Tim Edwards

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Madison, WI

Edwards Law Group LLC
 | 10 East Doty Street, Suite 814
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-443-8489
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (40%),
  • E-Discovery (30%),
  • General Litigation (30%)
Attorney Profile

Tim Edwards is an accomplished litigation attorney and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he has taught civil procedure, including electronic discovery, for over fifteen years. Tim is an aggressive and experienced litigation attorney who has litigated complex employment and commercial cases throughout the United States for over 15 years.  Tim provides efficient and practical litigation skills to businesses throughout the State of Wisconsin in commercial disputes, employment litigation and construction claims.  Tim keeps a sharp eye on efficiency, recognizing that clients want to achieve the best outcome in a cost-effective manner.    

Tim is a pioneer in the complex, rapidly developing field of e-Discovery.  He has a sophisticated understanding of the procedures that govern the discovery of admissible information and the practical side of document retention and management, including the cost considerations that clients face in addressing these issues.  Tim’s experience and insights into document management practices enable him to craft strategies that protect and defend clients from liability exposure and reduce risk so they can grow and thrive.

Tim has a strong, and very distinguished, academic background.  In 2000, Tim returned to law school for two advanced law degrees, a Master’s in Law and a Doctor of Juridical Science, which he received with honors.  He has published many articles, including his Master's and SJD dissertations.  

Tim’s unique academic background and deep practical experience gives clients the confidence that their litigation matters will be resolved in an appropriate and, where necessary, assertive fashion.  

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (40%)

E-Discovery (30%)

General Litigation (30%): Litigation

Focus Areas

General Litigation: Litigation


Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2016

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About Tim Edwards

Admitted 2002, Wisconsin

Honors and Awards:

  • Fellow, Wisconsin Law Foundation.  The State Bar of Wisconsin's charitable and educational organization that promotes public understanding of the law, improvement of the administration of justice and other law-related public services. , 2016
  • Best Lawyers honoree in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America; recognized for high caliber of work in the practice area of Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2016, 2016
  • Awarded Commendation by State Bar of  Wisconsin for article regarding Admissibility of Electronically Stored Information, 2015
  • Editor, Wisconsin Employment Law Newsletter, 2013
  • Awarded "Volunteer of the Year" award, Members of the Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program and the State Bar of Wisconsin, 2006
  • Named as one of "America's Best Lawyers," 2015 – 2016
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014 – 2016

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Member, Association of Electronic Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), 2015

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Sedona Conference, "Working Group 11," on Data Security and Privacy Liability, 2016
  • Member, Sedona Conference, "Working Group 1," Electronic Document Retention and Production , 2016
  • Member, Sedona Conference, "Brainstroming Group," Privilege Project , 2016
  • Chair and Presenter:  Civil Procedure and E-Discovery Training Seminar, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2016
  • Regional Coordinator, Wisconsin State Bar Mock Trial Competition, 2015
  • Member, Sedona Conference,  "Brainstorming Group," Proportionality, 2013
  • Chairperson, Wisconsin Lawyer's Assistance Program, 2008
  • 2016, Sedona Conference, "Brainstorming Group," Data Security and Privilege
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program, 2002 – 2008
  • Member, Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners Review Committee, 2004 – 2005
  • District 9 Professional Responsibility Committee, Supreme Court of Wisconsin, 2014 – Present
  • Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2005 – Present
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member, State of Arizona
  • Member, Seventh Circuit's Electronic Discovery Pilot Program, 2011 – Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • District of Colorado
  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Pro Bono Volunteer Panel, USDC, Western District of Wisconsin, 2014
  • Volunteer Coach, Oregon High School Mock Trial Team, 2013
  • Board Member, Steering Committee for Youth Education, People's United Methodist Church, 2013
  • Board of Directors, Friends of Recovery, Inc., 2011 – Present
  • Volunteer Mentor, Dane County Bar Association Mentorship Program, 2011 – Present

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Author, Ethics, Professionalism, and E-discovery, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2017
  • Presenter, Sedona Conference, Working Group 11, 2017
  • Author, Newsletter, Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association, 2016
  • Author, Protecting Confidential Information In E-discovery, Wisconsin Law Journal, 2016
  • Presenter, Ethics and Electronic Discovery, Madison College Paralegal Program, 2016
  • Author, Avoiding Cat and Mouse Games in Electronic Discovery, Wisconsin Lawyer, 2015
  • Author, Social Media in the Law, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2015
  • Author/Editor, Civil Procedure Handbook, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2015
  • Presenter, Electronic Evidence and Discovery, Wisconsin Judicial Education Conference, 2015
  • Creating an E-discovery Strategy (feature article), Western District of Wisconsin Newsletter, 2015
  • Author, Supplement to Damages, Pinnacle, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2015
  •  2014, The Admissibility of Electronically Stored Evidence, Feature Article, Wisconsin Lawyer, 2014
  • Addiction and the Legal Profession, Wisconsin Legal Assistant's Association, 2014
  • Editor/Author, Discovery Law and Practice, State Bar of Wisconsin Publications, 2014
  • Presenter, "Ethics and Electronic Discovery" to Dane County and Western District Bar Association Members, 2013
  • Presenter, Electronic Discovery: An Introduction to State and Federal Practice, Paralegal Association Of Wisconsin, 2013
  • Presentor, Meeting Deadlines for FMLA, FMLA Master Class for Wisconsin Employers: Overcoming Compliance and Employee Leave Challenges, 2012
  • Presenter, Civil Procedure 2012: New Developments, State Bar of Wisconsin Pinnacle Seminar, 35th Annual Torts Update, 2012
  • Presenter, E-Discovery, Waukesha State Bar, 2012
  • Author, E-Discovery: Who Pays?, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • Author, Class Action Suits After Walmart v. Dukes, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • Author, The Inherent Unreliability of Student Evaluations, The Chronicle, 2012
  • Author, Electronic Discovery: Who Pays?, Western District Bar Association Newsletter, 2012
  • Author, Electronically Stored Information: Know When to Hold It and When to Hit Delete, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2011
  • Presentor, Electronic Discovery for Construction Professionals, Axley Brynelson, LLP Construction Group Seminar, 2011
  • Presentor, Principles and Practical Applications:, The Seventh Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program Seminar, 2011
  • Co-Author, Spoliation of Electronic Evidence, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2011
  • Author, Tort Reform: Judges Now Have Less Discretion in Finding Frivolousness, Imposing Sanctions, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2011
  • Author, A New Era: Products Liability Law in Wisconsin, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2011
  • Presentor, Construction Update for In-House Counsel: Social Media and the Law, Axley Brynelson, LLP Construction Group Seminar, 2011
  • Presentor, E-Discovery Update, Axley Brynelson, LLP E-Discovery Group Seminar, 2011
  • Presentor, Webinar: Electronic Discovery for HR: Retention, Production, and Potential Liability, 2011
  • Presentor, Webinar: Electronic Records Rules for HR: How and What to Save and Delete, 2011
  • Author, Open for Business- A Primer on Wisconsin’s New Product Liability Laws., Wisocnsin Lawyer Magazine, 2011
  • Presentor, Spoliation of Evidence, Wisconsin Association Of County Corporation Counsels Spring Conference, 2011
  • Presentor, E-Discovery for Legal Professionals:, Wisconsin Association Of Legal Personnel Seminar, 2011
  • Author, Seventh Circuit Addresses Confidentiality of Unfiled Documents During Course of Discovery, Western District Bar Association Newsletter, 2010
  • Presentor, Record Retention and Electronic Discovery: Legal Requirements on Evidence Preservation and Sanctions for Failing to do so, Axley Brynelson Labor And Employment Seminar, 2010
  • Presentor, E-Discovery, Legal Personnel Of South Central Wisconsin Seminar, 2010
  • Presentor, How to Clean Up a Facebook Page, Wisconsin Association for Justice Seminar, 2010
  • Presentation on Electronic Records Rules for HR:  How and What to Save and Delete.  , Presentor, 2010
  • Author Prohibited Wage Deductions for Faulty Workmanship, Loss, Theft or Damage, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2009
  • Records Retention 101, How to Deal with Metadata, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2009
  • Author, Seventh Circuit Holds that Employee Performance Improvement Plan Does Not Constitute “Adverse Job Action” Under Family and Medical Leave Act, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2009
  • Author, Seventh Circuit Rejects Discrimination Claim by White Police Officer, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2009
  • Presentor, Overview of Police Liability in Wisconsin: Lorman Education Services Seminar, 2009
  • Author, Proposed Rules for Electronic Discovery. , Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2009
  • Electronic Data Retention:  WISPA Spring Conference, Presentor, 2009
  • Document Management and Litigation Holds for the HR Professional. Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, Author, 2009
  • Legal and Professional Ethics:  Legal Personnel of South Central of Wisconsin Seminar, Presentor, 2009
  • Supreme Court Rejects Mixed Motives Jury Instruction in Age Discrimination Case.  Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, Author, 2009
  • Seventh Circuit Affirms FMLA Retaliation Claim.  Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, Author, 2009
  • Regulations’ Impact on Your Workplace- FMLA Seminar, Presentor, 2009
  • Overview and Update- Alphabet Soup Regulations of Concern to Employers. , Presentor, 2009
  • Mental Health and Attorneys. In House Counsel and Attorneys., Presentor, 2009
  • Author, Did you Know? Wisconsin Prohibits Discrimination Against Employees for the Use or Non-use of Lawful Products, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2008
  • Author, What’s Love Got to Do With It?  Seventh Circuit Decision Highlights Need for Uniform and Fair Enforcement of Anti-Fraternization Policies, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2008
  • Overview of Recent Amendments to Wisconsin Rules of Civil Procedure Regarding Electronic Discovery (www.axley.com), Author, 2008
  • The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Its Application to the Electronic Workplace.  Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, Author, 2008
  • AODA for Attorneys: The recovery process, increased awareness, and how to help themselves or others.  WI Solo and Small Firm Conference, Presentor, 2008
  • Seventh Circuit Holds That Termination of Female Employees for Undergoing in Vitro Fertilization Constitutes Sexual Discrimination.  Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, Author, 2008
  • Employment Records: Retention, Retrieval and Destruction.  Lee Smith CLE Seminar, Presentor, 2008
  • Your Business in the Electronic Data Age.  ACEC E-Discovery Seminar, Presentor, 2008
  • Supreme Court Expands Retaliation Protection for Federal Employees.  Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, Author, 2008
  • Labor and Industry Review Commission Dismisses Retaliation Claim: Kimberly Engen v. Harbor Campus.  Wisconsin Employment Law Letter., Author, 2008
  • National Labor Relations Board Update, Author, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2008
  • A Primer for Document Retention for Business Owners, In House Counsel and Attorneys, Presentor, 2008
  • Blackhawk Human Resources Seminar, Presentor, "Electronic Discovery and Discipline of Employees", 2008
  • Wisconsin Builders Association Lunch and Learn, Presentor, "Basic Employment Issues for Contractors" , 2008
  • National labor Relations Board, Author, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2007
  • Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Religious Discrimination Claim, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2007
  • Author, National Labor Relations Board Update, Wisconsin Employment Law letter, 2007
  • Lead article for State Bar of Wisconsin's monthly publication, Author , Addiction and Attorneys: Confronting the Denial, 2007
  • Author, "Recent Developments in Employment Law", The Verdict, 2006
  • Presentor, Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, 2002
  • CJA Training Seminar., Presentor, "The Value of Community Drug Treatment", 2002
  • Wisconsin Public Defenders Conference, Presentor, 2001
  • Presentor, "Sentencing Options and Truth in Sentencing" , Inter-Disciplinary Forum, University of Wisconsin- Madison., 2000
  • Presentor, Inter-Disciplinary Forum, University of Wisconsin- Madison, 1999
  • Author, "Autonomy and 12-Step Therapy: Can They Co-Exist?", The Counselor 29, 1999
  • Author, Protecting confidential information in e-discovery, Wisconsin Law Journal
  • Presenter, The Making of an Admissible Electronically Stored Document, Wisconsin Association for Justice, Spring Seminar, March 2016
  • Legal Perceptions of Addiction, Inter-Disciplinary Forum, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999
  • Drug Treatment in the Criminal Justice System, Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, February 13, 2002
  • Alternatives to Incarceration, Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, June 21, 2002
  • ADA Update, Wisconsin Bar, CLE Presentation, 2002
  • Taxation of Attorney's Fees, Western District Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2005
  • Introduction and Overview of WISLAP Training Protocol, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2006
  • An Overview of the New Federal Rules on Electronic Discovery, Western District Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2007
  • Alcoholism, Addiction and Lawyers: Ethics Seminar, Regular presentation throughout State of Wisconsin
  • Seven Questions for Discipline and Termination of Employees, Lorman Seminar, September 28, 2007
  • Update on Electronic Document Retention for Employers, Fifth Annual Corporation Counsel Seminar, October 5, 2007
  • Protecting your Business in the Electronic Data Age, A Primer for Retention of Electronic Data for Business Owners, Human Resources Professionals and In-house Counsel, May 23, 2008
  • Business Records: Retention, Retrieval and Destruction
  • Electronic Records Rules for HR, HR Hero Audio Conference, 2010
  • Electronic Discovery and Federal Court Practice, PINCUS Federal Court Boot Camp, Chicago, Illinois, 2013
  • Constitutional Limits on an Employer's Right to Dictate the Terms of an Addict's Recovery Under the ADA: Some Sobering Concerns., 44 Wayne L. Rev. 1679, 1999
  • "The Unintended Consequences of Coerced Drug Treatment in the Criminal Justice System", The Counselor, 2000
  • "Resisting Twelve Step Coercion", Review, 27 Cont. Drug Problems, 2000
  • "The Theory and Practice of Compulsory Drug Treatment in the Criminal Justice System: The Wisconsin Experiment.", 2 Wis. L. Rev. 283 Volume, 2000
  • "ADA Update", The Verdict, 2003
  • "Reasonable Accommodations Under the WFEA: Crystal Lake Cheese Factory v. LIRC", The Verdict, 2004
  • "Representing the Impaired Client.", American Bar Association's GP Solo, 2004
  • "Older Workers Can Now Sue For Age Discrimination Under Disparate Impact Theory", The Verdict, 2005
  • "Garcetti v. Cabellos-The Supreme Court Limits First Amendment Protection for Public Employees," Western District of Wisconsin Newsletter, 2007
  • "The Duty to Preserve Electronically Stored Information: A Primer for Human Resources Professionals,", Wisconsin Employment Law Newsletter, 7/1, 2007
  • "When is it time to dispose of paper and electronic files, and how should I go about it?", Wisconsin Lawyer, 2009
  • "Employer Penalized for Failing to Preserve Electronically Stored Information.", Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2010
  • "Employee Who Was Invited to Return to Work Wasn't Terminated.", Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2010
  • "Wisconsin E-Discovery Rules Effective January 1, 2011", Wisconsin Employment Law Letter
  • "The Lawyer as Counselor: Representing the Impaired Client,", Indiana Public Defender Newsletter, 3/23, 2011
  • Overview of Seventh Circuit's Electronic Discovery Program, Newsletter of the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association, 4/20, 2011
  • "Class Action Lawsuits After Wal-Mart v. Dukes,", Wisconsin Lawyer, 2011
  • "Rule 23 "Commonality" And Class Certification As Viewed By the Seventh Circuit After Wal-Mart Stores V. Dukes,", Newsletter of the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association, 2012
  • Author, National Labor Relations Board Update, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter
  • Author, The Amissibility of Electronically Stored Information Under the Federal Rules of Evidence,The Internet Lawyer, Nov. 2014

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award, University of Missouri Law School, 1998

Educational Background:

  • National Criminal Defense College, Mercer Law School, Georgia, Graduate, 2000
  • University of Missouri Law School, Kansas City, Missouri, Master's in Law (LLM), Recipient, Capital Punishment Excellence Award, 1998
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Bachelor of Arts, B.A. in Political Science, 1984


  • “Tim Edwards is the best all-around attorney that I have ever worked with. He began his career in Madison as a solo practitioner, which forced him to quickly absorb a huge and varying substantive knowledge base. He now focuses on all aspects of civil litigation, with an emphasis in employment matters. In 2009 and 2010, he was instrumental in achieving favorable settlements on behalf of the plaintiff classes in two of the largest wage-and-hour class actions in the country. He is a superb writer, and his analytical skills are excellent. He is also a well-regarded instructor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and has done significant volunteer work on behalf of attorneys battling addiction issues. Throughout his career, he has proven himself a champion of the underdog.”
  • “Tim Edwards brings a passion to his practice that is rarely seen. His client always comes first, and he works like a mule. His argument skills are superb, and his writing is some of the best I have ever seen.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

Office Location for Tim Edwards

10 East Doty Street
Suite 814
Madison, WI 53703

Phone: 608-443-8489


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Last Updated: 4/6/2017

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