Stephen E. Kravit
Kravit, Hovel & Krawczyk SC - Wisconsin’s finest boutique “aggravated litigation™” law firm. We have been bringing, defending, trying, and most of all, successfully resolving our clients’ most difficult cases for 30 years. All of our highly credentialed lawyers exclusively handle “aggravated litigation™
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Stephen E. Kravit

I made up the term aggravated litigation™ because it so succinctly describes what I do. I started trying cases for real people and  important causes while still at Harvard Law School, then as an Assistant United States Attorney fraud prosecutor, and now for decades as a private lawyer here in Milwaukee. I am privileged as the founder of KHK to be working with enormously talented lawyers, all dedicated to winning for you. I love Wisconsin, and the community has returned that love — in the form of the respect I get from lawyers and courts, and the cases and awards I won.  I’ve led many interesting cases over the years. If anything, my passion to do justice grows with the passage of time. Each aggravated situation is unique. I look forward to talking about yours!

PHONE: 414.271.7100, ext. 105

FAX: 414.271.8135


•  Aggravated Litigation (TM)


•  Administrative, Licensing, and Regulatory Matters


•  Business and Commercial Litigation


•  Debtor-Creditor and Lender Liability


•  Employment Law


•  Insurance Litigation


•  Intellectual Property Litigation


•  Professional Malpractice


•  Securities Litigation


•  White Collar Criminal Defense


•  Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Attorney – Peer Review Rated (30+ years)

•  Recognized as a Fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation, 2022-2023

•  Selected as a 2023 Top Rated Litigator by Martindale-Hubbell® and ALM


•  Selected, “Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Star” by Benchmark Litigation – 2022 edition


•  Selected, The Best Lawyers in America®, 1991-2024 [30 years], Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense:  White-Collar


•  Named, Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, 2016 •  Named, Best Lawyers® Milwaukee, Criminal Defense: White-Collar “Lawyer of the Year” – 2014


•  Selected, “Litigation Star – Wisconsin” by Benchmark Litigation – 2015-2018, 2023 editions


•  Selected, “Local Litigation Star – Wisconsin” (for Appellate, General Commercial Insurance, and Labor and Employment) and “Seventh Circuit Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation – 2014-2016 editions


•  Selected, “Top 25 Lawyers in Milwaukee” by Wisconsin Super Lawyers® six times, including 2023


•  Selected, “Top 50 Lawyers in Wisconsin” by Wisconsin Super Lawyers® thirteen times, including 2023


•  Selected, “Super Lawyer” by Wisconsin Super Lawyers® for 2005-2023


•  Named, Life Fellow (inducted as one of 75 inaugural Fellows) of Fellows of the


•  Wisconsin Law Foundation, February 2000


•  Named, “Top 25 Attorneys in Wisconsin” by Milwaukee Magazine, December 2015


•  Named, “Best Lawyers in Milwaukee” by Milwaukee Magazine (five years)


•  Town & Country Magazine, Best Criminal Lawyers in America, June 1985


•  Selected, America’s Most Honored Professionals, Top 1% – 2014


•  Recipient, U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service (second highest award, U.S. Department of Justice), 1979


•  Recipient, Special Commendation, U.S. Department of Justice Award for


•  Outstanding Service in the Office of the United States Attorney, 1978


•  Recovery: presented to the Insurance Security Association; American Society for Industrial Security; Asset Protection Executives Association; Excess and Surplus Lines Claims Association; International Association of Insurance Fraud Agencies; National Association of Insurance Commissioners; National Conference of Insurance Legislators; Westchester Fairfield Chapter of Association Corporate Counsel America; NBI Fraud Litigation in Wisconsin; Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants; The Network of Trial Law Firms


•  Speaker and instructor on trial issues — Harvard Law School Advocacy Workshop; University of Wisconsin Law School General Practice Course; Marquette University


•  Law School Advanced Trial Practice and Pretrial Litigation courses; The Network of Trial Law Firms


•  Founder and regular speaker, Marquette Law School Conference on Recent Developments in Criminal Law, 1979 – present


•  Advocacy Workshop – Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA


•  General Practice Course – University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI


•  Marquette Law School – Milwaukee, WI


•  Criminal Law Institute


•  NBI Fraud Litigation in Wisconsin


•  National Solo & Small Firm Conference – American Bar Association, Milwaukee, WI


•  Perils of General Counsel: Federal Prosecution Policy and the Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege – Napa Valley, CA


•  Litigation Management SuperCourse in LA – 2006 Ed.- Network of Trial Law Firms, Beverly Hills, CA


•  Litigation Management in a New York Minute – 2004 Ed. – New York, NY


•  Litigation Management: Gunfight at the O.K. Doral – Scottsdale, AZ


•  Securities Arbitration and Litigation – New York, NY


•  Avoiding Bad Faith Claims in WI (and Elsewhere) – AIG Technical Services, New York, NY


•  Participant, Roundtable Discussion on Electronic Discovery – Wisconsin Law Journal, Madison, WI


•  Fraud in the New Millennium: New Legal Perils for CPA’s and Their Clients – Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Brookfield, WI


•  The Impact of Corporate Scandals on Federal Criminal Practice – Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Fraud Conference, Milwaukee, WI


•  Changes in the Prosecution of White Collar Crime that Affect You – The Network of Trial Law Firms, Palm Beach, FL


•  Crisis Management – First the Stall, Then the Spin – The Network of Trial Law Firms, San Diego, CA


•  What Computer Discovery Might Actually Discover! – Wisconsin Law & Technology Show, Milwaukee, WI


•  Defending Shareholder Oppression Litigation, The Network of Trial Law Firms, Scottsdale, AZ


•  Top Gun Litigation – The Network of Trial Law Firms, San Diego, CA


•  Winning the Litigation Civil War & Preserving the Corporate Union – The Network of Trial Law Firms, Kiawah Island, SC


•  What To Do When The Government Is At Your Doorstep: Twelve Tips For Handling The Search Warrant – American Corporate Counsel Association, Hyatt Regency, Greenwich, CT


•  Cutting Edge Issues for Corporate Counsel – The Network of Trial Law Firms, Scottsdale, AZ


•  Author: Standards for General Assistance in New Hampshire: An Analysis and Proposal, 16 N.H.B.J. 136 (1974), as cited in Baker-Chaput v. Cammett, 406 F. Supp. 1134 (D. NH 1976)


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


•  Decker v. Decker, 298 Wis. 2d 141, 726 N.W.2d 664 (Ct. App. 2006)


•  Miller Brewing Co. v. ACE U.S. Holdings, Inc., 391 F. Supp. 2d 735 (E.D. Wis. 2005)


•  Black v. Long Term Disability Ins., 373 F. Supp. 2d 897 (E.D. Wis. 2005)


•  Reget v. Paige, 242 Wis. 2d 278, 626 N.W.2d 302 (Ct. App. 2001)


•  U.S. v. Van Engel, 15 F.3d 623 (7th Cir. 1993)


•  U.S. v. Van Engel, 809 F. Supp. 1360 (E.D. Wis. 1992)


•  Limjoco v. Schenck, 169 Wis. 2d 702, 486 N.W.2d 567 (Ct. App. 1992)


•  U.S. v. Van Engel, 1992 WL 477645 (E.D. Wis. 1992)


•  John v. Barron, 897 F.2d 1387 (7th Cir. 1990)


•  Garrett by Kravit v. City of New Berlin, 122 Wis. 2d 223, 362 N.W.2d 137 (1985)


•  U.S. v. Mosineee Research Corp., 583 F.2d 930 (7th Cir. 1978)


•  U.S. v. Articles of Food and Drug, 449 F. Supp. 497 (E.D. Wis. 1978)


•  U.S. v. Articles of Food and Drug, 441 F. Supp. 772 (E.D. Wis. 1977)


•  U.S. v. Articles of Food and Drug, 444 F. Supp. 266 (E.D. Wis. 1977)


•  City of Milwaukee v. Saxbe, 546 F.2d 493 (7th Cir. 1976)


•  Lavoie v. Szumiez, 115 N.H. 266 339 A.2d 28 6952 (S. Ct. NH 1975)


•  Wisconsin


•  U.S. Supreme Court


•  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, Western District of Washington


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




•  Harvard Law School / J.D. , 1975


•  University of Wisconsin-Madison / B.A. (Economics), with honors, 1972


•  Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Epsilon


•  Fox Point Police Commission, 1997; President, 2005-present


•  Shareholder, Godrey & Kahn, s.c., 1976-1979


•  Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1976-1979


•  American Bar Association


•  State Bar of Wisconsin


•  Milwaukee Bar Association


•  Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association


•  Member, University of Wisconsin – Madison Economics Advisory Board, 2016-present

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