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Patricia Linn Jenness

Partner

Overview

Trish is a partner to her business clients, looking for opportunities to resolve cases early through settlement or motion practice, while also preparing for trial through strategic and cost-effective decisions. She is valued for her efficient yet creative approaches to handling difficult business conflicts. 

Trish’s litigation practice centers on a range of contract disputes, including environmental insurance recovery, disputes among business owners, and disagreements over risk transfer in the transportation industry. From the regulatory side, Trish represents clients involved in contaminated property issues in the context of state and federal site clean-ups and provides strategic guidance to clients regarding internal investigations and responses to governmental inquiries.

 

When not practicing law or spending time with her wild, yet charming family, Trish is actively involved in the Milwaukee legal community and regularly volunteers for the Meta House in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Experience

Notable cases include:

  • Defended an international supplier of feed products by moving for early summary judgment on a breach of contract counterclaim alleged against the plaintiff. Applying Wisconsin’s UCC statute, the federal court granted summary judgment and awarded approximately $12 million in damages to the client.
  • Strategically moved prior to trial to obtain substantive damages rulings, forcing the insurer 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.
  • Successfully resolved a truck accident case involving complex independent contractor and employee classification issues under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and state law, as well as the attendant responsibilities placed on the “employer” of the driver. 

Honors & Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers®, "Ones to Watch" (Milwaukee Area), Intellectual Property Law and Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2021-Present
  • The Midwest’s Best Lawyers©, Intellectual Property Law and Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2021
  • "Rising Stars," Wisconsin Super Lawyers, 2015-present
  • Michael Best Litigation Practice Group Pro Bono Award, 2016
  • Wisconsin 2015 Pro Bono Honor Society

Professional Activities

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

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