Kevin J. Palmersheim

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Middleton, WI

Palmersheim Dettmann, SC
 | 1424 N High Point Road, Suite 202
Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: 608-836-6400
Fax: 608-836-9697
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007, 2010 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Business/Corporate (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    Kevin J. Palmersheim is the co-founder of and the managing attorney at Haley Palmersheim, S.C. From the firm's offices in Middleton, Wisconsin, he provides representation to companies, their owners and prospective entrepreneurs throughout the state in a wide variety of business transactions and litigation. Admitted to practice before all Wisconsin state courts, Mr. Palmersheim is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Held in high esteem by his colleagues for his body of work and superior ethics, he has received a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo and a Distinguished* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, Mr. Palmersheim was a 2010 recipient of a Leader in the Law award that is bestowed annually by the Wisconsin Law Journal.

    Mr. Palmersheim's transactional experience has included the representation of clients in the purchases and sales of businesses as well as in dissolutions. He has handled shareholder, partnership and limited liability company member disputes both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, and his litigation experience also extends to contract breaches and other matters. He serves as outside general counsel for companies throughout the state as well.

    As an undergraduate, Mr. Palmersheim attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he majored in political science and business, and obtained a Bachelor of Science in 1989. His legal education came at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1992. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Palmersheim is a past president of the Dane County Bar Association and a member of the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Business Litigation
    • 50%Business/Corporate
    Focus Areas

    Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations


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    Super Lawyers: 2007, 2010 - 2020

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    About Kevin Palmersheim

    Admitted: 1993, Wisconsin

    Professional Webpage:


    • Leaders of the Law, Wisconsin Law Journal, 2010
    • Wisconsin Super Lawyer, 2007, 2010-Present
    • Recognized by his Peers as One of the Top Business Lawyers in Dane County in Surveys by Madison Magazine

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Dane County Bar Association, Board of Directors Since 1997
    • Wisconsin State Bar, Past Chair of Public Education Committee
    • Wisconsin State Bar, Past Chair of Editorial Board and Communications Committee
    • Wisconsin State Bar, Past Chair of Public Image Committee
    • Wisconsin State Bar, Past member of Board of Governors
    • American Inns of Court, James E. Doyle Chapter, 2011 – Present
    • Western District Bar Association, Past member Board of Directors, , 1997 – Present
    • Dane County Bar Association; Past President

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board of Directors, Work Opportunities in Rural Communities, 1995 – 2007
    • Board of Directors, Center for Families, 2006 – 2009
    • Board of Directors, Canopy Center, 2003 – Present
    • Board of Directors, Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, 2012 – 2018

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Exercising Good Judgment, Avoiding Conflicts of Interest, and Abiding By All Other Ethical Rules to Avoid Disgruntled Clients and Even More Annoying Legal Professionals
    • Understanding Accounting Bias, Conflicts of Interest, and Other Ethical Issues That Should Not Be Resolved With Denial Or A Paper Shredder
    • Understanding Accounting Bias, Conflicts of Interest, and Other Ethical Issues That Should Not Be Resolved With Denial Or A Paper Shredder
    • Navigating by Star Direct: Traversing Wisconsin’s Current Law on Noncompetition Agreements Without Falling Into a Black Hole
    • Noncontrademarcononi-closism — And Other More Coherent, If Slightly Longer, Summaries of Recent Business Law Cases in Wisconsin
    • Wisconsin’s Business Law Climate: Sometimes Warm and Sunny; Occasionally Cold and Rainy; With Case Law Just Clear Enough That Lawyers Can Weather The Storm
    • Working With Family Business Clients: Striking a Balance of Heir Conditioning and Covering Your Own Assets
    • Vampires, Exculpatory Contracts, Zombies, Economic loss, Ghouls, The Statute Of Frauds, And Other Issues That Have Risen From The Dead In Recent Business Law Cases
    • Manure is Not Liquid Gold; The Business Judgement Rule is Not an Oxymoron; And Other Business Law Matters Wisconsin Courts Have Recently Stepped Into
    • Developing a Practice & Becoming a Better Lawyer Via The Big Picture (Hint: it’s not a selfie, but may require focus)
    • Social Media and Accounting Ethics: Don’t Get All A-Twitter And Tumblr Down The YouTube
    • City Golf Courses Covered by Wisconsin Fair(way) Dealership Law, and Other Mulligans Granted by Wisconsin Courts
    • “Avoid a Nasty Business Breakup”, Capital Region Business Journal
    • “Protecting The Minority Shareholder”, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine
    • Final Thought: Red Velvet Jacket or Navy Suit? Be Yourself (Within Reason), Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine
    • Final Thought: The Economics of Practicing Law: It’s the “Principal” of the Matter, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine
    • Final Thought: Watch Out for Whitecaps Ahead to Avoid Rough Water, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine
    • Final Thought: Open [email protected]! (or Fluffy Gets It With a Toyota), Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine

    Educational Background:

    • University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Major: Political Science and Business
    • University of Wisconsin School of Business, Master’s Degree, Major: Business
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    Office Location for Kevin J. Palmersheim

    1424 N High Point Road
    Suite 202
    Middleton, WI 53562

    Phone: 608-836-6400

    Fax: 608-836-9697

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