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Dana Wachs

Gingras, Cates and Wachs - Eau Claire
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Dana Wachs
Gingras, Cates and Wachs - Eau Claire
Eau Claire,

I am a lifelong resident of Eau Claire. I am proud to be following in the footsteps of my father, Ray Wachs, a former Eau Claire City Manager and City Attorney who also practiced law in the Eau Claire area for many years. Throughout my career, I have focused my law practice on helping injured people.

I also am the Representative to the Wisconsin Assembly for the 91st District, which is in Eau Claire. In this capacity, I work to advocate for issues that are important to consumers, people who need affordable healthcare, and people who have been injured.

My wife (who also is an attorney) and I have three children. I am a fanatical Green Bay Packers fan (and shareholder!) and never miss a chance to watch or attend a game. When I am not working on behalf of Wisconsin citizens, I also enjoy downhill skiing, hunting, boating, fishing, playing the trumpet, reading, astronomy and listening to music.

What clients think of Dana
I think that says a lot about who he is ? that and the fact he could make me laugh, even in the darkest moments.
With Dana, I always felt comfortable that I could cry or I could scream or I could swear. I could do whatever I needed to do to express myself and he was always supportive of that. He was comfortable sitting with me in my most vulnerable moments. I think that says a lot about who he is ? that and the fact he could make me laugh, even in the darkest moments. Total dad jokes. I think that's important for people to know."
- Carlea Jo L.


J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law, 1985
B.S., Marquette University, 1981

Bar Admission

Wisconsin, 1985
U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1985

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association
State Bar of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Association for Justice
Western District Bar Association
Eau Claire City Council Member at Large 2009-2012
- City/County Health Committee
- Transit Commission
- Affirmative Action Committee
- Parks and Waterway Committee
- Library Board
- Economic Policy Advisory Committee

Honors and Awards

Martindale Hubbell, AV rating
Top Attorneys in Wisconsin, 2011-2016
Super Lawyer, 2011-present
The National Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100 Trial Lawyer, 2013-2016

Greatest Accomplishment

My greatest personal accomplishment is having raised three healthy, well-adjusted children to adulthood.
Professionally, my proudest accomplishment was representing my client at trial and on appeal to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Johnson v. Kokemoor, which set a new legal precedent on medical informed consent.

If You Were Not a Lawyer, What Would You Be?

I would like to be a doctor.

Favorite Book

Robert Caro's series on Lyndon Johnson

Why Did You Become an Attorney?

In college I debated between two helping careers, law and medicine. What helped me decide on law was seeing all the good my father did for people and our community as an attorney.

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