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Pittman nurturing offshoot of the family firm

By: Beth Kevit, [email protected]//September 30, 2015//

Pittman nurturing offshoot of the family firm

By: Beth Kevit, [email protected]//September 30, 2015//

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Soon after graduation from law school, Wade Pittman opened the Madison branch of his family’s law firm: La Crosse-based Pittman & Pittman Law Offices LLC.

Pittman, who received a law degree in 2013 from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, spent his final year of study as a visiting student at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He quickly discovered that he wanted to stay in the area.

Pittman practices bankruptcy law and, from making frequent trips to federal courts in Milwaukee and Madison, noticed the need for a Madison branch of the family firm. To that end, he helped develop an up-to-date website for the firm and oversaw marketing aimed at advertising the Madison branch. The work, he said, made it easier to serve farmers and other clients living in rural parts of southwestern Wisconsin.

“I feel like I was actually blessed that I wasn’t so dependent on waiting for the phone to ring,” he said.

Pittman says he finds his work with farmers and other small-business owners to be one of the most rewarding parts of his job. Money troubles, he said, can arise for a large variety of reasons.

The resulting complexity, he said, can make it difficult to provide clients with a fresh start. Even so, he said he strives in all his dealings with clients to prove he is dedicated to helping them regain a solid footing.

“That’s their livelihood, and they’ve got sweat equity into the land,” he said, adding that many of his clients would have a hard time trying to change careers.

“What you’re trying to do is do what you can to put them in a position to survive, keep going,” he said.

Pittman said he learned from watching his father and brother practice law that the best attorneys remain committed, no matter the obstacles, to their clients and to their goals.

“I’m just going to fight tooth and nail to get them in the position I think I can get them in,” he said.


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