Matthew E. Yde

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Wausau, WI

Yde Law Firm, S.C.
305 South 18th Avenue, Suite 210
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: 715-229-5110
Fax: 715-845-7805
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (50%), Employment & Labor: Employee (10%), Insurance Coverage (10%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%), Real Estate: Business (10%), Workers' Compensation: Employer/Insurance (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Matthew E. Yde is the founder and principal of Yde Law Firm, S.C., which has office locations in Wausau and Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. A highly versatile and top-ranked attorney with more than 30 years of total legal experience, Mr. Yde provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout central and northern Wisconsin who have legal needs involving any of the following practice areas:

  • Personal injury
  • Workers' compensation
  • Employment disputes
  • Products liability
  • Business disputes
  • Real estate disputes
  • Insurance mediation and arbitration
  • Construction disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Fair dealership and franchise disputes
  • Probate disputes
  • Mediation
  • Municipal law

No matter the issues his clients are facing or how complex their situations, Mr. Yde works hard to devise the most effective strategies possible to help his clients pursue their goals as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Along with possessing decades of trial experience, he is also very well-versed in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques, and he has achieved equal success advocating for his clients and helping them achieve the favorable results they seek both inside and outside the courtroom.

In addition, Mr. Yde has also successfully handled numerous appeals, and he has represented the rights and interests of both plaintiff and defendant clients alike. Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, he has earned the DRI-The Voice of the Civil Defense Bar State Leadership Award in 2013, Wisconsin Defense Counsel Distinguished Professional Service Award in 2018, and the DRI International Service Award in 2018.  He has also received many testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients, and he finds great reward in being able to help so many during their direst times of need.

Mr. Yde graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa, in 1986, where he was a Grace Boat Scholar and varsity letter winner in football and wrestling. He then attended Marquette University Law School and obtained his Juris Doctor in 1989. While there, he was a Thomas More Scholar and a Crowley Scholar and Zilber Scholar, and he received the American Jurisprudence award for his excellent academic achievements.

Mr. Yde holds his admission to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and the Menominee Tribal Court.

Mr. Yde  has been a Director of the Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin n/k/a Wisconsin Defense Counsel and DRI, the international voice of the civil defense bar.  In 2018, he accepted his invitation to membership with the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys(ADTA).  ADTA's membership is limited to one civil defense trial attorney per 1 million in population in the United States, Canada, France, The United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.  He is an active member of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Marathon County Bar Association, Wisconsin Defense Counsel, DRI, ADTA and the Wisconsin League of Municipalities. 


Practice Areas
  • 50%Business Litigation
  • 10%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 10%Insurance Coverage
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Real Estate: Business
  • 10%Workers' Compensation: Employer/Insurance


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021

About Matthew E. Yde

Admitted: 1989, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage:


  • Numerous 6 figure personal injury and workers compensation settlements and awards representing plaintiffs and injured workers. 7 figure personal injury jury verdict. Numerous defense verdicts representing insurers and businesses.

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Coach for the D.C. Everest High School Mock Trial Team
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringer
  • Vice President, Wausau Area Youth Football League, 1991-1992
  • Youth baseball, basketball and tackle football coach
  • Everest Youth Hockey Director, 2001-2004
  • Secretary, Wausau Area Youth Football League, 1993-2001
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Wausau Area, Inc.
  • Account Executive, United Way of Marathon County, 1994-1997
  • Director, Northern Valley Workshop, Inc., 1995-2001
  • Volunteer, March of Dimes


  • American Jurisprudence Award, Marquette University
  • Crowley Scholar, Marquette University
  • Zilber Scholar, Marquette University
  • Thomas More Scholar, Marquette University

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Wisconsin Association for Justice
  • Regional Director of DRI-Voice of the Defense Bar 
  • The Defense Research Institute, Inc.
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Board Member, Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin
  • Member, Marathon County Bar Association
  • Member, Litigation Section, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Member, Litigation Section, American Bar Association
  • Menominee Tribal Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Educational Background

  • Central College, Pella, Iowa, Honors: Grace Boat Scholar, Varsity letter winner in football and wrestling, 1986

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Frequent lecturer on various legal topics and trial strategy/procedures.
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Office Location for Matthew E. Yde

305 South 18th Avenue
Suite 210
Wausau, WI 54401

Phone: 715-229-5110

Fax: 715-845-7805

Last Updated: 6/1/2021

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