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Tristan R. Pettit
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Tristan Pettit

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Phone:  (414) 276-2850

Fax: (414) 276-0731


Mr. Pettit focuses his practice in the area of general civil and business litigation with an emphasis on landlord-tenant law.

Mr. Pettit handles both commercial and residential evictions and the accompanying damage claims for his clients throughout the state.  He has also been involved in litigation dealing with lead-based paint issues, Fair Housing (discrimination) claims, bedbugs, public nuisance lawsuits, building code orders, and both the prosecution and defense of Wisconsin Administrative Code - ATCP 134 violations.

He assists clients with the drafting and interpretation of commercial leases and residential rental agreements and other rental documents and is the author of the landlord-tenant legal forms sold at Wisconsin Legal Blank Co., Inc. which are used throughout the state.

Mr. Pettit presents seminars on landlord-tenant law and related matters throughout the state and is the past-president and currently is on the Board of Directors of the Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc.


Areas of Practice
Landlord-Tenant Law
Business & General Civil Litigation
Bar Admissions
Admitted to practice in all Federal Courts
Admitted to practice in all Wisconsin State Courts
Admitted to practice in the Eastern & Western Districts of Wisconsin

Juris Doctor: Marquette University 
B.A. with Honors: University of Wisconsin - Madison

Professional Associations

Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin (AASEW)
-  President (2009-2012)
-  Board of Directors (2006-2008, 2013-present)
-  Member (2005-present)
Milwaukee Real Estate Investment Networking Group (RING)
-   Member (2007-Present)
State Bar of Wisconsin
-  President - Young Lawyers Division (2000-2001)
-  Board of Directors - Young Lawyers Division (1998-2001)
-  Board of Governors (2000-2001)
-  Executive Committee (2000-2001)
Milwaukee Bar Association
-  Member (1995-Present)



- BedBugs Coming Soon to A Rental Property Near You


- New Law Regarding Carbon Monoxide Detectors Affects Owners of Single and Two-Family Properties
Screening and Qualifying Prospective Tenants

- Landlords Beware: Worthless Checks from Tenants will not be Prosecuted in the City of Milwaukee

- Advising and Defending the Property Owner

-  Landlord-Tenant Law: Rights, Remedies, and Changes Under New Act 143

Wisconsin Attorney General Issues Opinion Assisting Landlords Regarding Carpet Cleaning

Governor Expected To Sign New Landlord-Tenant Law In Near Future

July 1, 2009 -- In this video clip, Milwaukee attorney Tristan Pettit explains the importance of the property owner's consistent use of written criteria when screening potential tenants. Pettit spoke at the Government Lawyers Division program at the State Bar Annual Convention in May. (from wisbar.org)

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