Kevin J. Palmersheim

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Middleton, Wisconsin

Palmersheim Dettmann, SC
Kevin J. Palmersheim
Palmersheim Dettmann, SC

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Business & Corporate; view more

Licensed in Wisconsin since: 1993

Education: University of Wisconsin Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007, 2010 - 2023

Palmersheim Dettmann, SC

1424 N High Point Road
Suite 202
Middleton, WI 53562 Visit website


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

Business Litigation, Business/Corporate

Focus areas

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

  • 50% Business Litigation
  • 50% Business/Corporate

First Admitted: 1993, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Dane County Bar Association, Board of Directors Since 1997
  • Dane County Bar Association; Past President
  • Western District Bar Association, Past member Board of Directors.
  • American Inns of Court, James E. Doyle Chapter, 2011 – Present
  • Wisconsin State Bar, Past member of Board of Governors
  • Wisconsin State Bar, Past Chair of Public Image Committee
  • Wisconsin State Bar, Past Chair of Editorial Board and Communications Committee
  • Wisconsin State Bar, Past Chair of Public Education Committee
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board of Directors, Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, 2012 – 2018
  • Board of Directors, Canopy Center, 2003 – Present
  • Board of Directors, Center for Families, 2006 – 2009
  • Board of Directors, Work Opportunities in Rural Communities, 1995 – 2007
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Manure is Not Liquid Gold; The Business Judgement Rule is Not an Oxymoron; And Other Business Law Matters Wisconsin Courts Have Recently Stepped Into
  • 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
  • Working With Family Business Clients: Striking a Balance of Heir Conditioning and Covering Your Own Assets
  • 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
  • Noncontrademarcononi-closism — And Other More Coherent, If Slightly Longer, Summaries of Recent Business Law Cases in Wisconsin
  • Navigating by Star Direct: Traversing Wisconsin’s Current Law on Noncompetition Agreements Without Falling Into a Black Hole
  • 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
  • Exercising Good Judgment, Avoiding Conflicts of Interest, and Abiding By All Other Ethical Rules to Avoid Disgruntled Clients and Even More Annoying Legal Professionals
  • Final Thought: Open [email protected]! (or Fluffy Gets It With a Toyota), Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine
  • Final Thought: Watch Out for Whitecaps Ahead to Avoid Rough Water, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine
  • Final Thought: The Economics of Practicing Law: It’s the “Principal” of the Matter, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine
  • Final Thought: Red Velvet Jacket or Navy Suit? Be Yourself (Within Reason), Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine
  • “Protecting The Minority Shareholder”, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine
  • “Avoid a Nasty Business Breakup”, Capital Region Business Journal
  • City Golf Courses Covered by Wisconsin Fair(way) Dealership Law, and Other Mulligans Granted by Wisconsin Courts
  • Social Media and Accounting Ethics: Don’t Get All A-Twitter And Tumblr Down The YouTube
  • Developing a Practice & Becoming a Better Lawyer Via The Big Picture (Hint: it’s not a selfie, but may require focus)
Educational Background:
  • University of Wisconsin School of Business, Master’s Degree, Major: Business
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Major: Political Science and Business
  • Leaders of the Law, Wisconsin Law Journal, 2010
  • Recognized by his Peers as One of the Top Business Lawyers in Dane County in Surveys by Madison Magazine
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer, 2007, 2010-Present

Office location for Kevin J. Palmersheim

1424 N High Point Road
Suite 202
Middleton, WI 53562

Phone: 608-836-6400

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