Knoche, Sterling

Sterling Knoche

Rita Heyerholm


Sterling Knoche is an associate at Axley and a member of the Litigation Practice Group. He focuses his practice on general civil litigation. He also has interest in administrative law, municipal law, and environmental law.

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, Sterling worked as a clerk with Axley prior to joining as an associate. His experience extends to writing appellate briefs, drafting motions, and preparing memos.

During law school, Sterling worked for several clinics including the Federal Appeals Project and the Constitutional Litigation, Appeals and Sentencing Project. His team in the Federal Appeals Project won a case of first impression in the Seventh Circuit involving the First Step Act, resulting in a resentencing of time served for their client. For his work in the clinics, Sterling was the recipient of the Friends of the Remington Center Endowment Award. Also, during law school, Sterling worked for the State Democracy Research Initiative doing research on state-level democracy issues regarding state supreme courts.

Prior to law school, Sterling interned for several non-profits in the Madison area and coached swimming. He spent the majority of the time working for the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Outside of work, Sterling enjoys playing multiple sports, exploring the Boundary Waters, reading a good history book and watching all Wisconsin sports.


J.D., Order of the Coif, magna cum laude, University of Wisconsin Law School
B.A., graduated with distinction, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Involvement & Recognition


  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin


  • Recipient, Friends of the Remington Center Endowment Award