Peter J. Culp
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Peter J. Culp

Partner

Peter J. Culp, a partner/owner of the firm, concentrates his practice in the areas of civil litigation, personal injury, labor and employment, real estate, wills and estate planning, and all aspects of family law, including divorce, paternity, and third-party visitation. He has been appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to serve on the Office of Lawyer Regulation, District Investigation Committee. Prior to entering private practice, Peter was selected by the late Circuit Court Judge William Crane to serve as a law clerk to the Winnebago County Circuit Court and served as a law clerk to a prestigious Minneapolis law firm. 

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Family and Divorce Law
  • Wills and Estate Planning

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Education

Juris Doctorate - William Mitchell College of Law

  • Cum Laude Honors
  • Dean's List
  • CALI Awards for Excellence

Bachelors of Business Administration - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Honors and Awards

Wisconsin SuperLawyers Rising Star, 2007-09

ABA Student Negotiation Competition, 1st Place Regional & National Competitions, William Mitchell College of Law, 1999 - 2000

ABA Student Negotiation Competition, First Place (Tied) International Competition, William Mitchell College of Law, 2000

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Wisconsin

American Bar Association

Wisconsin Association of Justice

Winnebago County Bar Association

Recent Representative Cases

Confidential Plaintiff v. Confidential Defendants. This personal injury accident case ended in a favorable $1.8 million dollar settlement in favor of client who was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident.

Richard Zaske, et al. v. Kevin Barnard, et al. This real estate case, which involved establishing a lost/obliterated section corner location and adverse possession, ended in a favorable verdict for clients following a two-day bench trial, setting up a trial on damages.

Confidential Petitioner v. Confidential Respondent. This divorce action in Brown County resulted in custody, placement, maintenance, and child support decisions in favor of client following a one-day bench trial.

Confidential Petitioner v. Confidential Respondent. This divorce action in Fond du Lac County resulted in a favorable settlement of property division and child support issues for client at the start of a contested divorce hearing.

Confidential Petitioner v. Confidential Respondent. This divorce action in Oconto County resulted in a favorable settlement of division of property and liability issues for client at a stipulated divorce hearing.

Confidential Petitioner v. Confidential Respondent. This divorce action in Marinette County resulted in a favorable settlement of child support and division of property and liability issues for client at a stipulated divorce hearing.

Confidential Petitioner v. Confidential Respondent. This divorce action in Winnebago County resulted in a favorable settlement of maintenance, property division, and child support issues for client hours before the start of a contested divorce hearing.

Hietpas v. Van Dyn Hoven.  This employment-related promissory estoppel case, wherein the Plaintiff was seeking close to $1 million, ended in a defense verdict (jury took approximately 30 minutes to return a verdict) in favor of client following the three-day jury trial.

Henderson v. EA Restoration, LLC.  This breach of contract case ended in a favorable arbitration award where the client received the full amount sought and successfully defeated a counterclaim.

Confidential Client v. Confidential Defendant.  This defamation, battery, and property damage case ended in a favorable verdict and substantial judgment in the amount of $189,465 following a five-day jury trial.

Miller v. Mitchell.  This battery case ended in a favorable verdict and judgment following a two-day jury trial.

Confidential Client v. Confidential Defendant.  This judicial review case of a municipal decision to deny a liquor license started as a state case, progressed to a federal civil rights case, and with a successful motion to remand to the state court, was resolved in mediation for a substantial monetary sum.

Scott Hermes v. Pechiney Plastics. This wrongful discharge in violation of the labor agreement case ended with a favorable verdict after a three-day arbitration trial, reversing employer's decision to discharge employee and ordering reinstatement and substantial payment of back pay and benefits.

Edward Schleicher v. Cynthia Giese, et al. This defamation case ended with compensatory and punitive damages verdicts of $125,000 after a jury trial.

Bruce Coleman v. UW Oshkosh. This employment case ended with the trial court reversing the employer's decision and reinstating a rolling-horizon employment contract, and a successful defense of subsequent appeal.

Confidential Client v. School District of Westfield. Star football quarterback was ordered eligible to play sports and to attend school functions after obtaining temporary restraining order and temporary injunction against school.

Ethan Runkle v. Lars Anderson. This adverse possession and timber theft case ended in a defense verdict and judgment for money damages on counterclaim in favor of client after a two-day court trial.

Bruce Wohlrabe v. Graphic Packaging Corp. This wrongful discharge in violation of the labor agreement case ended with a favorable verdict after a two-day arbitration trial, reversing employer's decision to discharge employee and ordering reinstatement and substantial payment of back pay and benefits.

Ronald Borchardt v. The Thomas Corporation. This insurance agent negligence case ended with a summary judgment granted in favor of client without payment of any compensation.

AIM Returnable Packaging, Inc. v. Rose Stafford. This corporate shareholder derivative and fraud case ended with a dismissal granted in favor of client without payment of any compensation, and successful defense of subsequent appeal.

Timothy Calder v. Jay Friedrich. This general contractor negligence case ended with a summary judgment granted in favor of client without payment of any compensation.

Rick Jackson v. Ecklund Carriers. This arrest and conviction record discrimination case ended with a verdict in favor of client after a bench trial without payment of any compensation.

MetLife v. Confidential Defendants. This misappropriation of trade secrets case against former employees and new employer settled with payment of compensation to client after a temporary restraining order was obtained.