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Ronald M. Trachtenberg

Direct: 608-827-4519

Ronald M.  Trachtenberg concentrates his practice in real property and land use law utilizing his over 40 years of experience in land use, real estate, municipal, condominium, real estate development, commercial and business law, to assist in land subdivision and zoning approvals, as well as infrastructure and building construction contracts and real estate sales, purchases and leases for both commercial and residential properties. Ron is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Real Estate Law and Land Use and Zoning Law. He has presented seminars in land use sponsored through the State Bar of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has acted as a mediator in real estate and land use matters through the Dane County Bar Association.

In addition to his vast professional experience in his practice area, Ron is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Madison Development Corporation. He served for eight years on the city council for the City of Madison, as the alderman for Madison’s far west side, serving as council president and as a member of Madison’s Board of Estimates, Plan Commission, Board of Public Works, Economic Development Commission and Community Development Block Grant Commission. He has also served on several committees for the Madison Metropolitan School District and hosted “District Reports” on the City of Madison cable access station for over a decade.

Ron is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Dane County Bar Association.

Areas of Practice:

Real Estate Law

Land Use Law

Condominium Law

Subdivision and Zoning Law

Municipal Law

Commercial and Business Law


Juris Doctor. – University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin, 1976

Bachelor of Arts  – Cornel University – 1969

Bar and Court Admissions:

State Bar of Wisconsin, 1976

U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, 1976

Professional Associations and Community Involvement:

State Bar of Wisconsin

Dane County Bar Association

Madison Development Corporation


Ron and his wife of over 40 years, Ann, live on Madison’s west side and are the parents of three adult married children living in the San Francisco and Boston areas. Ron’s greatest enjoyments in the practice of law have been in the areas of new business and affordable housing development and representing religious institution in obtaining the necessary land use government entitlements for new and expanded facilities.