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Jeffrey L. Vercauteren

Jeffrey L. Vercauteren

Partner
Madison
office: 608.234.6052
fax: 608.258.7138

“We cannot express enough how superb the professional advice Jeff provided us was with the sale of our fifth-generation farm for development. In addition, Jeff guided us through a very complicated 1031 exchange process to successfully reinvest the proceeds in a mixed-use downtown riverfront property.”

Ron Boehnen, Boehnen Properties LLC

Overview

Jeff has incorporated his longtime interest in architecture into a legal practice that is focused on improving the built environment.

He represents clients in all aspects of real estate project development, including contract drafting and negotiation, due diligence review, title and survey issues, permitting, financing, development incentives and tax credits, and leasing.

Jeff enjoys the role he plays in new real estate development and feels rewarded when his counsel facilitates improvements in his community. Jeff is also a leader in historic preservation projects and often works with landmarks, historic districts, municipal approvals and historic preservation tax credits.

An effective negotiator, Jeff is proficient in land use, zoning matters and condemnation proceedings, and he has successfully appealed municipal decisions. He is well-versed in the complex regulations governing real estate development and has advised clients on matters before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and other state and local agencies.

“We cannot express enough how superb the professional advice Jeff provided us was with the sale of our fifth-generation farm for development. In addition, Jeff guided us through a very complicated 1031 exchange process to successfully reinvest the proceeds in a mixed-use downtown riverfront property.”

Ron Boehnen, Boehnen Properties LLC


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • In Business Magazine, 40 Under 40, Class of 2016

Education

  • J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School
    • cum laude
      • Journal of College & University Law, Executive Editor, 2007-2008
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin
    • with distinction
    • Political Science

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dane County Bar Association
  • NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association
  • Smart Growth Greater Madison
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
Featured Case Study

Municipal Approvals Clear Path for Madison Redevelopment Project

When a former lumber operation was redeveloped into a mixed-use luxury housing project in Madison, Wisconsin, Jeff worked to secure various municipal approvals, including approvals from the City of Madison Landmarks Commission, Urban Design Commission and Plan Commission. The Marling, located along the historic Yahara River Parkway, anchors the east end of the Capitol East District – a thriving area of urban redevelopment in Madison. The project provides new commercial space along East Washington Avenue and 228 apartments located a short distance from Lake Monona and Lake Mendota.


Additional Experience

Development

  • Advised commercial real estate company on complex capital stack for office development, including sale of a tenants in common (TIC) interest and tax increment financing (TIF).
  • Represented developer in restoration of historic downtown commercial building, including structuring complex financing, development incentives and tax credits.
  • Guided low-income housing developer through contested city approval process, including appeals to the city zoning board and city council.

Land Use

  • Guided national developer through city approval process for major mixed-use development including market-rate and student housing.
  • Represented major multinational pipeline company before county zoning committee, county board and state circuit court in dispute related to conditional use permit.
  • Protected multifamily housing project owned by major downtown property owner from demolition in city condemnation action related to development of new city park.
  • Represented quarry operator in appeal of municipal order and amendment of conditional use permit for mineral extraction operation.
  • Advocated for group of major downtown commercial property owners in comprehensive revisions to city historic preservation ordinance.
  • Represented equipment manufacturer in complex acquisition of property from county government.

Regulatory/Government Relations

  • Secured substantial award for financial institution in condemnation action by state department of transportation related to expansion of state highway.
  • Represented federally recognized American Indian tribe in amending municipal ordinance and obtaining complex alcohol license for gaming facility.
  • Represented global telecommunications company in proceedings before state administrative agency and circuit court related to utility relocation cost allocation for new streetcar project.
  • Successfully defended private group practice against lawsuit that sought to enjoin client’s construction of a new hospital and cancer center.
Outside the Office

Jeff enjoys challenging himself in all aspects of life, including participating in marathons and Ironman triathlons. Jeff completed his first triathlon (Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin) and his first marathon (Madison Marathon) in 2017, and he has also competed in events in Detroit, Lake Placid, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and elsewhere.

Community Leadership

Jeff is a member of the Board of Directors for the Madison Public Market Foundation, selected by the City of Madison to operate the new Madison Public Market, which is scheduled to open in 2020. The market, to be located in the growing Capitol East District in Madison, will include 50,000 square feet of indoor year-round market space featuring local produce, culturally diverse food, community space, pop-up events and vendors, specialty items from local artisans, and space for outdoor events.

  • Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc., Past President; Chair, Policy Committee
  • Catholic Charities, Inc., Diocese of Madison, The Beacon Community Advisory Team
  • Downtown Madison, Inc., Board of Directors, Economic Development Committee, Government Relations Committee
  • Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
  • Madison Magnet
  • Madison Public Market Foundation, Board of Directors
  • NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Madison Planning Committee
  • Nolen Waterfront Strategy Group
  • OPEN Madison
  • Smart Growth Greater Madison