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Nicholas Wahl

Business Services | Law
President and managing partner
Godfrey & Kahn S.C.  |  Milwaukee

Nicholas Wahl has led Milwaukee-based law firm Godfrey & Kahn for more than a decade as president and managing partner. With 146 local lawyers, it is among the largest firms in the Milwaukee region and specializes in corporate/securities, M&A, banking, litigation, tax, estate planning, environmental, labor/employment and other areas of law. Wahl is a member of the American, Wisconsin and Milwaukee bar associations; sits on the board of directors for TerraLex; is a police commissioner for the village of Fox Point; and sits on the board of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the board of visitors of the University of Wisconsin Law School, and the advisory board of Marquette University Law School.

Education: Bachelor’s, University of Kansas; J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School

First job: “Working summers on the graveyard shift at Fort Howard Paper Co. in Green Bay to help pay for school. I learned that work is hard and that I wanted a job which would challenge me mentally.”

Career advice: “Your integrity and reputation are everything – always conduct yourself with that in mind.”

Fun fact: “People seem to be surprised that I was a chemistry major. My concern is that they can’t believe I’m actually smart enough to have studied chemistry.”

As you enter your office, what would you choose to be your walk-up or theme song: “I’ll change the venue to bottom of the ninth, up by 1 at American Family Field – I’m walking out to the mound hearing ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’ by The Rolling Stones.”

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