols SC, and Cheri Hipenbecker, General Counsel of Knight Barry Title Group, as they share actionable knowledge and practical insights on how to investigate a parcel of land, identify legal issues associated with that parcel, and formulate a game-plan to resolve any problems which may arise.   Specific topics that will be covered, each in the context of a hypothetical “real world file,” include:  (1) How to track down the relevant history of your parcel when you have little to no information in your file; (2) Identifying title and survey issues that may impact your current or intended uses, and (3) Techniques for removing or working around common obstacles., Co-Speaker, Getting Command of the Real Estate Parcel: What Do You Own & What Can/Should You Do With It?, Association of Corporate Counsel Wisconsin, Real Estate, 2020
  • Presenter, Choosing a Form of Business Entity: Principal Considerations, Including the Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting & Conference (June 21, 2018), Presenter, Choosing a Form of Business Entity: Principal Considerations, Including the Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting & Conference, Business, 2018
  • It is easy to put-off thinking about the potential tax consequences of a settlement or judgment until it is imminent or already in hand. However, by that time, the parties (and claimants in particular) may find that certain planning opportunities have already been foreclosed—as even the initial demand letter or complaint could have significant consequence for how the settlement payment or judgment will be characterized and taxed., Presenter, Tax Treatment of Settlements and Judgments in Employment Law Claims, State Bar of Wisconsin Labor & Employment Law Section CLE Luncheon, Employment, 2018
  • The seminar examined entity formation and how proper formation sets the stage for a business’s success. Adam and Henry outlined key principles to consider when assisting clients in selecting an appropriate business entity, such as governance structures, fiduciary duties, rights, and limits, and tax implications., Program Chair and Presenter, Choosing & Forming the Right Business Entity for Your Clients, State Bar of Wisconsin, Health Care, 2017
  • Speaker, HIPAA & HITECH: Where Are We Now?, State Bar of Wisconsin Health, Labor and Employment Law Institute (August 24, 2012), Speaker, HIPAA & HITECH: Where Are We Now?, State Bar of Wisconsin Health, Labor and Employment Law Institute, 2016
  • Wisconsin’s Attorney General, in considering the predecessor statutory language—i.e., “treat the sick”— observed that “[t]his definition is about as far-reaching as any that can be found.” See 39 Op. Atty. Gen. Wis. 10 (June 6, 1950). In this opinion, the Attorney General considered the question of whether the operation of a laboratory, which conducted certain medical tests (including blood and other tests), constituted“ treating the sick.” The Attorney General concluded that it did not, Author, Wisconsin's Corporate Practice of Medicine Doctrine: Dead Letter, Trap for the Unwary, or Both?, State Bar of Wisconsin, Health Care, 2015
  • Presenter, Operations of ACO's, American Association of Accountable Care Organizations Webinar Series (June 23, 2011)., Presenter, Operations of ACO's, American Association of Accountable Care Organizations Webinar Series, 2011
  • Presenter, Introduction to HUD/FHA Financing for Real Estate Development, State Bar of Wisconsin Real Estate & Business Law Institute (June 9, 2011), Presenter, Introduction to HUD/FHA Financing for Real Estate Development, State Bar of Wisconsin Real Estate & Business Law Institute, 2011
  • Presenter, Tax Exempt Considerations for ACO's, American Association of Accountable Care Organizations Webinar Series (July 14, 2011), Presenter, Tax Exempt Considerations for ACO's, American Association of Accountable Care Organizations Webinar Series, 2011
  • Author, Choice of Entity in the Age of Subsidy: Recent Developments in the Tax Treatment of Amounts Received from "Non-Owners" Under Sec. 118 and Common Law Contribution to Capital Theories, Journal of Passthrough Entities (November/December, 2011), Author, Choice of Entity in the Age of Subsidy: Recent Developments in the Tax Treatment of Amounts Received from "Non-Owners" Under Sec. 118 and Common Law Contribution to Capital Theories, Journal of Passthrough Entities, 2011
  • Co-Author (with Thomas J. Nichols), The Impact of Current and Proposed Tax Law Changes on Top Marginal Rates and Related Choice of Entity Considerations, Journal of Passthrough Entities (Nov/Dec 2010), Co-Author (with Thomas J. Nichols), The Impact of Current and Proposed Tax Law Changes on Top Marginal Rates and Related Choice of Entity Considerations, Journal of Passthrough Entities, 2010
  • Presenter, Representing the Wisconsin Closely-Held Business, State Bar of Wisconsin CLE (June 2010), Presenter, Representing the Wisconsin Closely-Held Business, State Bar of Wisconsin CLE, 2010
  • Presenter, Choice of Entity in Wisconsin: New and Old Considerations in Light of Recent and Pending Developments, State Bar of Wisconsin 33rd Annual Corporate Practice Institute (December 2009), Presenter, Choice of Entity in Wisconsin: New and Old Considerations in Light of Recent and Pending Developments, State Bar of Wisconsin 33rd Annual Corporate Practice Institute, 2009
  • Author, Disregarded, But Not Forgotten: The Treatment of Disregarded Single Member LLCs for Employment Tax Purposes, 12 J. Passthrough Entities 7 (November/December 2009), Author, Disregarded, But Not Forgotten: The Treatment of Disregarded Single Member LLCs for Employment Tax Purposes, 12 J. Passthrough Entities 7, 2009
  • Presenter, Ethical Dimensions of Advising Clients About Record Retention Policies, Milwaukee Bar Association Health Law Section CLE (March 20, 2008), Presenter, Ethical Dimensions of Advising Clients About Record Retention Policies, Milwaukee Bar Association Health Law Section CLE, 2008
  • Moderator, Medical Tourism Meets Health Law: A U.S. - EU Dialogue, University of Wisconsin International Law Journal CLE Presentation (March 7, 2008), Moderator, Medical Tourism Meets Health Law: A U.S. - EU Dialogue, University of Wisconsin International Law Journal CLE Presentation, 2008
  • Presenter, Ethical Considerations in Advising Clients Regarding the Preservation, Destruction and Production of Records and Other Information, State Bar of Wisconsin 2008 Health Law CLE (February 8, 2008), Presenter, Ethical Considerations in Advising Clients Regarding the Preservation, Destruction and Production of Records and Other Information, State Bar of Wisconsin 2008 Health Law CLE, 2008
  • Presenter, Just Outside the Event Horizon: Restrictive Covenants Beyond the Scope of Wis. Stat. § 103.465, State Bar of Wisconsin 31st Annual Corporate Practice Institute (December 4, 2007), Presenter, Just Outside the Event Horizon: Restrictive Covenants Beyond the Scope of Wis. Stat. § 103.465, State Bar of Wisconsin 31st Annual Corporate Practice Institute, 2007
  • Co-Author (with Thomas J. Nichols), Adjusted Basis and the Corporate Level Tax Accounts: The Foundations of S Corporation Tax Planning, 10 J. Passthrough Entities 1 (January-February 2007), Co-Author (with Thomas J. Nichols), Adjusted Basis and the Corporate Level Tax Accounts: The Foundations of S Corporation Tax Planning, 10 J. Passthrough Entities 1, 2007
  • Presenter, Critical Legal Issues for Exempt Organizations in Wisconsin, National Business Institute CLE (April 2006), Presenter, Critical Legal Issues for Exempt Organizations in Wisconsin, National Business Institute CLE, 2006
  • Presenter, Wisconsin Nonprofits: Tax and Business Answers, National Business Institute CLE (December 2005), Presenter, Wisconsin Nonprofits: Tax and Business Answers, National Business Institute CLE, 2005
  • Co-Author (with Thomas J. Nichols), Planning with the Flow-through and Distribution Rules Under Subchapter S, New York University 63rd Institute on Federal Taxation (2005), Co-Author (with Thomas J. Nichols), Planning with the Flow-through and Distribution Rules Under Subchapter S, New York University 63rd Institute on Federal Taxation, 2005
  • Presenter, Exempt Organizations and Charitable Activities in Wisconsin, National Business Institute CLE (March 2004), Presenter, Exempt Organizations and Charitable Activities in Wisconsin, National Business Institute CLE, 2004
  • Presenter, Favorable New Developments in the Income Tax Treatment of Plaintiffs’ Attorneys’ Fees & Expenses:  Planning & Drafting Retainer and Settlement Agreements to Optimize Results for You and Your Client, Milwaukee Bar Association Civil Litigation Section CLE (March 14, 2000), Presenter, Favorable New Developments in the Income Tax Treatment of Plaintiffs’ Attorneys’ Fees & Expenses:  Planning & Drafting Retainer and Settlement Agreements to Optimize Results for You and Your Client, Milwaukee Bar Association Civil Litigation Section CLE, 2000
Honors/Awards:
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2014 – 2020)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, the gold standard in attorney ratings, have recognized lawyers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards for more than a century., Martindale - Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top-Rated Lawyer in Healthcare Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™ (2013, 2016)
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Wisconsin Scholastic Chess Federation, Director and Secretary (2014 – Present)
  • The Davidson Yell and Tell Foundation, Director and Vice President (2008 – Present)
  • Vital Voices for Mental Health, Former Director, past chairperson (2001 – 2005)
Newsletters:
  • , The Application of Code Sec. 1402(a)(13) to Limited Liability Companies: The Search for Clarity Continues
  • This column will review the formal guidance—and some of the administrative folkways—associated with changing and maintaining EINs in a couple of the most common types of choice-of-entity transitions. In this regard, it is assumed that the decision to change entity forms has already been made—or compelled—based on ordinary business and tax considerations. Thus, the focus is simply on the mechanics by which the transition can be made so as to preserve an existing EIN that is a significant concern., Protecting Your Identity: Structuring Techniques for Preserving an Entity’s Existing Employer Identification Number in Cross-Species Mergers and Conversions
  • Attorney Adam Tutaj's article, titled "New IRS Memo Offers Insights on Application of ‘Limited Partner’ Exclusion for Self-Employment Tax,” has been published in the Winter 2014 issue of the Milwaukee Bar Association Messenger. Attorney Tutaj discusses a recent IRS Chief Counsel Advice Memorandum on the application of the “limited partner” exclusion of Section 1402(a)(13) of the Internal Revenue Code, as well as its implications for choice-of-entity analysis., New IRS Memo Offers Insights on Application of “Limited Partner” Exclusion for Self Employment Tax
  • Adam Tutaj was recently quoted in the article, “Should your business use online legal services?” featured in In Business magazine. Adam emphasizes the importance of “choice of entity” analysis, and the need for care in the customizing of shareholder and operating agreements, as reasons that entrepreneurs should consider engaging legal counsel when forming a new business., Should your business use online legal services?
  • Businesses in all industries have records that they use in the daily course of operations, especially in today's age of automation. With more documents being created and stored every day, it's important to have some sort of system, practice or policy in place to manage those documents. This is particularly true if you operate in one of the more heavily regulated industries such as healthcare. When it comes to putting together a document retention policy, there are six key steps that a business needs to go through. As there is no one-size-fits-all, you have to tailor these policies to each individual business., Six Key Steps to Developing a Record Retention Policy
  • The concept of “choice-of-entity” has more application in the context of 501(c)(3) organizations than might appear at first glance. Apart from the form of entity through which an organization will seek exemption under Code Sec. 501(c)(3), choice-of-entity considerations arise in a number of contexts, particularly: (i) the formation of taxable subsidiaries (a counterintuitive, but often effective, strategy for preserving exempt status); (ii) the use of “disregarded entities” (particularly single-member LLCs) for purposes of limited liability and operational efficiency; and (iii) the formation of partnerships and joint ventures with for-profit enterprises (a practice that is widespread within, but by no means limited to, the healthcare field)., Choice-of-Entity Considerations for 501(c)(3) Organizations: More than Meets the Eye
  • The benefits and efficiencies of Subchapter S status for an active trade or business are well known—but so are its limitations. Among these are the lack of flexibility presented by the “single class of stock” restriction and the general prohibition on having other for-profit entities as shareholders. Both of these can present obstacles when an outside investor is looking to acquire a stake in an operating entity that is currently conducted in the S corporation form, and still desires to operate in a “passthrough” form. These obstacles can be made even more difficult where certain features of the operating entity cannot be readily assigned in an asset deal (e.g., licenses, certifications, contracts), or (as is often the case with businesses in the professional medical service industry) where preservation of the operating entity’s existing EIN is a significant consideration., Moving the Immovable: Finding Flexibility in an F Reorganization
  • , The New Prohibition on Federal Contracting with “Corporations” Having Unpaid Tax Liabilities: When “Gloss” on the Regulations Just Makes Them Blurry
  • Attorney Adam Tutaj was featured in the October 21, 2016 edition of the Milwaukee Business Journal. The “Table of Experts” article titled, “Entrepreneurial Energy: Understanding the importance of nurturing startups to grow the region’s economy,” highlights the importance of startups to the local Milwaukee economy and what can be done to help develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem. The article is in preparation for Milwaukee Startup Week, an entrepreneur-led event that brings entrepreneurs, investors, local leaders and startup enthusiasts together to build momentum and celebrate Southeast Wisconsin’s unique entrepreneurial identity., Entrepreneurial Energy: Understanding the importance of nurturing startups to grow the region’s economy, Startups
  • Author, United States ex. rel. Drakeford v. Tuomey: Will Bad Facts Make for Bad Law?, State Bar of Wisconsin Health Law Section Newsletter (March 2011), United States ex. rel. Drakeford v. Tuomey: Will Bad Facts Make for Bad Law?
  • The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (Tax Act), signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017, created a new tax code provision that purports to disallow any income tax deduction for any settlement or payment related to sexual harassment or sexual abuse if such settlement or payment is subject to a nondisclosure agreement. New IRC section 162(q)1 also disallows any income tax deduction for attorney’s fees related to such a settlement or payment. The effects of this relatively obscure portion of the Tax Act may be significant – for plaintiffs as well as defendants., New Tax Law Creates Barriers for Sexual Harassment Claims
  • , Choice of Entity Implications of the New Tax Act
  • , Tax Treatment of Settlements and Judgments in Employment Law Claims
  • , Everything Old Is New Again: Tracing the Origins of What Constitutes the "Field of Health" for Purposes of Code Sec. 199A
  • Author, Quantity Measures under the Proposed Medicare Shared Savings Program – A Primer, State Bar of Wisconsin Health Law Section Newsletter (forthcoming), Quantity Measures under the Proposed Medicare Shared Savings Program – A Primer
Educational Background:
  • B.A. Marquette University, 1996, 1996
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Recipient of American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence (1999), 1999
  • Note and Comment Editor, MARQUETTE LAW REVIEW 1998-1999, 1999
  • Recipient of Corporate Practice Institute Scholarship (1998), 1998
  • Member, MARQUETTE LAW REVIEW, 1997-1998, 1998
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards: Business Associations; Business Planning; Corporate Criminal Law; Creditor-Debtor Law; Contracts; Evidence; Health Care Contracts; Law and Ethics of Lawyering; Law of Privacy; Torts
Videos:
  • Attorney Adam Tutaj of Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols, a Milwaukee based law firm discusses 6 key steps to developing record retention policies. With documents being created and stored everyday, it's important to have a system or policy in place to help manage your business, Developing a Record Retention Policy, 2014
Representative Clients:
  • Barrett Visionary Development, 2019
  • Infinity HealthCare Inc., 2019
  • The Moderne, 2019
  • Normet Americas Inc., 2019
  • Optimum Vehicle Logistics LLC, 2019
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin Business Law Section (Co-chair of Subcommittee on LLCs), 2020
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association, Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations; Tax Law Section; Business Law Section; Health Law Section
  • Member, ABA Business Law Section, 2020
  • Member, Small Business Council of America, 2020
  • Member, Milwaukee Bar Association (Former Co-Chair of Taxation Section), 2020
  • Member, ABA Health Law Section, 2020
  • Member, ABA Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations, 2020
  • Immediate Past-Chair, State Bar of Wisconsin Health Law Section, 2020
  • Member, ABA Tax Law Section, 2020

Office location for Adam J. Tutaj

111 East Kilbourn Avenue
19th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: 414-273-1300

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1 Year Super Lawyers
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  • Super Lawyers: 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2012, 2014

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