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JAMES A. BORCHERS is the founder of InNovare Law LC, where his practice focuses on small business, commercial transactions, real estate, franchising, and estate planning. Mr. Borchers has taught limited liability company issues and drafting for The Missouri Bar and National Business Institute. He also teaches classes at St. Charles Community College on starting your own business, and serves as a mentor for various entrepreneur communities in the St. Louis area. He is dedicated to helping attorneys recognize that LLCs are not corporations in LLC clothing. Mr. Borchers is active in various American Bar Association and The Missouri Bar committees relating to small business and estate planning. He earned his B.A. degree from Valparaiso University, his J.D. degree from Gonzaga University, and his LL.M. degree in taxation from Washington University St. Louis.
JON L. FARNSWORTH is a partner at Spencer Fane LLP, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He utilizes his M.B.A./J.D. degree to counsel clients, particularly privately-held companies, through complex business transactions, brand protection, and technology matters. Mr. Farnsworth uses a common-sense, practical approach to simplify and navigate tricky legal issues. He is a recovering litigator who builds on a wealth of experience, including multiple trials and appeals, to help advise clients about the realities and pitfalls of litigation. He is the former chair of the Technology Law Section for the Minnesota State Bar Association; recipient of the LegalCorps Volunteer of the Year Award; and is consistently recognized by Super Lawyers as a top technology transactional attorney. His clients range from entrepreneurs to established enterprises with international brand recognition. Mr. Farnsworth received his B.A. degree in political science, with honors, and B.A. degree in history, magna cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College. He also received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from St. Thomas School of Law and his M.B.A. degree from St. Thomas Opus College of Business.
BRANDON M. SCHWARTZ is a trial attorney with Schwartz Law Firm in Oakdale, Minnesota. Mr. Schwartz is board certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a civil trial specialist and is board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial law advocate. He focuses his practice primarily on business law and business litigation involving such matters as shareholder disputes, derivative actions, contract creation and litigation, company formation, and age discrimination for clients throughout Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Arizona. Mr. Schwartz also provides counsel and litigation representation in personal injury and family law cases. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Arizona; and before the U.S. District Court for the districts of Minnesota, Colorado, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Mr. Schwartz earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Michigan Technological University; and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law, and was in the top ten students in his class. He has been published several times by the Minnesota State Bar Association, Michigan Bar Journal, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Schwartz has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers multiple times; is a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum; is a lifetime charter member of Best Attorneys of America; was awarded with Lifetime Achievement by America’s Top 100 Attorneys; and was awarded as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators.
DANIEL S. WELYTOK is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office of von Briesen & Roper, s.c., where he assists clients with tax issues, acquisitions and divestments, capital structuring, financing, corporate governance, information technology, licensing and distribution, regulatory and compliance issues, labor and employee benefits matters, and dispute resolution. He serves as chair of the firm’s Opinion Review Committee. Mr. Welytok was appointed in 2018 by the U.S. Department of Treasury to serve on the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities, and has served on the American Bar Association’s Advisory Committee, articles editor for The Tax Lawyer and chair of the ABA Tax Law Committee, Young Lawyers Division. Mr. Welytok is an Editorial Board member and on the editorial staff of the TAXFAX column of The Cooperative Accountant. He has been the author of and edited various tax and law-related books, including the 2018 National Income Tax Workbook, Nonprofit Law & Governance for Dummies, Sarbanes-Oxley for Dummies and The Wisconsin Guide to Nonprofits. Mr. Welytok received his B.B.A. degree, cum laude, from University of Wisconsin; his J.D. degree from University of Wisconsin; and his LL.M. degree, with distinction, from DePaul University.