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I maintain a civil trial practice emphasizing defense of businesses, financial institutions, insurers, and individuals.   My practice ranges from complex commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, legal malpractice defense, insurance litigation, class action defense, due diligence evaluations, ethics evaluations, and school law.   

I am married and the father of two wonderful children.  When not working or enjoying my family, I am training for or running marathons, golfing, skiing, hunting, or fishing.



Contact info

Po Box 3262
Milwaukee, WI, 53201-3262

411 E Wisconsin Ave # 700
Milwaukee, WI, 53202-4427


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 80%
    17 years
  2. Trucking Accident: 10%
  3. Banking: 5%
  4. Insurance: 5%
    17 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law201405/11/2016
WIGood Standing200303/25/2015
IDAuthorized to practice law200207/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderVon Briesen & Roper, S.C.2003 - Present
AssociatePaine Hamblen, LLP1999 - 2003
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneySpokane County Prosecuting Attorney's Office1998 - 1999
Legal InternFederal Defenders Of East. Wash & Idaho1996 - 1998
Legal InternWhitman County Prosecutor's Office1996 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
United WayEmerging Leader2011 - Present
Defense Research InstituteN/A2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate of Jos. Plummer v. American Standard, et al.verdict in favor of client
Black v. Metro Titlesummary judgment granted in favor of client
Black v. Metro Titlesuccesful defense of appeal
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Gonzaga University School of LawEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ethical Considerations for In-House CounselEthical Considerations for In-House Counsel2012
Deposition Tips and TechniquesTaking Effective Depositions2012