Brett Larsen is an experienced litigator with a practice focused on general civil and commercial litigation in state and federal courts, including contract or employment disputes and a wide range of products liability, toxic torts, creditors' rights, and insurance coverage matters.
Brett joined Hinshaw as an associate in May 2007. Previously he was a summer associate with the firm in 2006, and a law clerk in 2007. He spent the summer of 2007 as a Public Service Special Prosecutor for the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office, where he gained substantial trial experience. As a prosecutor, he was the lead attorney for the State of Wisconsin in eight jury and court trials as well as in numerous evidentiary hearings.
During law school, Brett worked as a research assistant in international law for Professor Andrea K. Schneider. In addition to his other law school accomplishments, Brett was a member of the Dean's List and a participant in the Marquette Moot Court Program. He was a recipient of the Law Alumni Scholarship and was Secretary of the Environmental Law Society.
Prior to his legal career, Brett was a newspaper reporter.
- American Bar Association
- Milwaukee Bar Association
- Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association
Honors & Awards
- Recognized as a "Rising Star" for Wisconsin by Super Lawyers magazine, 2015 – 2017
- Drafted evidentiary motions and assisted in executing a defense strategy in a design defect trial in which a plaintiff sought $27 million, but recovered nothing, from an automobile manufacturer.
- Researched and helped implement a litigation plan that allowed an insulation manufacturer to resolve a $13 million trademark and false advertising case for less than the cost of defense.
- Drafted and successfully argued a motion for summary judgment dismissing tortious interference with contract claims against a warehousing and logistics company totalling $1.4 million.
- Took depositions of plaintiffs seeking $1.1 million in lost profits arising from an alleged construction defect and used their testimony as the basis for a successful motion dismissing their claim against a contractor in its entirety.
- "Federal Court from Start to Finish," National Business Institute, Webinar, November 2017
- "Federal Litigation 101: Expert Witness Testimony Under the Federal Rules of Evidence," National Business Institute, Webinar, August 2015
- "No Closer to Clarity: The Establishment Clause and the Supreme Stumble in Van Orden v. Perry," Marquette Law Review, Fall 2006
- August 10, 2023
- Trial Spotlight: Securing Two Favorable Rulings in Wisconsin Circuit Court in Cases Involving Consumer Protection ClaimsApril 25, 2023
- Appellate Spotlight: Ninth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment Win by Law Firm in FCRA Class Action CaseMarch 22, 2023
- July 1, 2015
- April 4, 2011
- Marquette Legal Clinic, Volunteer
- Ukraine, Full-Time Volunteer, 1997 – 1999
J.D., Marquette University Law School, 2007
- Member, Marquette Law Review, 2005 – 2006
- Senior Note & Comment Editor, Marquette Law Review, 2006 – 2007
B.A., Communications/Print Journalism, Brigham Young University, 2002
- Sports Editor, The Daily Universe
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin