University of Wisconsin - Madison Law School
John has lived in Eau Claire since 1985. He and his wife, a teacher in the Eau Claire School System, have four children. John personally enjoys jogging, golf, and bowling. With his four children ranging in age from high school to college, he concedes most of his free time is spent organizing his calendar to attend all of their respective soccer, baseball and basketball games, cross-country meets, band concerts, and other school functions.
John is a strong advocate for maintaining the strength and integrity of Wisconsin public schools and universities. He regularly participates in issues that affect these institutions.
John has coached YMCA basketball, traveling basketball, Eau Claire Eagles basketball and also soccer teams over the last 20 years. John has also served on the Board of Directors for the Career Development Center, whose mission is to provide meaningful and appropriate vocational services and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities or disadvantages. John has served several years on the church council of his local church.
Notable Legal Achievements
Negotiated a $3.63 million settlement for a client badly injured in a construction case caused by poorly designed and poorly installed building materials.
Negotiated a $1.1 million settlement for a client badly injured by a drunk driver
Negotiated $1.3 and $1.8 million settlements in product liability cases
Negotiated a $4.5 million settlement in an auto accident caused by defective products
Negotiated a $900,000+ settlement for a client with a severely fractured ankle from an auto accident
Negotiated a $1.3 million settlement for a trucking accident
Negotiated numerous settlements over $500,000
Successfully argued cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court involving:
• Awarding workers compensation rights for employee in sheltered
• Determining the duties and responsibilities of hospitals and others
in providing secure facilities for mental health patients
• Awarding rights to injured workers and prosecuting personal injury
claims against employer based on contractual indemnity of
manufacturer of defective products used in the workplace
Assisted in Supreme Court case upholding employee's right to an award for compensatory damages in employment discrimination case
Successfully argued before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals that when hospital patients are covered by HMO, the hospital is limited to payment made by HMO and may not attempt to collect from the patient personally
Obtained jury verdict in excess of $700,000
Confidential settlement of claim against mental health care provider for wrongful death of child arising from improper use of restraint holds
Honors and Recognition
John has been named to the "Top 100 Trials Lawyers" by The National Trial Lawyers.
Peer Review Rating
John has received a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent® (4.5-5.0). The AV Preeminent rating is considered the pinnacle of professional excellence.
Quotes from anonymous peers who have reviewed John's skills:
"One of the best personal injury and civil litigation attorneys in Western Wisconsin."
"Excellent lawyer. Well respected in community."
"John Richie is one of the more creative thinkers in the profession."
"I have known and opposed John Richie for several years. He is a very competent attorney."