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Dixon R. Gahnz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Madison, WI

Lawton & Cates, S.C.
345 West Washington Avenue, Suite 201
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-282-6200
Fax: 608-282-6252
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2021
Licensed in Wisconsin Since: 1995
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, General Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
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Shareholder and president of Lawton & Cates, Dixon R. Gahnz is a personal injury attorney who represents clients in Wisconsin. Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate, Mr. Gahnz handles cases for those injured by car accidents, dog bites and accidents on the job.

With 25 years of experience, Mr. Gahnz is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and before the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Mr. Gahnz has represented thousands of clients throughout Wisconsin, taught classes to law students, paralegals and other legal professionals on injury related issues.

In 1989, Mr. Gahnz graduated from the University of Wisconsin with Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts and Political Science. He then attended the University of Wisconsin Law School where he graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctor in 1994. Mr. Gahnz and his firm Lawton & Cates have always believed that service is an important part of being an attorney.  He has served on the Village Board for Deforest, Wisconsin the Downtown Redevelopment Authority, and formed the non-profit entity for Hungry For Some Supper Myself.

Mr. Gahnz is a member of the Wisconsin Association of Justice and has served on its board of directors. He is also a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the American Association for Justice, the Dodge County Bar Association, the Jefferson County Bar Association and the Dane County Bar Association. With a goal to provide equal justice for all people, he works daily to improve his professionalism, his skills and his ethics.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30%General Litigation
  • 20%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Litigation


11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2021

Certificates and Credentials

About Dixon R. Gahnz

First Admitted: 1995, Wisconsin

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, Dane County Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1999
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Jefferson County Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1995
  • Board of Directors, Wisconsin Association for Justice
  • Wisconsin, 1994
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member, American Inns of Court

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Downtown Redevelopment Authority
  • Village Board of DeForest

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • How to Litigate Your First Civil Trial in Wisconsin, National Business Institute, 2000 to 2003
  • Paralegals and the Litigation Team, Institute for Paralegal Education, 1999


  • Nationally Certified Civil Trial Advocate
  • Best Lawyer 2012, 2013, 2014; Best Lawyers in America
  • Super Lawyer 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014; Law & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine
  • Cum Laude - University of Wisconsin Law School, 1994

Educational Background

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin - B.S., 1989

Representative Clients

  • Car Accident judgment for $200,000, 2019
  • Civil Rights/Wrongful death claim settled with Brown County for $1.3million in March , 2020
  • Dog bite with permanent injuries resolved for $300,000, 2019

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • American Society of Legal Advocates and Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy


  • Civil rights wrongful death claim settled for $1.3 million, 2020
  • Farm accident settled for $500,000, 2021
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Office Location for Dixon R. Gahnz

345 West Washington Avenue
Suite 201
Madison, WI 53703

Phone: 608-282-6200

Fax: 608-282-6252

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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