Attorney

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          bwbaird@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9184

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Barbara Johnson

Education


University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 2001; J.D., 2004

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

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys
  • James E. Doyle Chapter, American Inns of Court

Other


  • Articles Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review
  • Competitor and coach on the Wisconsin Moot Court Team
Attorney

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          aberndt@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9160

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Jennie Crewz

Education


University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S., 2001; J.D., 2004

House Fellow (R.A.) of the Year, 2000; Undergraduate Excellence Award recipient, 2001; Member of Moot Court Board (President of Board, 2003-2004)

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

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel

Other


  • Selected for inclusion in “Super Lawyers–Rising Stars”® by Law & Politics and the publishers of Milwaukee Magazine in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Numerous presentations of Borgelt’s annual defense seminars, a Wisconsin Defense Counsel seminar and Wisconsin Claims Counsel seminars
  • Article published in the Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal, “Attorneys Beware: Notice Not Always Required”
  • Hobbies include music, playing basketball, and spending time with my family.
Attorney

Contact


Location: Milwaukee, WI

Email: bbrejcha@borgelt.com

Phone: 414-287-9122

Fax: 414-276-0172

Assistant: Barbara Johnson

Education


University of Dayton School of Law, J.D., 2007

Marquette University, B.A., 2004

Areas of Practice


Court Admissions


  • All Wisconsin State Courts
  • All Illinois State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association

Other


  • Selected for inclusion in “Super Lawyers–Rising Stars”® by Law & Politics and the publishers of Chicago Magazine in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Selected for inclusion in “Emerging Lawyers” by the Leading Lawyer’s Network in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Interview with Modern Counsel Magazine, January 2015
Paralegal

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          hburg@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9155

Fax:              414-276-0172

Education


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Bachelor of Science-Political Science and Geology, 1999

Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), Paralegal Certification Program, 2004

 

Areas of Practice


Other


  • 20 years of Paralegal experience in Civil Litigation, Product Liability, Workers Compensation, Real Estate, Personal Injury, and Environmental Litigation (asbestos and sink hole)
  • Assisted attorneys at several trials
  • Committee Volunteer for the City of Glendale, WI
  • Enjoys traveling, history and food truck festivals
Attorney

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          jdanas@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9118

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Nancy Puffer

Education


Valparaiso University, J.D., 1975

University of Wisconsin-Platteville, B.S., 1971

Areas of Practice


 Court Admissions


  • All Wisconsin State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Emeritus
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel

Verdicts and Published Decisions


Publications:

  • Co-author of Worker’s Compensation Handbook, State Bar of Wisconsin

Published Decisions:

  • Cargill Feed Div./Cargill Malt v. LIRC, 2010 WI App 115, 329 Wis. 2d 206, 789 N.W.2d 326, addressing the limits of the odd-lot doctrine
  • Madison Gas & Electric v. LIRC, 2011 WI App 110, 336 Wis. 2d 197, 802 N.W.2d 502, challenging cumulative PPD ratings
  • GTC Auto Parts v. LIRC, 184 Wis. 2d 450, 516 N.W.2d 393 (1994). Amicus brief, reversing award of indefinite TTD award

Numerous Circuit Court and LIRC decisions available, including:

  • Flynn v. Allen Roofing  & Constr. Co, WC Claim No 87-048518, establishing limits of medical expense in paraplegic case;
  • Jackson v. CNA Financial Group and Continental Cas, WC Claim No 2006-010570, defining no “injury” in suicide case;
  • Roemer v. Rowley Construction and Society Ins, WC Claim No. 2004-041873, addressing grounds for reopening compromise settlement;
  • Stiefel v. United Cerebral Palsy of North Central Wisconsin and United Wisconsin, WC Claim No. 1996-014016, rejecting “belittle-berate” test for non-traumatic mental injury (stress) claims.

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 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022
  • Hearing Examiner, State of Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations, 1975-1983

 

Attorney

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          jfredericks@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9126

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Mary Fieber

Education


Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1987

University of St. Thomas, B.A., magna cum laude, 1984

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
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals

Verdicts and Published Decisions


  • Stephenson v. Universal Metrics; 2002 WI 30, 251 Wis. 2d 171, 641 N.W. 2d 158
  • Kaun v. Industrial Fire & Casualty Insurance Co, 148 Wis. 2d 662, 436 N.W. 2d 321 (1989)
  • J.G. Wentworth S.C. Ltd. P’ship v. Callahan, 2002 Wis App 183,256 Wis. 2d 807, 649 N.W. 2d 694
  • Amcast Indus. Corp. v. Affiliated FM Ins. Co., 221 Wis. 2d 145, 584 N.W. 2d 218 (Ct. App. 1998)
  • Gorzalski v. Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance Company, 145 Wis 2d 794, 489 N.W. 2d 537 (Ct. App. 1988)
  • Schneider v. Sentry Group Long Term Disability Plan, 422 F.3d 621 (7th Cir. 2005)
  • Badger Pharmacal v. Colgate-Palmolive Co., 1 F. 3d 621 (7th Cir. 1993)

Other


  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 (Martindale-Hubbell)
  • Authored Chapter 8 “Motions During Trial” in Wisconsin Trial Practice (2011)
  • Executive Editor, Marquette Law Review 1986-1987
  • Speaker at Wisconsin Defense Counsel 2007 Winter Conference: Torts Update
  • Speaker at 2000 NBI Conference on UM and UIM Motorist Law in Wisconsin
Attorney

Contact


Location: Milwaukee, WI

Email: agoode@borgelt.com

Phone: 414-287-9140

Fax: 414-276-0172

Assistant: Jennie Crewz

Education


Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2002
University of Illinois, B.A., 1999

Areas of Practice


Court Admissions


  • All Wisconsin State Courts
  • All Illinois State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District for the Central District of Illinois

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel, Board Member (2019 – Present), Current Chair of WDC Women in the Law Committee
  • Association for Women Lawyers 
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Other


As a former Senior Staff Attorney at a Fortune 500 Insurance Company, I have experience in personally handling litigation, litigation supervision and management, and claims advising. This experience provides me with a unique perspective and knowledge of the insurance business, which allows me to provide value added services to my clients. Specifically, I am mindful of timely and accurate reporting to advance proper claim reserving, severity, and expense considerations.

I have litigated numerous cases throughout Wisconsin and have tried in excess of 20 jury and court trials, including automobile accidents, dog bite injuries, adulterated food injuries, fire losses, and first party property damage cases. In addition, I have briefed, argued, and obtained summary and declaratory judgments in such areas as automobile and homeowners’ insurance coverage, uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance coverage, contractor governmental immunity, school district immunity, construction defect and worker’s compensation exclusivity matters.

  • Selected for inclusion in “Super Lawyers” ® by Law & Politics and the publishers of Milwaukee Magazine in 2021 and 2022
  • Scoring Judge for Regional High School Mock Trial Competition, 2014, 2016 and 2022
  • Wisconsin State Bench and Bar Committee Member 2008-2012
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel Advocate of the Year 2019
Attorney

Contact


Location: Milwaukee, WI

Email: mgranitz@borgelt.com

Phone: 414-287-9143

Fax: 414-276-0172

Assistant: Jennifer Crewz

Education


Marquette University Law School, J.D., 2006

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., with distinction, 2003

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
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel

Other


  • Selected for Inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers-Rising Stars 2016,2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020
  • Marquette University Volunteer Legal Clinic Lawyer
  • Marquette University Law School Dispute Resolution Program Judge
  • University of Wisconsin Law School Lawyering Skills Course Visiting Instructor
Attorney

Contact


Location: Milwaukee, WI

Email: egustafson@borgelt.com

Phone: 414-287-9176

Fax: 414-276-0172

Assistant: Lori Boyles

Education


Marquette University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, and Certificate in Litigation Practice, 2017

Creighton University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2014

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. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Federalist Society

Verdicts and Published Decisions


Publications:

  • Bringing Unpublished Opinions into the 21st Century, WDC Journal (Spring 2021), available at http://wdc-online.org/wdc-journal/archived-editions/bringing-unpublished-opinions-21st-century-1

Published Decisions:

  • Hughes v. Allstate, 2019AP1234, 2019 WL 6205101 (Wis. Ct. App. Nov.21,2019)

Other


  • Technology Editor – Marquette Law Review Vol. 100
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Michael Gableman, Wisconsin Supreme Court, 2017-18
  • WIAA Licensed High School Football and Basketball Official

 

Paralegal

Contact


Location:     Milwaukee, WI

Email:          sholtzman@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9136

Fax:              414-276-0172

Education


Washington High School, Milwaukee, 1970

36 years of hands-on experience

Areas of Practice


Other


  • Former member of Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers and American Trial Lawyers Association
Attorney

Contact


Location: Milwaukee, WI

Email: bjonas@borgelt.com

Phone: 414-287-9141

Fax: 414-276-0172

Assistant: Cathy Calkins

Education


Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., 2013

Indiana University, 2006

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

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel

Verdicts and Published Decisions


Publications:

  • Co-Authored Firm Publication on “Employing Crisis Standards of Care in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic” (March 20, 2020).
  • Speaker, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (Wisconsin Chapter) – Discussion of Contemporary Wisconsin Supreme Court Decisions regarding the Application of the Daubert Standard (December 9, 2021).

Other


  • As an insurance defense litigator, I have represented international electronics manufacturers, domestic airline carriers, retailers, fast food restaurant chains, hospitals, software firms, and licensed professionals, such as veterinarians and attorneys. This work has been done on behalf of some of Wisconsin’s largest insurers along with various national and international insurers with policyholders located in the Wisconsin and the greater Midwest region. Having been involved with claims from their pre-suit investigations through trial and post-verdict motions, I have obtained favorable outcomes at all phases of litigation and arbitration by enthusiastically defending my clients’ interests while simultaneously communicating with key stakeholders to ensure that the evaluation of risk is constantly evolving with the facts of the case.

 

Attorney

Contact


Location:    Oakdale, MN

Email:          kkennedy@borgelt.com

Phone:         651-256-5001

Fax:              651-340-1456

Assistant:    Julie Parks

Education


Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 1988

Marquette University, B.S., 1985

Areas of Practice


Court Admissions


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

Organizations


  • Minnesota State Bar
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals
  • Northwest Loss Association

Verdicts and Published Decisions


  • Albert v. Illinois Farmers Ins. Co., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52490
  • Bonde v. Illinois Farmers Ins. Co., 1996 Minn. App. LEXIS 880
  • Blohm v. Johnson, 523 N.W.2d 14 (Minn. App. 1994)
  • Cenaiko Productions v. American Alliance Ins. Co., 1994 Minn. App. LEXIS 296
  • In Re Estate of Sangren, 504 N.W.2d 786 (Minn. App. 1993)
  • Coons v. St. Paul Companies, 486 N.W.2d 771 (Minn. App. 1992)

Other


  • Past member of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Arson Task Force
  • Selected for inclusion in “Super Lawyers” ® by Law & Politics and the publishers of Milwaukee Magazine in 2011
Attorney

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          lkiemele@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9153

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Nancy Puffer

Education


Marquette University, B.A., 1989; J.D., 1992

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

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • American Bar Association

Other


  • Seminar presentations on various Worker’s Compensation Defense Issues
  • Represents self insured employers and insurers in a variety of areas including temporary employment/staffing, construction, restaurant, retail, dairy, and manufacturing trades
Certified Paralegal

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          kliterski@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9165

Fax:              414-276-0172

Education


Upper Iowa University, Bachelor of Science, Public Administration, cum laude 4.0, 2006, Outstanding Senior Award Recipient 2006

Paralegal Certificate 2006 – (American Bar Association Approved Program) Milwaukee Area Technical Institute, 4.0

Northcentral Technical College, Wausau, Wisconsin, Associate Degree – Administrative Assistant Secretarial Science, High Honors, 1987 

Areas of Practice


Other


  • State Bar of Wisconsin Certified Paralegal-2019 to present
  • Registered Paralegal (RP) Certification – Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam 1998, National Federation of Paralegal Associations
  • Regular attendance at CLE seminars to maintain paralegal certification
  • 25+years of legal experience in area of litigation, personal injury, insurance defense, worker’s compensation, family law, and criminal defense
  • Committee Member – Troop Secretary, Boy Scouts of America, Three Harbors Council
  • Guest speaker – Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers (WATL) 1997 Seminar
  • Enjoys reading, running, skiing, skating, and volunteering in the community

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrator

Contact


Location:     Milwaukee, WI

Email:           dmarano@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9112

Fax:               414-276-0172

Education


University of Wisconsin – Parkside, B.S., 1982
Business administration with a concentration in Accounting

Staff


  • David Piotrowski – Accountant/Special Projects
  • Melissa Wood – Billing Specialist/Special Projects

Other


  • Manages all aspects of the firm’s finance, accounting, billing, information technology, facilities management/operations and assists in human resources, recruiting, business planning and marketing
  • Joined the firm in 1999 prior experience includes:
    • Two years: Accounting Technology Consultant in the Information Technology field
    • Five Years: Director of Sales and Marketing in the Medical field
    • One year: Controller/General Manager in the Medical field
    • Three years: Senior Staff Accountant in the Legal field
    • Four years: Special Project/Accountant in the Insurance field
    • Two years: Accountant/Manager in the Health and Fitness field
Attorney

Contact


Location: Milwaukee, WI

Email: smccaffrey@borgelt.com

Phone: 414-287-9139

Fax: 414-276-0172

Assistant: Ellen Cook, Barbara Johnson

Education


Marquette University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2009
Michigan State University, B.A., 2002

Areas of Practice


Court Admissions


  • All Wisconsin State Courts

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Association for Women Lawyers
  • Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys

Verdicts and Published Decisions


Publications:

  • Comment:”Slicing a Shadow”: The Debate over Combined Reporting and It’s Effect on Wisconsin’s Business Climate, 92 Marq.L.Rev.651,829-856(2009)

Published Decisions:

    Madison Gas & Electric v. LIRC, 2011 WI App 110, 336 Wis. 2d 197,802 N.W.2d 502, challenging cumulative PPD ratings

    Other


    • Recipient of 2008-2009 Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys Law School Scholarship Award
    • Marquette Law Review – Associate Editor
Attorney

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          pmcnally@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9156

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Mary Fieber

Education


Marquette University Law School, J.D., 2002

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 1999

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
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (Past Wisconsin co-chair and lead chair)
  • Thomas E. Fairchild Chapter, American Inns of Court (Past member)
  • Wisconsin Chapter, International Association of Arson Investigators

Verdicts and Published Decisions


  • Represented worker’s compensation insurer on its Wisconsin statutory lien interest in cooperation with injured employee’s attorneys in the second largest million-dollar verdict for 2010 as reported in Wisconsin Law Journal
  • Obtained verdict, following five-day jury trial, in favor of subrogated insurer and decedent’s daughter against major U.S. automobile manufacturer for property and wrongful death damages stemming from a fatal garage fire; believed to be the first such jury award in Wisconsin against that manufacturer for negligence and strict liability relating to the subject ignition switch system defect
  • Tried cases to jury verdict in Ashland, Milwaukee, Oneida, and Waukesha counties
  • Involved in more than 30 Wisconsin appellate matters, including published decisions in Peterson v. Arlington Hospitality Staffing, Inc., 2004 WI App 199, 276 Wis. 2d 746, 689 N.W.2d 61 (no exception to the exclusive remedy provision of the WCA for a claim by an employee against an employer for negligent hiring, training, and supervision when the injury was a sexual assault committed by a co-employee); and B & D Contractors, Inc. v. Arwin Window Systems, Inc., 2006 WI App 123, 294 Wis. 2d 378, 718 N.W.2d 256 (“your product” exclusion barred coverage despite contention about frames collapsing and causing glass to break)

Other


  • AV® Preeminent (Martindale-Hubbell)
  • Selected for inclusion in “Super Lawyers”® by Law & Politics and the publishers of Milwaukee Magazine in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022
  • Selected for inclusion in “Super Lawyers–Rising Stars”® by Law & Politics and the publishers of Milwaukee Magazine in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Interned for the Honorable Shirley S. Abrahamson, Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice, during the Fall 2001 semester of law school
  • Interned for the Federal Defenders Services of Wisconsin, during the Spring 2002 semester of law school
Paralegal

Contact


Location:     Milwaukee, WI

Email:          lmorales@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9175

Fax:              414-276-0172

Education


Marquette University, B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, 2017

Areas of Practice


Other


  • Over 4 years of hands-on experience
Attorney

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          aray@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9157

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Mary Markwiese

Education


Marquette University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2010

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 2007

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

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Bar Association

Other


  • Selected for inclusion in “Super Lawyers–Rising Stars”® by Law & Politics and the publishers of Milwaukee Magazine in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020
  • Former Editor, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Quarterly
Attorney

Contact


Location: Milwaukee, WI

Email: croozen@borgelt.com

Phone: 414-287-9107

Fax: 414-276-0172

Assistant: Cathy Calkins

Education


University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D., cum laude, 2015

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 2011

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
  • All Illinois State Courts

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel

Verdicts and Published Decisions


Publications:

  • Editor for the 2014 LexisNexis Practice Guide: Illinois Personal Injury Litigation.
  • Bradley Tech High School Volunteer

Other


  • Prior to joining Borgelt, Powell, Peterson and Frauen, I successfully defended over twenty trials to verdict and litigated hundreds of motions in Wisconsin Circuit Courts as a Public Defender. I previously worked on a variety of complex bankruptcy, financial and environmental claims at Hughes, Hubbard and Reed, The Wisconsin Department of Justice and UK Parliament.

 

Paralegal

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          mschmid@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9127

Fax:              414-276-0172

Education


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice, Sociology Concentration, 1987

 Roosevelt University, Chicago, Graduate Level Certification – Paralegal, 1987

Waukesha County Technical College, Technical Diploma, Medical Transcription, 2005

 

Areas of Practice


Other


  • 27 years of paralegal experience in Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Insurance Defense, Automobile Liability and Environmental Litigation (asbestos)
  • Assisted attorneys at numerous trials
  • Volunteering activities at children’s schools, including Girl Scouts and past volleyball coach
  • Subdivision President, 5 years
  • Enjoys sports, music, and spending time with my family
Attorney

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          jsemenak@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9123

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Mary Markwiese

Education


University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D., cum laude, 2008

Lawrence University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2005

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

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel

Verdicts and Published Decisions


  • Estate of Will R. Johnson, et al. v. La Causa Inc., et al., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68221 (E.D. Wis. June 24, 2011)
  • Sate of Wisconsin v. GE-Milwaukee, LLC, et al., Appeal No. 2010 AP 3029 (Dec. 6, 2011)

Other


  • Selected for inclusion in “Super Lawyers–Rising Stars”® by Law & Politics and the publishers of Milwaukee Magazine in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Member of the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society (Senior Managing Articles Editor, 2007-2008)
  • Dean’s List (Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007)
  • Best Performance in Real Estate Transactions I & II
Attorney

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          esharman@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9108

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Ellen Cook

Education


Marquette University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2015

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 2012

Areas of Practice


Court Admissions


  • All Wisconsin State Courts

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Association for Women Lawyers

Other


  • Marquette Law Review-Staff Editor
  • Recipient of 2014-2015 Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys Law School Scholarship Award
Attorney

Contact


Location:    Madison, WI

Email:          psilver@borgelt.com

Phone:         608-310-4402

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Lori Boyles

Education


Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2000

Carnegie Mellon University, M.A., 1996

Vassar College, A.B. General Honors and Departmental Honors, 1985

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

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel

Verdicts and Published Decisions


Published Appellate Decisions

  • Cargill Feed Div. v. LIRC, 2010 WI App 115, 329 Wis. 2d 206, 789 N.W.2d 326
  • Milwaukee Area Tech. College v. Frontier Adjusters, 2008 WI App 76, 312 Wis. 2d 360, 752 N.W.2d 396
  • Meriter Health Services, Inc. v. Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. of Am., 2008 WI App 132, 313 Wis. 2d 660, 758 N.W.2d 112

Unpublished Appellate Decisions

  • 3303-05 Marina Road, LLC v. West Bend Mut. Ins. Co., 2009AP001629 (Sept. 8, 2010)
  • Woskoski v. True, 2009AP000020 (Mar. 16, 2010)
  • Estate of Ju Her v. Joshua Scolman, 2008AP000979 (Mar. 13, 2009)
  • Pollard-Badji v. Federal Ins. Co., 2005AP002664 (Oct. 24, 2006)
  • Hartenstein v. Pekin Ins. Co., 2005AP001596 (July 26, 2006)

Fed. Ct. Decisions

  • Southland Mgmt. Co. v. RSUI Indem. Co., 2008C920 (Wis. E.D. July 13, 2011)

Wisconsin Circuit Court Decisions

  • Cody v. Target, Dane County Cir. Ct., 2009CV6168 (Aug. 27, 2011)
  • CSI v. IDS, Dane County Cir. Ct., 2010CV4627 (Aug. 23, 2011)
  • Borchardt v. Stohl, Dane County Cir. Ct., 2010CV5426 (June 29, 2011)
  • Sandhill Condo v. Sandhill Homes, Dane County Cir. Ct., 2010CV3175 (May 19, 2011)
  • Town of Johnstown v. Wellens Pearson, Rock County Cir. Ct., 2009CV2574 (Oct. 11, 2010)
  • Pridham v. IDS, Dane County Cir. Ct., 2009CV5983 (Aug. 2, 2010)
  • Conlon v. Chard, Walworth County Cir. Ct., 2009CV666 (July 27, 2010)
  • Lunda v. Fischer-Fischer-Theis, Milwaukee County Cir., 2008 CV 12038 (May 27, 2010)
  • Equity v. Diaz, Dane County Cir. Ct., 2007CV2514 (Feb. 5, 2010)
  • Stephanie v. Am. Fam. Mut. Ins. Co., Columbia County Cir. Ct., 2008CV165 (Feb. 25, 2009)
  • Stevens v. Big Boy, Jr., Ashland County Cir. Ct., 2008CV89 (Feb. 23, 2009)
  • Komplin v. Kohlenberg, Grant County Cir. Ct., 2006CV91 (Jan. 1, 2007)
  • Am. Fam. Mut. Ins. Co. v. Midbon, Rock County Cir. Ct., 2005CV346 (Mar. 6, 2007)
  • Meriter Health Servs. Inc. v. Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co., Dane County Cir. Ct., 2005CV3891 (June 14, 2007)
  • Riegel v. Brian’s Diner, Dane County Cir. Ct., 2006CV2522 (Aug. 22, 2007)
  • Condon v. Weihert, Jefferson County Cir. Ct., 2006CV671 (Oct. 3, 2007)
  • Carney v. Childs, Dane County Cir. Ct., 2006CV1665 (Dec. 13, 2006)
  • Waite v. Harbor House, Dane County Cir. Ct., 2005CV0754 (Oct. 31, 2006)
  • Hubbard v. Nooyen, Rock County Cir. Ct., 2004CV1344 (June 1, 2006)
  • Stuart v. Nguyen, Dane County Cir. Ct., 2004CV2384 (March 22, 2006)
  • Marcus v. West Bend Mut. Ins. Co., Milw. County Cir. Ct., 2005CV7555 (Jan. 5, 2006)
  • Smith v. Am. Fam. Mut. Ins. Co., Dane County Cir. Ct., 2003CV2275 (Jan. 27, 2006)
  • J.W. Jung Seed v. Pankow, Dodge County Cir. Ct., 2003CV98 (Oct. 6, 2005)
  • Mockler v. Lee, Dane County Cir. Ct., 2005CV1296 (Sept. 29, 2005)
  • Fisher v. Castleberg, Dane County Cir. Ct., 2004CV3242 (Sept. 16, 2005)
  • A.J.O. v. Am. Fam. Mut. Ins. Co., Grant County Cir. Ct., 2004CV309 (Sept. 15, 2005)
  • Kellercrest v. Laufenberg, Dane County Cir. Ct., 2002CV794 (July 27, 2005)
  • Greeno v. Clay, Monroe County Cir. Ct., (Aug. 24, 2004)
  • A.A.F. v. Kuhnle, Rock County Cir. Ct., 2003 CV1434 (June 10, 2004)
  • Leitner v. Firari, Dodge County Cir. Ct., 2002CV386 (May 12, 2004)
  • Baker v. Jackering, Grant County, 2003CV163 (Feb. 9, 2004)
  • Fuhrman v. General Casualty Ins. Co. of Wis., Sauk County Cir. Ct., 2002CV687 (Jan. 14, 2004)
  • Kessler v. Aurit, Dane County Cir. Ct., 2001CV3567 (Aug. 27, 2003)
  • Cooper v. State Farm Ins. Co., Dane County Cir. Ct., 2002CV2036 (Aug. 18, 2003)
  • Severson v. Sentry Ins., Dane County Cir. Ct., 2002CV0889 (June 11, 2003)
  • Ludlum v. Mauerman, Green County Cir. Ct., 2001 CV95 (Dec. 27, 2002)
  • Milwaukee County v. Juneau County, Dodge County Cir. Ct., 2001CV350 (Sept. 12, 2002)
  • Pekin Ins. Co. v. Audiophile, Dane County Cir. Ct., 2003CV762 (July 9, 2004)
  • Rabe v. Rural Mut. Ins. Co., Winnebago County Cir. Ct., 20101CV906 (June 20, 2002)
  • Wangen  v. Lease, Vernon County Cir. Ct., 2001CV88 (June 3, 2002)
  • Fruth v. Am. Fam. Mut. Ins. Co., Dane County Cir. Ct., 2001CV2465 (April 25, 2002)

Other


  • Editor-in-Chief, Annual Review of Banking Law, 1999-2000
  • U.S. Navy 1977-81
Attorney

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          fstrampe@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9158

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Susan Drake

Education


University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D., cum laude, 1997

United States Military Academy, B.S., 1990

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 Elect
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Verdicts and Published Decisions


I have litigated cases throughout Wisconsin and have represented clients in cases from Kenosha County in the southeast region of Wisconsin to Superior in the northwestern region of the state.  I have tried cases in both state and federal court involving a wide range of issues including products liability, environmental contamination, breach of contract, bad faith, premises liability, insurance coverage, automobile liability and animal liability.  These trials have included claims for personal injury, lost wages, breach of the insurance policy, lost profits and punitive damages.  I have also been involved in appellate actions involving all Wisconsin appellate courts and the federal appellate courts.  In addition to many unpublished rulings, my reported decisions include:

  • Lucterhand v. Granite Microsystems, Inc., 564 F.3d 209, (7th Cir. Ct. 2009), in which we successfully argued on behalf of an insurance company that the intentional acts of an employer against their employee, including retaliation and false imprisonment, were not covered by the insurance policy.
  • Warr v. QPS Company, 298 Wis. 2d 440, (Ct. App. 2006), in which the Wisconsin Court of Appeals analyzed the potential liability of a staffing agency if one borrowed worker injures another borrowed worker during the course and scope of their employment.
  • Jares v. Ulirch, 266 Wis. 2d 322, (Ct. App. 2003), in which the court addressed the scope of the duty to defend and duty to indemnify for damages allegedly caused by a raccoon infestation at a residential home.
  • Rosin v. Fort Howard Corp., (Ct. App. 1998), in which the court prevented a child from recovering for negligent infliction of emotional distress after learning of his father’s death through indirect means.

Other


  • Selected for inclusion in “Super Lawyers”® by Law & Politics and the publishers of Milwaukee Magazine in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022
  • WIAA Licensed High School Football Official
  • U.S. Army, Infantry, 1990-1994
Attorney

Contact


Location: Oakdale, MN

Email: ktrapp@borgelt.com

Phone: 651-256-5002

Fax: 651-340-1456

Assistant: Julie Parks

Education


University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 2001

American University, Bachelor of Arts – Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics & Government, 1998

Areas of Practice


Court Admissions


  • All Minnesota State Courts
  • All Wisconsin State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Organizations


  • Minnesota State Bar
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Northwest Loss Association
  • Twin Cities Claims Association
  • International Association of Arson Investigators, National, Minnesota and Wisconsin chapters

Other


  • Selected for inclusion in “Rising Star” ® by Law & Politics and the publishers of Milwaukee Magazine in 2007, 2009, 2012-2016)
  • Past President, Executive Women’s Golf Association, Minnesota Metro Chapter
Attorney

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          kvandehey@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9154

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Ellen Cook

Education


University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D., cum laude, 2000

University of Wisconsin School of Education, B.S., Mathematics, 1986

Areas of Practice


Court Admissions


  • All Wisconsin State Courts

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys

Verdicts and Published Decisions


  • Numerous Wisconsin Court and LIRC decisions available upon request
Attorney

Contact


Location: Milwaukee, WI

Email: cvandeventer@borgelt.com

Phone: 414-287-9111

Fax: 414-276-0172

Assistant: Jennie Crewz

Education


Marquette University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude 2022

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A. 2012

Areas of Practice


Court Admissions


  • All Wisconsin State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel

Other


  • Editorial Board – Marquette University Law Review Vol. 105 (Articles Editor)
  • Fall 2020 Intern for the Honorable Patience D. Roggensack, Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice
  • Dean’s List: Fall 2019; Fall 2020; Spring 2021; Fall 2021; Spring 2022
  • CALI Awards (Highest Grade in Course): Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research II (Spring 2020); Evidence (Spring, 2021)
  • Member – Marquette University Law School Pro Bono Society

 

Attorney

Contact


Location: Milwaukee, WI

Email: mwirth@borgelt.com

Phone: 414-287-9159

Fax: 414-276-0172

Assistant: Lori Boyles

Education


Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1999

Northern Illinios University, M.A.

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, B.A.

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

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Milwaukee Bar Association

Verdicts and Published Decisions


  • Dahmen v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co.,2001 WI App 198,247 Wis. 2d 541, 635 N.W. 2d 1
  • Malik v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co.,,2001 WI App 82, 243 Wis. 2d 27625 N.W.2d 640
  • Martin v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co.,2001 WI App 178, 247 Wis.2d 386,634 N.W.2d 127
  • Martin v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co.,2002 WI 40252 Wis. 2d 103, 643 N.W.2d 452
  • Wolf v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co.,2015 WI app 36, 361 Wis.2d 756, 865 N.W.2d 186
  • Holt v. Hegwood,2005 WI App 257, 287 Wis. 2d 853, 708 N.W.2d 21

Other


  • Selected for inclusion in “Super Lawyers-Rising Stars” ® by Law & Politics and the publishers of Milwaukee Magazine in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009
  • Selected for inclusion in “Wisconsin Super Lawyers- Product Liability Litigation, Defense” ® by Law & Politics and the publishers of Milwaukee Magazine in 2019
  • Selected for inclusion in “Wisconsin Super Lawyers- Insurance Law” ® by Law & Politics and the publishers of Milwaukee Magazine in 2020
  • Best Lawyers (Milwaukee), Product Liability Litigation, 2018, 2019
  • Best Lawyers (Milwaukee), Insurance Law, 2018, 2019
  • Selected to America’s Top 100 “Bet the Company” Litigators, 2019
  • Selected to America’s Top 100 “High Stakes Litigators” – Insurance Defense Litigation, 2020