Attorney

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          bbaird@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9139

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Susan Drake

Education


University of Tulsa, J.D., 1974

University of Wisconsin, B.A., 1972

Areas of Practice


 Court Admissions


  • All Wisconsin State Courts

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel

Other


  • BV® Distinguished 4.4 out of 5 (Martindale-Hubbell)

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:          mberes@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9144

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Jennie Crewz

Education


University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.B.A. 1991; J.D. 1994

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
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute

Verdicts and Published Decisions


Attorney Beres has appeared in numerous jury and bench trials, arbitrations, mediations and administrative hearings throughout the state.  She has written briefs submitted to Wisconsin’s circuit courts, Courts of Appeals and Supreme Court, as well as federal district courts and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She has argued before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

Attorney Beres has represented health care defendants in cases involving a diverse array of patient care specialties, including cardiology, neurosurgery, nursing, obstetrics and wound care.  She has advocated for manufacturers of products ranging from consumer products to industrial equipment.  She advises clients regarding non-suit and pre-suit insurance claims according to the laws of the various states throughout the country where the claims are filed.

The following sampling of decisions reflects her advocacy before state appellate and federal courts:

  • WIREdata, Inc v. Village of Sussex, 2008 WI 69 (seeking affirmance of court of appeals’ determination that municipality’s independent contractor property assessor may not be held liable under Wisconsin’s open records law)
  • Kaul v. St. Mary’s Hospital-Ozaukee, 2005 WI App 214 (asking court, in part, to let stand jury verdict in favor of hospital in case involving pediatric treatment)
  • Hall v. Continental Casualty Company, 207 F. Supp. 2d 903 (W.D. Wis. 2002) (defending long-term disability insurer’s claim decision based upon policy language and medical facts)

Other


  • AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 (Martindale-Hubbell)
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 and 2017
  • 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
Attorney

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, 2016 and 2017
  • 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 2018
  • 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, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Hobbies include chess, sports
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
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel

Verdicts and Published Decisions


Publications:

  • Co-author of Worker’s Compensation Handbook, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Author of Worker’s Compensation chapter of Wisconsin Employment Law, 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 and 2017
  • 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
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Association for Women Lawyers
  • Milwaukee Bar Association

Verdicts and Published Decisions


As a former Senior Staff Attorney at American Family Mutual Insurance Company, I have experience in personally handling litigation, litigation 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, underinsured motorist insurance coverage, contractor governmental immunity, school district immunity, and construction defect matters.

Other


  • Scoring Judge for Regional High School Mock Trial Competition, 2014 and 2016
  • Wisconsin State Bench and Bar Committee Member 2008-2012
Attorney

Contact


Location:    Madison, WI

Email:          kgrant@borgelt.com

Phone:         608-310-4403

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Barbara Johnson

Education


University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S., 1972; J.D., 1979

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
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Granite Peak Ski Patrol
  • National Ski Patrol

Other


  • Elected to Best Lawyers in America® annually since 1994 for worker’s compensation
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2016 Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Selected for inclusion in “Super Lawyers”® by Law & Politics and the publishers of Milwaukee Magazine in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
Attorney

Contact


Location: Milwaukee, WI

Email: egustafson@borgelt.com

Phone: 414-287-9176

Fax: 414-276-0172

Assistant: Sarah Smith

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

Organizations


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

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:    Oakdale, MN

Email:          kkennedy@borgelt.com

Phone:         651-256-5001

Fax:              651-340-1456

Assistant:    Janet Ambright

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
Attorney

Contact


Location: Milwaukee, WI

Email: akliner@borgelt.com

Phone: 414-287-9107

Fax: 414-276-0172

Assistant: Sarah Smith

Education


Marquette University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2018

University of Washington-Seattle, B.A., 2013

Areas of Practice


Court Admissions


  • All Wisconsin State Courts

Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Bar Association

Other


  • Marquette Law Review – Business Editor
  • Hobbies: Skiing, hiking, running
Paralegal

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          lkozak@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9155

Fax:              414-276-0172

Education


Carroll University, Bachelor of Science, Distributed Studies in Health Science (IDM), 2007

 

Areas of Practice


Other


  • Twenty-years experience in the medical field including private practice, hospital settings, athletic training departments, military medical system
  • EMT certified 1 year
  • USMCR – prior service, member of American Legion, prior Key Wife Coordinator 9th ESB, Okinawa, Japan/Pacific Rim
Paralegal

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          kliterski@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9165

Fax:              414-276-0172

Education


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

Paralegal Certificate 2006 – (ABA Approved Program) Milwaukee Area Technical Institute

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

Areas of Practice


Other


  • Registered Paralegal (RP) Certification – Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam 1998, National Federation of Paralegal Associations
  • Regular attendance at CLE seminars to maintain paralegal certification
  • 18+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
Paralegal

Contact


Location: Milwaukee, WI

Email: jlofy@borgelt.com

Phone: 414-287-9159

Fax: 414-276-0172

Education


Kaplan University, B.A. Criminqal Justice with emphasis in Forensic/Crime scene investigation

Areas of Practice


Other


  • 20+ years of legal experience in the area of criminal law, civil commitment law, Automobile Liability and personal injury>
  • Enjoys – Reading, traveling, history and rescuing animals>
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

Organizations


  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

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:          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 25 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 and 2017
  • 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
Attorney

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          smiracle@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9106

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Mary Markwiese

Education


Marquette University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2013

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, B.A., 2008

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
Attorney

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          bobrien@borgelt.com

Phone:        414-287-9135

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Sarah Smith

Education


Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1987

University of St. Thomas, B.A., 1981

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
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Serjeants’ Inn
  • Litigation Section Board, State Bar of Wisconsin

Verdicts and Published Decisions


  • Sinkler v. Midwest Prop. Mgmt Ltd. Pshp., 209 F.3d 678 (7th Cir. 2000)(represented an employer in a claim for disability discrimination under the American with Disabilities Act)
  • Fittshur v. Village of Menomonee Falls, 31 F.3d 1401 (7th Cir. 1994)(represented an insurer in a claim by an employee that he was deprived of his property interest in his job as a result of termination)
  • National-Ben Franklin Ins. Co. v. Levernier,  280 F. Supp. 2d 851 (E.D. Wis. 2003)(represented insurer in a coverage dispute concerning whether coverage existed for a boating accident)
  • Continental v. Garrison, 54 F. Supp. 2d 874 (E.D. 1999)(represented insurer in coverage dispute concerning coverage for first party property coverage)
  • Miller v. Bristol-Myers Co., 161 Wis. 2d 683, 468 N.W.2d 744 (Ct. App. 1991)(represented party involving dispute of whether a parent company could be liable to an employee of a subsidiary)
  • Hills Bros. Coffee, Inc. v. Dairyland Transport, Inc., 157 Wis. 2d 645, 460 N.W.2d 433 (Ct. App. 1990)(represented transport company in action involving the value of hi-jacked goods)

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 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Allstate Insurance Adjuster 1981-1984
  • Marquette Law Review-Staff Editor
  • Judicial Intern to the Honorable Justice Donald W. Steinmetz
  • Wisconsin State Bar Committee- past member
  • Avid Runner and Skier
Attorney

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          joneill@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9115

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Shannon Cordero

Education


Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1982

Marquette University, B.A., 1978

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
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association

Other


  • John is a past President of the Board of Directors of the North Shore Swim Club; Member of the Marquette University High School Athletic Booster Club as a swim team delegate; Member of the United States Masters Swimming Association; Member of the Civil War Roundtable
  • John was also actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America.  Both he and his son, John Jr., attained the rank of Eagle Scout.  He was an Assistant Scoutmaster at BSA Troop 400 in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, a BSA lifeguard and a counselor for Communications, Lifesaving, Swimming, Traffic Safety, and Truck Transportation Merit Badges.  He participated as an advisor in Troop 400’s 2005 High Adventure kayaking trip to the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior and 2006 backpacking trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico
  • John is a member of the Milwaukee Yoga Center
Attorney

Contact


Location: Oakdale, MN

Email: mpechous@borgelt.com

Phone: 651-256-5008

Fax: 651-340-1456

Assistant: Janet Ambright

Education


Emory University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2012

Carleton College, B.A. (History), magna cum laude, 2007

Areas of Practice


Court Admissions


  • All Minnesota State Courts

Organizations


  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar
  • Ramsey County Bar Association

Other


  • Clerked for the Honorable Susan Miles, District Court Judge for Washington County and Assistant Chief Judge for the Tenth Judicial District, Minnesota (2016 to 2018)
  • Clerked for the Honorable Stuart Bear and the Honorable William Sullivan, judge trial referees for the Connecticut Appellate Court (2015 to 2016) and for the Connecticut Legal Research Office (2012 to 2015)
  • Member of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal (Executive Managing Editor, 2011 to 2012)
  • Journal Comment Selected for Publication: “Walking the Tight Rope and Not the Plank: A Proposed Standard for Second-Level Appellate Review of Equitable Mootness Determinations,” 28 Emory Bankr. Dev. J. 547
  • Dean’s List (Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012)
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 and 2017
  • Former Editor, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Quarterly
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 and 2017
  • 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:    Shannon Cordero

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 and 2017
  • WIAA Licensed High School Football Official
  • U.S. Army, Infantry, 1990-1994
Attorney

Contact


Location:    Milwaukee, WI

Email:          atoy@borgelt.com

Phone:         414-287-9141

Fax:              414-276-0172

Assistant:    Susan Drake

Education


Marquette University Law School, J.D., 2010

San Francisco State University, B.A., 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
  • American Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association
  • Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee

Other


  • Dean’s List (Fall 2009 and Spring 2010)
  • Best Performance in Environmental Law
  • St. Thomas Moore Scholarship recipient 2007-2010
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