2022 Advocate of the Year Award

WDC Journal Edition: Summer 2022

Gino M. Alia, Alia, DuMez & McTernan, S.C.

Congratulations to Gino M. Alia for being selected by the WDC Board of Directors as the 2022 Advocate of the Year! The Advocate of the Year Award recognizes the member with the most defense work success of the prior calendar year.

Gino is a shareholder at Alia, DuMez & McTernan, S.C. in Kenosha. Prior to joining Alia, DuMez, Dunn & McTernan, S.C., Gino worked for a large, national law firm. He also served as a “Public Service Special Assistant District Attorney” for Milwaukee County. He is an experienced trial attorney whose practice focus is in the areas of personal injury and business litigation. Gino has been lead counsel in over 75 jury trials, as well as hundreds of mediations and arbitrations.

Gino’s litigation and courtroom experience provide him with the skills needed to help clients—both individuals and corporate—resolve legal issues before they arise. His current practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, municipal liability, section 1983 civil rights litigation, and partnership/business litigation. Gino has maintained a “Distinguished Rating” by Martindale-Hubbell. One local judge summarized Mr. Alia’s ability as a civil trial advocate as follows: “He is an excellent advocate for his clients, an intelligent and articulate speaker and a personable, respectful attorney.”

In the last year, Gino has taken four cases to trial, all of which resulted in defense verdicts:

Branden A. Bogan, et al. v. Founders Insurance Company, et al.

Kenosha County Case No. 19-CV-422

Trial Dates: April 20-22, 2021

Aaron McBeth v. Jennifer Mitchell, et al.

Kenosha County Case No. 17-CV-426

Trial Dates: September 13-16, 2021

Martin Bose, et al. v. Gunnar Lawler, et al.

Kenosha County Case No. 19-CV-1516

Trial Dates: December 6-8, 2021

Patti G. Rushing v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., et al.

Racine County Case. No. 18-CV-1342

Trial Dates: January 25-28, 2022

Gino is a longstanding member of the WDC and defense bar. He is a mentor to many attorneys in southeastern Wisconsin. Outside of work, Gino is active in numerous civic, community, and charitable organizations in Kenosha County. He has served as President of the Pleasant Prairie Basketball Association, Chairman and Board of Directors of St. Joseph Catholic Academy, Board Member and Director of Development/Operations for Red Star Soccer Club, member of United Way of Kenosha’s Community Caring Team, various St. Anne Catholic Church service ministries and as the head coach of varsity boys’ soccer (past 7 years) and girls’ soccer (past 4 years) for Kenosha St. Joe’s. Gino lives in Kenosha with his wife, Vicki, and their three children, Nicholas, Elizabeth, and Andrew.

Nominated By: Matthew J. Richer, Alia, DuMez & McTernan, S.C.