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Michelle B. Fitzgerald

Mediation Attorney at Brookfield, WI

5.0   7 reviews

About Michelle

Learn Michelle’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    30%
    Experienced mediator and advocate in collaborative or litigated divorces. We also assist pro se divorce clients with forms and services for their case. Strong representation and advocacy along with explaining your legal options as you go along.

    22 years, 325 cases

  2. Mediation
    30%
    Mediation is a great way to proceed through your divorce to control costs and maintain respect and dignity as you go through your divorce.

    22 years, 103 cases

  3. Estate planning
    20%
    Our Will package and discussion about your assets upon death is exceptional. We discuss ways to avoid probate as well as protect your assets for your children after you pass. We also handle probate cases and guardianships.

    22 years, 235 cases

  4. Probate
    10%
    Handle probate and transfer on death for assets. Wisconsin now has ways to avoid probate and to pass a home to loved ones upon death with only a simple form.

    16 years, 90 cases

  5. Real estate
    10%
    Residential real estate for buyers of sellers can be done without a realtor. We handle all the necessary procedures and forms, including ordering title and coordinating closing and closing documents.

    22 years, 125 cases

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. 

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Licensed for 22 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2000
Updated 09/07/2022

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

Contact Michelle

Horizons Law Group, LLC
611 N. Barker Road, Suite 209
Brookfield, WI, 53045

Reviews

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Posted by scott | February 22, 2018
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Scott S.
Michelle was a welcome relief to a process that is problematic by definition. In the middle of a divorce, Michelle stepped in to take my case and bring sanity to all the members involved. She never took her eye off the goal and worked the process efficiently to get there. I was not an easy client, but she kept me happy and in line and I am so pleased with the results I would recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Gladys | June 22, 2015
Dependable/Caring
Truly amazing and honest lawyer! You cant go wrong. Michelle and her Associates are go getters and will work hard for you and your needs! Im blessed to have meet this Great team. Truly like no other. Returns calls and dosnt leave you just thinking. My experience was unforgettable and Thanks to her and Laurie Bigsby I now have a fresh start with my family! To new beggings!
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2015
Excellent Communication, Straight Talk and Sharp Legal Skills
Michelle represented me during my recent divorce proceding. (I found Michele after experiencing some challenges with a different attorney). From the first meeting I appreciated Michelle's ability to cut to the key issues, her candor, straight talk and willingness to level with me on some tough topics. She demonstrated an excellent ability to provide me legal advice for the topics that had to be addressed at the moment, but took the time to explain the downstream implications and tradeoffs associated with different strategies and approaches. Divorce is a tough, emotional process and Michelle demonstrated compassion and kindness as well- she knew when to push and how to handle sensitive topics. The value of this kind of smart, objective advice was invaluable to me. Communication was always timely, thorough and spot on the mark. She was always up to speed on the details of my case. She is not the type of lawyer who shields helfself behind a paralegal (like many do). Michelle is hands on with all aspects of the case. In dealing with divorce matters, she also had the uncanny abilit to 'do the numbers in her head' and discuss possible outcomes. No doubt this comes from experience-as a lawyer and a mediator and every time I talked with her that experience showed. She was as comfortable negotiating, as conducting a deposition as going through the trial process. Overall, divorce (particularly in a long term marriage) is a messy ugly process that can be made even uglier and more painful with the wrong attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2014
Efficient, Reasonable
Recently I decided to update my will. After some checking I found The Horizons Law Group online and called them. I was immediately transferred to an attorney who recommended I speak with Attorney Michelle Fitzgerald. After a short phone discussion we met in her office to discuss details or what was required. I found Michelle easy to work with and appreciated her collaborative style. I feel she did a great job explaining my options and didn’t make the task bigger than necessary. She didn’t let things drag out, focused on getting the amendment done, and kept the cost very reasonable.
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Posted by Jeanne | January 24, 2014
Very trustworthy, Great Team, Amazing Results!
Michelle represented me in a post-divorce judgment proceeding, a very complex case. She offered strategic advice right from the start and did thorough research to help the court see through my ex-husband's attempts to undervalue the marital estate and income available for support. She is very knowledgeable and well-versed in all aspects of the law and put together a great, thorough team to advance my case and win a good settlement for me and my children. She fought for us when no one else would because I didn't have funds available for a high retainer, which so many other attorneys charged. Her fee structure is affordable. On a personal level I appreciated the fact that Michelle was not only knowlegable and reliable, but also cared. I can remember being very emotional and upset about my case and she told me that everything was going to be all right. That means alot during such a stressful time in one's life when it seems like your fate and your children's welfare rests in the hands of complete strangers in the court system. I would recommend Attorney Michelle Fitzgerald a million times over. She returns phone calls, answers emails and lets you know your case is her priority. This isn't standard conduct, I wish I would have known about her before I obtained counsel in my initial divorce proceeding because she exceeds the professional standards in all capacities and I would have gotten things done right the first time if she was my attorney. She has assembled a great team at Horizons Law Office so you can be assured that your case will be well-researched and presented in court or in settlement discussions to get you and your children the best outcome possible.
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Posted by Mike | January 24, 2014
Professional, Trustworthy and knows her stuff
I have been hiring Michelle for a number of years on post divorce proceedings. She has always been a Great Advocate for my children and I. Her no nonsense approach gets her respect from other attornies and judges. After a period of a couple years I needed Michelle again and she remembered the case and jumped right back in. She is worth every penny that is charged and gets results. I would never use anyone else in my family court matters!
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Posted by Matthew Nelson | January 24, 2014
WONDERFUP HELP
Mrs. Michelle Fitzgerald has been a BIG HELP in a divorce that my ex-wife and I had. Especially during a default issue of my ex, Michelle made a WORLD of difference for me, and help to IMPROVE my credit report issiues! THANKS abunch Michelle!! I WILL RECOMMEND anyone to her!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Marquette University Law School
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney / Owner
  • Horizons Law Group, LLC
  • 2000 - Present
  • Clerk
  • Milwaukee County Childrens Court
  • 1999 - 1999

Education

  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BS - Bachelor of Science, Math Teacher
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • 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

Associations

  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 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

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Milwaukee Bar Association, CLE Committee
  • Foreclosure & the Elderly
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (11)
Mediation Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle went far above and beyond expectations in a mediation, ensuring every detail was completed. Her thoroughness, persistence and patience were very appreciated."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle is a true innovator. She was one of the first law firms to offer un-bundled legal services which allowed clients to self select their level and expense of attorney involvement. I appreciate her skill set in working diligently to find cost effective solutions which meet her client's interests and allows them to maintain their privacy and dignity."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I enjoy working with Michelle because of her straight forward, ethical approach to family matters. I also admire her thoroughness and knowledge of the law - which inevitably makes the cases proceed smoothly."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She's reasonable, smart and likes to "get it done" without the emotional baggage."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle is a kind, caring, and thoughtful attorney. Her business model has helped countless people throughout Wisconsin."
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Brookfield Mediation Lawyer Michelle B. Fitzgerald
Michelle B. Fitzgerald
Mediation Attorney
Brookfield, WI
Licensed for 22 years
Free Consultation