Notable Women in Law: Danielle Machata

Shareholder, Godfrey & Kahn S.C.

As a senior partner in Milwaukee-based Godfrey & Kahn’s M&A team and leader of its Private Equity practice group, Danielle Machata has a passion for finding creative solutions to problems and leading parties to a successful closing.

Machata has spent nearly 20 years in the legal industry, and 15 years at Godfrey & Kahn.

She has focused her practice on complex M&A transactions and joint ventures across a number of different industries, typically involving multiple entities and countries.

According to Nic Wahl, managing partner of Godfrey & Kahn, Machata maintains a strong strategic perspective on the big picture, while also mastering the details of complex transactions.

“Dani leads by example and sets the bar high in terms of work ethic, quality mentorship and support,” said Wahl. “She has the uncanny ability to stay positive and fun even during stressful and exhausting periods of a transaction, which creates a positive energy among her clients and colleagues when it is needed the most.”

She is also a member of the firm’s Compensation Committee and previously served as co-chair of the firm’s Recruiting Committee.

Outside of work, Machata serves as a board member for Latino Arts Inc., and was also recently elected to serve on the Quality Committee for Children’s Wisconsin.

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