Primary Areas of Practice:

  • Accidents & Personal Injury
  • General Litigation
  • Municipal

Education:

  • J.D., Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI, 1981
    • Law Review
  • B.A., magna cum laude, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN., 1978
    • Oxford University, Oxford, England, 1977

Bar Admissions:

  • Wisconsin, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1981

Positions Held:

  • Frisch, Dudek & Slattery, Ltd. Milwaukee, WI., 1981 – 1984
  • Curran, Hollenbeck & Orton, S.C., Mauston, WI., 1984 – Present
    • City Attorney, City of Mauston, WI, 1986 – 2009
    • Village Attorney, Necedah, WI, 2002 – Present
    • Village Attorney, Camp Douglas, WI, 1997 – Present
    • Village Attorney, Hustler, WI, 1996 – Present
    • Township Attorney, Town of Lyndon, WI, 2000 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Wisconsin Bar Association, 1981 – Present
    • Litigation Section, 1981 – Present
      • Board of Directors, 1989 – 1992
    • Admin & Local Gov. Section, 1999 – Present
      • Board of Directors, 2003 – 2010
      • Chairman, 2009 – 2010
    • Board of Governors, 2013 – 2017
      • Executive Committee, 2016-17
      • Election Steering Committee, Chairman
    • Wisconsin Association for Justice, 1984 – Present
    • Wisconsin Judicial Council, 2017- Present
      • Vice Chairman, 2019 – Present
      • Evidence & Civil Procedure Subcommittee
      • Executive Committee

Significant Cases Handled:

  • Dakter v. Cavallino, 2015 WI 67, 363 Wis.2d 738, 866 N.W.2d 656 (Jury instructions in truck accident cases)
  • Heitman v. City of Mauston, 226 Wis.2d 542 (Ct. App. 1999)

(Direct legislation in Municipal law)

  • Hagen V. Labor & Industry Review Com’m, 201 Wis.2d 51 (1996) (Shoulder Injuries in Workers’ Compensation law)
  • Betthauser v. Medical Protective Company, 172 Wis.2d 141 (1992) (Statute of Limitations in Medical Malpractice)
  • Winslow v. Brown, 125 Wis.2d 327 (Ct.App. 1985)

(Tort of civil conspiracy)

Publications:

  • “Jury Instruction Formulation in Negligence Cases,” The Verdict, Fall, 2015
  • “Establishing ‘Public’ Highways in Wisconsin,” 2008 Wisconsin Bar, Administrative & Local Gov’t Section Blog.
  • “Discovery of On-going Police files under the Open Records Law,” 2004 Wisconsin Bar, Administrative & Local Gov’t Section Blog.
  • Review of Rush v Savchuk, 64 Marq. L. Rev. 374, 1981 (US Supreme Court case regarding personal jurisdiction)

Community Involvement:

  • Patrick School: Gala Fund Raising Committee, 1999 – Present
  • Mauston High School: Athletic Booster Club Founder & Director, 2001-04
  • Mauston High School: Music Concert Series Board, 2000 – 2005
  • Boys’ Club Basketball Coach, 2002 – 2006
  • Patrick School Basketball Coach, 2004 – 2007

Peer Review and Awards:

“AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
AVVO Client’s Choice Award – Personal Injury

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