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Ralph Ehlinger is a lawyers' lawyer who brings knowledge and creativity to transactional matters and enjoys the challenge of an uphill battle in court.  With a depth of experience in creating and acquiring businesses, drafting shareholder agreements and  non-competes, and negotiating and closing business and real estate transactions, he represents individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations not only when things are going well but in times of trouble.


He is a skilled litigator at both the trial and appellate levels, with particular emphasis on libel and slander, shareholder disputes and non-competes, open meeting and public records challenges, and real estate litigation.  But he has also represented clients in matters as diverse as lender liability, fair debt collection practices violations, insurance agent license revocation, nursing home abuse, insurance claim denials, attorney malpractice, wrongful termination of employment, police brutality, race discrimination, trustee bad faith claims, and harassment injunctions.


Ralph has been highly regarded by his peers throughout his career.  He was named outstanding editor of the Georgetown Law Journal the year he bacame a lawyer and Lawyer of the Year by the Milwaukee Bar Association three decades later.  His peer-rated Martindale Hubbell ranking is AV, the highest level for ability and integrity.  He has taught corporate law at Marquette Law School and served as President of the Milwaukee Bar Association Foundation.  He is a past board president of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Association and past Chairman of the Richfield Plan Commission.


Ralph also incorporated and was the first life member of the Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee, plays the piano and guitar badly, and is still raising the last four of his six children, which is the surest evidence that his law firm will be around for a long, long time.  That, plus the fact that he has never stopped loving being a lawyer.



Practice areas


  1. Corporate: 30%
    47 years
  2. Litigation: 30%
    46 years
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    47 years
  4. Libel: 10%
    36 years
  5. Appeals: 10%
    47 years



Hourly ($200-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

W175 N11117 Stonewood Drive
Germantown, WI, 53022-6506


WIGood Standing196803/02/2015
DCInactive 198805/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer of the YearMilwaukee Bar Association1997
Milton J. Kaufman AwardGeorgetown Law Journal1968
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyEhlinger Law Office, LLC2000 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorMarquette Law School1999 - 2004
PresidentEhlinger & Krill, SC1987 - 2000
CounselCasson, Harkins & LaPallo1987 - 1988
Attorney, (Executive Committee Chairman 1984-86)Meissner, Tierney, Ehlinger & Whipp SC1968 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Centro Legal Por Derechos HumanosBoard Member1996 - 2001
Milwaukee Bar Association FoundationBoard President1994 - 1997
Mental Health Association in Milwaukee CountyPresident1992 - 1993
Milwaukee Bar AssociationDirector1990 - 1993
Wisconin School of Professional PsychologyBoard of Directors1990 - 1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown UniversityN/AJD - Juris Doctor1968