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William P. Dineen (Of Counsel)


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Mr. Dineen has been associated with Crivello, Nichols & Hall, S.C. as Of Counsel since 1993. Mr. Dineen’s concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal law and transportation law. He is the President and sole shareholder of Dineen Law Officers, S.C.

Municipal legal experience includes serving as the:

  • River Hills Village Attorney (1990- )
  • Village of Shorewood Assistant Village Attorney as Of Counsel to the Firm (1995- )
  • Village of Brown Deer Assistant Village Attorney and Village Attorney (1985-2006)
  • Attorney for the North Shore Fire Department (1995- )

Mr. Dineen has represented and advised municipal clients on matters including:

  • Local television station’s public record request litigation
  • Forming non-profit municipal civic organizations
  • Filing IRS Sec.501(3)(c) applications
  • Tax assessment and exemption litigation in Circuit and Appellate courts
  • Working with local officials during investigations of police departments
  • Special counsel to Police & Fire Commissions
  • Special use - conditional use permit zoning applications and litigation
  • Special counsel to Boards of Appeals
  • Defending Board of Appeals decisions in Circuit and Appellate courts
  • Review and drafting of development agreements
  • Negotiations and drafting of cellular/wireless facilities contracts
  • Formation of Community Development Authority and Bond Issues (not as Bond counsel)
  • Water utility litigation
  • PECFA appeals
  • Real estate acquisitions and sales
  • Litigation involving appeals of Police Commission decisions
  • FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant land purchases related to flood damage
  • Counsel to Ethics Boards

Transportation Law - Mr. Dineen represented and advised transportation legal clients on matters including:

  • Representing motor carriers, shippers, and insurance companies in freight loss and damage claims (including “Carmack claims and defenses)
  • Preemption
  • Limitation of liability
  • Notice of claim defenses
  • Broker liability
  • Condition of goods upon delivery and receipt
  • Delay and damages (including consequential and special damages)
  • Federal and state administrative regulations (including safety and hazardous materials regulations)
  • Drafting transportation tariffs and contracts including negotiations
  • Litigation in Federal and State courts over tariff issues
  • Transportation contracts
  • Undercharge litigation
  • Freight charges
  • Scope of ICC/DOT authority
  • Common carrier duty to serve and authority to abandon rail service
  • Litigation on behalf of commercial shippers with rail carriers related to freight damages

Successful litigation in the Northern District of Illinois on behalf of a group of companies related to the Milwaukee Road Bankruptcy and abandonment of rail service to multiple shippers.

Practice Areas

Business Transactions and Contracts
Real Property and Land Use
Municipal Law and School Law

Bar Admissions

State of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court - Western District of Wisconsin
Interstate Commerce Commission


Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1978
Marquette University, B.A. 1973

Professional Organizations

State Bar of Wisconsin
Milwaukee Bar Association Chair - Government/Municipal Law Section (2001 - 2003)
Municipal Court Bench/Bar Committee
Municipal Prosecutor's Association (President, 1996)
Transportation Lawyer's Association
International Municipal Lawyer's Association

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