Robert Gingras is the founding partner of Gingras, Cates and Wachs.

His practice emphasizes the areas of class action litigation, wage and overtime claims, personal injury, professional malpractice, civil rights, employment discrimination and retaliation, sexual harassment, insurance company misconduct, and product liability.

Robert frequently lectures on various legal issues as they pertain to his areas of practice. He has extensive trial experience and has obtained numerous large jury awards and settlements.


J.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, cum laude, 1981
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976

Bar Admission

Wisconsin, 1981
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships

Dane County Bar Association
American Bar Association
State Bar of Wisconsin; Wisconsin Association for Justice
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Susan G. Komen Madison Race for the Cure®, 2005 – 2011
  - Immediate Past Chair
  - Chair
Madison Mustangs Semi-Pro football team, Owner

Honors and Awards

Multi-Million Advocates Forum, 2009
The Best Lawyers in Madison, Madison Magazine – since 1994
The Best Lawyers in America – since 1989
  - Employment Law - Individuals
  - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Wisconsin Super Lawyer, 2006 – 2015

Successful Verdicts

$50 million to classes of workers in five separate class and collective actions
$5.3 million to the widow of a construction worker killed by an elevator in a construction accident
$2.9 million awarded by a jury to the parents of a newborn infant who was injured during birth
$2.5 million to a man was injured by a defective shotgun
$1.0 million award from a jury to a bank customer for lender liability
$1.0 million jury verdict to a woman who suffered sexual / gender discrimination
$950,000 to the family of a man shot and killed by a police officer
$800,000 to a woman victimized by sexual harassment at her job
$775,000 to a mother who was wrongfully denied insurance disability benefits
$750,000 to an elderly man for the misconduct of his own insurance company
$475,000 to a women victimized by sexual harassment by a Dane County Sheriff
$135,000 settlement in a bike / car accident
$450,000 to a private citizen in a First Amendment / whistle blower case against a county government
$235,000 to a man subjected to racial discrimination
$165,000 settlement in a water slide accident