Ted A. Warpinski


Ted A. Warpinski

Location: Green Bay

Location: Milwaukee

T: 920.431.2236

F: 920.431.2276


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Assistant: Susan Frey

T: 414.225.7583


  • Best Lawyers® in America – Environmental Law (2010-2023), Litigation-Environmental (2011-2023), Litigation-Insurance (2022-2023)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer Super Lawyers Magazine - Environmental Litigation (2012-2021)
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell


  • J.D., Marquette University Law School (1987)
  • B.A., University of Green Bay (1984)


With over 30 years of experience, Ted has worked on a wide variety of environmental and litigation cases across Wisconsin. From the early years of Superfund litigation on sites like the Fadrowski Drum Disposal Site in Franklin, Wisconsin and the Moss-American Site in Milwaukee, Ted has been immersed in both the legal and technical aspects of environmental law.

Ted’s litigation practice has grown to include environmental nuisance claims and toxic tort litigation, contract and property disputes, construction defects, insurance coverage litigation and enforcement actions. From Kenosha to Minocqua and from Lafayette County to Florence County, Ted has crisscrossed Wisconsin representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

He represents individuals, community groups, local and tribal governments, small business, utilities and large corporations. This breadth of experience helps Ted prepare his clients for what they can reasonably expect in litigation by looking at the case from the other side’s point of view.

In addition to his litigation practice, Ted also works very closely with the firm’s real estate and development lawyers handling due diligence investigations and environmental permitting. His experience includes addressing real estate deals that involve brownfield issues, where the risk of liability for historical contamination is a major consideration. Ted’s experience allows him to assist the Davis|Kuelthau team with understanding and managing these risks.

He also been involved in numerous development projects where there may be a need for wetland or other permits, and has found that his ability to work with experts has notably helped clients move these projects to a successful conclusion.


Representative Clients

  • City of Green Bay
  • Village of Ashwaubenon
  • Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Towns of Dayton, Farmington and Lind (Waupaca County)
  • Martino’s Master Drycleaners
  • One Hour Martinizing
  • Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River

Notable Representations

Representing drycleaners at dozens of sites across the State to address historical site contamination with the Wisconsin DNR as well as resolving insurance coverage disputes with their insurers.

Representing over 60 plaintiffs in claims for personal injury and property damage arising out of contamination at a former window manufacturing site.

Representing a large utility in the defense of a personal injury claim by a former worker at a manufactured gas site.

Representing numerous Winnebago County homeowners in claims arising out of private well contamination from gas stations.

Representing the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District in the defense of property damage claims arising out of sewer backups and in claims for insurance coverage related to the defense of those property damage claims.

Represented the Towns of Dayton, Farmington and Lind in Waupaca County in connection with the investigation of contamination at a former landfill site and in the pursuit of insurance coverage claims.

Representing a vineyard in southwest Wisconsin in claims for crop damage arising out of pesticide overspray and drift.

Representing the Village of Ashwaubenon to recover costs associated with the remediation of a park contaminated with paper mill sludge containing PCBs.

Representing the City of Green Bay in various matters, including the Fox River PCB litigation and a dispute over a proposed waste to energy facility.

Representing a bulk petroleum facility in Northern Wisconsin in defense of a claim for property damage and in the successful appeal of a denial of coverage under the State’s PECFA fund.


Professional Activities

American Bar Association (Web Editor – Litigation Section Environmental Litigation Committee) (Vice-Chair-Section on Environmental and Energy Resources Special Committee on State Bar Coordination (2015 - 2017)

Member, Brown County Bar

Member, Milwaukee Bar Association

State Bar of Wisconsin’s Environmental Law Section (former Board member and Chair)

Community Involvement

Brownfield Study Group (participant in ad hoc committee on Private Cause of Action)

Member, Milwaukee School of Engineering Industrial Advisory Committee for Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering (1995 to 2006)