Timothy J. Aiken
Sampling of Significant Verdicts
$7.8M verdict against Arizona-failure to install median barrier cable.
Over 7 million obtained for child born with preventable streptococcal infection resulting in brain hemorrhage and long-term developmental disability
Highest Verdict in a Hospital malpractice trial: $6.0 Million.
Highest Verdict by a Wisconsin lawyer in a medical malpractice trial: $5.2 Million.
Highest Punitive Damage Verdict in a personal injury trial: $10.0 Million.
Highest Damage Verdict in a product liability trial: $12.3 Million.
Highest Damage Verdict for a Single plaintiff in trial: $12.0 Million.
Significant Appellate Decisions
Medical malpractice CAP on damages held unconstitutional insuring full recovery for the most egregious injuries, thereby resulting in $8.0 Million recovery, 1995
Substantial factor Causation applied to Legal Malpractice action reversing different rules of law being applied to lawyers as compared to other professionals, thereby resulting in settlement of previously dismissed case 1991
Medical Malpractice Statute of Repose held unconstitutional insuring access to the courts for legitimate claims otherwise barred through no fault of the injured party, thereby allowing previously dismissed case to proceed, 1997
Recovery permitted for Emotional Injuries for Family and Close Relative witnesses to an accident insuring that severely emotional injuries receive compensation, thereby allowing previously dismissed case to proceed and be settled, 1995
Illegal Immigrants allowed to bring suit insuring access to the courts for all individuals, thereby allowing previously dismissed case to proceed, resulting in $1.3 million verdict after 6 week trial, 1978
Tim Aiken has been a civil trial lawyer representing injured plaintiffs exclusively since entering private practice in 1975.
But more important is Tim’s commitment to give back to the legal community. Tim holds a position as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School, teaching the medical malpractice based course “Health Care Liability.” Tim has also taught law students and young lawyers each year in many phases of litigation and trial practice.
Tim also twice donated his time to teach as the Kehlelem Scholar at the Norman Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in North Carolina, again devoting his time to teach young lawyers and law students the tools of his profession.
For the good of the Wisconsin judiciary, Tim has also presented papers to state trial judges at their continuing education seminars. Tim has helped educate young medical doctors by teaching resident physicians at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Tim is involved in the education of practicing lawyers as well. He has been invited to lecture and demonstrate on a volunteer basis to lawyers all over the United States and, Canada as well.
Tim has also worked with his wife, Sarah Richman, on a variety of other charitable endeavors. They have chaired the annual dinner and grand gala event for the Ko-Thi group-which is an African dance and music group, emphasizing the arts and African heritage for disadvantage youths. Similarly, they have worked as chairs for the annual fundraiser for the Neighborhood House, which is a neighborhood meeting place for young and old alike in the central part of Milwaukee, providing day care and educational opportunities for the disadvantaged residents surrounding it. Tim makes contributions to the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin and the Hunger Task Force. The Girl Scouts of America is also a charity that we support. In addition, we support the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.
Tim is an active trial lawyer with tens of millions in settlements and verdicts. Tim represents plaintiffs in all types of personal injury cases and he has experience representing plaintiffs who have suffered a host of significant injuries including burn injuries, organic and subtle brain injuries, scarring, neurological impairments including paraplegia and quadriplegia and loss of limbs and bodily functions.
Tim’s practice often takes him out of Wisconsin to handle cases based in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, as well as Europe and Canada. Tim has achieved some of the highest record awards in Wisconsin history. Tim helped win a record verdict for wrongful death loss of consortium award in Iowa. Similarly, Tim helped secure one of the highest settlements in Canadian history in a case based in Toronto.
Tim’s cases tend to come from referrals from other lawyers, judges who have seen Tim in action in their courtrooms, appellate justices who have read Tim’s briefs and heard his oral arguments and even physicians who have seen Tim achieve justice for their patients.
Tim graduated at the top of his Marquette law class, with magna cum laude honors. Tim also earned honors at Marquette, being awarded a membership in Phi Beta Kappa. His fellow trial lawyer colleagues honored Tim by electing him the president of the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers in 1986. He has also served as a member of its board for over 20 years.
Tim was married to his wife Sarah in 2000 and together they have been blessed with five children and three grandchildren. Tim is an avid golfer, snow skier, and engages in various water sports. He has a second home and office in Wild Rose, Wisconsin which allows him to not only relax with his family, but to better service his clients in central and northern part of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.
Areas of Practice
- Truck & Motorcycle Accidents
- Motor Vehicle Accidents — Plaintiff
- Litigation & Appeals
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home
- Personal Injury
- Products Liability Law
- Workers’ Compensation Law
- Wrongful Death
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Wisconsin, 1975
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1975
- U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1975
- Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Juris Doctorate magna cum laude – 1975
- Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- B.A. cum laude – 1971
- Honors: Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 1970
- Adjunct Professor of Law – Health Care Provider Liability, Marquette University Law School
- Lecturer, State Bar of Wisconsin
- Lecturer, National Business Institute
- Lecturer, Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers
- Lecturer, State Judiciary Association
- Lecturer, American Bar Association
- Lecturer, Law Education Institute, Inc.
- Lecturer, Campbell University
- Lecturer, Marquette University Law School
- Lecturer, American Association of Justice
- Lecturer, Trial judges of Wisconsin
- Clinical Presenter, Psychiatric Residency Program, Medical College of Wisconsin
Honors and Awards
- Best Lawyers In America 2018: Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
- Best Lawyers In America 2018: Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
- Wisconsin Super Lawyer – 2016
- Kehlehem Scholar – Norman Wiggins School of Law, Campbell University, Bouies Creek North Carolina
- Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year 2011 – Medical Malpractice Law, Milwaukee
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, Program Chair, 1981 – 1983
- American Association of Justice
- State Bar of Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, Legislative Chair, 1984 – 1985
- Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors, 1981 – 1989
- Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, Treasurer, 1981 – 1982
- Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, Secretary, 1982 – 1983
- Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, Vice-President, 1983 – 1984
- Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, President, 1985 – 1986
- Association of Trial Lawyers of Council of Presidents, 1986
Pro Bono Activities
- Chair, Annual dinner and grand gala event for the Ko-Thi group
- Chair, annual fundraiser for the Neighborhood House
- AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
- Hunger Task Force
- The Girl Scouts of America
- Shedd Aquarium in Chicago