Academy Member Inducted 2016

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Hon. Patrick J. Fiedler, Mediator & Arbitrator, Madison, Wisconsin.

Hon. Patrick J. Fiedler

Hurley Burish, S.C.
33 East Main Street, Suite 400
Madison, WI 53701
Tel: (608) 257-0945
Fax: (608) 257-5764
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Recognized to Wisconsin Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
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  • Practice Commenced2011
  • # of MEDS (as of 3/3/24)650
  • # of ARBS (as of 3/3/24)30
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Patrick Fiedler’s diverse legal career includes service as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, 18 years as a Dane County Circuit Judge, and President of the State Bar of Wisconsin. As a lawyer, he has tried over 60 jury trials, and as a judge he has presided over more than 150 juries. Since returning to the private practice of law in late 2011, he has served as a mediator and arbitrator in over 650 different cases. Additionally, he has represented numerous individuals in both civil and criminal cases as a trial lawyer. Patrick also has served as an independent investigator for both public entities and private organizations. As a mediator, Patrick’s practice is to: “Prepare, listen and then evaluate.” At trial, his practice is to: “Focus on the issues from a jury’s perspective. Then present your case accordingly.”
To date, Patrick has mediated or arbitrated cases involving § 1983 claims, police misconduct, personal injury, products liability, attorney malpractice, accounting malpractice, errors and omissions insurance, various issues relating to insurance coverage, construction disputes, breakups of law firms and accounting firms, attorney theft, condemnation (eminent domain), trust and estate disputes, fraudulent sales, vehicle warranties, home warranties, open records law, theft of funds, employment, employee theft, wage and salary, business disputes, loan disputes, land contracts, discrimination, nuisance, defamation, property development, land disputes, home remediation,  contracts (real estate and other contracts), commercial foreclosures, air pollution, and condominium disputes. 
Patrick travels throughout the State of Wisconsin. He does not charge for travel time but only for mileage at the IRS rate.

Case Experience

  • Agricultural
  • Anti-Trust
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • EEOC
  • Elder Abuse
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Taxation
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • J.D., Marquette Law School, 1980
  • B.B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1977

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member, Dane County Bar Association
  • Member, Wisconsin Association of Mediators
  • 2008 Victim Advocacy Award, Wisconsin Victim/Witness Professional Association
  • 2007 Trial Judge of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocates – Wisconsin Chapter
  • Wisconsin Judicial College - Associate Dean 2003 - 2009 - Faculty 1999 – 2009
  • Instructor, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1998 – 2001

Rates Information

$375/hour for mediations; $375/hour for arbitrations. Expenses at cost. No charge for travel time but only for mileage at the IRS rate.

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