Prof. Richard Esenberg

President and General Counsel, Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty

Rick Esenberg is the founder and current President and General Counsel of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. Rick comes to WILL after a four-year stint on the faculty at Marquette University Law School where his scholarship concentrated on law and religion, election law and religion, the regulation and nature of public discourse, and the Wisconsin Constitution. He continues to teach at Marquette as a member of the adjunct faculty.

Prior to joining the faculty at Marquette, Rick was Vice President and General Counsel of Rite Hite Holding Corporation in Milwaukee. At Rite Hite, he oversaw business expansions throughout Europe, Latin America, and Canada and served as lead trial counsel in major intellectual property and advertising litigation. From 1981 to 1997, he was an associate and then litigation partner at Foley & Lardner where he was trial and appellate counsel in numerous public-law cases.

Rick is a frequent columnist in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and commentator in both the local and national media. He publishes a political blog “Shark and Shepherd”. His scholarship has appeared in such publications as the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Wake Forest Law Review, and William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.

Rick holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and a B.A., summa cum laude, in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • J.D., Harvard Law

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Publications and Multimedia
Wisconsin Supreme Court Review and Preview - Event Audio/Video
Madison Lawyers Chapter
October 03, 2012
A Modest Proposal for Human Limitations on Cyberdiscovery
Engage Volume 12, Issue 3, November 2011
January 11, 2012
SCOTUScast 11-18-08 featuring Rick Esenberg
Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee
November 18, 2008
SCOTUScast 3-25-08 featuring Rick Esenberg
Federal Express v. Holowecki
March 25, 2008