Patrick Fiedler is a trial lawyer and partner at the Madison, Wisconsin law firm Hurley, Burish & Stanton, SC. He focuses his practice on civil litigation including professional liability, tort defense, insurance defense and products liability. In addition, he provides mediation and arbitration in all types of cases including professional malpractice claims, civil rights issues, condemnation (eminent domain), reinsurance issues, family disputes, personal injury and divorce. He also offers representation in select criminal matters.
Mr. Fiedler’s approach to his law practice reflects his diverse, 35-year career in the law. In addition to 18 years as a Dane County Circuit Court judge, Mr. Fiedler has been U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, a Waukesha County prosecutor and a private practitioner. He has tried over 60 jury cases and many trials to the court, and presided over hundreds of trials as a judge.
Because he has managed complex, high-stakes cases from every seat in the courtroom, Mr. Fiedler has the unique ability to assess the strengths and weaknesses on both sides, to focus quickly on the central issues in each dispute and to connect with juries. His extensive courtroom experience also allows him to assemble the strongest possible team of expert witnesses to assist in each client’s defense.
Mr. Fiedler’s dedication to serving justice has been recognized with numerous honors. In 2012, lawyers both within and outside the state elected him president of the State Bar of Wisconsin for the 2013-2014 term. In 2008, the Wisconsin Victim/Witness Professional Association selected Mr. Fiedler to receive its Victim Advocacy Award, and in 2007 the American Board of Trial Advocates honored him as ‘Judge of the Year’ for his thorough preparation, breadth of knowledge of the law, decisive rulings and courtesy to litigants, jurors and members of the bar.
A frequent presenter on a variety of legal topics, Mr. Fiedler has served on the faculty of the Wisconsin Judicial College and has taught at the UW Law School. He has also published numerous articles in professional legal journals.
A native of Mineral Point, Mr. Fiedler graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a degree in business and from Marquette University Law School. He and his wife, Sandy, have three children and five grandchildren.
Admitted to practice in the State Courts of Wisconsin, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Western District of Wisconsin and United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.