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Gene R. Rankin

Gene R. Rankin

Practice areas:

Land Use & Zoning, Business, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, State, Local And Municipal Law

About Me

For amusement?  I do a fair bit of offshore racing (close to 10,000 miles of it by now, was recently navigator/tactician on the South China Sea race), have a small collection of Italian motorcycles (and actually ride them), work as pit crew for my brother and his friends who race sporty cars, and have a daughter, a dog, and cats.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1980

  1. Business: 40%
    35 years
  2. Land Use & Zoning: 40%
    35 years
  3. State, Local And Municipal Law: 10%
    35 years
  4. Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 10%
    22 years



Hourly ($200-500/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

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Contact Info

Rankin Law Office

2818 Ridge Rd
Madison, WI, 53705-5224


WIGood Standing198003/16/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Who's Who in the WorldMaquis Who's Who2008
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who2007
Who's Who in Emerging American LeadersMarquis Who's Who1992
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who1987

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyGene R. Rankin Law Office2006 - Present
Director, Board of Bar ExaminersWisconsin Supreme Court1994 - 2006
AttorneyGene R. Rankin Law Office1989 - 1994
Director, Land Regulation & RecordsDane County Government1984 - 1989
AttorneyRisser & Risser1980 - 1984

Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of WisconsinParalegal Task Force; UPL Comm; Bd member, Environ Law Sec1980 - 2008
Dane County Bar AssociationN/A1980 - 2008

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Betty Ferris et al. v. United States Case No. 89-C-779-C (W.D. Wis. July 30, 1990).Plaintiff granted injunction, awarded fees & costs

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Publication NameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarRights of Way and Easements, Boundary Law in Wisconsin1991
Urban LandPaving the Way1991
Urban LawyerThe First Bite at the Apple: State Supreme Court Takings Jurisprudence Antedating First English1990
Journal of Surveying and Land Information SystemsSurveying and Mapping in Dane County, Wisconsin1990
URISA ProceedingsA Practical, Transaction-driven Governmental Land Information System: Concept, Design and Implementation1988
Historic Preservation Law in WisconsinHistoric Preservation Law in Wisconsin1982
Behavior Research Methods and InstrumentationComputerized Animal Intelligence Testing1972
Behavior Research Methods and InstrumentationThe Symmetrical Maze: An Automated Closed-field Test Series for Rats1970

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
U of WisconsinLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of WisconsinLand EconomicsABD1977
University of WisconsinUrban & Regional PlanningMS1973
University of WisconsinHistory/literature/art historyBS - Bachelor of Science1966

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Justice & Bureaucracy Series."Don't ask me nothin' about nothin'; I just might tell you the truth."2002
Boundary Law in WisconsinRights of Way and Easements1991