"John Knight is the complete package when it comes to solid advice on all of the challenges and opportunities that our bank faces in today's volatile economy. John's background and experience are renowned. I have always found him to be steady in his demeanor and approach to problem solving and that is a big plus given the current regulatory environment for banking."
-- E. David Locke, Chairman and CEO of McFarland State Bank
We understand banking. We understand community banking. We know that the issues facing your bank are different from those of other corporations and other industries. We also understand the differences between community banking and banking that is more regional. These differences are real, and we tailor our services to best suit your bank, your shareholders, your customers and the community you serve. The business of banking and bank regulation are very specialized, and we are prepared to serve the unique needs of community banks.
We are bankers' lawyers. The Banking Group at Boardman & Clark has a 35 year history of service to the banking industry in Wisconsin and surrounding states. Our clients include community and regional banks and their holding companies, bank subsidiaries providing related financial services such as insurance agencies, broker-dealers and investment advisers, as well as the Wisconsin Bankers Association, the State's largest bank trade association. We concentrate our efforts on advising Wisconsin community banks on all aspects of their business. Whatever the issues facing your bank, you can count on us to be your partner.
Our attorneys work closely with your federal and state regulators, and are involved regularly on behalf of the Wisconsin Bankers Association with litigation and lobbying on issues affecting your business. We monitor closely pending legislation and rulemaking that could impact you. Along with the WBA, we help draft new bank-related laws and regulations and analyze the implications of new legal requirements for the banking community. We constantly strive to protect and advance the interests of our clients at the individual, corporate and government level.
Our core banking services include:
Boardman & Clark is a full-service corporate firm. We have specialized attorneys available to assist our bank clients in other critical areas such as employment relations and wrongful termination, employee benefits, executive compensation, employment agreements, incentive plans, tax, intellectual property, leasing and real estate. When issues arise requiring assistance outside of our geographical area, we are able to call on the resources of over 170 law firms in the United States and other countries through our membership in Meritas, a global alliance of business law firms.
The firm regularly provides estate and tax planning services on an individual level to bank executives, employees and shareholders, and can assist individuals with other needs such as real estate.
We pride ourselves on providing superior legal services to the banking industry in an efficient and cost-effective manner. We work as hard for you when documenting your small business loan as we do when helping you purchase another bank, and we are very careful to avoid over-complicating the transactions with which we are involved. Our clients policy has been, and will continue to be, based on respect and appreciation for our clients, a partnership approach to resolution of our client's legal matters, and a goal of complete satisfaction with the end result. We strive to establish a personal relationship with our clients based on trust, informed understanding of our clients' industry, respect and concern for our clients' financial well-being. Our Clients Service Guidelines reflect our approach to doing business.
We have offices in Baraboo and on the Capitol Square in Madison. We take advantage of our proximity to the courts, the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions and the legislature to more effectively and efficiently advance the interests of community banks in Wisconsin.
We want our clients to be informed of our guidelines. They are meant to help assure a continuing and successful relationship. We will follow these guidelines when providing professional services to our clients.