Keebler & Associates, LLP is a tax advisory and CPA firm located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We provide family wealth transfer and estate tax planning and retirement distribution planning. We also provide educational resources to the estate planning community including attorneys, financial advisors, trust officers, accountants and insurance professionals.
Our private practice clients are high net worth individuals from across the United States who come to us seeking advice and insight on preserving accumulated wealth. Our role is of a trusted advisor with knowledge that is nationally recognized in the areas of tax and estate planning. To effectively serve our clients, we take time to build a relationship with each one so that we understand their objectives, values and concerns. This allows us to develop customized, tax-minimizing strategies and solutions that deliver clarity and peace of mind.
Robert S. Keebler, CPA/PFS, MST, AEP (Distinguished), CGMA
Robert is a partner with Keebler & Associates, LLP and the current chairman of the AICPA Advanced Estate Planning Conference. In 2007 he was inducted into the Estate Planning Hall of Fame of National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. He has also been named by CPA Magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Practitioners in the United States and one of the Top 40 Tax Advisors to Know During a Recession. His practice includes family wealth transfer and preservation planning, charitable giving, retirement distribution planning, and estate administration. Mr. Keebler frequently represents clients before the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the private letter ruling process and in estate, gift and income tax examinations and appeals, and he has received more than 200 favorable private letter rulings including several key rulings of “first impression”. He is the author of over 100 articles and columns and is the editor, author or co-author of many books and treatises on wealth transfer and taxation. Mr. Keebler has been a speaker at national estate planning and tax seminars for over 20 years including the AICPA’s: Estate Planning, High Income, Advanced Financial Planning Conferences, ABA Conferences, NAPEC Conferences, The Notre Dame Estate Planning Conference and the Heckerling Estate Planning Institute.
Stephen J. Bigge, CPA, CSEP
is a Partner with Keebler & Associates, LLP whose emphasis is in developing comprehensive financial, estate and income tax analyses and wealth transfer techniques including FLP, GRATS, CRTs, ILITs and IDGTs. He specializes in estate, gift and retirement planning, charitable gift planning, as well as trust and estate administration.
Stephen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lakeland College in 2001 and achieved the third best CPA exam score in the state of Wisconsin. Stephen is experienced in providing tax planning for individuals, trusts and flow-through entities and prepares individual and fiduciary income tax returns. Stephen is a frequent writer for Taxes Magazine in his area of expertise. He also has been a frequent speaker at various local, regional and national conferences (including the AICPA Advanced Estate Planning Conference).
Prior to joining Keebler & Associates, LLP Stephen was a Tax Manager with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP.
Peter J. Melcher, JD, LL.M., MBA
is a Partner with Keebler & Associates, LLP. He specializes in tax planning for high net worth individuals. Peter has extensive experience in domestic and foreign estate planning, business succession planning and income tax planning for investors and corporate executives.
He also implements sophisticated tax strategies like FLPs, GRATs, IDGT sales and charitable trusts as well as prepares private letter ruling requests. Peter is a frequent author for national tax journals including Estate Planning, Trusts & Estates, TAXES, the Real Property Probate and Trust Report, the Practical Tax Lawyer, the Journal of Financial Planning, The Estate Planning Review, and the Marquette Elder’s Advisor.
Peter is a member of the State Bars of Wisconsin and Illinois. He received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Law School, his Masters of Law in Taxation from DePaul University and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
Prior to joining Keebler & Associates, LLP Peter was a Senior Tax Manager with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP.
Michelle L. Ward, JD, LLM, CSEP
is a Partner with Keebler & Associates, LLP whose emphasis is in estate planning with primary focus on retirement distribution planning. She also analyzes trusts for designated beneficiary status, drafts private letter ruling requests, and prepares estate and gift tax returns.
Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, and her Master of Laws in estate planning from Western New England College of Law. Michelle is also a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning.
Michelle is also co-author of Panel Publishing’s Roth IRA Answer Book (2008 through 2014 editions) and Quick Reference to IRAs (2008 through 2013 Editions) and AICPA’s The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010: Tools, Tips, and Tactics. Michelle has also authored articles appearing in Trusts & Estates, Investments and Wealth Monitor, and Journal of Retirement Planning. Michelle is a member of the editorial advisory board of Penton Media’s Trusts and Estates magazine.
Grant M Keebler, JD
is an Associate with Keebler & Associates, LLP who specializes in income and transfer tax planning for high net worth individuals.
Grant received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Marquette University and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Prior to joining Keebler and Associates Grant worked for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the US EPA.
Tyler J Schuelke, CPA/PFS, MST
is a Manager with Keebler & Associates, LLP who specializes in complex fiduciary and individual income tax compliance, trust and estate administration, IRS examinations, and developing advanced financial, estate and income tax analyses for wealth transfer techniques. Tyler also has written and contributed to articles published in magazines such as CCH’s Taxes and was a co-creator of the Tax Rate Evaluator featured by the AICPA.
Tyler received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and his Masters of Science – Taxation from the University of Cincinnati.
is the Executive Assistant/Office Manager at Keebler & Associates, LLP.
Prior to her work for Keebler & Associates, she was an executive assistant for 10 years for an attorney, municipal court judge and Workers’ Compensation hearing examiner.
At Keebler & Associates she manages the administrative and office management duties for the firm, handling client inquiries and coordinating consultations. She also serves as Executive Assistant to Robert Keebler coordinating his extensive daily client meetings and travel, speaking and webinar schedules.
Eli Otterpohl, CPA
Eli is an associate at Keebler & Associates, LLP who specializes in income tax compliance work and estate and transfer planning for high net-worth individuals. Eli began his tax career as an intern at Keebler & Associates, LLP in the Fall of 2018 and became a full-time associate upon graduating in January, 2020.
Eli received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI graduating Cum Laude and spent time studying at Florence University of Arts in Florence, Italy.
Outside of work, Eli enjoys traveling and is a fan of all Wisconsin sports teams.
Andy is an Associate at Keebler & Associates. He Graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in May of 2021, majoring in Accounting. Andy specializes in accounts receivables and account payables; document review, wealth transfer planning, and individual tax return preparations.
Andy is currently working on the CPA Exam and plans to obtain his Master’s degree.