Paul A. Kinne

Paul A. Kinne

Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs

Recognized since 2016

Madison, Wisconsin

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Individuals

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Employment Law - Individuals
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I learned the value of hard work growing up on a dairy farm, and it stuck with me. I have always loved to learn and did well in school, graduating from UW Madison, where I received my law degree in 1993. I have been a partner at Gingras, Cates & Luebke since 2000. My practice areas include whistleblower cases, employment law, civil rights, professional malpractice, personal injury and family law.

I was raised to care deeply about the welfare of others, and that value is reflected in the work I do as a lawyer. I love helping people with their problems, whether it be a mistreated employee, an injured driver, or someone brave enough to draw attention to wrongdoing who then faces retaliation because of that bravery. My professional and no-nonsense style has earned me the respect of my opponents and the legal community. I have also given back to my community, having served on city council, school board, the police commission and my church’s stewardship committee.

But I am most proud of being a husband and father. I married my wife in 1998, and we now have three school-aged children. Sometimes I think they have taught me more than I have taught them. Like me, they love ice hockey. Unlike me, they are good at it – I can barely skate. But I love going to the rink every weekend from October through early March to watch them, even if it means driving to Eagle River in February.

Contact & Links


  • 8150 Excelsior Drive
    Madison, WI 53717


  • University of Wisconsin–Madison, J.D., graduated 1993
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison, B.A. , graduated 1990

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin, U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • Wisconsin, 1993


  • American Association for Justice - Member
  • City of Middleton Common Council - Member
  • City of Middleton, Police Commission - Member
  • Dane County Bar Association - Member
  • Middleton Cross Plains Area School District School Board - Member
  • Middleton/Cross Plains Area School District Board - Member
  • St Luke Lutheran Church - Chair of the Stewardship Committee
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Member
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Employment Law - Individuals

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

  • Employment Law - Individuals, Madison (2018)

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

  • Employment Law - Individuals


  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer – 2009 - 2015
  • Wisconsin Rising Star – 2006 - 2007
  • Best Lawyers in America - 2016 - Employment Law - Individuals

Additional Areas of Practice:

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

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