Rich Bolton has over 20 years of business litigation experience in such areas as business torts, unfair competition, intellectual property disputes, restrictive covenants, dealership termination, and contract matters. He also has an extensive background in employment and civil rights litigation, and is experienced in federal court practice and procedure.

Rich understands that the delivery of legal services in commercial litigation can be very expensive if not properly managed. He approaches litigation with the attitude that legal services should provide value to the corporate bottom line. For that reason, Rich advocates for predispute prevention and alternative dispute resolution in appropriate circumstances to provide value-added solutions to business disputes.

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Admitted to Practice

  • Wisconsin State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • Numerous other United States Federal District Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Representative Work

  • First amendment work for non-profit organizations
  • Represented employers in employee/non-competition disputes and wage matters
  • Represented businesses in trademark/unfair competition disputes

Honors & Recognition

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®
    • First Amendment Law, 2010-Present
    • Appellate Practice, 2011-Present

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Presentations, Publications, & Contributions

  • Author, Articles for Boardman Clark Employment Law Newsletter

Community Involvement & Board Memberships

  • Madison School Forest – Environmental Education, Board Member
  • Active with area community theatre organizations
  • Active in annual Overture Nutcracker Presentation

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • United States Supreme Court Bar Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Dane County Bar Association


  • J.D., with honors, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • B.A., History and Political Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Richard’s Select Writing & Presentations