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Katherine Cole Harrell

Family Attorney at Madison, WI

4.5   8 reviews

also known as Katie Harrell

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2008
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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Learn Katherine’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Divorce litigation, cooperative divorce, collaborative divorce, legal separation, child custody and placement, third party visitation, paternity, child support, prenuptial or marital property agreements, guardian ad litem appointments.

    15 years

  2. Child custody

  3. Child support

  4. Divorce and separation

My areas of concentration include divorce litigation, cooperative divorce and legal separation, child custody and placement, paternity, child support, and estate planning, including the drafting of prenuptial or marital property agreements. I am trained in and practice collaborative divorce law. Collaborative law is a unique, reasonable approach to handling some family law matters based on a commitment to avoid litigation, provide open, honest communication and engage in collaborative problem-solving. I also frequently servce as a Guardian ad litem in family law matters.

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Posted by Janette | December 19, 2019
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You will want her in your life forever
I had one of the worst divorces ever. I know the State of Wisconsin would absolutely agree with me. Through it all, Katie was amazing, calm, organized, and a genuine advocate! I couldn’t imagine going through what my daughters and I did without her. I felt like a could make it, and amazingly, the three of us came out alive and grateful to have a life of peace. If you hire Katie, you too will be grateful you did. Best wishes to anyone reading.
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Posted by Scott | October 3, 2019
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Katie was so very responsive to my case, she made me feel like I was her only client! The outcome was quick, intelligent and was very pleased. Pleasant to work with with humor and getting down to business.
Posted by Randy | October 2, 2019
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Excellent Lawyer, Great to Work with
I highly recommend Katherine (Katie) as she is extremely professional, but at the same time very personable. While divorce was not a pleasant experience, it helped so much to work with someone that could not only provide legal advice, but act as a sounding board as I went through the experience. On our initial meetings, Katie thoroughly explained the divorce process, what was needed, and what to expect. After retaining her, Katie collected a significant amount of information with no detail being too small to disclose. After getting the facts of the case, she provided a course of action, and explained the range of potential outcomes. This was important to me, as unfortunately there is a range of outcomes and I appreciated going into the process with eyes wide open. Katie and her team put together an excellent brief for the mediator for the case. I as well as the mediator were very impressed with the level of detail and organization that Katie was able to provide. Besides the great work on the legal case, Katie was also able to connect on a personal level, making it easier to handle the divorce and making the personal decisions that had to be made. She was very responsive to any questions or concerns I had.
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Posted by Matt | October 1, 2019
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My #1 go to attorney in a field of over-abundance of attorney choices!!!
I researched attorneys and contacted Ms. Harrell regarding family law issues prior to my upcoming deployment overseas. She provided prompt, clear guidance and was instrumental in creating an atmosphere of trust and due-diligence. She holds her clients' best interests at heart and provided fantastic counsel! Her efforts directly contributed to my case receiving a favorable judgement and outcome. She provided peace of mind with her legal mind, which allowed me to focus on other priorities. Would definitely recommend her to others seeking expert legal counsel!!!
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Posted by John | October 1, 2019
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Like Family
I did not know Katie before I was introduced to her by a friend. I was in a very difficult and complicated divorce with children, house division, recreational land, investments, I was exceptionally nervous and scared. It did not take long for Katie to ease my mind and soul. She let me worry about my job and my children and she took care of the rest. I consider Katie a friend but more importantly, I would consider her family. When you have family representing you, you know the outcome is going to be the best. Katie Harrell is an exceptional, hard working attorney but is even a better friend.
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Posted by Trevor | October 1, 2019
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Best Family Attorney In Wisconsin......
Words cannot describe the person Katherine (Katie) Harrell. I grew up in Madison and knew of many other attorney's. But when looking for a solid family attorney when I was going through my divorce, I knew that I had found the best in the business when I met Katie. Her knowledge and expertise of Wisconsin Family law surpassed my expectations. Katie laid out our game plan that worked for everyone involved including myself. Katie just gets the job done. Again, I cannot stress that everything worked out for me, my children and believe it or not, my ex-wife with a fair and equitable deal. Katie included cases for our defense that the other attorney had no idea existed and could not come up with rebuttals against it. I would highly recommend Katie as she is very professional, loyal and will not waste your time with unnecessary items. Hands down, if I had to go through this again (I hope Never) I would be right back with Katie by my side. In the mean time, I refer clients to Katie whenever I come across them.
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2019
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Compassion and Expertise - I made the right choice!
When I first went in to have a consultation with Katie I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect. However, I immediately felt very comfortable talking with her about my case. She began to give me valuable advice on the best way to approach things and knew what my rights were in my situation. In the beginning everything about the legal system seemed so complicated and stressful to me. Katie made it a priority to go over everything and explain things in their simplest form so that I could understand it. There were no surprises. She prepared me for every step and explained what the possible outcomes could be. The more I understood the more confident I became in myself and my case. Katie is very articulate, knowledgeable and has a deep understanding of the legal system. She takes charge and follows through while working hard for her client. She is clear, decisive, very to the point and made things as easy as possible to understand, while continuing to be compassionate. I got the sense right away that Katie truly cares about difficult family dynamics and wants what is in the best interest of any children involved and that her end goal is to protect the children while recognizing the fact that 2 people need to continue to co-parent in the aftermath. Katie made me feel comfortable with her. She was right by my side at one the most painful times in my life. I don’t know what I would have done without her. She made an otherwise difficult and painful process as smooth as possible for me. We got the best results we could have, and were both very happy with the outcome. I would definitely recommend Katie to anyone needing a thoughtful and caring lawyer to handle family issues/divorce. She is honest and compassionate with a strong work ethic to see things to completion. I am forever grateful to Katie.
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2021
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Had to select one star, but she’s not even a one star
She seems to be working for the other side and collecting the money from me for doing nothing for me, but for my ex. Communication is terrible....she has difficulty keeping dates & times strait....with no respect for my work schedule....shows up late to hearings and seems confused/lost on what to do in court. Documentation that would have supported me in court was ignored by her. So, if your ok with your divorce dragging on for years at her expensive rate~hire her! It was more stressful having her as my attorney and keeping up with her demands with no results!
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
  • 2018 - Present
  • Associate
  • Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Associate
  • Balisle & Roberson SC
  • 2008 - 2016


  • University of Wisconsin
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Notre Dame
  • PhD - Doctorate
  • 2005
  • Lawrence University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000


  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Director-at-Large
  • 2018 - Present
  • Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin
  • 2014 - Present
  • Legal Association for Women
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Guardian ad Litem Training
  • Ethics
  • 2019

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Given (3)
Endorse Katherine
Family Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Harrell and I both practice family law. I have gotten to know Attorney Harrell's work throughout the years as an opposing counsel and colleague. I often tell my clients that we want the other spouse to have a good attorney because it provides assurance that the case will go more smoothly if both attorneys are competent family law attorneys who know the law, can best advise their clients, and reach a fair resolution without a lengthy, destructive and expensive court trial. I am always pleased to learn when Attorney Harrell is involved in a case either as opposing counsel or guardian ad litem. She is intelligent, responsive, reasonable, respected, and not apprehensive to advocate zealously for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Katherine Harrell. I've known Katie and been aware of the high quality of her work throughout her legal career. She is knowledgeable, competent, and compassionate. Her clients can rely on her good judgment and integrity. If Katie is your lawyer you are working with one of the best family Law attorneys in the State of Wisconsin."
Family Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Katie Harrell 100%. I have worked with and opposite her on many cases over the years. She is always an excellent advocate for her client. She knows how to pursue her client's position while remaining flexible and willing to reach a fair and workable result. I have no hesitation recommending her for any family matter."

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Madison Family Lawyer Katherine Cole Harrell
Katherine Cole Harrell
Family Attorney
Madison, WI
Licensed for 15 years