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Kathryn A. Keppel


Phone: 414-271-1440
Fax: 414-271-7680
Email: kkeppel@grgblaw.com
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Kathy joined GRGB in 1989 as an associate attorney. Her experience with the firm began even earlier, as she worked at GRGB as a law clerk from March 1985 through May 1986 during law school. Kathy has a distinct ability to make people immediately feel comfortable, but she is also known for her no-nonsense approach and willingness to fight hard for her clients.

Kathy has a diverse practice area. She is the firm’s lead appellate attorney and has authored scores of appellate and trial court briefs in all areas of GRGB’s practice. Known as the firm's “wordsmith,” she provides a distinctive written voice to her briefs. Kathy has successfully briefed winning appeals in matters as diverse as contract interpretation, spousal support, criminal and civil rights cases and procedural matters. Kathy also handles a large percentage of the firm's pretrial litigation obligations, including product liability defense and a variety of civil and criminal matters

Kathy is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin Appellate Practice Section, and has been a member of its Board of Directors since 2008. Kathy also is extremely committed to charitable causes, foremost among which is The ALS Association-Wisconsin Chapter. A long-time member of the Chapter’s Board of Directors, Kathy was elected to the position of Board President in 2012, and now serves the organization as Past President. She also is a member of the planning committee for the Chapter's annual black tie gala, the Evening of Hope. She is also involved in the planning of the annual ALS Walk held each fall in Milwaukee and other Wisconsin cities. Kathy also is a long-term supporter of two organizations in her hometown of La Crosse: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse and Aquinas Catholic Schools, including her high school alma mater, Aquinas High School.

When she is not authoring winning briefs for her clients, Kathy enjoys traveling including annual trips to a Packers away game, and spending time with her extended family. She is particularly fond of her role as Aunt and is an avid follower of all of the sporting endeavors of her nephews and young cousins.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Products Liability

Litigation Percentage

  • 65% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2013


  • Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • J.D. - 1986
  • University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
    • B.A. - 1983

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Wisconsin Law Foundation, Fellow
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Appellate Practice Section, Board Member
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Member
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Member
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, Member
  • Association for Women Lawyers, Member

Honors and Awards

  • Bishop John Paul Distinguished Alumnus Award, Aquinas Catholic Schools - 2017
  • Selected as a Legal Leader, Martindale-Hubbell - 2016
  • Selected to Wisconsin Super Lawyers - 2014 - 2016

Pro Bono Activities

  • President and Member, Board of Directors, ALS Association - Wisconsin Chapter
  • Member, Evening of Hope Planning Committee, ALS Association - Wisconsin Chapter

Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP

330 East Kilbourn Avenue
Suite 1170
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: 414-271-1440
Fax: 414-271-7680
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