Emile Banks


Civil trial practice is an area that particularly holds Mr. Banks’ interest. “Although the vast majority of cases are settled, I treat every case as if it will be tried,” he said. “Every strategy I employ is geared toward the possibility that the case will ultimately end up in front of a jury. There are many litigators, but few can actually successfully take a case to trial.”

Mr. Banks thrives on achieving a fair and honest outcome for his clients. “Over the years, I have learned that my clients are not trying to escape obligation, but simply want to pay what is fair,” he said. “If I tell a client a case should go to trial, then I will push for a trial and a jury verdict. When cases should be settled, I will so inform the client. I have no need to run up billable hours. My goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for clients, without compromising my integrity.”

* Ohio Northern University School of Law (J.D. 1984)
* Cardinal Stritch University (B.A., Psychology 1981)

Areas of Practice:
* Trial Consultant – Nationwide
* Insurance Defense
* Medical Malpractice Defense
* Construction Defects
* Product Liability
* Auto Accident Liability
* Personal Injury Defense
* Professional Liability (lawyers, insurance agents, real estate brokers, accountants, architects, engineers and directors and officers)
* Insurance Coverage Analysis and Litigation
* Transportation Liability
* Building Construction
* Premises Liability
* Civil Rights
* Fire and Explosions Environmental Impairment
* Toxic Torts
* Contract Interpretation

Court Admissions:
* All Wisconsin State Courts
* All Arizona State Courts
* Wisconsin Court of Appeals
* Wisconsin Supreme Court
* U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Wisconsin
* U.S. District Court for Western District of Wisconsin
* U.S. District Court for District of Arizona
* U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
* U.S. Supreme Court
* U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Associations & Memberships:
* Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
* Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
* International Association of Defense Counsel
* International Society of Barristers
* National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms
* Council on Litigation Management
* Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin
* Wisconsin Association of African-American Attorneys
* Defense Research Institute
* State Bar of Wisconsin (Member, Chief Judge Subcommitee on Juror Treatment &
* State Bar of Wisconsin
* Member, Chief Judge Subcommitee on Juror Treatment & Selection
* Member, Diversity Outreach Committee
* Arizona Bar Association
* American Bar Association
* National Bar Association

* Associate Research Editor of Ohio Northern Law Review, 1982-83
* Investigator of Office of Lawyer Regulation for Supreme Court of Wisconsin since 1991
* Member, State Bar of Wisconsin (Diversity Outreach Committee)
* Super Lawyer for Wisconsin, 2005-2015
* Best of the Best Trial Lawyers in America and Canada (ACTL)
* Listed in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys
* AV Preeminent – Martindale-Hubbell
* 2007 Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Legal Services