Jake Curtis is a shareholder in the Government Law Group focusing his practice on government relations matters for both public and private sector clients. He brings a unique skill set to clients by drawing on his experience as a lawyer, strategic advisor, and public official to navigate the intersection of law and policy.
Jake has years of practice with the administrative rule and legislative processes and he uses that knowledge to help craft solutions to regulatory hurdles. As outside counsel to dozens of Wisconsin Counties, he has worked closely with administrators and public officials throughout the state, handling matters before the WERC, DWD, ETF, DNR, DFI, DATCP and DPI. His previous experience as an elected county supervisor allows him to provide practical advice on public records and open meeting matters and ethics/conflict of interest questions facing public officials.
In addition, Jake has significant public and private sector litigation experience including serving as counsel for the 2011 Justice Prosser recount and the 2012 redistricting litigation. In 2012, he served as a Milwaukee County Public Service Special prosecutor, where he first-chaired five jury trials as a member of the Violent Crimes Unit.
Prior to joining von Briesen, Jake served as the Chief Legal Counsel at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where he led a staff of 28 professionals and managed a budget of over $2 million, a litigator at one of Wisconsin’s leading policy and legal research centers, and a policy advisor for a Wisconsin State Senator.
In light of these diverse experiences, Jake’s legal and policy analysis has been featured in The Hill, Washington Examiner, National Review Online, The Federalist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Green Bay Press Gazette, La Crosse Tribune, Right Wisconsin, and Ozaukee News Graphic.
Jake is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bar Association and the Federalist Society. He is an appointed member of the Legislative Committee of the Wisconsin Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.