• What types of cases do you handle?
  • How can you help me with my case?
  • What are my responsibilities as my case progresses?
  • What can I expect from my initial consultation?
  • Who will handle my case?
  • How long will my case take? How much will my case cost?
  • How will I be kept informed as my case progresses?
  • Will my case go to trial?

We do not try to be all things to all people, and we do not settle for “good enough.” Rather, we strive to be the best in the four often-interrelated areas of the law in which we choose to, and love to, practice:

We are well equipped to handle litigation in any jurisdiction or forum nationwide, be it a court proceeding, administrative proceeding, arbitration, or mediation. We particularly pride ourselves on our ability to successfully handle novel and complex litigation, including multi-jurisdiction litigation. Our goal: get you the best possible result with the least possible anxiety, delay, and expense.

We are a law firm with the wisdom to avoid litigation when possible. But we also are a law firm with the knowledge, skill, and tenacity to pursue litigation when necessary. Thus, from the outset, we promptly will help you identify your legal needs, the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and your legal options—all of which may be quite different than those you believe you have. We will communicate with you honestly and often, and we will help you make informed decisions regarding your best course of action

In a nutshell: We worry about your legal issues so you don’t have to.

Communication is critical to the attorney-client relationship. That communication must flow both from the attorney and from the client.

If we agree to represent you, it means we believe we can help you. But to make that possible, we need you to provide us with prompt, honest, and complete information regarding your case, throughout your case, as developments occur.

We believe that effective representation often requires us to listen more than we talk, particularly during the early stages of the representation. From the onset, we will spend most of our time learning the facts of your case. The more we know, the better prepared we are to frame and control the issues and pace of your case.

As indicated above (see “What are my responsibilities as my case progresses?”), we need you to provide us with prompt, honest, and complete information regarding your case, throughout your case, as developments occur. During the initial consultation, you should be prepared to provide and discuss with respect to your case:

  • A detailed chronology of the pertinent events;
  • A list of the possible parties and witnesses;
  • A list of any injuries and/or losses; and
  • All related documents in your possession, custody, or control—for example, all related contracts, insurance policies, investigation reports, photographs, video and audio recordings, estimates, billing and payment records, correspondence, etc.

It does not matter whether you believe such information is good for your case or bad for your case. The important point is that such information pertains to your case. The more we have from you, the more likely we can help you.

It is our belief that if you hire a firm to handle your case, you truly should get a firm to handle your case.

We limit the number of cases we handle so we can handle each case effectively and efficiently, using a true team approach. Each attorney at our firm has a unique skill set. We draw on those skill sets as necessary to help our clients reach the best possible result with the least possible anxiety, delay, and expense. Consequently, while your case will have one or two lead attorneys, nearly every, if not every, attorney at our firm will have a working knowledge of and will work on your case.

After your initial consultation, we will provide you with a time and cost estimate to allow you to plan for the progress of your case. Although we can control the time and expense associated with some elements of your case, other parties’ tactics likely will influence those variables with respect to many elements of your case—for example, the time and expense associated with other parties’ written discovery, depositions, and motions. Therefore, the actual time and expense associated with your case may be higher or lower than we project. However, we will keep you apprised of new developments throughout your case, including how those developments may affect the time and expense associated with the case.

Every case is different. But we will strive to mitigate any surprises for you, regardless of your case.

We pride ourselves on providing exceptional attorney-client communications, and we want you to actively be involved in the decision-making regarding your case. Accordingly, we routinely will send you copies of all significant correspondence, filings, and other documents pertaining to your case, and we routinely will communicate with you via telephone, email, mail, and otherwise regarding the status of your case.

If you ever have any question, concern, or comment about any aspect of your case, you should not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you, and we will strive to establish and maintain a long-term relationship with you by providing the highest quality legal services available. Our efforts only can be enhanced if you bring your insights, including any praise or criticism you deem appropriate, to our attention.

A very low percentage of cases go to trial. However, we prepare every case as if it will go to trial. Better preparation helps ensure better results, be it in trial or settlement.

Moreover, unlike many “litigators,” we do not shy from trial. Our goal is to get our clients the best possible result with the least possible anxiety, delay, and expense. Our trial team has spent countless hours in the courtroom to help ensure that goal is met.


Insurance Claim Negotiation Insights: Demands, Claim Software, Reserves, and More

Attorney Scott R. Halloin will be discussing insurance claim negotaitions.  The National Business Institute™ offers this on demand.

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Outstanding Faculty Award

Paralegal, Kimberly Finnigan, has received the 2023 Outstanding Faculty Award from the National Business Institute (NBI). In determining eligibility for the award, NBI considers quantity of speaking engagements and presentation quality. NBI reviews a variety of factors, including course evaluations. Congratulations, Kimberly!

See her list of seminars and presentations here.

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Attorney Sheila Shadman Emerson

Super Lawyers 2023 Rising Star

Once agian, Attorney Sheila Shadman Emerson has been selected by Super Lawyers to the 2023 Wisconsin Rising Star List! Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, honors attorneys who exhibit excellence in the practice of law. Every year, attorneys are selected through a multiphase process based on nominations, independent research, and peer evaluations.  The Rising Stars designation from Super Lawyers names only 2.5% of all licensed attorneys in the State of Wisconsin. Congratulations, Sheila!

See her listing in Milwaukee Magazine.