Brian W. Mullins - Axley Brynelson, LLP

Brian W. Mullins

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Brian Mullins is a partner at Wisconsin law firm Axley Brynelson, LLP, and co-chair of the firm’s Construction Law Team. He is also a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and Business Practice Group. Mr. Mullins’ practice focuses on construction and real estate claims, disputes, contracts and transactional work. He is experienced in civil, commercial and insurance claims, mediation, arbitration and litigation matters.

Mr. Mullins has over 30 years of experience as an attorney and advocate for owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, insurers and sureties. He was one of the founding members of the 50 State Network of Lien and Bond Attorneys. Mr. Mullins has been instrumental in the development of construction law in Wisconsin and has been named to the International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers. He has been selected in nearly every statewide survey of lawyers as one of the state’s top construction and real estate lawyers, including being named the Best Lawyers® 2014 Real Estate – Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” and the Best Lawyers 2013 Construction and Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year.” He is a graduate engineer and has received an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™.

Mr. Mullins has prior experience as a project manager in construction projects. He has represented and counseled owners, developers and contractors on large Wisconsin private developments and public works projects in connection with zoning, municipal and government approvals, public and private financing, development agreements, construction contracts, construction claims, dispute resolution and legal affairs. Mr. Mullins also has experience in public procurement, government contracting and EPC (Engineering Procurement and Construction) and Turnkey contracting.

Mr. Mullins is experienced in representing clients in mediation, arbitration and litigation of construction and real estate matters. He has served as a mediator and an arbitrator of numerous construction and real estate disputes. Mr. Mullins was a member of the Dispute Review Board for the Core and South Leg components of the Marquette Interchange, one of Wisconsin’s largest public works project; and currently serves as the Chair of the Dispute Review Board for the Zoo Interchange/Watertown Plank Interchange project.

Mr. Mullins has additional industry experience in commercial construction, commercial real estate, condominium development, construction contracts, construction claims and defects, differing site conditions, extras, delay claims, design-build project delivery, insurance coverage and defense, heavy highway and transportation, mold and environmental matters, public construction (hospitals, schools and other facilities), real estate, development and leasing, real estate transactions, tax assessment objections and tax incremental financing.

Admitted to practice in Wisconsin and Minnesota, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the United States District Court for Minnesota, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

University of Wisconsin–MadisonB.Eng 1977University of Wisconsin–MadisonJ.D. 1980
Wisconsin Builders AssociationAmerican Council of Engineering Companies of WisconsinMadison Area Builders AssociationWisconsin Association of Consulting EngineersWisconsin Underground Contractors AssociationAssociated Builders and ContractorsSurety Association of AmericaWisconsin Society of Professional EngineersAmerican Bar AssociationConstruction Financial Management AssociationCentral Madison Business Improvement DistrictWisconsin Transportation Builders AssociationAxley Brynelson Construction and Transportation TeamAssociated General Contractors of WisconsinState Bar of Wisconsin

Case History

Claims, Litigation and Other Disputes on Public and Private Projects

Represents owners, general contractors, subcontractors and sureties in claims, litigation and other disputes on public and private projects.

Contract Negotiations, Performance Issues and Claims Avoidance/Resolution

Regularly represents clients on contract negotiations, performance issues and claims avoidance and resolution.

Prosecuting Claims in Connection with Failed Public Improvements

Represents public owners in prosecuting claims in connection with failed public improvements.

Commercial Real Estate Developments and Transactions, Disputes

Represents owners in commercial real estate developments and transactions, and in disputes relating to deficient design and construction.

Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation

Represents clients in litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings, including arbitration and mediation.

Arbitrator and Mediator of Construction and Real Estate Disputes

Serves as a third-party neutral and as an arbitrator and mediator of construction and real estate disputes.

Office Location

Two East Mifflin Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 1767
Madison, WI 53703
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Construction of the Madison Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Construction Law of the Madison Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Real Estate of the Madison Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Construction Law of the Madison Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Construction of the Madison Metro Area
Brian W. Mullins has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Brian W. Mullins has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Brian W. Mullins has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Brian W. Mullins has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!Brian W. Mullins has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!


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Practice Areas

Construction Law
Litigation - Construction
Litigation - Real Estate