Wade Wacholz


Wade works creatively with businesses, farmers, and families to provide practical transactions. With a focus on business and farm succession planning, corporate law and governance, finance, estate planning and probate and forming LLCs and partnerships, Wade serves as an experienced, trusted legal advisor and counselor to numerous business owners and their families.

Planning is a delicate process of balancing family dynamics, tax laws and business sustainability which calls for technical expertise along with careful thought and wisdom. Wade knows how to strategically structure, negotiate and document the planning transactions his clients need to take their business operations to the next level. One of Wade’s proudest efforts was crafting the joint venture between the Blackhawks and the Bulls to construct the United Center in Chicago. He also helps negotiate, document, and efficiently close all types of transactions, from business acquisitions or sales to real estate sales and leases to financing and loan transactions. Wade helped shepherd the new Minnesota LLC Act through to adoption in 2015.

Wade leads the Avisen Estate and Succession Planning Practice Group and is active in several professional organizations including the MSBA Partnership/LLC Committee and the MSBA Business Law Section Council. He is a dedicated Blackhawks hockey and Twins baseball fan and serves in Lutheran church congregations and other community organizations. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Agriculture
  • Banking
  • Business and Farm Succession Planning
  • Business Finance and Acquisitions Law
  • Corporate Governance Transactions
  • Estate and Gift Tax
  • Real Estate Sales and Leasing
  • Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and Probate

Court Admissions

  • State of Minnesota
  • State of Illinois
  • State of Iowa
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota


  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 1986
  • Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Concordia College, 1982

Areas of Practice

Attorney at Avisen Legal

901 Marquette Ave S.
Suite 1675
Minneapolis, MN 55302

Call Us:

(612) 584-3400