Remzy D. Bitar

Location:  Waukesha, WI
Phone:  (262) 548-1340
Fax:  (262) 548-9211
Email:  rbitar@ammr.net

Remzy has been practicing in the area of Municipal and Civil Rights Litigation Defense for over 17 years.  Remzy handles all aspects of such litigation in both state and federal court including trial and appeals.  His experience ranges from defending civil rights lawsuits against jails and law enforcement, to handling condemnation, zoning and other land use matters, to open records and open meetings law, and to the defense of municipalities and their officials and employees in the areas of First Amendment, Fourth Amendment and Equal Protection and Due Process.

Remzy began his legal practice after college at Lawrence University, law school at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and then completing a judicial clerkship with the Supreme Court of Missouri for the Honorable Laura Denvir Stith.

He is a member of the Wisconsin Defense Counsel.  In addition to his legal work, Remzy has co-chaired the Milwaukee Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section and served as President of the Milwaukee Insurance Adjuster’s Association.

Remzy also completed his tenure in the American Inns of Court, an organization of trial lawyers devoted to improving the skills, professionalism, civility and ethics of the bench and bar in our community.

Remzy has accepted several pro bono assignments with the Public Defender’s Office at the Milwaukee County Children’s Court and on behalf of veterans.

A frequent lecturer on topics including municipal, civil rights and constitutional law along with litigation related matters, Remzy has been honored on several occasions to appear in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” and in the Milwaukee Magazine as a “Best Lawyer,” as well as earning honors through Wisconsin Law Journal’s “Leaders in the Law” and through his contributions in achieving a Tier 1 rating from US News and World Report – Best Lawyers in the area of Municipal Litigation.

When he is not at work, Remzy enjoys time with his wife and two young sons, including as coach to their baseball and basketball teams, Boy Scouts activities and traveling.

Bar Admissions

State of Wisconsin – 2001
State of Missouri – 2002

Education

Washington University School of Law (J.D.) 2001
Lawrence University (B.A.) 1997

Presentations

“A Guide for Issues Involving the Public Records Law and Critical Events or Situations” – Public Risk Managers Association – December 2018.

“Improving Transparency and Accountability In Government: A Discussion About Optimal Transparency Versus Shady Scenarios Involving Open Records, Open Meetings, Ethics and Digital Data” – Municipal Treasurers Association of Wisconsin – September 2018.

“Murr v. St. Croix County: Litigation Before the United States Supreme Court” – Wisconsin Association of County Corporation Counsel – September 2018.

“Mutual Aid and Mutual Aid Agreements” – Municipal Attorneys Institute – June 2018.

“A Trip to the Supreme Court: Litigation in Murr v. St. Croix County” – Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Company – August 2017.

“Updates on Immunity, Notice of Claim Statute and the DPPA” – Municipal Attorney’s Conference – June 2016.

“Training on Open Records Law, Open Meetings Law and Citizen Input” – Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association – June 2016 (Northern Conference).

“Social Media Risks, Contractual Risks and Participation Waiver Forms” – LWMMI Conference – April 2016.

“Police Shootings: Recent Events, Issues and Other Considerations” – LWMMI Conference – October 2015.

“Encountering Mentally Ill People & Potential Liability Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fourth Amendment” — Wisconsin Police Chiefs Association – August 2015.

“Contracts: Protecting Your Municipality Against Problematic Terms and Liability Pitfalls” – Municipal Attorneys Institute – June 2015.

“Dispatch Disasters: Liability of Emergency Service Providers” – WMMIC Annual Meeting – May 2015.

“Keep Calm and Carry On: Risks and Liabilities Arising During Public Comment or Input at Meetings of Local Government Bodies” – 35th Annual Wisconsin Town Lawyer’s Conference – April 2015.

“Wisconsin’s Public Records Law and Open Meetings Law” – Municipal Treasurer’s Association Conference – April 2015.

“Jail Liability Update” – Wisconsin Jail Administrator’s Conference – 2014 and 2015.

“Suicides in the Jail” – Jail Administrators Training and WMMIC Annual Meeting – May 2014.

“The Good, The Bad and The Ugly:  A Review Of The Laws, Litigation and Other Developments Involving Firearm Rights and Regulations” – 34th Annual Wisconsin Town Lawyer’s Conference – April 2014.

“Handling the Police Liability Claim” – National Business Institute — December 2013.

“Overview of State Law Involving Civil Actions Against Police Departments and Officers” – National Business Institute – December 2013.

“Department Liability Issues for Officer Involved Shootings” – Badger State Sheriff’s Association – December 2013.

“Update on Municipal Immunity” – Municipal Attorneys Institute – June 2013.

“Hot Land Use Issues: An Update on Current Land Use Issues and Considerations for Avoiding Related Litigation” – 34th Annual Wisconsin Town Lawyer’s Conference – April 2013.

“Defending and Resolving Fee Shifting Cases, Especially When Compensatory Damages Are Nil, and the Attorney’s Fees Drive the Case” – Wisconsin Defense Counsel – April 2013.

“Open Records Law” – Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association – February 2013 and 2014.

“Digest of Insurance Laws” – Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorney’s and Adjuster’s (2003-2015).

“Municipal and Public Official Liability” – League of Wisconsin Municipalities’ Handbook for Wisconsin Municipalities, (reprinted in The Municipality Magazine, September 2012).

“1983 Civil Rights Litigation” and “Update on Search and Seizure” – Various Sheriff’s Departments, September 2012.

“Jail Strip Search Policies and Procedures” – Badger State Sheriff’s Association – August 2012.

“Open Records Law in the Twenty-First Century: Issues Involving the Impact of Technology on Wisconsin’s Open Records Law” – Municipal Attorneys Institute – June 2012.

“Wisconsin’s New Concealed Carry Law” – University of Wisconsin Extension Center for Community and Economic Development – September 2011.

“Parks and Recreation: Liability Issues for Municipalities” – Municipal Attorneys Institute – June 2011.

“Common Police Mistakes Involving Arrests, Investigatory Stops and Searches” — University of Wisconsin Extension Program on Liability for Law Enforcement Managers – May 2011.

“Zoning and Adult Entertainment Businesses” – University of Wisconsin Extension Center for Local Land Use Planning and Zoning – February 2011.

“Constitutional Issues Arising From Guns, Sex and Religion: Constitutional Litigation Involving the First, Second and Fourth Amendment” – 31st Annual Wisconsin Town Lawyer’s Conference – April 2010.

“Common Litigation Issues in Products Liability: Evidentiary Issues, Discovery and Trial” – Milwaukee Bar Association – June 2009.

“Flooding and Water Damage Claims” – 30th Annual Wisconsin Town Lawyers Conference – April 2009.

“Insurance Law and Legislative Update” – Milwaukee Insurance Adjusters Association – March 2009.

“Considerations for Litigators Handling Civil Actions That Have Concurrent Criminal Proceedings” – Milwaukee Bar Association Civil Litigation Section – October 2008.

“Insurance Law Update 2006-2007” – Mariners Club of Wisconsin – November 2007.

“Avoiding Lawsuits In Your Business: Top Ten Policies And Practices” – Metro Milwaukee Association of Commerce CEO Roundtable – August 2007.

“Local Government Regulation Of Adult Oriented Businesses” – 28th Annual Town Lawyer’s Conference – April 2007.

“Municipal Regulation of Adult Oriented Businesses: Restrictive Zoning Regulations of Adult Oriented Businesses Must Allow for an Adequate Alternative Sites” – The Municipality, Wisconsin League of Municipalities (August 2006); Current Municipal Problems, West Group/Thomson Publishing (Fall Quarterly 2006); and Missouri Municipal Review, Missouri Municipal League (December 2006).

“Digest of Insurance Laws” – Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorney’s and Adjuster’s (2003-2006).

“Things to Do When Sued” – Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce CEO Roundtable – March 2006.

“Covenants Not to Compete: Enforceability, Defenses and Relief” – Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce CEO Roundtable – September 2005.

“Employee E-Mail and Internet Use” – Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce CEO Roundtable – June 2005.

“Agreements to Arbitrate in the Employment Context” – Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce CEO Roundtable – 2004.

“Considerations for Employers to Make the Practice of Hiring and Firing More Predictable” – Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce CEO Roundtable – 2004.

“Non-Compete Agreements: An Essential Part of a Trade Secret Protection Program” and “Wisconsin’s Trade Secrets Laws” – Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce CEO Roundtable – 2004.

“Customer Lists Under Wisconsin’s Trade Secrets Laws” – Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce CEO Roundtable – 2004.

Publications

“Dueling Public Policies” – Federal Drivers Privacy Protection Act and Wisconsin’s Public Records Law – Wisconsin Law Journal – April 2013.

“Tort Reform in Wisconsin and Other States Follows Sweeping Political Change” – Co-Authored Featured Article in Defense Research Institute’s Trials and Tribulations February 25, 2012 (Volume 17 Issue 2).

“Rising Waters: Municipal Issues when Dealing with Flooding & Water Damage Events” – The Municipality, February 2009.

“Municipal Regulation of Adult Oriented Businesses: Restrictive Zoning Regulations of Adult Oriented Businesses Must Allow for an Adequate Alternative Sites” – The Municipality, Wisconsin League of Municipalities (August 2006); Current Municipal Problems, West Group/Thomson Publishing (Fall Quarterly 2006); and Missouri Municipal Review, Missouri Municipal League (December 2006).

“Punitive Damages” – Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal (Summer 2005).