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Toxic Tort Litigation & Consultation
At Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., the defense of toxic tort lawsuits is not business as usual.  We do not accept that just because something has been done a certain way in the past, it ought to be done that way in the future.  Too often in today’s world of toxic torts, defense attorneys slip into a formulaic and rote manner of handling cases, often with the assumption that the cases will never go to trial.  While always conscious of costs to clients, we do not believe in just going through the motions with the assumption that the case will settle.  Our philosophy is to work closely with the client in order to understand fully the alleged toxic material or product, the client’s potential risks and goals, and to develop a vigorous defense to prepare the case for trial, if necessary.  Whether this is the first or hundredth time the client has been sued, we have the expertise and experience to fully defend the claims with fresh insight.
 
WHD brings together an experienced team of lawyers with extensive trial experience, decision-making for clients nationwide and an excellent group of writers.  We have lawyers at every stage of the litigation, from lawyers who counsel local companies on a national scale to trial attorneys working in the trenches defending clients locally and regionally.  Our team has attorneys who are admitted to practice in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, as well as federal courts in those states.  Our lawyers also have leadership roles in DRI, ABA and state and local bar associations.
 
WHD attorneys have wide-ranging experience in:
  • Asbestos
  • Silica
  • Chemical exposures
  • PCB contamination
  • Petroleum contamination
  • Insurance coverage issues relating to toxic torts and environmental law
WHD's Environmental Law Team complements our litigation practice to handle all of our clients' needs.

Our Approach

Our attorneys and paralegals take an aggressive approach to developing facts and the law in defense of our clients in an efficient manner.  In particular, members of the Toxic Tort Litigation & Consultation Team:

  • Work with our clients to learn their business, products and objectives;
  • Prepare every case so that it is ready for trial, rather than taking a passive approach and assuming that a settlement will result (though we recognize that many cases will be settled out of court); and
  • Understand the detrimental effects litigation can have on businesses and work with clients to lessen these as much as possible.