McDermott, Foley, Johnson & Wilson, LLP
- 1572 E. Capitol Dr., 4th Floor
- Shorewood, WI 53211
They didn’t know one another when they started at Marquette University Law School almost six years ago. But soon after they met, Dan McDermott, Aaron Foley, Tim Johnson and Jeff Wilson realized they had a lot in common. “We had the same philosophies and entrepreneurial spirit. Our mutual goal was to create our own small business and build a reputable and dependable law firm,” explains Dan McDermott.
Many young professionals have that goal, but taking a shot at it right out of school is a pretty bold move. After two years of planning and many conversations with professors, practicing attorneys and family members, they felt they could do it. “After all the preparation, we were confident we could build a successful law firm that could effectively serve families, individuals and businesses alike,” says Aaron Foley.
As they pushed forward with their planning, one concern was where to locate. They wanted to be in a community where they could live, become involved and make a positive impact. “As we looked, we learned that Shorewood has a good energy from its families and small businesses. It’s a community that’s going in the right direction and we wanted to be part of it and try to contribute,” says Tim Johnson.
Graduation was in May of 2007. That summer, McDermott, Foley, Johnson & Wilson, LLP, also known as MFJW Law, opened its offices on East Capitol Drive in Shorewood.
The firm’s primary focus is on estate planning, family law and business consulting and litigation. “We’re in a unique position to serve small to mid-sized businesses because we can relate. We’ve been there ourselves, and we can provide real-life advice and experience,” says Jeff Wilson. The firm also practices Alternative Dispute Resolution, a growing area of law that works to resolve disputes more efficiently through mediation, arbitration and negotiation.
MFJW Law emphasizes personal attention and client satisfaction. “In building strong relationships with our clients, we’ve learned that we offer both a refreshing and an economical alternative to those seeking legal counsel,” says Dan. “We realize that our value as legal advisors and as fellow business owners stems from a foundation of trust and sincerity, and we’re dedicated to providing that to our clients and community.”
That’s certainly evident from their involvement in Shorewood. Aaron is on the board of directors of the Shorewood Business Improvement District (BID). “It’s a terrific organization that fosters camaraderie among business owners and provides outreach to the Shorewood community by bringing people together for special events such as the annual bike race, Holiday Shopwalk and the butterfly public art exhibit,” he explains. The MFJW Law team participates in Shorewood Connects, an organization that helps older adults stay active and connected with the community. The organization’s fall project was helping older homeowners clean up and prepare their yards for winter. The firm also provides estate planning seminars through the Shorewood Recreation and Community Services Department.
Since the day they opened their doors, Dan, Aaron, Tim and Jeff have enjoyed everything Shorewood has to offer - the dining, the recreation and the retail. The MFJW Law verdict is in and it’s unanimous. Shorewood is a great place to work and an ideal place to live.