Walker appoints Wright to Barron DA position

Eau Claire lawyer and Barron County Special Prosecutor Brian Wright, has been appointed to the position of Barron County District Attorney, Gov. Scott Walker’s office announced in a press release at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

Wright fills a vacancy created by the March 2 resignation of former District Attorney Angela Beranek.

The governor said the new appointee’s “legal experience, professionalism and commitment to justice” were among the reasons for the appointment.

With more than 24 years experience in civil, criminal and administrative law, Wright has a private practice in Eau Claire, and also serves as the municipal attorney for ordinance and traffic violation prosecution for the villages of Lake Hallie and Cadott.

Wright also served as an Eau Claire County Circuit Court judge, a civil litigator for Herrick & Hart, S.C., and as Eau Claire County District Attorney.

Wright volunteers his time with the Wisconsin High School and National College Mock Trial tournaments, and the Eau Claire County Veterans Tribute Foundation, Inc.

He also volunteers his legal services to assist Eau Claire area veterans’ organizations.

An Eau Claire resident along with his wife, Haley, and their daughter, Wright earned an undergraduate degree at LaGrange College, a master’s of business administration from the University of Denver, and a law degree from Marquette University.

Barron County Sheriff’s Detective Jeffrey Nelson has worked with Wright on county cases.

“I have found him very approachable, and noticed he worked very hard for the appropriate resolution of cases, with fairness to his clients and law enforcement,” Nelson said. “Brian is the most qualified candidate for the position.”

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