Joseph W. Boucher



  • Business Entity Planning & Formation
  • Business – Succession Planning                    

Joseph W. Boucher is a founding shareholder of the Madison law firm of Neider & Boucher, S.C. and serves as the firm’s Chairman of the Board.  Practicing law since January 1978, Mr. Boucher emphasizes business legal planning for closely held businesses. Since 1980 Mr. Boucher has also been teaching business law at UW-Madison – since 1988 to accounting majors and since 2000 to graduate students.

MBA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
JD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA, St. Norbert College

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
State Bar of Wisconsin


Co-drafter of Wisconsin Act 258 (April 15, 2022) which rewrote Wisconsin’s Limited Liability Company Law along with harmonizing other entity statutes.

Co-drafter of the original Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 183 for LLCs, the amendments to Chapter 183, the Next Economy Legislation of 2002, and the Wisconsin limited liability partnership law. Original Wisconsin Limited Liability Company Law. 1994.

Co-author January/February 2022 On Balance, Vol. 18, No.1: Everything old is new again: LLC legislation.

Co-author March/April 2022 On Balance, Vol. 18, No. 2: Corporate Transparency Act of 2020.

Co-author May/June 2022 On Balance, Vol. 18, No. 3: New LLC law signed by Gov. Evers.

Co-author June 2022 Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 95, No. 6: A
Look Back and Ahead: The Wisconsin Limited Liability Company.

Co-author May/June 2020 On Balance, Vol. 16, No.3: Advising
Clients in Shifting Sea What LLCs Should Be Thinking About.

Co-author October 2019 Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 9:  Helping a Client Buy or Keep a Home During a Divorce.

Co-author October 2019 Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 92, No.
9, Choosing a Limited Liability Entity.

Co-author January 2018 Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 91, No. 1, Fiduciary Duties of LLC Members and Managers

Co-author LLC’s and LLP’s: A Wisconsin Handbook, June 2018, State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE.

Co-author Organizing a Wisconsin Business Corporation, December 2014, State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE.

Co-author July 2013 Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 86, No. 6,101: Choosing a Limited Liability Entity: Which Form is Best for Your Law Firm?

Author Drafting LLC and Partnership Agreements Publishing, 2011

Co-author December 2010 Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 83, No. 12, E-Legacy: Who Inherits Your Digital Assets?

Co-author August 2008 Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 81, No. 8, Shedding Light on Recent Developments Affecting LLCs.

Co-author September 2005 Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 78, No. 9, The First LLC Case, summarizing Gottsacker v. Monnier, 2005 WI 69, 281 Wis.2d 361 (2005), 697 N.W.2d 436, the first Wisconsin case on limited liability companies.

Since the early 2000’s Mr. Boucher has been named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer and Madison Magazine has consistently named him as one of Madison’s leading business attorneys.

Best Lawyer in the Madison Area for Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses, August 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell ® for many years

Career Achievement Award, Wisconsin Institute of CPAs, 2020

Charles L. Goldberg Distinguished Service Award, September 2020

Hall of Fame Member as friend of high school basketball, Wisconsin Basketball Coaches, 2020

Inductee Entrepreneur’s Hall of Fame, Weinert Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, May 2017

Inductee to Sports Hall of Fame, Edgewood High School, 2016

Leader in the Law, Wisconsin Law Journal in 2015

2010 Charles Dunn Award, as the best article E-Legacy: Who Inherits Your Digital Assets?

Annual Alumni Appreciation Award, Edgewood High School,
August 2009

Wisconsin Small Business Advocate, Wisconsin Small Business Administration, 1993 and 2005

Distinguished alumnus, St. Norbert College, 2004

American Bar Association Fellows
Wisconsin Bar Foundation
American and Wisconsin Institutes of Certified Public Accountants
Serves on boards for non-profits as well as for-profit businesses


Mr. Boucher has been married for over 43 years to Susan De Groot, also an attorney, with whom he shares three adult children.

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