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Kristina L. Thelen

Child support Attorney at Waukesha, WI

2.3   3 reviews

Licensed for 31 years

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Kris grew up in the Seattle area.  After graduating from the University of Washington in 1988, she attended law school at Marquette Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and obtained a Juris Doctorate in 1991.
​Kris began practicing law in Lansing, Michigan but returned back to Wisconsin in 1994 and began growing her family practice.  In 1997 she helped form the law firm of Brazil, Thelen & Benske, S.C.  When the firm decided to take alternate paths, the law firm of Thelen & Associates, LLC was launched.
Kris practices in all of the courts of South-Eastern Wisconsin handling all family law matters including child support, custody, placement, and visitation.  She also handles cases involving alimony (maintenance), property division, pre-nuptials/ante-nuptial agreements, and cohabitation.  She has also handled numerous matters before the WI Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Kris is a member of the family sections of the Wisconsin Bar Association, and Waukesha County Bar Association, Society of Family Lawyers, and Wisconsin Association of Mediators. She was also named a "Wisconsin Super Lawyer" in an evaluation by her peers. Kris, her husband, and five kids live in Waukesha County.  She enjoys kids sports, camping, and family time. 

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Licensed for 31 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1991
Updated 12/05/2022

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

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Thelen & Associates, LLC
1553 E. Racine Avenue.
Waukesha, WI, 53186-5600


2.3 / 5.0
  3 customer reviews
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Posted by Yolanda | October 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate and Considerate
My need was sad and drawn-out, yet Kris and her team were compassionate and considerate of my needs, my time and my emotional state. Kris sat down with me for the initial meeting and moved forward swiftly and seamlessly. Her team was proactive and professional at all times. At one of the most heart-breaking times of my life, Kris Thelen supported me through her caring professionalism.
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If your divorce is difficult, I would NOT recommend
Hired this attorney for a divorce and I count it as one the biggest mistakes in my lifetime. She talked a good game during consultation and in the early stages but when it came down to actual court appearances, she just sat there. She did know her way around the legal aspects(filing papers, etc)but when came down to actually fighting the case, or responding to opposing attorneys slander, she did nothing. $300 an hour and she wasnt shy about billing for reading an email or taking a phone call. I know they're mostly all that way, but it seems like that's where the firms "expertise" is. ALSO, prior to everything being buttoned up and a court date still scheduled, I rec'd a copy of a letter sent to the court that she no longer represents me. Needless to say I was surprised by that and hugely disappointed. Today I rec'd a letter from HER attorney trying to collect the $23,000 balance. 2nd biggest mistake of my life and a huge disappointment.
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Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Over priced & Over rated.
I was totally dissatisfied and disappointed with the service I recieved at $300 an hour. I ended up handling my own family court issues and had a great outcome after I fired her. At court she just sat...and sat and sat... saying nothing...huh? when I spoke up to the judge, he tells me, you hired a lawyer so keep quite... then he asks me how much you pay her, great... now I have a $300 mouth peice that just sits there. I was actually the lawyer so to speak, I did the opposite of what she advised and came out better in the end. Folks, save the high fees and look elsewhere. Big mistake on my part.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Thelen & Asssociaties, LLC
  • 1991 - Present


  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • 2015AP002481
  • Leave Denied
  • 2013AP001101
  • Case Dismissed
  • 2012AP001911
  • Affirmed
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  • Wisconsin Association of Mediators
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Leander J. Foley, Jr. Matrimonial American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Wisconsin Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • National Justian Society
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Society of Family Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Waukesha County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2005
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • District X Justice
  • 1988 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Family Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2018
  • Lead Counsel Verified - Divorce Law
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2017
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Pizza and Pre-Planning
  • Basic Estate Planning
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
Endorse Kristina
Family Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kris is a pleasure to work even on highly contested cases I've had with her. She truly cares about her clients and goes the distance for them. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Kris is a truly compassionate and dedicated attorney. I have used her as a mentor and a friend. She continues to show her strength, determination, and knowledge in and out of the court room."
Family Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former judge I had the opportunity to have Kris appear in front of me on numerous occasions in court on family matters. Kris is always prepared and ready to address any issue on behalf of her clients, even when faced with a curve ball from her opponents. She truly cares about her clients and provides effective representation fiercely yet compassionately and will obtain the best result possible for them. I would highly recommend her as a family attorney who knows the law and has the experience to know when to go to trial and when to resolve the case with mediation. She has a great reputation in the community with fellow lawyers and judges."
Family Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kris is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the priviledge of working with Attorney Thelen for more than 17 years. Attorney Thelen has extensive experience in all aspects of family law. She is a strong advocate who looks out for her clients interests throughout the family law process. I endorse Attorney Thelen."
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She diligently works on client's issues and has genuine care and compassion for her clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Waukesha Child support Lawyer Kristina L. Thelen
Kristina L. Thelen
Child support Attorney
Waukesha, WI
Licensed for 31 years
Free Consultation