Tyler Wilkinson is a partner with Axley and Co-Chair 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.
EducationJ.D., cum laude, University of Wisconsin Law School
M.S., Education, Pace University – New York City
B.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison
- Administrative & Regulatory Matters
- Appellate Practice
- Construction Business Issues
- Construction Defect
- Contract Preparation & Review
- Environmental Regulation & Disputes
- Governmental, Administrative & Regulated Industry
- HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
- Health Care
- Hunting, Fishing & Trapping
- Insurance Defense
- Lien Claims
- Medical Malpractice Defense
- Products Liability Defense
- Professional Liability Defense
- The Affordable Care Act
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
- Named to the 2015-2017 Wisconsin Rising Stars List (Primary Practice Area: Business Litigation)
- Appointed to State Bar Legislative Oversight Committee
- Named 2013 Up and Coming Lawyer by the Wisconsin Law Journal
- Named a State Bar Young Leader for inaugural Leadership Development Summit
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.
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).
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.