Lawton & Cates S.C.

For over 50 years, Lawton & Cates, S.C. has represented workers, the injured, consumers and small businesses. Our attorneys have achieved national and local recognition. When you need an attorney, trust the voice of experience.

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Firm Overview

If you've been hurt in an accident or at work, your life is anything but peaceful. Let us deal with the insurance company and medical providers so you can concentrate on getting the medical care you need. We know you're in pain. We understand that injuries take time to heal. We will do everything we can to relieve the worry you are feeling while you are healing so you can concentrate on your health. We are here to help you attain a financial recovery that is fair and just. Insurance companies have a different agenda. Let us get you the settlement you deserve.
Main Office

Main
Ten East Doty Street
Suite 400
Madison  WI  53703

Phone
  • (608) 282-6200
Fax
  • (608) 2826-6252

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes

Office Information

Office Hours

8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays

Office Manager

Lori Kannenberg Dorn

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Other Offices

  • Lawton & Cates, S.C.
    323 South Whitewater Avenue
    Jefferson,  WI  53549
Workers Compensation
For over 50 years, Lawton & Cates, S.C. has represented workers, the injured, consumers and small businesses. Our attorneys have achieved national and local recognition.

When you need an attorney, trust the voice of experience.
If you've been hurt in an accident or at work, your life is anything but peaceful. Let us deal with the insurance company and medical providers so you can concentrate on getting the medical care you need. We know you're in pain. We understand that injuries take time to heal. We will do everything we can to relieve the worry you are feeling while you are healing so you can concentrate on your health. We are here to help you attain a financial recovery that is fair and just. Insurance companies have a different agenda. Let us get you the settlement you deserve.
SSDI
For over 50 years, Lawton & Cates, S.C. has represented workers, the injured, consumers and small businesses. Our attorneys have achieved national and local recognition.

When you need an attorney, trust the voice of experience.

If you've been hurt in an accident or at work, your life is anything but peaceful. Let us deal with the insurance company and medical providers so you can concentrate on getting the medical care you need. We know you're in pain. We understand that injuries take time to heal. We will do everything we can to relieve the worry you are feeling while you are healing so you can concentrate on your health. We are here to help you attain a financial recovery that is fair and just. Insurance companies have a different agenda. Let us get you the settlement you deserve.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

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.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Lawton & Cates boasts four attorneys who have earned the status of Nationally Certified Civil Trial Advocates. The firm's attorneys have been repeatedly recognized as Best Lawyers in America since 1987. Lawyers received the designation of Best Lawyers in the areas of litigation - construction, personal injury litigation and employment law.

U.S. News recognizes Lawton & Cates for being a Best Law Firm. The firm's lawyers are also recognized as Wisconsin's Best Lawyers by law.com an ALM website.
In addition to the firm's cadre of experienced litigators, its roster includes a number of up and coming lawyers who have already distinguished themselves in their chosen areas of the law.

Senior lawyers who have earned distinctions, such as Best Lawyers and SuperLawyers make a point of mentoring the firm's newer attorneys in the same tradition that Lawton and Cates established years before them.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Lawton & Cates exists to provide legal guidance in an ethical and socially responsible manner with excellence, while emphasizing the human dignity of our clients.

Through the years we've tried disputes in courts and other forums. Our expertise includes most areas of substantive law. In short, we understand what needs to be done in the courtroom, from either a plaintiff or defense perspective.

Unlike other law practices that specialize in one particular area of law, Lawton & Cates is qualified in many areas of legal dispute from injury cases to business and general litigation. Our experience includes injuries caused by automobiles or defective products, medical malpractice, toxic exposure, construction and business litigation, insurance coverage issues, criminal proceedings, family law and employment disputes. We manage large complex cases including class actions other law firms may not have the experience or resources to handle effectively.

Dixon Gahnz

Dixon Gahnz has represented many families and injured people over the course of his career including victims of automobile accidents, slip and falls and work related injuries. Dixon also handles commercial litgation, contract disputes and other business related litigation.

Dixon was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1994 and has also been admitted to the United States Eastern and Western District Courts. He is a member of the Bar Associations in Dane County, Dodge County and Jefferson County. He is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Dixon is dedicated to improving the skills, professionalism and ethics of judges and lawyers. He helps to accomplish this through his active membership in the American Inns of Court and by serving on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Association for Justice.

Dixon's strong commitment to serving the community is met through his role as a Trustee for the Village of Deforest, and a member of the DRA. He strives to preserve equal justice for all, not just a privileged few. His efforts help ensure that people harmed due to work place injuries and those injured through the negligence of others can have their fair day in court.


Areas of Practice
Personal Injury; Automobile Accidents; Workers Compensation; Dog Bites; Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect; Commercial and Civil Litigation.

Bar Admissions
Wisconsin, 1994; Western District of the United States District Court of Wisconsin, 1995; Eastern District of the United States District Court of Wisconsin, 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships
State Bar of Wisconsin (Member)
Wisconsin Association for Justice Board of Directors
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
American Inns of Court
Dodge County Bar Association
Jefferson County Bar Association
Dane County Bar Association

Honors and Awards
Nationally Certified Civil Trial Advocate

Certification/Specialties
Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
License
  • Bar Number: 1024367
    Wisconsin , 1995
Education
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
    J.D. , 1994
    Honors: cum laude

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