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Carmen represents clients in product liability and toxic tort cases.

With more than 20 years of experience, Carmen has tried many cases to verdict for Fortune 500 companies in state and federal courts. She focuses much of her practice on environmental toxins and is extensively familiar with these matters, with a strong interest in science-based cases. Carmen is passionate about digging into the science behind legal matters, ensuring that she has a solid understanding of how the technology at the center of a case works.

Carmen defends clients in traditional product liability matters, machinery-related cases and asbestos and benzene litigation matters. While her practice is nationwide, she also serves as regional and local counsel for various corporations in Wisconsin courts. Carmen has also consulted on various international matters in the United Kingdom and European Union.

With a gift for building amicable relationships with other counsel, Carmen is known for her ability to resolve matters quickly, achieving the best result possible for the client. She’s also known for her focus on client goals: early in her career, a mentor advised her to zero in on a client’s ultimate goal and work backwards from there. It’s advice Carmen has stuck to for decades. She understands that clients aren’t always seeking the same result from litigation, and she realizes that the strategy pursued in these matters often has a ripple effect nationally for the client’s other cases. Carmen aims to keep this wider picture in mind, ensuring that her trial strategies are compatible with the client’s overall goals.




  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell


  • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • B.A., University of Iowa


  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Tried David Olley v. Copeland Corporation, watershed talc case in New York, successfully arguing that decedent's mesothelioma was the result of his work in a talc mine, rather than client's product.
  • Tried product liability and toxic tort cases to verdict for Fortune 500 companies.
  • Served as regional and local counsel for corporations in Wisconsin courts.
  • Consulted on numerous matters including coverage, risk management, strategic planning and litigation defense in the United Kingdom and European Union.
Outside the Office

Carmen loves gardening, entertaining and spoiling her dogs.

While Carmen grows herbs for cooking in her own yard, she’s been helping her friend plot out a large flower and vegetable garden that she looks forward to developing over the next several years.

Carmen also enjoys cooking for friends, and she combines her passions for hosting and gardening with an interest in flower arranging, which she has taken courses in.

When she’s not in her kitchen or a garden, you can usually find Carmen spending time with her two English bulldogs. Thanks to Carmen’s determination to give the dogs American names, as well as a shared birthday between one of the pair and the country’s first president, the animals are known as George and Martha Washington.

Community Leadership

Carmen is deeply committed to community involvement, frequently volunteering for causes she’s passionate about. She currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Fisher House Wisconsin, the Wisconsin chapter of Fisher House Foundation, which provides a home away from home for the families of veterans seeking nearby medical treatment at the VA. Fisher House promotes that healing is best accomplished when family is close by for support. Fisher House Wisconsin has recently obtained permission to build an additional home in Madison, and Carmen is assisting with leading the capital campaign. With veterans in her own family, Carmen has seen first-hand the important role that family provides to service members and the country both during and after overseas tours.

In addition, Carmen serves on the audit and compliance committee of Versiti Blood and Research Center, a blood and organ donation and research organization. She is Vice President of the local chapter of the University of Iowa’s alumni organization, and she also volunteers with Bay Bridge, an organization aiming to make the community of Whitefish Bay more racially inclusive.

Carmen also places a high priority on pro bono work, and she has long been a regular volunteer with the Milwaukee Volunteer Lawyers Center, where she helps individuals without the resources to hire an attorney.