Terrence L. Dunst


715.246.3800 x1017
815.927.0411 Fax

Janet King, Paralegal – Municipal jking@bakkenorman.com Ann Clarkson, Legal Assistant – Probate aclarkson@bakkenorman.com
New Richmond Office

Terry’s practice focuses on two main areas, municipal law and helping families and individuals with real estate, estate planning and probate matters. He represents cities, villages and towns in northwestern Wisconsin in all areas of municipal law, including zoning, frac sand issues, impact fees, open meeting and public records laws, drafting ordinances, and board-of-review issues.

His career began with fifteen years in the software industry, including three years on assignment in England as head of European sales. Terry draws on this experience by presenting seminars on estate planning and probate. He also teaches continuing legal education seminars for the State Bar of Wisconsin on topics such as using technology in the practice of law. He is a past chair of the Technology Track at the Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference.

Terry teaches administrative law as an adjunct instructor at Concordia University of Wisconsin. He has presented numerous seminars for Wisconsin municipal officials. He also writes the Wisconsin Municipal Law Blog.


  • Board Member, Vice Chair, General Practice-Solo and Small Firm Section, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Chair, Law Office Management Section, State Bar of Wisconsin (2011-2012)
  • Chair of the Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference (2011)
  • Chair of the Technology Track for the Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference (2008, 2010, 2012 & 2016)

Representative Matters

  • Worked with numerous local governments to develop frac sand mining regulations.
  • Worked with local governments to implement zoning regulations.

News and Publications

  • Lecturer, “Local Government Immunity Defense: Litigation Challenges,” webcast CLE Program by Strafford Publications, (February 2012)
  • Lecturer, “Introduction to Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and Probate,” Community Education Series (2007-2011)
  • Author, “Law Practice Toolkit: The Wisconsin Lawyer’s Guide to a Better Law Practice,” Chapter 2, Technology and Other Office Options Published by Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, Madison, WI (2011).
  • Author, “Do We Need A Roll Call Vote on This?Bakke Norman Municipal Law Alert (August 2010)
  • Author/Lecturer, “Email and Electronic Record Retention” Bakke Norman Municipal Seminar (2010)
  • Author, “Open Records Request: Tips for Responses” Bakke Norman Municipal Law Alert (March 2009)
  • Author, “Emails and the Open Records LawBakke Norman Municipal Law Alert  (July 2009)
  • Author/Lecturer, “Introduction to Zoning” Bakke Norman Municipal Seminar (2007 and 2009)
  • Author, “Zoning Basics: Nonconformance; Conditional Uses and Special Exceptions; Variances” Bakke Norman Municipal Law Alert (October 2007)
  • Author, Technology Chapter for Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company’s “Law Practice Toolkit


  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, JD, 2006, cum laude
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, magna cum laude


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