Kravit, Hovel & Krawczyk s.c.

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Firm Overview

WHAT IS "AGGRAVATED LITIGATION"?

When the stakes are high, an unresolved dispute makes your business and personal life miserable. This is true whether the dispute is a festering undercurrent that seems like it will never resolve; builds and develops over time; or is brought on by a sudden, traumatic event. Fraud may be discovered; long time business relationships are ended or need to end; contracts are broken; employees leave to compete, or are hired from competitors; dealerships are terminated; banks foreclose, or creditors need to assert their rights; your professional license is in jeopardy; a product is causing damage; shareholders and partners are oppressed or treated unfairly; insurance coverage is denied; a patent or trademark dispute is brewing; there is a 'bet the company' claim; the government is being unreasonable; criminal charges are being considered or brought; or personal freedom is at stake. If any of these or similar scenarios apply to you, you are involved in "aggravated litigation."
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY "HIGHLY CREDENTIALED LAWYERS"?

There are lawyers everywhere. Maybe too many. What makes our group specially qualified to handle your "aggravated litigation"? We are aggressive, experienced practitioners before all Wisconsin state and federal trial and appellate courts. We know how to try cases to juries, arbitrators, hearing boards, and ADR forums. Our lawyers and staff can analyze and organize the most complex issues and voluminous documents. We identify the critical evidence and issues, then focus the fact-finder on them from the outset. Our experience and insight help to reduce expense and increase trial effectiveness. That experience also guides us in solving difficult trial problems, including the communication of sophisticated concepts through visual and demonstrative evidence. Skill in the courtroom translates into favorable settlement outside the courtroom.
We are well schooled and well trained. Our lawyers attended excellent law schools, including Harvard, Wisconsin, and Marquette, and did well. Some of us were formerly associated with large law firms, but chose to practice in the environment of this smaller, specialized firm. All of us have backgrounds of outstanding achievement, including, as to many, prior federal clerkship, law review, or past service as a federal prosecutor. We rely on talented staff and state-of-the-art computer support to deliver high quality service in complex litigation.
We are recognized by our peers. Steve Kravit has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 25 years; was named a "Best Lawyer in Milwaukee" by Milwaukee Magazine four times; and was named one of the top 50 "Wisconsin Superlawyers" eight times. C.J. Krawczyk is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America. John Hovel was named "Wisconsin Superlawyers," and C.J. Krawczyk and Aaron Aizenberg were named "Wisconsin Superlawyer Rising Stars." In 2012, C.J. Krawczyk was recognized as a Leader in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal, and has the added honor of being the youngest ever recipient of that distinction. Most of our lawyers have published articles; taught at law schools or continuing legal education seminars for lawyers or judges; and served community groups with distinction.
WHAT DO WE DO, EXACTLY?

Our clients seek creative, aggressive, cost-conscious approaches to dispute resolution. Our firm has special litigation expertise in fraud and RICO; bad faith; insurance and environmental coverage; dealership and franchise litigation; employment law; restrictive covenants and executive compensation; patent and intellectual property infringement; business torts; fair dealership; shareholder oppression; product safety; antitrust; securities litigation; appellate practice; professional licensing actions; administrative law; and commercial claims. Our highly regarded white collar criminal practice includes representation of persons and companies accused of fraud, and those victimized by it.
Main Office

Main Office
825 North Jefferson St.
Milwaukee  WI  53202

Phone
  • 414-271-7100
Litigation
BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL LITIGATION
-Antitrust
-Breach of Contract
-Business Torts
-Defamation and First Amendment Litigation
-Fraud and RICO
-Real Estate Disputes
-Restrictive Covenants
-Trade Secret
-Unfair Competition

Litigation for most businesses is not routine, and at KHK we don't treat it that way. Contract and business tort issues arise frequently in any business relationship. Whether the dispute involves failed contracts, misappropriation of a trade secret, unfair competition, fraud, employment disputes, civil violations of the RICO statute, defamation, real estate or construction, the environment, shareholder oppression, or other commercial claims, we immediately seek out the facts, identify and evaluate potential claims and defenses, and propose a battle plan.
Commercial disputes in Wisconsin often arise from a lack of understanding of state law. Termination of a dealership in Wisconsin, for example, involves a special set of legal requirements, and is more difficult than almost anywhere else. Similarly, Wisconsin law looks upon restrictive covenants with suspicion, thus favoring the mobility of employees when a covenant is not carefully drafted. We at KHK understand how Wisconsin law applies to these and other various commercial relationships.
The breadth and depth of available discovery in claims for or against you has recently changed significantly. Electronic discovery is now the norm. We have experience with the new rules and cases, and can help use electronic discovery to make your case and to protect you from abuse of discovery methods.
Our litigation experience in these areas, and in the broadest range of commercial contract and tort issues, will give you the advantage.

Aaron H. Aizenberg

PRACTICE AREAS
-Business and Commercial Litigation
-Administrative, Licensing, and Regulatory Matters
-Animal Welfare Law
-Appellate Practice
-Debtor-Creditor and Lender Liability
-Employment Law
-Securities Litigation
-Shareholder and Partnership Litigation
-Franchise and Dealership Litigation
-White Collar Criminal Defense

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
-Obtained $405,000 jury verdict on behalf of a plaintiff who was terminated in bad faith pursuant to his employment agreement. Stone v. Midwest Air Group, Inc.
-First-chaired a jury trial successfully defending a party accused of misrepresentation, theft by fraud and other similar claims. Lal v. Lal
-Represented a wrongfully terminated state employee through an administrative hearing and appeal. In re Amy Hazen

AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS
-Selected, "Rising Star" by Wisconsin Super Lawyers for 2011, 2012

PUBLISHED WORKS
-Co-Author: Enhancing Animal Welfare Laws, Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 84, No. 12 (December 2011)

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Wisconsin
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
-U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

ABOUT AARON
Aaron is originally from Omaha, Nebraska. Despite growing up in Cornhusker country, he was raised to be a die-hard Iowa Hawkeye fan thanks to his Dad. He loves golf and playing with his dog, Cooper, and looks forward to many future trips to Pasadena to watch the Hawkeyes in the Rose Bowl.

Education
-University of Iowa College of Law / J.D., 2007
-University of Iowa / B.B.A., with honors, 2004
Education
  • University of Iowa College of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Jon E. Fredrickson

PRACTICE AREAS
-Products Liability
-Professional Malpractice
-Insurance Litigation
-Environmental Litigation
-Business and Commercial Litigation
-Aviation Litigation
-Appellate Practice
-Administrative, Licensing, and Regulatory Matters

EXPERIENCE SUMMARY
Jon is a specialist in managing high exposure product liability and professional liability cases. Jon's product liability experience includes advising clients on present and future risk probabilities, evaluation of claimant injuries, working with engineers to determine the root cause of product failures, working with medical experts, projection of potential damage awards, and litigation defense. Jon's professional liability defense experience includes defending lawyers and professionals sued for malpractice, advising insurers on exposure and reserve levels, strategic and technical policy analysis, and litigating coverage issues.
Jon acts as a legal advisor to many of the nation's top insurers, and has taught Wisconsin insurance law, claims handling, and risk mitigation at one of the nation's largest property and casualty insurers. Jon has managed and successfully resolved product liability cases involving the following disparate products: helicopters, airplanes, water distillers, grinding wheels, water heaters, boilers, trailers, trucks, cranes, hospital beds, exercise equipment, and computers. His experience also includes the defense of premises liability claims, auto accidents, contract disputes, worker's compensation claims, and real estate disputes.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
Successfully represented a small appliance manufacturer in a complex product liability house fire case involving intertwined successor corporate liability issues. Plaintiff claimed personal injury damages of more than $2.5 million dollars for neurological damages allegedly caused by smoke inhalation. Developed and implemented a litigation strategy that minimized potential damages, overcame unfavorable indemnification language in a stock purchase agreement, forced the predecessor corporation to share in the defense and settlement, and obtained a favorable agreement on future liabilities.
Obtained summary judgment in an MDL875 asbestos litigation.
Advised national insurer on coverage options, policy exposure, and target settlement numbers in a $1 million dollar plus product liability case involving an allegedly defective component motor part.

AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS
-Dean's List
-C.A.L.I. Award for Legal Writing
-C.A.L.I. Award for Ethical Issues in Healthcare Law

PRESENTATIONS
-Presenter: Practical Evidence Issues Before and at Trial - Milwaukee Bar Association, Milwaukee, WI (December 12, 2008)
-Presenter: Avoiding Bad Faith Claims in Wisconsin (And Elsewhere) - AIG -Technical Services, New York, NY (May 20, 2004)

REPORTED DECISIONS
Flying J Inc. v. Van Hollen, 621 F.3d 658 (7th Cir. 2010)
Marks v. Houston Cas. Co., No. 09-CV-1159, 2010 WL 1180364 (E.D. Wis. Mar. 22, 2010)
Vincent v. Omniflight Helicopters, Inc., No. 08-C-0572, 2009 WL 4262578 (E.D. Wis. Nov. 24, 2009)

BAR ADMISSIONS
-State of Wisconsin
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
-U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

ABOUT JON
Jon was born and raised in the Milwaukee metropolitan area, and currently resides in Racine with his wife Sarah, son Alexander, and daughter Ashlyn. When not spending time chasing around his toddlers, he clings to his own youth by plugging in his vintage Gibson guitars, turning his Marshall stack to "11," and chasing his family out of the house with deafening renditions of not-so-popular 1980's music.
Education
  • Marquette University Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Benjamin J. Glicksman

PRACTICE AREAS
-Business and Commercial Litigation
-Shareholder and Partnership Litigation
-Class Action Litigation
-Employment Law
-Professional Malpractice
-White Collar Criminal Defense
-Sports Law
-Franchise and Dealership Litigation

AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS
Outstanding Undergraduate Student; Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Spring 2008
Kappa Tau Alpha; National Journalism Honor Society, 2008
Dean's Scholar in Sports and the Law: Examining the Legal History and Evolution of America's Three "Major League" Sports: MLB, NFL and NBA, Fall 2009

PUBLISHED WORKS
Author: Game Change: Letting Student-Athletes Earn a Living, 2 Arizona State University Sports & Entertainment Law Journal 1 (May 2012)
Co-Author: Adjusting the Stream? Analyzing Major League Baseball's Antitrust Exemption After American Needle, Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, Vol. 2, Issue 2, p. 265 (Spring 2011)

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Wisconsin
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
-U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

ABOUT BEN
Ben moved into Milwaukee's Third Ward neighborhood after graduating from law school. He was born in Tucson, Arizona and still has not adjusted to seeing snow every winter. Ben is a huge Arizona State Sun Devils fan and spends a lot of time on the phone to Arizona discussing Pac-12 sports.
Education
  • Harvard Law School
    Juris Doctorate

John F. Hovel

PRACTICE AREAS
-Business and Commercial Litigation
-Trade Secrets and Covenants Not To Compete
-Defamation Law
-Debtor-Creditor and Lender Liability
-Employment Litigation
-Shareholder and Partnership Litigation
-Intellectual Property Litigation
-Franchise and Dealership Litigation
-Appellate Practice
-Other: Mediator - Commercial and Employment Disputes

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
Obtained favorable decisions for internet holding company in district court and in the Seventh Circuit in claim under Lanham Act. Stayart v. Yahoo! Inc.
Represented local landscaping company to successful conclusion in case involving breach of duty of loyalty, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition. Greenridge v. Chybowski, et al.
Has represented clients successfully in covenant not to compete, misappropriation of trade secrets, and related cases. Cases include Briggs and Stratton v. Chris Nicholson

AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS
Selected, "Super Lawyer" by Wisconsin Super Lawyers for 2008-2012
Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated

PRESENTATIONS
Frequent speaker on topics of covenants not to compete, issues relating to executive separation, and lender liability litigation.
Presenter: Common Issues Arising with Executive Separation, Litigation Management in a New York Minute, 2004 Edition - New York, NY
Presenter: Covenants Not To Compete in Wisconson - Lorman Education Services, Milwaukee, WI

REPORTED DECISIONS
Priority Intern. Animal Concepts, Inc. v. Bryk, No. 12-C-0150, 2012 WL 1854121 (E.D. Wis. May 21, 2012)
Stayart v. Yahoo! Inc., 623 F.3d 436 (7th Cir. 2010)
Stayart v. Yahoo! Inc., 651 F. Supp. 2d 873 (E.D. Wis. 2009)

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Wisconsin
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
-U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

ABOUT JOHN
John, a Wisconsin native, resides in Wauwatosa with his wife, Janis, who hails from Brooklyn, NY. They are the proud parents of two daughters. After spending a year living in Portland, Oregon, during which time John clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, John returned to Wisconsin and has practiced law here since. John enjoys watching sports, hiking, reading, and travelling, and trying to understand the nuances of wine. He has a passion for the game of soccer, a sport he has coached for 20 years.
Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Stephen E. Kravit

PRACTICE AREAS
-Aggravated Litigation
-Administrative, Licensing, and Regulatory Matters
-Business and Commercial Litigation
-Debtor-Creditor and Lender Liability
-Employment Law
-Insurance Litigation
-Intellectual Property Litigation
-Professional Malpractice
-Securities Litigation
-White Collar Criminal Defense

AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS
Named, Best Lawyers' Milwaukee Criminal Defense: White-Collar "Lawyer of the Year" - 2014
Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, 1991-2014
Selected, "Local Litigation Star - Wisconsin" and "Seventh Circuit Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation - 2013 edition

PUBLISHED WORKS, PRESENTATIONS & LECTURES
Advocacy Workshop, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
General Practice Course, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI
Marquette Law School, Milwaukee, WI

REPORTED DECISIONS
Kenosha Unified School Dists., et al. v. Stifel Nicolaus & Co. Inc., 607 F. Supp. 2d 967 (E.D. Wis. 2009)
Decker v. Decker, 298 Wis. 2d 141, 726 N.W.2d 664 (Ct. App. 2006)
Miller Brewing Co. v. ACE U.S. Holdings, Inc., 391 F. Supp. 2d 735 (E.D. Wis. 2005)

BAR ADMISSIONS
Wisconsin
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Education
  • Harvard Law School
    Juris Doctorate

C.J. Krawczyk

PRACTICE AREAS
-Business and Commercial Litigation
-Appellate Practice
-Securities Litigation
-Shareholder and Partnership Litigation
-Employment Law

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
Represented five Wisconsin school districts in a $200 million securities fraud case related to investments made in synthetic credit derivatives, including collateralized debt obligations and credit default swaps. The $218 million settlement obtained on behalf of the districts after four years of litigation is the second largest civil settlement in Wisconsin history. Kenosha Unified School District, et al. v. Stifel Nicolaus & Co., Inc., et al., 2008-CV-013726 (Milwaukee Co. Circuit Court)
Successfully defended a group of financial advisors who left their employer to establish their own firm. Clients' former employer alleged breach of fiduciary duty, theft of trade secrets, conversion and claimed damages in excess of $40 million. Case was finally resolved when the employer's third request for a permanent injunction was denied after a two-day hearing. Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc. v. Red Granite LLC, et al., 2006-CV-004178 (Milwaukee Co. Circuit Court)
Obtained a $15 million judgment on behalf of Wisconsin's largest health care provider in a breach of contract action centered on disputed language in a hospital services agreement. Aurora Health Care, Inc. v. Managed Health Services Ins. Corp., 2003-CV-004712 (Milwaukee Co. Circuit Court)

AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS
Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, 2013
Recognized as a Leader in the Law by Wisconsin Law Journal, 2012 (youngest recipient)
Selected, "Rising Star" by Wisconsin Super Lawyers for 2007-2012

PRESENTATIONS
Everything You Don't Know About e-Discovery (But Wish You Did): Making Your Electronic Evidence Usable In the Courtroom - National Business Institute, Milwaukee, WI (May 2012)
Prior Presentations Include:
Sophisticated Insured, Unusual Claims, and The Specter of Bad Faith; Excellence in Litigation Management Tips, Tools & Techniques - The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island, SC
Corporate Criminal Responsibility After Sarbanes-Oxley - Fond du Lac, WI

REPORTED DECISIONS
Kenosha Unified School Dists., et al. v. Stifel Nicolaus & Co. Inc., 607 F. Supp. 2d 967 (E.D. Wis. 2009)

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Wisconsin
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

ABOUT C.J.
A lifelong Milwaukeean, C.J. lives on the city's east side with his wife, Julie. The two are active in community causes, particularly in the areas of animal welfare, historic preservation and local radio. Outside the office, C.J. enjoys traveling, drinking coffee, playing basketball, watching soccer, obsessing over baseball statistics, and selecting tracks for his radio show -- while always planning his next meal.
Education
  • Marquette University Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Benjamin R. Prinsen

PRACTICE AREAS
-Business and Commercial Litigation
-Securities Litigation
-Debtor-Creditor and Lender Liability
-Employment Law
-Shareholder and Partnership Litigation
-Franchise and Dealership Litigation

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
Member of a successful trial team that obtained a favorable judgment on behalf of a former executive employee in a contractual dispute against Midwest Airlines. Stone v. Midwest Air Group, Inc.
Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of individual clients in "selling away" and negligent supervision securities arbitration. Wadina, et al. v. Edward D. Jones & Co., LP, et al.
Contributed to successful dismissal motions on behalf of one of the world's leading data pool providers, achieving dismissal of claims based upon State and Federal RICO laws, State and Federal Antitrust laws, consumer fraud laws, and common law. Edgenet, Inc. v. GS1 U.S., Inc. et al.

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Wisconsin
-Illinois
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

ABOUT BEN
Born and raised in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Ben is a lifelong Badger fan and proud Wisconsinite. An avid traveler (both home and abroad) and outdoorsman, Ben also enjoys history, sampling fine wines, and the ups-and-downs of his golf game.
Education
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
    Juris Doctorate
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