Madison Attorney Richard Yde

Richard C. Yde,


Dick joined Stafford Rosenbaum LLP in 2001 after serving 14 years as the City Attorney for the City of West Bend. His practice is focused on government law, with a special emphasis on matters relating to land use and development. He has experience involving: 

  • Litigation and appeals of issues involving annexation, eminent domain, environmental law, incorporation, land division, property taxes, razing buildings, special assessments, municipal utilities, and zoning.  For example, Dick has provided clients with victories in trial and appellate courts in cases involving the right to put city sewers in town roads and to put recreational trails across railroad rights-of-way.
  • Negotiation of development agreements and intergovernmental agreements and negotiation and administration of public construction contracts. In one case, Dick negotiated a one word change in a state highway construction contract, changing “a” to “the”, and as a result saved a municipal client $800,000 at the end of a $5.7 million project.
  • Condemnation including large scale projects requiring acquisition of many parcels, both urban and rural; acquisitions under both secs. 32.05 and 32.06, Wis. Stats.; easement and fee acquisitions; strip and total parcel acquisitions; litigation of condemnation cases; relocation benefits.
  • Real estate development including large and small scale development agreements; tax increment districts; redevelopment districts; Brownfield development; real estate sales, purchases and leases; special assessments; platting.
  • Land use including zoning, variances, conditional uses, erosion control, stormwater management, Smart Growth, comprehensive planning. 
  • Environmental law including CERCLA (superfund), the Wisconsin Spills Law, landfill regulation, brownfields remediation, and navigable waters.

Dick is admitted to practice in Wisconsin. Click here for Dick's lawyer rating. Dick was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 in the fields of Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, and Municipal Law.


  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1979)
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison (B.A., 1973)

Professional Recognition and Awards 

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (since 2007).
  • Selected by peers as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer for his work in government/cities/municipalities law (since 2007).
  • Selected by peers as a top lawyer in municipal law (Madison Magazine, January 2005).

Teaching Experience 

Dick teaches at seminars for professional and municipal organizations, including the League of Wisconsin Municipalities’ Assessors Institute and Municipal Attorneys’ Institute, the UWGB Clerks and Treasurers’ Institute, and the Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation’s Corporate and Defense Counsel Conference. 

He has served as a faculty member for the Lawyering Skills Program at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has also lectured as an Adjunct Professor of environmental law at Northland College. 

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • American Bar Association (Environment, Energy and Resources Section, and State and Local Government Law Section)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Administrative and Local Government Law Section and Environmental Law Section)
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • League of Wisconsin Municipalities Attorneys Section, Member and Past President and Secretary
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association
Dick front center stage in Tosca. Photo credit: Jamie Young/Madison Opera.

Dick front center stage in Tosca. Photo credit: Jamie Young/Madison Opera.

  • Dick and his wife, Katie, are the parents of three children, Sonja, Josh and Ben. Now that the kids are out of the house and on their own, Dick and Katie have more time to devote to their interest in music. 

In addition to being a board member and past president of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras and adviser to the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras Foundation, Dick likes to perform in musical theater.  He has been in musical comedies with Musical Masquers in West Bend, sung in the chorus in Gilbert and Sullivan operas with Madison Savoyards and appeared as a supernumerary in operas with Madison Opera.

Community Involvement

  • Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, Advisor and Past President
  • Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras Foundation, Board Member
  • Madison Symphony Orchestra, Pro Bono Counsel