Attorney, Alan E. Grischke's Experience

Experience, leadership, knowledge and background. Alan Grischke has practiced law as a trial lawyer for over 40 years. He has vast experience with demonstrated leadership and knowledge of the law. He is a man of and for the people that he has represented and he has earned the trust of his clients, the courts, and his opposition.

After graduating from law school Alan received a Ford Foundation grant at Northwestern University of Chicago Law School in their criminal defense school where he represented indigents at the Cook County Jail charged with felonies. Alan also obtained a Ford Foundation grant at Northwestern University of Chicago Law School for his participation in their Masters of Law Program.

Alan then moved on to the Illinois Attorney General’s office where he prosecuted cases on behalf of state agencies. He ultimately worked his way up to General Counsel for the largest of the state agencies, the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. During his time with this department, Alan had a large staff of lawyers who represented the department primarily at the Federal Court level. The cases dealt primarily with the rights of the mentally and physically handicapped. In that field, he rose to the top as the National Chairman of the State Mental Health Attorneys Association where he maintained an office and staff in Washington D.C.

Alan has gone out of his way to promote ethics and the law. For seven years he taught law school in the evening at John Marshall School of Law in Chicago. He was also a frequent lecturer in two medical schools (University of Illinois - Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine and Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine). By teaching others, Alan demonstrates a true broad based knowledge of the legal system and application of the law. He also served for nine years on the Board of Professional Responsibility for the Northern District of Wisconsin; this group of attorneys hears ethical complaints against members of the bar. In his career, Alan not only taught students how to be lawyers but he played a role in maintaining ethical conduct and regulating/ upholding the integrity of the profession.

Alan Grischke in Wausau, WI

After having the opportunity to practice in these vastly different areas of the law, Alan decided that he was ready to represent individuals rather than much larger entities. Alan has been in the private practice of law for the last 33 years in Wausau. This is where he is able to make a true difference in peoples’ lives, representing one cause and one client at a time, individuals and/or families who have been injured in life changing events. Each situation is different but the experience, commitment, and knowledge remains constant.

Alan has the respect of mediators, judges and attorneys representing both plaintiff and defense. Alan is nationally board certified as a civil trial specialist and has been since 1993. This certification exhibits dedication and commitment to the practice of law and allows an attorney to say that they “specialize” in the field in which they are certified. To maintain this status one must be recertified every five years by showing that they have met all of the high standards required for recertification. Alan was recertified in 1998, 2003, 2008 and again in 2013. When an injured person consults with a personal injury lawyer, the question should always be asked whether that lawyer is Board Certified.

Alan has been retained to provide expert testimony before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. He was a retained speaker for the American Psychiatric Association’s National Convention in San Francisco. He was on five state governors’ commissions (Idaho, Utah, Illinois, New Hampshire and Tennessee) at the same time and in that capacity Alan lectured extensively around the country.

Alan has been a member of the Million Dollar Advocacy Forum since 1990 which requires demonstrated ability in the courtroom by achieving a verdict or settlement of over $1 million. He has achieved this goal on numerous occasions. He is listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest; Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in American Law; Who’s Who in the World; and Men of Distinction.

Alan has been intricately involved with the community in that he was on the board and ultimately the Chairman of the University of Wisconsin – Marathon Campus Foundation Board of Directors; Board member for the Festival of Arts in Wausau; a major donor to the Performing Arts Foundation; Alan was a sponsor for many years of his daughter's softball team (The Legal Eagles) with the Women’s Area Softball Association, Alan recalls “we went from a small disorganized group of young girls to a valley championship of young women.” Alan achieved Summit League status at the United Way; he was also a sponsor for the Festival of Trees; and a donor to the Boys and Girls Club.

Alan is an avid sportsman and has taken advantage of all that Wisconsin has to offer with regard to his favorite activities: waterskiing, downhill skiing, kayaking, boating, bicycling, motorcycling, scuba diving, hunting, fishing, and flying.


  1. 1968 – B.S. History & Political Science with an English Minor University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
  2. 1971 – Juris Doctor Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
  3. 1971-1972 – Northwestern University of Chicago School of Law Criminal Defense School
  4. 1971-1972 – Northwestern University of Chicago School of Law Masters of Law Program


  1. 1971 – State of Illinois (Illinois Supreme Court) U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  2. 1975 - U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit
  3. 1978 - U.S. Supreme Court
  4. 1982 - State of Wisconsin (Wisconsin Supreme Court) U.S. District Court - Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin


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