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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 have started to represent people who want to purchase a non-defective 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, son, daughter, and cat. I enjoy spending time with my family; volunteering with my parish, Scouting, and my daughter's lacrosse association; traveling; hiking; biking; weightlifting; and cheering on my favorite teams (Badgers, Packers, and Brewers).


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 25%
    11 years, 500 cases
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 25%
    11 years, 500 cases
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    11 years, 500 cases
  4. Residential Real Estate: 20%
    11 years, 500 cases
  5. Appeals: 10%
    11 years, 50 cases



Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Thomas C. Hofbauer

    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.


    Thomas Hofbauer Defective and dangerous products Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • James A. Walcheske

    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.


    James Walcheske Employment and labor Attorney
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Contact info

Stevens & Kuss S.C.

1025 South Moorland Road
Suite 201
Brookfield, WI, 53005


WIGood Standing200503/25/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Up And Coming LawyerWisconsin Law Journal2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderStevens & Kuss S.C.2013 - Present
AssociateLaw Office of Daniel W. Stevens2005 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Milwaukee Area Youth Lacrosse AssociationBoard Member2014 - Present
Boy Scouts of AmericaFriends of Scouting Chair2012 - Present
Boy Scouts of AmericaCubmaster2008 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ferris v. Location 3 Corp., 2011 WI App 134Settled
Novell v. Migliaccio 2010 WI App 67Case settled
Griswold v. RogichSettled
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of Wisconsin, MadisonMarketing & ManagementBBA1998