While an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the 1990s, Todd Korb got an internship at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, an opportunity that gave him a sense of what a law career might be like.
Korb worked in the department’s environmental-protection unit for about a year. It was there that he discovered the law to be not only a subject of interest but also something that would provide him with a means of helping people.
“I keep myself in a position where I’m putting myself in their shoes to try and imagine if this is my personal case, how I would want an attorney to be dealing with me and what would I want them to be doing,” he said. “I really try and treat every case like it’s my case or my daughter or my son or someone that I really care about.”
Graduating from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1996, Korb started his law career in a judicial clerkship, which he said allowed him to work on legal writing while exposing him to complex cases in various parts of the law.
The experience is what got Korb interested in personal-injury law. He went to a general-practice firm, and then became a specialist in personal injury.
“I like the idea of helping the individual level the playing field against a big corporation that has a lot of assets and resources,” Korb said. “I like the idea of helping the little guy and serving people.”
Since joining Hupy and Abraham in 2007, Korb has handled thousands of personal-injury cases. He said it allows him more than transaction work to deal directly with others.
Attorney Jason Abraham said Korb is always willing to help staff workers and manages to have a calm demeanor when presented with questions.
“He’s really technically sound as a lawyer,” Abraham said. “He can get into the details and the nitty gritty of very technical cases and pull out the issues and do what needs to be done.”
Korb’s professional accomplishments include his being placed on the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, garnering a 10.0 rating on Avvo.com and achieving board certification from the National Board of Trial Advocacy in civil pretrial practice advocacy and civil trial advocacy.
He’s also a member of the Elite Trial Lawyers of America, the Million and Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum, the Wisconsin and American associations for justice, the Milwaukee Bar Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Korb has handled some of the most prominent cases at the firm. They have included the Curtis Harris case from 2009, in which a victim of police brutality was left a quadriplegic. The case was settled for $3 million.
In 2017, he handled two separate motorcycle-injury cases, one of which resulted in a $422,000 verdict and the other of which was settled for $2 million. The $422,000 came in a case in which the defendants were only offering $5,000 to Korb’s client.
“Never forget that most of the people you are dealing with this is maybe the only time they will ever have to deal with the legal system,” he said. “I try to treat people the way I’d want to be treated and always try and explain things as best as I can so they understand what the whole process is going on so they can make the right decision.”