Lawton, Edward J.

Edward J. Lawton

Partner
Lisa Thomaschek
608.283.6759

About

Edward Lawton is an attorney and a member of the Business Practice Group at Axley. His practice focuses on a variety of business transactional matters including the acquisition and sale of businesses, corporate governance, taxation, real estate, and securities regulation.

Mr. Lawton has assisted clients in the following areas:

  • The purchase and sale of businesses including the acquisition of distressed businesses
  • Shareholder and limited liability company member disputes
  • The negotiation and drafting of limited liability company operating agreements and shareholder agreements for business corporations
  • The sale, purchase and use as collateral of intellectual property assets
  • The private placement of exempt equity securities including the syndication of interests in commercial real estate
  • The purchase and sale of commercial real estate
  • The financing of significant commercial real estate transactions and the refinancing of indebtedness secured by commercial real estate including the preparation and negotiation of loan documents
  • Real estate development matters including development parcel acquisition, drafting condominium documents, and land use and development entitlement issues
  • The acquisition and financing of low income housing projects
  • The negotiation and drafting of commercial real estate leases including leases for office, industrial, retail and agricultural properties
  • Commercial real estate lease disputes
  • Drafting land contracts and negotiating terms of real estate purchase and sale transactions involving land contracts
  • Workout transactions involving loans and leases in default
  • Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation, Confidentiality and Assignment of Invention Agreements
  • Adverse possession disputes
  • Doctrine of acquiescence disputes
  • Easement disputes
  • Preparation and negotiation of easement documents
  • Cell site lease issues
  • Disputes involving rights of way for utilities
  • Dissolution and winding up of limited term technology licensing businesses
  • Ground leasing matters
  • Zoning ordinance enforcement matters

Admitted to practice in the State Courts of Wisconsin and Western District of Wisconsin.

Education

J.D., B.B.A., Accounting, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Involvement & Recognition

Involvement:

  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member, Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Member, BOMA Wisconsin

Recognition:

Client Successes

Represented developer and manager of hotel in connection with investment in project by outside investor involving negotiation of right of first refusal and other agreements.

Edward Lawton

Represented several developers in drafting and negotiation of TIF development agreements with Wisconsin municipalities and in negotiation and drafting of related bank financing using “pay as you go” TIF payments as collateral.

Edward Lawton

Represented purchasers in large frac sand and resort land assemblage transactions in Wisconsin and Texas.

Edward Lawton

Counseled numerous executives of large companies regarding compensation, non-compete agreements, equity ownership, deferred compensation, and related issues.

Edward Lawton

Represented purchaser of staffing and recruiting agency including negotiation and drafting of complex earnout arrangement.

Edward Lawton

Represented large lumber yard operator as purchaser in roll up transaction of regional lumber yard operation.

Edward Lawton

Counseled clients in liquor license regulations (City of Madison and other municipalities) including in connection with resort and hotel management arrangements.

Edward Lawton

Represented commercial property developers in significant construction loan financing transactions (banks) and permanent loan financing transactions (life insurance companies).

Edward Lawton

Represented industrial borrowers in industrial revenue bond financing transactions.

Edward Lawton

Represented owner of hotel in negotiating agreements for investment by the third party manager in the hotel ownership entity.

Edward Lawton

Represented numerous commercial property owners in 1031 exchange (Starker) transactions including parking arrangements.

Edward Lawton

Represented seller of a large industrial building located in southeast Wisconsin in the sale of the property involving a complex pre-closing occupancy arrangement resolution of title issues, and 1031 exchange as to sale proceeds.

Edward Lawton

Represented purchaser in a stock acquisition of a Midwest transportation services business.

Represented industrial property investor in the acquisition, leasing, and disposition of industrial property.

Edward Lawton

Represented numerous office building owners and tenants in drafting and negotiation of leases including, addressing build-out and tenant improvement allowance issues and right of first refusal and other preemptive rights.

Edward Lawton

Represented owner of restaurant franchise in the sale of operating business and real estate and the 1031 exchange of real estate proceeds into a triple net leased industrial property.

Edward Lawton

Represented purchaser of portfolio of restaurant franchises in acquisition of businesses and various lease and guaranty modifications and landlord consent issues.

Edward Lawton

Represented hotel owner in sale of hotel to investor group.

Edward Lawton

Counseled clients regarding the OSHA silica rules including advice regarding employee notices, testing requirements, and medical surveillance requirements.

Edward Lawton

Attorney Ed Lawton and Attorney Don Murn represented a client in the successful completion of a $26.5 million refinance transaction. The transaction required the client to defease their existing mortgage loan. Attorney Lawton and Attorney Murn dealt with the complex array of loan and defeasance documents on behalf of their client to complete the transactions and also guided the client and the other parties through the complex multi-tier ownership structure that governed the underlying real estate asset.

Insights

Other Presentations & Publications
Presentation: "Recent Federal Court Earnout Decisions,” 2018 Axley CLE
"Owner and Manager Liability Issues," BOMA Wisconsin March Luncheon
Article: "A Checklist for Writing Independent Contractor and Employment Agreements." Wisconsin Employment Law Letter (12/2013)