|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|2014 Pro Bono Honor Society||State Bar of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission||2015|
|Litigation Attorney||Anderson, O'Brien, Bertz, Skrenes & Golla, LLP||2008 - Present|
|Assistant State Public Defender||Office of the State Public Defender||1994 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation Section||Member||N/A|
|Portage County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Portage County Bar Association||President||2010 - 2010|
|University of Wisconsin Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
Posted by Michelle
Although my divorce situation was complicated and frustrating at best, Donna guided me through it with professional grace and true caring. She was thorough and understanding, always making certain I understood the options and explaining legal processes I wasn't familiar with. She looked out for my best interests, even more so than I did myself! She negotiated on my behalf when I just wanted to be done. She and her legal assistant, Mary, make an excellent team, answering questions promptly and thoroughly. I knew exactly what to expect every step of the way through this trying process, and Donna was thoroughly prepared all the time. She consulted with lawyers in two other specialties at her firm because of various complications in my case. What an advantage to have a team of experts "on my side"! I highly recommend Donna Ginzl--she is an expert who truly cares about her clients.
Posted by Jennifer
Divorce is difficult even in the best of circumstances. Being on the other side of a year-long uncoupling, I can look back now and recognize a few key pieces of advice I would offer to anyone in the beginning stages First, do not try to do it alone. The ability to navigate Pro Se and part ways amicably is certainly not the norm, especially if a third party/new significant other is involved. I tried to conduct my divorce Pro Se for several months before hiring Donna. Looking back, I should have hired her immediately, it likely would have expedited the processes much more efficiently. Donna was more than my attorney. She was my champion. My children’s champions. She always handled herself with the utmost decorum and had our best interests at the forefront of every discussion.
Second, get the opinion of someone who has been through the process or is in the field. An attorney friend of mine recommended Donna. She told me Donna would do the job well, and she did. She was on top of everything, even when my ex-husband’s attorney was not. We never missed a deadline, and Donna came prepared for each hearing, anticipating all curve balls. We finalized on primary placement of our children months before finalizing the divorce because Donna had the foresight to have the documentation ready and on hand at a pre-trial date.
Third, choose a lawyer you can relate to. Divorce is brutal. Working with an attorney you do not like, makes it much, much worse. Working with Donna made a bad situation tolerable. She was not the slick, out-for-herself attorney that you always hear about. She listened to my concerns, responded to all my questions, told me when she thought I needed to take a break from all things divorce, and even looked at me, more than once, and said, “you look like you need a hug” and then gave me one. Donna was more than my attorney. She is someone I would call my friend.
I owe Donna far more than I could express. In a divorce you give and take. You never get everything you want…but I got what was most important. My children. If all of this isn’t enough to convince you of Donna’s prowess, I’ll leave you with this: Donna is now representing a client referred to her by my ex-husband. Turns out he thought she was pretty good as well. That is one thing we can definitely agree on.
Posted by anonymous
Attorney Ginzl represented me in my divorce and custody dispute proceedings. Her knowledge and impeccable intuition helped me to achieve my desired results in both situations. She was always organized, efficient, and prepared to handle any situation that arose (and, yes, many curveballs hit us throughout the process). She was supportive and ethical, as well as honest and straightforward with me regarding what I could expect.
Although both the divorce and custody dispute were extremely emotional and difficult times for me, Attorney Ginzl's representation made all the difference. She communicated with me frequently throughout the process. Above all, Attorney Ginzl skillfully fought for my interests. She is VERY good at what she does, as was demonstrated by how she calmly and confidently represented me throughout the proceedings.
Michael Zell, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Donna is an excellent divorce and custody lawyer. She has top-notch skills in litigation, and is very knowledgeable regarding the issues of children. Donna also excels at managing the financial implications of divorce. I recommend her to potential clients without hesitation.
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