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Hon. Mark Frankel (Ret.), Mediator & Arbitrator, Madison, Wisconsin.

Hon. Mark Frankel (Ret.)

Frankel ADR, LLC
333 W Mifflin Street
Unit 6180
Madison, WI 53703
Tel: (608) 824-6409
Cell: (608) 220-1547
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Recognized to Wisconsin Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb
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  • Practice Commenced14
  • # of MEDS (as of 14/7/24)225
  • # of ARBS (as of 14/7/24)70
Current Practice


I am Mark Frankel, owner and lead attorney for Frankel ADR, LLC. I established my solo practice in 2007, after three decades as a judge and attorney.

After I received my law degree from University of Wisconsin Law School in 1973, I established the firm of Frankel, Langhammer & Pines. I was elected as a judge to the Dane County Circuit Court in 1979 — becoming one of the youngest judges in state history. I served as a judge for 20 years, and during that time I gained a reputation for integrating mediation into my courtroom. I adjudicated cases, but I also provided litigants opportunities to resolve their cases in an informal, yet binding manner. I continue to serve as a Wisconsin reserve judge.

When I left the bench as a judge, I worked as general counsel for a utility provider, then became a partner with Godfrey & Kahn S.C. At that firm, I focused on litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

In addition to my work as a judge and attorney, I am a co-author of the Wisconsin Benchbook for judges. For many years, I was on the faculty of the Wisconsin Judicial College, and I have also served on the faculty of The National Judicial College in Reno, NV, where I taught advanced evidence classes.

I stay up to date on developments in the alternative dispute resolution field. I am an American Arbitration Association panel member, and I am a securities industry arbitrator/mediator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

I am currently a reserve judge in Wisconsin and am President of the reserve judges association. 

I am able to offer online ADR services through Zoom.  


Case Experience

  • Agricultural
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • EEOC
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor/Unions
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Technology
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Utilities
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Wrongful Death


  • B.A., University of Michigan 1970
  • J.D., University of Wisconsin 1973, clinical internship with U.S. District Court Judge James Doyle
  • Civil Mediation Certification, John Paul Jones Group, May 1999
  • Advanced Mediation Training – American Health Lawyers Association, 2002
  • Arbitrator Training – American Arbitration Association 2005
  • Wisconsin Association of Mediators – Certified Practitioner Mediator 2008-present

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association – Dispute Resolution Section
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Mediation Arbitration Committee
  • Wisconsin Association of Mediators – Certified Practitioner
  • Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation
  • James E. Doyle Inns of Court
  • Board of Directors, Group Health Cooperative – South Central Wisconsin

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