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Mark S. Knutson

Divorce and separation Attorney at Brookfield, WI

5.0   3 reviews
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  • Licensed for 45 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1978
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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    When you are in a difficult marriage situation and need advice or protection, Attorney Knutson is here for you. Ultimately, his goal is to reach a settlement that promotes your priorities as well as the best interests of your family members.

  2. Estate planning
    You'd better stop procrastinating today. Planning your estate is much much easier when you're still active and cognizant. The less physically and mentally capable you become with age, the harder this will become to do, but it's no less urgent. Call

    30 years

  3. Family
    Attorney Knutson is a premier family law attorney that can help you with your family legal needs. He has over 40 years of experience helping people in Wisconsin through their family issues. Give him a call now.

    34 years

  4. Litigation

    46 years

  5. Real estate

Mark’s practice currently emphasizes divorce and family law, wills and estate planning, business and civil litigation, although his 40 year career has given him broad experience in other areas including personal injury, contracts, criminal and
municipal matters.
Presently, in addition to being a Certified Mediator for Family Law and Divorce, Mark represents clients in the following areas:
  • Traditional divorce
  • Collaborative divorce
  • Legal Separation
  • Child support
  • Paternity
  • Maintenance
  • Restraining orders
  • Post judgment matters
Mark has extensive trial experience in matters where an out-of-court settlement cannot be reached.

     Attorney Knutson is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of Wisconsin as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. He is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar and Waukesha County Bar Associations and is active in several sections.

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     After graduating from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 1978, Mark passed the Wisconsin bar exam and started practicing law in the same year. He began his general practice firm, The Law Offices of Mark S. Knutson, S.C., as a
solo practitioner in 1994.

     Mark is a former Dodge County Assistant Family Court Commissioner and former
Municipal Attorney who advised elected officials and prosecuted civil forfeiture
actions. Mark is also a founding former member of the Wisconsin Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Pat, their
daughters and their families. When possible, he’s outdoors, gardening or hunting.
He likes spending time with his friends at the Waukesha Gun Club and students
through his involvement with Elmbrook Church’s High School Ministry.

Present and former affiliations:

  • Wisconsin Law Foundation Fellow
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Waukesha County Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • The Leander J. Foley Matrimonial American Inn of Court
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Collaborative Law Council, Director
  • Wisconsin State Bar Fee Arbitration Panel
  • Elmbrook Church, Member and High School Ministry Leader
  • Friendship Living Center, Board Chairman
  • Creator and host of the radio talk show “The Word on the Law”
  • Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce
  • Waukesha Gun Club
  •  Florentine Opera Club


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The Law Offices of Mark S Knutson, S.C.
14170 W Greenfield Ave
Brookfield, WI, 53005-7006


5.0 / 5.0
  3 customer reviews
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Posted by Laura | September 8, 2014
Outstanding Attorney
Making the decision to file for divorce was the most difficult decision I've ever had to make. It was truly a blessing to me to be able to work with such compassionate and caring people. Mark made sure that I felt very secure in knowing that he was there to protect me. I was very nervous about the entire process, and I had no idea what to expect. He made sure that I understood everything that was taking place by walking me through it, step by step. I trusted him completely, and I would recommend his services to anyone who would be in need of a trustworthy, respectable and caring attorney.
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Posted by Trish | December 20, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Additional support during collaborative divorce
When my collaborative divorce process stalled in spite of mediation, my attorney enlisted Mark's assistance to get us unstuck. Mark's counsel and advice enabled me to proceed with confidence, reach a fair settlement, and most importantly, to get on with my life. I'm forever grateful!
Posted by John | August 20, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I am writing to your website on behalf of Atty. Mark Knutson. I have been a member of the Wisconsin State Bar for 33 years and have known Mark for over 20 of those years. Mark has a reputation as a true professional in the legal community. Since one of his specialties is family law, I have had many occasions to recommend friends and family to him and I always do so without reservation, as his office is conveniently located on Greenfield Road and he and his staff are always courteous and professional. You even get a quick call back if there's no one able to pick up a text or call. Finally, since he is familiar with most of the courts in southeast Wisconsin, clients can be confident that they will be well advised if their case needs to be litigated or a settlement needs the approval of a judge or court commissioner. Thank you for this opportunity to comment. I have nothing but praise and confidence that readers who choose The Law Offices of Mark Knutson will receive top-notch legal representation.
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Work Experience

  • Founder/Owner
  • Law Offices of Mark S.Knutson, S.C.
  • 1994 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Denny & Yanisch Law Offices, LLC
  • 1993 - 1993
  • Associate Attorney
  • Pangman Law Offices
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Associate Attorney
  • Otjen, Van Ert, Stangle, Lieb & Weir, Sc
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Co-Founder/Partner
  • Bissonnette & Knutson, S.C.
  • 1981 - 1988
  • Associate Attorney
  • Hartman Law Offices
  • 1978 - 1981
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  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978


  • State Bar of Wisonsin Senior Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Fee Arbitration Panel
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin
  • Board of Directors
  • 2003 - Present
  • Society of Family Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Waukesha County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section,
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Solo Small Firm & General Practice Section
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Founding Member
  • 1988 - 1990
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale Hubble
  • 2014
  • BV Rating
  • Martindale Hubble
  • 2013
  • BV Rating
  • Martindale Hubble
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale Hubble
  • 2011
  • BV Rating
  • Martindale Hubble
  • 2010
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2009
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Waukesha County Bar Association Spring CLE event
  • Demise of the Deadman's Statute:R.I.P. Keynote speaker
  • 2018
  • The Word on the Law
  • Radio talk show show host called "The Word on the Law"
  • 2007
  • Legal night: Monthly Chapter meeting for the Elm Grove Chamber of Commerce
  • "Do you know your actual legal drinking limit? You need to know this!"
  • 1998

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Mark
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable in the area and very conscientious."
Family Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have opposed Mark S. Knutson several times over many years in divorce cases. He is very knowledgeable in family law. Although he is a strong advocate for his clients, he is also willing to negotiate reasonable settlements. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mark has 40 years of experience representing clients during some of the most difficult times of their lives. His style is a blend of prudence and doggedness. He gets results for his clients, often better results than they were willing to settle for."
Family Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Mark Knutson for more than 20 years and worked together for about three years. He has the utmost integrity and treats his clients as real people who need assistance in challenging times. Always a good listener and keeps up on developments in the law."
Family Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mark is one of the most professional attorneys I have ever known and advocates very well for his clients. He is a man of character and I would strongly recommend him to anyone going through a tough season in their family."
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Brookfield Divorce and separation Lawyer Mark S. Knutson
Mark S. Knutson
Divorce and separation Attorney
Brookfield, WI
Licensed for 45 years
Virtual consultation available