John Walsh - Axley Brynelson, LLP

John Walsh

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 608-283-6709

John Walsh is a trial lawyer. He primarily handles cases involving personal injuries. Mr. Walsh also takes on business litigation cases.

Mr. Walsh is a former president of the State Bar of Wisconsin. At the time of his election, he was the youngest president in State Bar history.

Mr. Walsh has chaired the Veterans Memorial Committee for the Post 245 of the American Legion in Cross Plains. On Veterans Day, 2010, the Memorial was dedicated to commemorate the service of area veterans in all five branches of our Armed Forces.

Mr. Walsh’s injury practice includes all forms of motor vehicle accidents, as well as injuries involving children and the elderly. He has represented clients with brain injuries, neurological and orthopedic injuries, burn victims and all forms of traumatic injury. He has also represented clients suffering from the death of family members. Mr. Walsh trained originally as an insurance defense attorney, but for the past 25 years has focused primarily on representing the injured.

Mr. Walsh has particular experience in commercial trucking accidents. Mr. Walsh has appeared as counsel for both plaintiffs and defense in numerous cases involving death or serious injury from commercial trucking accidents.

Mr. Walsh’s business litigation cases have included representing a diverse range of clients from individuals to national and multinational corporations. His cases have included contract rights, contract interpretation, property rights, accounting for damages, commissions and royalties, intellectual property issues, and quantifying past and future economic losses.

Mr. Walsh’s work in business arbitration has included litigating (as counsel) and ruling (as arbitrator) on stock purchase agreements, business valuations, law firm dissolutions, calculating lost profits, and contract damages involving multimillion dollar corporations.

Mr. Walsh has acted as Wisconsin trial counsel in intellectual property cases and represented Taylor Made, Wonder Bread, Cardinal Glass and the ownerse of the copyrights to the Charles Schultz “Peanuts” characters.

Mr. Walsh is also a part-time faculty member at the University of Wisconsin School of Business. He is the principal author of two studies of “Wisconsin Injury Jury Verdicts” published by the State Bar of Wisconsin and an original contributing author to “The Law on Damages” in Wisconsin. Mr. Walsh is one of the leaders of the firm’s Personal Injury Practice Group.

As a former President, Mr. Walsh has served on numerous committees of the State Bar and the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Mr. Walsh is a past Chairman of the Board of the State Bar and a former member of the board of directors of the State Bar’s Litigation Section, and previously chaired the State Bar’s Legislative Committee. He has been regularly selected by his peers to be included in the Milwaukee Magazine and the Madison Magazine Top Lawyer features, as well as in the 2001-2002, 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 editions of The Best Lawyers In America©.

Mr. Walsh has assisted both Republican and Democratic Governors in screening judicial candidates, and served on the Governor’s Task Force on the Creation of a Business Court.

Mr. Walsh is presently on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Patients Compensation Fund and the Wisconsin Health Care Liability Plan.

He is a former board member of the Center for Public Presentation, the Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, the Board of Attorneys Professional Responsibility, and a member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Policy, Planning, and Procedures Committee.

Mr. Walsh has held numerous offices in the State Bar of Wisconsin, and is a member of the American Association for Justice, Litigation Section of the State Bar, Wisconsin Defense Counsel, Wisconsin Association for Justice, St. Thomas More Society, Dane County Bar, and ABA Litigation Section.

University of Wisconsin–MadisonJ.D. University of Wisconsin–Eau ClaireBA
State Bar of WisconsinDane County Bar AssociationWisconsin Patients Compensation Fund and the Wisconsin Health Care Liability PlanUniversity of Wisconsin Business School

Case History

No Jail Time – Breaking and Entering/Theft of Jet Ski

A juvenile client was charged with multiple offenses, including Burglary, Felony Theft, Destruction of Property and Obstructing a Police Investigation, among other charges.

Mr. Walsh obtained a disposition of the case whereby the client had no criminal record and no jail times; the client paid a fine and provided community service to a nonprofit group.

Caucus Scandal/John Doe Proceedings: Immunity — Represented both the director of the Assembly Republican Caucus and the director of the Assembly Democratic Caucus in negotiations with prosecutors from the Dane County District Attorney and the Wisconsin Attorney General offices. Both clients obtained immunity and neither was charged with a crime. Also represented various corporate and individual witnesses during the John Doe proceedings.
Drug Possession/Delivery Felonies: Nominal Jail Time — Represented client charged with three felonies after he made three drug sales to an undercover informant of the Tri County Drug Task Force. Negotiated a plea agreement whereby client spent four days in jail followed by probation.
Felony Thefts from Interstate Commerce: Case Dismissed

Defended a client in a Federal Court criminal trial involving felony charges of theft from an interstate shipment (a federal offense). At trial, the FBI presented video surveillance of the client unloading merchandise from the rear of a commercial semi-tractor trailer. Obtained a directed verdict and all charges were dismissed.

Homicide by Negligent Use of a Vehicle: Case Dismissed — Defended semi-tractor trailer operator against allegations his rig collided with a car and caused the death of three occupants. Their car burst into flames during a 20-plus vehicle pile-up on the Wisconsin River Bridge. Paint scrapings proved client was not the cause of the fire or deaths and the case was dismissed.
Homicide/Hit and Run: Minimal Jail Time — Defended a client charged with felony homicide by intoxicated driving and hit and run. Client struck a pedestrian during a snow storm and left the scene. Obtained a 30 day sentence and probation for the client.

Office Location

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


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Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs