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Christine M. Jahncke

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Milwaukee, WI


Christine M. Jahncke is the Paralegal Manager at Crivello Carlson, S.C. Chris’ principal area of practice is products liability litigation. Chris coordinates litigation on a national basis for a number of self-insured manufacturers and corporations. Chris assists attorneys in the firm with all aspects of civil litigation from the inception of suit through trial, with an emphasis on discovery, document productions and the use of technology. She has assisted Crivello Carlson attorneys at numerous trials in Wisconsin and other states, providing paralegal support and presentation of evidence through the use of trial presentation software for both plaintiff and defense cases.

Over the years, Chris has worked on products liability actions involving such products as truck steering gears and axles, herbicides, PCBs, heart valves, pacemaker leads, punch presses, electrical controls, printing presses, fire protection equipment, forklifts, power tools, gas control valves, cranes, mobile construction equipment, lawn care equipment, snow throwers, golf carts, ice makers, boilers and water heaters. Chris was an integral part in managing the wrongful death litigation arising out of the crane collapse at Miller Park in July of 1999. Chris assisted in the defense of the crane manufacturer from the day of the collapse through the trial and appeal. At the conclusion of the trial, the court found that our client’s crane was not defective. A co-defendant was found responsible for approximately $100 million in damages, making it the largest personal injury jury verdict in Wisconsin at the time.

In 1998, Chris became the first paralegal in Wisconsin to attain the PACE Registered Paralegal (RP) designation from the National Federation of Paralegal Associations following an exam which tests the competency of experienced paralegals. She was also the honored recipient of the “1999 Paralegal of the Year” award issued by the Paralegal Association of Wisconsin. Chris was awarded the AACP certification by the American Alliance of Paralegals, Inc. in 2010 which recognizes a paralegal’s abilities acquired through education and work experience. In 2018, Chris was also among the initial paralegals in Wisconsin to attain the State Bar of Wisconsin Certified Paralegal (SBWCP) certification which recognizes Wisconsin’s most highly qualified paralegals, able to perform substantive legal work under the direction of Wisconsin licensed attorneys. This certification demonstrates a paralegal’s dedication to professional development and excellence.

Chris is a member of the Milwaukee Area Technical College Paralegal Advisory Council and a member of the American Alliance of Paralegals, Inc. Certification Commission. Each year she speaks to MATC paralegal students on the topics of accident investigation and interviewing witnesses.

In her free time Chris enjoys gardening, watching movies, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. She is actively involved in her church and serves as Congregational Secretary on its governing council.

Practice Areas

Civil Rights Litigation
Commercial and Personal Injury Litigation
Industrial Accidents
Negligence and Personal Injury Defense
Product Liability
Professional Malpractice Litigation
Risk Management
Wrongful Death

State Certifications

State Bar of Wisconsin Certified Paralegal (SBWCP)
PACE Registered Paralegal (RP)
American Alliance Certified Paralegal (AACP)


Paralegal Knowledge Institute, Paralegal Management and Team Development Certificate, 2012
Roosevelt University, Lawyer's Assistant Program 1979

Professional Organizations

Paralegal Association of Wisconsin (PAW)
American Alliance of Paralegals, Inc. (AAPI)
International Practice Management Association (IMPA)
National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)

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