Sam Wayne

Sam Wayne



  • Business Law
  • Business Litigation 

My practice focuses on dispute resolution and creative problem-solving, preferably out of court. When necessary, I fight for my clients’ rights in state or federal court, setting cases up for strong and efficient settlements. I love the courtroom, but know my clients don’t, and know that the better I perform, the sooner they can wrap up litigation and focus again on their business.

Along with my passion for client representation, I sport a friendly and caring demeanor, a strong ability to work effectively with others, and a commitment to communicate with my clients promptly and frequently. It’s important to get the best result for you that I can, and that relies on you feeling valued and letting you define what’s “best,” with my advice.

Prior to joining Neider & Boucher, I ran my own law firm for six years, helped start, represent, and manage a startup software company, worked for a small but sophisticated law firm here in Madison, and interned for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Unit, and a large law firm in New York City.

I’m proud to be a Badger twice-over and was fortunate to receive an Ivy League undergraduate education. I am also proud and humbled by the distinctions I’ve had the honor or accepting.


JD       University of Wisconsin Law School, 2009
MPA    University of Wisconsin, 2005
BS       Cornell University, 2003


All Courts of the State of Wisconsin
Courts of the State of Illinois
United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors, 2017-2021

State Bar of Wisconsin Policy Committee, 2019-2021
State Bar of Wisconsin Strategic Planning Committee, 2017-2019
State Bar of Wisconsin Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force. 2020-2021
State Bar of Wisconsin Young Lawyer Division Board Member, 2011-2013


2020    Wisconsin SuperLawyers Rising Stars
2019    Wisconsin SuperLawyers Rising Stars
2018    Wisconsin Law Foundation Fellow
2018    Wisconsin SuperLawyers Rising Stars
2017    Elected to State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors
2012    InBusiness Magazine 40 Under 40
2011    State Bar of Wisconsin Young Lawyers Division Professional Achievement Award
2010    Wisconsin Law School Dean’s Fellow
2009    Sonnet Schmidt Edmonds Excellence in Energy Law Award
2008    First Place: ABA Regional Negotiation Competition
2008    State Bar of Wisconsin Award for highest mark in Negotiations
2007    ABA Janet D. Steiger Fellowship
2005    La Follette School Graduation Speaker
2003    Robert M. La Follette Fellowship


Originally from New York State, I’ve lived in Madison since 2003. In my free time I love to spend time with my incredible wife Rachel and our two young children, as well as travel, read, hike, play soccer, tennis, ice hockey, and chess. I also enjoy practicing yoga, seeing live music, and enjoying the company of fun, interesting and sincere people.