Introduce Himself
Feb 15, 2019
James Wawrzyn - Candidate for Ozaukee County Judge
Introduce Himself

James would like to be the next Ozaukee County Judge because it provides an opportunity to serve the people of Wisconsin again, and his experience equips him to succeed.  He has broad experience, and sound conservative judgment.

James is a Shareholder at von Briesen & Roper, s.c., advising businesses on mergers and acquisitions, negotiations, supply-chain alternatives and risk management.  On a pro bono basis, James represents participates in Legal Action Wisconsin’s Eviction Defense Project.   

James has developed reforms to our justice system to enhance protection of the community and achieve superior outcomes.  For Governor Tommy G. Thompson and Scott McCallum, James generated initiatives and advised them on criminal justice, the courts, veterans and military affairs, and homeland security. He served on the Governor’s Task Force on Terrorism Preparedness, Pardon Advisory Board, Law Enforcement and Crime Commission, and Juvenile Justice Commission.  

James worked for two Wisconsin judges. As clerk to Justice Wilcox, James provided counsel on pending cases and prepared drafts of opinions.  As a clerk for Judge Dreyfus, James assisted with the operation of a court focused on civil matters.

Outside of work, James is active at his parish, St. Eugene.  He recently wrapped up serving as Chair of the Pastoral Council, and is now focused on St. Eugene’s upcoming auction.  During the week, James is a longtime volunteer at the Open Door Café Meal Program at St. John’s Cathedral. 

James grew up in the North Shore of Milwaukee, and now lives in Mequon with his wife Val.  They have two children, and are fostering a third that they hope to adopt. James attended Marquette High School, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette Law School.