710 N. Plankinton Ave
Suite 500
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Telephone: 414-271-7722

Direct Dial: 414-290-7549

Fax: 414-271-4438

Bar Admissions

State of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court - Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
Menomonie Tribal Court
Admitted Pro Hac Vice in more than 20 states

Education

Marquette University 1987
Valparaiso Law School 1990

Professional Organizations

American Bar Association
American Board of Trial Advocates - Wisconsin Chapter - Advocate
State Bar of Wisconsin
Defense Research Institute
Civil Trial Counsel
Milwaukee Bar Association
Milwaukee Insurance Adjusters Association
Transportation Lawyers Association
Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Biography

Jeff is AV peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating possible by Martindale-Hubbell.)

Jeff is a long time shareholder and member of the Board of Directors at Crivello Carlson. He is National Trial Counsel for one of the Country’s leading manufacturers of compact farming and construction equipment and assists as National Counsel for a leading manufacturer of outdoor power equipment. He has also served as National Counsel for one of the Country’s leading manufacturers of boilers and water heaters and works with several multi-national companies on contract disputes, product performance issues and product liability claims.

Jeff has handled numerous cases throughout the State and Country and has tried cases to juries in New York, Kansas, Connecticut and California. Jeff’s trials typically involve claimed damages in excess of $1 Million and involve alleged product defects and performance and warnings issues resulting in catastrophic injuries.

Closer to home Jeff is proud to sit on the Board of Directors for one of the clients that he has represented for nearly 20 years. He has tried numerous cases to juries throughout the State involving automobile accidents, products liability, medical malpractice and fire loss claims with great success.

While working at Crivello Carlson Jeff was a member of the trial team involving litigation surrounding a manufacturer of one of the world’s larges mobile cranes. That lawsuit arose out of the construction of the Miller Park Baseball Stadium in 2001 when a crane collapsed resulting in the deaths of three workers. At the conclusion of the trial the court ruled the crane was not defective as a matter of law and co-defendant was responsible for approximately $100 Million in damages.

When not in trial, Jeff has had great success in obtaining summary judgment for his clients. In a case venued in New York, which resulted in the largest loss of firefighter life and injury prior to 9-11-01, Jeff was successful in obtaining summary judgment on behalf of a client who was being sued as a result of an alleged product defect that caused a fire and explosion resulting in the deaths of 3 firemen and injuring 90 others. The demand in the case was $227 Million and Jeff successfully obtained summary judgment in the lower court. Similarly, a Pennsylvania court granted summary judgment to another of Jeff’s client finding that the death of a 19 month old child was not due to a defective product.

Closer to home, Jeff has been involved in representing two individuals from Mukwonago, Wisconsin who are challenging a decision by the Department of Public Instruction requiring the Mukwonago School District to change its “Indian” nickname and its headdress mascot on the basis that such name and mascot create a discriminatory atmosphere. The statute is being challenged on constitutional and due process grounds and the court recently ruled that the statute as applied to the school district was unconstitutional.

Community Service Activities

Jeff is active in his community supporting many local activities and organizations. He sits on the Board of Directors of FOMA -an organization committed to furthering and developing Mukwonago athletics. Jeff also manages Crivello Carlson's Waukesha County office located in Mukwonago, Wisconsin