Curriculum Vitae

Judge Vocke has mediated and arbitrated over 1,200 civil disputes during his career as a private neutral. He has extensive experience in the areas of personal injury, professional malpractice, E&O, contract, commercial, products liability, employment and insurance coverage matters. He also serves as the Umpire in insurance appraisal matters. In 2014, Judge Vocke was elected into the Wisconsin Law Foundation, whose membership is limited to 2.5% of Wisconsin attorneys and judges. Judge Vocke mediates and arbitrates throughout Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Circuit Judge – Vilas County – 1979 to 1983
  • ADR Provider 1987 to present
  • Earned “AV” Rating by Martindale-Hubbell as an active Trial Attorney
  • As a neutral, has presided in an excess of 1,200 mediations, arbitrations and other ADR proceedings.
  • Seasoned litigator, having tried over 100 jury trials to verdict as an attorney advocate

Specialized Training

  • One day’s mediation training in 1986 under the auspices of Wisconsin Supreme Court as a Medical Malpractice Mediator;
  • Three days’ arbitration training under the auspices of the State of Wisconsin as an Interest Arbitrator in 1987;
  • One-half day’s arbitration training under the auspices of the National Association of Security Dealers in 1998;
  • Forty hour civil mediation course sponsored by the Wisconsin Supreme Court and provided by the John Paul Jones Group under the auspices of the National Judicial College in May of 1999 (one of 39 graduates of this, the first course of its type held in the State of Wisconsin)
  • Member of faculty for the above mentioned civil mediation course in May of 2000
  • One-day mediation course sponsored by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in March of 2002 entitled “Mediation: Its Potential and Limitations”

Other Training

  • 1 week of Wisconsin Judicial College – 1978
  • 3 weeks of National Judicial College – 1979
  • 1 week Civil Litigation training at National Judicial College – 1981
  • Articles: On mediation for CTCW, Wisconsin Opinions (May 28, 1997) and Wisconsin Law Journal (May 28, 2003)
  • Teaching Experience: Wisconsin State Bar, CTCW, WATL and State of Wisconsin Judiciary


  • Graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School 1973
  • University of Kansas, BA 1970

Professional Experience

  • Assistant District Attorney, Racine County, 1973 – 1976
  • District Attorney, Vilas Country, 1976 – 1979
  • Private Practice Attorney 1983 – 2009 as well as Reserve Judge
  • Disciplinary Referee for Wisconsin Supreme Court  in BAPR/OLR cases, 1987 to 2012
  • Medical Malpractice Mediator for State of Wisconsin, 1987 to present
  • Retired from practice of law in 2009, affiliated with Resolute Systems for ADR services
  • Served as one of 6 Retired Judges on the Government Accountability Board from 2011-2016 (Chair 2013)

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Wisconsin: former Judicial Independence Committee member and chair
  • Former Bench Bar Committee member
  • Trial Judge of the Year/Lifetime Achievement Award Subcommittee, former co-chair
  • Legislative Council’s Special Committee on Pre-Trial Release (1980-1981)
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Code of Professional Responsibility Committee (1984-1985)
  • Reserve Judge Representative to the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference (1997-2003)
  • State Bar Representative to the Judicial Council (2000-2003)
  • Former member of the Board of Directors of the State Bar Alternative Resolution Section
  • Former Member of WisLAP Committee and present Volunteer

Professional Speaking & Writing

  • Presentations to State Bar of Wisconsin, Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Lawyer
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers on subjects including stress reduction in the workplace, the seat belt defense, and Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques including hands on demonstrations
  • Presentations to Wisconsin Judicial Conference on subjects including security issues and civil law issues
  • Wisconsin State Bar CLE Program on Ethics in the Real World, 1999 panel member
  • Hearing Procedures for Wisconsin Supreme Court Referees, panel member
  • Bench Book Project on Traffic, contributor
  • Author of articles for Wisconsin Opinions and CTCW Publications
  • Wisconsin Lawyer

Community Activities

  • Supply Preacher to New Evangelical Lutheran Parish in Ewen, Trout Creek, and Paynesville, MI
  • Former Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Coach at Rhinelander High School and Judge on Regional, State and National levels
  • Boy Scouts of America Volunteer at Unit, District, Council and Area levels
  • District Award of Merit awarded in 2011
  • Silver Beaver Award in 2017
  • Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor in 2017
  • North Central Instructor’s Black Belt Federation (1992 – present)
  • Sam Dan Tae Kwon Do
  • Sam Dan Hapkido
  • Inducted into the World of Family Sokeship Council International Hall of Fame as an Instructor of the Year (1997)