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    NexGen Shining Star Award

    Thursday, April 25, 2019


    Pinkert Law Firm LLP is proud to announce that Attorney Amy M. Sullivan is the recipient of the NexGen Shining Star award for 2019.  The Shining Star award honors an individual who has demonstrated sustained community involvement and leadership, achieved professional successes and serves as a mentor for the next generation of Door County residents. The award is given out each year by the NexGen Young Professionals Network at their annual event.

    Attorney Sullivan has been an invaluable partner at firm and has contributed many hours to the Door County Community at large.  Pinkert Law Firm is proud to have Attorney Sullivan as a partner and wishes her much continued success.

    Real Property Dispute? Contact Pinkert Law Firm LLP

    Friday, November 3, 2017

    Adverse possession enables a party to obtain title of another's property by operation of law.
    Case example:   Kruckenberg v. Krukar et al

    Kruckenberg and Krukar are neighbors.  Kruckenberg purchased his 40 acre parcel in 1983 and Krukar purchased his 11.5 acre parcel in 2001.  Kruckenberg's parcel is generally west of Krukar's parcel, with the exception of a deeded one rod strip of land along the south boundary of Krukar's parcel.  An 1882 predecessor deed described a one rod (16.5 feet) strip of land "designed as a roadway."  Krukar's predecessor was required to construct and maintain a fence along the north margin of the road description.  The fence was never located within the one rod specification; rather, it encroached 10 to 12 feet onto Krukar's parcel along the length of the driveway.
    The neighbors argued over the fence and the encroachment for 10 years.  Krukar's request to remove the fence was denied by Kruckenberg.  Along the way, Kruckenberg gave different people, including Krukar, permission to use the roadway for specific tasks, and he posted a "no trespassing" sign at the entrance.  Krukar eventually removed the fence without permission, and Kruckenberg sued.  Krukar moved for summary judgment, but it was denied.  The jury ultimately found adverse possession and awarded damages for removal of the fence.
    On appeal, a court will search for any credible evidence that will support a jury verdict.  Here, the Court of Appeals determined there was credible evidence to support the verdict, holding that the circuit court properly denied Krukar's motion for summary judgment and granted judgment on the jury verdict.

    If you have a property dispute, contact Jim Smith, Jon Pinkert or Amy Sullivan at Pinkert Law Frim LLP to discuss.

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    Riparian Rights and Responsibilities

    Thursday, October 26, 2017

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    Last weekend, Governor Walker attended the Leadership Summit of The Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers to discuss the economic role our Great Lakes play and the stewardship responsibility to protect these resources for the future.Do you live on the water?  Are you considering purchasing land on the water?  If you have questions about your riparian rights or responsibilities contact Jim Smith at Pinkert Law Firm LLP today.

    Recreational Immunity

    Thursday, October 26, 2017

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    Governor Walker announced yesterday that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources state forestry headquarters will be relocating from Madison to the DNR Rhinelander Service Center by the first of next year.
    Through the Managed Forest Law and Forest Crop Law programs, some private forest lands are open to the public for recreational purposes.  Did you know that Wisconsin is in the minority of states that has recreational immunity protection for landowners?


    If you have questions about recreational immunity protection for public use of your land, please contact Pinkert Law Firm LLP.


    Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault? Before you sign a release, consider calling Pinkert Law Firm to discuss your rights.

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    Personal injury

    In Wisconsin, a signed release is a contract and freedom to contract has long been protected in this state.

    Case example:

    Antrice Hart was injured when her car was rear-ended by a car that was pushed by a vehicle driven by Esvin Gomez.  Ms. Hart immediately called Artisan and Truckers Casualty Company to report the claim.  Shortly thereafter, an Artisan representative telephoned and discussed settlement with Ms. Hart.  The representative told Ms. Hart she would need to sign a release to settle her claim.  On the same day of the accident, Ms. Hart signed a release entitled "Full Release of All Claims with Indemnity."  In fact, Artisan had the release ready for her to sign when she went to the Artisan service center to drop off her car for repair.

    Approximately 9 ½ months later, Ms. Hart filed a personal injury action, and Artisan moved to dismiss her lawsuit based on the signed release.  The legal issue was whether the release Ms. Hart signed was admissible evidence.  Wisconsin Statute section 904.12(1) bars admissibility of statements made or writings signed by an injured party within 72 hours of an accident.  However, the Court of Appeals holds that this statute does not apply to releases.

    Before you sign off on your injury claim, call Pinkert Law Firm LLP to discuss your rights.  If it seems too quick, it probably is.

    Shoreland Zoning Update

    Tuesday, March 7, 2017

    On March 6, 2017, Attorneys Jim Smith, Randy Nesbitt, Jon Pinkert, and Amy Sullivan attended the Door County Planning Department's Informational Meeting Regarding New Shoreland Zoning Regulations. Shoreland zoning affects all waterfront properties in Door County. There were significant changes to the state statutes in July 2015 and to the Door County Ordinances in late 2016 regarding shoreland zoning. Zoning changes include averaging setbacks for buildable shoreland lots, impervious surface calculations, non-conforming structures, and much more. The changes in rules even make some previously unbuildable lots now buildable. Pinkert Law Firm LLP advises clients on all types of projects which relate to zoning, including commercial and residential development, the purchase and sale of real estate, variances, and conditional use permits. Staying on top of the most recent legislation is an important part of our practice. If you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss the shoreland zoning changes or any other zoning issues, please call our office today.

    Attorney Amy M. Sullivan Named as Partner

    Thursday, January 5, 2017


    Pinkert Law Firm LLP is pleased to announce that Attorney Amy M. Sullivan has been named a Partner of the firm as of January 1, 2017. Amy is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and a past president of the Door County Bar Association. A native of Southern Door, Amy graduated from Ripon College and from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She joined the firm in 2012 and focuses her practice on real estate, estate planning, business law, and general practice. Amy is involved in several community organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Door County and Money Management Counselors. She currently resides in Southern Door with her husband, Michael.

    Attorney Weber appointed Door County judge

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016



    Congratulations to our Partner, David L. Weber, on his judicial appointment as Door County Circuit Court judge.

    August 16th will be David L. Weber's first day on the job as Door County Circuit Court judge. Weber was recently named to the position by Governor Scott Walker, following the retirement of Judge Peter Diltz.

    "I am thrilled to appoint David Weber as judge in Door County," said Governor Walker. "David's long-term commitment to the Door County community and his passion for the rule of law make him a great asset to the judiciary."

    Attorney Weber joined the firm in 1992 and has served as a partner at the Pinkert Law Firm since 1996. He has handled complex litigation cases involving insurance, contract, real estate, commercial, employment, family, corporation, probate, and personal injury law. Weber has been named a "Wisconsin Super Lawyer" since 2013 and received a Martindale Hubbell AV rating since 2009. Attorney Weber will be sworn in by his new colleague, Judge D. Todd Ehlers.

    An investiture ceremony with representatives from the Wisconsin Supreme Court and other circuit court judges from around the state is also scheduled to take place on August 26th at 4 p.m.

    Pinkert Law Firm Supports the Boys and Girls Club of Door County

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    Partners James Smith and Randy Nesbitt of the Pinkert Law Firm recently presented a $5000 check to Julie Davis, Executive Director of the Door County Boys & Girls Club. The Pinkert Law Firm believes in equality and fairness in their representation of their clients and sees the value of instilling those qualities in the next generation. "The Boys & Girls Club is working to develop good character, civic engagement and academic success in Door County youth. We're proud to make an investment supporting our youth and the future of Door County."


    Juvenile Expungement Update

    Friday, June 6, 2014

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently decided State v. Matesek. The Court held that in order to be eligible for juvenile expungement, the court must order at the time of sentencing that the defendant is eligible. A defendant cannot seek expungement after sentencing if it was not ordered at that time. Wisconsin Assembly Bill 818 was previously introduced in the legislature in February. The Bill proposed changing the law so that someone convicted of a crime who qualifies for juvenile expungement could petition for it at any time, including after successful completion of his or her sentence. However, as of April 8, 2014, the bill failed to pass pursuant to a Senate Joint Resolution. If you would like to consult with an attorney to see if you qualify for juvenile expungement, contact our office to make an appointment.