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Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP congratulates Mike Laufenberg for once again being named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer!

Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP congratulates Mike Laufenberg for once again being named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer. Mike has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2010. According to Super Lawyers, this is “an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in Wisconsin receive this distinction.”

Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP congratulates Mike Laufenberg for once again being named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer
Mike Laufenberg for once again being named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer

Great job, Mike.

Never Say ‘We Got This:’ A Litigation Attorney’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Client Expectations

Managing a client’s expectations may be one of the most important tasks litigation attorneys have. Michael Laufenberg gives tips to avoid that cringe-worthy moment when with your client at a verdict reading.


Oct. 17, 2017 (From State Bar of Wisconsin ) – A good friend of mine described his first jury trial – an OWI second offense of 30 years ago – as a “nightmare.”

But it didn’t begin that way. He had convinced the court to exclude the blood alcohol test results. There was minimal poor driving. The client had performed well in most of the field tests, and his testimony had been smooth.

The jury returned with a verdict following a very short deliberation. The new lawyer turned to his client and whispered: “We got this.” He and his now confident client stood, and both listened in horror as the clerk curtly announced two guilty verdicts. When my friend sheepishly turned to face his client, no words were necessary. The shell-shocked glare of an over-promised client said it all.

Later, as the judge was thanking the jury for their service, a juror wondered aloud why the lawyers did not tell them that the defendant “blew a 0.15.” Apparently, this information had been mistakenly provided to the jury in an unrelated document. A second trial resulted in a hung jury, and the case was dismissed. Still, my friend describes this as one of the more cringe-worthy moments of his career. Above all, he refers to it as a hard lesson well learned.

Avoiding the Cringe-worthy Moment

Managing a client’s expectations may be one of the most important tasks litigation attorneys have. Most of us deal with client expectations on a regular basis, and many of us have the battle scars to prove it.

While we all possess a lawyer’s intuition that nothing good can ever come from ignoring unrealistic client expectations, sometimes we just don’t see it. When that happens, and the client’s heightened expectations collide with a contrary and harsh reality, the attorney/client relationship can be tested.

One thing is certain: The failure to manage a client’s expectations is always the fault of the lawyer.

The First Meeting Sets the Tone

My experience is that much of this task can be accomplished at the initial client conference. However, managing a client’s expectations does not stop there. It must continue throughout the matter and up to conclusion.

Read full with suggestions by Michael L. Laufenberg full (From State Bar of Wisconsin ):

Michael L. LaufenbergMichael L. LaufenbergMarquette 1995, is an attorney with Keberle, Patrykus, & Laufenberg, LLP, West Bend, where he represents injured people and families across Wisconsin.

Testosterone heart attack, stroke or other serious injury

The Wisconsin injury law firm of Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP, LLP is investigating and accepting cases where heart attack, stroke or other serious injury has occurred following testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) or a product used for Low-T replacement therapy.

What Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy and What Is It For?

Testosterone replacement therapy is intended to help replace a hormone in men who suffer from a medical condition where their body produces to little or no serum testosterone (called Hypogonadism). The condition of hypogonadism can be acquired or genetic. It also is a normal part of aging. A man’s testosterone levels generally decline as they get older.

The FDA approved testosterone products for treating hypogonadism or the problems caused by this diagnosed condition. Pharmaceutical companies create and manufacture testosterone therapy products. Most have seen aggressive advertising by many manufacturers recently which focus on their products ability to treat a wide range of ailments while returning youth and vigor to the user. Advertising costs for these products it is estimated went from $14.3 million in 2011 to $107.3 million in 2012. Total sales of testosterone therapy type products were over $2 billion dollars in 2012 and are projected to double in 5 years.

The Food and Drug Administration Made an Announcement Concerning the Safety of Low Testosterone Products and Recent Studies Have Shown Men Receiving Low-T Replacement Therapy Are at Increased Risk for Suffering a Heart Attack or Stroke.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 31st, 2014 issued a safety announcement indicating the FDA was investigating the health and safety risk of low testosterone products. Examples of testosterone replacement products available for use are:

  • AndroGel
  • Androderm
  • Axiron
  • Fortesta
  • Depo-Testosterone

In April of 2013 a study was published in the BMC Medicine which examined results from 169 papers on the topic of Low–T replacement. That study concluded that testosterone therapy increases cardiovascular-related events among men. A 2010 Boston University medical study involving testosterone supplements was discontinued after researchers learned the risk of heart attack in subjects was five times the normal rate. The Institute of Medicine in 2004 conducted a study that stated, “There is not clear evidence of benefit for any of the health outcomes examined”. Consumer Reports also questioned and warned there was a lack of proof concerning the benefit of taking a testosterone supplement.

What Are the Dangerous Side Effects of Testosterone Therapy and Why Does Taking Testosterone Cause Heart Attack and Stroke?

Any male who is receiving testosterone or low–T therapy products is at a higher than normal risk for suffering a cardiac medical condition, heart attack or stroke. And some men, depending on a person’s age and other health issues, may be at a higher risk than others from receiving testosterone therapy. Testosterone increases the number of blood cells in the bloodstream. When that occurs, red blood cells can create a thickening of the blood which in turn can cause the blood to coagulate. That condition unfortunately may cause heart attack, stroke and other heart conditions.  Studies have shown even men without prior heart problems may have an increased risk for heart attack and stroke when receiving testosterone therapy.

The most serious side effects are cardiac or heart conditions and stroke. It is also believed that increasing testosterone can cause sleep apnea, blood clots and an enlarged prostrate. Heart attack, blood clots and stroke all can leave one with a life changing medical condition or be fatal.

Will It Cost Anything to Have Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP Review My Case?

No. There will be no cost or further obligation for our meeting with you. We will come to meet with you in any part of Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, Racine, Janesville, Madison, LaCrosse, EauClaire, Wausau, Stevens Point, Northern Wisconsin, Green Bay, The Fox Cities, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac or West Bend. We will also come meet with you if you are from Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois or Iowa. There will be no charge. We will obtain necessary medical records at our cost and immediately let you know if we can help you.

Testosterone Therapy Lawsuits Have Been Filed.

Persons who have suffered medical conditions including heart attack and stroke have filed federal lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors. Those lawsuits have alleged that the manufacturer and distributor of AndroGel misrepresented it as being safe as well as effective in treating a person’s low testosterone.

Will My Case Be Part of a Class Action?

Clients often ask this question because they have heard about “class action” lawsuits where all cases are treated the same and recoveries are usually small. Cases where serious injuries are caused by receiving testosterone therapy will not be part of a class action. Every testosterone therapy case will be viewed independently. You will receive compensation based on the level of your injuries. These types of cases are classified as product liability cases and may become part of Multi-District Litigation. The Injury Law Firm of Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP has teamed up with top National law firms who in the past have been selected to be “lead counsel” by Judges on similar product liability cases. We believe it is an important benefit to our clients to have a local Wisconsin law firm and a National firm working together as a team. We want you to understand when this happens, it happens at no additional cost to you. Law firms working together is a common practice and should your case need outside counsel you have a law firm here to gather evidence, meet with you personally, be available to answer your questions and have better access to your doctors.

We Guarantee There Will Be No Fee for Our Services If You Do Not Recover.

Our No Fee Guarantee means you will not pay an attorney fee unless you recover money. It is also possible that Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP may refer your case to a National Law Firm that we work with  Should that occur you will also not pay a fee unless you recover and the original fee percentage will remain the same despite having two law firms working for you on your case  We would remain as your local state law firm.

WISCONSIN TESTOSTERONE DRUG ATTORNEYS investigating and accepting cases where heart attack, stroke or other serious injury has occurred following testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) or a product used for Low-T replacement therapy.

Call us at 262-334-1944 or 1-800-529-1110 to discuss your case.