Biography

I have been practicing law for more than 35 years on behalf of Wisconsin individuals and families who have suffered a loss caused by the carelessness of others. Prior to joining GCL I founded Laufenberg Law Group in 2000, and decided to join GCL because we share many of the same professional principles and standards which have guided me through my career.

Over the years I have been an active developer of Wisconsin tort law, appearing before state and federal appellate courts in numerous cases. My work in the area of products liability law successfully led to the formulation of the enhanced injury doctrine, which precludes consideration of fault of an injured party in causing the accident when determining liability for enhanced injuries. When I'm not working with my clients I enjoy staying active (cycling is my passion) and volunteering my time with the Wisconsin Association for Justice and the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Education

J.D., Marquette University Law School, 1975
B.A., University of Wisconsin - Platteville, 1972

Bar Admission

Wisconsin, 1975
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association

State Bar of Wisconsin
- Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Litigation Section
- Past Chair of the Section Leaders Council
- Board of Governors, 2003-2007

Wisconsin Association for Justice
- Past President
- Board of Directors
- Co-Chair, Amicus Committee

American Board of Trial Advocates
-Past President, Wisconsin Chapter

American Association for Justice

Honors and Awards

Wisconsin Super Lawyer – 2016 – 2005
- Top 10 in Wisconsin multiple years
- Top 25 in Milwaukee multiple years

Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year - 2006

Best Lawyers in America since 1995
- Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
- Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Best Lawyers in Wisconsin – 2015

Named Nations Top 1% by National Association of Distinguished Counsel

When You Are Not Working

I enjoy cycling, playing a little golf (not so well) and enjoying time with my wife, Mary Jane, my children and grandchildren.

If You Were Not a Lawyer, What Would You Be?

Probably a journalist or a teacher.

Favorite Book

To Kill a Mockingbird. I re-read it every year for inspiration on a lot of levels.