Appellate Decisions

Wisconsin Supreme Court
Grube v. Daun, 210 Wis.2d 681, 563 N.W.2d 523 (1997) (Successful liability defense based on interpretation of hazardous waste statue and determination that application was intended for the general public and not a specific class; therefore, because the statute was not a “safety statute,” a violation would not constitute negligence per se.)

Court of Appeals
Kriefall v. Sizzler USA Franchise, Inc., 335 Wis.2d 151, 801 N.W.2d 781 (Ct. App. 2011) (Court of appeals reversed portion of judgment whereby successfully asserted basis for contractual indemnity before jury; currently pending before Wisconsin Supreme Court.)

Pagel v. Marcus Corp., 2008 WI App 110, 313 Wis.2d 78, 756 N.W.2d 447 (Granted summary judgment on premises liability defense; held that where the dangerous condition of a chattel is open and obvious to the reasonable user, no warning is required under Restatement (2d) of Torts § 388(1), and summary judgment dismissing a negligence claim premised on failure to warn is proper.)

Novak v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co., 183 Wis.2d 133, 515 N.W.2d 504 (Ct. App. 1994) (Held that insurer had no duty to defend upon exhaustion of the policy limit by payment of settlement to third party where language of policy expressly provided that the insurer would have no duty to defend after its limit of liability had been offered.)
General Medical Corp. v. Kobs, 179 Wis.2d 422, 507 N.W.2d 381 (Ct. App. 1993) (Successfully appealed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in a tortious interference claim.)

7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Knapp v. Eagle Property Management Corp., 54 F.3d 1271 (7th Cir. 1995) (Successfully argues for summary judgment on appeal where court was required to interpret whether depression and emotional distress damages were contained within provisions of insurance liability policy.)

Ronald G. Pezze, Jr.


  • Shareholder


  • Marquette University J.D., 1989
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior B.S., cum laude, 1986

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation including Casualty Insurance Law
  • Property Insurance Law
  • Products Liability Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • General Negligence Law
  • Foodborne Illness
  • Insurance Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation

Professional Achievements

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2007 – 2013
  • Listed in Wisconsin Super Lawyers, 2008 – 2014
  • Listed in The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee, Top Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubell’s 2012 Top Rate Lawyer in Insurance and Appellate Law
  • Wisconsin State Bar Litigation Section Board of Directors (Chair 2010)
  • Managing Editor, Marquette Law Review, 1988-1989
  • Intern to Judge Ralph Adam Fine, Court of Appeals, Wisconsin, 1988-1989
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy
  • Board Certified in Pretrial Practice Advocacy
  • City of New Berlin Fire & Police Commission
  • City of New Berlin Civil Service Commission


  • All Wisconsin State Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin