This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
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.”
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Distinguished Lawyer||The Expert Network||2016|
|Leading Lawyers||M Magazine||2016|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Reviewed||Lawyers.com||2015|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Million Dollar Advocate||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2009|
|Most Important Decision Wisconsin Supreme Court 2003 WI 133||Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine||2003|
|Multi-Million Dollar Advocate||Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2002|
|Most Important Decision Wisconsin Supreme Court 2001 WI 99||Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine||2001|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||1995|
|Owner||Law Offices of Chris J Trebatoski, LLC||2014 - Present|
|Partner||Weiss Berzowski Brady, LLP||2007 - 2014|
|Partner||Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan, LLP||2004 - 2007|
|Partner||Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP||1991 - 2004|
|Associate||Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP||1984 - 1991|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Milwaukee Bar Association||Member||1984 - Present|
|American Diabetes Association||Wisconsin Advisory Board||2005 - 2007|
|The Milwaukee Forum||President||1989 - 1990|
|Reep et al. v, City of Milwaukee||Verdict and Settlement of more than $2 million|
|Milwaukee County v. Mercer, Inc||$45 million settlement|
|State v. Hamdan||Supreme Court overturned criminal conviction.|
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|Lorman Education Services publication||Tax Exempt Organizations in Wisconsin||2006|
|University of Wisconsin Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1984|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||Journalism and Mass Communication||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1981|
|Tax Law Program||Ethical Considerations in Actions Before Tax Tribunals||2008|
|Tax Law Conference||Mergers and Acquisitions Gone Wrong: When Lawyers Get Sued||2008|
|Tax Exempt Organizations in Wisconsin||Not for Profit Corporate Governance||2006|
Posted by John
Chris did a great job for our firm when he was with his previous firm. He defended us in a counter-suit and was very professional and easy to work with. He was able to make what could have been a miserable and emotionally draining experience into a very tolerable one. And we won the case!
Posted by Lindy
We hired Mr. Trebatoski (Chris as we called him) to help us with a contract written and then disputed by our employer. It got very complicated to us but Chris understood everything and explained every detail. Chris explained everything in terms and ways that we were able to understand and spent as much time with us as we needed answering all of our questions. He responded to our emails and calls even if he was out of town. He always made us feel that we were an important client. He informed us of all of our options but left all the final decisions up to us. Chris was very experienced in our case. We have never been through a legal situation and were a little nervous, Chris put us at ease. We cannot thank him enough for his help and would highly recommend Mr Trebatoski.
Posted by Kris
As President of my company I gave a previously successful white collar professional who'd made a couple wrong turns in business and was in financial straits "a chance". We taught the person our highly refined business model and methodology and differentiators, and worked with them for almost two years, which included obtaining outside help as they were attempting to fit in.
This person artfully concealed for a substantive period of the time while working for us that they were both utilizing our work product for their own ends and were lying about the actual amount of work done for us.
When I terminated the person they took work product to which they had no right to a competitor who had no clue about our business model and methodology much less how to implement it. AND the person spent serious effort in attempting to hack into our company systems for access to more of our work product.
Chris masterfully listened to us, took us through guided key questions, researched the issues and quickly determined the seriousness of the acts which were in fact felonious.
He next reviewed, compared and contrasted the legal and pragmatic options, and potential pitfalls of perception and reputation in the marketplace when attempting to address provisionally wrongful terminated employee actions.
Then he recommended a simple course of action which he believed likely to be most effective and asked us to consider it vs. the other options we discussed.
We accepted his recommendation. He executed it. Our competitor divested of our terminated employee and the person appears to have left our industry.
While it is difficult to ascertain quantitatively the level of harm we've sustained, it is a relief that it does not appear that the damage is actively on-going.
We thus accomplished practically about the best we could expect.
BTW Chris accomplished this at 80% of the budget he estimated it would cost.
Finally, the most important accolade we can give Chris is his professional wisdom and legal artistry in explaining the nuances of the courses of action and how each might reverberate and possibly reflect badly back on us notwithstanding our having been clearly wronged.
This is evidence of both deep experience and legal skill.
Brian Mahany, Banking Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
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.
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