Michael P. Crooks

Madison Office

Areas of Practice/Concentration

  • Insurance Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • Third Party Recovery


  • University of Wisconsin J.D., cum laude, 1990
  • University of Notre Dame B.A., cum laude, 1987

Professional Affiliations

  • Vice President, Wisconsin Chapter, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Wisconsin Chapter, 2015
  • Young Lawyers Liaison between the Defense Research Institute Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin
  • Adjunct Professor – University of Wisconsin Law School - 2011
  • President, Wisconsin Defense Counsel, 2005-2006
  • Treasurer, James E. Doyle Inn of Courts
  • HarmonieMember, The Harmonie Group - Wisconsin Firm Liaison


  • "Building Your Practice" series for the State Bar of Wisconsin, for the Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin on insurance law issues and municipal immunity. Also has presented for Wisconsin Law School on mediation and various other defense related topics from many other groups.


  • All Wisconsin State Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Mike Crooks is a shareholder with the Milwaukee firm of Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C., and runs the Madison office. His practice includes insurance defense, medical malpractice, products liability, breach of contract, and third-party recovery. Mike received his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin. He has lectured for many groups, including the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Judicial College, the Wisconsin Defense Counsel “WDC”) and the Wisconsin Law School. He has held many titles, including Dane County’s Top Lawyers (2002-03, 2005 and 2007-08), Board Certified Trial Lawyer, Super Lawyer (2006-10), Best Lawyers in America (2007-2009), President of WDC (2005-2006) as well as long time WDC Board member. He was formerly Treasurer of the James E. Doyle Inn of Courts. He is a special investigator for the Office of Lawyer Regulation, was appointed Court Commissioner by Judge Markson and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocacy (ABOTA). He is admitted to practice in all Wisconsin State and Federal Courts and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Professional Achievements

  • Named, Best Lawyers' 2018 Madison Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers – Wisconsin Listed in Top 50 Wisconsin Super Lawyers.  Included in Top 25 Madison Super Lawyers in Personal Injury - Defense, 2017
  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell - Highest possible rating in both legal ability & ethical standards
  • Named Dane County's Top Lawyers, 2002, 2005, 2007-2012
  • Board Certified Trial Lawyer, 2004
  • Intern to Justice Donald Steinmetz, Supreme Court of Wisconsin, 1989-1990
  • Note and Comment Editor, Wisconsin International Law Journal, 1989-1990