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Frederick A. Muth

Frederick A. Muth

Senior Counsel
Milwaukee
office: 414.978.5507
fax: 414.223.5000
Overview

For more than 30 years, Fred has advised public and private corporations on a variety of business-related issues. 

He counsels on organizational and structural matters, strategic issues, mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, shareholder agreements, contracts, international transactions, executive compensation agreements and management labor relations.

Fred currently concentrates his practice on serving as legal counsel to numerous client trusts and estates. He is the trustee or co-trustee for more than 30 clients.

Before joining Husch Blackwell, Fred was Chairman Emeritus of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C and was Chairman from 1984 to 2002. He also has served as a director for several privately held Wisconsin businesses.

Fred’s experience includes:

  • Counseling numerous client trusts and estates.
  • Representing publicly and privately held companies in mergers, acquisitions and reorganization transactions ranging in size from several million dollars to several hundred million dollars.
  • Advising businesses and preparing relevant documentation pertaining to the establishment of foreign subsidiaries, joint ventures, branch office and manufacturing facilities, distributorships and sales representation agreements.

Industry

Service

Recognition

  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, 2007
  • Marquette University Law School, Law Alumnus of the Year, 1979
  • Marquette University High School, Alumni Merit Award, 2006

Education

  • LL.B., Marquette University Law School
      • Marquette Law Review, Lead Article Editor, 1963-1964
  • A.B., Marquette University

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Wisconsin
  • Arizona

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fellows at the Wisconsin Law Foundation
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Business, International and Labor Law Sections
  • Food and Drug Law Institurte, former member
  • ESOP Association, former member
  • Association for Corporate Growth, former member
  • Association of Transportation Practitioners, former member
Experience
  • Provided strategic planning and advice for more than 40 years to several Wisconsin-based corporations.
  • Provided extensive legal counsel to Marine Corp. during its merger negotiations with Banc One Corp., now a part of JPMorgan Chase.
  • Counseled several food manufacturing companies and a major dietary supplement manufacturer for many years. The legal representation has included responding to FDA and Department of Agriculture inspections and enforcement procedures, product recall issues, labeling matters and dietary supplement regulation.
  • Represented publicly and privately held companies in mergers, acquisitions and reorganization transactions ranging in size from several million dollars to several billion dollars.
  • Counseled businesses and prepared relevant documentation pertaining to the establishment of foreign subsidiaries, joint ventures, branch office and manufacturing facilities, distributorships and sales representation agreements.
  • Traveled extensively throughout Europe, establishing relevant contacts with leading legal and accounting firms, with which he maintained regular contact in connection with pending transactions involving clients.
  • Coordinated the work of teams of attorneys from various disciplines, including corporate, finance, securities, tax, real estate, litigation, employee benefits, labor and intellectual property.
  • Advised owners of closely held businesses in connection with ownership succession planning, stock-based management compensation arrangements and similar corporate structuring.
  • Counseled management in labor contract negotiations, response to union organizational efforts, grievances and arbitrations, wrongful discharge actions, employment discrimination lawsuits, affirmative action issues and occupational safety and health matters.
Community Leadership
  • Alverno College, Trustee Emeritus
  • Alverno College, Financial Affairs, Investment and Audit Committees
  • Greater Milwaukee Committee
  • University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Business Advisory Council, School of Business Administration
  • Medical College of Wisconsin President’s Council
  • Froedert Hospital President’s Council
  • Marquette Law School Dean's Advisory Committee
  • Milwaukee Rotary
  • President's Council, Marquette University, life member
  • Marquette University Alumni Association, Former President and Director
  • Marquette University Alumni Association, Past Presidents Advisory Council, Former Chair
  • Marquette Alumni Memorial Union Challenge Executive Committee, former member
  • Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund, Greater Marquette Program, Marquette University, former General Co-Chairman
  • Honors Committee, Marquette University, former member
  • Marquette University Athletic Board, former Board Member
  • Marquette University Law Alumni Association, former Director and President
  • Woolsack Board of Visitors, Marquette Law School, former member
  • Milwaukee Neighborhood Partnership Inc., former Director
  • Member of Executive Committee, Wisconsin World Trade Center, former Director
  • Milwaukee Catholic Home, former Director and past President
  • St. Camillus Campus, former Director
  • St. Camillus Foundation, former President
  • Public Policy Forum – Milwaukee, former Trustee
  • The Park at Elm Grove, former Director
  • Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, former Milwaukee Section Representative
  • House of Peace – Milwaukee, Advisory Council, former member
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Milwaukee Local Advisory Committee, former member
  • McKey Christmas Club, former Chairman
  • Wauwatosa Board of Parks and Forestry Commissioners, former President
  • Former Director and Secretary, Sacred Heart School of Theology, former Director and Secretary