Christa O. Westerberg

Christa O. Westberg
Madison, Wisconsin

Christa Westerberg is a Partner with the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

While experienced in a variety of civil litigation, Christa concentrates her practice in environmental and land use law, as well as open government law. She has represented individuals, non-profit groups, businesses, municipalities, and others in their efforts to protect environmental resources. She has obtained judgments and settlements for her clients in venues ranging from administrative agencies to federal court.

Christa also uses her expertise in regulatory and zoning matters to help homeowners and renewable energy developers navigate rules for solar and wind projects, and to obtain permits and approvals where needed.

Christa’s work on open government issues on behalf of media, individuals, and others has resulted in published appellate decisions protecting the public’s right to know. Lueders v. Krug, 2019 WI App 36; Hagen v. Board of Regents, 2018 WI App 43; Juneau County Star-Times v. Juneau County, 2013 WI 4; State ex rel. Citizens for Open Government v. City of Milton, 2007 WI App 114. Christa has also represented individuals experiencing violations of their civil rights in employment, public accommodation, and free speech contexts.

Christa frequently presents on environmental and open government issues. She is co-Vice President of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, and a board member of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Administrative and Local Government Section.

Practice Areas

  • Environmental and Energy Law
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Open Government and Media Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate Law


  • University of Wisconsin Law School
    • J.D. – 2002, cum laude
    • Senior Managing Editor, Wisconsin Law Review
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
    • B.A., Philosophy – summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • State of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan


Social Media, the First Amendment, and Government Actors, Wisconsin Lawyer, January 2020 (co-authored with Aaron Dumas)

Groundwater: Diminishing Resource, Increasing Conflict, Wisconsin Lawyer, July/August 2015

Open Government and Economic Development: Getting the Best of Both Worlds, Wisconsin Lawyer, February 2009

Multiple columns for the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council’s monthly " Your Right to Know" series, published in newspapers statewide and available at

Contributing Author, Ethics for the New Investigative Newsroom: A Roundtable Report on Best Practices for Nonprofit Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Center for Journalism Ethics, April 2010

Comment, From Attorney General to Attorney Specific: How State v. City of Oak Creek Limited the Powers of Wisconsin’s Chief Legal Officer, 2001 Wis. L. Rev. 1207

Honors and Awards

Charles Dunn Distinguished Author Award, State Bar of Wisconsin, for best article in Wisconsin
Lawyer magazine in 2015

Wisconsin Superlawyers "Rising Star," 2008-2011