At Melnick & Melnick, S.C. we believe in lawyers as advocates and advisors, yes, but also as allies and collaborators. We’re your co-pilot. You drive the plane and we make sure you file the flight plan on time, hire the staff who’ll keep you airborne, and stay on course to your destination. Reaching your destination will no doubt involve contracts (with customers, vendors, partners, landlords), trademarks (protecting yours and not stepping on someone else’s), entity formation (LLCs and corporations, but that’s just a start), and dispute resolution (litigation isn’t the only way). We can help you with all of it. Plus, we’ll inspire and educate you along the way through our She Stands Tall® events.

The humorless, three-piece-suit wearing lawyer who judges every client and case in billable hours is so yesterday. We’re approachable, down-to-earth, and friendly. We cooperate—with our clients, their advisors, and with our team—to find creative and results-oriented solutions for your business challenges. We’ll help you plan ahead to address legal issues before they become problems and find effective and efficient solutions that won’t break the bank.

Your budget for legal isn’t unlimited. We get it. We offer varied billing structures to meet clients’ needs, including, flat fee, monthly plans, and prepaid, discounted hours.

Meet us in our Milwaukee office, at a local café or wine bar, or by phone or video conference. If your plate is too full to continue DIY business legal using Google searches and YouTube videos, let’s talk. If you want a new approach to legal, making the process more pleasant and likely less expensive, let’s talk. If you want open collaboration and communication with your lawyer, let’s talk.


Our clients are business owners and entrepreneurs—mostly women—from startup micro businesses, to small businesses with a mid-sized goal and solid growth trajectory, to established businesses thinking about succession planning. We identify and tackle each business’s unique legal issues, while helping them think through their next moves.



Melnick & Melnick, S.C. began in 1994, when Stephanie graduated from University of Wisconsin Law School and returned to Milwaukee to join her father’s practice. Together, Stephanie and her father, David, grew the firm, catering to small and mid-size businesses and their owners.


When you work with Melnick & Melnick, S.C., expect knowledgeable legal advice and frequent and open communication. We write contracts in English and make sure our advice makes sense, based on applicable law and the practical reality of your business. If we see something that could affect your business, a new case or statute or an article in The New York Times, we’ll let you know. Rolling around a new product name? Thinking of opening a second location? Struggling with staff working from home? We offer flat fees and monthly subscriptions so you can get legal advice when you need it, pre-blow up. We think you’ll want to talk with us.

  • Creative Problem Solving: We get to know our clients well. We’ll consider your goals, challenges, and accomplishments and similarly assess your obstacles from various angles. Understanding the complexities of your unique situation allows us to cooperatively develop a menu of tailored solutions.
  • Excellent Service: Trust is the basis of our client relationships. We will keep you informed and respond promptly to your telephone calls and questions. And we value teamwork – in our firm, with our clients, and with our clients’ advisors, including accountants and financial advisors.
  • Proactive Approach: Knowing our clients well allows us to identify issues before they hinder business growth and to brainstorm cost-effective solutions. Avoiding disaster is significantly less costly—both financially and emotionally.

As a small business owner, being able to trust your legal counsel is incredibly important. Melnick and Melnick have had our backs since day one. They have been incredible advocates for me, my team, my business, and the local Milwaukee community as a whole. I always know they are looking out for us which allows me to focus on building my business and not stress over legal issues that may arise. Thank you so much for your help and guidance!

– Kiley Peters, Owner of Brainchild Studios, LLC

If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur seeking legal counsel you can trust,
contact us today.