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Kevin Lonergan is the President of the Herrling Clark Law Firm. He was recently named the State of Wisconsin’s “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Wisconsin Association for Justice. In the organization’s almost seventy-year history, only 14 other lawyers have ever received this award. The award is given in recognition of high levels of achievement in the pursuit of justice and a commitment to relentlessly working for those who have been harmed by the negligent or intentional acts of others.
Kevin is recognized within the legal community for handling complex litigation matters for clients with catastrophic injuries and for clients who have lost loved ones. Although most cases settle, he has a reputation for trying cases and has had a high percentage of cases where the ultimate jury verdicts far exceeded the insurance companies’ pre-trial offers of settlement. Kevin has handled many million or multi-million dollar cases. In addition to being named Wisconsin’s Trial Lawyer of the Year, Kevin is rated 10 out 10 by AVVO, he has previously been named the top personal injury and products liability lawyer in the Fox Cities area, and he has been rated one of the top trial lawyers nationally. Kevin has also been named a Wisconsin "Super Lawyer" each and every year the distinction has been offered, placing him in the top 5% of all attorneys in Wisconsin for each such year. A board certified civil trial specialist by the accredited National Board of Trial Advocacy, Kevin has also received the highest possible national ratings for legal ability and ethics by an international rating service. Kevin has been a regular guest as a personal injury specialist on the local WHBY radio program and he has been interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio with regard to protecting the rights of injured people.
Kevin was elected and served as the president of the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers (now known as the Wisconsin Association for Justice), the most prominent organization of personal injury trial lawyers in the state, after having served as secretary, treasurer, and vice-president. He was elected and served as the president of the Outagamie County Bar Association and was twice elected in state wide elections to the board of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin. Kevin is a former chairperson of that prestigious board. He is currently the chair of the State Bar’s Public Education Committee. He has been a part-time Court Commissioner for Outagamie County since 1988. Kevin has authored numerous articles and has been a frequent lecturer at seminars designed to educate lawyers about the handling of personal injury cases. For more than a decade, he was the host of a TV show called "You and the Law," where he interviewed prominent guests and moderated debates, including several debates involving candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Kevin has been very active in community-related activities, including radio and TV shows, past board membership for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Casa Clare Halfway House, and the Aces/Xavier Foundation. He is also actively involved in his church. Kevin is particularly proud of the twelve years that he spent working with high school students as the Attorney Coach for the Xavier High School Mock Trial Program. For nine of those years, his teams placed in the top five teams within the state, and Xavier earned state championship accolades in 2009, 2011, and 2012. One of those teams placed 7th at the National Competition.
Areas of Practice:
- Personal Injury involving Motor Vehicle Accidents, Boats, Bicycles, etc.
- Product Liability
- Complex Litigation
- Personal Injury Litigation
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Civil Trial, National Board Of Trial Advocacy
U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court - Western District of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1979
United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1976
B.S., With Honors
Honors and Awards:
Wisconsin’s Trial Lawyer of the Year, Wisconsin Association for Justice, 2014
President’s Award, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2014
Best Personal Injury And Product Liability Lawyer in the Fox Cities, Fox Cities Magazine (based upon a survey of lawyers rating other lawyers)
Super Lawyer, State wide Magazine, 2005-Present
Named in the top (less than one-half of one percent) of American Lawyers, Litigation Counsel of America
"Recipient the highest possible ratings of "Preeminent" for performance and "Very High" in ethical standards, Martindale-Hubbell
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America, National Trial Lawyers Association
Recipient of the Pfefferle Volunteer Award, St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System, 2012-2013
Professional Associations and Memberships:
State Bar of Wisconsin Public Education Committee
2014 National High School Mock Trial Competition
Chairman of the Executive Committee
Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers (now known as Wisconsin Association for Justice)
Past President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer, and Long-Time Board Member
State Bar of Wisconsin Litigation Section
Past Chairman, after serving as Secretary and Treasurer of Board of Directors
Outagamie County Bar Association
Past President and Long-Time Member
Outagamie County, 1988-Present,
Part-Time Court Commissioner
American Association for Justice (previously known as American Trial Lawyers Association)
Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers