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Powerhouse team. Meet the attorneys of Hannula Halom & Scherz.

Since 1981, the attorneys at Hannula Halom & Scherz have worked hard to earn a reputation throughout northern Wisconsin as the firm to hire when you require legal representation.

We have over 75 years of combined legal experience in this region and have earned a reputation for excellence. Our attorneys are long-time residents of this great part of the country and we work hard to make our community a better place for our families, friends and neighbors.

Daniel Hannula

is a graduate of Marquette University and Marquette University Law School. Dan was a prosecutor for the U.S. Navy J.A.G. Corps, and later a Special Assistant with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland, Maine. He is a member of the American Association for Justice and the Wisconsin Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in Wisconsin as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. Dan is a member, and currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, of the Wisconsin Association for Justice. He is also a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association and the Wisconsin Association of Justice. He is the author of numerous articles on land use and trial practice for the Wisconsin Lawyer and Verdict magazines.

Dan has also taught trial practice classes for the Wisconsin Association for Justice and the American Law Institute. As well as being a former federal prosecutor, Dan served as a trial attorney for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in condemnation matters for over a decade. He now represents mostly landowners and appealed the landmark case of Miesen V DOT, 226 Wis. 2d 298, 594 N.W.2d 821 (Ct App. 1999). This case guaranteed reimbursement payments to landowners’ appraisal services.


Gary Halom

is a 1974 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a 1981 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota. He was admitted to practice in Wisconsin in 1981, the U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin in 1981 and in Minnesota in 1983. He is a former assistant district attorney and former assistant corporation counsel for Douglas County, Wisconsin. He currently focuses primarily in the area of civil trial law. Gary is a member of the Douglas County Bar Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and the Wisconsin Association for Justice.

Gary has represented hundreds of clients, bringing claims against insurance companies, employers, negligent drivers and at fault property owners.  He also represents people who are seeking disability claims for Social Security benefits that they have worked so hard to obtain. Gary has represented people with brain injuries (TBIs) and has attended a number of national seminars and workshops on the challenges and issues this complex injury and area can present. He continues to keep abreast on the newest technologies, experts, and techniques to prove these oft-hidden injuries.


Ryan Scherz

is a 2004 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (summa cum laude) and a 2007 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Law (cum laude). He was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 2007 and the Minnesota Bar in 2015. He was hired as a law clerk with the firm in 2005, while still in law school, and he has been an attorney at the firm since 2007. Since then, he’s been representing clients and helping them solve their problems.

Since he began working at the firm, Ryan has helped his clients recover over $3 million in compensation. He has helped clients solve complex legal problems: a client with hundreds of thousands in medical bills and an uninsured motorist; a client with serious personal injury caused by structural defects in a public establishment; students claiming they were misled by their college.

In addition to representing injured people, Ryan represents clients involved in condemnation litigation, handling claims involving the Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Aeronautics, and high voltage transmission lines. He is a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association and the Wisconsin Association for Justice.


Kevin Van Ert

is a 2009 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Superior and a 2014 graduate from the University of Wisconsin School of Law. Kevin was a member of the Wisconsin Moot Court Board—participating as both a competitor and a coach to younger students ; a member of the Wisconsin chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, a member of the Intellectual Property Student Organization, as well as an editor on the Wisconsin International Law Journal.

While in law school, Kevin also worked for Justice David Prosser at the Wisconsin Supreme Court as a legal intern. Kevin won the Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition in Washington DC, the University of Wisconsin’s first Moot Court win in over 10 years. At the Wechsler competition Kevin was recognized for both his oral advocacy and writing skills where he received an award for one of the top written briefs among the 30+ schools competing from all over the country. Kevin received numerous awards for his writing ability from the law school. He was awarded the top appellate brief award in his legal writing class and was recognized as a finalist for the school-wide yearly writing competition. Kevin is a member of the Douglas County Bar Association, the Wisconsin Association for Justice and the Superior Young Professionals.


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