Evan Tenebruso is a trial lawyer representing insurance companies, individuals and businesses in tort litigation and insurance coverage disputes. He has obtained favorable results for clients at all stages of litigation including dispositive motion practice, mediation, jury trial and appeal.

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Admitted to Practice

  • Wisconsin State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Representative Work

  • Two-day jury trial in Jefferson County Circuit Court: Auto accident case resulting in favorable verdict on damages.
  • Two-day jury trial in United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin: Pro bono representation in a civil rights and nursing malpractice claim.
  • Two-day jury trial in Dane County Circuit Court: Auto accident case resulting in favorable verdict on damages.
  • Four-day jury trial in Grant County Circuit Court: Auto accident case resulting in favorable verdict on liability.
  • Seven-day jury trial in Dane County Circuit Court: Defense of Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law claim against municipality resulting in favorable verdict on damages.
  • Two-day jury trial in Dane County Circuit Court: Premises liability case resulting in complete defense verdict.
  • Three-day jury trial in Dodge County Circuit Court: Wrongful death case resulting in favorable verdict on liability and damages.
  • Three-day jury trial in Dane County Circuit Court: Auto accident case resulting in complete defense verdict.
  • Two-day jury trial in United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin: Successful pro bono representation in a civil rights claim. The case resulted in a hung jury and eventual settlement.
  • One-day jury trial in Rock County Circuit Court: Construction negligence case resulting in complete defense verdict.
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court oral argument for the City of Madison in Adams Outdoor Advertising Limited Partnership v. City of Madison, 2018 WI 70: Constitutional rights case pertaining to the takings clauses of the federal and state constitutions resulting in ruling that the City’s construction of a pedestrian bridge was not a taking requiring compensation.
  • Prevailed in appellate litigation involving auto insurance coverage, the statute of repose, constitutional rights, and governmental immunity.
  • Conducted court trials in 8 Wisconsin counties
  • Evan served as a judicial intern to Justice N. Patrick Crooks of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Honors & Recognition

  • Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society
  • Up and Coming Lawyer, Wisconsin Law Journal, 2017
  • Listed in Best Lawyers®:Ones to Watch
    • Commercial Litigation, 2021

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Presentations, Publications, & Contributions

  • Presenter, “Deposition Strategies for Effectively Defending Lawsuits,” Wisconsin Defense Counsel Seminar, Summer 2019
  • Presenter, “A Primer on Emergency Vehicle Immunity with Practice Tips,” Wisconsin Defense Counsel Seminar, December 2017
  • Authored portions of the Torts Chapter for the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Annual Survey of Wisconsin Law
  • Presenter, “I Say Spoliation – Advising Clients on Duty to Preserve Evidence,” Corporation Counsel and Defense Counsel Forum, Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation, 2016 
  • Author, “Watertown Regional Medical Center, Inc. v. General Casualty Insurance Co.: Beware of the Hospital Lien,”  Wisconsin Defense Counsel Journal, Spring 2015

Community Involvement & Board Memberships

Through Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS), Evan regularly provides pro bono representation to victims of domestic abuse in Dane County

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice

Education

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
    • Top performance in courses on Insurance Law and Wisconsin Negligence Law
    • Moot Court Competitor and Coach
  • B.S., History, Political Science and Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison
    • Louis Hirsig Scholar, Madison Rotary Foundation
    • Writing Fellow, UW-Madison Writing Center
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