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John Walsh is a trial lawyer. He primarily handles cases involving personal injuries. Mr. Walsh also takes on business litigation cases.
Mr. Walsh is a former president of the State Bar of Wisconsin. At the time of his election, he was the youngest president in State Bar history.
Mr. Walsh has chaired the Veterans Memorial Committee for the Post 245 of the American Legion in Cross Plains. On Veterans Day, 2010, the Memorial was dedicated to commemorate the service of area veterans in all five branches of our Armed Forces.
Mr. Walsh's injury practice includes all forms of motor vehicle accidents, as well as injuries involving children and the elderly. He has represented clients with brain injuries, neurological and orthopedic injuries, burn victims and all forms of traumatic injury. He has also represented clients suffering from the death of family members. Mr. Walsh trained originally as an insurance defense attorney, but for the past 25 years has focused primarily on representing the injured.
Mr. Walsh has particular experience in commercial trucking accidents. Mr. Walsh has appeared as counsel for both plaintiffs and defense in numerous cases involving death or serious injury from commercial trucking accidents.
Mr. Walsh's business litigation cases have included representing a diverse range of clients from individuals to national and multinational corporations. His cases have included contract rights, contract interpretation, property rights, accounting for damages, commissions and royalties, intellectual property issues, and quantifying past and future economic losses.
Mr. Walsh's work in business arbitration has included litigating (as counsel) and ruling (as arbitrator) on stock purchase agreements, business valuations, law firm dissolutions, calculating lost profits, and contract damages involving multimillion dollar corporations.
Mr. Walsh has acted as Wisconsin trial counsel in intellectual property cases and represented Taylor Made, Wonder Bread, Cardinal Glass and the ownerse of the copyrights to the Charles Schultz "Peanuts" characters.
Mr. Walsh is also a part-time faculty member at the University of Wisconsin School of Business. He is the principal author of two studies of "Wisconsin Injury Jury Verdicts" published by the State Bar of Wisconsin and an original contributing author to "The Law on Damages" in Wisconsin. Mr. Walsh is one of the leaders of the firm's Personal Injury Practice Group.
As a former President, Mr. Walsh has served on numerous committees of the State Bar and the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Mr. Walsh is a past Chairman of the Board of the State Bar and a former member of the board of directors of the State Bar's Litigation Section, and previously chaired the State Bar's Legislative Committee. He has been regularly selected by his peers to be included in the Milwaukee Magazine and the Madison Magazine Top Lawyer features, as well as in the 2001-2002, 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 editions of The Best Lawyers In America©.
Mr. Walsh has assisted both Republican and Democratic Governors in screening judicial candidates, and served on the Governor's Task Force on the Creation of a Business Court.
Mr. Walsh is presently on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Patients Compensation Fund and the Wisconsin Health Care Liability Plan.
He is a former board member of the Center for Public Presentation, the Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, the Board of Attorneys Professional Responsibility, and a member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court's Policy, Planning, and Procedures Committee.
Mr. Walsh has held numerous offices in the State Bar of Wisconsin, and is a member of the American Association for Justice, Litigation Section of the State Bar, Wisconsin Defense Counsel, Wisconsin Association for Justice, St. Thomas More Society, Dane County Bar, and ABA Litigation Section.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Wis Injury Lawyers||American Trial Lawyers||2008|
|Best Lawyers in America||Madison Magazine||2008|
|Super Lawyers||Milwaukee Magazine||2007|
|Best Lawyers in America||Madison Magazine||2007|
|Best Lawyers in America||Madison Magazine||2006|
|Super Lawyers||Milwaukee Magazine||2006|
|Best Lawyers in America||Madison Magazine||2005|
|Super Lawyers||Milwaukee Magazine||2005|
|Super Lawyers||Milwaukee Magazine||2004|
|President's Award||State Bar of Wisconsin||2004|
|Best Lawyers in America||Madison Magazine||2004|
|Best Lawyers in America||Madison Magazine||2003|
|Best Lawyers in America||Madison Magazine||2002|
|Best Lawyers in America||Madison Magazine||2001|
|Part Time Faculty/Lecturer||School of Business University of Wisconsin||1988 - Present|
|Partner||Axley Brynelson, LLP||1975 - Present|
|CEO President||State Bar of Wisconsin||1989 - 1991|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Wisconsin||Past President||1991 - Present|
|Wisconsin Law Foundation||Member||1989 - Present|
|State Bar of Wisconsin||Chairman of the Board||N/A|
|Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation Section||Member||N/A|
|Wisconsin Judicial Commission||Board Member||N/A|
|State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation Section||Board of Directors||N/A|
|American Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of Wisconsin, Legislative Committee||Chairman||2004 - 2008|
|Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company||Board Member||1989 - 1991|
|State Bar of Wisconsin||President||1989 - 1990|
|Dane County Bar Association||Member||1975 - 2008|
|Tommy Bartlett v. General Casualty||Favorable settlement|
|Collision with Semi in Baukmgartner v. General Casualty||Very Favorable for client (confidentiaL)|
|Fractured femur in Van Wie v. State Farm||Very Favorable ; Settled for Ins. Co Policy Limits|
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|Axley.com||Court of Appeals to Zipcar: Your Excess Liability Coverage Is Illusory||2014|
|Axley.com||Tips for Winter Driving||2014|
|Axley.com||Yaz and Yasmin Birth Control: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly||2013|
|Axley.com||Felonies vs. Misdemeanors||2013|
|Axley.com||Teen Driving: Parents Can Reduce the Risk||2012|
|Axley.com||Wisconsin Law Will Change for Many Accident/Injury Claims||2011|
|Axley.com||Safe Toys for Your Holidays||2011|
|University of Wisconsin Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1975|
|University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1972|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||Literature||N/A||N/A|
|Grambling State University||Politics and Law||N/A||N/A|