Presiding Judge Brian W. Blanchard

Presiding Judge Brian W. BlanchardCourt of Appeals–District IV
2921 Landmark Place, Suite 415
Madison, WI 53713

Current term expires July 31, 2028.

Career history

Appellate Judge, District IV Court of Appeals (2010-present); Dane County District Attorney (2001-2010); attorney, private civil law practice, Madison (1997-2000); Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, Northern District of Illinois (1990-1997); Law Clerk, Hon. Walter Cummings, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1989-1990); reporter, The Miami Herald newspaper (1980-1986).

Law-related activities

Vice Chair, Wisconsin Judicial Council; Chair, Judicial Council - Criminal Procedure Committee; former Chair, Judicial Council -Appellate Procedure Committee; board member, State Bar of Wisconsin Appellate Practice Section; Co-Chair, Our Courts Committee of the State Bar of Wisconsin's Public Education Committee; member, State Bar of Wisconsin 2014 National High School Mock Trial Competition Executive Committee; speaker to bench and bar groups, Wisconsin Criminal Law; former member, Wisconsin court system's Planning and Policy Advisory Committee; member, Dane County Bar Association; member, Legal Association for Women, Dane County

Birth date/place

November 7, 1958; State College, Pennsylvania


University of Michigan, B.A. (1980); Northwestern University Law School (1989)


Married; three children

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