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Karen L. Tidwall
555 East Wells Street
Suite 1900
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3819
Phone: (414) 978-5411
Fax: (414) 223-5000

Business & Commercial Litigation
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. In addition, Ms. Tidwall is the co-leader of the firm's Trust, Estate & Fiduciary Litigation Team and represents individual and corporate fiduciaries or beneficiaries in contested trust and estate matters and fiduciary litigation. 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 has received the highest possible rating – AV® Preeminent™ – from Martindale Hubbell®.

Ms. Tidwall is a member of the firm's Recruiting Committee and its Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, and the Milwaukee Bar Association. Ms. Tidwall also is an elected member of 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 a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group and 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 Directors of United Methodist Children's Services, Inc., an organization dedicated to providing transitional living facilities to women and their children. She is President of the Board of Directors 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)