Brent D. Nistler

Brent D. Nistler


, Partner

Brent D. Nistler


Marquette University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1999)

University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A., 1996)

Bar Admissions

State of Wisconsin

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin


Brent Nistler’s 20-year legal career includes serving as a Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney, litigating complex civil cases at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, s.c., and running his own litigation firm for the last 11 years. Mr. Nistler joined Hansen Reynolds LLC to better serve his clients and to continue to grow his practice. He has tried over 50 jury trials and focuses his practice on business, real estate and probate litigation and complex criminal defense cases.  Mr. Nistler has tried and won cases against some of the largest law firms in Wisconsin.


Obtained zero damage jury verdicts for a defense client in a 7-figure breach of fiduciary duty and breach of good faith and fair dealing claims. (Waukesha County, 2019)

Convinced a judge to dismiss complex felony charges of Theft by Contractor brought by a Special Prosecutor in a million-dollar home construction project. (Ozaukee County, 2018)

Obtained a favorable jury verdict for a plaintiff in a false advertising trial relating to the purchase of lakefront property. (Waukesha County, 2017)

Secured a 2.5 million dollar settlement for clients in an industrial flood case. (Milwaukee County, 2017)

Obtained a $100,000 punitive damage jury award for a client in a conversion case. (Milwaukee County, 2015)

Obtained a $382,000 jury verdict for a plaintiff in a negligent supervision case. (Milwaukee County, 2015)

Won a $500,000 breach of fiduciary duty jury verdict against a client’s former business partner. (Milwaukee County, 2014)

Successfully defended a breach of contract claim for a client-supplier against a large supermarket chain, and prevailed on his client’s counterclaim. (Milwaukee County, 2013)

Won a Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law jury verdict for a software dealer. (Washington County, 2013)

Obtained a zero liability jury verdict for a client accused of fraud in the sale of her home.  (Waukesha County, 2011)

Obtained a seven figure bench trial judgment in a complex property damage case. (Milwaukee County, 2009)

Co-counseled the defense of a First Degree Murder trial in which the jury rejected the prosecutor’s claim that the homicide was intentional, and returned a lesser verdict for Homicide by Negligent Use of a Weapon.  As a result, rather than receiving a life sentence, Mr. Nistler’s client’s exposure was limited to five years in prison.  (Milwaukee County, 2008)


  • “Judge Conen works tirelessly to resolve cases at mediation. He is well prepared and understands the central issues in question. Unlike many mediators, Judge Conen will continue to work with the parties even if mediation failed to see if a resolution can be reached prior to trial.”

  • “My firm and opposing counsel engaged Jeffrey Conen/Hansen Reynolds to facilitate and conduct a binding mediation through the Chicago Bar Association mediation service in an exceptionally difficult and emotionally charged matter. Mr. Conen was excellent in his handling of the file from intake through conduct of the mediation and we ended up resolving the matter through his efforts in far shorter than was ever expected. I highly recommend Mr. Conen and look forward to using his services again should the need ever arises in the future.”

  • “Tim Hansen is incredibly effective in a courtroom. Maintaining a low key good humored demeanor he suddenly thrusts to the heart of an issue in a way that sticks in the mind. It was a pleasure to watch him take a case with many difficulties and resolve it favorably for his client while leaving everyone in the case his friend.”

    Gary M. Elden
    Partner / Shook, Hardy & Bacon
  • “I have been doing business with a myriad of Law Firms over the last 40 years, and Hansen Reynolds is by far the best I have ever been associated with. Hansen Reynolds proves that a law firm can WIN and represent the client with the utmost integrity. Let’s face it, litigation can be extremely expensive, and it is refreshing to know Hansen Reynolds treats the clients’ money like their own. Winning and Integrity are synonymous with Hansen Reynolds.”

    Gary R. Kane
    President & CEO / Richardson Industries
  • “We collaborate with Hansen Reynolds when our clients require litigation expertise. The combination of my firm’s substantive IP experience with Hansen Reynolds’ litigation experience is a win-win for our clients.”

    Tim Klintworth
    Partner / Klintworth & Rozenblat