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William P. McKinleyWilliam-Mckinley@mennlaw.com
Areas of Practice
William “Will” McKinley joined the Firm in March of 2013 and is a Shareholder practicing with Menn’s Business Practice Group. Though born and raised in the cornfields of Western Illinois, Will has been proud to call Northeast Wisconsin home for over a decade. Prior to joining the Firm, Will practiced commercial litigation with a well-respected law firm in Green Bay for several years. As a graduate (with honors) of both Marquette University undergraduate and law school, while the rest of state bleeds red, Will bleeds blue and gold. During his law school experience, Will served as a judicial intern to the Hon. William C. Griesbach, Federal District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (Green Bay); clerked for law firms in Appleton and Green Bay; and served as a judicial intern with the Brown County Court Commissioner’s Office. Will devotes a large portion of his legal practice towards serving his business and corporate clients, especially those in the medical and dental fields, dealing with contract, real estate, corporate, employment, and sale/acquisition issues. Will also has significant commercial litigation experience, dealing with a wide variety of cases in small-claims, state circuit, and federal district court, along with the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Will has also appeared before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Will has routinely served as local counsel for large corporations dealing with litigation in courts throughout Northeast Wisconsin.
In 2016, Will was recognized as a “Future 15” Young Professional by the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, and has been selected as a Super Lawyer – Rising Star in 2017, 2018, and 2019 in the fields of healthcare law and business litigation. In 2019, Will was also selected as a Wisconsin “Bet the Company Litigator” in business litigation.
Prior to practicing law, Will served a two-year stint as a corps member with Teach for America, serving as a high school special education teacher in Crownpoint, N.M. Will, his wife, Gretchen, and their five young children currently reside in Appleton.
Admitted to Practice
State Bar of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
Professional Association Memberships
Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
Secretary, Outagamie County Bar Association
Past Executive Board Member, Robert J. Parins Legal Society of Northeast Wisconsin
Board Member, Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
Past Vice Chair, State Bar of Wisconsin Committee on Professional Ethics
Fox Cities Chamber ” Future 15″ Award Recipient (2016)
Super Lawyer – Rising Star (2017, 2018 & 2019)
Past Parish Council Member, St. Bernadette Parish of Appleton
Treasurer Trustee, St. Bernadette Parish of Appleton
Past Secretary-Trustee, St. Clare Parish of Wrightstown
Past President, Wrightstown Lions Club
General Counsel and Executive Board Member, Bay Lakes Council of Boy Scouts
Member, Bellin Health Board Committee on System Healthcare Performance
Past Board Member, Bellin-ThedaCare Healthcare Partners
Board Member, Bellin Psychiatric Center
Board Member, Bellin Health Partners
Past President, Wisconsin Media Check Foundation, Inc.
Board Member, Free Speech for Campus, Inc.
Member, Office of Lawyer Regulation District 10 Committee
J.D. – Marquette University Law School, cum laude
B.A. – Marquette University, cum laude