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Personal injury, politics engage Muggli

Attorney Christine Bremer Muggli is admittedly a political junkie.

That makes sense, since the personal injury attorney graduated college with a History and Political Science degree before heading to law school.

Throughout more than 30 years of practice, Bremer Muggli has remained an active advocate for the plaintiff’s bar, including as a current member and also past president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice.

She also has served on the Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission since 2005 and on Governor Jim Doyle’s Advisory Council on Judicial Selection.

Bremer Muggli began her legal career as a Special Assistant Attorney General with the Illinois Department of Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities, but has been with Bremer & Trollop SC in Wausau since 2002.

On the cusp of the Sept. 14 primaries, Bremer Muggli took a few minutes to register some thoughts in this week’s Asked & Answered.

Christine Bremer Muggli

Christine Bremer Muggli

Wisconsin Law Journal: What do you value most about being an attorney?

Christine Bremer Muggli:
The ability to truly help people and make a difference in their lives by advocating for them.

WLJ: What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?

Bremer Muggli:
“Be true to yourself”; don’t try to take on the demeanor and style of another attorney. It won’t suit you.

WLJ: What is your favorite website and why?

Bremer Muggli:
Being a political junkie, I admit to reading twice daily the New York Times (nytimes.com), Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com) and WisPolitics (wispolitics.com).

WLJ: Which actor would play you in a movie?

Bremer Muggli:
I would only hope it would NOT be Glenn Close portraying me as the arrogant, ambitious and ethically flawed attorney from “Damages.”

WLJ: What is one thing attorneys should know that they won’t learn in law school?

Bremer Muggli:
The profession is one of service and about the needs of those served. One must truly listen to their clients to understand those needs and then work hard to act on them. If you keep that in mind and live by it, success will come.

WLJ: What is the first concert you went to?

Bremer Muggli: Crosby, Stills and Nash — Chicago, 1971. I will never forget it. I still listen to my old albums.

WLJ: If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be and why?

Bremer Muggli:
As this is a fantasy question, I would trade places with the great American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe. It would be a wonder to experience her creative genius.

WLJ: In three words or less, describe your legal career?

Bremer Muggli: Service, diligence, determination.

WLJ: If you could change one thing about Wisconsin’s legal system, what would it be?

Bremer Muggli: Wisconsin’s legal system is peppered with draconian limitations on the civil justice system. If I could change one thing, I would eradicate all limitations such as caps on jury awards for families who have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one. Jurors should be trusted to render fair and reasonable verdicts.

WLJ: Where and when are you most happy?

Bremer Muggli:
I am happiest when I am at our lake home in Lac du Flambeau with my husband, Paul, our adult kids and all the dogs.

Jack Zemlicka can be reached at jack.zemlicka@wislawjournal.com.

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