Lawton, Edward J.

Edward J. Lawton

Lisa Thomaschek


Edward Lawton is an attorney and a member of the Business Practice Group at Axley. His practice focuses on a variety of business transactional matters including the acquisition and sale of businesses, corporate governance, taxation, real estate, and securities regulation.

Mr. Lawton has assisted clients in the following areas:

  • The purchase and sale of businesses including the acquisition of distressed businesses
  • Shareholder and limited liability company member disputes
  • The negotiation and drafting of limited liability company operating agreements and shareholder agreements for business corporations
  • The sale, purchase and use as collateral of intellectual property assets
  • The private placement of exempt equity securities including the syndication of interests in commercial real estate
  • The purchase and sale of commercial real estate
  • The financing of significant commercial real estate transactions and the refinancing of indebtedness secured by commercial real estate including the preparation and negotiation of loan documents
  • Real estate development matters including development parcel acquisition, drafting condominium documents, and land use and development entitlement issues
  • The acquisition and financing of low income housing projects
  • The negotiation and drafting of commercial real estate leases including leases for office, industrial, retail and agricultural properties
  • Commercial real estate lease disputes
  • Drafting land contracts and negotiating terms of real estate purchase and sale transactions involving land contracts
  • Workout transactions involving loans and leases in default
  • Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation, Confidentiality and Assignment of Invention Agreements
  • Adverse possession disputes
  • Doctrine of acquiescence disputes
  • Easement disputes
  • Preparation and negotiation of easement documents
  • Cell site lease issues
  • Disputes involving rights of way for utilities
  • Dissolution and winding up of limited term technology licensing businesses
  • Ground leasing matters
  • Zoning ordinance enforcement matters

Admitted to practice in the State Courts of Wisconsin and Western District of Wisconsin.


J.D., B.B.A., Accounting, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Involvement & Recognition


  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member, Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association


Client Successes

Attorney Ed Lawton and Attorney Don Murn represented a client in the successful completion of a $26.5 million refinance transaction. The transaction required the client to defease their existing mortgage loan. Attorney Lawton and Attorney Murn dealt with the complex array of loan and defeasance documents on behalf of their client to complete the transactions and also guided the client and the other parties through the complex multi-tier ownership structure that governed the underlying real estate asset.