James Ghiardi

Emeritus Professor of Law
(414) 288-5370
Professional Memberships: 
Wisconsin State Bar American Bar Association
Other Courses Taught: 
Torts, Advanced Torts, Products Liability Insurance, Casualty Insurance, Sales, Equity, Labor Law, Trial Practice, Office Practice, Family Law, Readings and Research


 Professor James D. Ghiardi is a 1942 graduate of the Marquette University Law School, where he has been a full-time member since 1946, specializing in torts, insurance, and civil litigation. He now holds the rank of Professor Emeritus.

He is an author of numerous legal articles, as well as a book on Damages, and co-author of a two-volume work, Punitive Damages: Law & Practice. He was Research Director of the Defense Research Institute from 1962 to 1972. In 1970-71 he served as President of the Wisconsin State Bar, after serving eight years on the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee of that organization.

Besides belonging to the Milwaukee Bar, State Bar of Wisconsin and American Bar Association, he was a Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates from 1967 to 1980. He is active in the ABA's Torts and Insurance Practice Section of the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel. In addition to being a member of DRI, he is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the American Judicature Society and the American Law Institute. He has held and continues to hold editorial positions for several legal publications and periodicals, and was of-counsel to the law firm of Kluwin, Dunphy & Hankin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1973 to 1989.

He is an active member of the Justinian Society of Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II from July 1942 until December 1945 in the European Theater. He was discharged as a Captain.

He is the recipient of many honors including the 1971 Marquette University Teaching Excellence Award; the Marquette University Law School Alumnus of the Year Award (1971); the Defense Research Institute Distinguished Service Award (1972); the Charles L. Goldberg Award for Outstanding Public Service, Wisconsin Bar Association (1986); The Charles S. Pinckney New York Defense Lawyer's Award for Legal Scholarship (1986); the Distinguished Professor of Tort and Insurance Law Award from the American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section (1989); the Milwaukee Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award (1993); and the Justinian Society of Wisconsin 1998 Person of the Year Award.

Special Recognitions:
Special Merit Award, State Bar of Wisconsin (1971)
Pere Marquette Award, Teaching Excellence (1971)
Marquette University Law Alumni Award (1971)
Outstanding Educators of America Award (1972)
Distinguished Service Award, Defence Research Institute (1972)
Who's Who in America (1974 to-date)
Who's Who in American Law (1979 to-date)
Wisconsin Bar Foundation Distinguished Service Award (1986)
Charles S. Pickney New York Defense Lawyer's Association Award ((1986)
Distinguished Professor of Tort and Insurance Law, American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section (August 1989)
Milwaukee Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award (June 1993)
Justinian Society of Lawyers-Wisconsin, 1998 Person of the Year Award

Extra Curricular:
Member - Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Wisconsin Law Foundation (1972 to 1996)
Member - Tort and Insurance Section (TIPS) since 1954
Wisconsin Law Foundation, Executive Committee; Board of Directors
The American Law Institute
Woolsack Society, Marquette University
Justinian Society of Lawyers - Wisconsin