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William T. Stuart

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Milwaukee, WI

Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.
111 East Kilbourn Avenue, 19th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-273-1300
Fax: 414-273-5840
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2007, 2009
Licensed in Wisconsin Since: 1997
Practice Areas: Real Estate: Business (50%), General Litigation (50%)
Attorney Profile

William T. Stuart is a shareholder with the law firm of Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee.  He concentrates his practice on civil litigation, commercial real estate transactions, and issues regarding the development of commercial and residential real estate.  Mr. Stuart is a lecturer and author on issues dealing with real property law.  He was named as a Super Lawyer in 2010-2020 and was named as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2007 and 2009.

White Papers

  • 5 Title Endorsements for Closely Held Business Owners in Wisconsin (2016) - Every owner of a closely held business, at one point in time, is going to be involved in a real estate transaction in connection with their business. Whether it's a lease of a facility or the purchase of a vacant land or a building in connection with their business, at some point in time an owner of a closely held business will be involved in a real estate transaction. For those times when there's a purchase involved, that transaction will involve a title insurance policy as one of the documents that will be received in the transaction. A title insurance policy is nothing more than an insurance policy that ensures title to a property. It literally insures that there's no defect, lien or encumbrance against the property at the time of the sale.

About William T. Stuart

First Admitted: 1997, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Bar Association; State Bar of Wisconsin; Milwaukee Bar Association; Supreme Court of Wisconsin; United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin; United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Project K-9, Inc.

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Editor in Chief, MARQUETTE LAW REVIEW, 1996-97; Klitzke Moot Court Competition Winner 1996, Winner of Robert Habush Advocacy Award Scholarship, 1996-97; Woolsack Society Scholar 1996-96; Academic Achievement Award 1995-96; American Jurisprudence Award, Administrative Law; Dean's List.

Educational Background

  • B.A. (with Honors) University of Wisconsin - Madison (Bachelors of Business Administration - Urban Land Development); J.D. (cum laude), 1994
  • Marquette University Law School, J.D., cum laude, Marquette University Law School (Editor in Chief, Marquette Law Review, 1996-1997), 1997


  • Attorney Bill Stuart of Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols, a Milwaukee-based law firm discusses the role and importance of title endorsements for business owners when purchasing real estate or leasing a new facility in Wisconsin. Bill covers 5 key title endorsements for buyers to consider, Title Endorsements for Closely Held Businesses in Wisconsin, 2015

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • The presentation addressed how to track down the relevant history of your parcel when you have little to no information in your file; identifying title and survey issues that may impact your current or intended uses, and 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
  • The course addressed railroad history and title insurance issues, Speaker, Railroad History and Title Insurance, 2018 WLTA Graduate Course, 2018
  • Speaker at the 70th Annual Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors' Institute to address Railroad History and Current Litigation, Speaker, Railroad History and Current Litigation, 70th Annual Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors' Institute, 2018
  • Addressed how a case travels through the appellate courts at the state and federal level, Speaker, Appellate Practice in the Real World, Appellate Advocacy Class, Marquette University, 2018
  • The presentation highlighted the risks associated with vicarious liability, as well as the issues with indemnity clauses, and noted other surprising aspects of litigating cases in today's digital world, Speaker, 3 Surprising Litigation and Liability Facts That Will Cost You, Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin’s (AASEW) Trade Show, 2017
  • The article discussed The U.S. Supreme Court decision on United States v. Brandt, Author, Potential Runaway Train Could Impact Land Rights, TitleNews Vol. 93, Issue No. 2, P. 17., 2014
  • Article discussed Supreme Court Decision on Critical Property Rights Case, Author, Supreme Court to Decide Critical Property Rights Case, State Bar Business Law News, Vol. No. 31, Issue No. 3, p. 8 , 2013
  • The article discussed shareholders-guarantors ability to pursue derivative claims in collection action, Author, Shareholders-Guarantors Cannot Pursue Derivative Claims in Collection Action, State Bar Business Law News, Vol. No. 31, Issue No. 2, p.6, 2013
  • Speech discussed claims involving condominium associations, Speaker, Special Considerations in Disputes Involving Condominium Associations, Who Can Bring What Claims When, State Bar Business and Real Estate Law Institute, 2012
  • Speech gave an overview of Montalvo v. Montalvo, Speaker, Update on WLTA Amicus Brief, Montalvo v. Montalvo, Wisconsin Land Title Association Annual Convention, 2012
  • Addressed issues related to property rights to abandoned railroad rights of way and related title insurance issues, Seaker, Samuel C. Johnson 1988 Trust v. Bayfield County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Land Title Association Annual Convention, 2011
  • Discussed The Seventh Circuit Court's decision to re-establish a property rights system based on recorded documents and governmental approvals. , Author, Switching Tracks: How the Seventh Circuit Restored Certain Landowners’ Rights to Abandoned Railroad Rights-of-Way, Title News, Vol. 90, No. 10, p. 23, 2011
  • Speech discussed features of HUD financed transactions, Speaker, Introduction to HUD/FHA Financing For Real Estate Development: Unique Features Of HUD Financed Transactions That Real Estate Lawyers Should Know Before Their Clients Go, State Bar Business and Real Estate Law Institute, 2011
  • Covered complex issues in real property law, Speaker, Representing the Closely Held Business: Complex Issues in Real Property Law, State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Seminars, 2010
  • Discussed the ministerial exception to the First Amendment, Speaker, Truly Doing God’s Work – Defining Ecclesiastical Job Functions Under the Ministerial Exception to the First Amendment, St. Thomas More Lawyer’s Society of Wisconsin, 2008
  • Speech discussed the enforceability of restrictive covenants in real estate law, Speaker, The Enforceability of Restrictive Covenants Against Real Estate, 31st Corporate Practice Institute, 2007
  • Presentation went over public records and open meeting in Wisconsin, Speaker, Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law, Presented during What You Need To Know About Public Records and Open Meetings in Wisconsin, 2003
  • Article discussed noncompete agreements as a condition of employment, Co-Author, Can Employers Force Employees To Sign Noncompete Agreements As A Condition Of Their Employment?, Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 72, No. 5, 1999


  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers® (2010 - 2020), Wisconsin Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2013 - 2021), The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2021
  • Milwaukee Lawyer of the Year® (Real Estate Litigation, 2014, 2018), Milwaukee Lawyer of the Year - Real Estate Litigation, Best Lawyers, 2018

Industry Groups

  • American Land Title Association
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Office Location for William T. Stuart

111 East Kilbourn Avenue
19th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Last Updated: 8/31/2021

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