Mark Hazelbaker


Mark Hazelbaker draws on decades of diverse experience to help clients solve problems which require a broad range of skills.  Accomplished as a litigator, business lawyer, public administrator and government relations advocate, Mark gets results for clients in a broad range of issues

Mark joined Kasieta Legal Group in 2013  He advises small businesses and communities in employment law, land use, litigation and legislation.  Mr. Hazelbaker’s clients are typically  businesses, units of government and individuals. 

Mark’s career began in 1983 as legal counsel of the Wisconsin Counties Association.  During three years at the WCA, Mark led lobbying efforts which culminated in a major reorganization and modernization of county government.  He then served as personnel director/corporation counsel, and later as administrative coordinator of Manitowoc County. His work in Manitowoc County led to the Outstanding Local Government Employee award from the Center for Public Representation in 1989.  At Manitowoc, he led efforts to modernize County operations across the board, notably leading to creation of a merged Human Services Department, a new jail and law enforcement center, successful privatization of a county nursing home and reorganization of the County’s management structure.

In 1992, Mark entered private practice, first with large downtown Madison law firms and then in his own firm between 1999 and 2013.  Mr. Hazelbaker teaches other attorneys, business owners, and professional groups in the areas of labor and employment law, land use law, and municipal law through the National Business Institute.  He has published extensively on these topics for various law reviews and professional journals.   He has appeared in more than 2,500 cases in his career including jury trials, civil actions, criminal prosecution and defense, juvenile, family law and probate matters.  He also handles legislative relations in Wisconsin and nationally.  He has successfully worked for enactment of several state laws.

Mr. Hazelbaker is a member of the Dane County Bar Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin (Litigation and Labor and Employment and Government Lawyers Division sections). Mr. Hazelbaker earned his B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin, and his J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Law.  He is admitted to practice before U.S. District Courts (Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin), U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, and U.S. Federal Court. 

His community service includes membership on the Board of Governors for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Chicago, IL.; Master of the Janesville – Western Star Lodge No. 55 of the Free and Accepted Masons in Madison; and -President of the Monona Serenity Group.  He volunteers and supports the Badger Prairie Needs Network in Verona, WI; provides free criminal and family law legal services to individuals with mental illness and limited financial resources. 

year joined
Areas Of Practice
Employment Law
Land Use
Bar Admissions
Wisconsin, 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1985
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1985
U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1983
U.S. Federal Court, 1983
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1982
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1979
Major: Journalism
Published Works
Privatization and the Primarily Related Test Marquette Law Review, Vol. 74, 1992
Local 913, AFSCME, AFL-CIO v. Manitowoc County, 410 N.W.2d 641 (Wis.App. 1987)
Honors And Awards
Regional Finalist, White House Fellowships, 1990
Outstanding Local Government Employee, Wisconsin Center for Public Representation, 1989
First Professional Administrative Coordinator, Manitowoc County Board
Professional Associations And Memberships
Wisconsin Council on Human Concerns, Member, 1988 - Present
Past Employment
Manitowoc County, Corporation Counsel and Personnel Director, 1986 - 1992
Wisconsin Counties Association, Legal Counsel, 1983 - 1986
UW Extension, Research Analyst
Dane County Executive, Staff Advisor
United Council of UW Students, Legislative Directive
Pro Bono Services
Freemasons and Shriners
Shriners Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Board of Directors
Masonic Lodge, Master
Daily Cardinal Alumni Association, Board of Directors

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