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Patricia Linn Jenness

Associate

Overview

Trish brings a broad focus to her work advocating for clients in federal and state court at all stages of litigation, from early case assessment to trial and appeals. 

Her experience as a law clerk for Hon. William E. Callahan, Jr., in the Eastern District of Wisconsin provides both insight and appreciation for the court’s procedures and processes, which is a benefit when determining the best next step in a legal strategy. She looks for opportunities to resolve cases early on the merits, but prepares for trial through strategic and cost-effective decisions.

She is valued for her efficient yet creative approach to handling trademark and copyright protection, contract disputes including shareholder agreements, commercial contracts, and challenges to insurance policy coverage.

 

Trish also has a wide-range of experience assisting companies and individuals with personal injury litigation for slip and fall accidents and wrongful death actions, as well as issues relating to alleged product defects. 

When not practicing law or spending time with her wild, yet charming family, Trish is a member of Michael Best’s Pro Bono and Hiring Committees and regularly volunteers for the Meta House in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Experience

Notable cases include:

  • In representing an international supplier of feed products, our team moved for early summary judgment on a breach of contract claim alleged against the plaintiff and sought dismissal of the plaintiff’s breach of contract claim alleged against our client. Applying Wisconsin’s UCC statute, the federal court granted summary judgment and awarded approximately $12 million in damages to our client.
  • Assisted a leading bathroom products manufacturer in policing its intellectual property rights by seeking immediate removal of intellectual property being used on websites operated by unlicensed vendors.
  • Our team strategically used motions in limine prior to trial to obtain substantive damages rulings, forcing the defendant to settle and sparing the client the expense and hassle of trial. The federal court’s order on the motions established that our client, a company specializing in hazardous waste management, could recover attorneys’ fees and damages incurred from the clean-up of an environmental contamination site because the insurer breached its duty to defend the company.
  • Quickly obtained dismissal of a trademark infringement case on the basis that the plaintiff, though holding a valid registration at the time of the alleged infringement, did not own a federally registered mark at the time it filed the lawsuit. The dismissal saved the client from expensive litigation and exorbitant settlement demands.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Michael Best Litigation Practice Group Pro Bono Award, 2016
  • "Rising Stars," Wisconsin Super Lawyers, 2015-2017
  • Wisconsin 2015 Pro Bono Honor Society

Professional Activities

  • Member, Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Member, Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Member, Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Member, Thomas E. Fairchild American Inn of Court

Education

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