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Paul William Stenzel

Family Attorney at Milwaukee, WI

5.0   2 reviews

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About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Practice in all areas of family including divorce mediation, divorce, child custody, child support, post-judgment and enforcement.

  2. Native peoples law

I work as an attorney and mediator at Hansen and Hildebrand in the area of family law, specifically divorce, post-judgment, child custody, child support and family-related financial issues. I also worked part-time as a Deputy Family Court Commissioner for 7 years in Racine County, Wisconsin where I heard a wide variety of matters including child support enforcement, temporary hearings, post-judgment motions and stipulated final divorces.

An attorney should be a guide for a person through the legal system. Protecting them from dangers but also pointing things out that might be beneficial.

As a practicing lawyer, I have always tried to serve in this role. The client's goals are primary; my job is to use legal machinery to reach those goals. This is particularly important in family law where it is sometimes too easy to let legal outcomes drive the aciton, instead of what is best for a person and their family.

In my spare time I enjoy running, playing guitar, meditating, reading and attending baseball games.

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Licensed for 27 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1995
Updated 01/06/2023
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1995
Updated 12/05/2022

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

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Hansen & Hildebrand, S.C.
126 N. Jefferson St.
Suite 401
Milwaukee, WI, 53202


5.0 / 5.0
  2 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Filing for divorce was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. I needed a lawyer I could trust to help me through the process and Paul was the perfect attorney for me. Not only was he knowledgeable, he was honest and kind and kept me informed throughout the entire process.
Posted by Rabeka | June 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Happily divorced!
Paul did a great job facilitating my divorce with a very difficult ex-husband. He remained patient and calm and anticipated the next move well. He listened to me all the time. I would highly recommend paul.


  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Hansen & Hildebrand, S.C.
  • 2017 - Present
  • Deputy Family Court Commissioner
  • Racine County
  • 2013 - Present
  • Associate
  • Von Briesen & Roper, S.C.
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Staff Attorney
  • Stockbridge-Munsee Community
  • 1995 - 2003
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  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Northwestern University
  • B.A.
  • 1990


  • Wisconsin Family Court Commissioners Association
  • member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • 2013 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Mediators
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • 1995 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • The Michael J. Bruch Award
  • Wisconsin Family Court Commissioners Association
  • 2014


  • Journal of Court Innovation
  • Full Faith and Credit and Cooperation Between State and Tribal Courts: Catching Up to the Law
  • 2009
  • Children's Legal Rights Journal
  • Safe Haven Laws and the Indian Child Welfare Act: Conflicting Laws and Policy Goals Leave Indian Children at Risk
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Public Hearing
  • Testimony at Public Hearing on Rule Petition 16-04
  • 2017
  • WI Family Court Commissioners Conference
  • Limited Scope Representation
  • 2016
  • Forest County Potawatomi Law Day
  • Case Law update
  • 2015
  • Forest County Potawatomi Law Day
  • Case Law Update
  • 2015
  • CLE presentation
  • Limited Scope Representation
  • 2015
  • Inns of Court
  • Family Court Commissioner Panel
  • 2014
  • GAL Training
  • GAL Training
  • 2014
  • Divorce Wisconsin Style
  • Court Commissioner Panel
  • 2014
  • Annual Conference
  • Legal Writing for Case Workers
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Paul
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul Stenzel is a well respected attorney in the family law community. He is a dedicated advocate who balances negotiation and litigation options for his clients. I respect him as an opponent and for his professionalism."
Mediation Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is an exceptional mediator and attorney. He brings skill, expertise, and creativity to every case. Paul is patient and compassionate and he diligently works with clients and parties in mediation to secure great results. I highly endorse this attorney and mediator."
Mediation Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul has worked in Federal Indian Law for many years and has branched out to Mediation and Family Law. He is professional, competent and composed. His confidence and positive manner make him a likeable lawyer as well as one who gets the job done. His skill in mediation adds to his ability to bring positive outcomes to even the worst situations."