About Us

“Bad laws are the worst form of tyranny.”

Edmund Burke

An old military adage calls for the cavalry to “ride to the sound of the guns.” As a tactic, it has both its strengths and weaknesses. As a sentiment, it is a call for courageous engagement. At the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, we hope to answer that call. Through education, litigation, and participation in public discourse, we seek to advance the public interest in the rule of law, individual liberty, constitutional government, and a robust civil society. We strive to do so, moreover, in partnership with like-minded individuals and organizations – often our clients – who are committed to classical liberalism and constitutional government.

We recognize that these ideals are neither Democratic nor Republican, but American. Our focus is primarily, if not exclusively, on Wisconsin – a state that has become one of the focal points of our ongoing debate about the proper role of the government within society and of the courts within government. As a non-profit and non-partisan organization, we litigate in the areas of property rights, the freedom to earn a living, voting rights, regulation, taxation, school choice, and religious freedom. As an educational organization, we strive to advance the debate concerning law and public policy in these and other areas.

  • All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

    Edmund Burke
    Edmund BurkeStatesman & Political Theorist
  • Ingenuity and skill were executed by Attorney Michael Fischer, and Attorney Thomas C. Kamenick championed the cause to VICTORY

    Jerusalem Empowered African Methodist Episcopal Church
    Jerusalem Empowered African Methodist Episcopal ChurchWILL Client
  • Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.

    James Madison
    James Madison4th President of the United States
  • Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.

    Gerald Ford
    Gerald Ford38th President of the United States

Rick Esenberg

President & General Counsel

CJ Szafir

Vice President for Policy and Deputy Counsel

Stacy A. Stueck

Vice President for Administration

Tom Kamenick

Deputy Counsel and Litigation Manager

Brian McGrath

Senior Counsel

Mike Fischer

Senior Counsel

Jake Curtis

Associate Counsel & Federalism Litigator

Clyde Taylor

Associate Counsel

Libby Sobic

Associate Counsel

Will Flanders, Ph.D.

Research Director

Collin Roth

Research Fellow

Cameron Sholty

Communications Director

Virginia Zignego

Director of Development

Elena Ramlow

Policy Intern

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