When most law firms talk about their Litigation Practices, they repeat the same claims – highlighting qualities like intelligent, specialized, efficient and experienced. In actuality, those same traits describe Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren’s Litigation attorneys, save for one big difference: we know what it takes to win. At a time when only a small percentage of civil cases go to trial, we have preserved the art of being trial lawyers.
Reinhart’s trial teams include attorneys who have clerked for state and federal trial and appellate court judges (including the Wisconsin Supreme Court), former prosecutors, as well as some who previously worked at very large law firms in Chicago and New York. Other lawyers have developed their passion for litigation inside our own walls. We train our associate attorneys to be trial lawyers and build real-world case experience starting on their first day, reinforcing that commitment through our Pro Bono Program, as well as by placing them as Special Assistant District Attorneys in Milwaukee County.
Whether the case reaches trial or not, that commitment to understanding our practice and profession has a big impact on client outcomes. Based on our depth of experience, we know what we need to prove to win a case, and our attorneys know how to develop that evidence with precision and efficiency. Reinhart’s Litigation attorneys leverage this unique perspective of trial successes to evaluate the strength of cases, and to predict and budget our fees with greater certainty. That precise ability to assess cases allows us to efficiently achieve justice and obtain favorable results for our clients.
Simply put, we have the skills to win inside and outside the courtroom. And Reinhart’s Litigation attorneys leverage this trial preparedness to find quick and creative solutions with opposing counsel that wish to avoid long, protracted court battles. This approach often allows us to settle cases for greater value without the need for a costly trial, allowing our clients to focus on what they do best – building their business.
Reinhart’s Litigation attorneys understand the delicate balance a business must find between protecting assets in the event of a litigation action, while also appreciating the value of finite resources to any size company. We respect the fact that not every business can afford to invest in costly litigation, and to the degree possible will work diligently and efficiently without letting traditional billable hour fee models get in the way.
This unmatched level of collaboration means that Reinhart is uniquely suited to fashion an alternative fee arrangement that will be mutually beneficial to both parties, such as a flat fee, reduced rates with a success fee if we win, or even a straight contingent fee. Through active dialogue to ensure that our goals are always aligned, we help clients accurately evaluate return on investment and share the risks proactively.
Our Litigation attorneys are leaders in the legal community, and we know our judges and opposing counsel well. We have served as presidents of the Milwaukee Bar Association, the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association and the Thomas E. Fairchild Inn of Court. Reinhart attorneys have dedicated themselves to participating in and leading these organizations throughout the years; in doing so, we have built credibility on the bench and bar. Several of our former shareholders have been honored to become trial court judges.
Further, Reinhart’s Litigation attorneys have received consistent praise. We are consistently ranked among the best by our clients and peers; our clients often hire us to try cases that had previously been handled by other lawyers; large national firms rely on us for their local matters; and we have even been hired by our previous opposing counsel, one of the highest compliments in our profession. While most Litigation Practices serve similar functions, Reinhart clearly stands apart.
Laura Brenner served as a member of the Business Court Advisory Committee before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in support of a designated business court in Wisconsin.
Six Reinhart attorneys have been named new shareholders.
Malinda J. Eskra has been named Reinhart’s 2016 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. Each year, the firm recognizes a Reinhart attorney who best demonstrates our commitment to serve those otherwise unable to obtain needed legal services.
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