We are thrilled to announce that for the fifth time, Gass Weber Mullins has been named Wisconsin Law Firm of the Year by Benchmark whose focus is exclusively on litigation. This significant award reflects our Team’s commitment to excellence at all stages of litigation.
For the tenth consecutive year, Gass Weber Mullins LLC has been selected by U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers as one of the nation’s Best Law Firms for 2019. The firm achieved regional Tier 1 rankings for Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants as well as Tier 2 rankings in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Tier 3 rankings for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs.
The 2019 Best Law Firms ranking follows on the announcement of the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America which recognized four of our attorneys. J. Ric Gass has been honored as a Best Lawyer for the twenty-fifth consecutive year, Ralph Weber for the fifteenth consecutive year and Brian Cahill for the seventh consecutive year.
The annual Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process including the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field, based on “expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm, and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor.” The 2018 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the US.
Congratulations to GWM attorneys Dan Manna and Stephen Trigg for being selected by Wisconsin Super Lawyers as “Rising Stars.” Super Lawyers recognizes top lawyers in Wisconsin through a multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. This honor reflects top-rated peer recognition and professional achievement. A well-deserved recognition for both.
Congratulations to GWM attorneys Brian Cahill, Joseph Fasi, J. Ric Gass and Ralph Weber on their selection to The Best Lawyers in America 2019.
Brian Cahill – Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Joseph Fasi – Insurance Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
J. Ric Gass – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Ralph Weber – Bet-the-Company Litigation*, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs
*Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for Bet-the-Company Litigation in 2016
Following on its selection as 2018 Wisconsin Law Firm of the Year, Gass Weber Mullins is pleased to announce that Benchmark Litigation—the definitive guide to the litigation and disputes market in North America—has selected J. Ric Gass as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in North America. In addition, Benchmark has selected partners Tamar Kelber, Dan Manna, Dave Turek and Ralph Weber as local litigation stars and counsel Dan Kennedy as a Future Star. Benchmark conducts editorially driven, in-depth analysis of the litigation and disputes market, highlighting only those firms and lawyers which it deems highly recommended or recommended.
Gass Weber Mullins attorney David Turek has been named a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. Senior Fellow status in the society is reserved for advanced commitment to and support of the LCA, Diversity Law Institute and Trial Law Institute. The LCA is aggressively diverse in its composition. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the twenty-first century, the LCA represents the best in law among its membership. The number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively, with recognition of excellence in litigation across all segments of the bar. Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level, or are independent practitioners with recognized experience and accomplishment. In addition, the LCA is dedicated to promoting superior advocacy, professionalism and ethical standards among its Fellows. Congratulations, Dave, on this stellar accomplishment!
Chambers and Partners is one of the world’s leading guides to lawyers and law firms. The 2018 rankings are out, and Gass Weber Mullins again did very well.
What a wonderful year it was!
As we delve into the new year, we want to reflect upon the highlights that helped shape our extraordinary year.
- Attorney Mike Brennan recently celebrated an appellate victory on behalf of his client, Corizon. Mike was able to secure a grant by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on a petition for rehearing. The federal appeals court had ruled against our client on a prisoner inmate’s claim of deliberate indifference to his medical condition, but our petition for rehearing persuaded the Court to hear the case again. The case is currently being briefed and should be orally argued sometime this spring.
- Another victory secured by Mike Brennan, as well as attorney Dan Kennedy, involved our client, Next Partners, Inc. v. Roland G. Nehring, et al. Our client prevailed after a three-day arbitration hearing. At issue in the case were a series of claims by the managing member of an LLC that he should have been paid more after a successful real estate transaction. The arbitrator denied the member’s claims and ruled for our clients, who also recouped their attorneys’ fees and costs.
- Attorneys Mike Brennan and Dan Kennedy successfully obtained summary judgment for a client in a construction case.
- Attorneys Ric Gass, Brian Cahill and Dan Kennedy prevailed in a legal malpractice arbitration.
- A defense jury verdict was obtained by attorneys Joe Fasi and Linda Meagher in Monroe County, Sparta, Wisconsin, in a chiropractic malpractice case. The plaintiff, who had just had a baby, claimed that chiropractic adjustments had caused permanent injury. The defense team was able to establish that during the process of giving birth, the plaintiff set into motion a cascade of events that aggravated a previously undiagnosed hereditary disc disease.
- In May of 2017, Joe Fasi and Linda Meagher obtained another defense jury verdict in a podiatry malpractice case in Milwaukee County. Critical to the victory was GWM’s cross examination of plaintiff’s expert, the “grandfather” of podiatry, who exclaimed, “you’re killing me!” during cross examination.
- Yet another defense jury verdict was obtained by Joe Fasi and Linda Meagher in September of 2017 in a chiropractic malpractice case in Waukesha County. The 30-year-old married male plaintiff had a stroke two days after seeing the chiropractor. The defense team established that the stroke was caused by the condition for which he had sought treatment.
- The forthcoming American Bar Association book, An Introduction to Tort-Based Healthcare Litigation, features a chapter on pharmaceutical litigation co-written by attorneys Tamar Kelber and Dan Kennedy. The chapter examines pharmaceutical product liability litigation.
- Mike Brennan authored an article in the Wisconsin Lawyer which offers detailed insight into the top 10 most significant Wisconsin federal court decisions of 2017. Read the full article here.
We look forward to another successful year.
The U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers announced Gass Weber Mullins is once again included in its elite “Best Law Firms” category. Congratulations, Team!
The 2018 list is out. We are pleased to see many of our lawyers recognized in the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America!
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.
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.