Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          rburrell@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9111

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Lori Boyles

Education


University of Iowa, J.D., 1971

University of Northern Iowa, B.A., 1968

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Accounting coursework, 1972-1976

Areas of Practice


Court Admissions


  • All Wisconsin State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel (President 1990 – 1991)
  • American Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Greater Milwaukee Chapter, CPCU Society
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Society
  • Member, The Trial Institute
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Wisconsin Chapter International Association of Arson Investigators (Lifetime Member)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Mariners Club of Milwaukee (President 1989-1990)
  • Wisconsin Arson Insurance Counsel (President 1985 – 1986)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association

Verdicts and Published Decisions


  • Construction Systems, Inc. v. General Cas. Co., 2011 WL 3625066 (D. Minn. 2011)
  • Local Gov’t Prop. Ins. Fund v. Spirtas Wrecking Co., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67212 (E.D. Wis. 2009)
  • Waterstone Bank, SSB v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co.,2013 WI App 60, 348 Wis. 2d 213, 832 N.W.2d 152, rev. den. 352 Wis. 2d 353 2012 AP 912
  • Am. Family Mut. Ins. Co. v. Schmitz, 2010 WI App 157, 330 Wis. 2d 263, 793 N.W.2d 111 (Wis. 2011)
  • St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v. Land Title Servs., 483 F. Supp. 2d 745 (E.D. Wis. 2007)
  • Bornstein v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., 623 F. Supp. 814 (E.D. Wis. 1985)
  • Peace v. Northwestern Nat’l Ins. Co., 228 Wis. 2d 106, 596 N.W.2d 429 (Wis. 1998)
  • City of Edgerton v. General Cas. Co., 184 Wis. 2d 750, 517 N.W.2d 463 (Wis. 1994)
  • Lueck v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 116 Wis. 2d 559, 342 N.W.2d 699 (Wis. 1984)
  • Lynch v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co., 163 Wis. 2d 1003, 473 N.W.2d 515; 1991 Wisc. App. LEXIS 1018 (Wis. 1991)
  • State Farm Fire & Casualty Ins. Co. v. Walker, 157 Wis. 2d 459, 459 N.W.2d 605; 1990 Wisc. App. LEXIS 671 (Wis. 1990)
  • Just v. Land Reclamation, Ltd., 151 Wis. 2d 593, 445 N.W.2d 683; 1989 Wisc. App. LEXIS 743 (Wis. 1989)
  • Strauss Bros. Packing Co. v. American Ins. Co., 98 Wis. 2d 706, 298 N.W.2d 108; 1980 Wisc. App. LEXIS 3221 (Wis. 1980)

Other


  • AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 (Martindale-Hubbell)
  • Selected for inclusion in “Super Lawyers” ® by Law & Politics and the publishers of Milwaukee Magazine in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
  • Co-Author:  “Insurability of Punitive Damages,” 62 Marq.L.Rev. 1 (1978)
  • Associate Editor, Law of Damages in Wisconsin, 1989
  • Co-Author, “The Current Housing Industry/Foreclosure Crisis, the Mortgage Clause and What It All Means to Insurance Companies”, Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal (Summer, 2009)
  • Municipal Judge, Village of River Hills, 1990 to present
  • President, Wisconsin Arson Insurance Council, 1985-1986
  • President, Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin, 1990-1991
  • Workshop Panelist, Property Loss Managers Conference 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2016
  • Hobbies include chess, sports