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Patrick J. Lubenow

Partner

Education

University of Wisconsin School of Law, J.D., 1984, cum laude

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 1981

Admissions

Wisconsin

Illinois

When claims are made against professionals, Pat is the attorney called to advocate for their interests. With more than 30 years of both civil litigation and prosecution experience, Pat is a founding member of the firm and managing partner of the Milwaukee office. He defends professionals from doctors to architects; lawyers to insurance adjusters and most in between. Additionally, he handles matters involving construction litigation and the defense of catastrophic injuries. Pat especially enjoys adversarial work on behalf of professional services firms, as he finds the lawsuits they face to be more personal and not merely an economic issue.

Pat recently represented a stock broker in a FINRA arbitration wherein the arbitrators found in Pat’s client’s favor and awarded back nearly all of Pat’s attorney fees. The claim involved allegations that Pat’s client breached fiduciary duties and was negligent. Petitioner alleged Pat’s client liquidated accounts and made improper investment recommendations into other accounts. Pat won the case and successfully had the claim expunged from his client’s Central Registration Depository (CRD) by a circuit court judge.

Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated

  • Selected to the Wisconsin Super Lawyers List: 2014, 2015

Memberships & Involvement

  • Member: Illinois State Bar Association; Wisconsin State Bar Association; Milwaukee Bar Association; PLUS; Defense Research Institute

Experience

  • Successful representation of a trustee at trial in a legal malpractice case alleging trustee negligent in the handling of a trust
  • Successful defense of a stock broker in a FINRA case alleging his negligence in regard to investment recommendations for an elderly couple
  • Represented a New Jersey prime subcontractor against a general contractor in an action alleging the client was responsible for delay damages and increased construction costs totaling $38 million

Publications

Presentations & Events

  • The Supreme Court’s Decision in Marmet v. Brown and Its Implications on the Use of Arbitration Agreements
    USLAW Fall Client Conference, October 2013
  • University of Chicago Gleacher Center, Chicago, IL, May 16, 2013
  • Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs) – The Next Big Step in the Green Building Movement
    USLAW Spring Client Conference, April 12, 2012
  • Construction Liability
    Client Training Seminar, February 9, 2012
  • Cowboy Practice Facility Collapse: A Look at the Design Professionals’ Involvement and Their Liability Exposure
    USLAW Spring Client Conference, March 31, 2011
  • Building EQ, What It Is and Its Implications for the Construction Industry
    USLAW Spring Conference, 2011
  • Madison, WI, October 27, 2010
  • Nursing Home Claims: Plaintiff's Attorneys Are Soliciting the Claims, So You Better Be Prepared to Avoid and Defend Them
    Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation's 18th Annual Corporation Counsel/Defense Counsel Forum, Stevens Point, WI, September 24, 2010
  • Stevens Point, WI, September 24, 2010
  • Colorado Springs, CO, April 1, 2010
  • Illinois & Wisconsin Substantive Law & Procedural Pointers
    Sedgwick University Webinar, January 6, 2010