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Lawton & Cates, S.C.

Lawton & Cates was born out of a partnership between John A. Lawton and Richard L. Cates. Lawton was a premier labor lawyer in Wisconsin and is best known for his role in authoring Wisconsin's public employee bargaining laws. Cates developed the firm's litigation practice and established a national reputation when he served as Special Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings.

Together, Lawton and Cates built a tradition of excellence and integrity at the firm that continues to this day. The firm is included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and has been AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Its lawyers have handled many precedent setting cases. Through the years, lawyers at Lawton & Cates have tried nearly every conceivable type of dispute in nearly every forum. Injuries caused by automobiles or defective products, medical malpractice, toxic chemical exposures, environmental litigation, insurance coverage issues, criminal proceedings, business, tax, family law and employment disputes are just some of the firm's practice areas. In addition, lawyers at Lawton & Cates, S.C. manage large, complex cases including class actions other law firms may not have the experience or resources to handle efficiently.

Since 1958, Lawton & Cates, S.C. has served clients throughout Wisconsin in court and administrative hearings covering all areas of legal dispute. The firm has emphasized civil trial practice and has developed the depth and skills necessary to handle a wide range of disputes and to manage large, complex cases utilizing our team concept. We are recognized as a leader in class actions, insurance coverage issues, and environmental litigation. Our commitment to excellence in litigation allows us to maintain our small firm atmosphere while competing against the large firms.

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