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Patrick J. Fiedler - Madison, WI

33 East Main StreetSuite 400 Madison, WI 53703

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Updated: 04/06/2017

Madison Alernative Dispute Resolution Lawyer


Patrick Fiedler’s diverse legal career includes service as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Dane County Circuit Judge, and President of the State Bar of Wisconsin. As a lawyer, he has tried over 60 jury trials and, as a judge, he has presided over more than 150 juries. Since returning to the private practice of law in late 2011, he has served as a mediator and arbitrator on over 250 different cases...

About Patrick J. Fiedler

Practice Areas

  • Alernative Dispute Resolution 80%
  • Criminal Defense 15%
  • Civil Litigation 5%


  • 20%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner


  • English


Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1987

Other Affiliations

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, 1980 - Present (Member and Past President)
  • The Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation, 2014 - Present
  • Dane County Bar Association, 1993 - Present (Member)
  • Wisconsin Trial Judges Association, 1994 - 2011 (Past Member)
  • The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2016 - Present (Member)
  • Public Defender Board, 2016 - Present


  • Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1980
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1977
    Major: Business

Past Positions

  • Waukesha County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 1980 - 1984
  • U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney, 1987 - 1991
  • Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Secretary, 1991 - 1993
  • Dane County, Wisconsin, Circuit Court Judge, 1993 - 2011
  • Axley Brynelson, Attorney, 2011 - 2014

Classes and Seminars

  • Wisconsin Judicial College–teaching Evidence and the Sentencing Hearing, Faculty (1999-2009); Associate Dean , 2003 - 2009
  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Instructor, 1998 - 2001
  • The New Daubert Standard for Experts in State Courts, presented to numerous local bar associations, law associations and classes, 2011 - 2012
  • Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) 2012 and 2013 Terms –Federalist Society, Madison Chapter, 2013 - Present
  • Demonstration of a Civil Trial, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2005 - Present
  • Wisconsin’s Truth in Sentencing Law, numerous seminars before judges and lawyers, 1998 - 2007
  • Evictions from a Judge's Perspective, Wisconsin Housing Alliance - 2012 Annual Conference, November 8, 2012
  • Zapata Case Study, City of Madison Police Department, Death Investigation Scool, February 19, 2013
  • Observations on a Legal Career, Univeristy of Wisconsin - Madison Pre-Law Society, April 18, 2013
  • Pro Bono - A True Story, Dane County Br Association, May 1, 2013
  • Sentencing Criteria and Criminal Justive Outcomes, Edgewood College class, February 19, 2014
  • Litigation Insights - A View from the Bench and from the Bar, City of Madison Police Department, Advanced Homicide School, March 19, 2015
  • President's Forum: Practical Advice for Negotiation, Discovery, Mediation and Trial, State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting, June 25, 2015
  • Mediation Within a Cooperative Framework, Divorce Cooperation Institute Seminar, November 13, 2015
  • Tales from the Dark side (of propert division), Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, January 19, 2016


Other Sources of Feedback About Patrick J. Fiedler

Included on the 2023 Wisconsin list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Patrick J. Fiedler on Super Lawyers


  • Super Lawyer—Super Lawyers®/Milwaukee Magazine, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2014-Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2014-Present
  • Judge of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocates –Wisconsin Chapter, 2007
  • 2008 Victim Advocacy Award, Honorable Mention for Outstanding Victim Advocacy, Wisconsin Victim/Witness Professional Association

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Office Information


33 East Main StreetSuite 400 Madison, WI 53703


  • (608) 257-5764

Accepts Credit Cards




  • The Wisconsin Department of Corrections: An Expensive Proposition, Marquette Law Review, Volume 76, No. 3, Page 501, Spring, 1993
  • Intensive Sanctions: A New Sentencing Option, Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 65, No. 6, Page 14, 1992
  • Impact of Victim-Witness Legislation: Now and in the Near Future, Wisconsin Defender, Vol. 5, No. 6, Page 1, 1997
  • Conversation with the Courts, Wisconsin Journal of Family Law, Vol. 20, No. 3, 2000
  • The New Daubert Standard for Experts in Wisconsin Courts, Axley Website, Novermber 29, 2011
  • Out-of-State Lawyers Need to be Aware of Local Rules, Axley Website, December 19, 2011
  • Concussion Bill Becomes Law, Axley Website, June 5, 2012
  • Wisconsin Court of Appeals Adopts Rule Limiting Insurers’ Duty to Defend, Axley Website, June 20, 2012
  • Supreme Court Issues Opinion In Sizzler Contaminated Meat Case, Axley Website, July 5, 2012

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