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I have over 25 years of experience as an attorney and advocate for contractors, developers, designers, subcontractors, suppliers, insurers, sureties and owners.  I'm also a graduate engineer.


I regularly represent:

  • General contractors, subcontractors, owners and sureties in claims, litigation
         and other disputes on public and private projects

  • Clients on negotiations, performance issues and claims avoidance

  • Parties in connection with indoor air quality issues, including Sick Building
         Syndrome, mold claims and litigation

  • Design professionals in defense of professional liability claims

  • Public owners in prosecuting claims in connection with failed public

  • Owners in commercial real estate developments and transactions, and in
         disputes relating to deficient design and construction

  • Clients in litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
         proceedings, including arbitration and mediation


Practice areas


  1. Construction: 100%
    7 years

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Contact info

Axley Brynelson, LLP

2 E. Mifflin St., Suite 200
Madison, WI, 53703-4269

2 E. Mifflin St Ste 200
Madison, WI, 53703



WIGood Standing198003/19/2015
MNNot Authorized - Non-payment of fees198007/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Named as one of Madison's top Construction Law attorneysMadison Magazine2009
RecognitionSuper Lawyers2007
RecognitionBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerAxley Brynelson, LLP2006 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Wisconsin, Construction & Public Contract Law SectionPast Chair, Board of DirectorsN/A
Construction Financial Management AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionMemberN/A
Wisconsin Transportation BuildersMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Public Contract Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction IndustryMemberN/A
Central Madison Business Improvement DistrictBoard MemberN/A
Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin Legislative CommitteeBoard memberN/A
Associated General Contractors of WisconsinPresident, Associate Board of DirectorsN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
www.axley.comDepartment of Workforce Development - Prevailing Wage2009
www.axley.comBest Practices for Construction Contracts2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of Wisconsin, MadisonCivil EngineeringBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wisconsin Association of Consulting EngineersDesign-Build: Opportunities and RisksN/A
University of Wisconsin Professional Development DepartmentEffective Construction Contract and Field AdministrationN/A
University of Wisconsin Professional Development DepartmentLegal Considerations in Private Development of Public ProjectsN/A
University of Wisconsin Professional Development DepartmentDiffering Site ConditionsN/A
University of Wisconsin College of EngineeringInterpretation and Enforcement of Construction ContractsN/A
State Bar of WisconsinConstruction Liens and Lender PrioritiesN/A
M3Best Practices for Construction ContractorsN/A
Defense Research Institute, Fidelity and Surety CommitteeConditions; Changes in ScopeN/A
Construction Financial Management AssociationAn Enhanced View of Risk-Sharing for Construction ProjectsN/A
Construction Financial Management AssociationWhat Contractors Should Know About MoldN/A
Associated General ContractorsConstruction Contracts: The Contractor's ViewN/A
Associated General ContractorsLegal Considerations Regarding MoldN/A
Associated Builders and ContractorsHandling Major Claims and DisputesN/A
Associated Builders and ContractorsSummary of Wisconsin Construction Lien and Public Works Payment Bond LawN/A
Associated Builders and ContractorsGetting Work and Staying Out of Trouble - Legal and Practical Tools for SuccessN/A
American Subcontractors AssociationManaging Compression CostsN/A
American Society of Civil EngineersLegal Aspects of Mold Litigation: Minimizing Liability and ClaimsN/A