Jeff Peelen is a multidisciplinary attorney who serves as the national chair of the firm's Public Finance Group and is the founder and co-chair of the firm's Government Affairs & Political Law Compliance Group.
As chair of the Public Finance Practice Group, Jeff oversees a Midwestern public finance powerhouse—which is perennially ranked in the top 5 firms regionally, and is the leading firm in Wisconsin by a wide margin.
As co-chair of the Government Affairs & Political Law Compliance Group, Jeff heads a team that serves as regulatory counsel for some of the largest and most reputable corporations in the world and whose government affairs footprints span the country.
In his public finance practice, Jeff serves as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel and disclosure counsel. In recent years Jeff's practice has increasingly involved securities law matters, as investor and regulatory scrutiny of municipal offerings has spiked in the aftermath of the great recession. Jeff represents multiple regional and national underwriters in tax-exempt debt and revenue financings across the country. He coordinates his work and core diligence processes with our broker-dealer and investment advisor regulatory teams.
Jeff's government affairs and political law compliance program has a national reputation, serving multiple Fortune 50 clients and other corporations who frequently interact with state and federal officials. Drawing on his computer science background, Jeff's team has created proprietary web-based tools to help clients manage the legal aspects of their political action committees, in-house and contract lobbyist activities, and procurement and play-to-play concerns. Contact Jeff if you'd like to be added to the invitation list for the firm's annual Fall best practices compliance luncheon in Washington, D.C.
Jeff is a guardian of his clients. In public finance and political law compliance, there are regularly millions of dollars and significant reputational issues at stake. Jeff has always been focused on details, dating back to his days as Editor-in-Chief of The Georgetown Law Journal. But he prides himself on seeing the big picture. With a dedication to continuous improvement, he constantly seeks to strengthen the processes by which his teams stay abreast of wide-ranging current issues, evolve and broaden their approach to due diligence, and help clients navigate potential traps for the unwary against an ever-growing web of regulation.
Jeff is also lucky to have clients he truly enjoys. Municipal finance and political law might not be everyone's idea of a good time, but when working together Jeff and his clients regularly have fun.
Education and Honors
- University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business (Certificate of Executive Management, 2013)
- Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., magna cum laude, 1998)
- Editor-in-Chief, The Georgetown Law Journal (1997–1998)
- Marquette University (B.S., 1992)
- Majors: Mathematics / Computer Science and English
- Phi Beta Kappa
Professional and Civic Activities
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (Former Director)
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2010–present: Government Relations Practice / Public Finance Law)