Officers and Board of Directors

Officers

Edward E. Robinson, President 

As President, Robinson is the highest ranking elected officer and primary spokesperson for WAJ.

Edward E. Robinson is a partner at Cannon & Dunphy, S.C. in Brookfield. He graduated, magna cum laude, from Marquette University in 1991, with a double major in History and English. Ed received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1995, where he was a member of the Law Review. In addition to handling cases throughout the State of Wisconsin, Ed is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  Since graduating from law school, Ed has been very active in The Wisconsin Association for Justice.  He previously served on the Amicus Curiae Committee, where he authored and co-authored numerous briefs to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Wisconsin Supreme Court advocating on behalf of WAJ.  He has appeared and successfully argued cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, in connection with both his own individual cases, as well as cases in which he has advocated on behalf of WAJ.  He has authored and coauthored numerous articles published in The Verdict, and continues to serve on its editorial board.  He has been a frequent speaker at WAJ and State Bar seminars, and, since 2008, he has presented the annual Torts Update at the WAJ Summer Seminar. He has been a member of the Association’s Board of Directors since 2009. Since 2009, he has also been recognized annually as a Wisconsin Super Lawyers®, and has also been chosen annually since 2011 for inclusion in Best Lawyers®. In 2014, he was privileged to be selected for membership in the Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). In 2018, Ed was elected to serve on the Board of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin.  Ed is a long-time resident of Oconomowoc, where he resides with his wife Lee Ann (who he is proud to point out is a public school teacher), and his two children, Connor and Keeley.

Beverly Wickstrom, President-Elect

Beverly Wickstrom is a partner in Gingras, Cates & Wachs, practicing out of the Eau Claire, Wisconsin office. She represents injured and disabled people in personal injury, products liability, workers’ compensation and social security disability cases. Beverly also serves as a mediator in personal injury, real estate, nursing home negligence, products liability, contract dispute and municipal liability cases. Beverly received her bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Lawrence University in 1980, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1983. She is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the American Bar Association, the Eau Claire County Bar Association, the Wisconsin Association for Justice (serving on the Executive Board since 2012) and the American Association for Justice.  In addition to her law practice, Beverly volunteers with several local organizations that help the homeless and the disabled, served as a mock trial coach for many years, is an advocate for the arts in the Chippewa Valley, and is the Chair for the Eau Claire County Democratic Party.

Jay A. Urban, Vice President

Jay is a founding member and partner of the firm Urban & Taylor s.c. with offices in Milwaukee and Tomah, WI. He represents individuals in complex personal injury and death cases, practicing in all areas of tort law with a specific focus on catastrophic trucking, nursing home abuse, and products/consumer liability matters nationwide (in the MDL federal court system). He has been named to Federal MDL leadership on multiple occasions taking on the large pharmaceutical and other corporate interests who put profits over people. He has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and as an advocate by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy. Jay has been repeatedly elected by his peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers and  Best Lawyers in America and other such reviews on an annual basis.  Jay has served on the Wisconsin Association for Justice Board of Directors since 1998 and he is the current Governor for AAJ from Wisconsin for several years.  Jay is a frequent lecturer at litigation and trial skills seminars across the country most often part of AAJ and various state TLAs, and is also actively involved in the American Association for Justice and the Southern Trial Lawyers Association.  He was the recipient of the Baldwin Most Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer award from AAJ in 2002 as well as other honors from this association.  As a WAJ officer, he looks forward to continuing the mission of WAJ in the education and networking of the Wisconsin trial bar as well as assisting the organization and our clients in their governmental interests.  Jay is married with two daughters.

Kristin M. Cafferty, Secretary

Kristin M. Cafferty is a shareholder at Habush Habush & Rottier in the Racine office. Kristin was born and raised in Wisconsin. She graduated from Marquette University, earning a B.S. in 1991 and a J.D. in 1994. Ms. Cafferty is Past-President of the Racine County Bar Association, and has been on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Association for Justice since 2007. She has also been appointed by the Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court to serve as the Chair of the District 15 Committee of the Office of Lawyer Regulation. Ms. Cafferty’s trial experience and appellate work, including argument before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, have earned her recognition as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. She is admitted to practice before the State of Wisconsin, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Her practice includes personal injury claims, automobile accidents, dog bite claims, slip & fall claims, vaccine related claims, and wrongful death claims.

Ms. Cafferty has been named a Super Lawyer and one of the top 25 women attorneys in the state of Wisconsin since 2009. In 2015, she was also named to Super Lawyers’ list of Top 50 attorneys in Wisconsin. She is regularly invited to speak to other lawyers and local community organizations about legal issues. She has also joined members of her firm in presenting mock trials to both high school and grade school students. Ms. Cafferty is also devoted to election protection efforts. Ms. Cafferty is an active volunteer in the Racine community, and was awarded the Racine County Bar Association Volunteer of the Year award in 2012.  She resides in Racine with her husband, Patrick, and their four children.

Kevin R. Martin, Treasurer 

Kevin R. Martin is the managing partner of Martin Law Office, S.C. in Oak Creek, WI. He graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1998) and Marquette University with a Doctor of Jurisprudence (2003). Kevin is admitted to practice law in the State of Wisconsin, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Western District of Wisconsin and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Kevin began his career as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the nursing home and hospital settings. Kevin went on to become a Registered Nurse specializing in cardiovascular intensive care. He was also cross-trained to care for patients in medical surgical intensive care and burn intensive care. Kevin served as an Adjunct Professor of Nursing at Concordia University Wisconsin for nearly 12-years and guest lectured to doctors and nurses throughout the State of Wisconsin on medical-legal liability.

As a practicing attorney, Kevin has focused his entire career on personal injury law. Kevin represents plaintiffs who are injured by motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, premises liability (slip-and-fall), nursing home neglect, medical malpractice, hospital malpractice, product liability, wrongful denial of insurance benefits (including ERISA claims), and bad faith claims. Kevin has authored numerous articles and lectured to lawyers throughout the State of Wisconsin on issues related to personal injury law.

Kevin is dual board certified as a Civil Trial and Pre-Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy; is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates; is named in The Best Lawyers in America; is AV-Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubble; and is a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer for Personal Injury-Plaintiff.

Heath P. Straka, Immediate Past President

Heath Straka is a partner at Axley Brynelson, LLP. His practice focuses on personal injury actions, general litigation involving employment and construction disputes and also complex litigation and class actions involving product liability claims and wage and hour violations. Heath received his law degree from the UW Law School in 2000.  He has litigation experience in the State and Federal Courts of Wisconsin and has practiced in the successful resolution of numerous Civil Rights and Personal Injury cases.  Heath has successfully argued two cases in front of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, both involving medical malpractice; Otto v. PIC and Bubb v. Brusky, et. al.  As a member of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, Heath serves as Immediate Past President and is past chair of the Program Committee and New Lawyers Section. Heath is also a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Dane County Bar Association and American Association for Justice.  Heath has been consistently voted by his peers to be both a Super Lawyer and among the Best Lawyers in America.  He has also been recognized by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel and was awarded the Top 40 Under 40 Award by The National Trial Lawyers in 2012. Heath is fluent in Spanish and has volunteered with the Dane County bar for non-English speaking legal services. He also volunteers in the community.  He is the Past-President of the Patriots Youth Hockey Association; is a past Board Member with Madison Festivals, Inc. (which runs Taste of Madison, The Madison Marathon and Rhythm & Booms); and coaches both youth hockey and soccer. Heath is married with three children.

 
Board of Directors

Regional Officers/Executive Committee Member (*)

  1. Timothy J. Andringa, Waukesha
  2. Todd E. Basler, Sheboygan
  3. Robert E. Bellin, Jr. Neenah
  4. Rachel E. Bradley, Spring Green
  5. Scott M. Butler, La Crosse
  6. Kelly L. Centofanti, Mequon
  7. Frank T. Crivello, II, Milwaukee
  8. Joseph G. Doherty, West Bend
  9. Charlie Domer, Milwaukee
  10. Noah Domnitz, Milwaukee
  11. Rebecca Domnitz, Milwaukee
  12. *Gregory J. Egan, III, La Crosse
  13. Richard T. Elrod, Appleton
  14. Christine D. Esser, Sheboygan 
  15. Eric A. Farnsworth, Madison
  16. *Melissa Fischer, Wauwatosa (New Lawyers Section)
  17. *Allan M. Foeckler, Brookfield
  18. Ryan T. Frank, Montello
  19. Jenna Fredrick-Ashbeck, Montello
  20. Paul M. Gagliardi, Salem
  21. Robert J. Gingras, Madison
  22. Jay E. Heit, Eau Claire
  23. Harry R. Hertel, Eau Claire
  24. Ryan J. Hetzel, West Bend
  25. Michelle Hockers, Milwaukee
  26. Gary N. Jahn, Chilton
  27. Robert J. Janssen, De Pere
  28. Whitney Johnson, Madison
  29. Luke Kingree, Madison
  30. Steven G. Kluender, Milwaukee
  31. Eric M. Knobloch, Milwaukee
  32. Mike R. Kruse, Waukesha
  33. Michael L. Laufenberg, Milwaukee
  34. Theresa B. Laughlin, Wausau
  35. Brian Laule, River Falls
  36. Emily I. Lonergan, Appleton
  37. Kristen E. Lonergan, Wausau
  38. *Christopher J. MacGillis, Wauwatosa
  39. Daniel R. McCormick, Milwaukee
  40. Amy Menzel, Neenah
  41. Jacqueline Nuckels, Milwaukee 
  42. Frank T. Pasternak, Brookfield
  43. Terrence M. Polich, Madison
  44. Roberta N. Puntillo, Kenosha
  45. Jacob Reis, Appleton
  46. *Amy M. Risseeuw, Appleton
  47. Christopher E. Rogers, Madison
  48. Randall L. Rozek, Milwaukee
  49. *Kristen Scheuerman, Appleton (Women's Caucus)
  50. Danielle Schroder, Madison
  51. Scott L. Schroeder, Janesville
  52. James Scoptur, Milwaukee
  53. Timothy T. Sempf, Amery
  54. Howard S. Sicula, Milwaukee
  55. *Michael S. Siddall, Appleton
  56. Anthony J. Skemp, Milwaukee
  57. Jessica E. Slavin, Fond du Lac
  58. Keith R. Stachowiak, Milwaukee
  59. Christopher L. Strohbehn, Milwaukee
  60. Mark S. Sweet, Watertown
  61. Scott B. Taylor, Milwaukee
  62. Ralph J. Tease, Jr., Green Bay
  63. Tracy N. Tool, River Falls
  64. Robert J. Welcenbach, Milwaukee
  65. Jason W. Whitley, Amery
  66. Peter M. Young, Rhinelander
  67. *Brad Yanke, Stevens Point

 

By District

Regional Officer District 1: Allan M. Foeckler
Senate Districts: 11, 15, 21, 22, 28

11 Mike Kruse, Waukesha (2019)
15 Allan M. Foeckler, Brookfield (2019)
21 Paul M. Gagliardi, Salem(2019)
22 Randy Rozek, Milwaukee (2019)
28 James. Scoptur, Milwaukee (2019)
11 Keith R. Stachowiak, Milwaukee (2020)
15 Scott L. Schroeder, Janesville (2020)
21  Roberta N. Puntillo, Kenosha(2020)
22 Timothy J. Andringa, Milwaukee (2020)
28 Howard S. Sicula, Milwaukee (2020)

Regional Officer District 2:  Michael S. Siddall
Senate Districts: 1, 9, 13, 18, 19, 20, 33

1 Robert E. Bellin Jr. (2019)
9 Christine Esser, Sheboygan (2019)
13 Mark S. Sweet, Watertown (2019)
18 Michael S. Siddall, Appleton (2019)
19 Jacob Reis, Appleton (2019)
20 Ryan J. Hetzel, West Bend (2019)
33 Jessica E. Slavin, Fond du Lac (2019)
1 Amy Menzel, Neenah (2020)
9  Gary N. Jahn, Chilton (2020)
13 Joseph G. Doherty, West Bend (2020)
18 Kristen Scheuerman, Appleton (2020)
19 Richard T. Elrod, Appleton (2020)
20 Todd E. Basler, Sheboygan (2020)
33 Daniel R. McCormick, Milwaukee (2020)

Regional Officer District 3: Gregory J. Egan, III
Senate Districts: 16, 17, 26, 27, 32

16 Danielle Schroder, Madison (2019)
17 Eric Knobloch, Milwaukee (2019)
26 Eric A. Farnsworth, Madison (2019)
27 Robert J. Gingras, Madison (2019)
32 Gregory J. Egan, III, La Crosse (2019)
16 Christopher E. Rogers, Madison (2020)
17 Charlie Domer, Milwaukee (2020)
26 Terrence M. Polich, Madison (2020)
27 Rachel Bradley, Spring Green (2020)
32 Scott Butler, La Crosse (2020)

Regional Officer District 4: Brad Yanke
Senate Districts: 10, 23, 25, 29, 31

10 Brad Yanke, Stevens Point (2019)
23 Harry R. Hertel, Eau Claire (2019)
25 Luke Kingree, Madison (2019)
29 Kristen E. Lonergan, Wausau (2019)
31 Tracy N. Tool, Superior (2019)
10 Timothy T. Sempf, Amery (2020)
23 Brian Laule, River Falls (2020)
25 Jason W. Whitley, Amery (2020)
29 Rebecca Domnitz, Milwaukee (2020)  
31 Jay Heit, Eau Claire (2020)

Regional Officer District 5: Amy Risseeuw
Senate Districts: 2, 12, 14, 24, 30

2 Amy M. Risseeuw, Appleton (2019)
12 Peter M. Young, Rhinelander (2019)
14 Ryan T. Frank, Madison (2019)
24 Emily I. Lonergan, Appleton (2019)
30 Ralph J. Tease, Jr., Green Bay (2019)
2   Robert J. Janssen, De Pere (2020)
12 Whitney Johnson, Madison (2020)
14 Jenna Fredrick-Ashbeck, Montello (2020)
24 Theresa  B. Laughlin, Wausau (2020)
30 Christopher L. Strohbehn, Milwaukee (2020)

Regional Officer District 6: Christopher J. MacGillis
Senate Districts: 3,4,5,6,7,8

3 Scott B. Taylor, Milwaukee (2019)
4 Anthony J. Skemp, Milwaukee (2019)
5 Noah Domnitz, Milwaukee  (2019)
6 Michael L. Laufenberg, Milwaukee (2019)
7 Michelle Hockers, Milwaukee (2019)
8 Frank T. Crivello, II, Milwaukee (2019)
3 Jacqueline Nuckels, Milwaukee (2020)
4 Kelly L. Centofanti, Mequon (2020)
5 Christopher J. MacGillis, Wauwatosa (2020)
6 Frank T. Pasternak, Brookfield (2020)
7 Robert Welcenbach, Milwaukee (2020)
8 Steven G. Kluender, Milwaukee (2020)

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