Melissa Warner is a partner in the firm. As a member of Axley’s Business Practice Group, she concentrates on issues relating to tax law and estate planning and administration. She also handles a variety of general business issues, such as business assets sales and purchases and business start up matters.
Ms. Warner’s tax background is a benefit to both business planning and estate administration and planning. She works with tax-exempt entities, handling matters from the formation of the entities to ongoing compliance matters. Additionally, she represents businesses and individuals in tax audits before the IRS and Wisconsin Department of Revenue.
Ms. Warner represents clients in negotiating commercial leases and real estate purchases. As part of her estate planning practice, she works with clients in drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, premarital agreements and marital property agreements. Her estate administration background includes assisting families with probate and non-probate transfers at death.
Ms. Warner is co-founder and organizer of By Women For Women, an annual executive women’s golf outing. Over the past nine years, the outing raised $325,000 to benefit the South Central Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and $50,000 to Breast Cancer Recovery, an organization that provides low cost and free retreats that offer an environment for breast cancer survivors to heal emotionally.
Admitted to practice in the State Courts of Wisconsin, the State Courts of Colorado and before the IRS and US Tax Court.
EducationJ.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School
L.L.M., University of Denver, Taxation
B.A., Cornell College
- Business, Corporate & Securities
- Contract Negotiation & Drafting
- Corporate Law
- Elder Law
- Employee Benefits
- Estate Planning & Probate
- Estate Planning & Tax
- Limited Liability Companies
- Mergers, Acquisitions & Business Reorganizations
- Succession Planning
- Tax Exempt & Not-For-Profit Organizations
- Tax Planning & Disputes
Involvement & Recognition
- Co-founder, By Women For Women
- Advisory Board Member, South Central Wisconsin Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen For The Cure
- Recipient, “Komen Impact Award,” South Central Wisconsin Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen For The Cure
- Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
- Board Member, Work Plus Inc
- Named to the 2008 – 2016 Wisconsin Rising Stars Lists (Primary Practice Area: Business/Corporate Law)
Represents individuals and businesses in disputes with the IRS and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue
Organizing and obtaining tax-exempt status for non-profit corporations
Representing businesses and individuals in residential and commercial real estate leases and sale transactions
Representation of individuals and companies in the sale and acquisition of businesses, both as stock transactions and asset sales
Formation of limited liability companies and corporations, and other tasks associated with small business start-ups
Estate administration, from probate of small summary proceedings to large, complex estates including trust and estate litigation
Preparation of estate plans for individuals, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements
Advising on tax implications of proposed business transactions, as well as personal tax planning