C.J. Krawczyk
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C.J. Krawczyk

C.J. is a commercial litigator with nearly 20 years of experience representing clients in complex matters and “bet the company” cases.  C.J.’s nationwide practice focuses primarily on the areas of securities, financial services, shareholder disputes, as well as employment, transportation, and construction litigation.  Recently, his representation of investors harmed in the Financial Crisis resulted in two of the largest recoveries in Wisconsin history.  C.J. currently serves as class counsel in a certified nationwide class action pending in the District Court of Utah and has prosecuted, and defended, eight and nine-figure claims in courts across the country.  C.J. has been named one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Wisconsin by Super Lawyers (2016-17), recognized as a “Leader in the Law” by the Wisconsin Law Journal (2012), and selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America (2013-23).

PHONE: 414.271.7100, ext. 231

FAX: 414.271.8135


•  Appellate Practice


•  Business and Commercial Litigation


•  Employment Law


•  FINRA Arbitration


•  Securities Litigation


•  Shareholder and Partnership Litigation


•  Represented five Wisconsin school districts in a $200 million securities fraud case related to investments made in synthetic credit derivatives, including collateralized debt obligations and credit default swaps.  The $218 million settlement obtained on behalf of the districts after four years of litigation is the second largest civil settlement in Wisconsin history.  Kenosha Unified School District, et al. v. Stifel Nicolaus & Co., Inc., et al., 2008-CV-013726 (Milwaukee Co. Circuit Court)


•  Successfully defended a group of financial advisors who left their employer to establish their own firm.  Clients’ former employer alleged breach of fiduciary duty, theft of trade secrets, conversion and claimed damages in excess of $40 million.  Case was finally resolved when the employer’s third request for a permanent injunction was denied after a two-day hearing.  Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc. v. Red Granite LLC, et al., 2006-CV-004178 (Milwaukee Co. Circuit Court)


•  Obtained a $15 million judgment on behalf of Wisconsin’s largest health care provider in a breach of contract action centered on disputed language in a hospital services agreement.  Aurora Health Care, Inc. v. Managed Health Services Ins. Corp., 2003-CV-004712 (Milwaukee Co. Circuit Court)


•  Successfully defended a major international industrial staffing firm and its insurer against negligence and products liability claims arising out of the collapse and total loss of a $60 million printing facility.  Industrial Risk Insurers, et al. v. American Engineering Testing, Inc., et al., 2003-CV-007184 (Milwaukee Co. Circuit Court)


•  Selected, The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013-2024 [10 years], Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Securities


•  Recognized as a Leader in the Law by Wisconsin Law Journal, 2012 (Youngest Recipient)


•  Selected, “Top 50 Lawyers in Wisconsin” by Wisconsin Super Lawyers® two times, including 2017


•  Selected, “Super Lawyer” by Wisconsin Super Lawyers® for 2013-2023


•  Selected, “Rising Star” by Wisconsin Super Lawyers® for 2007-2012


•  Zilber Scholar


•  Law School Scholar


•  Dean’s List


•  C.A.L.I. Highest Grade Awards in Property, Criminal Law, Conflicts of Law, and Sports Law


•  Everything You Don’t Know About e-Discovery (But Wish You Did): Making Your Electronic Evidence Usable In the Courtroom – National Business Institute, Milwaukee, WI (May 2012)


   Prior Presentations Include:


•  Sophisticated Insured, Unusual Claims, and The Specter of Bad Faith; Excellence in Litigation Management Tips, Tools & Techniques – The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island, SC


•  Corporate Criminal Responsibility After Sarbanes-Oxley – Fond du Lac, WI


•  Kenosha Unified School Dists., et al. v. Stifel Nicolaus & Co. Inc., 607 F. Supp. 2d 967 (E.D. Wis. 2009)


•  Wisconsin


•  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


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


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


•  U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


•  U.S. District Court, District of Colorado


A lifelong Milwaukeean, C.J. lives on the city’s east side with his wife, Julie. The two are active in community causes, particularly in the areas of animal welfare, historic preservation, and local radio. Outside the office, C.J. enjoys traveling, drinking coffee, playing basketball, and going to shows.


•  Marquette University Law School / J.D., magna cum laude, 1999


•  University of Minnesota-Duluth / B.B.A., cum laude, 1996


•  Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards: Criminal Law, Property, Conflict of Laws and Sports Law


•  Marquette Law Review, Member, 1997-1998; Associate Editor, 1998-1999


•  Marquette Law School, Moot Court, 1997-1998


•  American Bar Association


•  State Bar of Wisconsin


•  Milwaukee Bar Association


•  Board of Directors, St. Josaphat Basilica Foundation


•  Host, WMSE Radio 91.7 FM – Milwaukee School of Engineering


•  Volunteer, Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center


•  Member, The Polish Center of Wisconsin

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