Beth Kushner is a Shareholder in the Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group and Chairs von Briesen’s Appellate Section. She specializes in complex litigation and has successfully handled a broad range of business and commercial disputes, shareholder disputes, construction matters, antitrust disputes, class actions of all sorts, fraud and RICO cases, employment cases and product liability claims. She has a particular expertise in cases that involve high exposure and difficult facts, and her clients appreciate her creative, pragmatic, and cost-effective approach to litigation. She has a demonstrated ability to devise and implement winning strategies and to do so without losing sight of cost, business disruption, or public relations. In addition, Beth regularly represents clients in mediations and arbitrations, as well as acts as a neutral, and is a member of the Wisconsin Association of Mediators. She enjoys the respect of lawyers and judges in Wisconsin and around the country.
Beth was one of thirty-four new members elected to The American Law Institute in 2018. The Institute’s elected membership of lawyers, judges, and law professors is limited to 3,000. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only society of trial lawyers comprised of less than 1/2 of 1% of American lawyers.
Beth has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2007, in Wisconsin Super Lawyers® since 2005 and has been repeatedly selected as one of their Top 25 Women Lawyers. She is one of only two Wisconsin attorneys in Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation” and is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. In 2007, she was profiled as one of the Wisconsin Law Journal’s “Women in the Law.” In 2014, Wisconsin’s two United States senators nominated Beth to President Barack Obama as a federal district court judge. She is a Fellow of both the Wisconsin Law Foundation and the American Bar Foundation.
Beth has maintained an active pro bono practice and is committed to providing legal services to indigent and other underserved clients. In 1997, she received the Gene and Ruth Posner Pro Bono award for assisting Russian and Eastern European immigrants. In 2002, she received the Association of Women Lawyers’ Mentoring Award. She is the firm’s pro bono liaison for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin.
Beth also has volunteered extensively with brain trauma, dementia, and hospice patients. Between 2006 and 2009, she served on the Board of Directors of Meta House, an organization that assists women with substance abuse issues and their children.