The firm’s simple philosophy that clients are entitled to the services of skilled attorneys who work hard, advocate zealously and play fair, continually earns Axley’s  attorneys distinctions and awards within the legal field and community.

Our lawyers are recognized by their peers, and both local and national publications, including:

Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists are compiled through peer reviews, independent research and a panel review by the national publication Law & Politics. Only five percent of the Wisconsin attorneys receive this honor. Rising Stars recognize the top 2.5 percent of the up-and-coming attorneys in the state. The survey is conducted in 48 states. Axley attorneys named to the 2015 Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists, along with their practice areas – as listed by Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Rising Stars magazine – include:

Wisconsin Super Lawyers:

Rising Stars:

Super Lawyers Business Edition

Top 25 Women Wisconsin Super Lawyers:

Top 25 Wisconsin Super Lawyers:

Top 50 Wisconsin Super Lawyers:

The Best Lawyers in America

Regarded as a top reference guide to the legal profession, The Best Lawyers in America© has been published biennially since 1983. The Best Lawyers® lists are compiled through an extensive peer-review survey in which thousands of lawyers in the U.S. confidentially evaluate their professional peers.The Best Lawyers in America© recognized 26 attorneys from Axley in its 2016 edition. Axley attorneys named and their area of practice, as listed by Best Lawyers®, include:

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings

Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ evaluate lawyers in the United States and Canada. Opinions of Judiciary and bar members are collected though objective questionnaires and personal interviews, confirming a lawyer’s legal ability and adherence to professional standards of ethics. Thus, these ratings are based on two components: (The italicized info is taken from the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ website. For more information, click here.)

  • The General Ethical Standards Rating, indicating the attorney’s commitment to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities. An attorney must receive the General Ethical Standards Rating before his or her review can proceed to the Legal Ability Ratings.
  • The Legal Ability Rating, evaluating performance in legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience.

The end results are as follows:

  • AV Preeminent® (4.5-5.0) – AV Preeminent® is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
  • BV Distinguished® (3.0-4.4) – BV Distinguished® is an excellent rating for a lawyer with some experience. A widely respected mark of achievement, it differentiates a lawyer from his or her competition.
  • Rated (1.0-2.9) – The Peer Review Rated designation demonstrates that the lawyer has met the very high criteria of General Ethical Standing.

Due to the high percentage of Axley attorneys with (AV) ratings, Axley has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as one of the top nationally ranked law firms in the United States. Axley attorneys who received Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings include:

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