Timothy Edwards

Timothy Edwards

Location:
Madison, Wisconsin
Phone:
608-390-3394
Email:

Tim Edwards is an accomplished litigation attorney and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he has taught civil procedure, including electronic discovery, for over fifteen years. Tim is an aggressive and experienced litigation attorney who has litigated complex employment and commercial cases throughout the United States for approximately 20 years.  Tim provides efficient and practical litigation skills to businesses throughout the State of Wisconsin in commercial disputes, employment litigation and construction claims.  Tim keeps a sharp eye on efficiency, recognizing that clients want to achieve the best outcome in a cost-effective manner.    

Tim is a pioneer in the complex, rapidly developing field of e-Discovery.  He has a sophisticated understanding of the procedures that govern the discovery of admissible information and the practical side of document retention and management, including the cost considerations that clients face in addressing these issues.  Tim’s experience and insights into document management practices enable him to craft strategies that protect and defend clients from liability exposure and reduce risk so they can grow and thrive.

Tim has a strong, and very distinguished, academic background.  In 2000, Tim returned to law school for two advanced law degrees, a Master’s in Law and a Doctor of Juridical Science, which he received with honors.  He has published many articles, including his Master's and SJD dissertations.  

Tim’s unique academic background and deep practical experience gives clients the confidence that their litigation matters will be resolved in an appropriate and, where necessary, assertive fashion.  

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Business Organizations
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Discrimination Law
  • Electronic Discovery (E-Discovery)
  • Executive Compensation
  • Land disputes
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Professional License Defense
  • Wage & Hour Disputes

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Association of Electronic Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), 2015

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, pro hac vice

Education

  • Mercer University School of Law, Macon, Georgia - 2000
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
    • LL.M., Master of Laws - 1998
    • Honors: Recipient, Capital Punishment Excellence Award, 1998
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1984
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • "Rule 23 "Commonality" And Class Certification As Viewed By the Seventh Circuit After Wal-Mart Stores V. Dukes,", Newsletter of the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association, 2012
  • "Electronic Discovery: Who Pays?", Wisconsin Lawyer, 5/17, 2012
  • "Class Action Lawsuits After Wal-Mart v. Dukes", Wisconsin Lawyer, 2011
  • Overview of Seventh Circuit's Electronic Discovery Program, Newsletter of the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association, 4/20, 2011
  • "The Lawyer as Counselor: Representing the Impaired Client", Indiana Public Defender Newsletter, 3/23, 2011
  • "A New Era: Products Liability Law in Wisconsin", Wisconsin Lawyer, 8/2, 2011
  • "Electronically Stored Information: Know When to Hold It and When to Hit Delete", Wisconsin Lawyer
  • "Wisconsin E-Discovery Rules Effective January 1, 2011", Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2011
  • "Tort Reform: Judges Now have Less Discretion in Finding Frivolousness, Imposing Sanctions", State Bar of Wisconsin's Inside Track, 2011
  • "Spoliation of Electronic Evidence", Wisconsin Lawyer, 2010
  • "Employee Who Was Invited to Return to Work Wasn't Terminated", Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2010
  • "Employer Penalized for Failing to Preserve Electronically Stored Information", Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2010
  • "Proposed Rules for Electronic Discovery", Wisconsin Lawyer, 2009
  • "Record Retention 101: How to Deal with Metadata", Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 10/1, 2009
  • "When is it time to dispose of paper and electronic files, and how should I go about it?", Wisconsin Lawyer, 2009
  • "Addiction and Attorneys: Confronting the Denial", Wisconsin Lawyer, 2007
  • "The Duty to Preserve Electronically Stored Information: A Primer for Human Resources Professionals", Wisconsin Employment Law Newsletter, 7/1, 2007
  • "An Overview of the New Federal Rules on Electronic Discovery", Western District of Wisconsin Newsletter, 2007
  • "Garcetti v. Cabellos-The Supreme Court Limits First Amendment Protection for Public Employees", Western District of Wisconsin Newsletter, 2007
  • "Recent Developments in Employment Law", The Verdict, 2006
  • "Older Workers Can Now Sue For Age Discrimination Under Disparate Impact Theory", The Verdict, 2005
  • "Representing the Impaired Client", American Bar Association's GP Solo, 2004
  • "Reasonable Accommodations Under the WFEA: Crystal Lake Cheese Factory v. LIRC", The Verdict, 2004
  • "ADA Update", The Verdict, 2003
  • "The Theory and Practice of Compulsory Drug Treatment in the Criminal Justice System: The Wisconsin Experiment", 2 Wis. L. Rev. 283 Volume, 2000
  • "Resisting Twelve Step Coercion", Review, 27 Cont. Drug Problems, 2000
  • "The Unintended Consequences of Coerced Drug Treatment in the Criminal Justice System", The Counselor, 2000
  • "Autonomy and 12-Step Therapy: Can They Co-Exist?", The Counselor, 1999
  • 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
  • Author, Social Media in the Law , Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine,, 2015
  • Civil Procedure Handbook, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2015
  • Avoiding Cat and Mouse Games in Electronic Discovery, Wisconsin Lawyer, 2015
  • Supplement to Damages, Pinnacle, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2015
  • 2014, The Admissibility of Electronically Stored Evidence, Feature Article, Wisconsin Lawyer , 2014
  • Discovery Law and Practice, State Bar of Wisconsin Publications, 2014
  • The Inherent Unreliability of Student Evaluations, The Chronicle, 2012
  • Electronic Discovery: Who Pays?, Western District Bar Association Newsletter, 2012
  • Electronically Stored Information: Know When to Hold It and When to Hit Delete, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2011
  • Spoliation of Electronic Evidence, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2011
  • Open for Business- A Primer on Wisconsin’s New Product Liability Laws, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2011
  • Seventh Circuit Addresses Confidentiality of Unfiled Documents During Course of Discovery, Western District Bar Association Newsletter, 2010
  • Prohibited Wage Deductions for Faulty Workmanship, Loss, Theft or Damage, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2009
  • Seventh Circuit Holds that Employee Performance Improvement Plan Does Not Constitute “Adverse Job Action” Under Family and Medical Leave Act, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2009
  • Seventh Circuit Rejects Discrimination Claim by White Police Officer, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2009
  • Document Management and Litigation Holds for the HR Professional, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2009
  • Supreme Court Rejects Mixed Motives Jury Instruction in Age Discrimination Case , Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2009
  • Seventh Circuit Affirms FMLA Retaliation Claim, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2009
  • Did you Know? Wisconsin Prohibits Discrimination Against Employees for the Use or Non-Use of Lawful Products, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2008
  • What’s Love Got to Do With It? Seventh Circuit Decision Highlights Need for Uniform and Fair Enforcement of Anti-Fraternization Policies, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2008
  • Overview of Recent Amendments to Wisconsin Rules of Civil Procedure Regarding Electronic Discovery (www.axley.com), 2008
  • The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Its Application to the Electronic Workplace, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2008
  • Seventh Circuit Holds That Termination of Female Employees for Undergoing in Vitro Fertilization Constitutes Sexual Discrimination, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2008
  • Supreme Court Expands Retaliation Protection for Federal Employees, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2008
  • Labor and Industry Review Commission Dismisses Retaliation Claim: Kimberly Engen v. Harbor Campus, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2008
  • National Labor Relations Board Update, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2008
  • National labor Relations Board, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2007
  • Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Religious Discrimination Claim, Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, 2007
  • National Labor Relations Board Update, Wisconsin Employment Law letter, 2007
  • Addiction and Attorneys: Confronting the Denial, Lead article for State Bar of Wisconsin's monthly publication, 2007
  • The Amissibility of Electronically Stored Information Under the Federal Rules of Evidence, The Internet Lawyer, 2014

Classes/Seminars

  • 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
  • E-Discovery Update, Axley Brynelson, LLP, 2011
  • Electronic Records Rules for HR, HR Hero Audio Conference, 2010
  • Business Records: Retention, Retrieval and Destruction
  • Protecting your Business in the Electronic Data Age, A Primer for Retention of Electronic Data for Business Owners, Human Resources Professionals and In-house Counsel, May 23, 2008
  • Police Liability, Lorman Seminar, April 30, 2008
  • Electronic Discovery and Discipline of Employees, Blackhawk Human Resources Seminar, April 17, 2008
  • Basic Employment Issues for Contractors, Wisconsin Builders Association Lunch and Learn, April 10, 2008
  • Update on Electronic Document Retention for Employers, Fifth Annual Corporation Counsel Seminar, October 5, 2007
  • Seven Questions for Discipline and Termination of Employees, Lorman Seminar, September 28, 2007
  • Alcoholism, Addiction and Lawyers: Ethics Seminar, Regular presentation throughout State of Wisconsin
  • An Overview of the New Federal Rules on Electronic Discovery, Western District Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2007
  • Introduction and Overview of WISLAP Training Protocol, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2006
  • Taxation of Attorney's Fees, Western District Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2005
  • ADA Update, Wisconsin Bar, CLE Presentation, 2002
  • Alternatives to Incarceration, Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, June 21, 2002
  • Drug Treatment in the Criminal Justice System, Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, February 13, 2002
  • The Value of Community Drug Treatment, CJA Training Seminar, 2002
  • The Value of Community Drug Treatment, Wisconsin Public Defenders Conference, 2001
  • Sentencing Options and Truth in Sentencing, Inter-Disciplinary Forum, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000
  • Legal Perceptions of Addiction, Inter-Disciplinary Forum, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999
  • Presenter, Electronic Discovery, Social Media and the Law, Wisconsin Association of Justice Annual Meeting
  • Presenter, Electronic Evidence and Discovery, Wisconsin Judicial Education Conference
  • Addiction and the Legal Profession, Wisconsin Legal Assistant's Association
  • Presenter, Electronic Discovery: An Introduction to State and Federal Practice, Paralegal Association Of Wisconsin
  • Presentor, Meeting Deadlines for FMLA, FMLA Master Class for Wisconsin Employers: Overcoming Compliance and Employee Leave Challenges
  • resenter, Civil Procedure 2012: New Developments, State Bar of Wisconsin Pinnacle Seminar, 35th Annual Torts Update
  • Presenter, E-Discovery, Waukesha State Bar
  • Presentor, Principles and Practical Applications, The Seventh Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program Seminar
  • Presentor, Construction Update for In-House Counsel: Social Media and the Law, Axley Brynelson, LLP Construction Group Seminar
  • Presentor, Electronic Discovery for Construction Professionals, Axley Brynelson, LLP Construction Group Seminar
  • Presentor, E-Discovery Update, Axley Brynelson, LLP E-Discovery Group Seminar
  • Presentor, E-Discovery Update, Axley Brynelson, LLP E-Discovery Group Seminar
  • Presentor, Webinar: Electronic Discovery for HR: Retention, Production, and Potential Liability
  • Presentor, Webinar: Electronic Records Rules for HR: How and What to Save and Delete
  • Presentor, Spoliation of Evidence, Wisconsin Association Of County Corporation Counsels Spring Conference
  • Presentor, E-Discovery for Legal Professionals, Wisconsin Association Of Legal Personnel Seminar
  • Presentor, Record Retention and Electronic Discovery: Legal Requirements on Evidence Preservation and Sanctions for Failing to do so, Axley Brynelson Labor And Employment Seminar
  • Presentor, E-Discovery, Legal Personnel Of South Central Wisconsin Seminar
  • Presentor, How to Clean Up a Facebook Page, Wisconsin Association for Justice Seminar
  • Presentation on Electronic Records Rules for HR: How and What to Save and Delete. , Presentor
  • Presentor, Overview of Police Liability in Wisconsin, Lorman Education Services Seminar
  • Electronic Data Retention, WISPA Spring Conference, Presentor
  • Legal and Professional Ethics, Legal Personnel of South Central of Wisconsin Seminar, Presentor
  • Regulations’ Impact on Your Workplace- FMLA Seminar, Presentor
  • Overview and Update- Alphabet Soup Regulations of Concern to Employers. , Presentor
  • Mental Health and Attorneys. In House Counsel and Attorneys., Presentor
  • Overview and Update, Alphabet Soup Regulations of Concern to Employers, Presentor
  • AODA for Attorneys: The recovery process, increased awareness, and how to help themselves or others. WI Solo and Small Firm Conference, Presentor
  • Employment Records: Retention, Retrieval and Destruction. Lee Smith CLE Seminar, Presentor
  • Your Business in the Electronic Data Age. ACEC E-Discovery Seminar, Presento
  • A Primer for Document Retention for Business Owners, In House Counsel and Attorneys, Presentor
  • Presentor, Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association
  • Wisconsin Public Defenders Conference, Presentor
  • Presenter, The Making of an Admissible Electronically Stored Document, Wisconsin Association for Justice, Spring Seminar, March
  • Legal Perceptions of Addiction, Inter-Disciplinary Forum, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Drug Treatment in the Criminal Justice System, Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association
  • Alternatives to Incarceration, Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Electronic Records Rules for HR, HR Hero Audio Conference
  • 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

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded Commendation by State Bar of Wisconsin for article regarding Admissibility of Electronically Stored Information
  • Awarded "Volunteer of the Year" award, Members of the Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program and the State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Named as one of "America's Best Lawyers, 2015 - 2016
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014 - 2016
  • Best Lawyers honoree in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America; recognized for high caliber of work in the practice area of Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Nominated by the Board of Trustees of the Fellows of Wisconsin Law Foundation to become a member of the Fellows
  • Editor, Wisconsin Employment Law Newsletter

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member
  • Wisconsin State Bar Mock Trial Competition, Regional Coordinator, 2015
  • Wisconsin Lawyer's Assistance Program, Chairperson, 2008
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program, Member, 2002 - 2008
  • Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners Review Committee, Member, 2004 - 2005
  • District 9 Professional Responsibility Committee, Supreme Court of Wisconsin, 2014 - Present
  • Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2005 - Present
  • State of Arizona, Member
  • Seventh Circuit's Electronic Discovery Pilot Program, Member, 2011 - Present
  • Wisconsin State Bar Mock Trial Competition, Regional Coordinator
  • Sedona Conference, "Brainstorming Group," Proportionality, Member
  • Sedona Conference, "Brainstorming Group," Data Security and Privilege
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program, Member, 2003 - 2008
  • Civil Procedure and E-Discovery Training Seminar, State Bar of Wisconsin, Chair and Presenter

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Pro Bono Volunteer Panel, USDC, Western District of Wisconsin, 2014
  • Volunteer Coach, Oregon High School Mock Trial Team, 2013
  • Board Member, Steering Committee for Youth Education, People's United Methodist Church, 2013
  • Board of Directors, Friends of Recovery, Inc., 2011 - Present
  • Volunteer Mentor, Dane County Bar Association Mentorship Program, 2011 - Present