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Attorney James A. Spella

Waukesha Attorney James A. Spella

Attorney James A. Spella graduated from Marquette University with a BA in Accounting and graduated from Marquette University Law School with a Juris Doctor Degree. He was a Tax Attorney with Arthur Andersen & Company and then began the private practice of law with the law firm of Schloemer Law Firm, S.C.  Attorney Spella is a Partner in the firm, a member of the Washington County Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, and American Bar Association.

Attorney Spella has served as legal counsel and a director of various civic and charitable organizations. Attorney Spella is a current Board Member of the Westbury Bank, current member and past President of the West Bend Noon Rotary Club, a Director and President of the Threshold Foundation, Inc., past President of the West Bend Community Foundation, Inc., and Honor Roll Member of the Partners in Philanthropy. He is a former President and Director of the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, a former President and member of the St. Frances Cabrini School Board, and former President of the Washington County Bar Association. Attorney Spella resides in West Bend with his wife, Karen. They have six daughters.


I have enjoyed assisting families and small business owners with their legal needs. At times, the advice I provide goes beyond the legal environment by providing advice on family and business decisions and relations. I see myself as “transactional” and as a “problem solver” instead of adversarial. One of the values I bring to my clients is addressing events and situations before they happen so there is a methodology for a solution and resolution. I believe in providing “exit strategies” which are mutually beneficial.

Though I continue to “learn” since the law is constantly changing, and though my accounting background allows me to see a client’s tax and accounting situations with a fresh eye, my experience gained over the years with hundreds of clients provides a strong basis of skills for me to listen, identify, and assist.


Areas of concentration are estate and succession planning, business matters, including organization and contracts, real estate law, and the tax implications that always arise in these areas.

Atty. James A. Spella
Schloemer Law Firm
143 S. Main Street, 3rd Floor
West Bend, WI 53095
Phone: (262) 334-3471
Fax: (262) 334-9193

Representative Transactions & Case Studies

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Practice Areas

Business Counsel & Solutions

Corporations, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Leases, Employment Law, Contracts, Agreements, Tax Planning, Returns and Appeals. learn more

Estate & Succession Planning

Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Succession Planning, Family Farm Planning, Elder Law - Title XIX, Probate and Settlement of Estates and Trusts learn more

Tax Advisors

Corporate Tax Returns and Tax Planning, Personal Tax Returns, Estate Tax, Gift Tax, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, and Tax Appeals and Audit Assistance. learn more

Banking & Financial

Foreclosures, Work-Outs, Forbearance Agreements, Securing Collateral, Lender Liability, Creditor's Rights and Creditor Protection in Bankruptcy, REO Properties, Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosure, and General Counsel. learn more


Civil Litigation Involving - Contracts, Collections, Construction Disputes, Corporations, Probate and Estates, Real Estate, Banking, Landlord Tenant, Uniform Commercial Code, Liens, and more. learn more

Real Estate

Home Purchases and Sales, Real Estate Development, Zoning and Land Development, Commercial and Residential Leases, Commercial Purchases, Tax Free Exchanges, Title Review, learn more

Family Law

Divorce, Adoptions, Guardianships, Marital Agreements, Premarital Agreements, Temporary Restraining Orders, Legal Separation, Post-Judgment Child Support, Maintenance, and Child Placement. learn more

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