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I learned the value of hard work growing up on a dairy farm, and it stuck with me.  I have always loved to learn and did well in school, graduating from UW Madison, where I received my law degree in 1993.  I have been a partner at Gingras, Cates & Wachs since 2000. My practice areas include whistleblower cases, employment law, civil rights, professional malpractice, personal injury and family law.

I was raised to care deeply about the welfare of others, and that value is reflected in the work I do as a lawyer.  I love helping people with their problems, whether it be a mistreated employee, an injured driver, or someone brave enough to draw attention to wrongdoing who then faces retaliation because of that bravery.  My professional and no-nonsense style has earned me the respect of my opponents and the legal community.  I have also given back to my community, having served on city council, school board, the police commission and my church’s stewardship committee.

But I am most proud of being a husband and father.  I married my wife in 1998, and we now have three school-aged children.  Sometimes I think they have taught me more than I have taught them.  Like me, they love ice hockey.  Unlike me, they are good at it – I can barely skate.  But I love going to the rink every weekend from October through early March to watch them, even if it means driving to Eagle River in February.


J.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1993
B.A., University of Wisconsin , with honors, – Madison, 1990

Bar Admission

Wisconsin, 1993
U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Wisconsin
Dane County Bar Association
American Association for Justice
Wisconsin Association for Justice
Editor of Ch. 13 Violation of Civil Rights Damages, 2012 Law of Damages in WI
St Luke Lutheran Church, Chair of the Stewardship Committee, 2012 – Present
Middleton/Cross Plains Area School District Board. 2014 – Present
City of Middleton, Police Commission, September 2013 – Present
City of Middleton Common Council, 2009 – 2012
Middleton Cross Plains Area School District School Board Member, 2014 -- Present

Honors and Awards

Wisconsin Super Lawyer – 2009 - 2015
Wisconsin Rising Star – 2006 - 2007
Best Lawyers in America - 2016
- Employment Law - Individuals

Recent Cases


Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

Favorite Novel

To Kill A Mockingbird

Favorite Quote

“We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills, we shall never surrender.”  -- Winston Churchill.

Favorite Sports Team

UW Badger Men and Women’s Hockey