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Mike Carlton worked as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., representing the EPA and other government agencies. Thereafter, he worked as a senior attorney and policy analyst with the Environmental Law Institute, and then as Wisconsin counsel for a national environmental organization. Mike has taught and studied environmental law and policy in Washington, D.C., London, and the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mike heads the firm’s Environmental Law Practice representing a wide range of public and private entities in regulatory and transactional matters.

Mike is a frequent lecturer on environmental issues and he has authored numerous articles including publications in CBE Environmental Review, Milwaukee Business Journal and BizTimes.


  • 411 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1000
    Milwaukee, WI 53202-4427


  • Georgetown University , J.D., graduated 1974
  • Marquette University, B.S., graduated 1971

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, Wisconsin State Bar


  • American Bar Association (Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section) - Member
  • Federation of Environmental Technologists - Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Member

Court Admissions

  • District Courts
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • Several Courts of Appeals
  • Wisconsin and U.S. Supreme Courts

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Litigation - Environmental

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

  • Litigation - Environmental, Milwaukee (2016)

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

  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation - Environmental


  • Chambers USA, Natural Resources & Environment
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

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