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When I began to practice law in 1972 I never expected
that the focus of my work would be the area of Domestic Relations.
Time and many satisfied clients have proved this to be my area
of concentration. While this is a very difficult time for most
clients, we do our best to help them through this process in
a positive way. Sometimes the best advice we can provide is an
honest and complete appraisal of the client's situation. Promising
unrealistic results or encouraging wasteful and spiteful litigation
is not consistent with our firm philosophy. While marriages may
end, families continue. We do not serve our clients if at the
same time we injure their family.


Twenty years ago, with the help of two mental
health professionals, I began a comprehensive divorce mediation business.
Like many good ideas, the time was not right, and people were afraid of
this new and unfamiliar process for resolving disputes.

Twenty years have passed and the time is now right. I have been providing
mediation services to parties and their lawyers for the past two years.
Approximately 1/3 of my practice now consists of mediation and arbitration
services. The ability of parties and their attorneys to reach resolution
when properly facilitated is astounding. More than 95% of the matters
which have been submitted to me for mediation have resulted in the parties
reaching an agreement which addresses their needs and interests.

In consultation with the parties? attorneys, I am able to design a process
which will promote the likelihood of resolution. This process can be
facilitative or evaluative or a combination of each. The goal is to encourage
the parties to explore alternatives that allow them to successfully achieve
their goals.

The mediation process allows for candor and creativity in an interest
focused environment which provides safety and confidentiality. There
is every reason to believe spouses can assist one another in achieving
their goals if, at the same time, they are able to achieve their own



Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 98%
    28 years
  2. Family: 1%
    1 year
  3. Divorce: 1%
    44 years



Hourly ($325/hour)

Payment types:

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  • David B. Karp

    Charles Phillips is a lawyer of the highest caliber. I have used Attorney Phillips as a mediator on a number of recent family law cases. He has done an excellent job in mediating and helping the parties in reaching a settlement. This includes both prejudgment divorce cases as well as post divorce matters. Attorney Phillips is extremely bright and well versed on complicated financial issues. His demeanor at mediation is calm and unassuming. He has been extremely patient in every mediation session and while every case cannot always be resolved thru the mediation process, he maintains a high success rate on cases that he has mediated for me. I would highly recommend Attorney Phillps to any attorney looking for an experienced person to mediate their case, or to any party going through a divorce looking for an attorney who maintains a high level of excellence both in their legal abilities and professionalism. David Karp


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Contact info

Phillips & Gemignani

358 W Main St
Waukesha, WI, 53186-4611


WIGood Standing197203/16/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super Lawyer Top 50Super Lawyers Magazine2010
Best Lawyers in America 2010Best Lawyers in America2010
Super Lawyer Top 50Super Lawyers Magazine2009
Lifetime AchievementWaukesha County Bar Association2009
Super Lawyer Top 50Super Lawyers2008
Best Lawyer In Milwaukee AreaMilwaukee Business Journal2008
Best Lawyers in America - 20th year of recognitionBest Lawyers in America2008
Super Lawyer Top 50Super Lawyers2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Super Lawyer Top 50Super Lawyers2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and PartnerSelf Employed - Private Practice1974 - Present
First Assistant District AttorneyWaukesha County District Attorney's office1972 - 1974
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Wisconsin chapter)Past President1993 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1972 - Present
Waukesha County Bar AssociationN/A1972 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Wisconsin Journal of Family LawDoes Death Terminate a Child Support Obligation2001
Wisconsin Journal of Family LawAttorney Fees after Stasey1993
Wisconsin LawyerWhat should I consider in deciding to open my own practiceN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
University of Wisconsin, MadisonPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AAML Divorce Wisconsin StyleProfessional Goodwill or Just Blue Sky2011
AAML Divorce Wisconsin StyleCutting Edge ADR2008
State Bar ConferencePreparation of Clients ad Attorneys for Mediation2003
Divorce Wisconsin StyleUse of Declaratory Judgments in Divorce2003