John Walsh

John Walsh

Axley Brynelson, LLP

Recognized since 2001

Madison, Wisconsin

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

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John Walsh is a trial lawyer. He primarily handles cases involving personal injuries. John has over a 95% success rate for injury cases he agrees to accept.

Mr. Walsh also takes on a limited number of 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 types of motor vehicle accidents, injuries involving children and the elderly, clients with brain injuries, neurological and orthopedic injuries, burn victims and all forms of traumatic injury. He also handles cases involving death of family members. Mr. Walsh trained originally as an insurance defense attorney, but for the past 25 years has focused almost exclusively on representing injured people.

Mr. Walsh also handles 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 dissolution, 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, since 1995 has biannually been recognized as one 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.

Contact & Links


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


  • University of Wisconsin–Madison , J.D.
  • University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, BA
  • Grambling State University, graduated 1972

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, State Bar of Wisconsin


  • Dane County Bar Association - Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Member / Past President
  • University of Wisconsin Business School - Faculty
  • Wisconsin Patients Compensation Fund and the Wisconsin Health Care Liability Plan - Member - Board of Directors

Federal Clerkships

  • United States District Court

Axley Brynelson, LLP
Headquarters: Madison, Wisconsin

33 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

1 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs


  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Best Lawyers in America (1995 to present)
  • Named to the 2006 – 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers Lists (Primary Area of Practice: Personal Injury Law)

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