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
National Federation of Independent Business
Vice-President - Scott Manley
Vice President, Government Relations
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
Treasurer – Andrew Franken
Wisconsin Insurance Alliance
Secretary – Brad Boycks
Vice President, Advocacy
Wisconsin Builders Association
Director of Government Relations
Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin
Director of Government Affairs
Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin, Inc.
Director of Government Relations
Executive Vice President-CEO
Midwest Equipment Dealers Association
Midwest Food Processors Association, Inc.
Wisconsin Automobile & Truck Dealers Association, Inc.
Wisconsin Dairy Business Association
American Family Insurance
Wisconsin Defense Counsel
Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development at Lakeshore Technical College
Wisconsin Economic Development Association
Executive Vice President
Wisconsin Hospital Association
Mark Grapentine, Esq.
Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Wisconsin Medical Society
Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association
Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association
President and CEO
Wisconsin Restaurant Association
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 Fassbender – Executive 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. Pirlot – Legislative 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.