Attorney James A. Pitts


JAMES A. PITTS, Member, Schoone, Leuck, Kelley, Pitts & Pitts, S.C. is a Trial Lawyer representing plaintiffs.  For 39 years Mr. Pitts has represented plaintiffs in civil litigation involving business disputes, personal injury lawsuits, medical malpractice, products liability, premises liability and workers compensation cases.

American Bar Association;  American Association for Justice;  State Bar of Wisconsin & Illinois;  Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar;  Wisconsin Association for Justice;  United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit;  Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys;  United States District Court (Eastern & Western District of Wisconsin)

Speaking Engagements:
Workers Compensation Division, “Epidemiological Evidence in Occupational Injury Cases” (2014);
Pain Management for the Non Pain Specialist, “Demystifying Workers Compensation Law” (2013);
34th Annual Worker’s Compensation Update, “Mental Stress Claims” (2010);
Second Annual Workers Compensation Seminar, “Computing the Value of Permanent Total Disability Claims” (2004)

Peer Recognition:
Peer Review Rated “AV” – Preeminent – Highest Possible Rating for over 20 years;
Voted One of Wisconsin’s Super Lawyers by Peers;
Elected Member of American Board of Trial Advocates;
Certified as a “Civil Trial Specialist” by the National Board of Trial Advocacy;
Best Lawyers in America;

Notable Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $1,550,000 (totaling $2.9 million with stipulated economic damages)
    medical malpractice verdict for Plaintiff in amputation case for undiagnosed
    compartment syndrome, Milwaukee County Circuit Court, 2015
  • $1,350,000 settlement against driver and underinsured motorist carrier in Racine County motor vehicle accident case;
  • $540,000 verdict in Racine County against drunk driver who caused severe ankle injury to Plaintiff, requiring eight surgeries;
  • $500,000 settlement for Plaintiff who fell in icy parking lot of restaurant, sustained knee injury requiring surgery, and had to spend a month in a nursing home;
  • $336,000 verdict against Kenosha County landlord for noncompliance with building code requiring fireproof hallway doors, leading to tenant having to jump from third story window during fire, and to sustain multiple lower extremity fractures;
  • $300,000 settlement in Racine County involving 10 mph rear end collision where Plaintiff required cervical spine surgery;
  • $300,000 settlement in Marinette County involving man who was electrocuted while standing on the ground near a crane whose boom touched overhead electrical wires;
  • Verdict and confidential settlement against insane person’s homeowner’s insurance carrier involving terrorist killing of two people and wounding multiple others at a McDonald’s store in Kenosha;
  • Confidential settlement against nursing home in Milwaukee County that allowed elderly, infirm man to die while placed on unsupervised patio where temperature reached 97 degrees;
  • Confidential settlement against landlord in Racine County whose noncompliance with building code requiring fire detection devices caused death of tenant during a fire;
  • Confidential settlement in Racine County against farmer whose horse got loose and was struck by car, resulting in wrongful death of driver;
  • Confidential settlement against owner of a bit bull that bit a woman in the face in Racine County;
  • Confidential settlement against owner of a bar where patron threw a glass and caused blindness in one eye to a Plaintiff in Milwaukee County;
  • Confidential medical malpractice settlement for Plaintiff in brain damage case resulting from cervical epidural steroid injection, Northern District of Illinois federal court;
  • Confidential medical malpractice settlement for Plaintiff in undiagnosed neonatal meningitis case, Milwaukee County Circuit Court;
  • Confidential medical malpractice settlement for Plaintiff in undiagnosed aortic aneurysm case resulting in death of Plaintiff;
  • Confidential medical malpractice settlement for Plaintiff in undiagnosed testicular tortion case resulting in necessary loss of fertility;
  • Multiple malpractice settlements and one verdict against podiatrist in Racine and Kenosha Counties who was unsuccessfully performing minimal incision surgeries for bunion deformities.