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John P. Starkweather

Real estate Attorney at Madison, WI

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 32 years
    Wisconsin - WI 32 years
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1991
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1991
    Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Real estate
    Transactional work includes commercial purchases and sales, leasing, financing, development, condominiums & easements. Real estate litigation, including contested probate, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, title insurance claims, partition, quiet title, foreclosure, and more.

    33 years

I enjoy modern architecture, furniture and design.


Boardman & Clark LLP
1 South Pinckney Street, Suite 401
P.O. Box 927
Madison, WI, 53701-0927

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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2015
Honest, Direct, and Strategic
I worked with John regarding a landlord/tenant dispute over withheld rent and security deposit. John was quick to respond, persistent in following up, and his advice was succinct and direct. His strategy ultimately saved me a lot of time and anguish that I fear I would've needed to go through if another attorney had not helped me resolve the dispute so quickly and effectively. I would call on John again without hesitation and recommend him to others with the highest regards.
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2013
Kathryne Shannon. / Client
I worked with John on a case where I had loaned money to an elderly couple in what was represented to me as a family real estate venture--- involving the couples two adult children. Due to much feuding in the family and then the deaths of the parents this litigation ran on for years. The surviving children did everything they could to try and avoid repaying me. I worked with John for 5 years. I ultimately have collected on the judgement in my favor. It was a pleasure to work with John. He did an excellent job for me. Definitely 5 Stars!!
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Posted by Mark | October 28, 2010
Tenacious, intelligent, focused, prepared and determined attorney.
John Starkweather handled my case aggressively and was very professional. John did not play games or allow opposing attorneys to draw us into long drawn out games or arguments that had no merit. The opponent had several law firms including several attorneys who all came up with creative and at times bizarre arguments and attempts to drag the case out for at least a year before we could continue with the subject matter. John was quick to respond to the games that some attorneys play. John would be specific in his motions as to the real subject matter and try to keep the court/judge informed or in the direction of the merits of the case. John would quickly argue against the ridiculous arguments of the other attorneys, he would stay on track of the merits of the case we were arguing. John’s investigation was thorough prior to proceeding in the direction that would lead us to winning the case. At one phone hearing with the judge, one attorney stated that Mr. Starkweather has 15 days to respond to an answer filed by opposing attorneys just the day before the hearing. Mr. Starkweather stated that the response had already been filed that morning and should be on the judge’s desk and sent to all opposing attorneys including their emails inbox. The other attorney’s only response was “you’re fast”. The judge then set the next hearing date for the following week. John e-mailed me the response and I was reviewing it around 11PM the night before, based on how fast he sent me the final draft I knew he wanted to file it first thing in the morning without john even telling me. Prior to filing motions or answers with the court, John would almost always send me an e-mail copy for review prior to filing. The only exception was when an opposing attorney filed something that was so off base or ridiculous, in that instance he immediately responded to the court and copied me after the fact which I believe was the appropriate thing to do. The only thing that slowed the case down was the required waiting time we had to give the opposing attorneys to do their filings. Johns filings were quick and thorough and at times the same day as we received an answer or motion. When it came to presenting the facts of the case, John was well prepared and brought the factual issues to the table in a way that opposing counsel could not argue at the same facts but had to try to argue a type of common law argument. John avoided going down their road of arguments and stuck with the facts of our case. John did a great job and in the end we didn’t even have to have a trial which I was comfortable with John handling. The defendant agreed to release a lien he had on my property and I didn’t pay him anything. This was my goal from the start, I would call that a win!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 275-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Boardman & Clark LLP
  • 2007 - Present
  • Owner
  • Starkweather Law
  • 2001 - 2006
  • Partner
  • Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Officer
  • Rosenberg & Liebentritt P.C.
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Mayer Brown & Platt
  • 1991 - 1996
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  • U of Wisconsin
  • J.D.
  • 1991
  • U of Wisconsin
  • BBA
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Madison Area Technical College v Moore
  • Summary Judgment


  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English


Speaking Engagements

  • Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Commercial Leases
  • 2012
  • AECRE Annual Meeting 2001
  • Telecommunications Act Impact on Real Estate
  • 2001

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Litigation Attorney | Jul 05
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