Nathan Fronk likes to tackle issues before they become larger headaches.
At least, that’s how he explains why he loves the work he does at von Briesen & Roper. Joining the firm as an associate in June of 2010, Fronk focuses on transactional matters.
He represents businesses and financial institutions in a number of transactional matters, but he also advises construction and real-estate clients on a range of issues from leases and liens to negotiating contracts. In addition, he counsels clients on a variety of environmental compliance and enforcement issues.
Basically, he’s a problem-solver.
Fronk noted that he started his career doing mostly litigation matters before moving to transactional work.
“On the litigation side you see a number of problems that people have on the backend,” he said. “I became more interested in trying to prevent some of these issues from going to litigation on the frontend, rather than solve the problem on the backend after it had already arisen.”
And given that the construction industry is booming in Wisconsin and around the country, Fronk has been busy helping clients finance their projects. He said that he’s seen more deals going on lately, whether they be for housing projects or charter schools.
With that construction boom comes new sets of challenges for the community in which all the development is taking place. This is especially the case for the Milwaukee area.
Fronk, a resident of Wauwatosa, sees this fact as an opportunity to use his expertise as a tool to better the community where he lives. He is a member of the board of directors of the Wauwatosa Village Business Improvement District.
A primary goal of the group is to increase activity within the districts boundaries — which Fronk pointed out “is literally in my backyard.”
“It’s certainly an interesting time for Wauwatosa,” he said, noting that the city has come a long way in merely a decade.
As one of two board members who don’t own businesses in the district, Fronk said he is able to provide a unique perspective. But overall, his involvement on the board comes from to his desire to give back.
“I think it’s very important to be involved in the community, and (that) you get involved in a couple different things you’re passionate about and you can lend your voice to,” Fronk said.