Lee R. Atterbury

Lee R. Atterbury

Middleton, Wisconsin
800-817-3729 (Toll Free)

Lee R. Atterbury was born in 1948. He grew up in Dodge County, Wisconsin. His education includes Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he was awarded a BA degree cum laude in 1970. He attended law school at the University of Wisconsin Madison and was awarded a Juris Doctor degree in 1974. During law school, he was elected to be a Note and Comment editor for the University of Wisconsin Law Review.

He was admitted to practice law in Wisconsin in 1974 and has practiced in Wisconsin and the Federal District Court of the Western District of Wisconsin ever since. On the basis of trial experience and test examination he was certified as a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate By the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has been recertified twice. Mr. Atterbury is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Wisconsin Bar Association, the Wisconsin Association of Justice, and the Dane County Bar Association. His legal practice focuses on injury cases of all kinds, including motor vehicle accidents, defective products, construction site injuries and unsafe buildings.

Mr. Atterbury has been selected as a Super Lawyer and has also been selected to be included in the Best Lawyers of America, and has also been selected by Madison Magazine as one of Madison area's best lawyers.

Mr. Atterbury worked his way through high school, college, and law school. His jobs included typesetter and pressman for newspapers and print shops, ward attendant in a nursing home, and laborer in a canning factory.

His many trials have included motor vehicle crashes, defective products, gas explosions and fires, construction site injuries, industrial injuries, unsafe buildings, injuries caused by animals, and professional negligence.

In his 44 years of practice, he has obtained compensation for victims who have suffered a wide variety of injuries including amputations, fractures, spinal injuries and paralysis, brain damage, herniated discs, birth injuries, eye injuries and loss of sight, severe burns, scarring and disfigurement, psychological trauma and death.

Mr. Atterbury has a deep empathy for injured people of all ages and walks of life. He believes that injuries can affect all areas of life including work, recreation, family, hobbies, social activities, and enjoyment of life and that clients are entitled to compensation for all the effects of their injuries.

Mr. Atterbury is a husband and father of three children. He is an avid horse owner and rider and a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and National Reining Horse Association. He is also a black belt in tae kwon do. He is also a retired private pilot and has published four novels, Solitude Showdown, Meeteetse Massacre, Crazy Woman and Big Fracking Mess.

Areas of Practice

  • 80% Personal Injury
  • 20% Defective and Dangerous Products

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1994

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1986


  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • Juris Doctor - 1974
    • Law Review: University of Wisconsin Law Review, Note and Comment Editor
  • Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin
    • B.A. cum laude - 1970
    • Major: Philosophy

Published Works

  • The Real World Guide to Buying Car and Motorcycle Insurance in Wisconsin, Word Association, 2009
  • 7 Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Wisconsin Auto Accident Case and How to Avoid Them, Word Association, 2009
  • Solitude Showdown, Self-Published, 2012
  • Meeteetse Massacre, Self-Published, 2012
  • Crazy Woman, California Times Publishing, 2015
  • Big Fracking Mess, Self Published, 2016

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer, 2006 - 2017
  • Top Attorneys in Wisconsin, 2013 - Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2010 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Member, 1994 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Sustaining Member, 1982 - Present
  • Dane County Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member, 1974
  • Wisconsin Bar Association, Member
  • Wisconsin Association of Justice, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Callahan & Arnold, S.C., Associate, 1974 - 1980
  • Atterbury, Kammer & Haag, S.C., Partner, 1980 - 2017


  • English