Meet Justice Rebecca Bradley
Justice Rebecca Bradley was appointed to serve on the Wisconsin Supreme Court by Governor Scott Walker in October 2015 after the unfortunate passing of Justice Patrick Crooks. Previously she served on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge. Justice Bradley is the first to bring judicial experience on both the trial court and intermediate appellate court benches to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Before answering a calling to public service, she practiced law for over 16 years.
Born and raised in the City of Milwaukee, Justice Bradley graduated from Divine Savior Holy Angels High School and then attended Marquette University where she earned an Honors Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Business Economics in 1993. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1996.
Justice Bradley began her legal career as an attorney with the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson, where she represented physicians in malpractice lawsuits and defended individuals and businesses in product liability and personal injury litigation and appeals. She later joined the firm of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, where she concentrated her practice in commercial, information technology and intellectual property litigation and transactions, co-chaired the firm’s Technology Law Group, and worked as an American Arbitration Association Arbitrator. Justice Bradley also served as Vice President of Legal Operations for an international software company.
In 2012, Justice Bradley was recognized as one of Milwaukee’s Leading Lawyers in Litigation, Business Law, and Internet Law by M Magazine. In 2010 she received the Women in Law Award from the Wisconsin Law Journal and was named a “Rising Star” Attorney on the 2010 and 2008 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list.
A leader in the legal community, Justice Bradley served as Chairman of the State Bar’s Business Law Section and co-authored the Wisconsin Business Advisor Series chapter on Internet law. She continues to serve on the Wisconsin State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and on the Board of Governors of the St. Thomas More Lawyers Society.
Justice Bradley also served as President of the Milwaukee Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society, an organization founded on the principle that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.
Devoted to her community, Justice Bradley volunteered her services as an attorney to families of developmentally disabled youth in guardianship proceedings. She continues to serve on the Board of the Milwaukee Tennis & Education Foundation, which provides opportunities for central-city children to play tennis, improve academic performance and develop life skills and values. In 2012, Justice Bradley completed a six-year term with the Milwaukee Forum, a diverse group of leaders whose dialogue and involvement is designed to enhance greater racial understanding and improve the well-being of the Milwaukee community. Justice Bradley serves as a member of the Comprehensive Approaches to Youth who have been Sexually Exploited or CAYSE Committee, and continues to speak out in the community on the evil of human trafficking.