Curtis, Paul D.
Address: 2 E. Mifflin Street Suite 200, Madison, WI 53703
Lawyer Firm: Axley Brynelson, LLP
Fax: 608 257-5444
|Areas of Practice||Litigation, Agribusiness, Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Insurance Defense, Premises Liability Defense, Products Liability Defense, Wrongful Death|
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 is listed in the prestigious “Who’s Who in American Law”, is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, the highest rating through this extensive, nationally-recognized peer rating system and has achieved a “10-Superb” rating from Avvo. Mr. Curtis has also been listed as a top insurance litigation and personal injury-defendants litigation lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America©, is a Wisconsin Super Lawyer, and is recognized by America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators®.
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 began his career at Axley as a college student. After attending classes during the day, he washed coffee cups and performed filing duties for the firm after business hours. He eventually worked his way up to be the firm librarian, and a paralegal, before leaving for law school. While in law school, Mr. Curtis continued working at Axley as a law clerk. From the beginning, the firm’s team of attorneys and legal professionals impressed Mr. Curtis as fair, ethical, down-to-earth and very hardworking. He fit right in, and joined the firm after earning his degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.
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.
In his free time, Mr. Curtis spends time with his wife and children, and enjoys the many activities in which his son and daughter participate. An avid outdoorsman, he loves camping, canoeing, hunting and fishing with family and friends.
Admitted to practice in the State Courts of Wisconsin, Supreme Court of Wisconsin, Federal Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, State Courts of Minnesota, Supreme Courts of Minnesota and the United States Supreme Court.
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