Timothy J. Pierce has been Ethics Counsel for the State Bar of Wisconsin since 2004. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Pierce was previously a Deputy Director at the Office of Lawyer Regulation in Milwaukee and Madison. He has also been employed as the Ethics Administrator for Milbank, Hadley, Tweed & McCloy, in New York, and as an Assistant State Public Defender in Racine. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin. He is a frequent speaker on matters of professional ethics and has given hundreds of CLE presentations to a wide variety of groups on professional responsibility law. He serves as reporter for the State Bar’s Committee on Professional Ethics and writes the monthly “Ethical Dilemmas” column for the State Bar of Wisconsin. He has also taught Professional Responsibilities at the University of Wisconsin Law School since 2011 and currently serves as a Volunteer Subject Matter Expert for the MPRE.
Kent L. Schlienger is a member of the Madison law firm Neider & Boucher, S.C. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1982 and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1985. Mr. Schlienger is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the American Bar Association, and the Business Law Sections of both bar associations. His practice focuses on entity formation and governance, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital financing. Mr. Schlienger was a coauthor of the original edition (1991) of the State Bar of Wisconsin publication, Organizing a Wisconsin Business Corporation, and has been the primary author of its subsequent supplements and revised editions.
Sam Wayne practices business law and business litigation with Neider & Boucher, S.C. He has advised clients on a wide variety of matters including stock and asset purchases, entity formations and financing, commercial contracts, restrictive covenants, intellectual property protection, and regulatory compliance. He handles most of the firm’s litigation matters, handling disputes in Wisconsin and Federal courts. He currently serves on the State Bar’s Business Law Section Board of Directors, and served on its Board of Governors from 2017-2021 and Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force and Oversight Committee from 2020-2023. He was named a SuperLawyers Rising Star from 2018 – 2021 and as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation in 2023. He has been a Fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation since 2018. He ran his own solo practice from 2009-2010 and 2014-2021.