Gov. Scott Walker
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Governor Walker Appoints Daniel Gabler to Serve as Milwaukee County Judge

Gabler is an active member of the Federalist Society, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and the Milwaukee Bar Association.

By - Dec 26th, 2018 12:11 pm

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker today appointed Attorney Daniel J. Gabler to serve as a judge on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, replacing retiring Judge Richard J. Sankovitz.

“I am honored to appoint Daniel Gabler to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court,” said Governor Walker. “Gabler has established himself as a respected and accomplished attorney in the Milwaukee County area for over 27 years. This experience, coupled with Gabler’s judicial temperament and firm commitment to the rule of law give me great confidence that he will make an excellent judge.”

Upon learning of the appointment Gabler said: “I am pleased that the Governor has the confidence in me to succeed Judge Richard J. Sankovitz in Branch 29 of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.  While I know I won’t be taking over Judge Sankovitz’s calendar, succeeding him is an honor and a privilege of the highest order. I will do all that I can to fill the huge void of knowledge and experience created as a result of his retirement after a distinguished and laudable career serving the residents of Milwaukee County as a judge.”

Since March 2017, Daniel Gabler has worked as the chairman of the Wisconsin Parole Commission. During this time, Gabler ensured public safety by assessing inmate rehabilitation and evaluating the liberty interests of more than 1,500 long-term prison parole eligible inmates. Prior to this role, Gabler served as an assistant district attorney for Milwaukee County for more than 17 years. During this time, Gabler successfully prosecuted and convicted thousands of the most dangerous and violent criminals in Milwaukee County. He also gained experience in litigating scores of domestic violence and child support cases. Gabler was previously a compliance officer at Goodwill Industries and a public affairs manager at Time Warner Cable.

Gabler is an active member of the Federalist Society, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and the Milwaukee Bar Association. He is also an arbitrator for the Milwaukee Better Business Bureau. In addition to his vast legal experience, Gabler is a school board member at St. Eugene Catholic School, a chairman and member on the stewardship committee at St. Eugene Parish, and an advisor for Junior Achievement of Southeastern Wisconsin. Gabler also volunteers his time at the Milwaukee Rescue – Joy House.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley wrote in support of Gabler, “I have no doubt that he thoroughly understands the proper role of the judiciary, would faithfully uphold the rule of law, and apply the law as it is written.” Justice Bradley adds, “I also know him to be a person of strong moral character and utmost integrity.”

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge William Brash III highly recommends Gabler stating, “He has a wealth of experience which he would bring to the bench in serving Milwaukee County.” He adds, “Dan is a good and moral individual.”

Gabler received his juris doctor degree from Marquette University Law School and his undergraduate degree from Creighton University. He resides in Milwaukee County with his wife, Marybeth.

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