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Karyn Gimbel Youso

Divorce and separation Attorney at Brookfield, WI

4.5   8 reviews

also known as First Look Family Law, SC

  • State Years
    Wisconsin - WI 30 years
    Illinois - IL 31 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Voluntarily Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Karyn

Learn Karyn’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    Special emphasis on Collaborative Divorce, and low conflict resolution. Extensive background in mental illness, domestic abuse and substance abuse.

  2. Mediation
    50%
    Assist couples with or without attorneys in divorce and marital mediation.

I have been in practice since 1992, and have a diverse legal background.  I bring a wide knowledge of real estate, bankruptcy, litigation, landlord/tenant, contracts and insurance law to my family law practice, which I now practice exclusively.  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 divorced myself with three daughters, and understand well the stress and emotions that accompany the divorce process. I promote low conflict processes, including mediation, collaborative and cooperative divorce.  While some cases need to be heard in court, most issues can be resolved with a willingness to put the family first.  Low conflict dispute resolution goes more quickly, and costs less money. 

When I am not working or with my family, I am an active volunteer for various non-profit organizations and charities. 

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Location

First Look Family Law, SC
15850 W. Bluemound Rd
Suite 304
Brookfield, WI, 53005

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Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
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Posted by Shannon | September 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Supportive and Knowledgeable!
When my husband told me he wanted a divorce... I was lost, hurt, and broken. I didn't have a clue what was going on and where to even start. Karyn not only went through the normal financial and legal items that every other lawyer would go through, but she also shared insight into the mental and psychological affects of divorce and how to keep my power during the whole process. Through the process, she continued educated me about my rights and how to best handle working with my (ex) husband to make things go as smoothly as possible. Karyn's service was instrumental in keeping the process as quick and painless as possible - while helping me to move on quickly to the next chapter of my awesome life. I highly recommend her service.
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Easy going, knowledgeable and easy to work with
Karyn was great to work with. She quickly had an understanding of a fairly unconventional situation, laid out the plan, and then executed on it. She was quick to get documents turned around and to talk to me about different financial scenarios, and clearly articulated the economic impacts. Very happy to work with her and while I hope I don't have to for a divorce ever again, I would hire her again!
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Posted by Mike | August 31, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Smartest Person in the Room
I was looking for an attorney to work through a difficult situation fairly while at the same time protecting mine and my children's interest. Karen was that attorney. She represented my children's interests very well. She is organized, intelligent and thorough. If it's important for you to have a lawyer who is the smartest person in the room and who will make sure the difficult divorce process is handled fairly and professionally, I would highly recommend Ms. Youso.
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Posted by Don | June 9, 2015
Highly recommended
Karyn was able to jump right into my case on short notice and provide excellent representation. She was always available and responsive via email and phone. She addressed all of my concerns to make sure I was protected from the intricacies of my situation. During high emotional times, she was able to provide a sense of calmness. I appreciated her candidness as we worked through adversarial issues to keep moving forward to come to an agreeable outcome. I would highly recommend Karyn.
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Posted by Steve | July 15, 2014
Life is Good!!
Excellent attorney. Her ability to read personalities, (including mine), allowed for smooth and drama free negotiations. Her firm, straight forward approach keeps the process moving forward. She's no nonsense with a sense of humor...a key attribute for a divorce attorney. Her integrity and honesty allowed for a fair outcome. Her calmness was a blessing when having to deal with high emotions. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Brian | July 3, 2014
Valued Partner During a Difficult Time
Karyn is a direct no nonsense attorney who speaks her mind and gives it to you straight. This is a very good thing, but sometimes hard to take. I learned to truly appreciate her communication style and candid feedback. Karyn was exceptionally responsive with returning calls and emails. She provided sound legal advice as well as some emotional guidance through a difficult time. While the outcome was not what either of us sought, it was due to circumstances beyond both of our control. For anyone seeking a collaborative divorce, I would recommend talking with Karyn.
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Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2009
excellent lawyer
always kept me informed and gave me good advice, even when it conflicted with what I originally thought were best moves for me. always honest and willing to work with me on the bill in tough times.
Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2015
The Poorest Return on Investment that I Have Ever Received
If an attorney is to be judged by results, then based on my experience, Ms. Youso should receive the lowest rating possible. The results that I received from her representation couldn't have been worse. She is so enamored by the collaborative process that she misses obvious warning signs of potential problems and issues that a more skilled, psychologically attuned attorney would be able to observe and then proactively navigate. There were times when I scratched my head and wondered to myself -- who is she really advocating for here? We all have our blind spots and Ms. Youso is no exception. In my opinion, she has an inflated opinion of her ability to read people, understand complicated psychological dynamics, manage clients, and negotiate effectively. A little more humility and integrity and a little less hubris and narrow-mindedness on her part would be a step in the right direction. Hiring an attorney is a tough decision to make -- especially because it is very difficult and costly to pivot away from a wrong decision. That being said, I would advise anyone who asks that it would most likely be in their best interest to seek counsel other than Ms. Youso. As a final note -- the decision to enter the collaborative process is also one that shouldn't be made lightly. In theory it works because it is based on the assumption that both parties have the desire to collaborate and the maturity to follow through on that commitment to collaborate. If that assumption has the potential to be violated then it is probably wise to utilize the more enforceable resources that the court system can provide through litigation.
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Response from Karyn Youso June 4, 2015
It is true that the decision to proceed in Collaborative Process is one that shouldn't be made lightly, which is why I spend a lot of time educating my clients about the process and its pros and cons. Lawyers have to rely on their clients to provide facts about the marriage, their spouse, and the level of trust present between parties -- all of these are very important to know before entering into the Collaborative Process. Ultimately, it is the clients who choose how they want to proceed, whether to fight in court or try to settle their case outside of court. As an attorney, I try hard to respect my clients' wishes and honor their process choices. I am always disappointed to hear that a client feels dissatisfied. I appreciate the feedback and will continue to learn and grow as an attorney. KGY
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • First Look Family Law, SC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Family Law Attorney
  • Jacobson Legal Group
  • 2004 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Zimmerman & Steber Legal Group
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Mingo & Yankala
  • 1997 - 2000
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Education

  • Washington U
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • BA
  • 1989

Associations

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Collaborative Foundation of Wisconsin
  • President
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin
  • Public Education Committee Chair
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Wisconsin SuperLawyer
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2023
  • Wisconsin SuperLawyer
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2022
  • Wisconsin SuperLawyer
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2016
  • WI SuperLawyer
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2015
  • Superlawyers
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2014
  • Wisconsin SuperLawyer
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2013
  • Wisconsin SuperLawyer
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2012
  • Wisconsin SuperLawyer
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2011
  • Wisconsin SuperLawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Outstanding Service to the Board
  • Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin
  • 2007
  • Wisconsin SuperLawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Wisconsin SuperLawyer Rising Star
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
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Publications

  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Limiting Access to Marine Fisheries
  • 1994
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Limiting Access to Marine Fisheries
  • 1994
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Limiting Access to Marine Fisheries
  • 1994
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Limiting Access to Marine Fisheries
  • 1994
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Limiting Access to Marine Fisheries
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • Domestic Violence Litigation: Practical and Legal Consequences
  • Ethical Considerations for Lawyers Representing Domestic Violence Victims
  • 2011
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • “Mediation and Negotiation in the Resolution of Custody and Placement Cases”
  • 2010
  • Domestic Abuse Seminar
  • "This Doesn’t Make Sense: Interpreting and Understanding the Behavior of the Domestic Violence Client and the Abuser”
  • 2009
  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Karyn is a knowledgeable, experienced and compassionate attorney who will help her clients through the often emotionally charged divorce process. She will work tirelessly to understand the issues and to offer solutions that allow her clients to maintain control of their life and to choose outcomes that best suit their family. You will be in good hands."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Karyn not only helps clients understand the issues they are facing, but works with clients to discuss their future goals. You can tell when working on a case with Karyn that she's helping the client think long-term, for themselves and their children, and how the decisions they make now will impact that. I also appreciate how she allows the other client to be heard and not shut down with antagonistic reponses. Finding mutual compromises is what it's all about to help divorcing clients move on - and Karyn is outstanding in her service to clients in that regard."
Family Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Karyn is a bright, energetic, creative advocate. Her attention to detail and empathetic nature enable her to be an outstanding family law specialist. I would not hesitate to seek her advice and/or counsel on any family law matter. I strongly endorse this lawyer."