Governor Scott Walker on Thursday appointed Tomah attorney Richard Radcliffe Monroe County Circuit judge.
Radcliffe replaces retired Judge J. David Rice.
“Rick is a distinguished attorney who brings valuable civil and business law experience in addition to over 25 years of public sector work in the Tomah City Attorney’s office,” Walker said. “His judicial temperament and firm commitment to the rule of law give me great confidence that he will make an excellent judge.”
Radcliffe is a partner at Mubarak, Radcliffe & Berry, S.C., where he has practiced since 1991 in civil litigation, mediation, arbitration, family law, real estate, business and probate. He also served as the Tomah city attorney and continues to assist the office. Previously, he was a clerk in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and in 2004 he was appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to serve on the 5th District Ethics Committee of the Office of Lawyer Regulation, which he chaired for five years.
Fellow partner Robert J. Mubarak also wrote in support of Radcliffe, stating, “Rick has my highest recommendation for the appointment for the Branch III vacancy. Experience, intellect, integrity and compassion are all qualities he possesses that will make him an outstanding jurist.”
Radcliffe also got an endorsement from former Tomah police chief Wes Revels.
“I’ve seen ... Radcliffe demonstrate his ability to communicate calmly and courteously, as well as his willingness to listen to and consider what is said on all sides of a debatable proposition,” Revels said. “Attorney Radcliffe has the proper judicial temperament, patience, open-mindedness, tact, firmness, understanding, compassion, and common sense needed to represent the citizens of Monroe County.”
Radcliffe is chairman of the board of Black River Country Bank of Black River Falls and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Gundersen Health System.
He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Law and lives in Monroe County with his family.