Klinner Kramer Shull LLP

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

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Michael J. Roman

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Partner
Location:
Wausau, Wisconsin
Phone:
877-594-3287 (Ext. 14)
715-203-4534 (Ext. 14)
Fax:
715-845-5666
Email:

Mike is a native of Waupaca, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts - triple-majoring in political science, history, and international relations.

Mike attended Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, obtaining a Juris Doctor in 1994. While at Marquette, he served as a member of the Marquette Law Review, first as an associate and then as an executive editor. He also worked as a law clerk with a Milwaukee criminal defense firm and then served in a year-long clinical program with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office.

After law school, Mike served as a law clerk with the Wisconsin Court of Appeals - District I, located in Milwaukee, working first for the Honorable Michael T. Sullivan and then later the Honorable Patricia S. Curley. As a law clerk, he gained significant experience in appellate procedure and practice, and he obtained valuable knowledge in effective legal argument and appellate advocacy.

Mike returned to central Wisconsin to join the newly formed Wausau law firm of Sandfort, Zalewski & Klinner, LLP, as a civil litigation attorney. That firm continues today as Klinner Kramer Shull LLP, where Mike primarily defends municipalities, municipal insurers, and other liability insurers and their policyholders in a variety of civil litigation matters in Wisconsin state courts, administrative agencies, and the federal courts in Wisconsin. He has successfully defended and advised municipalities, law enforcement agencies, individual policyholders, and their insurers in a variety of cases and lawsuits, including:

  • Civil rights claims
  • Employment termination and discrimination claims
  • Wrongful arrest and excessive use of force claims
  • Religious zoning claims
  • Federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act and Telecommunications Act claims
  • First Amendment/Adult Business ordinance claims
  • State open meetings and public records claims
  • Insurance coverage issues
  • General property damage and personal injury claims

Mike has also developed a significant appellate practice, writing briefs and appearing in nearly 40 appeals in both the state and federal appellate courts, and he has successfully argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

Areas of Practice

  • Employee Rights -- Employer
  • Employment Discrimination -- Employer
  • Municipal Employment -- Employer
  • Sexual Harassment -- Employer
  • Whistleblower -- Employer
  • Wrongful Termination -- Employer
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Insurance Defense
  • Federal Appellate Practice
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • State Appellate Practice
  • State Trial Practice
  • Municipal Liability

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2005

Education

  • Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • J.D. - 1994
    • Law Review: Marquette Law Review, Executive Editor, 1993 - 1994
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: History
    • Major: International Relations

Published Works

  • Avoiding the Pitfalls of "Four Corners" Duty-to-Defend Test in Coverage Litigation Involving Defective Buildings, WIS. CIV. TRIAL J., Summer, Fall, Vol. 4 No. 2, 2006
  • "Once More Unto The Breach, Dear Friends, Once More": A Call to Re-Evaluate the Felony-Murder Doctrine in Wisconsin in the Wake of State v. Oimen and State v. Rivera, 77 Marq. L. Rev. 785,, 1994

Representative Cases

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel, 1999 - Present
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association, 2007 - Present
  • Wis. Civ. Trial J. The Counsel, Editorial Board, 2006 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Wisconsin Court of Appeals-District I, Law Clerk, 1994 - 1997

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.