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Appellate Practice

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As part of its insurance industry practice, our firm offers an experienced team of appellate practitioners who have assisted insurers with their most significant cases over the years, and continue to do so today.

Our insurance team has counseled and represented clients before appellate courts from the U.S. Supreme Court to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as well as in the federal and state courts of appeal. Many of the attorneys on our appellate team began their careers as judicial law clerks in state and federal appellate courts. In addition, they have experience briefing and arguing cases, preparing and opposing petitions for review, working cooperatively with trial counsel to preserve appellate issues, and providing amicus support on issues of public importance.

Our attorneys are leaders in the Wisconsin appellate bar and have earned a reputation for thoughtful, thorough and persuasive appellate advocacy. They have served as officers of the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, as presidents of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association and as members of appellate practice committees of other national and international professional organizations. Our lawyers also write and lecture on appellate practice issues and teach other attorneys and law students about the fundamentals and skills necessary to sound appellate practice.

The firm understands the special skills and abilities necessary to effectively represent our clients' interests before appellate courts. Appellate courts approach cases from a unique perspective—one that differs in important ways from that of trial courts. Our appellate attorneys understand this and how to meet our clients' goals through proven methods of appellate advocacy.

Our attorneys also have served as amicus counsel on behalf of insurance industry groups in Wisconsin cases presenting insurance coverage, statutory interpretation and liability issues, including the workers' compensation exclusive remedy, agents' duties to insureds, bad faith liability and uninsured and underinsured motorist issues.

Some of our attorneys have themselves become appellate judges, including the first woman justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and a sitting judge on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Appellate judges throughout Wisconsin have come to recognize and expect the highest standard of representation from our appellate team.

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