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McClellan Place
210 McClellan Street, Suite 400
Wausau, Wisconsin 54403Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 715-845-5656
Fax: 715-845-5666
E-Mail: mak@zkklaw.com
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1386, Wausau, WI 54402-1386
Established: 1998

Practice Areas
  • Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Automobile Liability
  • Construction Liability
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Fire Loss
  • General Liability
  • Governmental Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Defense
  • Mediation
  • Municipal Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Property and Casualty
  • Slip and Fall
  • Duty to Defend
  • Homeowner's Liability
  • Low-Velocity Accidents
  • Recreational Vehicle Accidents
  • Roadway Defects
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
  • Wrongful Death
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About Us
Specialized litigation law firm with a state-wide practice emphasizing insurance defense. Primary geographical territory includes the northern two-thirds of Wisconsin. State and Federal courts.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
ACUITY, A Mutual Insurance CompanyAlpha Property & Casualty Insurance Company
American Family Mutual Insurance CompanyAmerican States Insurance Company
Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc.Auto Club Insurance Association
Auto-Owners Insurance CompanyFarmers Insurance Group
Farmland Mutual Insurance CompanyFederated Mutual Insurance Company
Foremost Insurance CompanyGlatfelter Claims Management, Inc.
Great American Insurance CompanyGrinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company
Homesite Insurance CompanyIntegrity Mutual Insurance Company
League of Wisconsin Municipalities Mutual InsuranceLiberty Mutual Insurance Company
Little Black Mutual Insurance CompanyMcMillan-Warner Mutual Insurance Company
Midwest Family Mutual Insurance CompanyMt. Morris Mutual Insurance Company
Mutual of Wausau Insurance CorporationProgressive Insurance Group
Rockford Mutual Insurance CompanyRural Mutual Insurance Company
SECURA Insurance, A Mutual CompanySeneca Sigel Mutual Insurance Company
State Auto Insurance Company of WisconsinState Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Statewide Services, Inc.Triangle Insurance Company, Inc.
Universal Underwriters Insurance CompanyUtica National Insurance Group
West Bend Mutual Insurance CompanyWisconsin Adjusting Service, Inc.
Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance CompanyWisconsin Mutual Insurance Company
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Personnel Information
Equity Partners
Mark A. Klinner
Wausau, WI
E-Mail:mak@zkklaw.com
Years of Experience:33
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Additional Biographical Details:
Wisconsin Super Lawyers (2009, 2010, 2011, 2017-2018); AV Preeminent Rating in Martindale-Hubbell; Charter Fellow, American College of Board Certified Attorneys
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Marathon County Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
Certifications:
  • Certified in Civil Trial Law by National Board of Trial Advocacy (1997-Present)
  • Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice Law by National Board of Trial Advocacy (2012-Present)
Education:
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, B.A. (cum laude), 1982
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D., 1985
Born:1960
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John A. Kramer
Wausau, WI
E-Mail:jak@zkklaw.com
Years of Experience:30
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Wisconsin Super Lawyers (2008)
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Marathon County Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
Education:
  • Adrian College, B.A., 1985
  • Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1988
Born:1963
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John R. Shull
Wausau, WI
E-Mail:jrs@zkklaw.com
Years of Experience:20
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • Menominee Tribal Court
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Marathon County Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
Certifications:
  • Certified Civil Trial Advocate by National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Certified Pretrial Practice Advocate by National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy
Education:
  • Southern Illinois University, B.A., 1995
  • Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1998
Born:1973
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Non-Equity Partner
Michael J. Roman
Wausau, WI
E-Mail:mjr@zkklaw.com
Years of Experience:24
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Marathon County Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Seventh Federal Circuit
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
Education:
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 1989
  • Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1994
Law Review:
Executive Editor, Marquette Law Review (1993-1994)
Clerkship:
Law Clerk to Hon. Michael T. Sullivan (1994-1996) and Hon. Patricia S. Curley (1996-1997), Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District I
Born:1966
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Elizabeth D. Reeths
Wausau, WI
E-Mail:edr@zkklaw.com
Years of Experience:7
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 2011
  • Michigan, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Chair, CLE Committee, 2018)
  • Marathon County Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division Co-Chair, 2012-2015)
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
Publications:
  • Contributing Author, The Law of Damages in Wisconsin
Education:
  • University of Michigan, B.A. (with distinction), 2008
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D., 2011
Clerkship:
Intern to Hon. John C. Albert, Dane County Circuit Court, 2011
Born:1985
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Victoria M. Karcher
Wausau, WI
E-Mail:vmk@zkklaw.com
Years of Experience:7
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
Additional Biographical Details:
Wisconsin Super Lawyers-Rising Star (2014-2018)
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Marathon County Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
Education:
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 2007
  • University of Wisconsin, J.D. (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif), 2011
Clerkship:
Intern to Hon. Barbara B. Crabb, U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin (2010)
Honors:
Distinctive Scholastic Achievement Graduate
Born:1985
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Pahoua Thao
Wausau, WI
E-Mail:pt@zkklaw.com
Years of Experience:4
Admitted
  • Wisconsin, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Marathon County Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
Education:
  • University of Wisconsin-Marathon County, A.A., 2005
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 2007
  • Northern Illinois University College of Law, J.D., 2014
Clerkship:
Intern to Hon. Gregory B. Huber and Michael K. Moran, Marathon County Circuit Court (2012-2013)
Born:1984
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Service Areas
Antigo, Wisconsin31 miles
Eagle River, Wisconsin82 miles
Medford, Wisconsin46 miles
Merrill, Wisconsin18 miles
Phillips, Wisconsin86 miles
Rhinelander, Wisconsin58 miles
Stevens Point, Wisconsin34 miles
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin28 miles
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