J. Nels Bjorkquist

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J. Nels Bjorkquist

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Business leaders and property owners rely on Nels Bjorkquist to protect their interests and enforce their rights. Nels holds other parties to their commitments and to the duties they owe to his clients.

When business partners or parties to a contract refuse to honor their end of a bargain, Nels takes decisive action to force them to do what they’ve promised. And when opposing parties assert frivolous claims for money to which they are not entitled, Nels shuts down their attempts to collect an unjust windfall. He does not allow other businesses, individuals, or government agents take advantage of his clients.

Nels has successfully brought to favorable conclusion by either trial, settlement, or motion practice cases that involve:

  • Disputes between business partners;
  • Breaches of service contracts and supply contracts;
  • Non-competes and non-disclosure agreements;
  • Real estate ownership and management disagreements;
  • Insurance coverage for property damage and liability claims; and
  • Fights among siblings over money or property left by late parents.

To prevent future fights, Nels also guides clients in setting their businesses up for success right from the start with the proper structure and governance. Entrepreneurs turn to Nels for obtaining and managing licenses and permits they need for highly regulated industries, such as alcohol production and the export of technical manufactured goods.

Practice Areas

  • Business litigation
    • Disputes among co-owners
    • Contract claims against or by other businesses
    • Commercial lease enforcement and eviction
  • Real estate
    • Commercial real property purchases, sales, and leasing
    • Partition actions to separate estranged co-owners
    • Easements
    • Property tax assessment challenges
  • Business start-up, succession planning, and sale
    • Entity selection (Inc. vs. LLC vs. Limited Partnership, etc.)
    • Stock sales
    • Asset purchases
    • Shareholder redemptions
  • Appellate advocacy
    • Preserving victories and overturning adverse rulings in the state and federal appellate courts

Education & Professional Highlights


  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S., J.D.

Professional Highlights

  • Former Clerk, Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Commissioner, Milwaukee County Condemnation Commission
  • Admitted to practice before:
    • All Wisconsin circuit courts, court of appeals and Wisconsin Supreme Court
    • All Florida circuit courts, courts of appeal, and Florida Supreme Court
    • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Chicago, Ill.)
    • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (Atlanta, Ga.)
    • US District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
    • US District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
    • US District Court, Northern District of Florida
    • US District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • US District Court, Southern District of Florida

Beyond The Firm

Nels relishes all the opportunities for cultural events and outdoor recreation that Milwaukee and rural Wisconsin feature. He, his wife, and their young son enjoy camping, cycling, and a medley of youth sports and activities like baseball, basketball, and chess. Nels is an avid reader and, apropos of Milwaukee’s role as a hub for manufacturing, brewing, and automation, is a science and engineering enthusiast.