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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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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 70%
    41 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Business: 20%
    41 years, 500 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
    41 years, 200 cases



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Axley Brynelson, LLP

2 E. Mifflin St., Suite 200
Madison, WI, 53703-4269


WIGood Standing197503/16/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Perfect 10AAVO2009
Top 100 Wis Injury LawyersAmerican Trial Lawyers2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaMadison Magazine2008
Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine2007
Best Lawyers in AmericaMadison Magazine2007
Best Lawyers in AmericaMadison Magazine2006
Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine2006
Best Lawyers in AmericaMadison Magazine2005
Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine2005
Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine2004
President's AwardState Bar of Wisconsin2004
Best Lawyers in AmericaMadison Magazine2004
Best Lawyers in AmericaMadison Magazine2003
Best Lawyers in AmericaMadison Magazine2002
Best Lawyers in AmericaMadison Magazine2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Part Time Faculty/LecturerSchool of Business University of Wisconsin1988 - Present
PartnerAxley Brynelson, LLP1975 - Present
CEO PresidentState Bar of Wisconsin1989 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of WisconsinPast President1991 - Present
Wisconsin Law FoundationMember1989 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinChairman of the BoardN/A
Wisconsin Academy of Trial LawyersMemberN/A
State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation SectionMemberN/A
Wisconsin Judicial CommissionBoard MemberN/A
State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation SectionBoard of DirectorsN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of Wisconsin, Legislative CommitteeChairman2004 - 2008
Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance CompanyBoard Member1989 - 1991
State Bar of WisconsinPresident1989 - 1990
Dane County Bar AssociationMember1975 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tommy Bartlett v. General CasualtyFavorable settlement
Collision with Semi in Baukmgartner v. General CasualtyVery Favorable for client (confidentiaL)
Fractured femur in Van Wie v. State FarmVery Favorable ; Settled for Ins. Co Policy Limits
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of Wisconsin, Eau ClairePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1972
University of Wisconsin, MadisonLiteratureN/AN/A
Grambling State UniversityPolitics and LawN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Barof WisconsinTort Law, Professionalism, Ethics and Trial StratagyN/A