Ralph Ehlinger is a lawyers' lawyer who brings knowledge and creativity to transactional matters and enjoys the challenge of an uphill battle in court. With a depth of experience in creating and acquiring businesses, drafting shareholder agreements and non-competes, and negotiating and closing business and real estate transactions, he represents individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations not only when things are going well but in times of trouble.
He is a skilled litigator at both the trial and appellate levels, with particular emphasis on libel and slander, shareholder disputes and non-competes, open meeting and public records challenges, and real estate litigation. But he has also represented clients in matters as diverse as lender liability, fair debt collection practices violations, insurance agent license revocation, nursing home abuse, insurance claim denials, attorney malpractice, wrongful termination of employment, police brutality, race discrimination, trustee bad-faith claims, and harassment injunctions.
Ralph has dedicated his career to making his clients' lives go smoothly in their business and personal affairs and to fighting hard for justice when things go wrong. He brings a wealth of experience to both tasks. He is at his best with matters that require hands-on attention to unique situations.
Ralph has been highly regarded by his peers throughout his career. He was named outstanding editor of the Georgetown Law Journal the year he became a lawyer and Lawyer of the Year by the Milwaukee Bar Association three decades later. His peer-rated Martindale Hubbell ranking is AV, the highest level for ability and integrity. He has taught corporate law at Marquette Law School and served as President of the Milwaukee Bar Association Foundation. He is a past board president of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Association and past Chairman of the Richfield Plan Commission.
He also incorporated and was the first life member of the Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee, plays the piano and guitar badly, and is still raising the last four of his six children, which is the surest evidence that his law firm will be around for a long, long time. That, plus the fact that he has never stopped loving being a lawyer.