In 1885, Axley was founded in Madison, Wisconsin on a simple philosophy of hard work, loyalty and aggressive representation. In that sense, the firm has changed very little in the last century and a quarter.

Six generations later, the business of law is more complex, more sophisticated, more nuanced than ever before – and the Axley team of legal specialists mirrors the challenges of the day. But, the foundational approach to client relationships and tangible results remains strongly intact.

At Axley, we always believed:

  • In looking at every situation from multiple angles, and so we value teamwork
  • That our clients are our partners, and so we sit on the same side of the desk with you
  • That ideas and solutions can be communicated in everyday language, and so we converse with a minimum of legalese
  • In the power of community, and so we stay supportive and involved in the issues and causes that affect us all

And we still believe that the better we reflect the community, the stronger we become. So we’ve built a team of highly regarded attorneys with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise.

We are proud of what we do – our successes, our innovations and the trust we’ve earned with our clients. We are equally proud of how we do what we do, and the tribute that approach pays to the Axley heritage, today and every day.

“Advocacy” is a word often overused in the legal environment, but here at Axley law firm, it’s a word that still carries weight in our client relationships. Any law firm can stand at your side, but it takes an aggressive, responsive, creative approach to be a true advocate, to design uncommon solutions to common issues and to get the results our clients need.

Axley’s attorneys bring this mindset to a host of quality and cost effective legal services in over 100 areas, including business and corporate law, health care, estate planning and tax, real estate and land use, construction, litigation, insurance defense, electronic discovery, municipal, mediation, employment law, intellectual property, family law, criminal defense, and personal injury.

New Ideas, Old Values, Hard Work ®.

Management & Demographics
Managing Partner
J. Michael Riley
Personal Injury Team
Michael J. Modl
Litigation Practice Group
Troy D. Thompson
Labor and Employment Practice Group
Charles V. Sweeney
Construction & Transportation Practice Group
Timothy D. Fenner
Business Practice Group

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  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Elder Law
  • Water Law

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