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Christa O. Westerberg
  • Partner

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Madison, WI

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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

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D. - 2002
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
    • B.A.
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Philosophy

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan

Published Works

  • 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 www.wisfoic.org
  • 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, Contributing Author, 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, Wis. L. Rev. 1207, 2001
  • 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 www.wisfoic.org
  • 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
  • Wisconsin Superlawyers “Rising Star”