Michael Riley - Axley Brynelson, LLP

Michael Riley

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 608-283-6778

Mike Riley is a third-generation Madison, Wisconsin lawyer practicing in the areas of personal injury, insurance issues, mediation and arbitration. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© locally and nationally in the areas of personal injury, mediation and arbitration. He has been given the highest rating by fellow attorneys through an extensive, nationally-recognized peer rating system.

Mr. Riley has successfully represented hundreds of clients in personal injury claims. Additionally, he has successfully argued a number of cases before the Wisconsin State Supreme Court. He has also obtained dozens of favorable decisions for his clients before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Wisconsin Supreme Court. He has been asked to speak to Wisconsin lawyers and judges on a variety of topics relating to the trial and settlement of personal injury cases, insurance coverage, mediation and arbitration and a variety of other topics.

Mr. Riley has taught trial advocacy and negotiation at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has been a featured speaker at a number of seminars for various organizations, including the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Association for Justice and the Wisconsin Judicial Conference. The State Bar of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Association for Justice have published a number of articles he has authored on topics relating to personal injury claims.

Dedicated to providing personal attention and achieving the best possible result for each of his clients, Mr. Riley is a firm believer in putting his clients’ interests first.

University of Wisconsin–MadisonJ.D.
Wisconsin Association for JusticeState Bar of WisconsinState Bar of Wisconsin Inter-Professional Relations and Legislative CommitteesState Bar of Wisconsin Litigation Section

Case History

Favorable Decision – Discretionary Immunity – Supreme Court of Wisconsin — Received favorable decision from the Supreme Court of Wisconsin inBrown v. Acuity, a case in which he briefed and argued the issue of discretionary immunity.  The Court accepted his argument, overturning a decision of the Court of Appeals, and establishing a bright line rule that operators of emergency vehicles are not authorized to ignore specific statutory mandates contained in the rules of the road.

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