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Dean P. Laing

Dean P. Laing

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Litigation, Personal Injury

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About Me

Dean P. Laing is the President and Managing Shareholder of the law firm of O'Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C., a 38-attorney firm headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has been with the Firm for 32 years, since graduating cum laude from Marquette University Law School in 1983. 


Throughout his legal career, Mr. Laing has been recognized by members of the bar and judiciary as one of the top trial attorneys in Wisconsin.


Mr. Laing was the lead trial attorney for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. in a lawsuit relating to the construction of the retractable roof of Miller Park (the home of the Milwaukee Brewers), which Judge Kitty K. Brennan called "the biggest case [Milwaukee] County has ever seen." The case, filed by the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District, sought $50 million in damages from Mitsubishi for alleged defects in the retractable roof constructed by Mitsubishi. Mitsubishi denied liability to the Baseball Park District and filed a counterclaim seeking additional costs incurred in constructing the roof due to material changes made to the roof's design after Mitsubishi bid the job. The case involved claims of $140 million, and generated the taking of 162 depositions in three countries, the production of 2.9 million pages of documents, the filing of 96 substantive motions, and several trips to the appellate court. After three days of mediation involving 22 attorneys from seven states, a settlement was reached one week before the scheduled trial, resulting in Mitsubishi paying nothing on the Baseball Park District's claims and receiving $18 million on its counterclaim.


During his career, Mr. Laing has obtained more than 20 million dollar settlements and jury verdicts for his clients, including the following:


$24.7 million (medical malpractice) (co-counsel)


$18.0 million (construction)


$5.4 million (corporate fraud)


$5.3 million (breach of contract)


$3.5 million (insurance coverage)


$3.1 million (medical malpractice)


$2.6 million (insurance)


$2.2 million (forklift accident)


$2.1 million (breach of contract)


$2.0 million (Americans with Disabilities Act)


$1.7 million (product liability)


$1.6 million (breach of Asset Purchase Agreement)


$1.5 million (medical malpractice)


$1.4 million (medical malpractice) (co-counsel)


$1.3 million (insurance coverage)


$1.3 million (breach of contract)


$1.2 million (wrongful death)


$1.2 million (auto accident)


$1.1 million (breach of contract)


$1.1 million (prepayment penalty)


Mr. Laing is board certified in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is a frequent author and speaker on legal issues involving evidence, torts, insurance and trial tactics. He has authored 40 journal articles and book chapters, including the Evidence Chapter of the Wisconsin State Bar's annual book entitled Annual Survey of Wisconsin Law each year (but one) since 1987; been an invited speaker at 27 legal seminars/workshops; and been counsel in 51 published decisions, some of which made new law.


Mr. Laing's personality and trial skills have allowed him to be one of a select few attorneys who have been able to successfully practice both commercial litigation and personal injury litigation. In addition to representing Fortune 500 companies and other variously sized companies in their commercial litigation needs, Mr. Laing represents severely injured persons in prosecuting their personal injury claims. His passion for those cases is partially derived from his having two brothers with cerebral palsy. As a result of growing up in that environment, Mr. Laing understands what families go through in caring for loved ones with special needs, and is able to communicate that to insurance companies, defense counsel, judges, and juries.


 


Mr. Laing can be reached at 414-276-5000 or dean.laing@wilaw.com.


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1983

  1. Litigation: 80%
  2. Personal Injury: 20%

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Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

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Contact Info

O'Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.

111 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1400
Milwaukee, WI, 53202

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WIGood Standing198303/01/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Leading LawyerM Magazine2015
The Nation’s Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 25 LawyersMilwaukee Magazine/Super Lawyers2014
3000 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Profiled as the Cover StorySuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2013
Leading LawyerM Magazine2013
Top 10 Attorney AwardNational Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys2013
3000 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2013
Top 25 LawyersMilwaukee Magazine/Super Lawyers2013
Top 50 Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine/Law & Politics2013
Milwaukee Personal Injury Litigator of the YearThe Best Lawyers in America2012
Top 10 LawyersMilwaukee Magazine/Super Lawyers2012
Top 50 Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine/Law & Politics2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2012
Leading LawyerM Magazine2012
3000 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2012
Top 25 LawyersMilwaukee Magazine/Super Lawyers2012
Top 50 Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine/Law & Politics2011
Top 25 LawyersMilwaukee Magazine/Super Lawyers2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2011
3000 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2010
Top 50 Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine/Law & Politics2010
3000 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2010
Selected as a FellowLitigation Counsel of America2010
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)2009
3000 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2009
Top 50 Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine/Law & Politics2009
Super LawyerMilwaukee Magazine/Law & Politics2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
Top 50 Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine/Law & Politics2008
Super LawyerMilwaukee Magazine/Law & Politics2008
3000 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2008
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)2008
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)2007
3000 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2007
Super LawyerMilwaukee Magazine/Law & Politics2007
Top 50 Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine/Law & Politics2007
Super LawyerMilwaukee Magazine/Law & Politics2006
Top 50 Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine/Law & Politics2006
Super LawyerMilwaukee Magazine/Law & Politics2005
Leader in the Law AwardWisconsin Law Journal2005
Milwaukee's Best LawyersMilwaukee Magazine1995
Milwaukee's Best LawyersMilwaukee Magazine1990
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 ratingMartindale-HubbellN/A
CertifiedNational Board of Trial AdvocacyN/A
10.0 out of 10.0 ratingAvvoN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
President and Managing ShareholderO'Neil, Cannon, Hollman, Dejong & Laing S.C.2015 - Present
ShareholderO'Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.1982 - 2014

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Delta Develpment Group Int'l, Inc. v. W.B. McGuire Co., Inc., et al.$1,100,00 present value settlement
Robert B. LaRue v. John J. Brennan, M.D., et al.$1,500,000 cash settlement
Ramp Master Corp. v. Burlington Northern Railroad Co.$2,150,000 present value settlement

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter2014
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter2013
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter2012
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter2011
Health Law Litigation newsletter (ABA)A Radiologist's Duty to Communicate With the Treating Physician2010
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter2010
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter2009
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter2008
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter2007
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter2006
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter2005
Wisconsin LawyerSaying Goodbye: Compensating Departing Law Firm Partners2005
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter2004
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter2003
Wisconsin Medical JournalA Radiologist's Duty to Directly Communicate With the Treating Physician2003
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter2002
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter2001
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter1999
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter1998
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter1997
Briefly SpeakingSporting Event Releases: Are They Valid or Not?1997
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter1996
MADD Wisconsin State NewsletterPunitive Damages May be Assessed Against Drunk Drivers1996
Briefly SpeakingTort Reform (or Deform) in Wisconsin1996
MADD Wisconsin State NewsletterInsure Yourself Against Drunk Drivers1996
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter1995
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter1994
American Bar Association Tort and Insurance PracticeSeventh Circuit Adopts Novel Approvach in Interpreting the Pollution Exclusion1994
Briefly SpeakingPersonal Liability for Recreational Sports Participants1994
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter1993
For The RecordThe Standard of Care Required of Contact Sports Participants1993
Wisconsin LawyerLiability of Contact Sport Participants1993
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter1992
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter1991
Corporate Report WisconsinA Suit is a Suit is a Suit1991
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter1990
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter1989
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter1988
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publicationAnnual Survey of Wisconsin Law - Evidence Chapter1987
Marquette Law ReviewWisconsin's Recreational Use Statute: A Critical Analysis1983

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law School LawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of Wisconsin, LaCrosseN/ABachelor of Science Degree1979

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Greater Milwaukee Association of Legal ProfessionalsCiting in Briefs and Legal Documents2009
The Miller Park StorySheboygan Bar Association2008
Marquette University College of Business Administration MBA ProgramLegal Issues in Business2006
Robertson-Ryan & Associates Safety SeminarHandling Insurance Claims2005
27th Annual Corporate Practice InstituteDealing with Electronic Discovery2003
Lorman Education ServicesReal Evidence for the Trial Practitioner in Wisconsin2002
Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers 12th Annual Summer SeminarUM Coverage for Hit-and-Miss Cases2000
Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers Spring SeminarPreparing Effective Demand Letters1999
19th Annual Torts/Damages UpdateEmployment-Related Torts1996
18th Annual Wisconsin Tort Law SeminarDrafting Thorough and Effective Demand Letters1995
17th Annual Wisconsin Tort Law SeminarRecreational Sports Injuries1994
Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Winter SeminarSelected Issues in the Trial of Medical Negligence Cases1993
Trying the Soft Tissue Case in WisconsinTrying the Soft Tissue Injury Case in Wisconsin1993
State Bar Annual ConventionNegligence in Amateur Sports1993
Marquette University Law SchoolPretrial Litigation1993
Annual Survey of Wisconsin Law: An Update of the Past Year's DevelopmentsEvidence1993
Trial by Jury: The Lawyer's CraftTrial by Jury: The Lawyer's Craft1992
Skills Training Workshop: A Postgraduate Course in LawyeringTaking and Defending a Deposition1992
Trial by Jury: The Lawyer's CraftTrial by Jury: The Lawyer's Craft1991
Annual Environmental Law Update SeminarInsurance Coverage for Environmental Claims1991
Term of Court Review SeminarCivil Procedure & Evidence1990
The Permanent Soft Tissue Injury CaseSettlement - How to Bring a Case to a Successful Conclusion1989
Legal Responsibilities of an EMTLegal Responsibilities of an EMT1988