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Dan Hardy is a partner at Axley Brynelson, LLP, who has devoted more than 35 years of law practice to areas of telecommunications and public utility law, estate planning, probate and trust administration, wills, trusts and ownership succession planning for closely-held businesses, acquisitions, purchase and sales of businesses, business reorganization, real estate and income tax law. Dan was named as one of Madison’s best estate planning attorneys by Madison Magazine in 2004 and 2005. He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers In America© annually since 2005 for his work in telecommunications law and energy law.

Contact & Links


  • Two East Mifflin Street, Suite 200
    P.O. Box 1767
    Madison, WI 53701-1767


  • English


  • University of Wisconsin–Madison, J.D.
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison, BBA

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, State Bar of Wisconsin


  • American Bar Association - Member
  • City of Fitchburg Community and Economic Development Authority - Member
  • Dane County Bar Association - Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Communications Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Communications Law, Madison (2014)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Communications Law
  • Energy Law

Special Focus:

  • Arbitration
  • Cable Television
  • Franchise
  • Litigation
  • Public Utility
  • Regulatory
  • Telecommunications
  • Transactions


  • Named the Best Lawyers© 2014 Communications Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Madison
  • Named to the 2005, 2008, 2010 – 2013 Wisconsin Super Lawyers lists (Primary Area of Practice: Utilities Law)
  • Listed as a top communications law and energy law lawyer in The Best Lawyers In America
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™

Additional Areas of Practice:

  • Tax Law

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