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J. Mac Davis

Jul 5, 2016

BENCH BLOG: Supreme Court has wrong say on pro se

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently rebuked the Wisconsin Supreme Court for a 2010 opinion upholding a Waukesha County judge’s cursory denial of a defendant’s right to self-representation.

Mar 17, 2015

High court: Contractor’s insurers must share settlements, costs in explosion lawsuits

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that an insurer of a contractor is not exempt from paying court costs and settlements after an explosion in Oconomowoc.

Dec 11, 2014

BENCH BLOG: Service-of-process error dooms lawsuit

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has declared the fundamental importance of appropriate service of process to the viability of a lawsuit.

Sep 10, 2014

BENCH BLOG: Court’s divided decision inspires call to action

The Wisconsin Supreme Court subscribes to a new interpretation of “surviving spouse” under the wrongful death statute.

Aug 14, 2014

Longtime judge announces retirement

Longtime Waukesha County Circuit Judge J. Mac Davis said Thursday that he will retire when his term ends in August 2015.

Mar 12, 2014

Court rules on explosion settlement

An insurer is exempt from paying court costs and settlements connected to lawsuits filed after a contractor ruptured a gas line and caused an April 2008 explosion in Oconomowoc, the Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

Jul 2, 2012

State’s high court picks new Committee of Chief Judges members

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday selected circuit court judges from Jefferson, Vilas and Wood counties to serve as new members of the Committee of Chief Judges, effective Aug. 1.

Jun 13, 2011

LEGAL CENTS: What lawyers need to know about forms

“You got to fill out the form first, and then you wait in the line.” Paul Simon wrote that in a recent song, “The Afterlife,” describing his vision of heaven’s waiting room. But if you’re new to the practice of law in Wisconsin, that sentiment could apply to your new work, too. Since 2000, the […]

Jun 8, 2011

Judge won’t reduce sentence in Oconomowoc crash

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A Waukesha County judge has rejected a bid to reduce a man’s 30-year prison sentence for driving under the influence of prescription drugs in 2008 and killing a pregnant woman and her daughter. Mark M. Benson argued that Judge J. Mac Davis relied on inaccurate information when in 2009 he sentenced […]


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