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Figuring Out Governmental Immunity 2023

Product ID: CA3565D
Presented By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE

Endorsed by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin

Can’t tort this

In Holytz v. City of Milwaukee,1 the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a landmark decision abolishing governmental immunity from tort claims. The Wisconsin legislature later codified the rule from Holytz, making state governmental entities liable for tortious conduct.2 Yet exceptions to liability exist for public officials engaging in legislative, quasi-legislative, judicial, or quasi-judicial functions. But what does that really mean? Over 60 years later, the court has provided little guidance on what types of acts are immune from suit, leading to unpredictable and inconsistent results. 

Break it down

Cut through the confusion at Figuring Out Governmental Immunity. John A. Becker will show you how Wisconsin courts have interpreted governmental actions to make liability determinations in the past.

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Endorsed by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin

Can’t tort this

In Holytz v. City of Milwaukee,1 the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a landmark decision abolishing governmental immunity from tort claims. The Wisconsin legislature later codified the rule from Holytz, making state governmental entities liable for tortious conduct.2 Yet exceptions to liability exist for public officials engaging in legislative, quasi-legislative, judicial, or quasi-judicial functions. But what does that really mean? Over 60 years later, the court has provided little guidance on what types of acts are immune from suit, leading to unpredictable and inconsistent results. 

Break it down

Cut through the confusion at Figuring Out Governmental Immunity. John A. Becker will show you how Wisconsin courts have interpreted governmental actions to make liability determinations in the past.

Read More ↓

John A. Becker primarily handles personal injury and worker’s compensation matters and has tried cases throughout southeastern Wisconsin, as well as numerous cases in the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. He authored Recreational Immunity in Wisconsin in 2007, which he updated in 2022 as Recreational and Governmental Immunity in Wisconsin. He also coauthored Wisconsin Safe-Place Law, Third Edition in 2022. Attorney Becker graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside in 1979 and received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1982. He has taught classes at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside and Carthage College. Attorney Becker was certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in 1988 and has appeared in the Best Lawyers in America Consumer Guide and Wisconsin Super Lawyers. He has also written informational booklets on worker’s compensation and personal injury law.

  • Examine the key Wisconsin cases interpreting governmental liability and immunity
  • Distinguish liability and immunity rules for governmental entities from those for government employees
  • Analyze liability and immunity as applied to ministerial duties versus discretionary duties
  • Understand discretionary governmental immunity in Safe Place cases in Wisconsin
  • Tort lawyers
  • Personal injury lawyers
  • Insurance defense lawyers
  • Litigators 

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