2017 Year in Review

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.





Wisconsin Bar’s Pro Bono Firm of the Year

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.

Wisconsin Lawyer magazine features 2 articles written by GWM lawyers

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.

Gass Weber Mullins Named to NLJ’s 2013 Litigation Boutiques Hot List

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.

Courtroom Crucible: An Interview with Ric Gass

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.

Corporate Counsel Magazine Features Gass Weber Mullins in September Issue

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.

Beth E. Hanan Awarded AAAL Fellowship

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.

Brian G. Cahill Awarded FDCC Fellowship

Gass Weber Mullins is pleased to announce that firm co-founderBrian Cahill Photo Brian G. Cahill has been named a fellow for the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel.  Cahill was inducted at the organization’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Banff, British Columbia.

Induction to fellowship in the FDCC is by invitation only and follows an extensive vetting process. Nominees must be in high professional standing, exhibit good moral character and have distinguished themselves in their field.

Cahill has recently received a series of notable accolades including a fellowship in the Prestigious Litigation Counsel of America. He is also prominently featured in this month’s edition of Corporate Counsel Magazine.

Three Gass Weber Mullins Attorneys Receive Fellowships

Gass Weber Mullins proudly recognizes attorneys Brian G. Cahill, Michael B. Brennan, and David J. Turek for their induction to fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America.

The Litigation Counsel of America 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 effectiveness and accomplishments in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.

2012 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards

Congratulations to Amelia McCarthy on her 2011 ProBono Award from Super Lawyers

She was recognized for her tremendous efforts in Africa where she worked with Namibia’s Legal Assistance Center to draft a child protection bill that will overhaul laws that were put in place prior to Namibia’s Independence from South Africa, during apartheid.

Leap of Faith: Amelia McCarthy’s Peace Corps Journey Became a Pro Bono Mission

Firm Co-founder Ric Gass Profiled in Milwaukee Business Journal

Gass Weber Mullins co-founder Ric Gass is the subject of an Executive Profile in the April 27, 2012 issue of Milwaukee Business Journal. In this feature, Gass, a nationally renowned litigator and president of the Litigation Counsel of America, discusses his background, the string of consecutive trial victories achieved by Gass Weber Mullins from 2010-12, and the multi-faceted approach which has led to his longstanding success in the courtroom.

Gass believes that combining cutting-edge technology with traditional litigation skills allows him to be optimally persuasive to juries. The method appears to be working. The attorneys of Gass Weber Mullins have won more than $130 million in verdicts over the past three years. Gass himself has won three trials since December 2011, and expects to try four more by the end of 2012.

G. Steven Henry, executive director and general counsel of the Litigation Counsel of America, commented that, “Gass is a trial lawyer at the top of his game and has developed an exceptional ability to communicate with juries….He’s truly an artist at taking a case and dissecting it and getting to the heart of the matter.”

Milwaukee Business Journal Profile

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Milwaukee Lawyers Win Consecutive Jury
Verdicts in Million Dollar Cases Across the USA

Gass Weber Mullins, a Milwaukee-based twelve attorney trial law and litigation boutique firm, won three consecutive jury verdicts for its clients in million dollar cases across the USA in a six week span — from the Eastern-most Federal District Court in Maine, to the Western-most Federal District Court in Hawaii, and in a Wisconsin state court. Given most litigation is settled prior to trial, this group of consecutive jury trial wins by a single firm, in a forty day time period, is especially impressive.

“We pride ourselves on being able to provide small firm service while delivering big results. This string of victories demonstrates our success at doing both on a national scale,” said Managing Member Beth Hanan.

First, in a Portland, Maine federal court on November 10, 2011, Gass Weber Mullins lawyer Ralph Weber won a unanimous jury verdict on indemnification claims for their client, a ground beef processor and seller. The client’s claims arose from a multi-state foodborne illness outbreak and the corresponding millions of dollars in personal injury claims. Weber and Stevens established the source of the outbreak, winning full indemnity for the client including attorney’s fees.

Next, in a Madison, Wisconsin state court on December 12, 2011, Gass Weber Mullins lawyers Brian Cahill and David Turek won a $1 million jury verdict for their client, a construction contractor in a major University of Wisconsin construction project. Cahill and Turek established their client’s contract was wrongfully terminated.

Finally, in a Honolulu, Hawaii federal court on December 19, 2011, Gass Weber Mullins lawyer Ric Gass secured a defense verdict on a two-pronged wrongful death claim against his client, the County of Maui. The claim sought over $1 million in damages under both a negligence claim and a sec. 1983 civil rights claim for alleged inadequate jailhouse care resulting in a prisoner’s death. Gass proved the County acted lawfully, winning dismissal of the claim.

“We are gratified to successfully represent our clients in these difficult cases. Whether they need to aggressively pursue or defend against a claim, clients choose Gass Weber Mullins for their most difficult challenges because of our proven ability to win cases in courtrooms across the country,” said Ralph Weber. “This string of victories for our clients is especially gratifying since so few cases actually make it to trial, and our twelve attorney firm supported these complex trials nearly simultaneously at the geographic extremes of our judicial system,” said Ric Gass.

Gass Weber Mullins is a Chambers USA and U.S. News top-tier, 12 attorney trial law firm based in Milwaukee, WI specializing in national-scale litigation. These results corroborate the firm’s selection by Corporate International Magazine as Wisconsin Litigation Law Firm of the Year.