Allen Schlinsog
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Allen C. Schlinsog, Jr. is a shareholder and past chair of Reinhart’s Litigation Practice as well as the chair of the Product Liability and Safety Practice Group. Al handles complex commercial litigation and intellectual property cases, but his practice focuses primarily on the defense of complex product liability claims involving regulated products, including those of the mining, pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Over the course of his career, he has gained considerable experience in significant class actions, product liability, and mass tort proceedings. As national counsel for several clients, Al regularly appears in state and federal courts across the country in catastrophic injury, class action, and mass tort cases. As a testament to his product liability expertise, Al was named one of seven “favorite product liability attorneys” by general counsel polled by BTI Consulting Group in 2016.

When clients hire Al to handle their case, their problems and goals become his own, and his two decades of legal experience has prepared him to successfully defend both his clients’ reputations as well as their products. Motivated by injustice and a sense of fair play, Al’s knowledge and expertise—combined with his commitment and passion to his clients—has resulted in his well known reputation of being an exceptional attorney. Al is able to draw from his previous experiences to develop creative solutions to complex problems. Although Al is an aggressive litigator, he always respects and preserves relationships with others—a quality that makes Al a true professional. Receiving one of the highest compliments to his work, Al has even been hired by his past opposing counsel.

Clients appreciate his professionalism, personable nature, and his dedication which has resulted in numerous long-term business partnerships. Clients trust Al with their most difficult strategic business issues—not just problems that develop into litigation. Realizing that his success is tied to the success of his clients, Al is very proud of his decades-long relationships with his clients and counts the companies’ senior management among his closest friends. Recognized for his accomplishments, Al is highly regarded by his peers and opposing counsel and is the recipient of several noteworthy accolades by Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers, Chambers and others. In addition, he is a recent past-President of the Bar Association for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

In addition to his legal practice, Al is a frequent speaker and author on a variety of topics and places much of his attention upon research that focuses on the evolving science behind the art of persuasion and effective communication techniques. Continuously striving to unite the art of communication with the science of how we physically and psychologically receive and process information, Al stands today as an extremely skillful communicator in the courtroom. During his spare time, Al shares his gifts with others through local and national bar associations, and is committed to human concerns and social justice through community board positions and committees at his parish.

Al primarily serves the following industries:

  • Product Liability and Safety
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Patents and Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Food and Beverage Law


Education

J.D., magna cum laude, The John Marshall Law School (Law Review Editorial Board)
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Russian Language and International Relations/Soviet Area Studies)

Bar Admissions

Wisconsin
Illinois
Arizona

Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
United States Circuit Court – 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th Circuits

Mass Torts

Commercial Vehicles

  • National counsel for a truck manufacturer accused of creating toxic diesel exhaust

Pharmaceuticals

  • Representing pharmaceutical companies defending product liability claims

Medical Devices

  • National counsel for a medical device manufacturer and distributor in national latex allergy litigation pending in a federal multidistrict litigation proceeding and in state and federal courts throughout the country

Product Liability

Drugs and Medical Devices

  • Defending several pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in actions claiming that defects in our clients’ products caused catastrophic injuries or deaths of patients

Mining Machinery

  • Defending numerous claims as national counsel for a manufacturer of underground and aboveground mining machinery involved in fatalities and catastrophic injuries

Vehicles and Aircraft

  • National counsel in catastrophic injury cases for a manufacturer and distributors of various cranes, lifts and other equipment used to move shipping containers in shipping ports and rail yards
  • Defending an aircraft manufacturer in several suits alleging defects led to fatal aircraft crashes
  • National counsel for a manufacturer of forklifts involved in fatalities and catastrophic injuries
  • Regional counsel for manufacturers and distributors of coach-style buses

Class Actions

  • National counsel for a manufacturer of regulated cleaning wipes defending several national class actions
  • Defending multiple class actions against a pharmaceutical/medical device company alleging over $600 million in damages under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
  • Defending class actions against the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm related to alleged violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Defending a class action against the nation’s largest provider of release of information services and audit management and tracking technology

Supplier Recovery Litigation

  • National counsel for an industrial machinery manufacturer in litigation against suppliers who provided defective parts
  • Seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages on behalf of a medical device manufacturer that was forced to recall millions of devices because a material supplier allegedly fraudulently supplied incorrect material

California’s Proposition 65

  • Defending numerous clients in California Proposition 65 claims related to medical devices, food and consumer products

AWP Litigation

  • Representing two pharmaceutical companies in an action brought by the State of Wisconsin, in which the Wisconsin Attorney General is alleging that our clients falsely inflated the prices of its drugs (AWP Litigation)

Advertising / Labeling Litigation

  • Representing food-industry clients in class action litigation regarding “all-natural” claims
  • Representing clients against competitors who claim to have been injured by the promotion of the products

Intellectual Property

  • Defending a medical device manufacturer against claims that our client infringed on its Trademark
  • Defending a manufacturer of nutritional supplements for a claim brought by a competitor claiming that our client misappropriated its trade secrets

Recalls

  • Regularly advising companies through recalls of a variety of different products

Counseling

  • Regularly advising manufacturers and distributors regarding product development, regulatory matters involving the FDA, warnings issues, supply chain monitoring and risk mitigation strategies

Honors

  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation)
  • Highlighted in Benchmark Litigation as a Litigation Star
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers For Business, named Al a leader in general commercial litigation
  • Named one of seven “favorite product liability attorneys” by general counsel polled by BTI Consulting Group (2016)
  • BTI Client Service All-Star
  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers since 2008
  • Wisconsin Top Rated Lawyer Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • 2015 Pro Bono Honor Society, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • 2012 Judicial Retention Commission for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Past President of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Awarded the Order of John Marshall

Affiliations

  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee (Vice President/Board of Trustees and Chair of Governance Committee)
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association (Past President; Director; Member of Judge Charles N. Clevert Mentoring Committee; and various prior Executive Committee positions)
  • Defense Research Institute (State of Wisconsin’s liaison representative to Drug and Medical Device Committee)
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Bar of the United States Supreme Court
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Illinois and Arizona
  • Bars of the United States Circuit Courts [3d, 5th, 7th, 9th]
  • Bars of the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Western District of Wisconsin, Northern District of Illinois and the Southern District of Illinois
  • Law Review while at John Marshall Law School (Editorial Board)
  • Novel Toxic Tort Claims Relating to Diesel Exhaust, presentation at DRI “Strictly Automotive” Seminar (November 2015)
  • Best Practices for Reducing Products Liability Exposure and Winning Lawsuits When They Occur, University of Wisconsin-Madison Product Liability Conference (September 2015)

Fifteen Reinhart Attorneys Named Leaders in their Field by Chambers USA

56 Reinhart Attorneys Recognized by Wisconsin Super Lawyers

Reinhart and Its Attorneys Recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2017

Best Lawyers in America 2017 Includes 98 Reinhart Attorneys; Nine are “Lawyers of the Year”

In Survey, General Counsel Name Reinhart’s Schlinsog a Client Service All-Star

Al Schlinsog Is Among Seven U.S. Lawyers Named as “Favorite Product Liability Attorneys”

Reinhart and Its Attorneys Recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2016

Reinhart Attorneys and Practice Areas Recognized as Legal Profession Leaders by Chambers USA 2014

Reinhart and Its Attorneys Recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2015

67 Reinhart Attorneys Recognized by Wisconsin Super Lawyers

Reinhart Attorney Recognized as ‘Up and Coming Lawyer’

Best Lawyers in America 2015 Includes 89 Reinhart Attorneys; Six Are “Lawyers of the Year”

Reinhart Launches Food and Beverage Service Group

Reinhart Attorneys and Practice Areas Recognized as Legal Profession Leaders by Chambers USA 2015

Reinhart and Its Attorneys Recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2014

64 Reinhart Attorneys Recognized by Wisconsin Super Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America 2014 Includes 85 Reinhart Attorneys; Seven Are “Lawyers of the Year”

Nineteen Reinhart Attorneys Recognized as 2013 “Leaders in Their Field” by Chambers USA

Reinhart’s Schlinsog Named President of Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association

63 Reinhart Attorneys Recognized by Wisconsin Super Lawyers

54 Reinhart Attorneys Recognized by Wisconsin Super Lawyers

Reinhart Attorneys Stathas and Schlinsog Elected to Wisconsin District Court Bar Association Leadership Positions

52 Reinhart Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Wisconsin Law Journal Features Al Schlinsog’s Niche Practice

Reinhart Attorneys and Practice Areas Recognized as Legal Profession Leaders by Chambers USA