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Amy L. Shapiro

Family Attorney at Milwaukee, WI

4.5   16 reviews

also known as Amy Shapiro Family Law, LLC

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About Amy

Learn Amy’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Family
    My practice covers the areas of divorce, annulment and legal separation, custody, post-judgment, paternity, spousal support, domestic violence injunctions and modifications of child support. I am a certified mediator and am a member of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin.

    41 years

I concentrate my practice in the area of family law. I have been practicing for over 38 years, 33 of them in Wisconsin. II am also a trained mediator and am trained as a collaborative attorney. Each case is unique, requiring problem solving skills. I understand that a family law matter is the most personal and emotionally difficult situation for a client and strive always to be aware of this in my representation while at the same time acting as a true legal counselor.
Licensed for 41 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1984
Updated 12/05/2022
State GA
Status Terminated - Nonpayment of Dues
Acquired 1981
Updated 11/03/2022

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

Contact Amy

Amy Shapiro Family Law LLC
250 W. Coventry Court
Suite 111
Milwaukee, WI, 53217


4.5 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
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Posted by Janine | April 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Attorney, Wonderful Person
Amy is an extraordinary attorney. My divorce was complex with both inheritance issues and an uncooperative former spouse who kept changing attorneys. Amy was steady when the boat got rocky. There were some tough legal challenges by the other side, but Amy was tougher and she was innovative. When it looked like there might not be any solution on the horizon, her experience and wisdom shone. Amy is a natural negotiator and will try to resolve matters finding common ground. But, when it is obvious that negotiation is not appropriate, she will fight hard. She is compassionate and it is clear that she works very hard for justice for her clients. I cannot recommend Amy enough.
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best if not THE best divorce lawyers
Amy was very considerate and thoughtful in helping me through the divorce process. I knew I always had a choice in every matter and she was kind to explain what choosing each direction meant. This is the kindness and caring that you do not expect out of the typical lawyer.
Posted by Julie | August 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney!
I highly recommend Amy Shapiro. She helped me every step of the way with my divorce. She is extremely knowledgeable and hard-working. She was able to negotiate fairly with my ex-husband's attorney. If you are looking for a divorce attorney, give Amy a call!
Posted by Elizabeth | August 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, Conscientious, and Kind
My fiance and I just finalized our prenuptial agreement. Amy served as my attorney during the prenuptial process. She was patient with my lack of knowledge and took time to explain things in precise and understandable ways. I was incredibly nervous and anxious about the potential for this process to create conflict and strife between my fiance and I. Amy's professionalism and awareness of my feelings helped to guide and navigate a collaborative process that brought my fiance and I closer together.
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer, wonderful person.
I hired Amy to handle my divorce, after a long-term marriage, with children. My ex-wife chose not to hire a lawyer. It was important to me to have a guide and advocate whose humanity, care, and ethics coincided with mine. In time it became clear that Amy was not only a great lawyer, but a wise, caring, and good person. While she had my interests at heart, she ensured that the agreement I reached with my former spouse was fair and reasonable. Amy knows the law, with lots of experience, and she shared what I could expect and should consider in any of the scenarios that we talked through. She knows the process, and she made sure that I knew where I stood, what I could expect. I shared what was important to me, and we worked through the possibilities, and she let me decide what was going to be the best for me. She provided excellent advice, and guidance. I would recommend Amy to anyone.
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Posted by Ann | April 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Steady and strong
I have worked with Amy on post divorce issues and she has always been strong and steady. She has given me difficult advice at times when I didn't want to hear it or follow that course. She is well respected in the community for being honest and straight forward. She is compassionate and listens to her clients and does what is most prudent. I am always greeted with a smile and great advice anytime that I need to enlist her help. She has been successful every time that we have needed to go in front of the judge. She knew what would resonate with that specific judge and knew when to let go of something. I have referred Amy to several other friends going through difficult family matters and they have been very satisfied with her services as well.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Navigated Tricky Issues with Logic, Fairness – Couldn’t be Happier with Outcome
My divorce had special issues at play as my ex has issues with multiple addictions. These issues impacted our finances and children in significant ways. Amy represented me through our collaborative divorce. I can’t say enough good things about Amy’s knowledge and skills. She has a high moral compass that kept my focus on the big picture, despite the natural grief, anger, resentment and sadness that would pull me down. She does a great job of keeping things fair and balanced, logical and purposeful. She was direct and honest with me about likely outcomes – particularly when they wouldn’t be in my favor and then was creative about finding solutions. She was a God send for me and helped me land softly after what was a heart wrenching negotiation. I’m thrilled with our outcomes. And I’m happier, healthier and more whole as a human being than I have been in years. Thank you Amy for helping to get me here!
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Posted by Traci | February 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brilliant, clever, devoted.
I went to several lawyers known to be the toughest in the city to represent me against the "barracuda" my husband hired. None of them wanted to tangle with her. Amy, despite knowing the reputation of the difficult to work with attorney she'd be facing, stepped up to the task and helped me navigate through with grace, wit, and patience. She didn't get rattled by the nasty tactics and often helped me gather up the strength to persevere without falling apart. Amy has a wonderful sense of humor which I greatly appreciated. She was always coming up with clever ways to negotiate and expedite. I could rest knowing someone had the bases covered for me. This process doesn't have to be hard if you have the right attorney on your side!
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Posted by Nathan | February 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney and Immensely Helpful Through Difficult Process
Amy Shapiro is an excellent attorney. She is a tenacious advocate, exceptionally smart, and a creative problem solver. Amy is very compassionate and caring for her clients as well. My divorce was very difficult and Amy's uncanny ability to keep me calm was amazing. I could not have gotten through it without her. Above all her ethics are impeccable. As legal professional myself, I have never encountered another attorney more responsive and on the ball. I strongly recommend Amy. I am very grateful that she was my attorney.
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Posted by Patricia Aschenbrener | October 6, 2014
Attorney Shapiro once again out does herself! She is amazing!
Atty Shapiro is amazing and so bright and quick witted. She continued to amaze me throughout the 22 months of this legal process. She managed to preform all what I hoped for and much more! She worked hard and put in many hours to accomplish the impossible. She has human concern, compassion and truly cares about people in general. I am amazed at her ability to see ahead and has the problems solved before we get to them. She is armed and ready!!! She has an excellent rapport and relationship with most all of the legal staff we encountered!
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2014
Excellent, grounded
Ms. Shapiro is professional, readily demonstrates the applicability of her experience to a variety of challenges (including anticipated challenges), and has worked very hard to accommodate a variety of needs that arose in my case. She is decisive and firm, though able to contextualize decisions within a framework of longer-term goals, which in my case were continued communication and skills related to co-parenting.
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Posted by Natalia | August 15, 2014
Attorney Shapiro comes highly recommended by other attorneys who hire her for their personal family law matters
Attorney Shapiro is a compassionate attorney who can reframe the issues in a family law dispute to advance her client's position but also to help the other side understand her client's perspective. This approach helps make the agreement reached fair and sustainable. Attorney Shapiro provided highly effective representation in my case under major time constraints. I would highly recommend her in family law matters.
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Posted by Amy Wolk | July 10, 2014
Attorney Shapiro is Amazing. If there was a better word I'd use it.
Attorney Shapiro saved my daughter from an abusive man. She represented me during my divorce. I was not the best mom in the past but have since rehabilitated. I thought my chances of getting my daughter back were zilch! Amy Shapiro worked very hard on my case. Im tearing up as I write this because I'm so emotional. This Attorney cares about her clients. She goes above and beyond what she is supposed to do. I can't express my feelings into words what this amazing attorney can do. My life is so wonderful now that I'm reunited with my daughter. Thank you Amy from the bottom of my heart for the hard work you put into my case. My daughter thanks you too. Life is good. And it's all because you fought for us.
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Posted by Patricia Aschenbrener | October 24, 2013
Amy l. Shapiro is the Best of the Best!
Attorney Shapiro is amazing in representation. She is one step ahead of what you are needing at all times. She seems to march in formation with all of the laws and quite professional in approaching the bench. She seems to have an excellent rapport with her peers and knows when to step up and also knows when to remain silent. Such respect for the law. If you are thinking of hiring her, DON'T HESITATE. Having her backing will be all you need in the courtroom! I have been amazed over and over this past year every step of the way. I have received phone calls from her at night or even on a week-end. So so dedicated! Patricia
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not a good job
I hired Amy to represent in a paternity matter. She was always cold and distant an mistrustful. Seems only concerned about being paid, not about getting what you need. My ex had multiple DUIs, but Amy never put in order that he should be restricted from drinking or any penalties for him to continue to drink. Of course, he continued to drink and drive and racked up more tickets, causing me to have to go back to court again and again. She could have done a better job of representing me, looking out for a child, but she didn't. Didn't feel that she cared and just wanted to be paid. She became very cold and distant after awhile and I never understood why. Wound up hiring a different attorney who reviewed her work and said she made lots of mistakes.
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not personable
Seemed irritated a lot of the times after speaking with her about issues I was not clear on. Didn't understand that money was short but constantly pushed to prolong issues I was willing to yield at. This behavior lead me to believe she was more concerned about making money rather than advising me to the best solutions.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-385 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Hawks Quindel, S.C.
  • 2001 - Present


  • Boston University
  • J.D. (1981)
  • 1981
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • B.A.
  • 1977


  • Leander J. Foley, Jr. Matrimonial American Inn of Court
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Jewish Family Services of Milwaukee
  • Board of Directors
  • 2008 - Present
  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Family Law Bench Bar Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
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  • Best Divorce Attorney
  • Shepherd Express
  • 2011
  • One of three finalists for Best Divorce Attorney
  • Shepherd Express
  • 2010
  • Wisconsin Superlawyer in area of Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Wisconsin Superlawyer in area of Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Wisconsin Superlawyer in area of Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Wisconsin Superlawyer in area of Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2005
  • Outstanding Attorney
  • Center for Public Representation
  • 1991
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  • ABA Family Advocate
  • Shortening Trial Time
  • 1994
  • Wisconsin Journal of Family Law
  • U.C.C.J.A. and P.K.P.A: A Comparative Study
  • 1991

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"As an Elder Law Attorney who does not practice family law, Attorney Amy Shapiro is my go-to referral lawyer when a family law case comes up. She has done an excellent job with those cases. We have also worked together on cases that had overlapping issues. She is very down to earth, explains things clearly, and knows how to fight for her clients when needed. I have complete confidence in her ability to do a great job for her clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Amy, is an honest, hard-working and insightful attorney. I have worked opposite her on numerous cases, and she always has the ability to advance a client's position, while looking for creative solutions that can work for both parties and reduce conflict. She is one of the few lawyers I refer friends to as she treats all cases and clients ethically and as a priority."
Family Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney and rated 2012 Best Family Law Attorney by Shepard's Express."
Milwaukee Family Lawyer Amy L. Shapiro
Amy L. Shapiro
Family Attorney
Milwaukee, WI
Licensed for 41 years