Charles J. Szafir

Charles J. Szafir, III

CJ Szafir is Executive Vice President at WILL.  He regularly advises clients and stakeholders on legal, regulatory, and policy issues.  He has been involved with litigation relating to school districts violating Act 10, promoting school choice for children with special needs, and pushing back against burdensome regulations.  He has authored and co-authored numerous policy reports, including the effectiveness of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and independent public charter schools, reforming Milwaukee Public Schools, and repealing Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law.

His law and policy work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Politico,, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Wisconsin State Journal.  CJ’s op-eds and commentary have been published in local and national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, National Review, and Washington Times.

CJ was appointed by Governor Scott Walker to the Wisconsin Real Estate Board and Council on Mental Health.  He volunteers at the Milwaukee County VA and Wills for Heroes program.  He is currently on the Board of Directors at HOPE Christian Schools and Vice President of the Milwaukee Lawyers Chapter for the Federalist Society.

Before joining WILL, CJ was a policy advisor to State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald in the Wisconsin Legislature.  He has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and law degree from Marquette Law School.  He received a BA in Political Science from Michigan State University.


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