About Us

The Wisconsin Civil Justice Council’s mission is to promote fairness and equity in Wisconsin’s civil justice system, with the ultimate goal of making Wisconsin a better place to work and live. WCJC achieves this objective through policy development and legislative lobbying. WCJC’s positions are set by its 18-member board that consists of representatives from Wisconsin’s leading business and professional organizations.

WCJC also has an Appellate Program to monitor Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Supreme Court decisions of import to the business community. On certain vital cases, WCJC will file amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs. WCJC also publishes a biennial Guide to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Judicial Evaluation, which highlights the most important business decisions issued by the court over the past two years.

Contributions to the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council, a 501(c)(6) organization, are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposed, but may be deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses. The percentage of your 2013 contribution that represents nondeductible lobbying costs is 50 percent. Please consult your tax advisor if you have any questions.


President – Bill G. Smith
State Director
National Federation of Independent Business

Vice-President Scott Manley
Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

Treasurer – Andrew Franken
Wisconsin Insurance Alliance

Secretary – Brad Boycks
Executive Director
Wisconsin Builders Association

Board Members

John Mielke
Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin

Gary Manke
Executive Vice President-CEO
Midwest Equipment Dealers Association

Nickolas George
Midwest Food Processors Association, Inc.

William Sepic
Wisconsin Automobile & Truck Dealers Association, Inc.

John Holevoet
Director of Government Affairs
Wisconsin Dairy Business Association

Jeff Leavell
Past President
Wisconsin Defense Counsel

Brian Doudna
Executive Director
Wisconsin Economic Development Association

Eric Borgerding
Wisconsin Hospital Association

Mark Grapentine
Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Wisconsin Medical Society

Neal Kedzie
Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association

Matthew Hauser
Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association

Edward Lump
President and CEO
Wisconsin Restaurant Association


Aggregate Producers of Wisconsin

American Petroleum Institute

Association of Wisconsin Tourism Attractions

Canadian Pacific Railway

Independent Insurance Agents of Wisconsin

Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Grocers Association

Wisconsin Independent Business

Wisconsin Ski Industries Association

Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association

Wisconsin Utility Investors

Xcel Energy


The Hamilton Consulting Group’s lawyers and lobbyists support the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council under the direction of WCJC’s officers and board. In addition, legal staff with the Great Lakes Legal Foundation support WCJC’s appellant and judicial evaluation programs.

Robert FassbenderExecutive Director. Along with being a WCJC lobbyist, Bob is responsible for member development and day to day operations. He received his law degree from the University of San Diego and has a Civil Engineering degree from Michigan Technological University.

R.J. PirlotLegislative Advisor. RJ serves as a legislative advisor and lobbyist for WCJC. Previously, R.J. has over twenty years of experience in government and regulatory affairs, including nearly four years with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, where he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the 140-employee agency and functioned as the chairperson’s principal advisor. He has also worked as policy director and legal counsel for the Office of the Wisconsin Assembly Speaker, under Republican Scott Jensen, where he oversaw policy research and development, parliamentary law and procedure. R.J. received his law degree from University of Wisconsin in 1994.

Contact Us

For questions regarding these initiatives or further information about the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council, contact Robert Fassbender or R.J. Pirlot or call: 608.661.9166.

Wisconsin Civil Justice Council

10 East Doty Street
Suite 500
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 310-5312

Your contribution to the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council will help WCJC promote fairness and equity in Wisconsin's civil justice system, with the ultimate goal of making Wisconsin a better place to work and live.

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