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Jim Gardner has successfully handled cases involving complex litigation. He has represented people with personal injuries that resulted from motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice and products liability claims. He also earned a reputation for representing farmers, handling insurance bad faith claims and business litigation matters.

Jim was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1972 and has also been admitted to the U.S. Federal Court. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Dane County Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Wisconsin Association for Justice and the James E. Doyle Inns of Court.

Jim is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and was named in the Best Lawyers of America 2005.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    43 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Litigation: 30%
    43 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  3. Medical Malpractice: 20%
    19 years, 550 cases



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Contact info

Lawton & Cates, S.C.

10 E Doty # 400
Po Box 2965
Madison, WI, 53701-2965


WIGood Standing197203/16/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2008
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2007
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2006
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2005
AV RatedMartindale HubbellN/A
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-HubbellN/A
Certified Civil Trial AdvocateNational Board of Trial AdvocacyN/A
FellowAmerican College of Trial LawyersN/A
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum MemberN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLawton & Cates, S.C.1972 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Trial LawyersFellow2005 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMemberN/A
Dane County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Wisconsin Association for JusticeMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
James F. Doyle Inns of CourtsMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Danks v. Stock Bldg. Supply Inc. et. al.Settlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CourseTrial AdvocacyN/A