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Shane J. VanderWaal



Shane is an attorney with more than 25 years of experience. Shane’s practice includes municipal law and general civil litigation with a focus in the areas of condemnation, property tax litigation, public construction disputes, real estate litigation including boundary and surveying disputes. 

Shane further represents and advises clients in the area of municipal law. As the attorney for many cities, towns, villages and multijurisdictional municipal entities he has handled all aspects of municipal law including drafting ordinances, resolutions, contracts as well as representing municipalities in all court proceedings, including federal and state court and administrative agencies, municipal properties, open meeting and open record law compliance, licensing matters, and employee discipline and termination.

Shane also has an extensive appellate litigation practice including a number of published decisions in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court including, Society Ins. v. Linehan, 2000 WI App 163, 238 Wis. 2d 359, 616 N.W.2d 918; In re Paternity of Roberta Jo W., 218 Wis. 2d 225, 578 N.W.2d 185 (1998); Trailwood Ventures, LLC v. Vill. of Kronenwetter, 2009 WI App 18, 315 Wis. 2d 791, 762 N.W.2d 841; Pace v. Oneida County, 212 Wis. 2d 448, 569 N.W.2d 311 (Ct. App. 1997); Klemm v. Am. Transmission Co., LLC, 2011 WI 37, 333 Wis. 2d 580, 798 N.W.2d 223; Nowell v. City of Wausau, 2013 WI 88, 351 Wis. 2d 1, 838 N.W.2d 852 and Lakeland Area Prop. Owners Ass'n, U.A. v. Oneida Cnty., 2021 WI App 19, 396 Wis. 2d 622, 957 N.W.2d 605.


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Representative Cases

  • B.A., University of Minnesota – Duluth, MN (1989)

  • J.D., Hamline University School of Law – St Paul, MN (1992)

  • United States District Court

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court

  • Wisconsin Court of Appeals

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

  • State Bar of Wisconsin 

  • Marathon County Bar Association

  • Successfully argued appeals in the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals on behalf of property owners relating to condemnation of high transmission power lines.  See Klemm v. Am. Transmission Co., LLC, 2011 WI 37, 333 Wis. 2d 580, 798 N.W.2d 223.

  • Successfully defended a municipality in a property tax valuation case concerning property values in excess of $2,000,000.00 in the trial court, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and before the Wisconsin Supreme Court Trailwood Ventures, LLC v.  Vill. of Kronenwetter, 2009  WI App 18, 315  Wis. 2d 791, 762 N.W.2d 841.


  • Successfully represented a national aggregate company in obtaining a conditional use permit and defending a constitutional challenge to Wis. Stat. §706.057 by surrounding property owners before a County zoning board, the circuit court, and  the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.  See Lakeland Area Property Owners Association v. Oneida County and County Materials Corporation, 2021 WI App 19, 396 Wis. 2d 622, 957 N.W.2d 605.


  • Obtained judgement in excess of $200,000 for a ginseng farmer in a breach of contract matter and successfully defended the judgment in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.  See Krueger v. Hsu, 2021 WI App 36, 960 N.W.2d 630.


  • Represent numerous corporations, municipalities, and individuals in various litigation matters involving eminent domain, boundary and property disputes,  zoning issues, as well as general commercial litigation matters. 

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