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Don C. Prachthauser

Personal injury Attorney at Milwaukee, WI

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1977
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Don

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Practice areas
  1. Car accident

  2. Personal injury
    Practice is limited to representing people with personal injury claims from vehicle collisions, premises liability, products defects and medical negligence

    47 years

  3. Motorcycle accident

  4. Slip and fall accident

  5. Trucking accident


I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I earned my degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1972, then recieved my Juris Doctorate from Marquette University Law School in 1977.  I frequently present and speak for the State Bar of Wisconsin, American Board of Trial Advocates, and Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers.  I am also a Civil Trial Practice Instructor at the University of Wisconsin Madison-Law School.


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Murphy & Prachthauser S.C.
330 E Kilbourn Ave # 1200
Milwaukee, WI, 53202-3142
Murphy & Prachthauser, S.C.
N14 W23833 Stone Ridge Dr.
Suite 310
Waukesha, WI, 53188
Murphy & Prachthauser, S.C
4811 South 76th Street
Suite 403
Milwaukee, WI, 53220
Murphy & Prachthauser, S.C.
10200 North Port Washington Road
Suite 201
Mequon, WI, 53092
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Posted by Diego | January 9, 2015
Excellent review of Don C. Prachthauser
Don Prachthauser is an excellent attorney who very much demonstrates care, concern and interest in his clients and their needs. In 2009 I was involved in a MVA accident and I sustained severe injuries. My wife and I were referred to Don by a mutual friend. I had never been in this type of legal situation before so I did not know how the process worked nor what to expect. Don very kindly guided us through the issues at hand and explained everything and we were able to reach a successful and equitable resolution of our legal matter with all the parties involved. My wife and I enjoyed very much working with Don, we put our complete trust in him and we felt very comfortable and at ease throughout the entire process. Don is also very well regarded and respected by his peers. This was very apparent with all the people and attorneys that we met along the way. I consider Don my friend and I would recommend him to anyone who is in need of legal assistance.
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Posted by Dave | December 29, 2014
Bicycle , car accident
Don Prachthauser is a very honest and compassionate lawyer. He is a good listener and explained each step of the legal process regarding our case. He gave us very realistic expectations.The lawyer representing the insurance company was very good. We had actually used him before to defend our company on another case. When he saw that Don Prachthauser was defending us in our personal case, he did not dispute our settlement that we had requested. We would highly recommend him in any personal injury case.
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Posted by Mark | December 25, 2014
Helped us when we needed it the most
Don and his team helped us through a very difficult time in our lives following a horrible traffic accident caused by a drunk driver. They were there right away to advise my wife soon after the incident as soon as they were referred to us by a family member. They kept us informed of all information needed and the long process that was going to follow. Don and Kevin were there every step of the way and were knowledgable of what was needed to keep our perspective clear during the almost three and half years of legal proceedings. Their expertise was insurmountable in keeping our sanity during this whole ordeal which we are most thankful. Don and the team also gave my children the confidence that I was in the most professional hands with only my intentions as the most important thing. I can not state enough how Don and his team did for my family and I as they were just so pro during this event in our lives. Ones could only hope that this team could help them in time of need as we did. Thanks go out to Don and Kevin as they are the super-lawyers that you always hear about and their guidance through this can only reinforce that fact they are the real deal. Very supportive, comforting , with trustworthy advice and responsive conduct that always put us at ease. Relentless to every detail concerning our case helps us to make them the recommended super-lawyers for you.
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Posted by Shelly | December 24, 2014
Another Satisfied Client
Don was extremely knowledgeable of injury liabilities between all involved and was forthcoming with that knowledge. His responsiveness was commendable, whether by phone, email or one-on-one. There was never a point in time where I felt distant or in the dark. He kept me in the loop throughout the entire process to the point I felt I was serving as third chair in the process. Don, thank you.
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Posted by Joanne | December 24, 2014
On the Job Injury
My husband was hurt on the job due to the negligence of another company. Don and his group spent a good amount of time investigating our case. Making sure all information that we provided and the other party provided was correct. He and his team thoroughly explained every aspect of our case as the case moved to a close. He also made us feel that we weren't just a number, that we were his client that he cared about. I have recommended Don and his team to a number of people and will continue to do so in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | December 23, 2014
Beyond Satisfied!
My car accident was a first experience and a very complicated one at that, I cannot thank both Mr. Prachthauser and Ms. Held for all of the excellent help, quick responses, and promptness in my case! I would recommend them to absolutely everyone.
Posted by Craig | December 23, 2014
Review for Don C. Prachthauser
From our initial visit, Mr. Prachthauer was very thorough, straight forward and honest in our dealings. He took a great deal of time in explaining options in our case and provided excellent legal advice in leading to the successful conclusion of our case. He was very supportive throughout and always available to answer any questions. His fees were fair. He and his staff made sure all of the fillings, disbursements of settlements in the complex case were timely and correct. Extremely pleased with his work.
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Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Murphy & Prachthauser
  • 1983 - Present


  • Marquette U
  • law
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Heikkinen vs. Morse & Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America
  • Won at Trial. 17 million verdict affirmed on Appeal
  • Bennin vs. Litwin
  • Acker vs. Sullivan
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  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • 2013 - Present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Vice Chair Wisconsin State Committee 2013-2014
  • 2003 - Present
  • International Society of Baristers
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates chapter
  • Past President Wisconsin Chapter
  • 1992 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice
  • Past President Wisconsin
  • 1981 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer Personal Injury Milwaukee
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Top 10
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Top 10
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Top 10
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Top 10
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice
  • 2007
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  • Wisconsin Association for Justice
  • Does Daubert Allow a Nurse to Testify Regarding the Need for Attendant Care?
  • 2012
  • Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers Winter Seminar and Annual Meeting
  • Cross Examination: When Enough is Enough
  • 2004
  • Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers Winter Seminar and Annual Meeting
  • Ten Tips for Effective Closing Argument
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • Winter Seminar and Annual Meeting 2012
  • Does Daubert Allow a Nurse to Testify Regarding the Need for Attendant Care?
  • 2012
  • Winter Seminar and Annual Meeting
  • Cross Examination: When Enough Is Enough
  • 2004
  • Winter Seminar and Annual Meeting
  • Ten Tips for an Effective Closing Argument
  • 1999

Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Personal injury Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Don. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Don is a superb lawyer and a fine, hard working, honest man. Anyone with a personal injury matter would be well served with Don as his/her attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Don Prachthauser is one of the best and most talented lawyers in Wisconsin. He has won large verdicts in cases too tough for most lawyers to handle. Don is a gentleman in everything he does. He is respected by plaintiffs' lawyers and defense lawyers because of his skill and his professional demeanor in representing his clients in court. No injured person could ask for a better advocate than Don Practhauser."
Personal injury
Personal injury
Medical malpractice

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Milwaukee Personal injury Lawyer Don C. Prachthauser
Don C. Prachthauser
Personal injury Attorney
Milwaukee, WI
Licensed for 46 years