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Scott Robert Halloin

Scott Robert Halloin

Practice areas:

Construction & Development, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Litigation

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Scott’s practice started in Chicago working for two of the most innovative construction lawyers in the country, Steven G.M. Stein and Stephen Ray, who have trained many of the nation’s top lawyers in the field. Scott also was fortunate enough to work with Lee A. Freeman, Jr., regarded by many as Chicago’s most successful civil trial lawyer in the 1990s.


Over the past 25 years, which included a move to Milwaukee, Scott’s practice has focused on construction disputes, including code compliance, delay claims, design and contract disputes.


Scott is now one of the most experienced construction attorneys in the state, having handled over 100 construction related trials. He has over 5,000 hours of in-trial experience handling construction issues, including arguing hundreds of substantive motions, and conducting well over a thousand witness examinations. At this point in his career, there are very view types of construction claims that he has not seen, prosecuted, or defended.


Scott was among the first lawyers in the Midwest to practice in a narrow subset of construction litigation known as toxigenic mold litigation. Along with a handful of other lawyers in the country, he has handled these matters extensively since the first significant mold-related lawsuits were filed in 1999. Since that time, he has become a regular speaker on toxigenic mold litigation and code compliance issues at legal and industry seminars. Along with shareholder Tony Murdock, Scott has created, and dramatically shaped, the national law in this area.


Scott also has handled a substantial number of construction related insolvency claims, including foreclosure, bankruptcy and receivership claims. A particular area of expertise for Scott are priority issues, and Scott is frequently asked to speak on priority law, as well as suggested changes to the law.


Scott is a frequent presenter at seminars across the state. Scott has also authored Wisconsin Chapter of the American Bar Association’s State-by-State Guide to Construction & Design Law (1998) and updates.


Scott’s passion is and always will be writing, both at work and outside of it. He strongly believes that a good lawyer should be able to communicate complicated legal arguments in an easy to understand manner that is approachable and enjoyable. This belief goes back to his roots. While in college, Scott won four ACM Awards in Comedic Screen Writing, including a scholarship to attend classes in London.


After law school, Scott recognized that the written word is the hallmark of winning cases, and that most lawyers are horrible at communicating ideas in a manner that is approachable and enjoyable. When Halloin Murdock was founded, he set as the firm’s primary goal as becoming the single best writing firm in the Midwest. It has remained so ever since. Since that time, understandable, enjoyable and accurate writing has been the primary hallmark of each subsequent attorney added, and many people believe that each successive attorney has been even more fussy on this issue.


If you were to ask him what he is most proud of during his career, he would respond that it is the number of judges and lawyers who have commented that a Halloin Murdock brief is the best brief they have read in their career.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Construction & Development: 70%
    25 years, 500 cases
  2. Litigation: 15%
    25 years, 100 cases
  3. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: 15%
    25 years, 50 cases



Hourly ($400-500/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Anthony K. Murdock

    Scott is one of the most talented and experienced costruction lawyers in Wisconsin.


    Anthony Murdock Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Halloin & Murdock Sc

839 N Jefferson St Fl 5
Milwaukee, WI, 53202-3740



WIGood Standing199503/23/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199008/17/2015
MNNot Authorized - Non-payment of fees199406/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
The Daily ReporterFeatured Top 5 Construction Lawyer - Bios Series2010

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderHalloin & Murdock, S.C.2006 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Wisconsin Asian Bar AssociationConstruction Section2004 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Eckstein v. Cincinnati Ins. Co.Obtained Insurance coverage for claim
Miller v. Safeco Insurance CompanyObtained coverage for client
Hoida v. M&I Midstate BankLost before Supreme Court

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Publication NameTitleDate
Wisconsin Law JournalMequon Based Builder Sues Chicago Builder2012
The Daily ReporterFeatured Lawyer: Nudge From Dad Leads to Law Career2010
American Bar Association publicationWisconsin Update2008
American Bar Association publicationWisconsin Update2002
American Bar Association’s State-by-State Guide to Construction & Design Law (1998).The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Bar Association’s State-by-State Guide to Construction & Design Law1998


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern University School of LawN/AUnknown1990
Lawrence UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1987

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Public ContractsGoverment Claims, Claim Compuation Methods2014
Guaranteed Maximum Price ContractsConstruction Contract Terms2012
Foreclosure Update 2010Ethics and Foreclosures / Priority Issues2010
AIA ContractsAIA Contracts2010
AIA ContractsAIA Contracts - Common Provisions and Suggested Changes2009
Law of Easements: Legal Issues and Practical ConsiderationsEasements and Priority Issues2008
Furndamentals of Construction ContractsContract Claims Methods2008
Fundamentals of Construction ContractingConstruction Contracting2008
Concrete A to ZBuilding Codes2008
Building Code Issues in WisconsinBuilding Codes2008
AIA ContractsAIA Contracts - Common Provisions and the AIA Family of Documents2008
Anatomy of a Construction Defect ClaimConstruction Claims and Claim Ethics2007
AIA ContractsAIA Contracts - Common Provisions2007
Tricks Traps and Ploys IIConstruction Claims2006
Tricks Traps and PloysConstruction Claims2004
The Mold Challenge In WisconsinToxigenic Mold and Pathogenic Bacteria2003