“All of us have personal viewpoints. But judges need to be able to put those aside and apply the law fairly and consistently. I’m the only candidate in this race who has a proven ability to do that.” – Gil Urfer
Deep and Broad Experience as an Attorney
Gilbert Urfer spent more than five years as an Assistant District Attorney, including serving as Team Captain in the Domestic Violence Unit. During his time in the DA’s Office, Gil reviewed, charged and successfully prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases, ranging from disorderly conduct to attempted homicide. Gil has argued hundreds of contested motions before the Milwaukee criminal courts, and he has tried dozens of cases in front of Milwaukee County juries.
Gil spent the other half of his career representing a wide variety of individuals and businesses as a civil litigator both at Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, s.c. and Nistler Law Office, s.c. He has represented clients in cases ranging from small claims matters to multi-million dollar contract disputes. Through these experiences, Gil gained the valuable skills necessary to handle the complexities of civil litigation.
Demonstrated Strong Leadership
District Attorney John Chisholm recognized Gil’s leadership abilities and appointed Gil as Team Captain of the Domestic Violence Unit in 2009. In that role, Gil managed a team of 10 prosecutors and 12 support staff that handled all of Milwaukee County’s domestic abuse cases.
Additionally, Gil worked with members of the Milwaukee Police Department’s Sensitive Crimes Division to develop an innovative program that identifies and focuses law enforcement efforts on chronic domestic abusers. Through this program, prosecutors have successfully convicted and incarcerated some of Milwaukee’s worst offenders.
Unwavering Commitment to Serve Milwaukee
Gil has worked closely with Sojourner Family Peace Center advocates and other community groups to help crime victims gain access to needed services. He has also collaborated with Milwaukee Police Department leadership to train the entire department on protocols and practices in domestic abuse investigations.
As a member of the Court Processing Committee, Gil worked with judges, defense attorneys and community groups to improve the efficiency of the courts and improve the safety for victims who tesify in court. Gil has continued his service to Milwaukee through pro bono work both in court and as a contributor to various prosecutor-training initiatives.
Gil serves on the Mount Mary Judicial Advisory Committee and on the Board of Elders for his church. He is married to Rachel, a native Milwaukeean, and they have four children. Gil’s family was involved in dairy farming in Spring Green, Wisconsin for four generations, and Gil and his family have lived in Wauwatosa for 10 years.
Strong Credentials will Make Gil an Excellent Judge
Gil was just named a 2012 Super Lawyers’ Rising Star. Gil graduated magna cum laude from Marquette University Law School, and he received his undergraduate degree from UW-Madison. In addition to graduating in the top 10 percent of his law school class, Gil won several awards for academic excellence, including awards for legal writing and jurisprudence.
Gil also is recognized for a tremendous amount of trial experience, preparing him to run a courtroom as a judge.