Michael W. Hatch



Michael (Mick) W. Hatch is a real estate lawyer and partner in the firm’s national Real Estate Practice, which he chaired from 1989 to 2006, and is also a member of the Senior Living and Health Care Industry Teams. He has been with the real estate group in the Milwaukee office since joining the firm in 1974, and he has practiced extensively in the areas of real estate development, finance, restructuring and workouts, brownfields and other urban redevelopment, public/private partnerships, syndication, historic rehabilitation, real estate investment trusts, and investment analysis. He has been lead counsel for several billion dollars of real estate transactions, including Milwaukee Center, East Point Commons, The North End, University Club Tower, Cathedral Place, the Harley-Davidson Museum, The Kenilworth Project, Bader Philanthropies Global Headquarters, the North American Headquarters of Seda International Packaging, and the purchase (and later the sale) of the Firstar Center (n/k/a U.S. Bank Center), the tallest building in Wisconsin, as well as special counsel for the Ballpark Commons development and the historic rehabilitation of Milwaukee Soldiers Home. He has also played a leading role in numerous nonprofits, including Menomonee Valley Partners, Inc., a public-private partnership working to redevelop the largest Brownfield in Wisconsin, and Near West Side Partners, Inc., another public-private partnership dedicated to revitalizing the seven neighborhoods to the north of the Menomonee Valley.


A native of New Lebanon, New York, Mick is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in economics from St. Lawrence University, where he was the Eastern College Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete of 1971, and an honors graduate of Yale Law School, where his law school thesis examined real estate investment trusts.

Professional Memberships

Mick is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, the Urban Land Institute, the National Multi Housing Council, the Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association, NAIOP, the Commercial Association of Realtors of Wisconsin, the American, New York, Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Bar Associations, and numerous other professional and civic organizations.


Mick has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. He has been included in The Best Lawyers in America© since 1987 and was named 2010 Milwaukee Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers®. Based on exhaustive peer-review surveys, attorneys honored as "Lawyers of the Year" have received particularly high ratings for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity. He also is recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers and in Who's Who in American Law. He was selected for inclusion in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists (beginning in 2005) and has been recognized (beginning in 2011) in The Legal 500 for his work in real estate. In addition, he was named a “2012 Leader in the Law” by the Wisconsin Law Journal.

Representative Matters

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Represented a real estate investment fund in preparing the contract for the sale of a former Marriott Residence Inn located in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Foley is representing Deer District LLC, an affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, in their purchase of properties for the development of a new NBA arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Foley represents the developer of a complicated 80 unit housing project that involves LIHTC, City of Madison Affordable Housing Fund support, and other tiers of capital.