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Attorny Richard T. Elrod

Richard T. Elrod

Richard T. Elrod

Appleton, Wisconsin

phone 920-739-7366
fax 920-739-6352
email relrod@herrlingclark.com
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Richard focuses his practice on personal injury cases, as well as representing individuals who have been injured at work. In addition to his personal injury practice, Richard also handles labor law matters. Richard represents the Independent Employees Union at Hillshire Farm Company, Inc., the Banta Book Group Maintenance Department, and Local Union 78T: Voith Fabrics. Richard’s working knowledge and understanding of municipal laws and codes along with his trial experience and comfort in the courtroom serve Richard well in his role as the lead prosecutor and Town Attorney for a prominent local municipality.

Richard has handled complex litigation matters in front of both the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Wisconsin Court of Appeals, including oral arguments in front of each court. He was appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to serve three terms on the District Committee of the Office of Lawyer Regulation, which oversees the ethical and professional conduct of all attorneys admitted to practice within the State of Wisconsin.

Richard has consistently been named a Wisconsin “Super Lawyer” for years, placing him in the top 5% of all attorneys in Wisconsin. He was recently honored as one of the Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in the State of Wisconsin by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Fox Cities Magazine rates Richard a “Premium Pick” in personal injury and worker’s compensation law. Richard was recently recognized and honored by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as one of the “Nation’s Top One Percent of Attorneys.”

Richard is a member of the Wisconsin Association for Justice (formerly the Wisconsin Association of Trial Lawyers) and has been elected to the organization’s Board of Governors. Richard has served WAJ as a Program Committee Chairperson, which allowed him to oversee the Continuing Legal Education Seminars for trial lawyers across the state. Richard’s dedicated involvement with the Wisconsin Association for Justice also allows him the opportunity to maintain a working knowledge of legislative changes and proposed legislation that affect his clients' rights.

Richard is a very active member of the Fox Valley community, having served as President of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, holding multiple positions with United Way Fox Cities, as well as serving on the Board of Trustees and Finance Committee at First United Methodist Church. Richard, his wife, Polly, and their three children like to spend their free time in Door County, enjoying the outdoors.

Areas of Practice:

  • Personal Injury
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Labor Law
  • Municipal Law

Litigation Percentage:

85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

Wisconsin, 1994

United States District Court - Eastern District, 1994

United States District Court - Western District, 1997


Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1994

Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, 1990
Honors: Cum Laude

St. John's College, York, England
Undergraduate studies, 1988

Honors & Awards

Wisconsin Super Lawyer, 2005 - 2019

Appellate Practice:

Town of Grand Chute v. Kettner

Oppor v. General Casualty Company of Wisconsin

Metko v. Metko

Schwab v. Timmons

Charlesworth v. Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance Company

Dietsche v. Moya

Grube v. Daun

Jagla v. Guenthner

Kettner v. Wausau Insurance Companies

Derby v. Brenner Tank, Incorporated

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Outagamie County Bar Association

State Bar of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Association for Justice
Member/Board of Directors

District Committee for the Office of Lawyer Regulation
Three Term Member

Fox Cities Salvation Army
Advisory Board/Past President

Outagamie County Circuit Court
Part-time Court Commissioner

Appleton Office
800 North Lynndale Drive
Appleton, WI
(920) 739-7366
Green Bay Office
2740 South Oneida Street
Green Bay, WI
(920) 468-7366
New London Office
105 East Waupaca Street
New London, WI
(920) 982-9652
Oshkosh Office
510 North Koeller Street
Oshkosh, WI
(920) 385-0616
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd. is located in Appleton, Wisconsin, and serves clients in Fox Valley, Outagamie County, Brown County, Door County, Kewaunee County, Manitowoc County, Sheboygan County, Fond du Lac County, Calumet County, Winnebago County, including Appleton, New London, Clintonville, Neenah, Oshkosh, DePere, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Kewaunee, Sturgeon Bay, Marinette, Neenah, Chilton, Menasha, Shawano, Waupaca, Wausau, and Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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