Leading areas of practice

Individual Liberties

WILL proudly fights for individual liberties guaranteed by our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Constitutional Government and Rule of Law

WILL is committed to guarding our constitutional system by standing up for federalism, the separation of powers, and oversight of the administrative state.

Economic Freedom

WILL proudly fights for the right to earn a living free from government interference.

Education Reform

WILL proudly fights for an education system that is student-centered and prioritizes the freedom of families to choose the best education for their children.

Equal Protection

WILL proudly fights for equal protection under the law as guaranteed by our Constitution.

Legal Areas of Focus

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Fewer Suspensions, More Students Report Feeling Unsafe After Federal Intervention in Milwaukee Public Schools

Analysis finds effort to reduce racial disparities may be harming school safety The News: A Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) review of the ...


Milwaukee decided that a small plot of open land a north side church used for religious and charitable purposes was “unnecessary”, and tried to tax it. We sued and convinced a judge not only that the land was necessary, but that a state law prohibiting the church from challenging their exemption denial until they paid the tax was unconstitutional.


The First Amendment protects the right of people to use public spaces to engage in free speech. We successfully defended a street preacher from a municipal trespassing ticket.


In this case, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down federal aggregate campaign contribution limits, concluding that prohibiting donors from donating to as many candidates as they wanted (within individual limits) violate the First Amendment. WILL filed an amicus brief arguing that the Court should stop giving more deference to contribution limits than to independent expenditure limits.


Wisconsin prosecutors engaged in a partisan witch hunt, targeting conservative political and issue groups and alleging that they illegally “coordinated” with the Scott Walker campaign. We filed amicus briefs in a number of related cases standing up for the right of people to communicate with their elected officials without losing the right to speak on political issues. The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed and shut down the investigation.


Wisconsin law says if you don’t let an appraiser come inside your house, you can’t challenge your assessment, no matter how unfair it is. We filed a lawsuit on behalf of a couple who asserted their Fourth Amendment right to refuse to consent to a government search and were punished for standing up for their rights. The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the law.


Should cities be able to declare your garden a nuisance and destroy it without giving you the chance to argue your side? That’s exactly what Green Bay did, and we filed a lawsuit seeking to hold them accountable. In the end, the city settled, paying the Gerhards for their damages and attorney fees.