Litigation, Personal Injury, Appeals, Business, Consumer Protection
I have been a trial lawyer since graduation from law school. I find the practice of law exciting. It is my calling. I have learned so much about so many different types of businesses and the manner in which business disputes arise. I have also experienced with my clients the devastation that come from personal injuries and challenges that they face which cause them to become involved in the legal system. All of those experiences have given me a strong and I believe unique set of skills in helping people find solutions to their problems. The largest corporate client and an individual client may present different types of problems in need of solution but all problems involve people and understanding people and how they act and interact is critical in all cases, big and small.
When I am away from work, I play the guitar and sing. I work in community theatre as an actor and singer. I volunteer in a variety of settings. Each of these experiences help to keep me grounded and focused. They also provide me with insight into the way a wide variety of people think and act which is critical in both choosing juries and presenting materials to juries.
The critical element in all problem solving is listening before acting. That is how I help clients to look at their legal problems and choose the path toward solutions.
Licensed since 1984
Hourly ($250-400/hour), Contingent (33-40%)
Chris Trebatoski is a GREAT trial lawyer. We routinely refer all of our accounting and legal malpractice work to Chris. Clients love him. We love him. And most importantly, he gets GREAT results. We highly recommend Chris for any litigation matter.
Brian Mahany Consumer Protection Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
Reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.
Chris’s comment: “Ten years ago I went through a particularly difficult time in my life. I made bad choices which resulted in the reprimand. The conduct described in the reprimand never impacted a client either financially or strategically. I have learned from the experience and believe that I am a better trial lawyer as a result.”
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Leading Lawyers||M Magazine||2016|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Reviewed||Lawyers.com||2015|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Million Dollar Advocate||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2009|
|Most Important Decision Wisconsin Supreme Court 2003 WI 133||Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine||2003|
|Multi-Million Dollar Advocate||Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2002|
|Most Important Decision Wisconsin Supreme Court 2001 WI 99||Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine||2001|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||1995|
|Owner||Law Offices of Chris J Trebatoski, LLC||2014 - Present|
|Partner||Weiss Berzowski Brady, LLP||2007 - 2014|
|Partner||Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan, LLP||2004 - 2007|
|Partner||Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP||1991 - 2004|
|Associate||Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP||1984 - 1991|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|American Diabetes Association||Wisconsin Advisory Board||2005 - 2007|
|The Milwaukee Forum||President||1989 - 1990|
|Milwaukee Bar Association||Member||1984 - Present|
|Milwaukee County v. Mercer, Inc||$45 million settlement|
|Reep et al. v, City of Milwaukee||Verdict and Settlement of more than $2 million|
|State v. Hamdan||Supreme Court overturned criminal conviction.|
|Lorman Education Services publication||Tax Exempt Organizations in Wisconsin||2006|
|University of Wisconsin Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1984|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||Journalism and Mass Communication||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1981|
|Tax Law Program||Ethical Considerations in Actions Before Tax Tribunals||2008|
|Tax Law Conference||Mergers and Acquisitions Gone Wrong: When Lawyers Get Sued||2008|
|Tax Exempt Organizations in Wisconsin||Not for Profit Corporate Governance||2006|