Matthew E. McLaughlin

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Matt McLaughlin is a partner who concentrates his practice on tax controversies. McLaughlin represents both civil and criminal clients in a wide variety of tax issues. Although he specializes in sales and use tax, McLaughlin routinely represents clients in audits at the examination level all the way through the United States Tax Court. Attorney McLaughlin also represents clients in all facets of civil collections including Offers in Compromise and requests for Innocent Spouse Relief. McLaughlin has given numerous presentations on topics such as Innocent Spouse Relief and the taxability of settlements and awards in employment cases.

Prior to joining the firm in 2000, McLaughlin worked at Arthur Andersen, LLP.  While in Law School, attorney McLaughlin clerked for Judge Edward Brunner, who is now Judge for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals-District III. Also while in Law School, McLaughlin interned for the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee, and now Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, Michael Slive.

Outside the office McLaughlin is involved in the North Shore United Soccer Club and previously served as Commissioner of the Town Of Grafton Opens Space Committee. He enjoys sports and spending time with his wife Sheila and four children Katie, Owen, Grace, and Molly.


Areas of practice

  • Civil tax controversy
  • Sales and use tax
  • Criminal tax defense
  • Tax litigation

Admissions and licenses

  • Wisconsin State Bar, 1999
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1999
  • United States Tax Court, 2000

Honors, activities, and publications


  • Marquette University, J.D., 1999
  • St. Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois, B.A., Accounting, 1995
    • Presidential Scholar
    • 4 year letter winner – baseball

Professional memberships

  • Milwaukee County Bar Association
  • Member, Taxation Section, American Bar Association
  • Taxation and Sports and Entertainment, Wisconsin State Bar Association