A Brief History

Though we serve clients around the United States and all over the world, we trace our roots to our current hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, in 1879. Generations and partners have come and gone, but what remains — and will always remain — is our commitment to providing practical legal solutions and our adherence to the highest standards of legal ethics and professionalism. Whether your legal concerns lie in Wisconsin, out of the state, or in any country around the world, you can always turn to us.

Business leaders turn to us.

We harness the collective experience of our business attorneys and litigators to solve legal needs arising in the areas of antitrust and trade, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, business law, dealership and franchise law, employment and labor law, environmental law, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and alternative dispute resolution.

Government leaders turn to us.

We serve as general counsel or act as special counsel for more than 100 Wisconsin local governmental entities advising in areas such as public utility, government and administration, employment and labor law, and environmental law.

Leaders in the legal profession turn to us.

When a conflict prevents our peers in the legal community from handling a matter for one of their clients, or when they find themselves in need of experience they may not have, we provide solutions to their clients’ legal needs in all of the practice areas listed above, as well as in estate planning and probate, family law, and insurance law.

Community leaders turn to us.

We’re committed to local communities, and the foundation of our practice is communication. We seek resolution by listening to your legal concerns and understanding your goals, explaining your options and their ramifications clearly and simply. And if you have questions, we’re always here for you — just as we have been for over 140 years.