Jeffrey J. Bartzen


Phone Number:  608-661-4520
Email Address:

Jeff began practice as a lawyer in 1991 as Legal Counsel to Wisconsin Governor Tommy G. Thompson.

In 2006, Jeff also helped establish, with Jerry Kramer and Mike Ditka, Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, Inc., a non-profit organization to assist retired NFL players and their families in need.

Jeff’s practice currently focuses in three main areas:  business, real estate and banking.  Jeff also advises on estate planning and family business succession issues, as well as employment and intellectual property.

Business Practice
Jeff’s practice, among other areas, covers:

  • Bank loan structures, financing, work out agreements and cybersecurity
  • Bank bond work (lender side)
  • Business acquisitions, mergers, conversions, sales and purchases, and family succession planning
  • Business operations including employment, capital structures and loans, contracts
  • Business intellectual property issues, such as negotiating license agreements, assignments, CRADA, research and grant agreements, government lab agreements.
  • Trademark and copyright law
  • Franchise and Fair Dealership law
  • Covenants not to compete and solicit
  • Related tax law
  • Regulatory and license issues
  • Employment Law Issues
  • Tax Planning

Real Estate Practice

  • Real estate finance and TIF agreements
  • Development and other agreements
  • Purchase and sale agreements
  • Working with government agencies for subdivision and certified survey work
  • Cell tower agreements
  • Commercial lease work (landlord and tenant side), including evictions
  • Section 1031 Agreements
  • Covenants, easements and other land use agreements
  • Real estate financing agreements

Sheboygan, Wisconsin


J.D. 1991, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. 1985, Music Education and History (double major), Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin

Member:  Montee Ball’s The Path to Recovery Fund, Inc., Board of Directors and Secretary
Member:  Wisconsin Bankers Association
Member: Wisconsin Realtors Association; Member of Forms Drafting Committee
Member: Wisconsin State Bar Association
Member:  American Bar Association

Instructor UW Small Business Development Center Tax Workshop (since 2000)

Co-Founder and former President, Mike Ditka’s Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, Inc., 2006-2014
Former Deputy and Chief Counsel to Governor Tommy G. Thompson, 1991-1993


  • Becoming a Dad to my children
  • Co-founding Gridiron Greats with Jerry Kramer
  • Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Tommy G. Thompson

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