In addition to volunteering their time to teach other lawyers at presentations, GWM attorneys have authored several legal publications. In addition to regular contributions to Wisconsin Lawyer, For the Defense, and other bar journals, our attorneys have written the “Wrongful Death” chapter in the Law of Damages in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin chapter in Morton Daller’s Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty State Compendium, and the Wisconsin chapter of the DRI’s Excess and Umbrella Insurance State-by-State Compendium.
The State Bar of Wisconsin named Gass Weber Mullins as the 2014 Pro Bono Organization of the Year. The State Bar agreed with the nomination from the State Public Defender’s office that “Gass Weber Mullins’ readiness to quietly, yet steadily, take on the unglamorous cases—to the tune of many hundreds of volunteer hours—has impressed the Wisconsin State Public Defender as worthy of recognition.” Year after year, our attorneys dedicate hundreds of hours to pro bono matters in both our state and federal courts.
For more than 10 years, David Turek has been a co-coordinator of the regional high school mock trial tournament sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin. This event showcases high school students from around the Milwaukee area trying a case in front of actual judges and attorneys. For a profile of the Milwaukee regional tournament, click here.
The State Bar of Wisconsin recently named Gass Weber Mullins as the 2014 Pro Bono Organization of the Year. The State Bar agreed with the nomination from the State Public Defender’s office that “Gass Weber Mullins’ readiness to quietly, yet steadily, take on the unglamorous cases—to the tune of many hundreds of volunteer hours—has impressed the Wisconsin State Public Defender as worthy of recognition.” In 2014 alone, 10 of the firm’s 12 attorneys performed pro bono services in both civil and criminal cases, totaling over 500 hours of work. The State Bar’s Legal Assistance Committee presented the award to firm members David Turek, Beth Hanan, and Michael Brennan at the 2015 Wisconsin Equal Justice Conference held March 6, 2015 in Milwaukee.
We have provided financial support to multiple local charities such as the MACC Fund, Playground Warriors, Meta House, United Way, Dream Bikes, Peacemakers Project Miami, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Marquette Alumni Board and Catholic Charities.
In addition, our attorneys give their time through service on the boards of community organizations such as Rocketship Education (a national charter school organization) and Milestones Programs for Children.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney appointed John Franke to serve as the special prosecutor to investigate potential charges against three Milwaukee police officers related to the in-custody death of Derek Williams. The matter was extremely important to the parties and our community.
John invested hundreds of hours of pro bono time and presented thorough and well-regarded case to the inquest jury.
Gass Weber Mullins partner Michael B. Brennan was quoted in the State Bar of Wisconsin “Inside Track” article, “Wisconsin Supreme Court’s 2014-15 Term: Unanimous Decisions Up, 4-3 Decisions Down.”
Brennan noted how the unanimous results did not necessarily reflect unanimity in the Court’s reasoning to arrive at those results.
“Going back to Plato, we have accepted the notion that if we tried hard enough we can make decisions solely on reason,” Weber said.
But, as it turns out, that’s not how the human mind works. Click here to read more.
This month’s issue of Wisconsin Lawyer magazine features two articles written by Gass Weber Mullins lawyers. Beth Hanan, who focuses on appellate work, identifies nine of the most significant decisions from the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s 2013-13 term. Read her article here. For the federal court take, Michael Brennan’s article offers detailed analysis of eight significant Wisconsin federal court decisions interpreting Wisconsin law.
Brennan and Hanan also share some personal insights in Wisconsin Lawyer’s Meet Our Contributors section, here.
Watch this video of Beth Hanan discussing the high court’s recent term, workload and several of the highlighted cases.
We are pleased to announce that Gass Weber Mullins was recently named one of the top ten litigation boutique law firms in the country by The National Law Journal. In releasing its annual list, the publication noted: “They may be small, but they command attention. The 10 law firms on our Litigation Boutiques Hot List…demonstrate that when it comes to high-stakes cases, it’s all about skill, not size. These are the firms important clients turn to for state-of-the-art advocacy in bet-the-company cases.” We are proud to be included on this elite list and look forward to continuing to serve clients with their ever-more complex litigation challenges.
This month’s Of Counsel magazine features an in-depth interview (here) with Gass Weber Mullins’ attorney and partner Ric Gass. The article’s introduction discusses the civility with which Gass treats opposing counsel and discusses the more than 300 trials he has brought to verdict. The interview provides an informative discussion on Gass’s personal history and the unique path he took to becoming a lawyer. It also examines the principles behind Gass Weber Mullins winning formula, including a recent run of ten consecutive trial wins, and the upside down pyramid approach the firm uses to maximize client satisfaction.
The Winter 2012 edition of the Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal, published by the Wisconsin Defense Counsel, features an article written by attorney Daniel J. Kennedy that details the history and evolution of Wisconsin’s Pollution Exclusion Jurisprudence. The article provides wide-ranging and valuable insight into the ramifications of the gradually expanding scope of substances and situations to which standard pollution exclusions apply. Kennedy’s analysis examines both historical and contemporary court decisions in order to provide clues to the likely future direction of the courts.
Dan Kennedy is a 2004 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law. His practice encompasses a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including products liability, professional negligence, insurance coverage and personal injury defense.
Gass Weber Mullins is featured in the September 2012 issue of Corporate Counsel, American Lawyer Media’s national in-house counsel magazine. The article recaps the firm’s multiple nationwide trial victories, including a one-year stretch starting in August, ’11 when Gass Weber Mullins “put together a 7-0 streak of trial wins from Maui to Oklahoma to Maine on a diverse mix of insurance defense matters and assorted other commercial cases.”
Corporate Counsel traces the firm’s roots back to a predecessor firm where several founding partners worked in the early 1990s, and who reunited in 2004 to create a boutique firm of trial lawyers which strives to be the best not the biggest; which embraces technology; makes extensive use of jury research; tries high-stakes, complex, leading-edge cases; and consistently delivers outstanding results for national clients on both sides of the caption.
On October 6, 2012 in Colorado Springs, CO, Beth Ermatinger Hanan was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. The Academy was founded in 1990 to advance the highest standards and practices of appellate advocacy and to recognize outstanding appellate lawyers. Membership is by invitation only, and only after a rigorous background investigation including contact with the nominee’s opposing counsel in multiple appeals and with judges before whom the nominee has appeared. Ms. Hanan is one of three AAAL fellows in Wisconsin.