Trost, Kevin D.

Kevin D. Trost

Andrea Roth


Kevin Trost is a partner in the firm and a member of the Business and Litigation Practice Groups. He represents financial institutions, businesses, and insurers throughout the state and federal court systems. He frequently addresses legal issues in the areas of civil litigation and creditor’s rights, including the defense of claims under the FDCPA, FCRA, TCPA, and Wisconsin Consumer Act. He also negotiates multi-party contracts on behalf of financial services firms and biotechnology companies.

Mr. Trost also has significant experience in disputes involving residential real estate. He frequently addresses claims that owners of residential real estate failed to disclose defects during the sale of a home. In this context, he repeatedly represents and advises homeowners, contractors, and insurers regarding issues such as water damage, toxic substances, and vermin infestations.

He frequently represents insurers in first and third party litigation matters, and has significant experience addressing products liability, contract and toxic tort issues. Mr. Trost also advises and represents insurers on first party property coverage matters involving fraud and arson. He has served as first chair trial counsel and tried cases lasting from a single day to multiple weeks.

Admitted to practice in the State Courts of Wisconsin, Federal Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, and for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


J.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School
B.A., cum laude, Washington University

Involvement & Recognition


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Community Bankers of Wisconsin
  • Member, Michigan Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member, Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Former Board Member, Wisconsin Collectors Association
  • Volunteer, State Bar Lawyer Hotline
  • Legislative Committee Chair, Great Lakes Credit and Collection Association

Client Successes

Secured settlement in excess of $500,000 in the representation of homeowners against sellers, home inspector, and former contractor on claims involving the failure to disclose severe water damage during sale of home.

Successfully represented telecommunications technology company in reversing default judgment entered against it under the TCPA.

Successfully defended insurance carriers in two-week jury trial and three-week jury trial against claims by separate insureds that the insurers wrongly denied policy benefits for abatement of toxic substances

Trost, Kevin D.

Regular defense, including trial representation, of financial institutions alleged to have violated the FDCPA, FCRA, TCPA, TILA, Wisconsin Consumer Act, and other banking and collections statutes

Representation of lender in federal lawsuit to enforce its security interest in $2 million life insurance policy

Trost, Kevin D.
Federal Court Litigation

Regular representation of lenders seeking recovery of secured business and personal assets, including vessels subject to federally registered first preferred ship’s mortgages.

Spearheaded bank’s sheriff-assisted replevin of a defaulted borrower’s inventory from 25,000+ sq. ft. warehouse.

Repeated representation of financial institutions in lawsuits addressing whether the sale of recovered collateral is commercially reasonable.

Representation of lender whose marine vessel replevin was featured in New York Times article.

Defense of insurers in first party lawsuits brought by insureds whose insurance claims were denied on grounds of fraud or arson

Trost, Kevin D.

Successfully represented insurance carrier as first chair counsel in mass tort lawsuit arising out of the flooding of 1,400 vehicles at a fairgrounds concert

Trost, Kevin D.

Assisted in the preparation of Respondent’s Brief on the Merits in the United States Supreme Court case of Wisconsin Department of Corrections v. Schacht, 524 U.S. 381, 118 S. Ct. 2047, 141 L.Ed.2d 364 (1998)

Trost, Kevin D.
Appellate Practice


Other Presentations & Publications
Media: “The Legal Side of Housing Sales.” Larry Meiller Show. Wisconsin Public Radio (10/2020)
Media: “Bankruptcy 101.” Larry Meiller Show. Wisconsin Public Radio (9/2018)
Article: "Up, Up and Away: Rising Legal Regulation of Drone Operation." 89 Wis. Law. 8 (9/2016)
Presentation: Attorney Panel. Great Lakes Credit and Collection Association annual Conference (5/18)
Presentation: “State Legislative Update.” Wisconsin Collectors Association Fall Conference (10/2014)
Presentation: "Bankruptcy and Wisconsin Consumer Act." Wisconsin Banking Law Update (7/2014)
Presentation: "TILA / RESPA Update." Wisconsin Banking Law Update (7/2014)
Presentation: “Coexistence of the FDCPA and the Bankruptcy Code.” Wisconsin Collectors Association Fall Conference (10/2013)
Article: "Russia's Federal Law on Advertising: Permanent Solution or Provisional Stopgap?" 16 Wis. Int'l L. J. 529 (1998)
Article: "Out of the Dark: The Emergence of Toxic Mold Litigation." 75 Wis. Law. 14 (3/2002)
Article: "The Sophisticated User Doctrine Arrives." 78 Wis. Law. 8 (3/2005)
Article: "The Forfeiture of Shares in Cooperative Housing Units." Corporate Counsel (2010)
Article: "Affirmative Defenses in the Wake of Twombly and Iqbal." Wis. Civil Trial J., Vol. 9, No. 2 (2011)
Presentation: "Wisconsin Foreclosures, Workouts and Replevins (panel discussion)." Community Bankers of Wisconsin (8/2012)
Presentation: "The Wisconsin Consumer Act: Developments and Trends." Community Bankers of Wisconsin (8/2012)