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Russell W. Wilson

Professional Experience

Russ Wilson has substantial experience in environmental law and litigation, commercial litigation, corporate compliance, and regulatory compliance involving environmental, energy, natural resources, and food safety. As a result of his background, he provides important support in due diligence transactions.

Through his environmental work, Russ has the opportunity to work with agricultural professionals, specifically growers and producers, on various compliance issues. Russ served as a member of the executive committee, and a liaison for the youth committee, when Marathon County hosted Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in 2011.

Russ's civil litigation experience is also wide-ranging and includes insurance coverage, property rights, public access, contract disputes and business torts, employment discrimination, ERISA subrogation, construction, and estate/fiduciary litigation, special assessments and valuation assessment. He represents clients before state and federal agencies, in administrative proceedings, and in civil courts.

Recent activity includes:

  • Participating in an annual corporate compliance assessment for a publicly traded company that included evaluation of dam operations, dam surveillance and safety, public safety, environment, natural resources, invasive species, threatened and endangered species, cultural resources, land use, and public recreation.
  • Working with federal agencies, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Interior, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, other state environmental regulatory agencies, and local governmental units.
  • Counseling clients in land use matters including zoning, special exceptions, conditional uses, and variances.
  • Advising a local nonprofit on general regulatory compliance issues in addition to property boundaries and employment law issues.
  • Serving as a commissioner on the Wausau Community Development Authority, a quasi-municipal entity, which provides for safe, decent, and sanitary public housing and which redevelops blighted properties.

Russ posts to The Blue Ink blog.

Education

B.A. (magna cum laude), University of South Carolina - Columbia (1974)
Honors: Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa
J.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison (1978)

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association - Section Member: Environment, Energy and Resources; Litigation; Business Law
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Section Member: Environmental Law; Litigation; Agribusiness; Administrative and Local Government
  • Marathon County Bar Association - President (2005)

Admitted to Practice

Wisconsin Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Professional Recognition

Best Lawyers in America(R), Workers' Compensation Law, and Commercial Litigation (1995 - 2014)

Professional Activities

  • Dairy Business Association - Member
  • Environmental Law Institute - Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Environmental Law Section - Director (1990 - 1994), Vice Chair (2001 - 2005), Secretary (1994 - 1998), Treasurer (1998 - 2001), Board of Directors (2007 - 2010)

Civic Activities

  • First Universalist Unitarian Church - Director (1989 - 1992), President (2002 - 2005)
  • Mead Wildlife Center - Outdoor Geology Exhibit Project (2011 - 2014)
  • Marathon County Historical Society - Director (1994 - present)
  • Wausau Community Development Authority - Commissioner (2006 - present), Chair (2014 - present)
  • Wisconsin Farm Technology Days - Executive Committee, Director (2011)
  • Woodson YMCA - Director (2000 - 2005)

Articles

Legal Updates

 

Blue Ink Blog Articles

 

 

Presentations

  • Recent Legislative Changes Impacting Local Governments; Review of Laws Impacting Local Government Officials - 5/4/16
  • Worker's Compensation Basics for the Farm, PPA and NTC sponsored A "How To" on Employee Management - 2/24/16
  • The Time is Right for a Succession Plan, Farm Transition Planning Workshops - 1/20/16
  • Becoming the Employer of Choice, University of Wisconsin Extension of Chippewa County - A Human Resources Management Program for Dairy Farmers  - 1/19/16
  • The Boundary of Worker's Compensation, Ruder Ware Annual Employment, Benefits, and Labor Relations Conference- 11/5/15
  • Land Use Approval, Lorman Education Frac Sand Mining Rights in Wisconsin Seminar - 4/11/14
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Safety Council of Marathon County - 3/19/14
  • Strategic and Ethical Considerations for In House counsel Regarding the Attorney Client Privilege, State Bar of Wisconsin: Business Counsel Institute - 11/30/11
  • Revised NR 243: Who's Covered - 8/28/07
  • Avoiding Liability: Enforcement in Construction Site Erosion Control - 8/17/06
  • Environmental Enforcement - 5/2/06 and 5/9/06
  • Livestock Siting Regulations - What do Counties and Towns Need to Know When Livestock Operation Wants to Grow? - 9/27/05