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About me

I have been a trial lawyer since graduation from law school. I find the practice of law exciting. It is my calling. I have learned so much about so many different types of businesses and the manner in which business disputes arise. I have also experienced with my clients the devastation that come from personal injuries and challenges that they face which cause them to become involved in the legal system. All of those experiences have given me a strong and I believe unique set of skills in helping people find solutions to their problems. The largest corporate client and an individual client may present different types of problems in need of solution but all problems involve people and understanding people and how they act and interact is critical in all cases, big and small.


When I am away from work, I play the guitar and sing. I work in community theatre as an actor and singer. I volunteer in a variety of settings. Each of these experiences help to keep me grounded and focused. They also provide me with insight into the way a wide variety of people think and act which is critical in both choosing juries and presenting materials to juries.


The critical element in all problem solving is listening before acting. That is how I help clients to look at their legal problems and choose the path toward solutions.


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    32 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    32 years, 75 cases
  3. Appeals: 15%
    32 years, 100 cases
  4. Business: 10%
    32 years, 80 cases
  5. Mediation: 5%
    2 years, 3 cases



Hourly ($250-400/hour), contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christopher T. Hale

    Chris is a fantastic litigator. i endorse him wholeheartedly.


    Christopher Hale Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Brian H. Mahany

    Chris Trebatoski is a GREAT trial lawyer. We routinely refer all of our accounting and legal malpractice work to Chris. Clients love him. We love him. And most importantly, he gets GREAT results. We highly recommend Chris for any litigation matter.


    Brian Mahany Banking Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Offices of Chris J Trebatoski, LLC

1101 N Old World 3rd St Ste 202
Milwaukee, WI, 53203-1129


WIGood Standing198403/01/2015

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Public Reprimand
    issued in WI, 2004


    Reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

    Chris’s comment: “Ten years ago I went through a particularly difficult time in my life. I made bad choices which resulted in the reprimand. The conduct described in the reprimand never impacted a client either financially or strategically. I have learned from the experience and believe that I am a better trial lawyer as a result.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinguished LawyerThe Expert Network2016
Leading LawyersM Magazine2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer ReviewedLawyers.com2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2009
Most Important Decision Wisconsin Supreme Court 2003 WI 133Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine2003
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2002
Most Important Decision Wisconsin Supreme Court 2001 WI 99Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine2001
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Chris J Trebatoski, LLC2014 - Present
PartnerWeiss Berzowski Brady, LLP2007 - 2014
PartnerGonzalez Saggio & Harlan, LLP2004 - 2007
PartnerMichael Best & Friedrich, LLP1991 - 2004
AssociateMichael Best & Friedrich, LLP1984 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Milwaukee Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
American Diabetes AssociationWisconsin Advisory Board2005 - 2007
The Milwaukee ForumPresident1989 - 1990
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Milwaukee County v. Mercer, Inc$45 million settlement
Reep et al. v, City of MilwaukeeVerdict and Settlement of more than $2 million
State v. HamdanSupreme Court overturned criminal conviction.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lorman Education Services publicationTax Exempt Organizations in Wisconsin2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of Wisconsin, MadisonJournalism and Mass CommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tax Law ProgramEthical Considerations in Actions Before Tax Tribunals2008
Tax Law ConferenceMergers and Acquisitions Gone Wrong: When Lawyers Get Sued2008
Tax Exempt Organizations in WisconsinNot for Profit Corporate Governance2006