Axley Brynelson, LLP Ranked in 2015 “Best Law Firms”

November 3, 2014

Nicole Stine – Manager of Client Relations

November 3, 2014

(Madison, Wis.) – Axley Brynelson, LLP has been ranked in the 2015 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® regionally in 29 practice areas.

Firms included in the 2015 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

The 2015 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 74 national practice areas and 120 metropolitan-based practice areas.

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings, for the fifth consecutive year, are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. Clients and peers were asked to evaluate firms based on the following criteria: responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, integrity and civility, as well as whether they would refer a matter to the firm and/or consider the firm a worthy competitor.

Eligibility for a firm’s inclusion in a specific practice area and metro region requires the firm to have at least one of its attorneys listed in Best Lawyers in that practice area and region. A tiering system was used for the rankings, with the first tier consisting of firms that ranked among the highest-scoring firms in a metropolitan area; the second tier consisting of firms that ranked among the next highest-scoring firms in a metropolitan area; and so on. Axley’s tier rankings for the Madison metropolitan area are as follows:

Metropolitan Tier 1 – Madison

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Communications Law
  • Construction Law
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation – Construction
  • Litigation – Environmental

Metropolitan Tier 2 – Madison

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights /
    Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Education Law
  • Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Litigation – Bankruptcy

Metropolitan Tier 3 – Madison

  • Arbitration
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Energy Law

  • Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
  • Litigation – Municipal
  • Mediation
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Real Estate Law



  • Litigation – First Amendment
  • Litigation – Patent
  • Litigation – Real Estate
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers


  • Labor Law – Management
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Tax Law

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