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About me

I have been in practice since 1992, and have a diverse legal background.  Having started in general practice, I bring a wider background in real estate, bankruptcy, litigation, landlord/tenant, contracts, and insurance, which serves me well in my current practice which is now exclusively family law.  I also have specialized knowledge in mental health issues, as well as domestic abuse and substance abuse, and often work with mental health professionals in those areas. 


I am married with three daughters, and have lived in many states in my life, including Wisconsin, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, California, Virginia, (Washington, DC), and Georgia.  But I have called Wisconsin home since 1993. 


When I am not working or with my family, I am an active volunteer and fundraiser for my children's school and other non-profit organizations and charities. 


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 75%
  2. Mediation: 25%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Eric Zaeske

    I endorse this lawyer. Karyn is a gifted attorney. She is always fully prepared and has absolute command of the necessary facts and history of the case. She strongly believes that negotiated resolutions that are mutually beneficial to all sides are not only possible, but preferable. Thus she seeks out solutions rather than conflict. Karyn is highly regarded and highly recommended.


    Eric Zaeske Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jerome A. Konkel

    I endorse this lawyer. Karyn has a rare ability to get parties together to resolve even the toughest domestic issues. Honest, ethical and a relentless advocate. Highly recommended.


    Jerome Konkel Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Jacobson Legal Group

13255 W Bluemound Rd # 203
Brookfield, WI, 53005-6245


WIGood Standing199303/20/2015
ILVoluntarily Inactive199310/13/2009
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Wisconsin SuperLawyerMilwaukee Magazine2013
Wisconsin SuperLawyerMilwaukee Magazine2012
Wisconsin SuperLawyerMilwaukee Magazine2011
Wisconsin SuperLawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Outstanding Service to the BoardCollaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin2007
Wisconsin SuperLawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Wisconsin SuperLawyer Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Family Law AttorneyJacobson Legal Group2004 - Present
AttorneyZimmerman & Steber Legal Group2000 - 2003
AttorneyMingo & Yankala1997 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Collaborative Foundation of WisconsinPresident2013 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2004 - Present
Collaborative Family Law Council of WisconsinMember2003 - Present
Association for Women LawyersMember1994 - Present
Collaborative Family Law Council of WisconsinPublic Education Committee Chair2005 - 2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of PennsylvaniaFrench/Russian language/literatureBA1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Domestic Violence Litigation: Practical and Legal ConsequencesEthical Considerations for Lawyers Representing Domestic Violence Victims2011
Volunteer Lawyers Project“Mediation and Negotiation in the Resolution of Custody and Placement Cases”2010
Guardian ad Litem Training“This Doesn’t Make Sense: Interpreting and Understanding the Behavior of the DV Client”2009
Eight Annual Guardian Ad Litem Update“Domestic Violence and Supervised Placement Issues"2009
Domestic Abuse Seminar"This Doesn’t Make Sense: Interpreting and Understanding the Behavior of the Domestic Violence Client and the Abuser”2009