Milwaukee Attorney John Cabaniss

About Cabaniss Law

attorney john cabanissProven Results – Personal Attention

Cabaniss Law with offices in Milwaukee and Scottsdale is a law firm with a solid track record of success in prosecuting and trying a broad spectrum of legal actions in both State and Federal courts around the country, obtaining significant jury verdicts for plaintiffs in personal injury, product liability, legal malpractice and medical malpractice.

Unlike the mega law firms advertising heavily on TV, Cabaniss Law is not juggling thousands of cases, often handled by junior attorneys, associates and staffers. Your case receives the personal attention of John Cabaniss.  Having both an engineering and a law degree enables me to work closely with engineering experts in accident reconstruction and product liability cases, and to have insights that are a decided advantage in building your case. Whether your case is large or small, you will benefit from the experience and courtroom acumen that has resulted in millions of dollars in awards to clients of Cabaniss Law.

Maximum Results – An Attorney that Actually Goes to Trial

The key to maximizing an award is the willingness to go to trial. There are lawyers who advertise that they settle over 90% of their cases without going to court. Cabaniss Law puts 80%-90% of our cases in suit because our experience is that we consistently recover more monies for our clients by doing that. Even when a case does result in a settlement, awards are higher when an insurance company realizes you have an attorney who will not hesitate to go to trial. I’ve achieved significant results for our clients even when they had been faced with a zero offer – because I take our cases to trial.

How can a small legal firm handle the largest, most complex personal injury, product liability, legal malpractice and medical malpractice cases?

Simple. When a case requires it, I team with seasoned specialists in that particular realm of litigation. When you work with Cabaniss Law, you’ll know you are represented by the best possible legal team for your case. And the fee is fixed. The number of attorneys or support staff on your case does not increase the cost to you.

FREE Consultation

Cabaniss Law provides a free initial consultation. If you are a victim in a case involving personal injury, medical negligence, legal malpractice, product liability, insurance benefits or securities fraud, Cabaniss Law is committed to maximizing the compensation you have coming. We work on a contingent fee. If we recover nothing, you pay nothing. For a FREE consultation with John Cabaniss, contact us at 414-220-9211 602-884-8080 or Contact Form.


legal booksSince 1995 Mr. Cabaniss has practiced law with his firm, Cabaniss Law Office, representing personal injury and fraud victims in more than thirty states. He is a certified civil specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, as well as a member of the following bars: The United States Court Claims, Seventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, United States District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, United States District Court Western District of Wisconsin, and State Bars of Arizona, Wisconsin and Texas (inactive).

John Cabaniss has successfully prosecuted and settled a variety of actions in state and federal courts including a $12.65 million product liability verdict in the case captioned Mark Peterson v. Ress Enterprises, et al., Cook County Circuit Court, Illinois; a $1.56 million medical negligence verdict in a case captioned Malcolm Williams v. Dr. Arthur Goldman, Hampton Circuit Court, Virginia; and a verdict in a legal malpractice case captioned, Thomas Frazier v. Gerald P. Boyle, in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin.

After graduating with honors from Michigan Technological University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1977, John Cabaniss began working as a test engineer for General Motors Corporation at its proving ground in Milford, Michigan. While working at General Motors, he attended Wayne State University Law School, graduating cum laude in 1981. After law school, he worked as a litigation associate for Quarles & Brady of Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a little over three years. Mr. Cabaniss then worked as an associate at Whyte & Hirschboeck for about a year, principally defending General Motors Corporation in automobile crashworthiness cases. In September, 1985, he accepted an associate position with the plaintiffs law firm of Gillick, Murphy, Gillick & Wicht. At Gillick, Murphy, Mr. Cabaniss tried and litigated various product liability cases including post-crash fire automobile, asbestos and swimming pool design cases. From April, 1987 through June 30, 1995, Mr. Cabaniss practiced law as a partner at Cunningham Lyons & Cabaniss, S.C., where he prosecuted a variety of product liability, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases throughout the country.

Significant Positions and Achievements

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2008
  • Recognized as a Wisconsin “SuperLawyer” in Personal Injury since 2005
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly – The Largest Verdicts of 2002 – One Million Dollars
  • Recognized by the National Law Journal – Third Highest Personal Injury Verdict in United States 1995 – $12.65 million
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Attorney’s Information Exchange Group (AIEG)
  • Have Associated with Attorneys in More than Thirty States in Product Liability Cases
  • Author and speaker on trial practice to ATLA, WATL (Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers) and various trial lawyer groups.
  • Recognized Milwaukee Magazine, February 1985, as “Up and Coming” Attorney
  • Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated