William H. Harbeck, Retired Partner


Bill Harbeck focused his practice in the area of litigation, with an emphasis on environmental litigation and commercial/business disputes. He also represented clients in insurance coverage actions relating to environmental claims.

  • Environmental practice, included both private party litigation in state and federal courts nationwide, and administrative proceedings involving United States EPA and equivalent state agencies.
  • Prosecution of insurance coverage actions against insurers who have failed to defend and/or indemnify against environmental claims.
  • Broad range of civil litigation, included prosecution and defense of clients in commercial and business disputes, contract actions, collection matters, construction disputes, toxic torts, etc.
  • Extensive alternative dispute resolution experience in both environmental and general litigation matters.

Education and Honors

  • Harvard Law School (J.D., 1980)
  • Harvard University (A.B., magna cum laude, 1977)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1980

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Milwaukee Bar Association (Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Environmental Sections)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
  • Recognized as Best Lawyers® 2017 Milwaukee Litigation - Environmental "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2009–present: Litigation – Environmental)
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® list (Environmental Litigation)
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