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:

Super Lawyers

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 2017 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:


Best Lawyers

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 30 attorneys from Axley in its 2018 edition in addition to naming 5 Axley attorneys Lawyer of the Year: Michael Modl – Litigation-Labor and Employment; David Pelletier – Litigation-Real Estate; Michael Riley – Mediation; Carl Sinderbrand – Litigation-Environmental; and Steven Streck – Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law. Axley attorneys named and their area of practice, as listed by Best Lawyers®, include::

  • Michael Anderson, Commercial Litigation
  • Steven Brezinski, Tax Law
  • Gregory Collins, Real Estate Law
  • Paul Curtis, Litigation – Insurance, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Guy DuBeau, Litigation – Construction, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • David Easton, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Timothy Fenner, Insurance Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning
  • Don Gallo, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Patricia Gibeault, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Saul Glazer, Construction Law
  • Daniel Hardy, Communications Law, Energy Law
  • Bruce Harms, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law
  • Arthur Kurtz, Insurance Law
  • Larry Libman, Real Estate Law
  • Lori Lubinsky, Education Law, Insurance Law
  • Michael Modl, Litigation – First Amendment, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Ligitation – Patent
  • Mitch Olson, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning
  • Laura Peck, Banking and Finance Law
  • David Pelletier, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy, Litigation – Real Estate
  • Richard Petershack, Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law
  • Robert Procter, Real Estate Law
  • Michael Riley, Arbitration, Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • John Schmid, Jr., Worker’s Compensation Law – Employers
  • Jonathan Schuster, Securities Regulation
  • Carl Sinderbrand, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Environmental
  • Heath Straka, Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Steven Streck, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Litigation – Environmental, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Buck Sweeney, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Environmental
  • John Walsh, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Michael Westcott, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment


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®  – The highest peer rating standard. This rating signifies that the lawyer’s reviewed peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.
  • Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM  – An excellent rating for a lawyer with some experience. This rating indicates the attorney is widely respected by their reviewed peers for high professional achievement and ethical standards.
  • Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM – This rating indicates that the lawyer has been recognized by a large number of their reviewed peers for strong ethical standards.

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:

Wisconsin Law Journal

Up and Coming Lawyers

Leaders in the Law

Women in the Law

InBusiness Magazine

Executive Choice Award – Winner (#1 Law Firm)

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014