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Rudolph J. Kuss

Lawsuits and disputes Attorney at Brookfield, WI

4.6   33 reviews

also known as Rudy Kuss


Licensed for 17 years

About Rudolph

Learn Rudolph’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Lawsuits and disputes
    25%

    18 years, 500 cases

  2. Litigation
    25%

    18 years, 500 cases

  3. Real estate
    20%

    18 years, 500 cases

  4. Residential real estate
    20%

    18 years, 500 cases

  5. Appeals
    10%

    18 years, 50 cases

MILWAUKEE AREA REAL ESTATE LAWYER AND BROKER

I represent homeowners who have purchased a defective property. The most common defects are leaky basements, displaced foundation walls, leaky roofs, moisture intrusion, mold, failed septic systems, flooding, and failed wells. I litigate claims on a contingent fee basis against prior homeowners, realtors, and inspectors. Claims against prior homeowners are the most common because they have a duty to disclose the defects that they learned about from living in the home. I also represent homeowners who have built a new home or who have made improvements to their existing home, pursuing claims against developers, builders, and contractors. Finally, I represent people who want to purchase property, protecting them through drafting contingencies in the offer and negotiating a release when defects are discovered prior to closing. 

I was born in Milwaukee and grew up in Wauwatosa. I attended the University of Wisconsin on the prestigious Evans Scholarship and marched in the world-renowned Wisconsin Marching Band. Now I live in Grafton with my wife, daughter, and four cats. I enjoy spending time with my family; volunteering in my community; traveling; weightlifting; running; and cheering on my favorite teams (Badgers, Packers, Brewers, and Cyclones).

Licensed for 17 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2005
Updated 12/05/2022

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

Contact Rudolph

Stevens & Kuss S.C.
1025 South Moorland Road
Suite 502
Brookfield, WI, 53005

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  33 customer reviews
Posted by Mark | October 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Delivered on Excellence
Atty. Kuss discussed the potential for our case in terms my wife and I could understand. He advised us as to exactly what we needed to do in terms of discovery and kept us updated as to status. Atty. Kuss was extremely professional and responsive to all our questions. There was no sugar coating of expectations but he delivered on results that we are extremely happy with. Atty. Kuss came highly recommended from many of our contractors and his peers at other firms. We've appreciated the opportunity to work with Atty. Kuss and thank him for his diligence and commitment to making things right.
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Posted by Angela | September 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
What a life saver!
My husband and I were extremely pleased and fortunate to have the professional assistance of Rudy Kuss in October 2014. My husband and I submitted an offer on a home in the area that we thought was perfect. Unbeknownst to us, the foundation of this brick home showed troubling signs of settlement that was not apparent during our first few tours of the home (due to the basement being finished). We attempted to pull out of the offer but the sellers persisted in pushing us to move forward with the deal. Our realtor suggested we consult Rudy given our concerns that we may be stuck with a home in need of expensive repairs somewhere in the future. Rudy responded to our inquiry promptly and thoroughly assessed the situation. He was honest about the legal potentialities and helped us to avoid legal action on the part of the sellers. In particular, Rudy was always responsive to phone contact and open to answering all of our questions. Rudy was steadfast and able to determine an option for us to have an “out” of this difficult situation. After a few anxious weeks, the sellers eventually asked for a cancellation of mutual release from the contract and we were able to move on to purchase another beautiful home. We would highly recommend Rudy for counsel regarding real estate law.
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Posted by Kevin | February 14, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Efficient, Proactive, Smart, Honest, and Completely Thorough
Rudy provided me with exceptional and fair legal advice in a complicated situation. He was so detail oriented, honest, intelligent, and efficient. He was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend him to anyone. He went above and beyond when looking over documents and scenarios and made my stress level decrease as I had an immense amount of trust in Rudy!
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Posted by Suresh | February 9, 2022
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One of the best litigation attorney
I had to use Rudolph J Koss on one of the residential house litigation based on the feedback from our friend. Rudolph is amazing and I really like the fact, the way he takes time to understand our issue, verifies the fact first and then advises pros and cons of the issue. Then he explains how he will address the issues along with what we need to do. He will provide timely update and once the issue is resolved. I am really thankful to Rudolph for getting resolution on our issue. If you have litigation to be addressed then Rudolph is the guy to goto.
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Posted by Phil | January 31, 2022
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Excellent service, thorough, and competent
I needed help selling a property without a real estate agent. Rudy provided excellent guidance, drafted necessary documents, and clearly explained all the steps. I felt I was in great hands, and was extremely satisfied with the outcome. I would strongly endorse Rudy's experience and skill in handling residential real estate matters.
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Posted by TANIA DSOUZA | January 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
One of the best Attorneys
I hired Att Rudolph twice. Att Rudolph Kuss is one of the best lawyers to work with. His counsel is sharp, on point, strategic and his expertise is impeccable with procuring evidence. I won both my cases. One of my cases was resolved even before starting a lawsuit. Att Rudolph not only helped with simplifying the most daunting experience of a lawsuit with his accuracy but He also negotiated and won me back what was owed and more than I could even expect. He is reliable, trustworthy works with empathy and integrity. I highly recommend his counsel. I was very pleased with my experience working with him and even his staff are extremely professional and offer the highest quality of services that superseded my expectations. If you need an attorney do not hesitate to hire him and if you are lucky He will accept your case!
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Posted by Suzanne | January 24, 2022
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Detailed and Professional
Attorney Kuss was a professional from start to finish in my case. The case involved a nondisclosure issue with the prior owner of my home. He provided prompt feedback on my questions and was available to contact without going through hoops. He ensured I were fairly compensated and did not force me to take a settlement so he could be finished with the case. Highly recommended Attorney Kuss.
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Posted by Jeff | January 22, 2022
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Extremely Versed in the Laws of Real Estate and Construction
My wife and I had run into an issue with our contractor during our home remodel. We had never run into a situation of this kind before, which made us search for a law firm that knew the laws of real estate and construction. We reached out to Stevens & Kuss, S.C. Law Firm. After a brief phone call, we felt Rudolph J. Kuss cared about our situation and would be the best person for our case, we hired Stevens & Kuss, S.C. Law Firm. Rudolph, "Rudy," sent us a list of the information that he needed to evaluate our situation. Rudy then sent us a document explaining how he would like to proceed with our case. From the time Rudy started working with us, he continued to update us daily, which sometimes would be nights and weekends. With Rudy being extremely versed in the laws of real estate and construction, he was able to pursue our contractor to get us an agreeable settlement. I would highly recommend reaching out to the law offices of Steven & Kuss S.C for any real estate or construction legal advice.
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Posted by Eduardo | January 20, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer and have already recommended him to others
Met with Rudolph once, he asked to submit the facts, I told what I was looking for and a month he gave me better results than I expected. It was a smooth transition where I felt like I won because of him and his team.
Posted by Chris | January 20, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Straight forward, friendly and fair!
We contacted Mr. Kuss on a recommendation from a friend, regarding basement water issues in a home we had purchased about 2 years prior. We bought in winter and were taking in water the very next spring from multiple cracks in the walls. The sellers did not disclose any issues relating to this. We had early advice to deal with the sellers, and tried that. They were willing participants at first, but as the price tag went up on the fix, they cut off contact and left us with no monetary compensation. After chasing the water and trying less expensive fixes, it became clear we were going to have to excavate, carrying a much heftier price tag. This is when we contacted Mr. Kuss. We sent him photos, videos, receipts, estimates, witness statements from neighbors about the seller’s knowledge of the issues, and a third-party report on the situation that basically stated that the seller should have known and disclosed the issues to us. Mr. Kuss took the information and drafted a letter on our behalf. The sellers, who weren’t even interested in speaking to us at this point, and could’ve settled with us early on for a fraction of what the new price tag was, on advice from their counsel, immediately settled for a price that even after covering Mr. Kuss’s fees, would cover the excavation. I found Rudy (Mr. Kuss) to be knowledgeable, friendly, and fair. Communication from the firm was excellent, something that is extremely important to me. Because we were somewhere below going to court, and going back and forth on a settlement, we were given a reduced rate that we found to be incredibly fair and were happy to pay for the services provided, after having dealt with this for years on our own with no resolution. We would definitely recommend him for anyone dealing with issues like this and feeling like you’re getting nowhere on your own.
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Posted by mikayla | January 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
great choice
I hired atty kuss to help me with litigation of a problem we encountered with our recently purchased house. He offered a free consultation, was very timely with his responses, and very receptive to any questions I had. I would definitely recommend him. If the need arises for me to need an attorney again in the future, I would definitely contact attorney Kuss.
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Posted by Jenny | January 18, 2022
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Great work!
Previous owners did not disclose prior flooding in the basement. We had a flood and many things were ruined. Rudy got us proper reimbursement in a great amount of time. Definitely would recommend.
Posted by Hunter | January 17, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Contacting Rudy J. Kuss was the best decision I’ve made as a homeowner thus far!
Rudy Kuss was great from the start! My wife and I bought our first home in spring of 2020. After the excitement of being new-homeowners passed, we quickly found out that our basement had flooding issues that the previous owners failed to disclose. I never imagined I would have to get a lawyer for anything in my life. To be honest, I was very nervous and didn’t know what to expect. After conducting a large amount of research, we found Mr. Kuss. Rudy was very transparent with the whole process and answered all of the questions my wife and I had. Thanks to Mr. Kuss’ knowledge, we were able to receive a great settlement to fix our flooding basement for good! Contacting Rudy J. Kuss was the best decision I’ve made as a homeowner thus far!
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Posted by Tim | January 17, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Non-disclosure by Seller
We were very happy with Rudy from start to finish. We purchased a home with basement water issues. Rudy was very thorough, had expert resources, and kept us involved all the way through a court trial that we won. I would recommend anyone to at least talk with him if having issues. We were honored to have him. Thanks Rudy!!!
Posted by Maxim | January 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great real estate attorney
Very professional quality service. We had a pretty complicated transaction that required multiple document reviews and multiple version of the final title documents and Rudolph did it all for the initial flat fee. Highly recommended!
Posted by Bella Realty | January 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Professionalism always wins
Rudolph Kuss won a case for us against a seller and broker company for the damaged roof of a commercial building. The seller and broker failed to inform us about the problems with the roof and insisted that they did not know. Attorney Kuss was able to prove the opposite.
Posted by Sergio Babakhanov | January 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney Kuss Review
We retained Attorney Kuss to resolve out legal matter that invoked our property in Brookfield. Attorney Kuss was very professional, knowledgeable matter expert who guided us thought the process of the litigation. During the deposition, attorney Kuss was heavily involved in the defense process. Attorney Kuss is very knowledgeable litigation expert in who protects his clients.
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Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2016
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Help with construction issues
We had an issue with a unscrupulous subcontractor who supplied cabinets for our rehab project. Rudolph Kuss advised us on steps we could take to protect our interests. He was prompt and helpful in his advice, and followed through on our outcome. I would definitely recommend him to others.
Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2016
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A Plus Attorney
Wow, what a breath of fresh air to meet such a wonderful attorney recommended by another respected Law Firm Affeldt Law. We had a property dispute over contracts that were not properly discloses that included permit issues upon purchasing a new home. Attorney Kuss was very knowledgeable and compassionate to our situation. We had a favorable outcome without going to court.
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2016
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Great help with small case
Attorney Kuss took our case, even though for him, it wasn't going to be a huge payday. But we needed help, and probably couldn't have navigated it without him. He gave us time and attention, and kept us updated via email of how things were progressing. He was also very helpful during our negotiations. He didn't have to spend the time for such a little return, but he did, and helped our family out in a tricky situation.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Stevens & Kuss S.C.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Daniel W. Stevens
  • 2005 - Present

Education

  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BBA
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • Ferris v. Location 3 Corp., 2011 WI App 134
  • Settled
  • Novell v. Migliaccio 2010 WI App 67
  • Case settled
  • Griswold v. Rogich
  • Settled
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Associations

  • Wisconsin Association of Foundation Repair Professionals
  • Legal Counsel
  • 2020 - Present
  • Habitat for Humanity - Ozaukee County
  • Legal Counsel
  • 2019 - Present
  • Village of Grafton Board of Review
  • Member / Chairperson
  • 2017 - Present
  • Milwaukee Area Youth Lacrosse Association
  • Girls' Youth Director
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Milwaukee Area Youth Lacrosse Association
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Boy Scouts of America - Bay-Lakes Council, Kettle Country District
  • Friends of Scouting Chair
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Cubmaster
  • 2008 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Up And Coming Lawyer
  • Wisconsin Law Journal
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
Endorse Rudolph
Litigation Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rudy is a tireless advocate for his clients and I give him my endorsement without reservation. He has a strong command of residential construction and real estate law."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I never hesitate to refer any real estate or construction issues to Rudy because I know he'll do a fantastic job. I fully endorse him, his services, and his abilities."
Real estate Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kuss is extremely knowledgeable in the field of construction defects."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Other
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Truly excellent lawyer. Well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Brookfield Lawsuits and disputes Lawyer Rudolph J. Kuss
Rudolph J. Kuss
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney
Brookfield, WI
Licensed for 17 years