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Heath P. Straka

Personal injury Attorney at Madison, WI

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  • Licensed for 23 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Heath

Learn Heath’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    75%
    car accident, explosion, bike injury, truck accident

    24 years, 750 cases

  2. Class action
    10%
    fair credit reporting act, wage and hour violation, metal on metal hip implant, consumer protection

    24 years, 30 cases

  3. Construction and development
    10%
    litigation of construction and real estate disputes

    24 years, 25 cases

  4. Civil rights
    5%
    whistle blower, harassment, police misconduct, retaliation, first amendment

    24 years, 100 cases

Heath Straka is a partner in Axley’s Personal Injury Practice Group. Attorney Straka has almost 20 years of experience in litigating civil disputes.  His practice focuses on representing individuals who have been harmed by the negligent or reckless conduct of others.

Attorney Straka also handles construction and real estate disputes as well as other litigation matters.  He has had jury trials throughout Wisconsin in both State and Federal Court.  In addition to handling numerous civil jury trials, Attorney Straka has successfully argued two cases before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin.

In addition to his general civil litigation experience, Attorney Straka also handles complex litigation and class actions involving large disputes, including wage and hour violations.  These cases have been brought against some of the largest corporations in the country and have resulted in more than $40 million in recoveries.

Over the years, he has also advised small to medium-sized employers on employee disputes and how to be compliant with their employee handbooks. Handling both sides of employment disputes has provided Attorney Straka with keen insight when advising a business as well as an employee who has been wronged.

Attorney Straka also strongly believes in giving back to his community and his profession.  He is the past President of the Wisconsin Association for Justice – a statewide association of trial attorneys and professionals of nearly 900 total members.  He is fluent in Spanish and has enjoyed volunteering with the Dane County Bar for non-English speaking legal services. Attorney Straka is also a frequent guest speaker at the University of Wisconsin Law School for various litigation classes and projects.  He is the current Chair of the Dane County Civil Service Commission and serves as President of the Cottage Grove Community Foundation. 

Outside of his profession, he has enjoyed coaching youth hockey and soccer for the last 25 years.  He has also served on many local boards for both sports and other community ventures.  Attorney Straka is married, and together, he and his wife, Kim, are raising three children and two dogs.

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Location

Axley Attorneys
2 E Mifflin St Ste 200
Madison, WI, 53703

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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 33%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Axley Attorneys
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner / Shareholder
  • Gingras, Cates and Wachs
  • 1999 - 2018

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of Otto v. Physicians Insurance Company of Wisconsin
  • Judgment of roughly $1.2 Million
  • Richard Bubb et al. v. William Brusky, M.D., et al.
  • The Supreme Court of Wisconsin ordered a new trial

Associations

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer
  • Madison Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2008
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2007
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2006
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Publications

  • The Verdict (Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers)
  • Expired Statute of Limitations in a Settlement: What to do about the subro?
  • 2005
  • The Verdict (Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers)
  • Hard Work
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Skills Practice Course
  • Preparing a Civil Case for Trial
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

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Personal injury Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heath is very respected personal injury in Madison and throughout Wisconsin. He practices in all areas of civil litigation, including medical malpractice and all varieties of tort claims. I have referred many PI matter to him, as well as co-counseling with him. He is also fluent in Spanish. I highly recommend Heath to injured individuals and their families."
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