B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School;
Lester A. Pines leads the litigation practice for the Madison law firm of Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP. He received his B.A. with distinction in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1972, and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1974.
Mr. Pines is a highly respected civil and criminal litigator who has appeared in courts throughout Wisconsin and litigated federal matters in Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio and New York. His criminal defense work has involved many high profile cases, especially involving teachers, police officers and other public employees. A major portion of his civil practice is devoted to labor and employment law. He is counsel to Madison Teachers, Inc., which represents the employees of the Madison Metropolitan School District.
Mr. Pines has been appellate counsel before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Among the cases he successfully argued in the Wisconsin Supreme Court is Thompson v Craney 199 Wis. 2d 674 (1997), which has been described as one of the most significant interpretations of the Wisconsin Constitution ever made by that court.
Mr. Pines is a Master Bencher in the James E. Doyle Chapter of the American Inns of Court and is its President for 2002-2003. He maintains membership in the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Together with Clinical Associate Professor Steve Meili and other members of the UW Law School adjunct faculty, Mr. Pines helped develop the very popular Pre-trial Advocacy course, which he has taught since 1994.