Jessica M. Kramer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Madison, WI

Kramer, Elkins & Watt LLC
2801 Coho St, Suite 300
Madison, WI 53713-3186
Phone: 608-729-7968
Fax: 608-260-7777
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas: Real Estate: Business (80%), Business Litigation (10%), Employment & Labor: Employer (10%)
Attorney Profile

As the managing partner of Kramer, Elkins & Watt, LLC, Jessica M. Kramer focuses her practice on commercial real estate with a focus on representing landlords. This includes drafting and revising lease packages, preparing and prosecuting evictions, defending landlords in administrative actions such as fair housing complaints, and providing day to day advice on tricky tenant issues.  Attorney Kramer also provides legal advice to her business clients regarding business and employment matters, and represents clients in litigation in administrative forums, state and federal court, and has a growing appellate practice. 

Attorney Kramer obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin in 2004, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2000. She is a member of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance, the Apartment Association of South Central Wisconsin and the Success by Referral chapter of Business Networking International. Attorney Kramer is admitted to practice in the state of Wisconsin and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Real Estate: Business
  • 10%Business Litigation
  • 10%Employment & Labor: Employer
Focus Areas

Landlord/Tenant, Non-Compete Agreements, Wage & Hour Laws


1 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2017

About Jessica M. Kramer

Admitted: 2004, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage:


  • Timothy B. O’Brien LLC v. David Knott, et al., 962 F.3d 348 (7th Cir. 2020), handled oral argument June 2020
  • Tree Lane Apartments, LLC v. Kimberly Gaddis and Pamela Windom, consolidated cases 2019AP803 and 2019AP810, oral argument before Wisconsin Court of Appeals January, 2020
  • Lincoln Park MHC WI, LLC v. Patrick Glynn, 2019AP1718
  • Witt Properties, LLC v. Laura Schaeffer, 2019AP1262
  • Oak Park MHC LLC, Shawntell Vann, et al., 2016AP39
  • Portage Daily Register and George Althoff v. Columbia County Sheriff’s Department and Steven Rowe, 2008 WI App 30 (Published Opinion) 
  •  Hunt Club Condominiums, Inc. v. Mac-Gray Services, Inc., 2006 WI App 167 (Published Opinion)
  • Obtained settlement on wrongful death and personal injury claim of minor for insurance limits of $500,000
  • Obtained settlement on personal injury and worker’s compensation claim of injured worker for $370,000

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • University of Wisconsin Law School Lawyering Skills Course, Landlord-Tenant Proceedings, Visiting Faculty, 2021 and 2018
  • Can I Make My Tenants Sign a New Lease Every Year?, Author, Wisconsin Housing Alliance Industry Insights Newsletter, Manufactured Home Community Owners, 2021
  • Federal COVID-19 Response and Relief Provisions Signed Into Law, Co-Author, Inside Track, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2021
  • AirBnB and VRBOs: New Land Use Challenges and More, CLE Presenter, National Business Institute , 2020
  • Minors and Rental Agreements, Author, Wisconsin Housing Alliance Industry Insights Newsletter, Manufactured Home Community Owners, 2020
  • Contractor Business Course: Contractor Lien Rights, Corporate Structure, and Entity Choice, IBEW Local 159, Presenter, Pro Union Consulting, LLC , 2020
  • Wicked Smart Webinar: How to Lead and Rally a Company Through Layoff, Presenter, Midwest Family Marketing, 2020
  • Employment Law: Using CCAP to Search Arrest and Conviction Records, Author, Inside Track, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2019
  • Employment Law for RV Dealers, Presenter, Wisconsin Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association Annual Conference, 2019
  • Employee Retaliation for Whistleblowing and Light Duty Requests, Presenter, Leading Age Wisconsin Annual Conference, Senior Care Facilities, 2019
  • ADA Compliance & What You Need to Know, Presenter, Wisconsin Housing Alliance Community Management Seminar, Manufactured Home Community Owners, 2019
  • The Eviction Process, Presenter, Wisconsin Housing Alliance Community Management Seminar, Manufactured Home Community Owners, 2018
  • Salary and Overtime Changes, Co-Presenter, Kramer, Elkins & Watt, LLC, 2016
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act, Co-Presenter, Greater Madison Area American Payroll Association, 2016
  • Termination, Harassment & Discrimination in the Workplace, Co-Presenter, Express Employment Professionals , 2016


  • 2012-present, handled over 300 eviction cases in 12 counties throughout Wisconsin
  • 2012-present, regularly represent Manufactured Home Communities of all sizes (some with over 1,000 tenants in Wisconsin) in all aspects of landlord-tenant law


  • Articles on day-to-day employment law issues business face, Law at Work, InBusiness Blog
  • Draft and revise blog articles in a variety of subject matters including current legal events, landlord/tenant law, employment law, and litigation, KEW Tips


  • Two-time champion, Member of High I-KEW, Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce Trivia Challenge
  • Volunteer Advocate of the Year, National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter, 2004

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Chavez Elementary PTO, 2020-2021
  • Dane County Election Official, 2020
  • Second Harvest Food Bank Share Your Holidays Phone-A-Thon, 2019
  • James Madison Memorial High School, career fair and mock interviews, 2018
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter, Co-Chair, Government Relations Committee, 2002-2018
  • Reach-A-Child, Board of Directors, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Wisconsin State Courts
  • US District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • James E. Doyle Inns of Court
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Housing Alliance
  • Apartment Association of South Central Wisconsin
  • Business Networking International, Success by Referral Chapter

Representative Clients

  • Residential Landlords 
  • Student Housing Providers
  • Manufactured Housing Communities
  • Commercial Landlords
  • Owners of Mixed Use Properties

Educational Background

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison B.A. Behavioral Science and Law, 2000
  • University of Wisconsin, Juris Doctor, 2004


Industry Groups

  • Commercial Leasing
  • Manufactured Home Communities
  • Mobile Home Communities
  • Residential Leasing
  • University Housing
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Office Location for Jessica M. Kramer

2801 Coho St
Suite 300
Madison, WI 53713-3186

Phone: 608-729-7968

Fax: 608-260-7777

Last Updated: 3/9/2021

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