Kurtz, Art E.

Arthur E. Kurtz

Lori Verdon


Art Kurtz is a partner in the firm and member of the Litigation Practice Group, practicing across a broad range of litigation matters. He practices primarily in the areas of insurance defense, insurance coverage, disciplinary matters, and personal injury and also has a significant family law practice. Mr. Kurtz has represented clients in jury trials, court trials and administrative hearings throughout the state of Wisconsin, as well as in federal court. He has made numerous presentations regarding insurance law including bad faith claims and has been retained as an expert witness. He is admitted to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and various federal district courts.

Mr. Kurtz was employed in the claims department of Progressive Insurance Companies for 10 years and held the position of regional claims manager, responsible for offices in five states.

Admitted to practice in the State Courts of Wisconsin, Federal Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, and United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh District.


J.D., M.B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, Rutgers University

Involvement & Recognition


  • Member, Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin
  • Member, Dane County Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin


  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Named a top Insurance Law attorney by The Best Lawyers In America©

Client Successes

Represented insurance company and its insured in regards to a slip-and-fall which occurred in the insured’s home. Plaintiff’s counsel offered to settle the case based on a 90-10 liability split against the insured. The Dane County jury determined that the insured was not negligent and the Plaintiff was solely negligent. The Plaintiff rejected an offer of over $20,000 and instead received no recovery.

Kurtz, Art E.
Insurance Defense, Litigation


I would highly recommend Art Kurtz at Axley. I had met with other family practice attorney’s, and the second I met with Art I felt like family. Let’s face it, divorce is not an easy matter especially when you have children involved. From the beginning, he assured me that the children would be his number one priority and he did just that. Since my family matter, I have sent numerous people to Art and all have had an excellent experience. I wish there was more stars to rate his service on. Thank you so much for making a difficult matter a little bit easier and less stressful. His friendship will never be forgotten!


I had never experienced any real litigation before I had to fight for my rights as a father for my children. It was the most arduous and emotionally taxing time of my children’s and my life. I am so grateful for the events that led Atty. Kurtz to represent us. He was direct, uncompromising and capable.I had the best possible outcome for my case and as I look at my kids and get to enjoy the experience of raising them; I have such appreciation for his sage advice and proficient representation.

- Christopher S.
Family Law

Thank you for all of your help on this. It’s been the most difficult thing I’ve been through and I’m thrilled and relieved to be able to come out with equal placement–although it was a long and painful process–and move forward with my life. I was most interested in the end result and with your help and guidance I was able to achieve it. Best of luck in the future.

- Adam T.