What is “aggravated litigation™”?
When the stakes are high, an unresolved dispute makes your business and personal life miserable. This is true whether the dispute is a festering undercurrent that seems like it will never resolve, builds and develops over time, or is brought on by a sudden, traumatic event. Fraud may be discovered; long time business relationships are ended or need to end; contracts are broken; employees leave to compete, or are hired from competitors; dealerships are terminated; banks foreclose, or creditors need to assert their rights; your professional license is in jeopardy; a product is causing damage; shareholders and partners are oppressed or treated unfairly; insurance coverage is denied; a patent or trademark dispute is brewing; there is a ‘bet the company’ claim; the government is being unreasonable; criminal charges are being considered or brought; or personal freedom is at stake. If any of these or similar scenarios apply to you, you are involved in “aggravated litigation.”
What do we mean by “highly credentialed lawyers”?
There are lawyers everywhere. Maybe too many. What makes our group specially qualified to handle your “aggravated litigation”? We are aggressive, experienced practitioners before all Wisconsin state and federal trial and appellate courts. We know how to try cases to juries, arbitrators, hearing boards, and ADR forums. Our lawyers and staff can analyze and organize the most complex issues and voluminous documents. We identify the critical evidence and issues, then focus the fact-finder on them from the outset. Our experience and insight help to reduce expense and increase trial effectiveness. That experience also guides us in solving difficult trial problems, including the communication of sophisticated concepts through visual and demonstrative evidence. Skill in the courtroom translates into favorable settlement outside the courtroom.
We are well schooled and well trained. Our lawyers attended excellent law schools, including Harvard, Georgetown, Wisconsin and Marquette, and did well. Some of us were formerly associated with large law firms, but chose to practice in the environment of this smaller, specialized firm. All of us have backgrounds of outstanding achievement, including, as to many, prior federal clerkship, law review, past service as a federal defense attorney, or as a federal prosecutor. We rely on talented staff and state-of-the-art computer support to deliver high quality service in complex litigation.
We are recognized by our peers. The firm is recommended by Benchmark Litigation among America's leading litigation firms. Steve Kravit has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for 25+ years, and CJ Krawczyk and Mike Huitink have been listed for 5 and 6 years, respectively. In 2014, Steve Kravit was named "Lawyer of the Year" for Milwaukee Criminal Defense, White-Collar; further he was named a “Best Lawyer in Milwaukee” by Milwaukee Magazine five times; was named one of the Top 50 “Wisconsin Super Lawyers” eight times, and most recently was selected for Top 25 Milwaukee Lawyers by Wisconsin Super Lawyers. C.J. Krawczyk and Mike Huitink are named “Wisconsin Superlawyers®.” Aaron Aizenberg, Ben Prinsen and Brian Fahl are named “Wisconsin Superlawyer® Rising Stars.” In 2012, C.J. Krawczyk was recognized as a "Leader in the Law" by the Wisconsin Law Journal, and has the added honor of being the youngest ever recipient of that distinction. Most of our lawyers have published articles, taught at law schools or continuing legal education seminars for lawyers or judges, and have served community groups with distinction.
What do we do, exactly?
Our clients seek creative, aggressive, cost-conscious approaches to dispute resolution. Our firm has special litigation expertise in fraud and RICO; bad faith; insurance and environmental coverage; dealership and franchise litigation; employment law; restrictive covenants and executive compensation; patent and intellectual property infringement; business torts; fair dealership; shareholder oppression; partnership litigation; product safety; antitrust; securities litigation; appellate practice; professional licensing actions; administrative law; and commercial claims. Our highly regarded white collar criminal practice includes representation of persons and companies accused of fraud, and those victimized by it.