Rich has over thirty years of experience in public utility law, civil litigation, and government law. He has handled numerous proceedings before trial courts, appellate courts, and administrative agencies. His experience includes:
- Handling major public utility law cases involving issues like formation of a public utility holding company, approval of a new gas-fired cogeneration plant, approval of the sale and leaseback of substantially all of a municipal electric utility's assets to a statewide municipal electric company, excess electric generating capacity, and retroactive rate-making.
- Negotiating several complex boundary agreements for municipalities.
- Litigating a case that established the right of municipalities to enact a temporary moratorium on land divisions.
- Representing utilities in various rulemaking proceedings at the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.
- Representing numerous municipalities and other public bodies, as well as private clients across a broad range of government law issues.
- Successful handling of a complex lawsuit—involving three appeals to the Wisconsin Supreme Court—which won the Town of Fitchburg the right to incorporate as a city.
- Representing the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents in major litigation involving public records issues.
- Handling a wide range of lawsuits, such as personal injury, products liability, property damage, and employment benefits.
Rich is admitted to practice in Wisconsin. Click here for Rich's lawyer rating. Rich was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 in the fields of Energy Law and Municipal Law.
University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1974; cum laude; Order of the Coif)
University of Wisconsin – Madison (B.A., 1972)
Professional Recognition and Awards
Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (since 2007).
Rich was selected by peers as a Wisconsin "Super Lawyer" (2005-2008, 2010-2011).
He was also selected as the 2015 Madison Municipal Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers (2011).
Rich is a recognized authority in municipal law. Since 1986, he has authored the municipal law chapter in the State Bar of Wisconsin's Annual Survey of Wisconsin Law, a publication informing Wisconsin lawyers of the year's most significant legal developments.
Rich has lectured at the University of Wisconsin Law School on local government and municipal law.
Professional Memberships and Activities
American Bar Association (Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section; Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Section; and State and Local Government Law Section)
State Bar of Wisconsin (Administrative and Local Government Section; Appellate Practice Section; Energy and Telecommunications Section)
Dane County Bar Association
Rich married his high school sweetheart, Barb Nordeng, who is now retired from teaching and a devoted grandmother. Barb and Rich have three sons, Eric, Brad and Greg – all married and living in the Madison area. They have four grandchildren: Ivory and Taylor (both six); Azalea (four); and Dane (two).
Away from the office you may find Rich wading a stream while fishing trout, analyzing a difficult hand at the bridge table, or searching the rough for an errant drive. Rich and Barb attend virtually every home game of Wisconsin football and basketball, and occasionally follow the Badgers on the road, as well.
The family’s favorite getaway is a cottage on the Oconto River in northern Wisconsin. There, Rich relaxes with a favorite book (usually American history or a classic novel) or competes with Barb in one of many strategy board games.