Gary L. Bakke

Gary L Bakke

815.927.0411 Fax

Dianne Bystrom, Legal Assistant
New Richmond Office

Gary is the senior attorney at Bakke Norman. After retiring from his litigation and family law practices, he now concentrates on supporting the firm on complex business litigation, complex family law issues, small business counseling and municipal law. He also serves as mediator, arbitrator and as an expert witness on legal issues. A founder of Bakke Norman, Gary has practiced law in New Richmond for more than 51 years.

Gary has made significant contributions to the State Bar of Wisconsin. He served as Bar President and also held several Wisconsin State Bar leadership positions, including Bar President and Chair of the Practice Management Section and Chair of the Family Law Section.

Throughout his career, Gary has emphasized education and progressive thinking, from being at the forefront of incorporating computers into the law practice to sharing his knowledge and experience with others. As State Bar President, he wrote and spoke frequently about the future of the practice of law and the need for professional changes, and continues to write for Bar publications. He has been a guest instructor at the University of Wisconsin Law School and spoken at American Bar Association events in London, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Atlanta and Niagara Falls, Canada.


  • Best Lawyers in America (1987 to present)
  • President, State Bar of Wisconsin (2000-01)
  • Chair, Practice Management Section, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Chair, Family Law Section, State Bar of Wisconsin

News and Publications

  • Technical Reviewer and Chapter Editor, The Comprehensive Guide to Lost Profit Damages, 2009 Ed., Nancy J. Fannon, editor, published by Business Valuation Resources, LLC.
  • Contributor, Psychological Experts in Divorce Actions, Marc J. Ackerman.
  • Author/Lecturer, numerous State Bar of Wisconsin CLE events, including topics of family law, practice management and ethics.


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, JD, 1965, Order of the Coif, Law Review
  • University of Wisconsin, BS, Economics, 1962


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