Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs is proud to announce that Milwaukee partner Mark Thomsen has been recognized as the 2023 Marquette University Law School Alumnus of the Year.
Established in 1945, the Alumnus of the Year Award is the Marquette University Alumni Association’s premier honor and recognizes distinguished professional achievement, leadership and service to the university or community.
For more than 35 years, Thomsen has centered his legal career around working for people to enforce and protect their rights while expanding the scope of justice.
In addition to his work as a founding partner of statewide personal injury law firm, Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs LLP, Thomsen has served as a commissioner on the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) since its inception in 2016. During his 2016-2017 term as the organization’s first chair, he confirmed the statewide presidential recount and the reliability and integrity of Wisconsin’s election system.
Through the WEC, Thomsen has given back to fellow Marquette lawyers and law students. He helped set up an internship program where law students can work with the organization. This has given Thomsen the opportunity to mentor future lawyers, introduce them to people involved in politics and teach them about Wisconsin election law, which he finds both energizing and fulfilling.
Thomsen’s dedication to giving back to Marquette and its students stems, in part, from his appreciation for the gifts given to him by the university. Before law school, he was a steelworker for nearly eight years at Inland Steel in East Chicago, Indiana. When his plant shut down in 1984, Marquette admitted Thomsen to study law. Marquette University Law School provided him with a full ride for his last two years.
Thomsen is a member of the American Association for Justice, past-president (2009) and board of directors member of the Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ), member of the WAJ Amicus Committee, Wisconsin Chapter member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) (2019 – present), a member of the American Bar Association, Milwaukee Bar Association and Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers (2005 – present), Best Lawyers (2009 – present) and Martindale-Hubbell, AV rated. Thomsen served on the board of directors for the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District (2004–2022) and was the organization’s board secretary. Thomsen is also a board member and president of the Ascension Lutheran Church Endowment Board.
The Marquette Law School Alumni Awards Conferral will take place on Thursday, April 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. Please join our entire GTW Lawyers team in congratulating Mark Thomsen on this incredible honor.