Joseph D. Masterson, a partner in the Milwaukee firm of Quarles & Brady LLP, received his undergraduate degree from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri, and his law degree from Harvard University. He focuses his practice in securities, business acquisition transactions, corporate governance, and business organization and operation issues, in addition to general corporate work.
Thomas J. Nichols is president and a shareholder of the Milwaukee law firm Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., where he has been practicing business and tax law since 1979. He is actively involved in the development of Wisconsin's business entity laws and closely-held business tax law at the federal level.
As chair of the State Bar Business Law Section's Partnership Committee, Thomas provided substantive leadership for Wisconsin's recent adoption of the Revised Uniform Partnership Act, and is currently spearheading the State Bar's efforts to update Wisconsin's other business entity statutes.
James N. Phillips is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. He is a past president and director of the Tax Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin. His practice is concentrated in taxation and corporate law. He received both his BA and JD from the University of Iowa.