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Emily L.R. Wilson

Family Attorney at Madison, WI

4.8   17 reviews

also known as Emily Wilson, Emily Reigel Wilson

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  • Licensed for 11 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Emily

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EXPERIENCED, RELIABLE, COMPASSIONATE ADVOCATE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

I am an honest, compassionate, tenacious family attorney specializing in divorce, child custody and placement, restraining orders, paternity, child support and guardianship matters. I work as Guardian ad Litem and as advocacy counsel, and I also have extensive experience assisting domestic violence survivors. I am ready to help you and your family to navigate some of life's most difficult transitions. Please feel free to call or email me, or go to for more information.

Location

Kowalski, Wilson & Vang, LLC
725 Heartland Trail
Suite 100
Madison, WI, 53717

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Adam | December 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
I would highly recommend Emily to anyone going through a divorce, whether they have kids or not (I do). She is very savvy in both matters of family as well as finance, and does a great job keeping things civil and professional while still feeling like a personal friend through the process. Divorce isn't easy, but she made it a lot easier for me and was worth every penny. She's as kind as she is professional.
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Posted by Pamela | November 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Emily had my back.
Emily gave me my life back. She exceeded my expectation. I was awarded all that I asked for. She, or her staff, was always there to answer my concerns. In the court room she was confident and so prepared.
Posted by Aimee | January 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, professional
Attorney Emily Wilson is extremely knowledgeable in all family court and custody matters. She is honest, professional and tenacious. She communicated thoroughly and kept our placement process on course, with excellent results. I am deeply grateful for her attention to detail and tireless efforts on behalf of my children and me. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Miranda | February 4, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fantastic Advocate!
My divorce was final years ago but there were lingering issues with child support as our children are getting older. I wasn't sure I would even need an attorney but I wanted to make sure I was filing the right paperwork and looking out for my best interests. Emily spent extended time with me on the phone, making sure she understood my situation. She asked the right questions and provided great information. When we met, she took time to thoroughly explain my options. She even clarified the original agreement that I thought I understood, but alas, was wrong. I left her office and for the first time in this decade long process, I felt confident and empowered by the information and my next steps. She followed up with the order, which I filed and I am now in a much better situation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2019
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Experienced, empathetic attorney
I couldn’t recommend Emily and her team more highly. She handled my complex LGBT divorce with intelligence, empathy, and steadiness. Her efficient process and fast responding helped move along a slow process, and her experienced advice helped me make better plans and stay calm. She protected me from settlements and situations that weren’t in my best interest while also consistently advocating for compromises from both teams. It’s hard to express how helpful it was to have a attorney I could trust with all aspects of my case as it developed. I’m so grateful I chose her console and would recommend you consider it as well.
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Posted by Mike | April 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Smooth Experience
My wife and I hired Emily to help us with a restraining order against my wife's stalker. She made an incredibly stressful situation much easier to handle. She found a lot of information that I'd have never found on my own, and when we actually reached the hearing, she was brilliant; thorough in her examinations and instantly on top of objections. She was consummately professional, even though the opposing counsel was rude and condesending towards her. I felt like we got an absolute rockstar of an attorney. Additionally, the supporting staff there was fantastic as well. Her PI was dogged in his attempts to serve the respondent and the crew at her office had our documents uploaded on our client page with incredibly alacrity. It was obvious to me that Emily cared about our case and about my wife. She went above and beyond and I would unreservedly recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Linda | May 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I am so happy and relieved I chose Emily for my divorce
Emily is a very kind, intelligent and skilled attorney. She was always quick to respond to any questions or concerns and was always kind and very informed on all issues. I can't say enough about what an incredible job she did for me and what a wonderful human being she is. She did an excellent job!
Posted by Katie | December 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great advocate
I hired Emily for my divorce in July 2017, which was finalized in November 2017. At the outset, I was confident that an agreement I had drafted myself and my ex-husband agreed to was in everyone's best interests. I was very emotional at the time and just wanted the whole process to be over as quickly as possible, and I didn't realize I was not acting in my own best interests. Emily was persistent in helping me understand my rights so I could make informed, non-emotional decisions. The result was an entirely new detailed agreement that put me in a better position financially but that I feel is fair to my ex-husband as well. Emily gave me the support I needed to stand up for myself and ask for what I deserved. She is also very thorough, organized, and responded quickly and knowledgeably to my many questions throughout the process.
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Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2017
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Highly Knowledgeable and Personable
Emily represented me in a straight-forward divorce. She was very easy to talk to and was able to answer all of my questions quickly. She was also very easy to get a hold of. I was also presented with a lot more options than I thought I would have. She is always well prepared and I highly recommend her.
Posted by Laurie | February 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and empathetic
Emily represented me in a long and difficult divorce. She helped me gain full custody of my daughter in addition to drafting a final order that has many protections in place for the future. We have been in constant contact for over a year and she is always willing to listen and then provide options for how we can proceed. I know she will tell me the truth about my options and not just what I want to hear. At the same time, she always understood what I was feeling and was compassionate and empathetic. She is a great advocate and is always prepared. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2017
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Digs in, fierce advocate
Emily represented me to clarify and enforce our final order. She was easy to work with and got back to me quickly with e-mails and calls. Emily dug in when negotiating to reach settlement agreements and was well-prepared and confident in court. She showed grit when presenting our case and didn't back down when she was condescended to by opposing counsel. Her approach is honest, confident, and thorough. Emily was a fierce advocate for me, I highly recommend her and will retain her again.
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Posted by kandace | October 13, 2016
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Emily was an exception lawyer. Always willing to listen and generate ideas to make a tough situation better. She fully met my needs with my divorce. Was able to analyze every situation and come up solutions to benefit my needs.
Posted by Corey | October 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Emily helped guide me through what could have been a messy situation making sure both myself and my children were well represented and fairly treated. Thanks again!
Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Solid family lawyer
I consulted with Attorney Wilson regarding a custody matter. She was patient and was a careful listener. She explained the legal issues, possible courses of action and likely outcomes. My custody matter resolved short of proceeding with legal action; however, each and every time we spoke, whether by phone, in person or online, I felt confident in her ability and her desire to help. Excellent lawyer.
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Posted by Scott | May 10, 2016
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Guardianship
Emily was very personable and professional. She guide me through the process of gaining guardianship. She was prompt with all questions and correspondence and advised on how to make my case more affordable.
Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Attorney Emily Wilson is a real professional attorney. She is very dedicated, hard working, and family oriented lawyer. My divorce case that i thought would be complicated and expensive ended up being quiet simple and straightforward all because of Emily's professionalism and her proven track record of providing quality and affordable family and divorce services. Attorney Emily Wilson is simply the best.
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Posted by Jon | June 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Do your homework
I have no idea who these are other reviewers are talking about. Emily has an extremely passive approach towards custody placement disagreements. She made very poor decisions/recommendations for filings that my kids and I are still paying for. During my initial consultation, I left feeling very hopefully that she could help me. But it was apparent fairly quickly she was not up to the challenge. Luckily after going through that awful experience, I interviewed 5 different lawyers and found one that is helping me unwind the damage she and David did. During the interview process, the other lawyers offered other strategies I never knew existed or heard about once from her/David. If you have an extremely simple case where both sides are reasonable she would probably do fine (but who wouldn’t). I can’t recommend enough that you do your homework and avoid this law group.
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Response from Emily Wilson June 23, 2017
In response to this message, we reviewed the client file. We provided our best professional judgment, in light of the facts and relevant law. We regret that any client is less than fully pleased with service, and we strive daily to maintain the highest standards, in all facets of our work.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Kowalski, Wilson & Vang, LLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Kowalski Family Law, LLC
  • 2015 - 2021
  • Principal Attorney
  • E. Wilson Law, LLC
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Teaching Assistant - Evidence
  • City University of New York School of Law
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Judicial Intern, New York State Supreme Court
  • New York Unified Court System
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Student Attorney
  • Main Street Legal Services
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Research Assistant
  • City University of New York School of Law
  • 2009 - 2011
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Education

  • City University of New York School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Associations

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section
  • Board Member
  • 2024 - Present
  • Sauk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconisn, Children and the Law Section
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Dane County Bar Association, Case Mediation Program
  • Mediator
  • 2018 - Present
  • Family Law Assistance Center
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2017 - Present
  • Sunshine Legal Clinic
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2016 - Present
  • Dane County Bar Association, Delivery of Legal Services Committee
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Madison Family Law Network
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Legal Association for Women
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • School Makes a Difference (SMAD)
  • Speaker
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Regional High School Mock Trial Tournament
  • Scoring Judge
  • 2017 - 2019
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2017
  • CUNY Law Review
  • Executive Articles Editor
  • 2010 - 2011
  • New York City Law Review
  • Staff Member
  • 2009 - 2010
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Pro Bono Honor Society
  • Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission
  • 2019
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2018
  • Pro Bono Honor Society
  • Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission
  • 2018
  • Pro Bono Honor Society
  • Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission
  • 2017
  • Pro Bono Honor Society
  • Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission
  • 2016
  • Bro Bono Honor Society
  • Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Honor Society
  • Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission
  • 2014
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • 38th Annual Family Law Workshop
  • When CPS Isn’t Enough: Navigating “Unsubstantiated” Abuse Allegations
  • 2019
  • Gracie Fellow Public Interest Lunch Series
  • Challenges and Strategies in Low-Income Representation
  • 2017
  • CLE Course: Immigration Relief Under the Violence Against Women Act
  • The Use of U- and T-Visas Under the Violence Against Women Act
  • 2011
  • Street Law
  • Know Your Rights: The Fourth Amendment and Stop-And-Frisk
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse Emily
Family Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Emily on various family cases over the past few years. She is knowledgeable and compassionate, and she communicates with her clients on a personal level beyond the capability of most attorneys. I would recommend her services without hesitation."
Family Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Emily is a great attorney. She is zealous in advocating her client's positions, but also reasonable in trying to reach solutions that work for both parties. You will be in good hands if you hire her."
Family Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. In a recent case in which we were both involved, Attorney Wilson was diligent and zealous in representing her client's interests while maintaining a professional, productive relationship with opposing counsel (me) and the court."
Family Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Attorney Wilson ("Emily") since 2008, when we began our legal careers together as law students in New York City. During this time I have had the opportunity to work with her on projects as a law student, and legal matters as a lawyer. Since we are now practicing law in the Madison, Wisconsin area, it is a pleasure to collaborate regularly with Emily and refer family cases her way. Emily is among the most passionate and dedicated lawyers I know. She strives to support social justice in her life and work. This commitment is apparent in her client advocacy, as she skilfully navigates the complex legal system that governs family law, while maintaining focus on the real "human" or vulnerable interests of her clients. Especially in family law, you need a lawyer like Emily with both the sharpness and sensibilities to fully advocate your case, and achieve the justice you deserve. I very highly recommend Emily as your family law attorney."