David Westrup, an equity shareholder and member of the firm’s Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group, provides trusted advice and innovative solutions to national and international manufacturers and commercial enterprises, focusing on protecting and advancing client interests in product liability, insurance and risk management, and antitrust. David works extensively with Fortune 500 management and legal departments, providing sophisticated insights to creatively address challenges posed by government agencies, competitors, collaborators, and the public. Examples of David’s imaginative representation of high-profile clients include defense of a national insurance company in Columbia Casualty Company v. Arjo Wiggins Appleton PLC, one of the largest and longest civil trials taken to verdict in Wisconsin, and United States v. Ajinomoto Co., Inc., a defense of a corporate executive in a federal antitrust prosecution alleging a global conspiracy to fix the price of lysine (this case is the focus of The Informant! – the Stephen Soderberg film starring Matt Damon).
David has repeatedly served as special counsel on U.S. law in overseas matters, including products liability and insurance matters before the House of Lords and the High Court of Australia, and has presented in London to insurance and risk management executives on specialized topics in U.S. law.
David is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. He is a past-President of both the Milwaukee Bar Association and the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association. He is a former member of the Board of the Milwaukee Bar Association Foundation, and a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association and the Milwaukee Barristers’ Club. He is a member of Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee.
David routinely mentors litigation associates in pro bono engagements, and serves as a participant at law school trial advocacy programs.
David is a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library. He is also a Charter Member of Lawyers for Libraries, a group providing support to Milwaukee Public Library’s mission to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen Milwaukee’s neighborhoods.
David has authored a variety of articles on legal and law-related topics, including:
- the historical roots of the right against self-incrimination;
- procedural aspects of business torts and unfair competition claims;
- diversity in the law;
- extraterritorial application of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute to civil claims;
- health care and antitrust law;
- twentieth-century art collector and New York attorney, John Quinn;
- the influence of translations; and
- the Judge Dee Mysteries – a series of detective novels and stories, written by a twentieth-century Dutch diplomat named Robert van Gulik but set in seventh-century China.