Eighth Year GEBSC Included on the Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” List

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For an eighth consecutive year, Gutglass, Erickson, Bonville & Larson, S.C. is excited to share that we have been named a 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Tier 1 firm in Milwaukee Metro Area for both Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.

“Best Law Firms” appointees must receive a particular combination of client feedback, information provided on Best Lawyers peer-review, the Law Firm Leaders Survey, and the Law Firm Survey. Over 13,000 attorneys provide more than 1,000,000 law firm assessments, and over 7,500 clients provided more than 65,000 evaluations to ensure a thorough examination process. The firm must also have one appear appear on the Best Lawyers in America® list: we exceed this requirement as Gutglass, Erickson, Bonville & Larson, S.C has four attorneys on the 2018 Edition of this list.

About U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. For more about Best Lawyers and the Best Law Firms list, visit www.bestlawyers.com.

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Partners Receive The Best Lawyers in America 2018 List Recognition

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We’re so honored to announce that for over 6 years each, Milwaukee lawyers James Gutglass, Paul Erickson, Kathleen Bonville, and Mark Larson from Gutglass, Erickson, Bonville & Larson, S.C., were included in The Best Lawyers in America © 2018 (Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC) a list curated by their legal community peers. James Gutglass has been included on the list for 11 years, while the other partners have each been for 6. Congratulations to all.

Milwaukee Lawyers Voted Best Lawyers In America

“Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. 83,000 industry leading attorneys are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received almost 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 58,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Year over year, attorneys must continue to earn the votes of their peers to be included in the next year’s edition, which is a testament to our firm’s tradition of excellence.

Our firm is proud to wear the Best Lawyers title through earning the trust of our peers and clients through our ethics, skills, compassion, and integrity.

Award Winning Milwaukee Lawyers

Kathleen Bonville, since 2012

Lawyer of the Year 2014 – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants (Milwaukee)

  • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Paul Erickson, since 2012

Lawyer of the Year 2012 – Medical Malpractice Law (Milwaukee)

  • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

James Gutglass, since 2007

Lawyer of the Year 2016 – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
    • Medical Malpractice

Mark Larson, since 2012

  • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

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Gutglass, Erickson, Bonville & Larson Recognized as Top Malpractice Attorneys in Wisconsin Law Journal Reader Rankings

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The Wisconsin Law Journal recently announced their first Reader Rankings issue and announced in the April 26 issue that Gutglass, Erickson, Bonville & Larson, SC., was recognized as #1 for Best Legal Malpractice Specialty.

“To be named the best in a specific legal category is quite an accomplishment,” said journal editor Joe Yovino. “The winning companies were selected by their peers and people in the know in the state’s law community.  Being named as a top finalist means the company is respected not only by its peers in industry, but also by the public as one of the best and most reliable companies in the legal industry.”

This means so much to our firm. It’s important to know that the hard work that we put into providing our services is and the consistent results obtained for our clients does not go unnoticed. We’re proud that our expertise is sought by our own peers in the often multifaceted and diverse area of legal malpractice.

Thank you so much to the legal community for honoring us with your votes – we’re more motivated than ever to continue our tradition of excellence in all aspects of our practice.

Gutglass, Erickson, Bonville & Larson Recognized as Top Malpractice Attorneys in Wisconsin Law Journal Reader Rankings

Gutglass, Erickson, Bonville & Larson – 2017 “Best Law Firms” Milwaukee

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It’s with great pride that we announce that Gutglass, Erickson, Bonville & Larson, S.C. has been named a Tier 1 firm in Milwaukee Metro Area for the  2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list for both Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants. The firm has been ranked and appeared on this list since the first edition in 2010.

In order to be included on the “Best Law Firms” list, firms must receive a particular combination of client feedback, information provided on Best Lawyers peer-review, the Law Firm Leaders Survey, and the Law Firm Survey. To meet that criteria, the firm must also have one appear appear on the Best Lawyers in America® list: Gutglass, Erickson, Bonville & Larson, S.C has four attorneys on the 2017 Edition of this list.

About U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. For more about Best Lawyers and the Best Law Firms list, visit www.bestlawyers.com.

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Handling a Breach of Contract

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In the business community, contracts are commonly used and generally “understood,” but what does it mean when a “breach of contract” has occurred? As contracts are the lifeblood of business agreements, it’s crucial to understand them; without them, business agreements may go unfulfilled. Breaches are one the most common reasons people file lawsuits in business law. As such, know your rights in a business agreement. If you’ve experienced a situation where someone did not uphold their end of a business agreement, you may experience a frustrating situation, but the good news is that you may not be at a total loss if you take the appropriate legal action. Breach of Contract | Business Attorneys | Gutglass Erickson Bonville & Larson

What is a Breach of Contract?

A breach of contract takes place when a contract term, whether in writing or verbally made, is not fulfilled. Examples include, payment not made or not made in full, time-frame for delivery not met, etc. The list is essentially endless, as it’s simply any time an agreement is not fulfilled.

Filing a Breach of Contract Wisconsin Lawsuit.

When you feel a breach of contract in a business situation has occurred, it’s in your best interest to contact an experienced contract dispute lawyer. This will be your best defense, as regardless of whether you feel as though you have not received what you understood you would from another business or you have failed on your end, thus breaching a contract, involving a business lawyer early in the process can help. Be sure to gather as much documentation as possible about the incident, from contracts to emails, etc. The filing of a breach of contract lawsuit can be simple if you have documented proof of an agreed business contract (including a clear list of terms) and evidence that a breach of contract occurred. If you do not have the documentation up front, you may not be at a total loss, but we won’t know our options until we discuss.

To begin the conversation around a breach of contract lawsuit, call at (414) 273-1144 or complete a contact request today.

Partners Appear on The Best Lawyers in America 2017 List

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It’s with great excitement and pride that attorneys James Gutglass, Paul Erickson, Kathleen Bonville, and Mark Larson from Gutglass, Erickson, Bonville & Larson, S.C., were once again chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America © 2017 (Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Many congrats to the firm, with each partner appearing on the list over 5 years in a row, and over 10 years for James Gutglass!

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Milwaukee Lawyers Voted in The Best Lawyers in America

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has been regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Based on an exhaustive peer-review survey involving 55,000 leading attorneys and 6.7 million votes, the Best Lawyers® list truly encompasses a sound representation of the top attorneys per practice area, based on other respected, top attorneys in those practice areas. Lawyers are not allowed to pay for inclusion on the list. Corporate Counsel Magazine considers Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” By consistently maintaining these peer votes and therefore being repeatedly chosen for features in the yearly edition, we’re excited to have the legal community’s constant recognition of our firm’s excellence. With well over 30 years of combined experience, this comes as no surprise but remains quite an honor. While we continue to earn our peers’ trust through our success, ethics, and integrity, we’re even more committed to earning that same opinion from our clients.

Award Winning Milwaukee Lawyers

Kathleen Bonville, since 2012 “Lawyer of the Year” 2014 – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants (Milwaukee) Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants Paul Erickson, since 2012 “Lawyer of the Year” 2012 – Medical Malpractice Law (Milwaukee) Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants James Gutglass, since 2007 “Lawyer of the Year” 2016 – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants Mark Larson, since 2012 Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Is This a Trade Secret? Think Again.

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Businesses jealously guard information they deem confidential and economically valuable.  They may attempt to do so by invoking noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements with former employees to prevent those employees from using such information in the course of new employment.  Where there is no enforceable agreement, they may indirectly seek to interfere with the new employment by accusing the former employee, and possibly his or her new employer, of misappropriating trade secrets, in violation of Wisconsin Statutes section 134.90(2).  A recent court of appeals decision may discourage using trade secret litigation as an intimidation tool by recognizing there are limits as to what categories of arguably valuable confidential information qualify for trade secret protection.

Section 134.90 is Wisconsin’s enactment of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act.  The Act defines “trade secret” as follows:

(c)  “Trade secret” means information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique or process to which all of the following apply:

  1. The information derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable by proper means by, other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use.
  2. The information is the subject of efforts to maintain its secrecy that are reasonable under the circumstances.

Wis. Stat. § 134.90(1)(c).

On April 28, 2016, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in North Highland, Inc. v. Jefferson Mach. & Tool, Inc., No. 2015AP643, 2016 WL 1689972 (Wis. Ct. App. Apr. 28, 2016), affirmed a summary judgment dismissing North Highland Inc.’s claim that Frederick A. Wells, a former employee, and his new company, Jefferson Machine & Tool Inc., violated the Act by obtaining from another former employee the amount of a confidential bid North Highland had submitted to Tyson Foods, Inc. for a project at Tyson’s Jefferson, Wisconsin facility misappropriating a confidential bid amount and using that information to present a more favorable bid on behalf of Jefferson Machine.  The court held that North Highland had failed to demonstrate that a confidential bid amount falls within the Act’s definition of “trade secret.”  Acknowledging that the examples of information eligible for trade secret protection—formulas, patterns, compilations, programs, devices, methods, techniques, or processes—did not constitute an exhaustive list, the court nonetheless held that “information” had a much narrower definition than the dictionary meaning of the word.  It encompassed only such information as was similar in nature to the enumerated items.  North Highland failed to demonstrate such similarity.

Accordingly, North Highland teaches that a business cannot establish “trade secret” status simply by satisfying the “economic value” and “attempts to maintain secrecy” criteria in § 134.90(1)(c)1. and 2.  The result also suggests that in the court’s view, confidential pricing information is not the type of information protected under the Act.

If you have been accused of misappropriating a trade secret or want to know whether your confidential business information is entitled to trade secret protection, the experienced business attorneys at Gutglass, Erickson, Bonville & Larson, S.C. are here to help.  Call Atty. Joan M. Huffman at (414) 908-0237.

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Gutglass, Erickson, Bonville & Larson, S.C. Named to Milwaukee “Best Law Firms” List

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Gutglass, Erickson, Bonville & Larson, S.C. has been named a Tier 1 firm in Milwaukee Metro Area for the  2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list for both Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.

To be eligible for inclusion on the “Best Law Firms” list, firms must receive the appropriate combination of client feedback, information provided on the Law Firm Survey and the Law Firm Leaders Survey and Best Lawyers peer-review. This means that they also must have at least one lawyers that’s been included on the Best Lawyers in America® list: Gutglass, Erickson, Bonville & Larson, S.C has four attorneys on the 2016 Edition of this list.

About U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. For more about Best Lawyers and the Best Law Firms list, visit www.bestlawyers.com.

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Milwaukee Lawyers Voted in The Best Lawyers in America

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We’re excited to announce that our Milwaukee attorneys James Gutglass, Paul Erickson, Kathleen Bonville, and Mark Larson from Gutglass, Erickson, Bonville & Larson, S.C., were once again chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America © 2016 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). We’d also like to note that James Gutglass celebrates 10 years on the list. 2016 marks 5 years of inclusion for each Bonville, Erickson, and Larson. Many congrats to the firm!

Milwaukee Lawyers Voted in The Best Lawyers in America

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has been regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Based on an exhaustive peer-review survey involving 55,000 leading attorneys and 6.7 million votes, the Best Lawyers® list truly encompasses a sound representation of the top attorneys per practice area, based on other respected, top attorneys in those practice areas. Lawyers are not allowed to pay for inclusion on the list. Corporate Counsel Magazine considers Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Our partners’ repeated feature in the yearly edition is done by consistently maintaining these peer votes, which shows the legal community’s constant recognition of the firm’s excellence. With well over 30 years of combined experience, this comes as no surprise, but remains quite an honor.

While we continue to earn our peers’ trust through our success, ethics, and integrity, we’re even more committed to earning that same opinion from our clients.  

Award Winning Milwaukee Lawyers

Kathleen Bonville, since 2012

Lawyer of the Year 2014 – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants (Milwaukee)

  • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants

  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Paul Erickson, since 2012

Lawyer of the Year 2012 – Medical Malpractice Law (Milwaukee)

  • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants

  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

James Gutglass, since 2007

Lawyer of the Year 2016 – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Mark Larson, since 2012

  • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants

  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

The Best Lawyers in America© 2016. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

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