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Richard Orton

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.

Kate Campbell

Kate Campbell has represented 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. 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 Angles, 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.

Ralph Weber

Ralph 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. 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.” He also has been recognized by his peers for many years through selection to Best Lawyers in America, and he has been selected in Best of the U.S. as one of the “Best of Class” service providers in the United States. In 2014, the Wisconsin Law Journal honored Mr. Weber as a “Leader in the Law.” Most recently, Mr. Weber was selected as Best Lawyers 2016 Lawyer of the Year for Bet-the-Company Litigation.

Stephen Trigg

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. In 2018, Mr. Trigg was selected as a Wisconsin Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine. 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.

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 Federal Court of Appeals.

Daniel Manna

Daniel Manna has represented clients in securities litigation, products liability, federal and state consumer law, insurance coverage disputes, and general commercial litigation. Prior to joining Gass Weber Mullins LLC, Mr. Manna practiced with Foley & Lardner LLP in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There Mr. Manna defended product liability and toxic tort matters in state and federal court on behalf of some of America’s largest companies.. Mr. Manna also represented clients locally and nationwide, including helping to defeat class certification in a securities fraud action in Nevada, successfully defending a regional bank in an estate matter, and obtaining a favorable settlement for a local manufacturer in an insurance coverage dispute. Mr. Manna has also done appellate work, including a victory in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in an easement dispute.

Daniel Kennedy

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.

Tamar Kelber

Tamar Kelber became a member of the firm in July 2015. Prior to 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 mass tort litigation, including individual cases in multiple jurisdictions across the country, and national coordination and defense of pharmaceutical and other product liability cases. Her experience spans a variety of areas including consumer products, plasma derivatives, cholesterol lowering drugs, antipsychotics, antithrombotics, and other pharmaceuticals and biologics. She has a range of 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 product liability risks before litigation. She has authored publications on topics ranging from transnational issues in product liability to Qui Tam litigation.

David Turek

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 “future 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.

John Franke

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.