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I serve as counsel for numerous businesses, engineering firms, financial institutions, nursing and elder care homes, and hospitals. My commercial practice includes resolving a variety of matters relating to contracts, the environment, real estate, employment, financing, general business issues and business litigation. I work with clients on acquisitions, including those involving professional and technical businesses, and provide general corporate oversight. I have provided counsel on many complex business transactions, such as the reorganization of a cooperative, the sale of America's largest water park, the sale of a bank, and the sale of the House on the Rock, one of Wisconsin's most prominent landmarks.


My litigation practice includes the defense of professional matters, insurance coverage issues, accident cases and other often highly complex business litigation matters. I also offer extensive experience as an arbitrator and mediator, including serving as a mediator/arbitrator for Resolute Systems, Inc. and the National Arbitration Forum.


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Read my executive Q&A in the Wisconsin State Journal, published 5/1/2010:


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Practice areas


  1. Business: 40%
  2. Litigation: 40%
  3. General Practice: 10%
  4. Class Action: 5%
  5. Mediation: 5%



Hourly ($225-275/hour), contingent (15-33%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

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Contact info

Hurley, Burish & Stanton, S.C.

33 East Main St., Suite 400
Madison, WI, 53701-1528


WIGood Standing197103/16/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Magazine2013
Leaders in the LawWisconsin Law Joural2013
Madison Soccer Hall of Fame 2012 InducteeWisconsin Soccer Central2012
Madison Magazine's 2009 Top Lawyers in Dispute ResolutionMadison Magazine2009
RecognitionWisconsin Super Lawyers and Rising Stars2009
ListedTen Who Made a Difference2004
ListedKnow Your Madisonian1988
RecognitionBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
ListedWho's Who in American LawN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerAxley Brynelson, LLP2009 - Present
Senior PartnerAxley Brynelson, LLP1973 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Civil Trial Counsel of WisconsinBoard Member1983 - 1987
American Health Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar Association Forum Committee on Construction Industry, Contract Documents DivisionMemberN/A
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMemberN/A
Wisconsin Academy of Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Western District of Wisconsin Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Resolute Systems, Inc. and National Arbitration ForumMediator/ArbitratorN/A
Colorado Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Board of Trial Advocates, Wisconsin ChapterPast PresidentN/A
State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation SectionPast ChairN/A
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Dane County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Bar of the Supreme CourtOfficer/MemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Wisconsin State JournalExecutive Q&A: John Mitby of Axley Brynelson law firm2010
Wisconsin Attorneys Desk ReferenceStatute of Limitations and Notice of Claims2009
Axley.comIndemnification Provisions2009
Axley.comComplex Litigation - Expert Testimony Needed?2009
Axley.comSelecting a Mediator: 2009 Update2009
Wisconsin Attorneys' Desk Reference, CLE Books, State Bar of Wisconsin"Notice of Claim/Limitation of Liability" and "Statutes of Limitation" chapters2008
Axley.comWisconsin Proposes Amendments to Wisconsin Rules of Civil Procedure to Address Electronic Discovery2008
Axley.comImpact of New E-Discovery Rules2007
Wisconsin LawyerThink Like a Negotiator: Effectively Mediating Client Disputes2003
Wisconsin LawyerOut of the Dark: The Emergence of Toxic Mold Litigation2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1971
University of Wisconsin, MadisonN/ABS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Your Business in the Electronic AgeElectronic Discovery2008
The Cost of Electronic DiscoveryElectronic Discovery2008
Proposals are not Contracts - What is Needed?Construction Disputes, Risk Management and Claims Avoidance2008