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Christa is a member of the Litigation Practice Group of O’Neil Cannon Hollman DeJong & Laing S.C. She assists businesses and individuals with prosecuting and defending a variety of civil litigation matters, including complex contract disputes, trademark and copyright claims, inheritance disputes, class actions, personal injury cases, and fraud and conspiracy claims. As a former federal district court law clerk, Christa is intimately familiar with litigation and procedures in federal court. She has also litigated matters in state court, as well as resolved cases through mediation prior to litigation. Christa is well-versed in a wide range of legal issues, and especially enjoys litigating cases with disputes involving personal and subject-matter jurisdiction, testamentary capacity and undue influence, constitutional law, debt collection laws, contract formation and enforcement, and procedural and evidentiary rules.


  • Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Joe B. McDade, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2012–2014
  • Litigation Intern, Center for Responsible Lending, Washington, D.C., 2011
  • Legal Intern, Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, 2010


  • Order of the Coif, honorary scholastic society for law students
  • Phi Beta Kappa, academic honor society for undergraduates
  • Certificate of Merit awards for highest grade in class in Contracts and Evidence courses at University of Michigan Law School
  • Production Editor, Michigan Journal of Race & Law, 2011–2012
  • Executive Editor, Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law, 2011–2012

Professional Associations

  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Association for Women Lawyers

Community Involvement

  • Member of Communications Committee of State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Board of Directors for LOTUS Legal Clinic
  • Volunteer Attorney at Milwaukee Justice Center
  • Volunteer at Project Concern of Cudahy–St. Francis food pantry
  • Mock trial judge for Wisconsin High School Mock Trial
  • Member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Cudahy, Wisconsin


  • Speaker, “Freedom from Litigation: Personal Jurisdiction and Sovereign Immunity,” State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE Seminar “Annual Constitutional Law Symposium 2018,” December 2018
  • Speaker, “Precision v. Concision: Can You Have it All?,” State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE Seminar “Know Your Writes:  Next Level Legal Writing,” May 2017
  • Speaker, “Regulation of Abortion Providers and the Impact of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt,” State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE Seminar “With Liberty & Justice: A Constitutional Law Symposium,” December 2016
  • Author, “Testamentary Capacity: A Sliding-Scale Approach,” Wisconsin Lawyer, September 2016
  • Speaker, “The Impact of Judicial Law Clerks and Staff on State and Federal Court Proceedings,” O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing, Hot Topics for Small Firm and Solo Practitioners seminar, October 2015
  • Author, “The Constitutional Framework for Public Health Responses to Disease Outbreaks,” Health Law Litigation, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Health Law Litigation Committee Newsletter, Spring 2015
  • Co-Presenter, “Post-Trial Motions in Federal Court,” Peoria County Bar Association’s Federal Practice Seminar, July 2013

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