Ted Warpinski has been with FF&SJ since 1986, when he was a second-year law student at Marquette University Law School. Ted was drawn to the firm because it was one of the few firms that actively practiced environmental law and litigation at the time.
“I had an interest in environmental policy from my studies at UW-Green Bay and, I knew from my law school experience, that I wanted to be a litigator,” Ted said. “I was lucky to find the right fit at such an early stage of my career.”
Over the years, Ted has been able to work on a wide variety of 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 was immersed in both the legal and technical aspects of environmental law.
With that early background, Ted’s litigation practice has grown to include environmental nuisance claims and toxic tort litigation, contract and property disputes, insurance coverage litigation and enforcement actions. From Milwaukee to Minocqua and from Lafayette County to Florence County, Ted has criss-crossed the state representing both plaintiffs and defendants.
“I have represented individuals, community groups, local and tribal governments, small business, utilities and large corporations,” Ted said. “Seeing things from all these perspectives helps prepare our clients for what they can reasonably expect in litigation by looking at the case from the other side’s point of view.”
Ted’s clients have included the City of Green Bay, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Town of Dayton (Waupaca County), Village of Marathon (Marathon County), KPH Environmental Inc. and numerous drycleaners.
Ted enjoys immersing himself in the technical issues and in working with experts. “I have been fortunate to work with some excellent professionals in a variety of disciplines, including engineers, hydro-geologists, toxicologists, epidemiologists, medical doctors, economists and appraisers,” Ted said. “They have taught me a lot about the science behind their disciplines, and it is then up to me to effectively use that information for the benefit of my clients.”
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. “We get into many real estate deals that involve brownfield issues, where the risk of liability for historical contamination is a major consideration,” Ted said. “My experience allows me to assist our team with understanding and managing these risks.”
“I have also been involved in numerous development projects where there may be a need for wetland or other permits, and I find that my ability to work with experts has really helped our clients move these projects to a successful conclusion.”
Ted is also active in American Bar Association activities, serving as the Web Editor for the ABA Litigation Section’s Environmental Litigation Committee and as an elected member of the Board for the State Bar’s Environmental Law Section. Ted has written several articles and has presented at numerous seminars, usually with a focus on environmental litigation issues. “While time consuming, I believe it is important to give back to the profession. I have met many talented lawyers and learned a lot from them,” Ted said. “I feel it is my obligation to pass on what I have learned to the next generation.”
Ted and his wife Kelly live in Ripon, Wisconsin, where they own a home in the historic district near Ripon College. When not working on their house, Ted and Kelly love to spend their free time golfing and traveling, including several trips to Merlefest, an Americana music festival that takes place in western North Carolina. Ted is also a proud father of two grown sons, Adam and Abe, and a grandfather to Sophie. And, as a Green Bay native, Ted is also an avid Packer fan (and shareholder). “As I like to tell people, it’s in my blood—I was born just after midnight on a Packer Sunday back in 1962 and my dad still went to the game…”
- UW-Green Bay, B.A., 1984
- Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1987