Crivello Carlson, S.C.
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Sam Hall and Zack Flood recently won summary judgment in a federal district court case in which the plaintiff alleged the defendants failed to protect him in violation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and his constitutional rights. In granting the defendant’s motion for summary judgment, the court found no triable issues of fact and dismissed the plaintiff’s claims against the defendants in their entirety.Read More
Sam Hall and Zack Flood recently prevailed on motions to dismiss in three related federal district court cases in which the plaintiff was alleging conspiracy against a county for theft and violations of his constitutional rights.Read More
Pat Brennan has been nominated and selected for membership to the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). Membership is limited to those attorneys that have achieved professional distinction, and enjoy the respect of opposing and co-counsel as well as judges before whom they’ve appeared. Election is by the Board of Directors upon recommendation of an independent Admissions Committee charged with the responsibility of making a careful investigation into the qualifications of each nominee to ensure that those selected have distinguished themselves professionally.Read More
Tim Johnson has been selected as a 2017 Wisconsin Rising Star. He was selected as a Rising Star in 2015 and 2016 as wellRead More
Pat Brennan has been selected to the 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list, an honor limited to no more than 5% of the attorneys in the state.Read More
Jeff Nichols and Rich Orton recently prevailed in a trial in Sonoma County, California. Plaintiff lost an arm and a leg as a result of a rough terrain fork lift tipping over. Plaintiff asked the jury to award $26 Million as a result of the injuries. After deliberating three days, the jury returned a verdict on behalf of Jeff and Rich’s client, finding no negligence and no product defect.Read More
Pat Brennan and Tim Johnson secured complete dismissal on summary judgment of product liability claims against our client in Wisconsin state court. The plaintiff alleged claims of design defect, manufacturing defect, and failure to warn, all of which were alleged to have severely disabled the plaintiff.Read More
Sara Mills and Pat Brennan recently obtained summary judgment dismissal of a legal malpractice case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Our client was an attorney and his firm who represented a client on claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The court granted summary judgment to the defendants on all counts, which included claims of legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, and misrepresentation under Wis. Stat. § 100.18.Read More
Eric Carlson recently recently obtained a defense verdict in Milwaukee County on an intentional infliction of emotional distress claim brought against a non-profit organization.Read More
Attorneys Samuel C. Hall, Jr. and Benjamin A. Sparks recently obtained a favorable decision dismissing a case brought under Wisconsin’s Open Records Law against a municipal client. The Washington County Circuit Court ruled that the plaintiffs had failed to state a claim under the Open Records Law because the allegations and filed documents showed that the municipality complied with the Open Records Law.Read More
Jim Niquet, Agatha Raynor and Noelle Muceno prevailed in a summary judgment motion that led to the dismissal of all strict products liability and negligence claims against a manufacturer in a wrongful death action. Crivello Carlson’s client faced allegations that it was liable as a successor corporation for a company that supplied defective building products and services during the construction of a power plant. The Brown County, Wisconsin judge agreed with argument and supporting evidence produced by the team that the Wisconsin Statute of Repose defense protected the manufacturer for its involvement in the construction in the power plant.Read More
Larry Drabot recently served on the faculty at a National Business Institute continuing legal education seminar, “Applying the Rules of Civil Procedure in Wisconsin” speaking on the topics of Judgments and Final Remedies, and Ethical Practices for Civil LitigationRead More
Jeff Nichols and Pat Brennan demonstrated trial techniques at the ABOTA Institute of Trial Practice in conjunction with the State Bar of Wisconsin on November 2, 2016. Along with Don Carlson, Crivello Carlson has three members of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a peer-selected group of the top trial attorneys in the state from both the plaintiff and defense bar.Read More
Crivello Carlson Attorney. Richard Orton was recently named one of the Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2016 Up and Coming Lawyers.
Rich and other honorees accepted their awards last night at a reception at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.Read More
Tim Johnson recently authored “Yates Memo Requires Careful D&O Policy Review” in the Defense Research Institute’s June 2016 Covered Events.
Tim Johnson was named a Wisconsin Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2016
Pat Brennan was recently recognized by Best Lawyers for commercial litigation and personal injury defense. Best, a peer-reviewed survey, publishes annual designations in specialized fields.Read More
Eric Andrews was recently selected to Wisconsin Super Lawyers Magazine’s 2016 Rising Stars list. This honor is limited to no more than 2.5 percent of Wisconsin attorneys.Read More
Pat Brennan and Sam Hall achieved a voluntary dismissal upon moving for summary judgment in a lawsuit against an attorney and his municipal client involving a claim of civil rights retaliation.
Pat Brennan and Eric Andrews obtained a defense verdict in a Kenosha County lawsuit contending that a cervical neck fusion and ultimate suicide were caused by a motor vehicle accident.
Eric Andrews was recently appointed to the Wisconsin Defense Counsel Amicus Committee. The Amicus Committee is responsible for filing “friend of the court” briefs at the appellate levels on issues that are important to Wisconsin citizens and businesses.Read More
Jeff Nichols recently prevailed in a Trempealeau County Wisconsin jury trial. The case arose out of a slip and fall at a banquet facility which plaintiff alleged caused permanent neck and shoulder injuries. In spite of Jeff’s client being unavailable for trial (he was incarcerated) the jury found Jeff’s client not negligent and further found no damages as a result of the alleged incident in spite of plaintiff asserting special damages in excess of $50,000. The jury deliberated for 30 minutes before rendering its decision.Read More
Jeff Nichols recently received a favorable verdict on behalf of a plaintiff in a recent Milwaukee County jury trial. Jeff’s client, a 78 year old single female, slipped and fell when coming out of her apartment complex resulting in a severe broken ankle. She had complained to the owner prior to the incident about the condition of the sidewalk but such complaints fell on deaf ears. The Milwaukee County jury found no negligence on the plaintiff and awarded Jeff’s client in excess of $500,000 in damages.
Sam Hall and Tim Johnson recently obtained a favorable verdict in a federal civil rights trial challenging a Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy use of deadly force. The plaintiff, who was shot three times, claimed that the officer used excessive force in responding to a call that began as a call for assistance based on suicidal threats. After the four day trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the law enforcement officer, finding the shooting legally justified. The plaintiff had sought $4.5 million in compensatory damages in addition to an unspecified amount in punitive damages.Read More
Travis Rhoades was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Wisconsin Defense Counsel, a statewide organization of over 450 attorneys dedicated to the defense of Wisconsin citizens and businesses, the maintenance of an equitable civil justice system, and the education of its members.Read More
James Niquet, Travis Rhoades and Noelle Muceno obtained summary judgment for their power-generation company client in a wrongful death premises liability case, Mohn v. Dairyland Power Cooperative, Milwaukee County Case No 12-CV-001244. Our team investigated and developed historical information regarding construction projects at the client’s power plants, and used that information to successfully argue that the client was entitled to the protections of Wisconsin’s Construction Statute of Repose for the work which allegedly injured the Plaintiff. Our firm has been involved in a series of recent trial and appellate court decisions defining the scope of the protections of the Construction Statute of Repose.Read More
Jeffrey Nichols and Ashley Webber recently obtained a defense verdict in St. Croix County, Hudson, Wisconsin. The case involved a plaintiff who allegedly fell down a flight of steps at a home owned by the defendant. Plaintiff claimed his fall was due to the negligence of the defendant cutting off electricity and claimed a post traumatic brain injury and special damages in excess of $600,000.00. The 12-person jury found no negligence on behalf of the homeowner.Read More
Attorneys Jim Niquet, Eric Carlson, Laura Schuett, and Bill Keeler recently obtained summary judgment for four clients (three premises owners and one contractor) in an asbestos lawsuit in Milwaukee County. The plaintiff claimed negligence, strict liability, and punitive damages for his asbestos exposure that occurred during his work as a steamfitter at various sites for various contractors throughout his career. After briefing and oral arguments, the Circuit Court agreed that Wisconsin's Statute of Repose applied equally to premises owners and an insulation contractor. With regard to the premises defendants, all of the plaintiff's work required that he be engaged in improvements to real property - including creating new pipe installations and removing and replacing existing piping that constituted a permanent addition to and betterment of the property. As for the contractor, it was responsible for installation, removal, and maintenance at several sites. The Court found it was hired to do specific jobs that included installing and insulating new and existing pipes which constituted a particular improvement to real property. Summary judgment was granted and all clients were dismissed.Read More
Larry Drabot presented a November 2014 CLE on UM/UIM Litigation, covering topics of prosecuting and defending claims, settlement and trial strategy, and damages, set-offs and liens. In December, Drabot was a faculty presenter at a truck accident litigation CLE, addressing defense planning and investigation of truck crash cases. Both CLE presentations were sponsored by National Business Institute.Read More
Attorney Sam Hall and Attorney Tim Johnson recently received a favorable decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in a Fourth Amendment case challenging an officer’s use of deadly force while attempting to effectuate a search warrant in a home. Previously, summary judgment was granted in favor of the officers and sheriff’s department. On appeal, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court decision.Read More
Jeff Nichols, with the assistance of Chris Jahncke, received a defense verdict in Austin, Texas Federal Court on a products liability claim. After a day and a half of deliberations, the seven person jury found the telehandler/forklift was not defectively designed and thus not a cause of plaintiff’s injuries.Read More
Eric Andrews was recently nominated to participate in the State Bar of Wisconsin’s 2015 Leadership Development Summit. He is one of twenty-five attorneys selected and invited to participate in this event.Read More
Eric Andrews was recently selected as a Building Bridges Board member for the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors (BOG).Read More
Attorney Patrick Brennan and Attorney Eric Andrews were successful in winning a motion to stay and bifurcate a plaintiff’s bad faith, prejudgment interest, breach of contract and punitive damages claims. These claims were bifurcated for purposes of trial, and all discovery on these claims were stayed pending resolution of the uninsured motorist claim.Read More
Frank T. Crivello (1935-2015)
It is with heavy hearts that we honor the passing of our partner and dear friend, Frank T. Crivello. For those fortunate to have known Frank, his warmth and humor will be greatly missed. Crivello Carlson, S.C. would not be what it is today without his leadership and dedication.
Frank T. Crivello Sr. June 17, 1935 - March 27, 2015
Passed on into eternal life on Friday, March 27, in Naples, Florida after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 79 years. He is survived by his wife and remarkable caregiver of 23 years, Lou Crivello; his four children Carrie Mays, Frank (Laura) Crivello , Jennifer (Christopher) Ott and Beth (Adam) Crivello-Wagner; his two step-children Dave (Leisa) Burgess and Dale (Mary) Burgess; his 13 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; his brother, Bro. Mario Crivello, MI and sister Antoinette Leyda.
Visitation Tuesday April 7 from 2:30 PM until 5:30 PM at Lumen Christi Catholic Church (138 W. Buntrock Ave,Thiensville) Mass of Christian Burial immediately following at 6:00 PM. Private interment Zur Ruhe Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Frank’s name may be made to the Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida, 1048 Goodlette-Frank Road, Suite 201, Naples, Florida 34102.
Frank was simply adored by his family, many friends, colleagues and acquaintances that truly blessed his life. Always quick with a smile and a perfectly delivered joke, his presence brightened every golf course, courtroom, church and poker table he graced. Even as he stared multiple health issues in the face, he did so with kindness and humor, remaining focused on what matters – love and family. He never met a pasta he didn't like, a courtroom he couldn’t command or a tee box he couldn’t conquer. This giant of a man lived his life so thoughtfully, leaving nothing but happiness in his wake. Founding partner of Crivello Carlson, S.C. in Milwaukee, his close to 40 years of law practice earned him accolades and immense respect. He was more than an attorney – he was a mentor, a friend, a partner and a trusted confidant.
Special thanks to his healthcare providers who made his life living with Parkinson’s as comfortable as possible: Gus Moreno and Rosa Huseman of Naples, Fla.; Debbie Tatum and Connie Pawslowski of Grafton, Wis.; and Luther Manor Adult Day Services, Cedarburg, Wis.Read More
On September 24 Don Carlson presented a defense voir dire demonstration at the American Board of Trial Advocates seminar put on for the Wisconsin Bar Association.Read More
Eric Andrews will present at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire’s Alumni Panel on October 3, 2014. He will present as a panelist on the topic of Sharing Secrets: Unwritten Rules of the American Workplace.Read More
Eric Andrews recently accepted an appointment to serve a one-year term on the State Bar of Wisconsin's Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Committee.Read More
Attorney Sam Hall recently received a favorable federal district court decision on behalf of a Chicago charter school. The plaintiff generally claimed that the student was not provided with a free appropriate public education due to alleged lack of accommodations to account for the student’s learning disabilities. The plaintiff brought a federal lawsuit against the charter school and asserted a federal civil rights claim and claims for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). After briefing on the issues, the federal district court dismissed the plaintiff’s claims in their entirety.Read More
Attorney Sam Hall and Attorney Tim Johnson were successful in obtaining summary judgment on behalf of Wisconsin jail corrections officers and supervisors who faced a federal lawsuit after a jail inmate developed MRSA while incarcerated. The plaintiff claimed that the jail officers violated the inmate’s Eighth Amendment constitutional right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. After discovery and briefing on the legal issues, the federal district court granted summary judgment and dismissed all claims against the jail officers and supervisors.Read More
Eric Andrews was recently invited to present at the 2014 Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference being held at the Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells from October 23 – October 25, 2014. He will present on the topic of dealing with difficult people.Read More
Crivello Carlson, S.C. is pleased to announce that Noelle C. Muceno has been named a shareholder in the firm. Ms. Muceno defends product manufacturers and suppliers against claims of alleged failures or defects as well as premises owners against claims of safe place violations and negligence. She also represents builders in construction litigation and contract disputes along with companies involved in coverage litigation. Ms. Muceno is very active in the Milwaukee area tennis community and involved in the efforts to preserve and maintain Nashotah Park and Okauchee Lake where she and her family reside.Read More