Brent D. Nistler

Milwaukee, Partner


  • 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


  • Recognized in the area of Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense – General Practice by the Best Lawyers in America© publication (2024)
  • Selected by Wisconsin Super Lawyers® (2014 – 2023)
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Roll (2021 – 2022)
  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation by Wisconsin Super Lawyers® (2006, 2010 – 2013)
  • Wisconsin Law Journal, “Leader in the Law” (2015)
  • Perfect AVVO Rating: 10.0


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)