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Krista LaFave

Gingras Thomsen & Wachs, LLP - Milwaukee
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Krista LaFave
Gingras Thomsen & Wachs, LLP - Milwaukee

Milwaukee attorney Krista LaFave joined the Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs team with extensive legal experience in plaintiff’s personal injury, working on a variety of cases from simple motor vehicle collisions to complex litigation involving various insurance companies and claims. Throughout her legal career, Krista has enjoyed fighting for individuals and protecting their interests.

In addition to her role as an advocate for clients, she is dedicated to the pursuit of justice by serving as the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Wauwatosa. She was elected by residents in April of 2022 to a four-year term. Krista took on this additional responsibility because she cares deeply about her community and believes the position is essential to ensuring safety and equal ordinance enforcement.

Krista grew up in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, but spent many of her weekends and summers on her grandmother’s farm in Slinger. After graduating with honors and degrees in political science and French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Krista worked at law firms in Madison and Chicago. She decided to follow in the footsteps of her father, grandfather and grandmother and become a lawyer. She attended Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she competed in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration in Vienna, Austria, and was elected Executive President of the Student Bar Association. When she graduated, Krista received the prestigious Tulane 34 Award, given to only 34 graduates each year in recognition of their scholarship and dedication to the school community. After graduation, she returned to her home state of Wisconsin. She was initially employed as a law clerk for Milwaukee County Circuit Court, where she learned the inner workings of the civil court system.

When she steps away from the courtroom, Krista enjoys exploring Milwaukee County parks with her daughter. A few of their favorite destinations in the County include the swan boats in Veterans Park and Seven Bridges Trail in Grant Park.

Admitted to Bar

2013, State of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin


Tulane University Law School

University of Wisconsin–Madison, BA Political Science and French

Honors & Activities

Elected as a Governor to the Wisconsin State Bar Board of Governors (7/1/2018-6/30/2020; reelected 7/1/2020-6/30/2022); elected by fellow Governors to Executive Committee (7/1/2020-6/30/2021); selected to Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee (2021-2022)

Appointed as representative from the Wisconsin State Bar to the American Bar Association (7/1/2020-6/30/2022)

Selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2018-2021

Member of the Board of Zoning Appeals, Wauwatosa, WI (2018-present)

Volunteer Attorney, Eviction Defense Project (2017-present)

Sheraton Lawns Neighborhood Association, Wauwatosa, WI, Board Member (2014-2019), President (2018-2019)

Association for Women Lawyers, Litigation Discussion Group Chair (2014-present), Programs Director (2019-Present) 

Simpson & Deardorff, S.C., Associate Attorney (2014–2016)

Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Milwaukee, WI, Law Clerk (2013–2014)

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA, Judicial Extern (2012–2013)

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Milwaukee, WI, Extern for the Legal Unit (2012)

Wisconsin Supreme Court, Madison, WI, Judicial Intern (2011)

Bureau d’Avocats Protat, Paris, France, Legal Intern (2011)

Tulane University Legal Assistance Program, New Orleans, LA, Law Clerk (2011)

Hope Network, Inc., Board Member (2015-2018)

Selected to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40

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