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Francis M. Doherty

Francis M. Doherty

also known as Frank Doherty

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About Me

After serving five years as an commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Doherty joined the law firm of Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp and Sleik in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Mr. Doherty  handles civil litigation matters, including personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, business and commercial litigation, real estate disputes and construction defect claims. He is licensed and practies in both Wisconsin and Minnesota and offers a free 30 minute consultation regarding personal injury claims.


Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    15 years
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
    15 years
  3. Insurance: 30%
    15 years



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Sarah E. Fortune

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Sarah Fortune Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Richard Anthony Rice Jr.

    Frank is an outstanding attorney and a formidable opponent in court. He achieves great results for his clients.


    Richard Rice Federal Crime Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik

505 King Street, Suite 300
PO Box 1927
La Crosse, WI, 54602-1927


WIGood Standing200003/24/2015
MNAuthorized to practice199406/28/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Rising StarWisconsin Super Lawyers2008
Rising StarWisconsin Super Lawyers2007
Rising StarWisconsin Super Lawyers2006
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerHale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik2000 - Present
JAGU.S. Navy1994 - 2000
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Association of Defense Trial AttorneysMember2013 - Present
Wisconsin Defense CounselMember2006 - Present
La Crosse County Bar AssociationSecretary2003 - 2004
La Crosse County Bar AssociationTreasurer2003 - 2004
State Bar of WisconsinMember2000 - Present
La Crosse County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Minnesota Third Judicial District Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Real Estate DisputeMinnesota adverse possession ligiation. Mr. Doherty's client was awarded sole ownership of the disputed property and was also awarded damages for trespass.
Bar Fight CaseMr. Doherty was able to sercure a pre-trial settlement for insurance policy limits from the individual defendant and an additional substantial amount from the tavern for his client.
Williams v. Auto Owners InsuranceMr. Doherty successfully sought and obtained the reversal and dismissal of a $500,000 judgment against his client in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawLL.M - Master of Laws2000
University of North Dakota School of Law LawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of North Dakota Business ManagementN/AN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
2012 Summer ConferenceInsurance coverage issues in construction litigation.2012
La Crosse County Bar AssociationUsing Experts at Trial2009
Wisconsin Defense Counsel Spring ConferenceExpert Witness Update2006