Court of Appeals
Charles P. Dykman
District IV (1978-2010)
Charles P. Dykman, Presiding Judge for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District IV, was first elected to the court in 1978 and was presiding judge from 1996 to 2001 and again in 2009-10. He was successful in three contested elections; 1978, 1980 and 1992. Judge Dykman received a Bachelor's of Science degree in 1961 from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a LLB. in 1965 from the University of Wisconsin Law School. From 1965 to 1970, Judge Dykman was an associate with the firm Oldenburg and Lent. He was a sole practitioner from 1970-1978.
Judge Dykman has served on various judicial educational panels and at Wisconsin Judicial Conferences and has been a speaker for continuing legal education programs. He was a member of the Judicial Conference Planning Committee (2002-03), Judicial Conference Executive Committee (2001-04), the Civil Law Seminar Planning Committee (2006), and has served on the Fairchild Commission on Judicial Elections and Ethics. Judge Dykman was appointed to the Judicial Commission August 1, 1998 through August 2004 and elected chair in August 2003. He was appointed to the Government Accountability Board Candidate Committee in March of 2009 for a two-year term.
He was appointed to the Board of Bar Examiners in 2009 and the Board of Administrative Oversight in 2012. He is currently a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Dane County Bar Association, James E. Doyle Inns of Court, Legal Association for Women, and the Seventh Circuit Bar Association.
Since the fall of 2010, Judge Dykman has taught a class in negligence methodology at the University of Wisconsin Law School. In early 2011 he was honored as a Leader in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal and was given Lifetime Achievement recognition.
Judge Dykman is married to Bonnie who is a speech and language therapist with the Madison public schools.
He enjoys sailing, gardening and teaching seed-starting and canning classes.