Daniel J. La Fave

Daniel J. La Fave

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Franksville, WI

Cerberus s.c.
 | 6903 4 Mile Road, Franksville, WI 53126
Phone: 262-732-5399
Fax: 262-732-5401
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005, 2009 - 2015, 2019
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Defense (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Russian,
  • French
Attorney Profile

  Dan focuses his practice in defending product liability cases. In more than 25 years, he has tried cases to verdict in eight states, and handled product liability lawsuits and serious injury investigations in more than 30 states. He represents product manufacturers on both a national and regional basis, serving as both trial and appellate counsel, and provides advice on a wide range of product liability issues for both consumer and industrial products.His practice encompasses the full range of personal injury cases, including, particularly, defending premises liability and serious vehicular accidents, and mediating disputes arising from all of these areas.

 Rated AV® by Martindale-Hubbell since 2001, recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in Wisconsin numerous times since 2005, and selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012-2018 for his work defending product liability cases, Mr. La Fave is the father of 12, a former Marine Officer, Navy Boxer, critically acclaimed Shakespearean actor, and classical musician. Mr. La Fave has authored numerous law review and bar magazine articles, and been a featured speaker at international, national, and regional seminars on cutting edge issues associated with warnings and instructions, risk allocation strategies, challenging opposing expert witnesses, and the effective use of demonstrative exhibits at trial..

 As a John Henry Wigmore merit scholar, Mr. La Fave obtained his law degree in 1992 from Northwestern University School of Law, cum laude and Order of the Coif, and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1985, with distinction, from the U.S. Naval Academy. 

About Daniel La Fave

Admitted: 1992, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: http://cerberus-law.com/lawyer/Daniel-J.-La-Fave_cp12293.htm


  • The Best Lawyers in America® in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2012-2019), The Best Lawyers in America® in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2012-2019), 2019
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2001

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • 2002-2007 -- Member, State Bar of Wisconsin Bench Bar Committee (received Certificate of Appreciation for "outstanding service" which included serving as Chair of the Legislative Subcommittee) 2002-2010 -- Member, Board of Directors, Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association (including serving as Chair of the Bench Bar Committee for 1 year) 2008-2011 -- Voting Member of ASTM's E30 Forensic Sciences and E58 Forensic Engineering Committees 2010-2014 -- Member of Steering Committee for Product Liability Practice Group of ALFA International 2019-Present -- Member, Board of Directors, Wisconsin Association of Mediators , 2019

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • State of Wisconsin ex rel. Eugene Nichols v. Litscher, 2001 WI 119 (assigned as lead pro bono appellate counsel; prevailed in obtaining habeas petition relief for Wisconsin prisoner incarcerated in out-of-state facility)U.S. v. Ghilarducci, 480 F.3d 542 (7th Cir. 2007) (appointed lead pro bono appellate counsel by court; case involved complex white collar criminal conspiracy)U.S. v. Wills, 523 F.3d 762 (7th Cir. 2009) (appointed lead pro bono appellate counsel by court; obtained resentencing of defendant due to trial court's error in apply federal sentencing guidelines)U.S. v. Rappe, 614 F.3d 332 (7th Cir. 2010) (appointed lead pro bono appellate counsel by court; obtained reversal of one conviction and resentencing in first person convicted under new federal statute governing registering as sex offender), 2001

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Please see items detailed in attached Firm Biography/CV. 
  • Sounding the Depths of Wisconsin's Mediation Privilege, Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 89, No. 7, July 2016 - The article provides an overview of Wisconsin's mediation privilege and discusses a number of recent cases construing and applying it., Author, Sounding the Depths of Wisconsin's Mediation Privilege, 2016

Representative Clients:

  • 4Front Engineered Solutions, Inc. (serve as National Product Liability Counsel for leading manufacturer of loading dock equipment), 2019

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Rated AV by Martindate-Hubbell since 2001

Educational Background:

  • Northwestern University School of Professional Studies, MediationSkills Training, February 2016, 2016
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Office Location for Daniel J. La Fave

6903 4 Mile Road
Franksville, WI 53126

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Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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