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Attorney Wendy Alison Nora
4575 W. 80th Street Circle, #210
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55437
VOICE: (952 ) 405-8632
FAX (952) 405-8691
e-mail: accesslegalservices@mail.com

Professional Background and Experience
Attorney, Access Legal Services, Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota 2007-present and

Attorney, Access Legal Services, Madison, Wisconsin, 1990-present
Represent clients in  mortgage foreclosure defense, estate planning and business law matters, including corporate, family limited partnerships, limited liability company organization, financial consulting and business planning. Also represent clients in family law, bankruptcy, plaintiffs in civil litigation, defendants in criminal litigation, and plaintiffs and defendants in appellate matters, as well as IRS collection and compliance matters.

Supervising Attorney, Access Tax Services, Madison, Wisconsin, 1995-1997
Represent clients in IRS collection and compliance matters. Supervise tax preparation of complex business and individual federal and multi-state tax returns. Advise clients on tax planning; represent clients before state and federal tax authorities.

Supervising Attorney, Estate Protection Associates, Madison and Green Bay, Wisconsin, 1991-1997
Supervise paralegal staff in estate-planning activities using revocable and irrevocable trusts. Advise clients on financial planning related to estate protection and transfer of real and personal property. Represent clients in estate-planning activities using revocable and irrevocable trusts, and advise clients on financial planning related to estate protection.

Managing Attorney, Family and Business Trust Associates, P.C., Minneapolis, Minnesota,1988-1990
Represent clients in commercial litigation involving mortgage foreclosure, major real estate assets, bankruptcy, plaintiffs in civil litigation, defendants in criminal litigation, and plaintiffs and defendants in appellate matters. Also represent clients in IRS collection and compliance matters, as well as real estate, estate planning and business law matters, including corporate, family limited partnerships, limited liability company organization, financial consulting and business planning.

Managing Attorney, Hopewell and Nora, a multi-state law firm with main office in
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1985-1988
Represent clients in mortgage foreclosure defense, criminal defense, complex state and federal civil litigation, commercial litigation, financial reorganization and business development, and foreclosure defense in state and federal and bankruptcy courts throughout the Midwest. Represent clients in family law, real estate and bankruptcy.

Paralegal, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Family Farm Loan Guarantee
Program, St. Paul, Minnesota, March through September, 1985
Prepare loan closing documentation, research and review title documents, review
applications for payment under the guarantee program.
Counsel the Program and the Department on budgetary and state economic impact of the emerging Farm Crisis.

Contract Attorney, Wisconsin Office of the State Public Defender, Madison, Wisconsin,
1983-1985 Defend clients in criminal proceedings, probation and parole revocation hearings.  Train attorney’s in administrative law principles for probation and parole revocation defense.

Attorney, Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services, Madison, Wisconsin, 1978-1983 Conduct hearings in medical assistance eligibility, public assistance benefits, nursing home and day care licensing, and foster home regulation, licensure and reimbursement; probation and parole revocation hearings. Review and comment on legislation and participate in administrative rule-making.

Attorney, Wendy Alison Nora, Attorney at Law, Madison, Wisconsin, 1975-1985
Represent clients in criminal litigation and civil litigation (emphasis on Wisconsin
Consumer Act), family law, estate-planning matters and real estate closings.

Professional Licenses
Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin and the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin in June, 1975.
Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Minnesota, September, 1985
Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1986.
Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of  Wisconsin in 1991.
Admitted to practice before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals for the United States in 1992.

Professional Honors, Associations
Listed, Who's Who in American Law, 1987-1988, 1988-1989, 1990-1991, 1991-1992, 1992-1993, 1993-1994, 1994-1995, 1995-1996, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2002-2003, 2003-2004*
Listed, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2204-2005, 2006-2007
Listed, Who’s Who in America, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2003-2004*
Listed, Who’s Who in the World, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2003-2004*
*updates pending

Southern Poverty Law Center 1997-current to support social and economic justice
American Bar Association, Vice-Chairperson, Administrative Law Section, Committee of Criminal Law and Juvenile Justice 1984-1987.
Wisconsin Bar Association, 1975-2007
Dane County Bar Association, 1999, 2001, 2003.
Legal Association for Women, 2000-2001.
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2000-2001.
Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association, 1981-1983.

Volunteer Work
Worked with domestic abuse victims on a  pro bono basis
Worked with  the homeless population in Madison, Wisconsin through the Madison Area Association of Churches
                   
Educational Background

2009-and continuing: M.Div. Student at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, Minnesota

1992-1993: University of Wisconsin, Department of Anthropology, Madison, Wisconsin, Work toward Ph.D.  in anthropology of modern economic culture
Skills developed/improved: Used qualitative research methods for academic writing in global economic culture and current United States cultural issues

1989-1990: University of Minnesota, Department of Sociology, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Course of Study: Work toward Ph.D. in sociology
Skills developed/improved: Created quantitative research methodologies to test
connections between the variables for statistical significance; wrote a academic research papers in the areas of law and economics
Teaching assistant in law and sociology (fundamentals of sociology, criminal law and procedure, juvenile justice, mental health law)

Skills developed/improved: Developed and/or implemented academic curriculum;, designed measurements for academic achievement; taught courses (some without supervision;, communicated in the classroom setting with small advanced courses and large beginning courses;  mentored individual students; reported to professor;  kept records of student academic progress;  and in several courses, handled the entire course through final grading.
Activities/Honors: awarded research fellowship in law and finance. G.P.A. 4.00.

1972-1975: University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
Course of Study: Law
Honors: Dean's List
Focus on human rights

1969-1971: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Course of Study: liberal arts
Honors: Honors Program, Dean's List, graduated with distinction in upper 5% of class, G.P.A. 3.75, June, 1971
B.A. in Anthropology

1969 (Summer): Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Course of Study: Mandarin Chinese

1968-1969: Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin
Course of Study: liberal arts
Honors: Dean's List

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1975

  1. Foreclosure: 35%
  2. Bankruptcy & Debt: 30%
  3. Tax: 25%
  4. Criminal Defense: 10%

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Nicholas C. Zales

    Atty. Wendy Alison Nora is one of the best foreclosure defense attorneys in Wisconsin. Her work ethic is excellent as are her award-winning writing skills. Her passion for her clients is unsurpassed. If you need help with a mortgage foreclosure, Atty. Nora is one you really want to speak to. You will not find better counsel for your foreclosure needs.

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    Nicholas Zales Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jay K. Nixon

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Jay Nixon Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

4675 W 80th St Circle #210
Minneapolis, MN, 55437

6931 Old Sauk Rd
Madison, WI, 53717-1122

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MNAuthorized to practice198506/29/2015
WIGood Standing197503/16/2015

Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reciprocal Discipline
    issued in WI, 1993

    updated

    This means that the attorney's misconduct in another state, or jurisdiction, also violated the rules for practicing law in Wisconsin.

  2. Suspension
    issued in MN, 1990

    updated

    This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
ListedWho's Who in Finance & Industry2007
ListedWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2004
ListedWho's Who in the World2004
ListedWho's Who in American Law -Marquis1987

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyAccess Legal Services1990 - Present
Managing AttorneyFamily and Business Trust Associates, P.C.1988 - 1990
Managing AttorneyHopewell and Nora1985 - 1988
Contract AttorneyWisconsin Office of Public Defender1983 - 1985
AttorneyWisconsin Department of Health and Social Services1978 - 1983
AttorneyWendy Alison Nora, Attorney at Law1975 - 1985

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Dane County Bar AssociationMember2003 - 2003
Legal Association for WomenMember2000 - 2001
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2000 - 2001
Southern Poverty Law CenterMember1997 - Present
American Bar Association, Administrative Law Section, Committee of Criminal Law and Juvenile JusticeVice-Chair1984 - 1987
Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1981 - 1983
State Bar of WisconsinMember1975 - Present

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolN/Alaw1975
University of Wisconsin, MadisonAnthropology-graduated with distinction upper 5% of classBA - Bachelor of Arts1971