Victor M. Arellano is a partner at the law firm of Arellano & Phebus, S.C. Clients refer to him as “The Storm” because he speaks his mind and fearlessly fights for the rights of people who have been wronged. He earned a reputation of being a top lawyer in the areas of employment litigation and immigration because of his handling of high profile cases and bringing them to winning jury verdicts or settlements. His accomplishments include successfully representing migrant workers, professionals and blue-collar workers for wrongful termination, sexual harassment, personal injury and civil rights claims.
He previously served on the Nuestro Mundo School Executive Board and the Board of Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a former Dane County Court Commissioner. He has also served as an appointee of the mayor as a board member for the Madison Development Corporation.
Areas of Practice
Personal Injury, Labor/Employment, Immigration, Criminal, Worker’s Compensation, & Family Law.
English, Spanish, & Portuguese.
Anchor v. Department of Workforce Development
Brooks v. University of Wisconsin Bd. of Regents, 406 F.3d 476 (7th Cir.(Wis.) 2005)
Linton v. Schnook, 2005 WL 775381 (W.D.Wis. 2005)
Hamilton v. National Propane, 276 F.Supp.2d 934 (W.D.Wis. 2002)
Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. Subscriptions Plus, Inc., 2000 WL 34238652 (W.D.Wis. 2000)
Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. Subscriptions Plus, Inc., 195 F.R.D. 640 (W.D.Wis. 2000)
Higgens v. Kentucky Fried Chicken, 953 F.Supp. 266 (W.D.Wis. 1997)
Silva v. City of Madison, 69 F.3d 1368 (7th Cir.(Wis.) 1995)
Rodriguez v. Anderson, 973 F.2d 550 (7th Cir.(Wis.) 1992)
U.W. v. Belanger, 970 F.2d 16 (7th Cir.(Wis.) 1992)
U.S. v. Belanger, 936 F.2d 916 (7th Cir.(Wis.) 1991)
Conner v. Reinhard, 847 F.2d 384 (C.A.7 (Wis.) 1988)
Supreme Court of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
- U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Immigration Court
- U.S. Tax Court
Professional Associations and Memberships
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1986 – 1989 (Member)
Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1986 - present (Board of Directors)
American Immigration Lawyers Association
State Bar of Wisconsin (Member)
Dane County Bar Association (Member)
Honors and Awards
Listed in “500 Leading Plaintiffs Lawyers in America” by LawDragon
Leader in the Law 2006; Wisconsin Law Journal and Milwaukee Bar Association
Super Lawyer 2005, 2006, 2007, & 2008; Law & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine
Rated by Madison Magazine as a Top Lawyer
Hispanic Man of the Year Award; UMOS 2002
Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member
Antioch School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia, J.D.
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, B.S.
In addition to being a vigorous advocate for clients who have been injured or have had their rights violated, Victor Arellano has served the community by volunteering time at the Family Law Clinic. He also serves the public by presenting seminars on legal topics to numerous audiences, including the Madison Area Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has co-taught English to Spanish speaking adults. He currently has a radio program (“En Vivo Con Victor Arellano”/”Live with Victor Arellano”) on AM1480 La Movida Spanish radio every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. where he provides free general legal advice and has distinguished guests to provide helpful information to the Latino household.