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Michael Riley is a third-generation Madison lawyer. Mike concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, insurance issues, mediation and arbitration. He has lectured and written extensively on matters relating to the preparation and trial of lawsuits. Mike has taught trial advocacy and negotiation at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and has been a featured speaker at a number of seminars for various organizations, including the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Association for Justice, the Wisconsin Judicial Conference, Professional Education Systems, Inc. and the National Business Institute.

The State Bar of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Association for Justice have published articles he has authored on topics relating to personal injury claims. He has written several amicus curiae briefs on the Wisconsin Association for Justice's behalf. The State Bar has selected Mike to serve on a number of committees and to chair the Inter-Professional Relations and Legislative Committees. He has been ranked among the best lawyers locally and nationally in the areas of personal injury, mediation and arbitration by both national and local publications.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    43 years
  2. Mediation: 25%
    43 years
  3. Insurance: 25%
    43 years
  4. Arbitration: 10%
    43 years

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • William O. Marquis

    I endorse this lawyer.I have known Mike for about 45 years. he was always smart as a whip so I'm not surprised he has achieved the stature in the law that he has. I know he is constantly recruited for advice and teaches at many seminars. If one wants to know about insurance law Mike is the person to go to. As nice as he is, he'll fight you if he has to, and watch out.


    William Marquis Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact info

2 E Mifflin St # 200
Po Box 1767
Madison, WI, 53701-1767


WIGood Standing197303/16/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2007
Best Lawyers in Southern WisconsinMadison Magazine2006
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2006
Best Lawyers in WisconsinMilwaukee Magazine2005
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation SectionBoard Member2004 - Present
Wisconsin Association for Justice (Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers)Editorial Board Member1998 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember1973 - Present
State Bar of Wisconsin, Inter-Professional Relations CommitteeFormer ChairN/A
State Bar of Wisconsin, Legislative Oversight CommitteeFormer ChairN/A
State Bar of Wisconsin, Arbitration Guideline CommitteeFormer ChairN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Harold Umansky v. Barry FoxSupreme Court rules in plaintiff's favor.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1973