Ralph Weber

Adjunct Professor of Law

Biography

Ralph A. Weber is one of the founding members of Gass Weber Mullins, a national trial litigation law firm recognized by the National Law Journal on its national “Hot List” of boutique firms.

Mr. Weber is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is recognized as the leading trial lawyers organization in the United States and Canada. The prestigious international lawyer reference, Chambers Guide-USA, identifies Mr. Weber as a top commercial litigator.  As quoted therein, his clients and peers describe him as “very thoughtful, top-notch and outstanding,” they admire his “command of a courtroom” and note “He is the calm in a storm.”  He also has been recognized by his peers for many years through selection to Best Lawyers in America, and he has been selected in Best of the U.S. as one of the “Best of Class” service providers in the United States.  The Wisconsin Law Journal honored Mr. Weber in 2014 as a “Leader in the Law.”

Mr. Weber has represented clients in several of Wisconsin’s highest profile lawsuits over the past several decades.  He and his colleagues won a $50 million verdict for a commercial client, which verdict was the second largest of its type nationally and number 45 of the Top 100 Verdicts of 2012 per the National Law Journal and Verdict Search.  Mr. Weber won a multi-million dollar verdict in Portland, Maine for a food processor whose supplier sold it adulterated product.  A few examples of his other multi-week trials include:  civil rights/school desegregation (30 parties, 15 weeks), construction site negligence and product liability (Milwaukee Brewers’ Stadium crane collapse, 7 weeks), accounting malpractice (5 weeks), product liability-agricultural equipment (5 weeks), tortious interference/defamation (4 weeks) and chemical exposure (2 weeks).  His appellate experience includes multiple oral arguments before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and intermediate appellate courts.

In addition to a full legal practice and serving as a Marquette Law School adjunct Trial Advocacy Professor (where he has taught Trial Advocacy for 20 years), Mr. Weber has been active as a community supporter.  Mr. Weber serves as a member of the Northwestern Mutual Board of Trustees and the National Board for Rocketship Education, a San Jose-based network of public elementary charter schools serving primarily low-income students.  He has founded and worked with several educational, charitable and nonprofit groups, including the Marquette University National Alumni Board, the Board of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the Marquette University College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Board, and the FC Milwaukee Soccer Club.  

Mr. Weber graduated from Columbia University Law School where he served on the Law Review.  He then clerked for the Hon. Richard D. Cudahy, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  His undergraduate degree is from Marquette University where he studied history and philosophy, graduating summa cum laude and becoming a member of Phi Beta Kappa.