John W. Halpin
John Halpin is a trial lawyer and partner at Laffey, Leitner & Goode LLC in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Before joining LLG, John worked one of the largest civil trial firms in Wisconsin and at an AmLaw 100 firm defending dealers and manufacturers across the country against allegations of design and manufacturing defects, installation and service errors, and inadequate instructions and warnings, as well as defending a number of national shipping & logistics companies faced with catastrophic injury claims due to trucking accidents. His experience early in his career, which included representation of some of the world’s best-known brands and major manufacturers, has provided him with a depth and variety of experience that truly sets him apart from his peers.
While John continues to defend a number of transportation companies and product manufacturers and advises them on best practices for risk management and avoidance, he has expanded his commercial practice since joining LLG to include litigation of shareholder and fiduciary disputes, breaches of non-compete and other contractual clauses, and violations of franchise and dealership laws, particularly in the context of wrongful terminations. He also has a particular interest in and growing list of clients who call on him to handle construction disputes and probate litigation.
John is graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Marquette University Law School, and he has been named a Rising Star in Product Liability Defense and Business Litigation by Super Lawyers® from 2011 through 2019, as well as a Super Lawyer in Construction Litigation in 2023. John has also been named to The Best Lawyers in America™ every year since 2020 in a variety of practice areas, including Construction Law, Construction and Real Estate Litigation, Insurance Litigation, Product Liability Litigation, and Trusts and Estates. He is licensed to practice law in both Illinois and Wisconsin, and he is a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association’s Forums on Construction and Franchising, and the Defense Research Institute’s Fire Science, Product Liability, and Transportation committees. John is also an active member of and contributor to the USLAW Network.
Marquette University Law School / J.D., 2007
University of Notre Dame / B.A., Pre-Medicine and Psychology, 2001
Dean’s List, 2004-2006
MULS Pro Bono Society, 2007
Thomas More Scholar, 2004-2007
When he is not at work, John enjoys spending time with his wife, two children, and his chocolate Lab. He serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Francis Children’s Center and volunteers with the Special Olympics in his spare time. He is also a member of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Notre Dame Club of Milwaukee.