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Don C. Prachthauser

Background & Courtroom Experience

Don Prachthauser has a remarkable record of success in the courtroom. He has presented nearly 100 cases to juries, judges, and arbitrators on behalf of personal injury clients. Mr. Prachthauser credits a very strong team of lawyers and support staff at Murphy & Prachthauser, S.C. for the results achieved. He is very proud of the fact that many cases have been referred to him by judges, lawyers, physicians, and past clients familiar with his work in the courtroom. Mr. Prachthauser believes that personal injury clients are best served by lawyers who are skilled at presenting cases to a jury and willing to do the necessary hard work, if a fair settlement is not offered before trial. Although Mr. Prachthauser has helped the vast majority of his clients achieve a pre-trial settlement, courtroom experience does contribute to a favorable outcome. Mr. Prachthauser’s trial experience includes negligent operation of automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles as well as product liability, medical negligence, unsafe premises, and insurance coverage disputes.

As trial lawyers, we have tremendous power and incredible opportunity experienced by very few in our society to make a real difference in the lives of the people we come into contact with. The practice of trial law places you deeply in stream of life’s triumphs, despair, and battles.

Juris Doctor, Marquette University Law School (1977)

Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1972)

Mr. Prachthauser is a frequent presenter and speaker for the State Bar of Wisconsin, American Board of Trial Advocates, and Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, now known as the Wisconsin Association for Justice. He has been a Civil Trial Practice Instructor at the University of Wisconsin Madison-Law School

  • Life Navigators, Honoree 2020
  • Evan’s Scholars
  • Hire Heroes
  • Salvation Army
  • Gethsemane United Methodist Church, Board Chair 1998-2022

Professional Activities & Honors

Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year in Milwaukee

  • Personal Injury Litigation: Most recent honor in 2019

American College of Trial Lawyers

  • Member: 2003 – Present
    • Membership is limited to 1% of lawyers in each state
    • Vice Chair of the Wisconsin State Committee: 2013-2014

International Academy of Trial Lawyers

  • Member: 2013 – Present
    • Membership is limited to 500 lawyers across the country who have demonstrated elite skills as a trial lawyer

International Society of Barristers

  • Member: 2002 – Present
    • Invited to be a member based on his skill as a trial lawyer, personal and professional integrity, and nominations from fellow members

American Board of Trial Advocates

  • Member: 1992 - Present
    • Past President

Wisconsin Association for Justice (Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers)

  • Member: 1981 – Present
    • Trial Lawyer of the Year: 2007

American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

  • Certified Diplomate: 1990-Present

Best Lawyers in America

  • Member: 1995 – Present
    • Lawyer of the Year Personal Injury Milwaukee: 2013, 2019

Super Lawyers

  • Awards:
    • Top 25 Attorneys in Milwaukee: 2011-2014, 2019
    • Top 50 Attorneys in Wisconsin: 2005-2017, 2019-2020
    • Top 10 Attorneys in Wisconsin: 2008-2011

Martingale Registry of Preeminent Lawyers

  • Awarded Highest Ratings

Don C. Prachthauser is an active member of the following noble associations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates - Wisconsin Chapter
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice (Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers)
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Milwaukee Bar Association Judicial Selection Committee (Past Membership)
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison Law School Trial Practice Program (Past Membership)


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