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Michael Anderson is a partner at Axley Brynelson, LLP. His litigation practice, trial and appellate, focuses on a variety of commercial, business, products liability, and plaintiff personal injury litigation. Mr. Anderson's commercial practice includes dealership and distribution contracting, domestic and international, covenants not to compete, nondisclosure agreements, and confidentiality agreements.

He acts as outside general counsel for several clients, providing advice on corporate compliance, transactional, and general corporate issues. Mr. Anderson supervises foreign and domestic litigation for his general counsel clients. He currently serves as external General Counsel and Secretary of the Corporation for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA where his practice focuses on religious nonprofit governance and risk management issues.

Since 2003, Mr. Anderson has been on the governing board of Blackhawk Church, currently serving as Board Chair. Previously, he served on the Boards of nonprofit corporations involved in community development, a continuing care retirement community, and a 501c3 that provides funds for the delivery of legal services to low-income families. Currently he serves on the Board of a charity that works with members of impoverished international communities to develop skills that will permit them to earn a sustainable income.


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Practice areas


  1. Business: 50%
  2. Contracts: 17%
  3. M & A: 17%
  4. Corporate: 16%

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  • Carl B. Rolsma

    I endorse this lawyer. Mike Anderson is one of the top corporate attorneys in Wisconsin. His knowledge of the law is exceptional, his honesty is impeccable, and his good nature puts one at ease in stressful situations. I would recommend him to anyone without hesitation.


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Contact info

Axley Brynelson, LLP

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


WIGood Standing198003/02/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyer in Commercial LitigationThe Best Lawyers in America©2011
Named to the 2005 Wisconsin Super Lawyers ListWisconsin Super Lawyers2005
Executive RegisterIn Business Madison2004
AV Preeminent® Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™N/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerAxley Brynelson, LLP1986 - Present
General Counsel & Secretary of the CorporationInterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA2008 - 2014
Managing PartnerAxley Brynelson, LLP2003 - 2009
Associate AttorneyAxley Brynelson, LLP1980 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wisconsin Equal Justice FundBoard of Directors2006 - Present
State Bar of Wisconsin, Bench and Bar CommitteeMember2004 - Present
Wisconsin Supreme CourtPreliminary Review Committee2002 - Present
Christian Legal SocietyMemberN/A
Dane County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of WisconsinMemberN/A
Wisconsin Supreme CourtChair of Preliminary Review Committee2007 - 2010
State Bar of Wisconsin, Board of Attorney's Professional Responsibility Study CommitteeMember1996 - 2000
Board of Attorneys Professional Responsibility District CommitteeMember1991 - 2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Cornell UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1976