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 are compiled through peer reviews, independent research and a panel review by the national publication Law & Politics. Only five percent of the Wisconsin attorneys received 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’s 2013 Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Rising Stars and 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 2013 edition. Axley attorneys named and their area of practice, as listed by Best Lawyers, include:

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings

Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating process evaluates lawyers and law firms in the U.S. and Canada based on peer review. These ratings are used as a resource when evaluating a lawyer, making referrals, or looking for counsel in another jurisdiction. Opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary are collected though questionnaires and personal interviews confirming a lawyer’s legal ability and adherence to professional standards of ethics.The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are based on two parts:The General Ethical Standards Rating (V – Very High) indicates the attorney’s devotion to professional standards, ethics, reliability, diligence and other areas important to his or her professional responsibilities. An attorney must receive the General Ethical Standards Rating before his or her review can proceed to the next step.The Legal Ability Ratings look at the standard of professional ability in the area in which the attorney practices, the attorney’s expertise, and other professional qualificationsLegal Ability Ratings are: (C – Good to High) This is the maximum rating an attorney can receive who has been admitted to the bar from 3-4 years. (B – High to Very High) This is the maximum rating an attorney can receive who has been admitted to the bar from 5-9 years. (A – Very High to Preeminent) An attorney must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive this rating. 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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