Kramer, Elkins & Watt

Who We Are

Jessica M. Kramer

Jessica is always prepared, organized and in tune with the changing law. She reads legislative reports daily, regularly presents on complex employment topics, and draws upon over eleven years of experience in courtrooms, administrative hearings, depositions, settlement negotiations, and as a legal advisor to businesses in private practice and as in-house counsel at a human resources and payroll company.

Her passion for the law is perhaps most apparent when fervently providing informed legal advice and proactive solutions for business clients looking to work through an issue with an employee, in reviewing a contract that may need reworking or in handling a tenant that stopped paying rent. She also aggressively represents individuals and businesses in disputes involving contracts, payment of wages, fraud, misrepresentation, personal injuries, evictions, and other civil matters.

Jessica received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2004. Jessica is admitted to practice before all Wisconsin state courts, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys cooking, fitness, getting outdoors, and spending time with family. A Wisconsin native, Jessica is an avid fan of the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers.

 


 

Leslie Elkins

Leslie approaches all problems in a perfectly logical fashion, listening carefully to each client’s goals and needs, analyzing each detail and exploring every angle in search for the best possible legal solution. She is naturally curious and loves learning about her business clients’ work and how she can help protect an established business or assist individuals with their dreams of going out on their own.

Leslie has spent most of her legal career in litigation, and represents individuals and businesses in disputes involving employment law, breach of contract, estate disputes, fraud, and other civil matters. She immerses herself in her cases and thoroughly researches every issue and potential solution, and works closely with her clients to carefully tailor the representation to suit each client’s needs.

Leslie graduated from the University of Illinois in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Economics, and received her law degree in 2009 from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Leslie is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin, Illinois, the Northern District of Illinois and the Central District of Illinois. Leslie is proficient at reading, writing and speaking Spanish.

Leslie spends as much time as possible outdoors with her husband and dog, and enjoys swimming, skiing, biking, camping, growing food, cooking and traveling.

 


 

Nicholas Watt

Understanding the importance of searching for creative solutions to difficult challenges whether prior to, during, or after litigation, Nick works tirelessly to advocate for his clients’ best interests. He immerses himself in litigation, enjoying legal research, writing artfully to present his case, and assertively questioning defendants.

For family law clients, Nick listens carefully to individual goals of his clients and adjusts his litigation style accordingly, whether working with both sides for a collaborative solution or aggressively litigating complex property division cases and/or contentious child custody and placement issues.

Nick particularly enjoys fighting on behalf of oppressed minority shareholders, picking apart contracts in breach of contract suits, holding less than competent attorneys accountable for their poor representation, and litigating cases based on fraud, employment discrimination, and consumer protection.

Prior to his legal career, Nick worked as a campaign consultant and manager on several political campaigns ranging from mayoral races to the 2004 campaign for President of the United States. Just prior to entering law school, Nick served as a community liaison for Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio by assisting Ohio residents with Social Security disability claims and negotiating labor contracts.

Nick graduated with Honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2010 and graduated as a James Scholar from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Nick is admitted to practice in Wisconsin, the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Nick was honored to be named Time’s Person of the Year for 2006.

Nick likes traveling, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, bacon, Game of Thrones, poker, and roller derby.