Wilkinson, Tyler K.

Tyler K. Wilkinson

Contract Partner
Lori Verdon


Tyler Wilkinson is a partner with Axley and member of the Construction and Transportation Practice Group. He serves as general counsel for construction companies and as project counsel on large construction and development projects. He currently serves as Chapter Counsel for the Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin.

Tyler has handled a variety of complex disputes in his short-time as an attorney. He has handled over ten trials in state and federal courts and has handled numerous hearings in front of various government agencies. He has won cases before both the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. He is a dynamic speaker and has presented numerous times before judges, juries, government bodies and business groups.

Tyler has already been recognized for his work by being named one of Wisconsin Law Journal’s Up-and-Coming Lawyers, which recognizes the state’s outstanding young lawyers, and as a Wisconsin Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Tyler grew up on a farm in Muscoda, a small community in southwest Wisconsin. He is the son and grandson of auctioneers and spent his weekends helping with the family business, Wilkinson Auction & Realty Co.

Tyler was a fifth grade teacher before he became a lawyer. While at UW-Madison, he was recruited by Teach for America, a non-profit organization that selects the best and brightest college graduates to teach in low-income public schools across the nation. He went through six weeks of training in New York City and was then assigned to a class of fifth graders with special needs in Brooklyn. His first hurdle was language: the children spoke Spanish; he did not. But he learned – not just the language but the value of patience, of careful listening, and seeing a problem from the other side. These skills also translate well into the practice of law, where it’s important to find common ground to resolve cases, when possible, without litigation.

Tyler is married to Jackie and has a baby girl named Olivia. He and his family live in Marshall, Wisconsin where he is a Lion and a member of the local Ducks Unlimited Committee. In his spare time, Tyler likes to hunt, hike and spend time on the water.

Admitted to practice in the state courts of Wisconsin, the Western District of Wisconsin and the Eastern District of Wisconsin.


J.D., cum laude, University of Wisconsin Law School
M.S., Education, Pace University – New York City
B.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison

Involvement & Recognition


  • Chapter Counsel
  • Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin, Inc.
  • Member, Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association
  • Member, Marshall Lions Club Treasurer
  • Mud Lakes Ducks Unlimited Committee


Client Successes

Successfully represented a criminal defendant and secured a jury verdict of not guilty on nine counts of possession of digital contraband.

Successfully represented the Court of Appeals, District IV and secured a Wisconsin Supreme Court decision affirming the Court of Appeals’ decision in In re Matter of State v. Buchanan, 2013 WI 31, 346 Wis. 2d 735, 828 N.W.2d 847.

Tyler Wilkinson
Appellate Practice, Litigation

Successfully represented a physician and secured a court of appeal decision affirming trial court’s dismissal of a medical malpractice lawsuit in Satorius v. Berlie, et al., Appeal No. 2011AP2809 (Oct. 30, 2012).

Guy DuBeau, Tyler Wilkinson
Medical Malpractice Defense

Successfully represented and obtained a deferred prosecution agreement in a high profile case where client was alleged to have assaulted a University of Wisconsin athlete.

Obtained a jury verdict for a medical center in a breach of contract case.


Other Presentations & Publications
Article: "Right-to-Try and Right-to-Die: Moving Toward Patient Empowerment.” Inside Track, State Bar of Wisconsin (12/02/15)
Article: “Making Medical Decisions for Minors.” State Bar of Wisconsin (9/2014)
Video: “Making Medical Decisions for Minors.” State Bar of Wisconsin (9/2014)
Article: "Can Evidence That I Refused to Take a Breathalyzer Test Be Used Against Me In Court?" The Verona Press (5/2013) and (6/2014)
Article: "7th Circuit Rejects Failure-to-Settle-in-Good-Faith Defense Against EEOC." Wisconsin Employment Law Letter (2/2014)
Article: "Protecting the Attorney-Client Privilege for Corporate Clients." Wisconsin Defense Counsel Summer 2013 Magazine (2013)
Presentation: “Obamacare 101” Dodgeville Chamber of Commerce (7/2013)
Presentation: Wisconsin Builders Association Mock Trial (3/2013)
Article: "You Better Watch Out! Planning for Holiday Cheer at the Company Party." Wisconsin Employment Law Letter (12/2013)
Article: "Can an Employer Disclose an Employee Performance Review to its Board of Directors?" Wisconsin Employment Law Letter (10/2013)
Article: "Best Medicine for the Flu: Employer-Mandated Flu Shots?" Wisconsin Employment Law Letter (3/2013)
Presentation: "Business Planning for Farms" Dane County Farm Bureau (3/2013)