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Michelle B. Fitzgerald
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Michelle B. Fitzgerald

Practice areas:

Mediation, Divorce & Separation, Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate

About Me

Educating clients on their options surrounding their legal matters is an important part of my service to clients. Choosing a method to proceed is also an important discussion with clients. This includes alternative dispute resolution such as divorce mediation and collaborative law, both of which I greatly enjoy. Clients appreciate the creative solutions that come from such alternative approaches and which generally benefit both parties. Most clients note that while divorce is a difficult time, working together through mediation or the collaborative process made the proceedings bearable and yielded better-than-expected results, with long-term benefits. Intangible benefits such as learning to be active listeners and problem solvers together carry with them as they communicate in the future on family matters. Clients state they wouldn’t have done it any other way.

In 2011, I was awarded the prestigious Women in Law Award from the Wisconsin Law Journal. I am the immediate past Chair of the Board for the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau, and continue as a board member since 2006. I also enjoy being an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School teaching Mediation Advocacy, since 2012. 

Specialties include: Divorce, mediation, collaborative law, post-divorce litigation, business start-ups, probate, estate planning, guardianships, real estate and consumer law matters.


 


I am always happy to answer some questions. So feel free to give us a call at 262-432-3600. 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Divorce & Separation: 30%
    15 years, 325 cases
  2. Mediation: 30%
    15 years, 103 cases
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
    15 years, 235 cases
  4. Real Estate: 10%
    15 years, 125 cases
  5. Probate: 10%
    9 years, 90 cases

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (20 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Edward W. Harness

    I endorse this lawyer. Michelle is a kind, caring, and thoughtful attorney. Her business model has helped countless people throughout Wisconsin.

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    Edward Harness Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Paul J. Milaeger

    I endorse this lawyer. She's reasonable, smart and likes to "get it done" without the emotional baggage.

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    Paul Milaeger Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Horizons Law Group, LLC

611 N. Barker Road, Suite 209
Brookfield, WI, 53045

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WIGood Standing200003/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Women in Law HonoreeWisconsin Law Journal2011
Innovator of the Year - FinalistWI Law Journal / Daily Reporter2002

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorMarquette University Law School2011 - Present
Attorney / OwnerHorizons Law Group, LLC2000 - Present
ClerkMilwaukee County Childrens Court1999 - 1999

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Better Business BureauBoard Member2006 - Present
Wauwatosa Business Improvement DistrictFormer Board Member2006 - 2009
American Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Milwaukee Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Better Business BureauPast ChairN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
High Income/High Net Worth DivorceSuccessful outcome with increased support and further division of assets with some attorney fees also paid
MediationAll issues settled, from child placement to support and property division

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Solo & Small Firms Newsletter (State Bar of Wisconsin)Is offering unbundled legal services right for you?2004

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law SchoolLaw DegreeJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of Wisconsin, MadisonEducationBS - Bachelor of Science, Math Teacher1991

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Milwaukee Bar Association, CLE CommitteeForeclosure & the Elderly2014
WI Solo & Small Firms CLEUnbundled or Al a Carte Legal Services2009