Barrett Corneille


Phone: 608.662.1150
Fax: 608.662.1181

Bar Admissions:

  • 1980 State Bar of Wisconsin
  • 1980 U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • 1980 U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • 1983 U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • 1984 U.S. Supreme Court


  • DePauw University Indiana-Greencastle, B.S., 1977  Major: Political Science
  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 1980


  • Board Certified by the National Board of Specialty Certification (NBLSC)


  • Dane County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
    • Professional Ethics Committee (1988-1993)
    • Environmental Law Section (1996-2014)
    • Litigation Section (2003-2005)
    • Board of Administrative Oversight (2006-2008)
  • Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin (now known as Wisconsin Defense Counsel)
    • Secretary/Treasurer (1989-1992)
    • Program Chair Person (1991-1992)
    • President (1994-1995) 
  • District 9 Board of Attorney’s Professional Responsibility (1985-1993)
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel


Barrett Corneille – Of Counsel

Barrett Corneille has been a civil trial lawyer for over 30 years.  During that time, he has tried over 200 civil jury trials to verdict.  Those trials have occurred in almost every county in the state of Wisconsin and  include trials against the majority of the top civil trial attorneys in Wisconsin.  He has tried cases in the areas of medical negligence, personal injury, insurance coverage, bad faith, civil rights, construction, product liability, and environmental law.  In recent years, almost all of his trials have involved claims in excess of one million dollars.

He is a member of the Corneille Law Group Madison medical negligence team which garnered a first tier ranking by U.S. News and World Report: Best Law Firms® for medical malpractice defense in 2016 and is listed as a Top 10 Wisconsin Super Lawyer for 2015.

Practice Areas:


  • Selected for inclusion in U.S. News and World Report: The Best Lawyers in America® in medical malpractice – defendants in 2008 through 2019*
  • Selected as The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” in the State of Wisconsin for medical malpractice – defendants in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2018
  • Included in Wisconsin Super Lawyers list in 2005 through 2017
  • Included in Top 10 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list in 2013, 2015 through 2017
  • Included in Top 25 Madison Super Lawyers list, Madison, WI in 2011 through 2017
  • Included in Top 50 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list in 2009, 2011 through 2017
  • Featured in Wisconsin Law Journal, “Madison Firm President Reveals Lessons Learned
  • Certified as Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1999-2015
  • Selected “Top Lawyer in Madison” by Madison Magazine in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury-Defense and Insurance Law
  • Selected by Wisconsin Law Journal as Leader in the Law in 2002
  • Rated A.V. Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
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* Only two lawyers in Wisconsin were named Best Lawyers in America for Medical Malpractice Law for 2011 and Attorney Corneille was the only defense medical malpractice attorney selected.

Member By Invitation Only:

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)
  • Member, Diversity Law Institute
  • Member, The Trial Law Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)  (2000-2015)
  • American Inns of Court (1996-2002)