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.
Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (20 minutes)
Cash, Check, Credit card
Are you an attorney? Endorse this lawyer
Attorney Fitgerald is a compassionate and committed attorney - I had the pleasure of taking her course at Marquette Law School and admire her approach to the practice of law. She is a contemporary in her field and offers clients a unique and wholesome representation. Anyone would be lucky to her as their counsel.
Rachel Laborde Family Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Leading Lawyers 2015||M Magazine / Avvo||2015|
|Women in Law Honoree||Wisconsin Law Journal||2011|
|Innovator of the Year - Finalist||WI Law Journal / Daily Reporter||2002|
|Adjunct Professor||Marquette University Law School||2011 - Present|
|Attorney / Owner||Horizons Law Group, LLC||2000 - Present|
|Clerk||Milwaukee County Childrens Court||1999 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Better Business Bureau||Board Member||2006 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2001 - Present|
|Milwaukee Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|Better Business Bureau||Past Chair||N/A|
|Wauwatosa Business Improvement District||Former Board Member||2006 - 2009|
|Mediation||All issues settled, from child placement to support and property division|
|High Income/High Net Worth Divorce||Successful outcome with increased support and further division of assets with some attorney fees also paid|
|See all legal cases|
|Solo & Small Firms Newsletter (State Bar of Wisconsin)||Is offering unbundled legal services right for you?||2004|
|Marquette University Law School||Law Degree||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||Education||BS - Bachelor of Science, Math Teacher||1991|