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Donna Leigh Ginzl

Divorce and separation Attorney at Stevens Point, WI

5.0   8 reviews

About Donna

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Donna’s approach to practicing law is to identify her clients’ legal concerns and desired outcomes, educate her clients to establish realistic goals and expectations, and finally, to work with her clients to achieve their goals as efficiently as possible – always with an eye toward minimizing the emotional cost that is inherent in her practice areas.  Donna has been a trial attorney in Central Wisconsin for more than 20 years and has represented the rights and interests of individuals in contested hearings throughout Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Wausau, Waupaca, and Wautoma, where she developed the skills and the reputation of a strong, aggressive, and effective trial advocate when cases do not settle and must litigated. 

Licensed for 28 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1994
Updated 09/07/2022

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

Contact Donna

Anderson O'Brien, LLP
1257 Main St
PO Box 228
Stevens Point, WI, 54481

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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Incredible Lawyer
I hired Donna for my divorce and from the beginning she answered every question or uncertainty that came up throughout the whole process. Donna was very approachable and made the process as easy as possible. I am grateful to have had her represent me and would highly recommend!
Posted by Desiree | February 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Flawless
I had a pretty simple divorce, but the custody dispute made it extremely complex. Donna never faltered. I’m still amazed by her knowledge of the law, her insight with people and her ability to articulate to the court so affectively. Flawless in the courtroom! Completely flawless!
Posted by Mallory | December 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Beyond an amazing laywer
I have hired Donna twice for custody/placement and now grandparent visitation rights. Donna is very respectful and professional. Donna has made me feel confident even though she never promised me any results she promised to work hard on these two cases. Donna is a very good laywer that I trust, she has true passion and has put my mind to ease. Donna also is very understanding and very easy to get along with. I recommend her to anyone that needs a laywer. I'm very grateful I have Donna as my laywer she's handled alot of things that I wouldn't of known to do as I'm not fimilar with laws. Donna has helped me understand the laws by explaining everything so I could understand. Thank you again Donna for all your hard work! Your an amazing laywer!
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Posted by Michelle | April 30, 2017
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Recent Divorce
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.
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Posted by Jennifer | August 12, 2016
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Not your typical attorney
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.
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2015
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Highest recommendation
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.
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Posted by William | July 22, 2015
Warrior
Donna Ginzl is a true warrior in court. She knows the law very, very well and has a unique ability to use any of her downfalls as strengths in court. She is one of the best attorneys I have ever observed in Court and she files the paperwork to back it up. There isn't another attorney out there that I would recommend for custody issues. I should know. I had 4 different attorneys and my sons mother had Donna. Guess who lost? That's right- I did. I have referred many other people to Donna despite being the opposite party's attorney. What is good is good and Donna is excellent. Many attorneys in this area may talk a good game but do nothing to back it up. Donna is the opposite. She doesn't have much to say unless it is in Court. I would highly recommend Donna for any custody matter that you may have. She is worth the money and will save you the heartache of your life.
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Posted by Robert | July 4, 2015
A True Advocate
Donna provided a sound and consistent legal voice throughout my lenghty ordeal. She is part counsel, part counselor and a true advocate that helped weigh the pros and cons of each situation as it emerged for both myself and my children. I highly recommend Donna and appreciate her work on my behalf.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-275 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Litigation Attorney
  • Anderson, O'Brien, Bertz, Skrenes & Golla, LLP
  • 2008 - Present
  • Assistant State Public Defender
  • Office of the State Public Defender
  • 1994 - 2008

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Associations

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section
  • Board Member; Legislative and Continuing Education Committees
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Portage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Portage County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 2015 Pro Bono Honor Award
  • State Bar of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission
  • 2016
  • 2014 Pro Bono Honor Society
  • State Bar of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Meeting and Convention
  • The Divorce Process for A to Z, panel member
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I regularly refer clients to Donna and highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Jul 20
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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