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Gass Weber Mullins LLC
309 North Water Street, Suite 700
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 414-223-3300
Fax: 414-224-6116
www.gasswebermullins.com
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Established: 2004

Practice Areas
  • Bad Faith
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Class Actions
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Mass Tort
  • Medical Devices
  • Product Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Complex Civil Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
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Firm Profile
The members of Gass Weber Mullins LLC combine years of complex trial experience with insights gained from in-house litigation and two trial court judges with 30 years of experience on the bench. The members came together in 2004 in order to create a litigation boutique focused on creativity, commitment to clients, collaborative approaches and the courage to take on daunting tasks.

With respect to insurance matters, the firm specializes in representing insurance carriers, self-insureds and corporations in the defense of catastrophic personal injury actions. In addition, the firm maintains a vibrant practice in insurance coverage, extra-contractual liability as well as professional malpractice defense.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Arrowpoint Capital CorporationBurlington Insurance Company
Century Insurance GroupThe Colony Group
Great American Insurance CompaniesPennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company
Royal & SunAllianceRSUI Group, Inc.
Non-Insurance Clients
Cargill, Inc.CNH America LLC
Crown Equipment CorporationThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation
Trek Bicycle Corporation
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Personnel Information
Members
Michael B. Brennan
Milwaukee, WI
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Appellate Practice
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Additional Biographical Details:
Former Circuit Judge, State of Wisconsin, 2000-2008
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A. (cum laude), 1986
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1989
Clerkship:
Clerk, Chief Judge Robert W. Warren, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1989-1991 and Judge Daniel A. Manion, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1995-1997
Born:1963
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Brian G. Cahill
Milwaukee, WI
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Seventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
Memberships:
  • American and Milwaukee Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Bar Association for the Fifth and Seventh Federal Circuits
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin
Education:
  • Marquette University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1986
  • Marquette University, J.D. (magna cum laude)
Born:1954
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John A. Franke
Milwaukee, WI
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
Additional Biographical Details:
Former Circuit Judge, State of Wisconsin, 1987-2008
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
Education:
  • Wesleyan University, B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa), 1973
  • University of Wisconsin, J.D. (cum laude), 1976
Born:1951
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J. Ric Gass
Milwaukee, WI
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Tort
  • Professional Liability
  • Negligence
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Property Damage
  • Bad Faith
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 1970
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • American and Milwaukee Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Bar Association for the Seventh Federal Circuit
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Diplomat)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Past President Lawyers for Civil Justice
  • Litigation Counsel of America (President 2011)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (Past President)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
Certifications:
  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
Education:
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, B.S., 1965
  • Marquette University, J.D. (cum laude), 1970
Born:1943
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Beth Ermatinger Hanan
Milwaukee, WI
Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Circuits
  • Supreme Court of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • American and Milwaukee Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Board of Directors, Appellate Practice Section, 1999-2001; Litigation Section, 2006-2009)
  • Bar Association for the Fifth and Seventh Federal Circuits
  • Association for Women Lawyers
  • Wisconsin Judicial Council
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Marquette University, B.A., 1978
  • University of Wisconsin, J.D., 1996
Clerkship:
Clerk, Hon. Janine P. Geske, Wisconsin Supreme Court
Born:1956
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Amelia L. McCarthy
Milwaukee, WI
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
Memberships:
  • American and Milwaukee Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers
Education:
  • Carthage College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1991
  • Marquette University, J.D., 1994
Born:1969
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Shawn K. Stevens
Milwaukee, WI
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Liability
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Memberships:
  • American and Milwaukee Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, B.A. (cum laude), 1996
  • Marquette University, J.D. (cum laude), 1999
Law Review:
Articles Editor, Marquette Law Review, 1998-1999
Military:
U.S. Army, 1991-1994, National Guard, 1994-2001
Born:1972
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David J. Turek
Milwaukee, WI
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
Education:
  • Carthage College, B.A. (magna cum laude, with honors), 1999
  • Marquette University Law School, J.D. (summa cum laude), 2002
Born:1977
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Ralph A. Weber
Milwaukee, WI
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 1983
Additional Biographical Details:
Adjunct Professor of Law, Trial Advocacy, Marquette University Law School
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Bar Association for the Seventh Federal Circuit
Education:
  • Marquette University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1978
  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 1982
Clerkship:
Clerk, Hon. Richard D. Cudahy, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Born:1956
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Associates
Daniel J. KennedyTeirney S. Christenson
Anderson M. GansnerMichael A. Carter