Timothy D. Edwards is a senior litigating attorney in Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer’s  Hartford, Wisconsin office. Tim has been practicing law for more than three decades and brings with him a wealth of insurance and complex litigation experience to MWL’s subrogation arsenal. Tim is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, where he has taught Civil Procedure, including Electronic Discovery, for nearly two decades. Tim obtained his J.D. from Wayne State University in Michigan and a Master’s in Law (LLM) from the University of Missouri Law School. He then went on to obtain his Senior Juris Doctorate (SJD) Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his Graduate Thesis was published in full.

Tim is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin, Arizona, and Florida, and has extensive experience in State and Federal court litigation and appeals, including the preparation of pleadings, dispositive motions, and complex electronic discovery plans. He has served as lead counsel in complex federal class action lawsuits and has been primarily responsible for discovery and special concerns regarding electronically stored information. Tim brings a unique set of skills to MWL as he is certified as an E-Discovery Specialist by ACEDS, a division of The BARBRI Group, a global legal education company that provides legal and professional development training and education to students, lawyers and other legal professionals. He is a member of the 7th Circuit Pilot Program in e-discovery and has served as e-discovery liaison in many complex, class action cases.

Most recently, Tim was the owner of Edwards Law Group in Madison, and served Of Counsel to Lawhon Law, P.A. in Naples, Florida. For many years, he was an equity partner with Axley Brynelson, LLP in Madison, where he served both as Chair of the Document Retention and E-Discovery Committee and Counselor to the Firm. He also previously was a partner in the Prescott, Arizona law firm of Ray, Adair, & Edwards.

When Tim is not busy with his law practice, he is an avid fisherman and enjoys writing fiction and spending time with his family.

Education

University of Wisconsin School of Law, Madison, Wisconsin, June 2000.

  • Degree: Senior Juris Doctorate (SJD) (with Honors)

University of Missouri Law School, Kansas City, Missouri, May 1998.

  • Degree: Master’s in Law (LLM) (with Honors)

Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, May 1989.

Degree: Juris Doctorate (J.D.)

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, December 1984.

  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Major: Political Science

Published Works

Electronically Stored Information: Balancing Proportionality & Preservation, Wisconsin Lawyer, October 2020.

Ethics, Professionalism, and e-Discovery, Wisconsin Lawyer (2017).

Proportionality, Western District Bar Association Newsletter (2017).

Wisconsin Law of Damages, Pinnacle – 2016-2017.

Protecting Confidential Information in e-Discovery, Wisconsin Law Journal (2016).

Social Media in the Law, Wisconsin Lawyer (2015).

Civil Procedure Handbook, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2015.

Avoiding Cat and Mouse Games in Electronic Discovery, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2015.

Discovery Law and Practice, State Bar of Wisconsin Publications, 2014.

The Admissibility of Electronically Stored Information Under the Federal Rules of Evidence, The Internet Lawyer, 2014. Awarded Commendation by State Bar of Wisconsin for this article.

Electronic Discovery: Who Pays?, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2012.

Spoliation of Electronic Evidence, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2011.

Open for Business – A Primer on Wisconsin’s New Product Liability Laws, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2011.

Electronically Stored Information: Know When to Hold It and When to Hit Delete, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2011.

Class Action Lawsuits After Wal-Mart v. Dukes, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2011.

A New Era: Products Liability Law in Wisconsin, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2011.

Spoliation of Electronic Evidence, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2010.

Proposed Rules for Electronic Discovery, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2009.

Addiction and Attorneys: Confronting the Denial, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2007.

The Theory and Practice of Compulsory Drug Treatment in the Criminal Justice System: The Wisconsin Experiment, 2 Wis. L. Rev. 283 (Volume 2000).

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).

Speaking Engagements

5th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp Seminar: Introduction to Discovery, Electronic Discovery, and Federal Court Trial Practice. Pincus Professional Education, May 2014.

The Admissibility of Electronically Stored Information Under the Wisconsin Rules of Evidence. State Bar of Wisconsin Litigation Convention, May 2014.

Electronic Discovery and Federal Court Practice, PINCUS Federal Court Boot Camp, Chicago, Illinois, 2013.

Ethics & E-Discovery, Dane County Bar Association E-Discovery Seminar, Madison, Wisconsin, 2013.

Civil Procedure 2012: New Developments, Presenter, State Bar of Wisconsin Pinnacle Seminar, 35th Annual Torts Update, September 6 and 7, 2012.

Construction Update for Commercial Contractors: Social Media and the Law, Axley Brynelson, LLP Construction Group Seminar, March 14, 2012.

An Overview of the New Federal Rules on Electronic Discovery, Western District Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2007.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member
  • State Bar of Arizona, Member
  • Claims Litigation Management (CLM), 2021
  • Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners, 2018 - Present
  • Seventh Circuit's Electronic Discovery Pilot Program, Member, 2011 - Present
  • District 9 Professional Responsibility Committee, Supreme Court of Wisconsin, 2014 - Present

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