William A. Swendson

Swendson/Fey Law Ltd.
Contact: (262) 567-8454
Law School: University of Wisconsin Law School - University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jurisdictions: Federal District - Eastern Wisconsin
7th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
US Tax Court


About William A. Swendson
I genuinely believe that the value of life comes from service to others. I have dedicated more hours to this philosophy than our business manager would care to imagine. I have been rewarded kindly in the friends that I have made, the lessons that I have learned and the impact that I have made on the community. I never stop hunting for the next project.

My service to the community has been very broad in scope. I have served as a member of the Oconomowoc school board, the Oconomowoc Hospital Foundation, and as a trustee of St. Jerome’s Catholic Church. I created a foundation for the Oconomowoc Rotary. I set up a non-profit corporation which provides medical services in Haiti. I have coached soccer for the Oconomowoc Soccer Association and Lake Country United. Currently, I am President of the Village of Lac La Belle. I am a legal advisor to St. Jerome’s Catholic Church and Holy Hill, and run a free legal clinic.

It is my passion and dedication that have powered my law career. As founder and president of the firm, I have created and nurtured an organization that is dedicated to the service of our clients. I require respect and dignity for everyone. I insist that every attorney and assistant obtain the training and continuing education necessary for the highest level of assistance to our clients. I practice what I preach. I travel annually to seminars all over the country. I arrange for twice-monthly teleconferences for our attorneys and the financial planners/CPAs who are our strategic partners. I emphasize active listening so that our team understands the range and depth of our clients’ needs. I provide client education so that they are empowered to meet the unique and unexpected challenges of life. My aim is to provide my clients with peace of mind. In the end, I want our clients to be satisfied with their choice of our firm as their personal, family attorneys.

I concentrate my practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, but I am experienced in a wide-range of legal areas having represented financial institutions, medical facilities, real estate developers, condominium associations, real estate brokers, and business entities. I have a wide range of litigation experience including appellate work before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Beyond that, I am a real estate broker and have a Masters of Tax degree in accounting. It is this range of knowledge and experience that has allowed me to offer our clients superior legal service. I look forward to helping you.
Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
Additional Practice Areas
  • Asset Protection
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    • Our firm uses several billing methods including retainers, advanced fees, hourly billing, flat fees, success and contingency fees. Please contact us for further information.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Federal District - Eastern Wisconsin
7th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
US Tax Court
Professional Experience
President, Swendson/Fey Law Ltd.
Partner, Johnson, Brendemuehl, Swendson & Georgeson
Associate, Arthur, Tomlinson, Gillman & Tracers, S.C.
University of Wisconsin - MilwaukeeM.A.Taxation/Accounting
University of Wisconsin Law School - University of Wisconsin-MadisonJ.D.Law
Honors: National Science Foundation Fellow - Institute of Law and behavioral Science (1971)
Lawrence UniversityB.A.Economics
Honors: Newberry Library Fellow (1969)
Five Star Wealth Manager, Milwaukee Magazine
Five Star Wealth Manager, Milwaukee Magazine
A Top Estate Planning Attorney in the Milwaukee area.
Five Star Wealth Manager, Milwaukee Magazine
Top 3% of estate planning attorneys in the Greater Milwaukee area.
FIVE STAR Wealth Manager, Milwaukee Magazine
This elite group represents the top 6% of estate planners in the Milwaukee area
Herbert J. Mueller Society, Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Fellow, National Science Foundation
Fellow, Newberry Library
AV Rated - superior national rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Associations
Member, WealthCounsel Advisors
Member, WealthCounsel
Pro Bono Legal Counsel, St. Jerome Catholic Church
Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Pro Bono Legal Advisor, Holy Hill
Co-founder and Board Member, Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Waukesha County Bar Association
Member, Waukesha County Bar Association
Activities: Estate Planning & Probate Sections
Member, Wisconsin State Bar # 1015584
Member, American Bar Association
President, Village of Lac La Belle
Planning Commission, Village of Lac La Belle
Trustee, Village of Lac La Belle
Investigative committee, Office of Lawyer Regulation District 6
Trustee, St. Jerome Catholic Church
Legal Advisor, Sister House for Bettered Women
Board of Advisors, Tax News
Board of Directors, Town & Country YMCA
Member, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Tax Association


Articles & Publications
  • Wisconsin's Attempts to Extend the Sales and Use Tax to Services: Florida Revisited
    Journal of State Taxation
  • Use of Disclaimers in Post Mortem Estate Planning
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Estate Planning Symposium


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1300 Summit Avenue, Suite 202
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Telephone: (262) 567-8454
Fax: (262) 567-8576