Paul J. Tilleman, Partner


Paul Tilleman is a partner in the firm's Trusts & Estates Group. He is also a former member of the firm's Executive Committee and is the firm's technology partner. Paul has extensive experience in

  • Creating tax-efficient general estate plans and preparing wills, trusts, marital agreements, and powers of attorney to carry them out.
  • Implementing sophisticated gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer tax planning techniques to minimize the impact of taxes on transfers of wealth from generation to generation.
  • Counseling owners of family and closely held businesses on succession planning and ownership structures designed to facilitate gift and estate planning transfers.
  • Administering estates and trusts and advising personal representatives and trustees on fiduciary duties and income tax and accounting matters.
  • Preparing and defending on audit federal and state estate tax, gift tax, and fiduciary income tax returns.
  • Establishing and operating private foundations and donor-advised funds.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1978)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Wisconsin Law Review (Note and Comment Editor)
  • University of Wisconsin (B.S., 1974)

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • Wisconsin

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Associations (Member)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association (Member)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Member)
  • State Bar of Arizona (Member)
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (Fellow)
  • Family Service of Milwaukee (Fellow)
  • Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra (Member)
  • Milwaukee Mental Health Consultants (Former President and Board Member)
  • Children's Outing Association (Former Board Member)
  • Ko Thi Dance Company (Former Board Member)
  • Milwaukee Artists Foundation (Former Board Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (1993–present: Trusts and Estates)
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2005–2014 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists (Estate Planning & Probate)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated