Paul Curtis has structured his life around helping others, and derives great satisfaction from defending people who have been wrongly accused of causing damage to others. One of the best parts of his job is making the initial contact with a worried client to tell him or her that, “This problem is mine to worry about now. It’s not all on your shoulders anymore.”
A partner in Axley, Mr. Curtis focuses his law practice on insurance and personal injury defense, contract disputes, premises liability and commercial litigation. Mr. Curtis serves also as the chair of Axley’s Litigation Practice Group. He represents businesses and individuals in both state and federal court, and represents employers and insurers in employment disputes.
Mr. Curtis particularly enjoys working on agribusiness cases, and travels to farms, feed mills and co-ops across Wisconsin and Minnesota. He meets with his clients on their own turf because it is more convenient for them, and because it is also helpful to see the environments in which accidents or problems occurred. Mr. Curtis grew up working on farms in the Fox Valley area of Wisconsin, so he is just as comfortable in the field as he is in the courtroom. In fact, his office hours reflect his rural upbringing, as he arrives to the office before 6:00 a.m. each day to ensure he is available when his clients need to reach him.
Mr. Curtis is a frequent speaker and contributor to legal journals, and also volunteers his time to help others. He served as vice chair on the State Bar of Wisconsin Professionalism Committee and has served on the Verona Police and Fire Commission since 2012. He also leads the firm’s participation in a free-legal-advice hotline program offered through the State Bar of Wisconsin, as well as the Toys for Tots collection during the holidays.