Ted Waskowski

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Melissa Hammersley

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On the Job

Attorney Ted Waskowski’s Practice

Attorney Ted Waskowski’s practice focuses primarily on litigation. He has over 30 years of trial experience in civil litigation, including tort and insurance matters, and business disputes. He regularly appears in both state and federal courts.

Ted partners with his clients to find the most effective and efficient strategy for each case. Creative strategies have resulted in effective remedies for owners of closely held corporations, parties in class actions, public entities in complex disputes, and individuals in matters involving injury to self and property.

Ted has represented dozens of Wisconsin municipalities in hundreds of litigated matters in the past 30 years. Many of these disputes have been complex and raised novel questions of law.

Ted strongly supports alternate dispute resolution. He regularly represents clients in arbitration and mediation and is often asked to serve as a mediator.

Ted has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2008, and he is a seven-time Lawyer of the Year honoree by the organization, including his most recent 2024 honors, for his work in Insurance Law, Insurance Litigation, Municipal Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation (Defendants), and Product Liability Litigation (Defendants). Ted has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers since 2006.

Ted’s Court Admissions

  • State of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Ted’s Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1980; cum laude; Order of the Coif)
  • Northwestern University (B.S., 1972)

Ted’s Recognition and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America (since 2008)
    • Named a Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year”
      • Insurance Litigation, 2018, 2020, and 2024
      • Municipal Litigation, 2013, 2017, and 2024
      • Product Liability Litigation (Defendants), 2022
    • Wisconsin Super Lawyer for his civil litigation defense work (since 2006)

    Ted’s Publications and Presentations

    • Ted has authored numerous articles on subjects ranging from mediation to specialized liability issues relating to public entities.
    • Ted regularly teaches trial advocacy at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
    • Ted has lectured on the subjects of dealership and franchise law, insurance coverage, indemnity contracts, the trial of an injury case, and related subjects.

    Ted’s Professional Memberships

    • American Bar Association
    • State Bar of Wisconsin
    • Dane County Bar Association
    • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
    • Inns of Court
    • Litigation Counsel of Wisconsin

Off the Job

Ted thinks Wisconsin is at its best with skis on his feet and his iPod in his ears on cold, calm, sunny February mornings. When Wisconsin is spring green, Ted digs holes in his yard. He likes that almost all gardening mistakes can be solved by moving over and digging somewhere else.

Ted is proud of his wife Cathy and their two grown sons.

Ted thanks his clients for all the wonderful opportunities and experiences they shared with him.

Community Involvement

  • Forward Theater, Board of Directors
  • Stoughton Country Club, Board of Directors

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