Randy S. Parlee

Milwaukee Office

Areas of Practice/Concentration

  • General Insurance
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • Arbitration/Mediation


  • Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1983
  • University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, M.A., 1981
  • University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, B.A. Honors, 1976

Professional Affiliations

  • Wisconsin State Bar (Member, Litigation Section)
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel (Amicus Curiae Counsel; Member, Amicus Curiae Committee)
  • Wisconsin Insurance Alliance (Amicus Curiae Counsel)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association

Legal Education Activities

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Marquette University of Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Instructor/Presenter, Various Continuing Legal Education Seminars for the State Bar of Wisconsin, 1995 to present
  • Instructor/Presenter, Various Continuing Legal Education Seminars for National Business Institute (N.B.I.), 2006 to present
  • Instructor/Presenter, Various Continuing Legal Education Seminars for Professional Education Systems, Incorporated (P.E.S.I), 1985 to present
  • Instructor/Presenter, Various Continuing Legal Education Seminars for Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin (C.T.C.W.), 1985 to present
  • Author, Case Review, CTCW News (quarterly), Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin, 1997 to 2005
  • Author/Publisher, Monthly Recent Case Update for clients, January 1993 to 2005

Articles and Publications

  • Parlee, Vicarious Liability for Punitive Damages: Suggested Changes In the Law Through Policy Analysis, 68 Marq. L. Rev. 27 (1984)
  • Parlee, A Primer on Amicus Curiae Briefs, 62 Wisconsin Lawyer 14 (1989)
  • Parlee, Avoiding and Obtaining Relief From Default Judgments, 58 Wis. Bar Bull. 11 (1985)
  • Murray, J.T. and Parlee, R.S., The Law of Damages In Wisconsin, Chapter Four, "Multiple Damages" (Wis. State Bar, 1991)
  • Comment, Overcoming The Identification Burden in DES Litigation: The Market Share Liability Theory, 65 Marq. L. Rev. 609 (1982)
  • Note, Attorney Malpractice Under 42 U.S.C. §1983, 65 Marq. L. Rev. 709 (1982)
  • Parlee, Protecting and Gaining Access to Insurance Company Claim Files, 65 Wisconsin Lawyer 10 (1992)
  • Parlee, Preoccupation With Work: A Defense to Contributory Negligence?, 68 Wisconsin Lawyer 24 (1995)
  • Parlee, R.S. and Van Den Elzen, A.R., Hanson and IMEs: The Perils and Pitfalls of Discerning Medical Necessity, 4 Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal 25 (2006)
  • Parlee, R.S. and Jones, T.J., The Act of God Defense: Does It Still Exist?, 84 Wisconsin Lawyer 6 (2011)


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

Appellate Decisions

Wisconsin Supreme Court

Martin v. Milwaukee Mut. Ins. Co., 146 Wis.2d 759, 433 N.W.2d 1 (1988) (amicus) (Interpretation and application of stacking clause in an insurance policy with non-named insureds.)

Warmka v. Heartland Cicero Mut. Ins. Co., 136 Wis.2d 31, 400 N.W.2d 923 (1987) (amicus) (Interpretation of statute of limitations applicable to insurer bad faith, where court held that insured’s claim for bad faith against its insurer was subject to the two-year statute of limitations for intentional torts.)

Mowry v. Badger State Mut. Cas. Co., 129 Wis.2d 496, 385 N.W.2d 171 (1986) (amicus) (Held that insurer did not commit bad faith in failing to settle within policy limits even though driver's liability for accident was probable and damages were concededly in excess of policy limits, where question of coverage under the policy was fairly debatable.)

Garrett v. City of New Berlin, 122 Wis.2d 223, 362 N.W.2d 137 (1985) (Interpretation of whether a manifestation of physical injury is necessary to successfully assert a claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress.)

Court of Appeals

Dakin v. Marciniak, 2005 WI App 67, 280 Wis.2d 491, 695 N.W.2d 867 (Successful appeal defeating plaintiff's claim on determinations that there was insufficient notice and that the discovery rule did not bar the application of the statute of limitations.)

Meyer v. Michigan Mut. Ins. Co., 2000 WI App 37, 233 Wis.2d 221, 607 N.W.2d 333 (Interpretation and application of UIM coverage in insurance policies where the court held that UIM coverage can be stacked with primary coverage on separate vehicles.)

Sprangers v. Greatway Ins. Co., 175 Wis.2d 60, 498 N.W.2d 858 (Ct. App. 1993) (Interpretation of exclusions in insurance policy where court held that insurer had no duty to point out the exclusion to the insured.)

St. Claire Hospital of Munroe, Wisconsin v. Schmidt Garden, Erickson, Inc., 148 Wis.2d 750, 437 N.W.2d 228 (Ct. App. 1989) (Interpretation of a settlement agreement in the context of a product liability action and analysis whether the release in the agreement also released all claims and liability for the alleged defective condition of the product at issue.)

Hulsey v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co., 142 Wis.2d 639, 419 N.W.2d 288 (Ct. App. 1987)(Interpretation and application of stacking clause in an insurance policy.)

Richie v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co., 140 Wis.2d 51, 409 N.W.2d 146 (Ct. App. 1987) (Interpretation of recovery limiting provision in automobile insurance policy, where the court held that if only one person received bodily injury in the automobile accident, the “each person” limitation in the policy applies no matter how many others may derive secondary claims from those injuries.)

Professional Achievements

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year - Insurance Law 2016 & 2018
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers In America - Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers - Wisconsin (Insurance Defense, Personal Injury) based on a poll of 12,600 Wisconsin Attorneys, 2017
  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell - Highest possible rating in both legal ability & ethical standards
  • M Magazine Milwaukee’s 2016 “Leading Lawyers”
  • Lead Articles Editor, 1982-83 and Staff Member, 1981-82, Marquette Law Review
  • Marquette University Law School, Dean's Award, 1982
  • Marquette University Lawyer's Scholarship, 1982-83
  • St. Thomas More Scholarship, 1981-82, 1982-83
  • State Bar of Wisconsin 2005 Award for "Best CLE Books Author Collaboration"