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Karen L. Tidwall


555 East Wells Street
Suite 1900
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3819
Phone: (414) 978-5411

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Karen Tidwall is a litigation shareholder in the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. and co-chair of the firm's Business & Commercial Litigation Team. Ms. Tidwall focuses her practice on a variety of complex business and commercial matters including contract and breach of warranty disputes, ERISA litigation, deceptive and unfair trade practices, fraud, embezzlement, theft by contractor, and other business torts. She has extensive experience in all phases of the litigation process including injunctions, litigation strategy and management, mediation, and trial. Ms. Tidwall also provides clients with risk management and counseling aimed at avoiding litigation or minimizing its effects. She is admitted to practice law in Wisconsin and Illinois and in federal court in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, the District of Colorado, the Eastern District of North Carolina, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, and Federal Circuit.

Ms. Tidwall is a member of the leadership council of FORWARD, WHD’s women’s affinity group. She is a former member of the firm's Recruiting Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Ms. Tidwall is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, the American Inns of Court, and the Milwaukee Bar Association. Ms. Tidwall also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association and the Milwaukee Bar Association's Judicial Selection Committee. She is active in the Association for Women Lawyers and is a past chair of its Litigation Discussion Group. Ms. Tidwall is the Vice-Chair of the Business Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Women's Initiative Practice Group of ALFA International, a global network of business focused law firms.

Among other charitable and community activities, Ms. Tidwall represents clients on a pro bono basis before the probate courts as part of the firm's Children's Hospital Guardianship Project. She is past-President of the Board of United Methodist Children's Services, Inc., an organization dedicated to providing transitional living facilities to women and their children. She also is past-President and a member of the Board of the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund.

Ms. Tidwall graduated cum laude from Creighton University School of Law in 1993, where she served as a member and an assistant editor of the Creighton University Law Review.

Awards & Distinctions

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in Commercial Litigation (2016)
  • Recipient of Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2015 Women in the Law Award
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®

Community Involvement

  • Member, Advisory Board, Friends of Problem Solving Courts of Milwaukee County
  • Volunteer attorney, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Inc. Guardianship Clinic

Articles and Presentations

  • Speaker and author, on a wide range of litigation topics in the area of trust, estate, and fiduciary litigation and business and commercial litigation, as well as risk management/litigation avoidance.
  • Speaker, on issues relating to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

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