H. Dale Peterson - Stroud, Willink & Howard, LLC

H. Dale Peterson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

As a member ofStroud, Willink & Howard, LLC, Dale is recognized as one of Dane County's preeminent litigators of complex business and commercial disputes.  He represents business clients in all aspects of litigation and alternative dispute resolution.  He has extensive experience in disputes involving contracts, dealerships, product manufacture and distribution, shareholder disagreements, mergers and acquisitions, construction, real estate, technology, and property taxation, among others.  Dale also advises many Wisconsin and national business clients on compliance with Wisconsin's laws and regulations and resolution of business disputes.  He has a proven track record of success and offers his clients broad knowledge and experience in his business law practice.  Dale's business law background, including his knowledge of accounting, tax, and financing principles, has proven to be of significant advantage in litigating business disputes from start to successful completion.


  • Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
  • Corporation/Business Law
  • Dealership and Shareholder Disputes
  • Shopping Center Law
  • Software and Technology
  • Foreclosures

University of Wisconsin, Steven's PointBS 1973University of Wisconsin Law SchoolJ.D. 1978
Dane County Bar AssociationState Bar of Wisconsin

Case History

Practice Experience
  • Has served for more than 20 years as general counsel to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, the largest farm organization in the State of Wisconsin with more than 40,000 members; provided ongoing legal advice; represented the organization in numerous lawsuits in matters involving agricultural issues such as right-to-farm law and defending the constitutionality of Wisconsin's use value system of property taxation; in use value taxation lawsuit, successfully defended the constitutionality of Wisconsin's use value taxation system before the Wisconsin Supreme Court with the result that Wisconsin farmers now save more than $600 million annually in property taxes compared to the prior market-value assessment system.

  • Represented one of Madison's largest shopping centers with various legal matters, including property tax challenges, negotiating, drafting, and enforcing commercial lease agreements with tenants, employment law issues, property management, and tenant relations.

  • Extensive front line litigation experience trying and defending business disputes before juries, judges, and arbitrators.

Office Location

25 West Main Street, Suite 300
P.O. Box 2236
Madison, WI 53701-2236
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the Madison Metro Area
H. Dale Peterson has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (Agricultural Cooperative, Breach of Contract, Civil Litigation, Commercial Disputes, Covenants Not to Compete, Family Businesses)
Construction Law
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Construction

Other Information

Gender: Male