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Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP congratulates Mike Laufenberg for once again being named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer!

Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP congratulates Mike Laufenberg for once again being named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer. Mike has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2010. According to Super Lawyers, this is “an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in Wisconsin receive this distinction.”

Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP congratulates Mike Laufenberg for once again being named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer
Mike Laufenberg for once again being named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer

Great job, Mike.

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Never Say ‘We Got This:’ A Litigation Attorney’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Client Expectations

Managing a client’s expectations may be one of the most important tasks litigation attorneys have. Michael Laufenberg gives tips to avoid that cringe-worthy moment when with your client at a verdict reading.

By MICHAEL L. LAUFENBERG

Oct. 17, 2017 (From State Bar of Wisconsin ) – A good friend of mine described his first jury trial – an OWI second offense of 30 years ago – as a “nightmare.”

But it didn’t begin that way. He had convinced the court to exclude the blood alcohol test results. There was minimal poor driving. The client had performed well in most of the field tests, and his testimony had been smooth.

The jury returned with a verdict following a very short deliberation. The new lawyer turned to his client and whispered: “We got this.” He and his now confident client stood, and both listened in horror as the clerk curtly announced two guilty verdicts. When my friend sheepishly turned to face his client, no words were necessary. The shell-shocked glare of an over-promised client said it all.

Later, as the judge was thanking the jury for their service, a juror wondered aloud why the lawyers did not tell them that the defendant “blew a 0.15.” Apparently, this information had been mistakenly provided to the jury in an unrelated document. A second trial resulted in a hung jury, and the case was dismissed. Still, my friend describes this as one of the more cringe-worthy moments of his career. Above all, he refers to it as a hard lesson well learned.

Avoiding the Cringe-worthy Moment

Managing a client’s expectations may be one of the most important tasks litigation attorneys have. Most of us deal with client expectations on a regular basis, and many of us have the battle scars to prove it.

While we all possess a lawyer’s intuition that nothing good can ever come from ignoring unrealistic client expectations, sometimes we just don’t see it. When that happens, and the client’s heightened expectations collide with a contrary and harsh reality, the attorney/client relationship can be tested.

One thing is certain: The failure to manage a client’s expectations is always the fault of the lawyer.

The First Meeting Sets the Tone

My experience is that much of this task can be accomplished at the initial client conference. However, managing a client’s expectations does not stop there. It must continue throughout the matter and up to conclusion.

Read full with suggestions by Michael L. Laufenberg full (From State Bar of Wisconsin ):

http://www.wisbar.org/NewsPublications/InsideTrack/Pages/Article.aspx?Volume=9&Issue=20&ArticleID=25904#bio


Michael L. LaufenbergMichael L. LaufenbergMarquette 1995, is an attorney with Keberle, Patrykus, & Laufenberg, LLP, West Bend, where he represents injured people and families across Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Personal Injury Law Firm of Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg Is Helping Families Harmed By Roundup Obtain Compensation Lawsuits from Exposure to the Chemicals in Roundup Weed Killer Causing Cancer, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma

The Wisconsin Personal Injury Law Firm of Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg Is Helping Families Harmed By Roundup Obtain Compensation

WISCONSIN ROUNDUP CANCER LAWYERS

The Wisconsin Personal Injury Law Firm of Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg Is Helping Families Harmed By Roundup Obtain Compensation

Lawsuits from Exposure to the Chemicals in Roundup Weed Killer Causing Cancer, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma

Wisconsin personal injury lawyers, Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLC have partnered with a National Law Firm to help Wisconsin residents harmed by using Roundup weed killer. National lawsuits have alleged that Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, was negligent in failing to warn consumers of the risk that harmful chemicals in Roundup can cause cancer in individuals who used it.

World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer indicating glyphosate is “probably” carcinogenic to humans. The Wisconsin Personal Injury Law Firm of Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg Is Helping Families Harmed By Roundup Obtain Compensation Lawsuits from Exposure to the Chemicals in Roundup Weed Killer Causing Cancer, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma
WHO – Wisconsin roundup cancer lawyers

In 2015, Roundup’s sales approached $5 billion dollars, close to one third of Monsanto’s sales. Monsanto’s Roundup has now been linked to a host of health issues including specific cancers and neurological defects. Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Roundup pesticides and Roundup is one of the most widely used pesticides in the world. The World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer has announced findings indicating that glyphosate is “probably” carcinogenic to humans. Monsanto has questioned the quality of the finding and stated that decades of safety reviews have concluded that labeled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health.

If you have used Roundup at home on a regular basis, or have been frequently exposed to Roundup or other glyphosate herbicides as an agricultural worker (farmer, landscaper, gardener, groundskeeper) you may be at risk.

Lawyers of Roundup victims are seeking compensation for persons who have used Roundup and have been diagnosed with and suffered from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and leukemia. The purpose of the lawsuits is to hold the Monsanto Corporation responsible for the damages that its product has caused to innocent users. Currently, the cases are not a class action, but are being handled as Multidistrict Litigation (MDL).

Roundup Lawyers Are Willing To Evaluate Your Case And Will Not Charge A Fee Unless Compensation Is Obtained For You.

For a free, no-obligation consultation please contact Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg at 1-800-529-1110 or fill out the short form on this page and submit it. An Attorney at Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg will contact you to answer any questions you may have.

Disclaimer: This website is designed for general information only. The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.

KEBERLE, PATRYKUS AND LAUFENBERG IS HONORED TO ASSIST THE UPCOMING ELEVATE/HEROIN TASK FORCE BENEFIT CONCERT.

Keberle, Patrykus and Laufenberg is honored to assist the upcoming ELEVATE/Heroin Task Force Benefit Concert.

This problem is too important to ignore.

The lawfirm of Keberle, Patrykus and Laufenberg is honored to assist the upcoming ELEVATE/Heroin Task Force Benefit Concert.

Counsel – let’s help fight this together.

Here is our CHALLENGE to other Washington County law firms/lawyers:
Keberle, Patrykus and Laufenberg will match, up to an additional $1,000.00, every $100.00 donation from a law firm or lawyer in this community.

 

West Bend Columns

CONGRATS WEST BEND COLUMNS

COLUMNS, a philanthropic organization providing academic and technical scholarships to West Bend

West Bend Columns
West Bend Columns

High School students since 1926, this year awarded over $200,000 to West Bend High School students. Laura Keberle, wife of Partner Doug Keberle, has served on the COLUMNS Youth Concert committee since 2008. In that capacity, Laura has since been intimately involved in the annual Column’s Milwaukee Symphony Concert held at the West Bend High Schools’ auditorium, attended by over 400 public and parochial area children. At KPL, educating our kids is a priority.

Thanks, Laura!

Attorney Michael Laufenberg

Mike Laufenberg is originally from Greendale, Wisconsin, and now makes the Slinger/West Bend area home with his wife, Krista, two children and their dog, Gunner. He likes to spend his free time outdoors, and you can often find him riding and racing his mountain bike, hunting, fishing or skiing.

Attorney Michael Laufenberg is an active member in the Wisconsin Association for Justice. He has been on its Board of Directors since 1997, was the New Lawyers Section Chair in 2002, and has served on various other committees. He is also a member of the Iowa Association for Justice. Mike was selected for inclusion in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition in 2006 – 2008, and was selected as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer from 2009 to 2015. He is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate and Pretrial Advocate, and, in 2014 and 2015, was selected by The National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer – Wisconsin. Mike has a 10/10 rating on Avvo, and received a Clients’ Choice award in 2015.
Attorney Michael Laufenberg is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate and Pretrial Advocate, and, in 2014 and 2015, was selected by The National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer – Wisconsin. Mike has a 10/10 rating on Avvo, and received a Clients’ Choice award in 2015.

Mike graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He graduated from Marquette University Law School in 1995. Mike practiced for several years in Mayville and Eau Claire, where he gained a broad experience in a variety of legal matters – family law, real estate, traffic matters, insurance issues and personal injury. However, the work he found most rewarding was representing people who needed help because they had suffered a life changing injury due to the carelessness of others.

Mike has focused his practice on representing injured people and families across Wisconsin, and has tried cases to juries throughout the State of Wisconsin. While the circumstances of each case may vary – car crash, bicycle injury, product defect, unsafe property, or a dog bite – the commitment to providing aggressive, thoughtful representation to help people who have suffered a life changing is the same.

Mike is an active member in the Wisconsin Association for Justice. He has been on its Board of Directors since 1997, was the New Lawyers Section Chair in 2002, and has served on various other committees. He is also a member of the Iowa Association for Justice. Mike was selected for inclusion in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition in 2006 – 2008, and was selected as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer from 2009 to 2015. He is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate and Pretrial Advocate, and, in 2014 and 2015, was selected by

Michael Lynn Laufenberg - National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Michael Lynn Laufenberg is a “Board Certified Advocate” by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Michael Laufenberg of Keberle, Patrykus and Laufenberg, LLP has focused his practice on representing injured people and families acrossWisconsin, and has tried cases to juries throughout the State of Wisconsin. While the circumstances of each case may vary – car crash, bicycle injury, product defect, unsafe property, or a dog bite – the commitment to providing aggressive, thoughtful representation to help people who have suffered a life changing is the same. Mike was selected for inclusion in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition in 2006 – 2008, and was selected as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer from 2009 to 2015. He is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate and Pretrial Advocate, and, in 2014 and 2015, was selected by The National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer –Wisconsin. Mike has a 10/10 rating on Avvo, and received a Clients’ Choice award in 2015. Mike is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and Iowa, and is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to represent veterans before the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer – Wisconsin. Mike has a 10/10 rating on Avvo, and received a Clients’ Choice award in 2015.

Mike is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin.

Attorney Douglas B. Keberle

Attorney Keberle is a 1981 honors graduate of UW – LaCrosse and a 1984 graduate of Marquette Law School. As the son of a Marathon County Circuit Court Judge, his interest in law began at an early age. At age 19 he began working as a law clerk for a successful injury law firm in his hometown of Wausau. While attending Marquette Law School, he worked at a leading Milwaukee injury firm, Murphy & Prachthauser. There he worked exclusively on auto, truck, motorcycle, wrongful death, nursing home and medical negligence cases.

Attorney Douglas B. Keberle
Attorney Douglas B. Keberle

His lifelong goal of representing injured persons was realized when Attorney Keberle opened his own law firm, with the single goal of providing personal attention to every injured person he would represent. That philosophy would later become the cornerstone of Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP, LLP, created in 1992.

Thirty years after starting his career in injury law, he has represented clients successfully in over 1000 injury cases. Attorney Keberle receives statewide requests to assist attorneys in complex injury cases. In 2004, his argument before the Supreme Court helped create new law protecting the rights of injured motorcyclists.

Attorney Keberle is a member of American Association for Justice and Wisconsin Association for Justice, leading organizations for lawyers representing plaintiff’s both nationally and statewide.

Attorney Keberle serves our community as a member of the Board of Directors for both the YMCA and Columns scholarship organization. He coaches children in basketball, baseball and tennis and enjoys spending time with his family at their northern Wisconsin cabin.

Attorney Daniel P. Patrykus

Dan Patrykus is a 1980 honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a 1984 graduate of Marquette Law School, and a 1985 graduate of the National College of Criminal Defense Trial Institute at Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia. From 1984 to 1992 he served as an Assistant State Public Defender in the agency’s Milwaukee Trial Office, where he conducted numerous homicide trials. One such trial, State v. Wirth, spanned six weeks. A later homicide trial, State v. Felton, was featured on Court TV. In 1994, Dan represented Christopher Scarver for the murder of Jeffrey Dahmer.

Attorney Daniel P. Patrykus
Attorney Daniel P. Patrykus

In 1992, with Doug Keberle, he founded the Law Offices of Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP, LLP. All of his cases are now injury related. He has conducted well over 50 jury trials.

Dan has been recognized by attorneys and judges across the state as a Wisconsin SuperLawyer in plaintiff’s personal injury. Dan was also named as among the top 100 trial lawyers in Wisconsin by The National Trial Lawyers. You can find his AVVO rating HERE.

Dan has lectured on trial topics for the State Bar of Wisconsin, and arbitrates injury cases at the request of other attorneys. He formerly served on the board of directors for “Friends of Abused Families Inc.”, a Washington county non-profit shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Recently, Dan successfully sued the West Bend School District in Federal Court (E.D. Wis.) on behalf of West Bend High School students who alleged mistreatment by the District due to sexual orientation. He prosecuted the case at no cost to the students. As a result, the District is now constrained from engaging in this behavior for seven years under the terms of a Consent Decree ordered by the Hon. Lynn Adelman. Dan was humbled to later receive the 2012 Judi Devereux Award from GSafe Wisconsin for his work on the case.

Dan has coached YMCA football, Little League Baseball, and Club Basketball. He has zero tolerance for the powerful harming the powerless. He enjoys reminding insurance companies that providing full and fair compensation to those injured by the negligence of others keeps our communities safe. He resides with four wonderful teenage children and the most patient woman in the world, Michelle.

FREE GUIDE TO CAR ACCIDENT CASES IN WISCONSIN

By Michael L. Laufenberg

I have been helping injured people in Wisconsin for over 20 years. For most of the people I have helped, it was the first car accident they had ever been in, and almost all of them have had many of the same questions and concerns.

FREE GUIDE TO CAR ACCIDENT CASES IN WISCONSIN
FREE GUIDE TO CAR ACCIDENT CASES IN WISCONSIN
  • Who pays for my car repairs or replacement?
  • How do my medical and other bills get paid?
  • How long will this take?
  • Do I have to give the other insurance company a statement?
  • Do I have to sign their forms? Do I have to give them access to all of my medical records?
  • How much will this cost me?

Whether you hire a lawyer or not, you should get answers to your questions. Let’s face it, insurance companies are not there to help you if you are hurt in an accident. Their goal is not to be there “like a good neighbor,” “be on your side” or “get you back where you belong.”

They have to answer to board members and shareholders, and are only concerned with their bottom line (money) by paying less in claims than they collect in premiums. Insurance companies want to pay you as little as possible, and as fast as possible, and some will play tricks, take advantage of you and actually try to convince you not to talk to a lawyer or get good advice.

Decisions you make early on after an accident can have significant effects on the outcome of your claim. The insurance industry has created an uneven playing field by scaring the public into believing the courts are clogged with frivolous injury claims, that lawsuits are out of control, and that most injury victims are only looking for “jackpot justice.” You may have even looked at people making injury claims, and their lawyers, suspiciously – until it happened to you or a friend or a family member. Although the insurance industry’s claims are untrue, honest people like you, who have legitimate injury claims, suffer the consequences of the insurance industry’s “tort reform.”

This Guide is for you. Even if you do not hire a lawyer for your claim (and many of you may not), you are still entitled to honest, straightforward information about the process you are about to undertake – before you speak with the insurance company, before you sign any forms, before the insurance company offers you money to settle your claim, and even before you hire a lawyer (if you need one).

THIS GUIDE IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE

The information in this guide is intended for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be, nor should they be interpreted as, legal advice or opinion. You should not consider this information to be an invitation to enter into an attorney/client relationship. Because there is no written contract between us, I am not your lawyer, and you are not a client of mine or of my law firm. I am offering tips and suggestions about accident claims in Wisconsin in general – every case is different. If you are looking for, or believe you are in need of, legal advice, I recommend that you talk with an experienced, board certified, personal injury lawyer in Wisconsin.

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Injured by an IVC Filter? | Wisconsin Lawyers for IVC Filter Lawsuit Assistance

Wisconsin Lawyers for IVC Filter Lawsuit Assistance

Surgeons insert retrievable inferior vena cava filter (IVC) devices in the veins of patients to prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs. In essence, the filters are metallic spider-like devices that catch the clots in the blood stream, allowing the clots to be reabsorbed over time. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began to get notice of many adverse reports about these filters in 2005. Complaints varied, including damaged/punctured organs and blood vessels. Other complications included filter migration to different parts of the body.

Did Blood-Clot Filter Used on Thousands of Americans Have Fatal Flaw?

WISCONSIN IVC Blood-Clot Filter PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS OF KEBERLE, PATRYKUS & LAUFENBERG SERVING WISCONSIN FOR OVER 25 YEARS Wisconsin Lawyers For IVC Filter Lawsuit Assistance Serious questions are being raised about a medical device implanted in thousands of Americans at risk for blood clots — including whether the manufacturer told all it knew about potentially fatal flaws. At least 27 deaths have been associated with the Recovery filter — a spider-shaped apparatus that is inserted into the largest vein in the body — over the course of a decade, an NBC News investigation has found. Government data shows approximately 300 other non-fatal problems have also been reported with the Recovery, which is one of thousands of medical products sold by C.R. Bard. Dodi Froehlich, 45, got hers after severe injuries in a 2004 car accident put her at high risk for clots. The filter was supposed to stop them from reaching her heart or lungs; instead, it nearly killed her. Four months after it was implanted, she developed a severe headache and passed out. "In that two seconds of being in the ambulance, I started flat-lining," Froehlich told NBC News. Did Blood-Clot Filter Used on Thousands of Americans Have Fatal Flaw? Surgeons insert retrievable inferior vena cava filter (IVC) devices in the veins of patients to prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs. In essence, the filters are metallic spider-like devices that catch the clots in the blood stream, allowing the clots to be reabsorbed over time. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began to get notice of many adverse reports about these filters in 2005. Complaints varied, including damaged/punctured organs and blood vessels. Other complications included filter migration to different parts of the body. Did Blood-Clot Filter Used on Thousands of Americans Have Fatal Flaw? In 2010 the FDA issued a formal warning that IVC devices are at risk of filter fracture, filter migration and organ perforation. The agency has warned that these should be removed when the risk for blood clots ended. Following this warning, those who suffered from harm – and those who survived the death of a loved one - soon began to file lawsuits in many states. The affected IVC filters are produced by C.R. Bard and Cook Group, Inc. Thus far, three specific brands are the primary subject of lawsuits: The The Bard G2 Filter The Bard G2 Express Filter Bard Recovery Filter Additionally, Keberle, Patrykus &Laufenberg are also investigating the following other filters: Braun Tempofilter Rex Medical Option Filter Cook Celect Cook Cook Gunther Tulip Cordis OptEase Filter WHERE WE STAND In October 2014, Federal lawsuits from 11 separate districts were consolidated into a single Multidistrict Litigation in the Southern District of Indiana. There are currently a variety of specific injuries seen in this Multidistrict class and others across the country. They include the following serious outcomes following filter failure: 146 cases: Components became detached, causing embolization. 328 device migrations from site of placement. 70 filter perforations. 56 filter fractures. BARD KNEW IN 2004 – The Lehmann Report West Bend's National Zofran attorneys Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP provide legal representation for families seeking to file Zofran lawsuits for allegations of birth defects. Among the first Zofran lawsuits, concluded that first trimester exposure to Zofran resulted in as much as a two-fold increase in the risk of developing particular birth defects, according to court documents. Another study published earlier that year in the New England Journal of Medicine found no connection between Zofran use by pregnant mothers and an increase in birth defects in babies, according to court documents. WEST BEND PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS OF KEBERLE, PATRYKUS & LAUFENBERG SERVING WISCONSIN FOR OVER 25 YEARS Bard first received complaints of significant IVC problems in 2004. Bard the asked litigation consultant Dr. John Lehmann to investigate. The Report was given to Bard in December 2004, and distributed to a select number of employees with strict confidentiality instructions. Although Bard knew about the problem with the ICV filters, the company did not disclosed this fact to the FDA. After receiving hundreds of adverse event reports about the device, including filter migration, embolization, IVC perforations, and filter fracture the FDA issued a safety advisory regarding ICV filters in August 2010. Bard now asserts asserted that the report was protected under the work-product doctrine. Courts are now considering the admissibility of the Lehmann report. A new Multidistrict class was certified in Arizona. If you believe you or a loved one has been seriously injured through the use of a IVC Filter , the attorneys at Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP, LLP will meet with you or come to your home to discuss your injuries, your case and your rights. We will do so at NO COST OR OBLIGATION to you. If your case is accepted it will be handled based on a Contingency Fee Basis which means there will be absolutely no cost to you if there is no recovery in your case. To schedule an appointment CALL 1-800-529-1110 or Email us at: dkeberle@kplaw.org.
Did Blood-Clot Filter Used on Thousands of Americans Have Fatal Flaw?

In 2010 the FDA issued a formal warning that IVC devices are at risk of filter fracture, filter migration and organ perforation. The agency has warned that these should be removed when the risk for blood clots ended. Following this warning, those who suffered from harm — and those who survived the death of a loved one — soon began to file lawsuits in many states.

The affected IVC filters are produced by C.R. Bard and Cook Group, Inc. Thus far, three specific brands are the primary subject of lawsuits:

  • The Bard G2 Filter
  • The Bard G2 Express Filter
  • Bard Recovery Filter

 

Additionally, Keberle, Patrykus &Laufenberg are also investigating the following other filters:

  • Braun Tempofilter
  • Rex Medical Option Filter
  • Cook Celect
  • Cook Gunther Tulip
  • Cordis OptEase Filter

 

WHERE WE STAND

In October 2014, Federal lawsuits from 11 separate districts were consolidated into a single Multidistrict Litigation in the Southern District of Indiana.

There are currently a variety of specific injuries seen in this Multidistrict class and others across the country. They include the following serious outcomes following filter failure:

  • 146 cases: Components became detached, causing embolization.
  • 328 device migrations from site of placement.
  • 70 filter perforations.
  • 56 filter fractures.