Patricia M. Hutter, Partner


A partner in the Business Law Practice Group, Patricia is also national chairperson of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions Team. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyout transactions, private equity investments, and other business transactions, in addition to corporate matters. Her experience includes:

  • Representing publicly and privately held businesses in strategic acquisition and divestiture transactions.
  • Representing private equity funds in the acquisition and divestiture of portfolio companies and the governance of portfolio companies.
  • Advising publicly and privately held businesses in general corporate and commercial matters, including corporate governance.
  • Representing publicly and privately held businesses in connection with the negotiation and preparation of various commercial contracts.
  • Negotiating complex joint venture arrangements.
  • Representing hospitals, health systems, integrated delivery systems, and physician groups in numerous corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1997)
    • CALI Award for Excellence: Market Regulation (Recipient, 1996)
  • University of Illinois (B.A., 1994)

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1997

Professional and Civic Activities

  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Association for Corporate Growth – Wisconsin (Board Member; Chairperson of the Young ACG Committee; Programming Committee; Growth, Leadership & Human Capital Conference Committee; Member)
  • Milwaukee Ballet (Former Member of Board of Directors)
  • United Performing Arts Fund Next Generation Council (Former Executive Leader)
  • United Way Emerging Leaders Council (Former Member)
  • Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 (Mergers & Acquisitions Law)
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2016 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists (Mergers & Acquisitions)
  • Listed in Chambers USA® (2009–present: Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions)