Dale M. Eaton


Dale is a partner practicing in the areas of automobile accidents and other personal injuries, business litigation and family law.  He worked for law firms in Boston and Milwaukee, prior to moving to Wausau in 1993. For several years, Attorney Eaton provided full-time litigation support for one of the premier Boston law firms handling plaintiff asbestos and tobacco claims.  The firm annually handled hundreds of asbestos/mesothelioma cases associated with Massachusetts area shipyards and factories; and was co-lead counsel for one of the first successful prosecutions of tobacco companies for lung cancer cases in the nation.


Wisconsin Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Areas of Practice


  • Representation of large insurer in defense of $50 million construction defect claim
  • Successful prosecution of complex environmental claim against a municipality and multiple insurers
  • Recovery of millions for our clients in personal injury, and tort claims
  • Successful prosecution and defense of residential and commercial construction defect claims
  • Extensive litigation, mediation and arbitration experience involving business litigation, contract disputes, products liability, personal injury, insurance disputes, environmental law, and construction defects


  • Negotiation and drafting of contracts of all types
  • Representation of small businesses and individuals regarding business sales, acquisitions and buy-outs
  • Negotiation of financial work-outs
  • Representation of Wausau area manufacturers in multi-state contract litigation
  • Representation of multiple financial institutions in litigation involving lending issues
  • Successful prosecution of an intellectual property/contract claim in state and federal court against California defendants


  • Zealous advocacy in divorce and legal separation actions and cohabitation dissolutions
  • Custody and physical placement disputes
  • Child support and maintenance modifications
  • Resolution of sophisticated marital property disputes involving property brought to the marriage, gifts, inheritances and businesses


B.A., Tufts University, with honors (1987)
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School (1993)
  • Wisconsin Law Review, Managing Editor
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court, Judicial Intern
  • University of Wisconsin System General Counsel, Law Clerk
  • Author, Recovery for Purely Emotional Distress Under the Warsaw Convention: Narrow Construction of Lesion Corporelle in Eastern Airlines, Inc. v. Floyd, 1993 Wis. L. Rev. 563.
  • American Jurisprudence Award (1990)

Memberships and Activities

    • State Bar of Wisconsin Member: Business, Environmental Law, Family Law & Litigation Sections
    • Marathon County Bar Association
    • U.S. Bank – Wausau, Advisory Board (2006-present)
    • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Marathon County, Big Brother (1996-1997)
    • Emily’s Path, Inc. | President, Director (2009-present)
    • Sara’s Storybook Garden | Board Member, Volunteer (2017-present)