Frank Pasternak

Wisconsin personal injury attorney Frank Pasternak has worked 18 years with highly regarded personal injury and wrongful death attorneys. His experience includes working in Chicago, Illinois with nationally renowned personal injury lawyers Robert Clifford, Philip Corboy and Thomas Demetrio. He next practiced as a Wisconsin personal injury attorney in Milwaukee working at two of Milwaukee’s old guard personal injury law firms litigating wrongful death trials and personal injury lawsuits with and against Wisconsin personal injury attorneys for the plaintiff and defense recognized in Milwaukee Magazine and Best Lawyers in America.

Attorney Pasternak was honored as one of the Top 50 “Super Lawyers” in the December 2009 issue of Milwaukee Magazine, as chosen by his peers and through independent research of Law & Politics.  Only the Top 8 plaintiff’s personal injury law firms in Wisconsin have any such personal injury attorneys.   Attorney Pasternak was also voted “Best Attorney” by CNI Newspapers in its “Best of the Burbs” survey and is an AV® Preeminet rated attorney.

Throughout his career as a Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Frank Pasternak has focused only on personal injury and wrongful death cases. Such litigation has been primarily in Wisconsin, but has involved cases in Arkansas, California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah. Several of these personal injury cases and wrongful death lawsuits resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements, including a falling merchandise trial against Wal-Mart, which in 2001, resulted in a final judgment of $8,956,879.00 that including interest resulted in a recovery exceeding $11,400,000.00.


  • American Association for Justice: Charter Member, President’s Club; Past Wisconsin State Delegate; Board of Governors, New Lawyers Division; Member, Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts; and Member, Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice: Board of Directors; Sustaining Member; and Past-Chair New Lawyers Section
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation
  • Roscoe Pound Foundation
  • Civil Justice Foundation
  • Waukesha County Bar Association
  • St. Thomas More Society
  • Brookfield Chamber of Commerce

Selected Speeches & Lectures

  • “A Crash Course in Trial Preparation & Trial Notebooks,” Wisconsin Association for Justice, December 2008, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • “Preparation and Commencement of Litigation,” Milwaukee Bar Association, April 2008, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • “Litigation Skills for Legal Staff”, Lorman, Inc., June 2007, Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • “Litigation Skills for Legal Staff”, Lorman, Inc., June 2006, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • “A Practical Refresher on Litigating the Wisconsin Auto Injury Case,” National Business Institute, November 2004, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • “Paralegal’s Role with Minor Settlements,” Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers Spring Seminar, February, 2004, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • “Perfecting Minor Settlements,” Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers Tort & Technique Seminar, October, 2003, Madison, Wisconsin
  • “Wisconsin Injury & Hospitality Law,” Milwaukee Area Technical College, March, 2003, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • “Adjusting Motor Vehicle Accident/Premises Liability Personal Injury Claims in Wisconsin,” National Business Institute, November 2002, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • “Motions in Limine in the Connective Tissue Case,” Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers Tort & Technique Seminar, October, 1999, Madison, Wisconsin
  • “An Internet Primer for Lawyers: On-Line Marketing, Research and Ethics,” Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers Convention, December, 1997, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • “What do you wish someone had told you about being a litigator?”, University of Wisconsin Law School, November 1997, Madison, Wisconsin

Selected Publications

  • “Rebutting Anti-Civil Justice Propaganda,” The Verdict, Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, 23:2, Summer 2000
  • “Permitting Pretrial Discovery of Surveillance Material is Long Overdue,” The Verdict, Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, 23:1, Spring 2000
  • “Tortfeasors Try to Profit from Managed Care,” The Verdict, Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, 22:3, Summer 1999
  • “Important Steps in Discovery Against Wal-Mart,” ATLA Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway & Premises Liability Section Newsletter, Fall 1998

Editor & Instructor

  • James Publishing Company, Editorial Advisory Board, 2008
  • Marquette University Mock Trial Team, 1995-1998, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Community Service

  • Brookfield Soccer Association
  • Elmbrook Education Foundation
  • Elmbrook School District, D.A.R.E. Program Sponsor
  • St. John Vianney Parish, Parish Council and Christian Formation Board
  • The Guest House of Milwaukee
  • Archdiocese of Milwaukee: Campanile Society and Saint Francis Seminary Pallium Scholarship
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Catholic Charities, Good Samaritan Society
  • Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts
  • Brookfield Central High School
  • Brookfield Junior Lancers, Board Member
  • City of Brookfield, Wisconsin, Police & Fire Commission, Commissioner