Klinner Kramer Shull LLP

Phone: 715-203-4534
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Street address:

McClellan Place
210 McClellan St., Ste 400
Wausau, WI 54403
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Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1386
Wausau, WI 54402-1386


Mark A. Klinner

E-mail MeMark A. Klinner

Wausau, Wisconsin
877-594-3287 (ext. 12)
715-203-4534 (ext. 12)

Mark is a founding partner at Klinner Kramer Shull LLP, where he primarily defends insurance companies and their policyholders in a variety of civil litigation, with an emphasis on negligence and tort-based claims. He regularly represents individuals, municipalities (counties, cities, villages, and towns), and businesses. Mark also routinely handles selected plaintiff’s cases (primarily personal injury claims) and has recently expanded his practice to include mediation services. During his legal career, Mark has successfully represented clients at the trial and appellate levels throughout Wisconsin.

A native of central Wisconsin, Mark graduated from Medford Senior High School in 1978. He then earned his bachelor’s degree at UW – Eau Claire in 1982, followed by his Juris Doctor from UW – Madison Law School in 1985. Mark then returned to the Wausau area, where he has been in private practice for 30 years.

Mark is board-certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), a division of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (NBLSC). He has been board-certified continuously since 1997. The NBLSC is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to confer certification to qualified attorneys – a rigorous process that officially recognizes extensive education, training, and courtroom experience. Certified trial lawyers undergo a thorough screening of their credentials, including documentation of trial experience, recommendations by judges and other attorneys, and successful completion of a written examination. For more information, go to http://www.nblsc.us/.

Mark is a Charter Fellow in the American College of Board Certified Attorneys (ACBCA) and is also certified in Civil Pretrial Practice by its national board (NBCPPA). The recently created pretrial practice certification was developed to recognize attorneys with significant litigation experience and skill at settling cases before trial. Pretrial practice includes the preparatory steps for litigation before a tribunal, from case inception through discovery, pretrial motions and hearings, and alternative dispute resolution procedures.

In addition, Mark has been selected multiple times for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers. To be designated as a Super Lawyer, a demanding multi-phase rating and selection process is used. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and verified professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual state-by-state basis, and only 5 percent of the attorneys in Wisconsin are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers. For more information, go to http://www.superlawyers.com.

Further, Mark has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, based upon peer reviews by other lawyers and judges. AV is the highest rating for professional ethics and legal ability and is awarded to fewer than 8 percent of attorneys.

Areas of Practice

  • Mediation
  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Municipal Liability Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1997 - Present
  • Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy, National Board of Pretrial Practice Advocacy, 2012-present

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997


  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D. - 1985
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
    • B.A. cum laude - 1982
    • Honors: Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society
    • Major: Journalism

Published Works

  • A Discussion of Wisconsin's New Completion Statute, Sec. 893.89, (Co-Author), Substantive Law Committee Report, CTCW News, 1994


  • Initial Case Analysis and Considerations in Responding to the Plaintiff’s Complaint, State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Appellate Practice Institute, 2012
  • Opinion Testimony in Wisconsin: The Effect of Recent Changes to Wis. Stat. § 907.01 and § 907.02, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Milwaukee Operations Center, 2011
  • What Do Ministerial Duty, Discretionary Immunity, and Sewer Backups Have In Common, League of Wisconsin Municipalities Mut. Ins., Service Provider Conference, 2007
  • Preparing and Trying a Low-Velocity Impact Case, American Family Regional Legal Conference - Wisconsin North, 2005
  • Trial Tips and Techniques, American Family Regional Legal Conference - Wisconsin North, 2003
  • Admissibility of Expert Testimony in Low-Velocity Impact Cases, Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, Spring Conference, 2000
  • Jury Selection: Some Objectives and Techniques, Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin, Fall Conference, 1998
  • Defense Tactics for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Claims, Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin, Fall Conference, 1996
  • Recent Developments in Recreational Immunity under Wis. Stat. § 895.52, Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin, Fall Conference, 1994
  • Protections and Pitfalls of Wis. Stat. § 893.80, State Bar of Wisconsin, Young Lawyer's Division Seminar, 1994
  • Liability Exposure of Insurance Intermediaries to Insureds, Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin, Fall Conference, 1993

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Charter Fellow, American College of Board Certified Attorneys (ACBCA), 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rating in Martindale-Hubbell, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, 1985 - Present
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel, 1988 - Present
  • Marathon County Bar Association, 1985 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Klinner Kramer Shull LLP, Trial Attorney and Mediator, 2015 - Present
  • Zalewski, Klinner & Kramer, LLP, Trial Attorney, 2001 - 2014
  • Sandfort, Zalewski & Klinner, LLP, Trial Attorney, 1998 - 2000
  • Terwilliger, Wakeen, Piehler & Conway, SC, Trial Attorney, 1988 - 1998
  • Rogers & Bremer, Trial Attorney, 1985 - 1988

Zalewski, Klinner & Kramer, LLP represents clients throughout Northern and Central Wisconsin, including Wausau, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield, Eau Claire, Rhinelander, Phillips, Neillsville, Medford, Shawano, Eagle River, Hurley, Merrill, Antigo, Friendship, Waupaca, Black River Falls, and LaCrosse; as well as Marathon County, Portage County, Wood County, Eau Claire County, Oneida County, Price County, Clark County, Taylor County, Shawano County, Vilas County, Iron County, Lincoln County, Langlade County, Adams County, Waupaca County, Jackson County and LaCrosse County.