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Government attorney running for Waukesha County judge

A government attorney recently announced he is running for Waukesha County Circuit Court Branch 5.

Jack Melvin announced on Thursday that he will be running for the seat, which is held by Judge Lee Dreyfus, Jr.

Melvin, who earned his law degree from the Marquette University Law School in 1999, is a staff attorney at the Labor and Industry Review Commission, a body which reviews decisions involving jobless benefits and discrimination.

He is also a member of the National Guard’s Judge Advocate General Corp, dealing iwth environmental matters, estate planning, military justice and law of war. Melvin is senior defense counsel in Madison, where he leads a team of lawyers that defend soldiers in military criminal proceedings.

Melvin has also worked as administrator for the Wisconsin Division of Gaming, operational law attorney for the “Screaming Eagle” 101st Airborne division and lead prosecutor for crimes committed by members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Also, for nearly 12 years, he managed litigation at QBE North America.

The spring election is scheduled for April 7, and the primary for Feb. 18.

About Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com

Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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