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I focus my practice in the area of landlord-tenant law representing landlords and property management companies.

I handle both commercial and residential evictions and the accompanying damage claims for my clients throughout the state.  I also handle litigation dealing with lead-based paint issues, bed bugs, Fair Housing (discrimination) claims, building code orders, public nuisance lawsuits, building code orders, and the defense of Wisconsin Administrative Code - ATCP 134 violations and investigations. 

I assist clients with the drafting and interpretation of commercial leases and residential rental agreements and other rental documents and am the author of the landlord-tenant legal forms sold at Wisconsin Legal Blank Co., Inc. which are used throughout Wisconsin.


I also consult with landlords and management companies on best practices in th emanagement of both commercial and residential rental properties.

I present seminars on landlord-tenant law and related matters throughout the state and am the past-president of the Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. and am currently serving on its Board of Directors.


I am also the author of a popular Wisconsin Landlord-tenant law blog that can be found at



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Practice areas


  1. Landlord & Tenant: 100%
    20 years


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Contact info

Petrie + Stocking

111 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Suite 1500
Milwaukee, WI, 53202


WIGood Standing199503/20/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney / ShareholderPetrie & Stocking S.C.1996 - Present
Associate AttorneyMingo & Yankala1995 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)Friend of IREM2012 - Present
Apartment Owners and Managers Association (AOMA)Member2012 - Present
Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc.Past President / Current Director2006 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinN/A1995 - Present
State Bar of Wisconsin, Young Lawyers DivisionPresident2000 - 2001
Publication nameTitleDate
Wisconsin State Bar - Inside TrackLandlord-Tenant Law: Rights, Remedies, and Changes Under New Act 1432012
Mr. Landlord: The Survival Newsletter for Landlords and LandladiesRejecting A Rental ApplicantL The Do's & Dont's2012
Wisconsin Legal Blank Co., Inc.Landlord-Tenant Law Forms2010
Petrie & StockingAdvising and Defending the Property Owner2009
Petrie & Stocking S.C.Screening and Qualifying Prospective Tenants2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of Wisconsin, MadisonCommunication ArtsBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Screening and Qualifying Prospective RentersLandlord-Tenant Law2015
Property Management Q&ALandlord-Tenant Law2015
Legal Issues Related to Bedbugs & How Landlords Can Protect ThemselvesLandlord-Tenant Law2015
Landlord-Tenant Law In WisconsinLandlord-Tenant Law2015
Landlord-Tenant Issues Affecting Self Storage LandlordsLandlord-Tenant Law2015
Landlord Boot Camp: The ABC's of Wisconsin Landlord Tenant LawLandlord-Tenant Law2015
How To Screen Rental Applicants & What Rental Documents You SHould Be Using With Your TenantsLandlord-Tenant Law2015
Act 76: Wisconsin's New Landlord-Tenant Law & How It Is Being AppliedLandlord-Tenant Law2015
Landlord Boot Camp: The ABC's of Residential Landlord-Tenant Law In WisconsinLandlord-Tenant Law2014
Landlord Boot Camp: The ABC's of Residential Landlord Tenant Law In WisconsinLandlord Tenant Law2013
Landlord-Tenant Law UpdateLandlord-Tenant Law2009
AASEW Annual Conference & Tradeshow"Causes for Eviction" and "Notices Terminating Tenancy"2009