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Kent Carnell is a shareholder with the Madison firm of Lawton & Cates, S.C.  He is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has achieved great results for clients on personal injury cases. He has gained a reputation for successfully handling business litigation and resolving construction disputes.

Kent was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1970 and has also been admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. He received his bachelor's degree in 1967 and his J.D. in 1970, both from the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Dane County Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the James E. Doyle Inns of Court.

Kent was elected to the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors in 2001. He served on the Executive Committee from 2004-2006 and is the Chair of the Board of Governors for 2005-2006. He has also served as liaison to the Litigation Section, the Construction and Public Contract Law Section, the Energy and Telecommunication Law Section, and the Lawyer Dispute Resolution Committee. In addition, he has served on the Professionalism Committee.

In addition to his legal accomplishments, Kent has a long record of extensive civic commitments. He is one of the founding members of the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, Inc. and served on the Board of Directors from 1986 to 1999. In addition, Kent served as a member of the Advisory Board to the Salvation Army for over 25 years, serving as Chair from 2000 to 2002. He has been a board member and chair of the Parkcrest Pool and Tennis Club, served on the John Muir School PTO, and held committee positions with a youth hockey club.


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Practice areas


  1. Construction: 25%
  2. Litigation: 25%
  3. Insurance: 25%
  4. Personal Injury: 25%



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Contact info

Lawton & Cates, S.C.

Ten East Doty Street, Suite 400
P.O. BOX 2965
Madison, WI, 53701-2965


WIGood Standing197003/16/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Super LawyerLaw & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerLaw & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine2010
Super LawyerLaw & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine2009
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyerLaw & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine2008
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2008
Super LawyerLaw & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine2007
Super LawyerLaw & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine2006
FellowLitigation Counsel of AmericaN/A
Executive Register Honor RollBusiness MagazineN/A
MembershipMillion Dollar Advocates ForumN/A
Certified Civil Trial AdvocateNational Board of Trial AdvocacyN/A
AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation SectionMemberN/A
Dane County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Wisconsin Association for JusticeMemberN/A
James F. Doyle American Inns of CourtMemberN/A
State Bar of WisconsinBoard of Governors, Chair2005 - 2006
State Bar of WisconsinBoard of Governors2001 - 2006
Publication nameTitleDate
Wisconsin LawyerContinuing Payments for Medical Expenses in Worker's Compensation Proceedings1993
Wisconsin Student Bar JournalWisconsin's Excess Liability Law-Some Needed Change1970
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1970
University of Wisconsin, MadisonN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1967
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Bar of WisconsinEthics Seminar2003
State Bar of WisconsinAttorney Professionalism2003
National Business InstituteTrying the Soft Tissue Injury Case in Wisconsin1997
National Business InstituteTrying the Automobile Injury Case in Wisconsin1993