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Cynthia L. Buchko
33 East Main Street, Suite 300
P.O. Box 1379
Madison, WI 53701-1379
Phone: (608) 258-7126
Fax: (608) 258-7138

Real Estate & Eminent Domain Litigation
Cynthia L. Buchko is a shareholder in Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.'s Madison office, is the Vice President of Legal Services, and is a Team Leader of the Real Estate & Eminent Domain Litigation Team. Buchko's practice is concentrated in commercial litigation and real estate litigation. She has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of real estate-based matters, including eminent domain proceedings, easement and restrictive covenant enforcement actions, and zoning and land use disputes. She has represented clients involved with business disputes, including contract, restrictive covenant and employment matters, before state and federal courts located throughout Wisconsin and the midwest. She has also assisted clients in obtaining federal, state and local permits necessary for their energy, mining or construction projects, and defends clients against enforcement actions initiated by federal, state and local agencies.


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, B.A., summa cum laude


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Western District of Wisconsin
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin

Awards & Distinctions

  • Selected as a 2009 40 Under 40 by In Business Magazine
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, and Land Use & Zoning Law (2013-2014)
  • Named a "Rising Star" on the Wisconsin Super Lawyers list (2006, 2008-2012)
  • Named to the Wisconsin Super Lawyers list (2013)

Representative Work

  • Represented an interstate transportation pipeline company in a series of declaratory judgment and preliminary injunction actions in multiple counties resulting in gaining access to all properties needed for construction of a project.
  • Successfully litigated eminent domain cases, both before condemnation commissions and before state and federal courts in both Wisconsin and Illinois.
  • Represented many commercial landowners in successful negotiations with the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation where highway projects impacted commercial properties.
  • Advised energy industry clients, including natural gas pipeline companies, crude oil pipeline companies and public utilities, on various issues related to eminent domain, including whether clients have the authority to exercise eminent domain and the interplay between federal and state court eminent domain procedures.
  • Represented clients in administrative agency litigation before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection, State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and various other federal, state and municipal agencies.
  • Successfully represented clients in real estate litigation, including challenges to zoning regulations, easement construction, purchase and sale disputes, trespass, nuisance, eminent domain and a variety of other real property disputes.
  • Various engagements to prepare variance, conditional use permit and other permit applications and appear before municipal zoning boards or commissions.
  • Negotiated road use agreements, mining agreements, stipulated permit conditions, and other contracts with local municipalities on behalf of clients.
  • Represented clients in a wide variety of business disputes, including contract, restrictive covenant and employment disputes, before state and federal courts located throughout Wisconsin and the midwest.
  • Successfully represented clients in appellate matters, including before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.
  • Successfully challenged the constitutionality of the State of Wisconsin's removal of $200 million from the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund.

Professional Associations

  • Member of the Renewable Energy Resources Committee for the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
  • Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance, Bio Power Board (2008-2011)

Community Involvement

  • YWCA, Board Member
  • End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, Board Member

Articles and Presentations

  • The Importance of Condemnation Provisions in Leases, The Real Deal Winter 2010
  • Prevailing Wage Law Changes, April 2010 Construction Business Group Seminar Series
  • Legislature tries to bring uniformity to wind farm regulation, Capital Region Business Journal November 2009
  • New Legislative Proposals Could Help Spur the Development of Biomass Use in Electric Generation, Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance (WBIA) Newsletter, June 2009
  • Wisconsin Civil Procedure Before Trial, Author Chapter 9 Termination Without Trial
  • How to Leverage the Green Economy into Business Opportunities, March 24, 2009 Seminar
  • Appealing from Administrative Agency Decisions, Wisconsin Bar Association Seminar, Feb. 19, 2009
  • What the New Federal Rules of Electronic Discovery Mean for Your Health Care Institution, ALFA Midwest Regional Seminar, Sept. 6, 2007
  • Preserving the Record for Appeal and Appellate Practice Tips, Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence Training Seminar, Oct. 5, 2006
  • Document Record Retention and Retrieval, E-Discovery Corporate Counsel Forum Seminar, Nov. 8, 2006