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Overview

When commercial disputes heat up, Ann works to cool things down so her clients can get back to taking care of business.

An award-winning litigator, Ann calls upon her years of experience to quickly assess the situation and offer workable solutions. Ann understands that litigation is expensive and distracting for clients—whether it involves contract disputes, dealership termination, lease quarrels, contested noncompete agreements or intellectual property issues. She looks to resolve disputes in a practical way to keep the wheels of commerce turning smoothly for her technology, manufacturing and transportation clients.

More than a litigator, Ann also advises general counsel, company presidents and other organizational leaders on a variety of business and legal issues.

Ann serves on the firm’s Executive Board.


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2019-2020
  • BTI Consulting Group, BTI Client Service All-Star, 2018
  • Wisconsin Law Journal, Leaders in the Law Award, 2018
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, 2007-2019
  • Chambers USA, General Commercial Litigation, 2009-2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Real Estate, 2012-2020
  • Wisconsin Law Journal, Women in the Law Award, 2010 
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Education

  • J.D., Marquette University Law School
    • cum laude
  • B.A., Marquette University

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Litigation and Antitrust Sections
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
Experience
  • Successfully defended commercial tenant, through trial, against claims of breach of lease and breach of personal guarantee.
  • Successfully defended distributor, through trial, against claims of breach of warranty and indemnification arising out of sale of generator sets.
  • Advised wireless tower acquisition company on siting of new communications tower. Representation included obtaining favorable settlement after challenging municipal planning commission in court and negotiating with another wireless carrier to remove existing tower.
  • Litigated enforceability of non compete agreements under Wisconsin and other state laws.
  • Litigated disputes over the enforcement of residential and commercial real estate deed restrictions, including defense of national restaurant chain against claim by neighboring landowner that it was operating in violation of restrictive covenant.
  • Defended international construction equipment manufacturer against claims of wrongful termination of dealer agreement in alleged violation of state franchise laws.
  • Litigated trademark infringement claims against internet reseller using client's trademarks in metatags and sponsored search terms.
  • Defended yacht design firm against artist's claims of copyright infringement.
  • Litigated matters involving misuse of confidential and trade secret information by former employees and representatives of insurance and brokerage firms, medical device manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and chemical companies.
  • Advised clients making changes in dealer, distributor and sales representative relationships and litigated cases arising under state relationship termination laws, including the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law.
  • Litigated breach of contract and trademark infringement claims against client's former Taiwanese sales representative for unlawful registration and use of company's trademarks.
  • Obtained seven-figure jury verdict on behalf of commercial tenant in a lease dispute.
  • Obtained arbitration award and attorneys' fees for client whose sales representative agreement was wrongfully terminated in violation of manufacturer's duty of good faith and fair dealing.
Event | December 11, 2019
ACC-Wisconsin CLE: When the Tables Turn
News Releases | November 11, 2019
26 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to 2019 Wisconsin Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

The firm has 17 attorneys named to the Super Lawyers list and nine attorneys named to the Rising Stars list.

News Releases | October 01, 2019
Benchmark Litigation's 2020 Edition Recognizes 33 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

The firm also received Benchmark’s “Highly Recommended” ranking in Missouri and Wisconsin and its “Recommended” ranking in Nebraska.

News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | November 13, 2018
32 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to 2018 Wisconsin Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

Husch Blackwell has 32 attorneys named to the 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

News Releases | October 11, 2018
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 28 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell is recognized as a top litigation firm in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation, with 28 attorneys across six offices listed.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | March 30, 2018
Ann Maher Named to BTI Client Service All-Stars 2018 List

Ann Maher is one of 326 attorneys noted for providing superior client service by corporate counsel of leading business organizations.

News Releases | March 26, 2018
Husch Blackwell Prevails for PI Tower in Siting Dispute

Husch Blackwell's team secures a court victory in a cell tower siting dispute.

News Releases | January 16, 2018
Ann Maher Named to Wisconsin Law Journal Leaders In the Law

Ann Maher is honored as a top member of Wisconsin’s legal community.

News Releases | August 15, 2017
Husch Blackwell Places 156 Lawyers in 2018 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 156 Husch Blackwell lawyers in its 2018 directory, breaking the firm’s old record of 151 set last year. The firm also has 10 attorneys listed as “Lawyers of the Year” and 15 lawyers who have made the list for the first time.

Community Leadership

“I feel an obligation to the community to help people who are less fortunate,” Ann says of her work with various civic organizations.

  • Feeding American Eastern Wisconsin Foundation, Board Member, 2015-present
  • Feeding ​America Eastern Wisconsin, Board Member, 2009-2018 (Chair 2013-2015)
  • Open Door Cafe, St. John's Cathedral, Volunteer and Husch Blackwell Volunteer Coordinator, 2002-present

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