Attorney John R. Orton

Municipal Law, Personal Injury and Other Civil Litigation

John Orton divides his practice between civil litigation and municipal law. In the civil litigation area, Attorney Orton represents persons who have suffered personal injuries in auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, or other accidents occuring at home, work, or play. John also represents people in a wide variety of other civil litigation matters such as constructon disputes, land disputes, and insurance disputes.

experienced personal injury attorney John OrtonIn the municipal law area, Attorney Orton has represented and continues to represent several cities, villages, and townships in a wide variety of municipal matters such as zoning, land use and development matters, annexations and boundary issues, easements and rights-of-way, ordinance drafting and codification, special assessments and condemnation issues.

The Personal Side

John is married to Catherine (also a lawyer in this firm) and together they have 3 children. John is an avid hunter, and especially enjoys hunting ducks in the sloughs and swamps of the Wisconsin River. John has been active in youth sports, by serving as a basketball coach, and by helping to establish tax exempt status for the local hockey club and the High School athletic booster club.

Contact Mauston and Wisconsin Dells personal injury and municipal law attorney John Orton today at (608) 847-7363.

Areas of Practice:

Municipal Law, Personal Injury and Civil Litigation
70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

Wisconsin, 1981
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1981
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1981

Peer Review and Awards

Avvo - John OrtonAV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
AVVO Client's Choice Award - Personal Injury


J.D., Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI, 1981
     • Law Review Member, 1980 - 1981
     • Published works: Review of Rush v Savchuk, 64 Marq. L. Rev. 374, 1981
     • Moot Court Team, 1980
B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN., 1978
Attended: Oxford University, Oxford, England, 1977

Positions Held

Curran, Hollenbeck & Orton, S.C., Mauston, WI., attorney, 1984 - Present
City of Mauston, Wisconsin, City Attorney, 1986 - 2009
Village Attorney, Necedah, Wisconsin, 2002 - Present
Village Attorney, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, 1997 - Present
Village Attorney, Hustler, Wisconsin, 1996 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

Wisconsin Bar Association

  • Member, 1981 - Present
  • Litigation Section
    • Member, 1981 Present
    • Board of Directors, 1989 1992
  • Admin & Local Gov. Section
    • Member, 1999 Present
    • Board of Directors, 2003 2010
    • Chairman, 2009 - 2010
  • Board of Governors
    • District 7 Representative, 2013 Present
    • Jud. Election Steering Committee, Chairman

Wisconsin Association for Justice, 1984 Present

Significant Cases Handled

Dakter v. Cavallino, 2014 WI App 112, 40, 358 Wis. 2d 434, 856 N.W.2d 523. 110 (Jury instructions in trucking cases)
Heitman v. City of Mauston, 226 Wis.2d 542 (Ct. App. 1999) (Municipal law)
Hagen V. Labor & Industry Review Commission, 201 Wis.2d 51 (1996) (Workers' Compensation law)
Betthauser v. Medical Protective Company, 172 Wis.2d 141 (1992) (Medical Malpractice law)
Winslow v. Brown, 125 Wis.2d 327 (Ct.App. 1985) (Tort of civil conspiracy)

Community Involvement

St. Patrick School: Gala Fund Raising Committee, 1999 - Present
Mauston High School: Athletic Booster Club Founder and Director, 2001 - 2003
Mauston High School: Music Concert Series Board, 2000 - 2005
Boys' Club Basketball Coach, 2002 - 2006
St. Patrick School Basketball Coach, 2004 - 2007