Gov. Tony Evers
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Gov. Evers Appoints Three Judges to Milwaukee-area Courts

"Wisconsinites across our state deserve judges who apply the law consistently and treat everyone in their courtroom fairly and with dignity and respect."

By - Sep 4th, 2019 12:03 pm
Joe Donald. Photo courtesy of Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

Joe Donald. Photo courtesy of Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers today announced appointments of Judge Joe Donald to the Court of Appeals (District I), Attorney Jeffrey O. Davis to the Court of Appeals (District II), and Assistant District Attorney Brittany Grayson to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

“Wisconsinites across our state deserve judges who apply the law consistently and treat everyone in their courtroom fairly and with dignity and respect. I’m confident these highly-qualified and experienced individuals will do just that,” said Gov. Evers.

Judge Joe Donald is currently the deputy chief judge for Milwaukee County. He has been a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge since 1996, presiding over thousands of civil, criminal, and juvenile cases. He serves on numerous boards, such as the Milwaukee County Historical Society, and helped create Milwaukee’s Drug Treatment Court. With this appointment, Judge Donald will be the only person of color serving on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. He is a graduate of Marquette University and Marquette University Law School.

Mr. Jeffrey O. Davis is currently a partner with Quarles & Brady, LLP, where he primarily represents Wisconsin small and large businesses in disputes with insurance providers. In this role, Mr. Davis has represented some of the largest employers in Wisconsin, including A.O. Smith Corporation, Harley-Davidson, Johnson Controls, Kohler Co.pany, Menasha Corporation, Miller Brewing Co., and Rockwell Automation. Mr. Davis provides leadership to numerous community organizations, including serving as a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee. Mr. Davis earned his law degree from Ohio State University.

Ms. Brittany Grayson is currently an assistant district attorney for Milwaukee County, where she focuses on treatment, diversion, and deferred prosecutions for eligible defendants.  She previously handled Children in Need of Protection or Services and domestic violence cases for the district attorney. Ms. Grayson serves on the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Wisconsin. Ms. Grayson graduated from Marquette University and Marquette University Law School.

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