Kate Campbell represents clients in a wide array of complex litigation and advisory matters, including class actions, labor and employment litigation, SEC enforcement actions and investigations, real estate disputes, and copyright, trademark and intellectual property matters. Ms. Campbell holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals and advises clients on data privacy and security matters.
Prior to joining Gass Weber Mullins LLC, Ms. Campbell practiced in the litigation departments of top firms in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California. Ms. Campbell has extensive experience in deceptive trade practice claims, the Lanham Act and the False Claims Act. She has represented a major U.S. defense contractor and several national and multinational manufacturers of consumer products. She also has experience in product liability cases, including representing a large medical device manufacturer in numerous matters.
Ms. Campbell is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Pomona College. While a student at USC School of Law, she was the Executive Senior Editor of the Southern California Law Review. She was also a judicial extern for the Honorable Stephen Hillman of the U S. District Court, Central District of California, and Vice President of the Women’s Law Association.
Ms. Campbell is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin, Illinois, California, the District of Columbia and Virginia.
John Franke became a member of Gass Weber Mullins LLC in 2009, after 21 years as a circuit judge for Milwaukee County. His current practice includes trial and appellate work in a wide variety of civil litigation, with an emphasis on products liability and other personal injury litigation in Wisconsin and in venues around the country. He also serves a mediator in a broad range of commercial and other civil litigation.
As a judge, Mr. Franke handled a wide range of civil and criminal cases, including many complex products liability claims, medical malpractice cases, class actions and insurance coverage disputes. During his judicial career, Mr. Franke presided over more than 650 jury trials, including 35 criminal homicide cases.
Since leaving the bench, Mr. Franke served, on a pro bono basis, as a Special Prosecutor responsible for the inquest into the death of Derrick Williams in police custody. In 2014, he was appointed by Governor Scott Walker to serve on the Government Accountability Board, the state agency charged with the administration and enforcement of Wisconsin’s elections, campaign finance and ethics laws.
Before his judicial career, Mr. Franke spent 10 years with the United States Department of Justice, first in the Western District to Wisconsin prosecuting complex white collar crime and handling hundreds of land condemnation cases essential to the creation of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the St. Croix Scenic River Way, work that led to a series of successful jury trials and earned him a special commendation from the National Park Service. Franke then assumed responsibility for the Department’s Organized Crime Section in Milwaukee, serving as the lead prosecutor in the successful racketeering and extortion trials against organized crime figures from Milwaukee and New York.
Mr. Franke attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1973. He earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin, graduating cum laude in 1977.
Tamar Kelber has been a member of the firm since July 2015. Before joining the firm, Ms. Kelber was a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, Illinois for 13 years, and an associate at Sidley for seven years. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation and mass tort litigation, including individual cases in multiple jurisdictions across the country. She represents a wide range of clients, including health insurance, financial services and construction companies, in commercial matters. Her product liability experience spans a variety of areas including consumer products, pharmaceuticals and biologics. She has substantial experience coordinating multi-jurisdictional multi-plaintiff litigation and defense of individual single-plaintiff cases and leads all aspects of litigation from pretrial discovery through fact and expert witness development, trial and appeal in both state and federal courts. She also counsels clients on the prevention and reduction of risks before litigation, and has worked on an independent monitor team overseeing a major manufacturer’s compliance with its Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the Department of Justice.
Tamar graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology, with honors, from the University of Wisconsin in 1991 and received her Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 1994, where she was Associate Articles Editor of the Northwestern Law Review. After graduating law school, she clerked for the Honorable James B. Loken, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Tamar served a two-year term as Managing Member of Gass Weber Mullins from 2018 through 2019. She has chaired the ABA Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Biotech Product Liability Subcommittee, and the ABA Current Issues in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation Seminar in 2013 and 2014 and currently serves as the product liability liaison for the ABA Section of Litigation. She is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, and the ABA Women in Product Liability Committee.
Tamar’s pro bono work includes over 10 years on the Board of Directors and Secretary of the Board for Onward Neighborhood House, a nonprofit human services and resource center in Chicago, where she worked on counseling, governance, employment, and fundraising issues. She currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun.
- Trial counsel in multi-week bench trial involving claims brought by hepatitis C-infected plaintiffs against biologics manufacturers, which resulted in judgment for the defendants.
- Trial counsel in six bench trials that were tried simultaneously in state court in Louisiana. The cases involved claims brought by or on behalf of HIV-infected hemophiliacs. The evidence was heard over the course of several months, and the court ultimately ruled that all six cases were barred by the applicable statute of limitations.
- Representing Armour Pharmaceutical Company in a bellwether jury trial that involved claims brought by the parents of a deceased hemophiliac who was infected with the AIDS virus allegedly as a result of his use of an anti-hemophilic factor concentrate processed by various pharmaceutical companies, including Armour. The trial lasted nearly four months, and the jury returned a verdict in favor of Armour.
- Prevailing in the Northern District of Illinois and in the Seventh Circuit on forum non conveniens motions to dismiss claims of plaintiffs from Argentina, England and Israel.
- Obtaining dismissal and affirmance on appeal of medical malpractice action against Loyola University Health Systems in Illinois state court, arguing the case before the Illinois Appellate Court and Illinois Supreme Court.
Multi-District Case Management
- Coordination of the defense of a pharmaceutical product liability defendant in multi-year federal multi-district litigation and related litigation in extra-US jurisdictions.
- Implementing the settlement of claims of 2,600 product liability plaintiff from 30 different countries.
- Cross examining pharmaceutical plaintiffs’ FDA expert and representing AstraZeneca at an evidentiary and summary judgment hearing which resulted in summary judgment for AstraZeneca on the adequacy of the defendants’ labeling, and a holding that plaintiff’s expert’s testimony on medical matters was unreliable and not admissible.
- Challenging plaintiffs’ expert evidence and obtaining summary judgment in several pharmaceutical product liability cases.
- Obtaining Summary Judgment for Schering Corporation in a case brought on behalf of the estate of a deceased plaintiff who was administered anti-platelet aggregation agents prior to his death.
- Defeating worldwide class certification motion in federal MDL litigation.
Daniel Kennedy represents individuals and businesses in a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including products liability, professional negligence, insurance coverage disputes, personal injury, securities litigation, and general commercial litigation. Mr. Kennedy is licensed to practice in Wisconsin and Illinois and has experience in civil trial and appellate work in federal and state courts.
Mr. Kennedy also regularly serves as local counsel in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. In addition, Mr. Kennedy maintains an active pro bono practice and has represented clients pro bono in criminal post-conviction, civil rights, immigration and ERISA matters. Mr. Kennedy was listed as a “Rising Star” in Wisconsin Super Lawyers magazine from 2011-2014. In its 2018 edition, Benchmark Litigation named Mr. Kennedy a “future litigation star.”
Before joining Gass Weber Mullins, Mr. Kennedy served as a law clerk to the Honorable Barbara B. Crabb of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin and later practiced in the Chicago office of Jenner & Block, LLP.
Mr. Kennedy obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and his law degree summa cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Kennedy served on the editorial board of the University of Illinois Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif.
Mr. Kennedy is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Milwaukee Bar Association and the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association.
Dan currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Milestones Programs for Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the highest quality care and educational opportunities for children.
Mr. Kennedy’s trial experience includes:
- representing a manufacturer in a one-week product liability trial in a Wisconsin federal court;
- working with another attorney at Gass Weber Mullins to conduct an evidentiary hearing which resulted in the dismissal of all claims against a foreign manufacturer in a multi-million dollar construction case;
- working with two attorneys at Gass Weber Mullins to prepare for and conduct an evidentiary hearing which resulted in the granting of a preliminary injunction in favor of a manufacturer in a false advertising case; and
- representing an individual in a three-day product liability trial in a Wisconsin state court.
Mr. Kennedy’s appellate experience includes authoring or contributing to appellate briefs in cases before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, including:
- obtaining dismissals of negligence and other tort claims against a corporate client and then successfully defending those dismissals on appeal.
- co-authoring an amicus brief in an insurance coverage dispute involving the scope of a pollution exclusion clause;
- successfully defending on appeal the dismissal of tort claims for lack of subject matter jurisdiction in federal court.
Daniel Manna has represented clients in many areas of civil litigation, including securities litigation, construction law, products liability, federal and state consumer law, insurance coverage disputes, statutory health care privacy law, state and federal civil rights, and general commercial litigation.
Mr. Manna has successfully represented some of America’s largest companies in both state and federal civil litigation and private arbitration. Mr. Manna has represented clients locally and nationwide, including helping to defeat class certification in a securities fraud action in Nevada, winning summary judgment for a Fortune 50 client in a personal injury matter in Wisconsin, and winning summary judgment for an information technology client accused of violations of statutory confidentiality rules and invasion of privacy. Mr. Manna’s practice includes appellate work, and he has helped secure victories in both the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Wisconsin.
Mr. Manna is a co-author of the Wisconsin chapter of the Tort Law Desk Reference, a fifty-state survey published by Wolters Kluwer Law and Business.
Mr. Manna received his Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School, where he was a three-time Harlan Fiske Stone scholar and active participant in various moot court and mock trial programs. Mr. Manna received his undergraduate degree in Finance, Investment, and Banking from the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Business.
Mr. Manna is admitted to practice in Wisconsin state courts and in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin.
Linda Vogt Meagher
Linda Vogt Meagher is a lawyer who has represented clients in courtrooms throughout the State of Wisconsin. She is experienced in representing both the plaintiffs and defense sides of a case, which provides her with a unique skill set that allows her to critically analyze and approach a case. Ms. Meagher is also well versed in appellate practice and has argued before both the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Meagher’s defense practice includes a wide range of cases, including personal injury cases involving automobile accidents, general liability, premise liability, wrongful death, and products liability. Her health law experience includes professional malpractice (medical, dental, nursing, chiropractic, podiatrist, pharmacy, etc), nursing home neglect, and HIPAA. She has experience representing other professionals in malpractice lawsuits, such as attorneys, engineers and architects. Moreover, she has experience in commercial litigation and insurance coverage disputes.
She is an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Meagher has been selected for inclusion on the Wisconsin Super Lawyers® list for 2011-2019 and was named to the Top 25 Women Wisconsin Super Lawyers list in 2011-2018. She was also honored as a Wisconsin Law Journal recipient of the 2011 Women in the Law award. She and her sister were featured in the cover story in the Wisconsin Super Lawyer Magazine in November of 2015. She is also a fellow of the prestigious Litigation Counsel of America, which is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than half of one percent of American Lawyers. Fellows are selected based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.
Ms. Meagher is admitted to practice in Wisconsin circuit and appellate courts. She is also admitted to practice before the federal courts of Wisconsin, and the 7th Circuit court of appeals, as well as the US Supreme Court.
Rich Orton is a trial attorney, representing clients in a wide variety of complex claims in forums throughout Wisconsin and the United States. Rich’s practice focuses on products liability, general liability, professional liability, and commercial, construction and insurance litigation and appeals. These claims typically involve a myriad of damages related to personal injuries, property damages, and other commercial or business losses.
Rich has represented a variety of commercial and manufacturing clients in products liability litigation, from local retailers to large multinational OEMs. He has significant experience as a member of the national trial counsel team for one of the world’s leading manufacturers of compact farming and construction equipment. Rich’s products liability experience has included defending consumer, commercial and industrial products in a variety of industries, such as construction, agribusiness, heavy equipment, trucking and transportation. In addition to this litigation work, Rich also has experience counseling companies on product liability, product safety, risk assessment, and claims management issues.
Rich regularly handles matters at all stages of their lifespan – from the prompt investigation of accidents and evidence preservation, through pre-suit negotiations, discovery, trial and appeal. Rich assists clients in developing and executing the most efficient and effective strategies in all phases of dispute resolution. He has experience handling some of the most complex claims, involving catastrophic injuries, fire and explosion accidents, and massive property damages.
Since 2017, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company; in 2019 he was elected Vice Chairman of the Board. Rich served on the Board of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Young Lawyers Division from 2014-2018. He has served on various committees of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association since 2012, and was elected to its Board of Directors in 2019.
Rich stays involved in the Milwaukee community through volunteer efforts with the United Way and his service on the Board of the Brady Street Area Association (2017-present).
Prior to joining Gass Weber Mullins, Rich was a shareholder at one of Wisconsin’s largest civil litigation firms. Rich attended the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and Mock Trial Team. He won the Ruby R. Vale National Corporate Law Moot Court Competition’s best brief award, and worked as a law clerk for the Wisconsin Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel. Prior to law school he worked as a paralegal at a large multinational law firm in Washington, D.C. He obtained his undergraduate degree with honors from Marquette University, during which he spent two terms studying law and public policy at the University of Oxford in England. Mr. Orton was born and raised in Mauston, Wisconsin.
- Won an appeal to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals on behalf of a manufacturer of heavy excavation equipment involving the application of the economic loss doctrine to claims against the manufacturer resulting from a fire. Secura Ins. v. Super Products LLC, 2019 WI App 47.
- Secured a favorable verdict as first chair trial counsel for a construction company in a fire loss case involving allegations of negligent installation of a fireplace and chimney system after a four-day jury trial in Lincoln County, Wisconsin. (2018)
- Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a heavy equipment manufacturer as second chair in a five-week products liability jury trial in Sonoma County, California. Plaintiff sought $26 Million in damages after losing an arm and a leg as a result of a rough terrain forklift (“telehandler”) tip-over incident. (2017)
- Secured two subsequent dismissals of the case of an injured plaintiff clearly engaged in forum shopping, one in Cook County, Illinois, and the other in Lake County, Illinois, on behalf of a major national organizer of outdoor music festivals, ultimately resulting in the settlement of the claim for nuisance value. (2016)
- Received a favorable verdict on behalf of a printing company in a forklift accident case in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin (second chair). (2016)
- Successfully first chaired a bench trial in St. Croix County, Wisconsin, securing a favorable decision on behalf of a health insurer that resulted in the full reimbursement of the client’s subrogation claim. (2015)
- Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2017-2019
- Fellow, Wisconsin Law Foundation (2017 Inductee)
- 2016 Wisconsin Law Journal “Up and Coming Lawyer Award”
- American Bar Association
- State Bar of Wisconsin
- YLD Board, 2014-2018
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Thomas E. Fairchild Inn, American Inns of Court
- Associate Member, 2013-2016
- Milwaukee Bar Association
- Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association
- Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
- Board of Directors, 2019-Present
- Defense Research Institute
- Wisconsin Defense Counsel
- Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
- State of Wisconsin
- State of Illinois
- S. District Court – Eastern District of Wisconsin
- S. District Court – Western District of Wisconsin
- S. District Court – Western District of Michigan
- Multiple pro hac vice admissions in state and federal courts from New York to California
- Moderator, “From the Bench: Practical Tips for Litigants”, State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting and Conference, June 16, 2016.
- Co-Organizer, “Common Evidentiary Issues and Pitfalls,” State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting and Conference, June 15, 2017.
- Presenter, “Dig Deep and Extract the Truth: How to use the Latest Digital Forensic Technology to Win Your Cases,” State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting and Conference, June 21, 2018.
- Presenter, “Writing it Right: Avoiding Litigation Risks in Technical Publication Drafting,” 2018 (multiple locations and clients).
- Presenter, Annual Wisconsin Legal Update, annually, 2015-2019 (multiple locations / clients).
- Presenter, “Pretrial Techniques”, State Bar of Wisconsin, September 20, 2018 (covering motions to compel discovery, summary judgment and Daubert challenges).
- Presenter, “Anatomy of a Products Liability Claim,” annual equipment industry product liability seminar, May 2019.
Stephen Trigg represents clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts across the country, including cases involving complex commercial disputes, catastrophic personal injuries, products liability, consumer protection laws, and disputes between shareholders and members of closely-held businesses. His experience includes regularly representing defendants in professional malpractice actions against doctors, chiropractors, dentists, podiatrists, and nursing homes. Mr. Trigg was selected as a Wisconsin Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine in 2018 and 2019.
Prior to joining Gass Weber Mullins LLC, Mr. Trigg practiced with Paul Hastings LLP in New York City. At that firm, he represented multiple companies and their boards of directors in shareholder disputes alleging breaches of fiduciary duties and securities law violations. He also represented some of the world’s biggest financial institutions in litigation resulting from the credit crisis.
Mr. Trigg is admitted to practice in New York and Wisconsin, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, and the Federal Court of Appeal for the Seventh Circuit.
Mr. Trigg obtained his undergraduate degree cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the Order of the Coif. While at Minnesota, Mr. Trigg was a member of the Journal of International Law and worked as a student attorney at the Multi-Profession Business Law Clinic. In the clinic, he counseled clients on business formation and incorporation issues and drafted form contracts for new businesses.
- Secured the prompt dismissal of a trust’s claims against a large, national life insurance company for making distributions to an allegedly unscrupulous trustee. The trust did not appeal the federal judge’s decision granting the life insurer’s motion to dismiss. Kriete Family Insurance Trust v. Pacific Life Insurance Company, 2017 WL 3273580 (E.D. Wis. 2017).
- Obtained a $2.4 million summary judgment award against a nursing home for breach of contract, and for personal tort liability against the individual managing member of the entity that operated the nursing home for conversion and civil theft.
- Obtained dismissal of a personal injury action in New Jersey for lack of personal jurisdiction involving a New Jersey resident who suffered severe, permanent injuries when he dove into a pool in the middle of the night at a resort in Destin, Florida. Obtained dismissal of a subsequent Florida suit for the same injuries based on the running of the statute of limitations in Florida while the case was pending in New Jersey.
David Turek has extensive experience in complex civil litigation. He has tried cases in front of juries and judges, focusing primarily on business disputes and high-stakes injury cases. For example, in December 2017, he successfully defended a severe burn injury case where the plaintiff asked the jury to award over $38 million.
Mr. Turek handles a wide-variety of cases. In commercial litigation, Mr. Turek focuses on non-compete claims, insurance disputes, and construction litigation. Mr. Turek also has significant experience with personal injury litigation, often defending trucking companies, product manufacturers, and other businesses in Wisconsin and other venues across the country (most recently in Missouri, Oklahoma, Nevada, and Pennsylvania).
Mr. Turek has received an AV® Preeminent peer rating for professional excellence from Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Turek has also been named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer or Rising Star each year since 2007. In its 2018 edition, Benchmark Litigation named Mr. Turek a “local litigation star” and highlighted his work in a contentious non-compete case in federal court. He is a Senior Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America and a charter member of the LCA’s Trial Law Institute.
Mr. Turek authored the Wisconsin chapter of the DRI’s Excess and Umbrella Insurance State-by-State Compendium, the “Wrongful Death” chapter in the Wisconsin Bar Association’s Law of Damages in Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin chapter of the Tort Law Desk Reference. In addition to these writings, Mr. Turek is regularly invited to speak to fellow lawyers about trial practice and other subjects, such as the economic loss doctrine, damages, and federal civil procedure.
Mr. Turek received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Carthage College. Mr. Turek then earned his law degree summa cum laude from Marquette University Law School, where he was Senior Articles Editor of the Marquette Law Review.
- Defeated motion for preliminary injunction in contentious trade secret dispute after a four-day evidentiary hearing in November 2019. This hearing came on the heels of nearly 20 depositions, in three different states, over the course of a month. The Milwaukee County Circuit Court adopted nearly all of Mr. Turek’s client’s proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, concluding that plaintiffs did not have a reasonable likelihood of success on the merits of their claims.
- Defended damages portion of one of Wisconsin’s most significant personal injury trials from 2017. The plaintiff suffered third- and fourth-degree burns to more than 70% of his body as a result of a lawnmower fire, incurring more than $3 million in past medical expenses. Mr. Turek became involved in the case less than 60 days before the start of trial. After the Plaintiff asked for more than $38 million in closing (including $20 million in punitive damages), the jury declined to award punitive damages and awarded compensatory damages close to those suggested by Mr. Turek. Coupled with a negligible apportionment of fault, the ultimate verdict resulted in Mr. Turek’s client paying no additional money to Plaintiff as a result of the trial.
- Secured the prompt dismissal of a trust’s claims against a large, national life insurance company for making distributions to an allegedly unscrupulous trustee. The trust did not appeal the federal judge’s decision granting the life insurer’s motion to dismiss. Kriete Family Insurance Trust v. Pacific Life Insurance Company, 2017 WL 3273580 (E.D. Wis. 2017).
- Obtained summary judgment for a spine product company in a contentious non-compete dispute with one of its largest competitors. The competitor sought more than $10 million in damages, but the federal court determined there was no merit to the tortious interference and unfair competition claims. Biomet Spine, LLC v. Stryker Spine, 2016 WL 5793680 (E.D. Wis. 2016).
- Worked as co-counsel with a large, national firm to pursue legal and actuarial malpractice claims arising from an $82 million ERISA class action settlement. The case involved multiple, complex issues on statute of limitations, professional liability, cause, and damages, plus intricate technical information surrounding cash balance pension plans. Mr. Turek’s client resolved the case through multiple settlements in advance of trial.
- Earned summary judgment in favor of a large home builder by enforcing a contractual limitation against specific performance of the sale of land. In March 2016, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment in favor of Mr. Turek’s client. Key v. William Ryan Homes, Inc., Appeal No. 15-AP-490.
- Secured a preliminary injunction against proceedings initiated by the Lac du Flambeau tribe in their tribal court arising from the Tribe’s $50 million bond issuance. The Seventh Circuit’s decision resolves several nationally-watched issues of tribal court jurisdiction. Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc. v. Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, 807 F.3d 184, 204-05 (7th Cir. 2015).
- Secured a $1 million-plus jury verdict for a subcontractor improperly terminated from a construction project. The Wisconsin Court of Appeals affirmed the jury’s award in Henshue Construction, Inc. v. Terra Engineering & Construction Corp., 2013 WI App 84.
- Won summary judgment based on Wisconsin’s recreational immunity statute against a paraplegic injured while riding on a bicycle trail.
- Obtained a temporary restraining order that prevented a former employee from using trade secrets and other pilfered information for a new, competitive financial institution.
- Worked with a trial team to obtain a defense verdict in a pedestrian-truck accident where the plaintiff sought in excess of $22 million in damages.
- Convinced a district court that an insurer should not be automatically responsible for a judgment if the insurer breaches its duty to defend. Johnson Outdoors, Inc. v. General Star Indemnity Co. (E.D. Wis. 2009), available at 2009 WL 4043104.
Ralph A. Weber is one of the founding members of Gass Weber Mullins, a national trial litigation law firm recognized by the National Law Journal on its national “Hot List” of boutique firms.
Mr. Weber is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is recognized as the leading trial lawyers organization in the United States and Canada. The prestigious international lawyer reference, Chambers Guide-USA, identifies Mr. Weber as a top commercial litigator. As quoted therein, his clients and peers describe him as “very thoughtful, top-notch and outstanding,” they admire his “command of a courtroom” and note “He is the calm in a storm.” Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s top litigation firms and attorneys, identifies Mr. Weber as a Local Litigation Star. In the guide, Mr. Weber is described by one of his peers as “the kind of trial lawyer I’d like to see more of. Understated, strategic and level-headed, not into trying to scare people by flapping his arms and making a lot of useless noise.” He also has been recognized by his peers for many years through selection to Best Lawyers in America, and he has been listed in Best of the U.S. as one of the “Best of Class” service providers in the United States. The Wisconsin Law Journal honored Mr. Weber in 2014 as a “Leader in the Law.”
Mr. Weber has represented clients in several of Wisconsin’s highest profile lawsuits over the past several decades. He and his colleagues won a $50 million verdict for a commercial client, which verdict was the second largest of its type nationally and number 45 of the Top 100 Verdicts of 2012 per the National Law Journal and Verdict Search. Mr. Weber won a multi-million dollar verdict in Portland, Maine for a food processor whose supplier sold it adulterated product. A few examples of his other multi-week trials include: civil rights/school desegregation (30 parties, 15 weeks), construction site negligence and product liability (Milwaukee Brewers’ Stadium crane collapse, 7 weeks), accounting malpractice (5 weeks), product liability-agricultural equipment (5 weeks), tortious interference/defamation (4 weeks) and chemical exposure (2 weeks). His appellate experience includes multiple oral arguments before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and intermediate appellate courts.
In addition to a full legal practice and serving as a Marquette Law School adjunct Trial Advocacy Professor (where he has taught Trial Advocacy for 20 years), Mr. Weber has been active as a community supporter. He has founded and worked with several educational, charitable and nonprofit groups, including the Marquette University National Alumni Board, the Board of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the Marquette University College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Board, and the FC Milwaukee Soccer Club.
Mr. Weber serves as a member of the Northwestern Mutual Board of Trustees, the Board of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, the Board of Frank Beverage Companies and the National Board for Rocketship Education, a San Jose-based network of public elementary charter schools serving primarily low-income students.
Mr. Weber graduated from Columbia University Law School where he served on the Law Review. He then clerked for the Hon. Richard D. Cudahy, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. His undergraduate degree is from Marquette University where he studied history and philosophy, graduating summa cum laude and becoming a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
- Margaret Long v. Fairbank Farms, Inc., et al. and Alice Smith v. Fairbank Farms, Inc., et al. (2 week foodborne illness/product adulteration trial)
- Milwaukee Public Schools. v. Tommy Thompson, et al. (15 week school desegregation court trial)
- Wischer v. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of, et al. (7 week crane collapse jury trial)
- Chevron Chemical v. Deloitte & Touche (5 week accounting malpractice jury trial)
- Sharp v. Case Corp. (5 week product liability jury trial)
- Peter Parthum, M.D. v. American Nat’l. Can, et al. (4 week interference with contract and defamation jury trial)
- KBS Construction, Inc. v. Cathedral Place, LLC (2 week AAA construction claim arbitration)
- Koester v. Case Corp. (2 week product liability jury trial)
- Campbell v. Crown Equip. Corp., et al. (2 week product liability jury trial)
- Hansen v. Crown Equip. Corp., et al. (2 week product liability jury trial)
- Nigh v. Dow Chemical, et al. (2 week product liability/chemical exposure jury trial)
- Richland Valley Products v. The St. Paul Ins. Co. (2 week breach of contract/bad faith jury trial)
- Realty Services, Inc. v. Safford (2 week interference with contract jury trial)
- Jay Dee v. Tews (2 week breach of contract court trial)
- Lewis v. Case Corp. (1 week wrongful death jury trial)
- Kenneth Wenger v. Crown Equipment Corporation (1 week product liability jury trial)
- Fort Howard v. Merlin Hygenic, et al. (1 week trade secret injunction hearing)
- Frankenmuth v. Case Corp. (4 day product liability jury trial)
- Westlund v. Werner Ladder (3 day product liability jury trial)
- CareNetwork v. Genesis (3 day breach of contract arbitration)
- Share v. Northwestern Mutual Life Ins. Co. (2 day breach of contract court trial)
- Richland Valley Products v. St. Paul Fire & Marine (2 day tortious interference with contract jury trial)
- In Re: Wisconsin Judicial Commission (2 day trial before 3-judge panel representing a judge re: alleged violation of judicial conduct rules)
- Hicks v. Crown Equip. Corp. (1 day product liability jury trial)
- Co-Editor, Dear Americans: Letters from the Desk of Ronald Reagan (Doubleday, 2003).
- “Protecting Confidential Information Exchanged with Public Relations Counsel,”presented to Business Counsel Institute – Crisis Management, Milwaukee, WI, November 2011.
- “Role Models to Direct the Choir: Successful Programs for Educating the Educators and Others with Influence on Consumers about the Perils and Pitfalls of Raw Milk,”presented to IAFP Annual Meeting 2011, Milwaukee, WI, July 2011.
- “Daubert Today – A Standard for All Wisconsin Courts,” presented to the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association Annual CLE Program, Milwaukee, WI, April 2011.
- “Innocent Parties in Outbreak Investigations: How Rushing to Judgment can Lead to Wrongful Recalls and Wasteful Lawsuits,” presented to the 4thAnnual China International Food Safety & Quality Conference & Expo, Shanghai, China, November 2010.
- “Reportable Food Registry,” presented to Wisconsin Association of Food Protection, Madison, WI June 2010.
- “How United States Lawsuits Will Impact Your Business and Food Safety,” presented to China International Food Safety & Quality Conference & Expo, Beijing, China, November 2009.
- “Uncovering the Truth in Food-Borne Illness Litigation – Defending Liability,” presented to DRI Food Liability Seminar, Chicago, IL, May 2008.
- “A Step by Step Guide to Defending Food Litigation,” presented to Grocery Manufacturers of America Food Claims & Litigation Conference, New Orleans, LA, February 2008.
- “Assessing the Costs of Care and Calculating Potential Damages,” presented to American Conference Institute, Food-Borne Illness Litigation, Scottsdale, AZ, February 2008.
- “Wisconsin Tort Updates: Punitive Damages and Bad Faith,” presented to Wisconsin State Bar CLE Program, Milwaukee/Madison, WI, September 2004.
- “Six Reasons Not to do Jury Studies and How to do Them,” presented to Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, Madison, WI , October 18, 2002.
- “Dispute Resolution in the Real World: Mini-Trials As a Means to Overcome Barriers to Settlement,” presented to Marquette University’s Center for Dispute Resolution, Milwaukee, WI, April 1996.
- “Getting the Most Out of Discovery: Using Creative Approaches,” presented to the American Conference Institute, Bad Faith Claims and Punitive Damages, Los Angeles, CA, March 1996.
- “Insurance Coverage From the Plaintiff’s Perspective,” presented to The Network of Trial Law Firms, Amelia Island, FL, October 1995.
- “Efficient Management of Litigation Portfolios,” presented to the Business Strategy Network Seminar on State of the Art Advances in Claims and Litigation Management, New York, NY, December 1994.
- “Contending With Mass Torts: A Critique of the ALI Proposal,” written for the American Bar Association Torts & Insurance Practice Section Spring Meeting, May 1992.
- “Use of Demonstrative Exhibits in an Accounting Malpractice Trial,” presented to the Insurance Defense Tactics Conference, Keystone Resort, CO, March 1992.
- “Alternative Dispute Resolution,” presented to the State Bar of Wisconsin Mid-Year Convention, Milwaukee, WI, January 1992.
- “Alternative Dispute Resolution,” presented to the American Corporate Counsel Association Mid-Year Convention, Chicago, IL, June 1991.
- “Arbitration and Other Methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution,” presented to the M5 International Conference, Cambridge, April 1990.
- “Severance Pay, Sales of Assets and the Resolution of Omitted Cases,” 82 Colum. L. Rev. 593 (1982).