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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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 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.