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Joseph J. Skemp Jr.

Family Attorney at La Crosse, WI

4.4   21 reviews

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Joe was born and raised in La Crosse, Wisconsin and attended Aquinas High school.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from St. John’s University and has been serving the La Crosse, Wisconsin area since 1992.   



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Licensed for 31 years
State MN
Status Authorized to Practice
Acquired 1998
Updated 10/28/2022
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1991
Updated 12/05/2022

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

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Moen Sheehan Meyer, Ltd.
201 Main St # 700
La Crosse, WI, 54601-0718


4.4 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
Posted by Eloy | April 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best family lawyer in the state of Wisconsin.
Mr. Joseph J. SKEMP performance was stellar, he consistently kept on top of my case. He did not waver and was very thorough in his investigation of all the facts. I couldn't have ask for a better family lawyer. He is the best of the best.
Response from Joseph Skemp May 1, 2018
“Thanks. Glad I could have been of service for you!”
Posted by Brady Banse | August 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trusted during Divorce Process
Joe was great during my divorce process. He is a very knowledgeable individual and it showed throughout my time working with him. He was open and honest for the entire matter and I trusted his professional opinion. I give Joe lots of credit for providing patience with me, as working through the legal system and the associated steps were very new to me. I would highly recommended Joe and will not hesitate to reach out to him again for anything that may arise in the future.
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Response from Joseph Skemp September 19, 2016
Thanks. Glad I could have been of service for you!
Posted by Sue | August 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Step Towards Divorce
I never liked being married but was for 14 years. I didn't have to marry but thought I should because I was getting older, my friends were married with kids, yadda yadda yadda. My mantra is "failure is not an option," not in a draconian way but more so tease out the issue & change course as needed. The burden of our lives was left to me to financially support & tend. I became more desperate & depressed, I rehearsed getting a divorce in my head, it caused great chasms in my relationships with my family & at work. I became a workaholic to avoid going home. I told my ex, I wanted a divorce after one of his angry tantrums of which I had become immune. We did marriage counseling twice, he dropped out after a few sessions but I continued. One day I just brought in a phone book (they still exist) & asked my therapist to sit with me while I call to make an appointment with a lawyer. It was a pinnacle point in taking back my control. From that moment, it was as if I entered Oz, black & white to color film. It was a metaphoric hand holding, Mr Skemp, Joe, got to understand me, where I was & how I was falling apart. I was being totally controlled by my ex. Joe & his staff walked me through the process, help me negotiate & help me let go of my losses by looking at what was still possible. They did not waiver as much as I did because they were not living in the situation. They guided me through it. That call changed my life. I did not find it too expensive, less expensive than I anticipated. I had to put the initial cost on my credit card but it is a debt well earned. I've talked to other women about their divorces, women whose husbands decided to "retire" on their dime too & I am grateful I chose Joe Skemp & his team. Wisconsin is a 50/50 state & if the woman earns more or invests more financially in the household, it is held against them & the husband then can get "maintenance" aka alimony. My work with Joe & my ex was fair, yes, I got stuck with debt but under the circumstances, I did not get stuck with having to pay 7 1/2 years of alimony to a "retired" man. He fared well too. Now it is done, I am a divorcee. I have not felt any sense of calm yet b/c ex is still moving out. But I have Joe Skemp's phone number & the court to support me if I need them. So to end this story, the call was the hardest, but if you are rehearsing ending a marriage, make that call. I did not know how vulnerable I was then but now I do. Joe Skemp Jr & his team was great, it was eye-opening, & it was affordable. My life matters to me & Joe reminded me that it can be done. I do not have to survive life by working myself into a deep depression or desperation. I liked Joe & his team but loved their support. Joe Skemp Jr & his team will always be mine.
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Posted by Sharon | July 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Happy We Retained Joe!
Joe is handling our contractor litigation which was not pleasant to deal with on our own. We're very happy we retained Joe to litigate our case for us as he has reduced our stress factor immensely! He is very knowledgeable, thorough and great to work with. Although our case is still on-going, we're very pleased with everything Joe has handled for us so far. We would highly recommend him!
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Posted by Barb | June 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Balanced Respect/Recommendations
Joseph Skemp Jr. provided excellent legal advice while managing my divorce case. He very skillfully balanced his professional recommendations while being respectful of my experience as I navigated my divorce. He always shared his honest observations that were ultimately accurate. I was comfortable trusting his judgement when my own was clouded by dealings with my ex-husband. His presentation was that of a lawyer who worked diligently from his professional vantage point while never losing site of the fact that I was a person going through a difficult divorce. Working with Joe was a skilled staff who were professional and efficient. His practice is an all-around quality service that I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone dealing with a family law matter.
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Posted by Steven | June 29, 2015
So far, so good.
My case is still on-going, but to this point I'm completely satisfied. All my questions and concerns have been answered and explained to me in detail. Job well done.
Posted by Kathy | June 26, 2015
The Best!!
When you get married you take vows for better or for worse. Unfortunately, divorce brings out the worst in people. It's a very difficult and confusing time. I am so thankful that I had Joe in my corner to help every step of the way. Joe always answered my questions quickly and was always looking out for mine and my children's best interests. I can't imagine going through that without his wonderful expertise! His staff was amazing and I never felt like I was waiting for answers or bothering someone to ask any question that I had. Questions still arise today and I know that I can go back to Joe and everything will be taken care of.
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Posted by Todd | May 6, 2015
A Priviledge -
I retained Attorney Skemp's counsel for a custodial matter on short notice and have been thankful ever since. Mr. Skemp has an unmatched ability with communication. His talent for providing the necessary and reliable information, knowledge, and representation cannot be overstated. It is for these reasons, as well as many others, I highly recommend his services. It's with great pride that I have been provided the opportunity to be represented by Mr. Skemp.
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Posted by Missy | May 5, 2015
Joe Skemp
Joe is still my attorney and I don't think I could have picked a better person. He is very honest and open about what the steps he is taking are, how things are going, and giving his best professional opinion, even if it' snot what you want to hear. It is always what is in the best interest of you legally as well as financially. He is not a lawyer that is out to make you pay extra, he is very diligent in returning phone calls, emails, or any other form of correspondence as soon as he has time. Best decision I could have made was retain Joe as a lawyer.
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Posted by Debbie | April 27, 2015
Refer to Joe often
Joe helped me a personal matter. He was interested and responsive to all communications from me and supported me and my best interests very well. Because of the excellent service Joe provided to me, and the level of trust I have in him, I have referred many of my own clients and friends to him.
Posted by Leigh | April 27, 2015
Best Lawyer In The State
My family court case was not an easy one, but with this law firm on my side, my case was resolved quickly and to my satisfaction. Joe Skemp is very knowledgeable about the complicated legal process and how to deal with these types of difficult people. If your former spouse is taking advantage and treating you unfairly, and he/she is not allowing you to see your kids, then you should not waste another moment. Hire Joe Skemp immediately to take your case, and never give up hope.
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2015
A+ Attorney!
Attorney Skemp is one of the best! As an Adoption Agency, we contract his services and are never disappointed. Attorney Skemp is knowledgable about the adoption process and treats each client with respect, empathy and dignity. You can trust and honesty!
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2015
Excellent attorney
I used Mr. Skemp for a child custody hearing. I had heard great things about him from a friend and decided to retain him. My previous attorney's had always given me mediocre advice and I felt that I was always put on the back burner until my court date arrived. NOT WITH SKEMP. Our first meeting was a breath of fresh air. I have never been happier with an attorney's work. I don't usually waste my time with these reviews but I am very appreciative of Joe's work. Great thinking and advice. He is to the point and knows the system well. I was told by other attorney's that certain things were not possible. I did not get this with him. He is a problem solver but knows court limits. Even when he is not immediately available you can talk to someone who is up to date on your court case and can give you the information you are looking for. Joe's assistant Elaine is so helpful and kind. I hope you find this review helpful. I wish someone would have told me something a long time ago when I was looking for other attorney's. You get what you pay for and Joe is definitely worth it.
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Posted by Joan | April 24, 2015
I couldnt have asked for a better attorney thru the process of my divorce. He was respectful of myself and my children, He was effecient, he didnt waste time or money getting things completed.
Posted by Dawn | December 9, 2014
I would highly recommend Joe
I hired Joe to represent me thru my seperation / divorce. Joe was very knowledgeable and aggressive in and out of court. My ex was very hard to deal with, but Joe handled this high conflict divorce just fine. Joe and his staff were wonderful, it was a really tough time for me, their support, and how Joe fought for me is what got me thru it all. I would recommend Joe to anyone who needs a lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2014
Highly Recommended
We hired Joe Skemp to help us with a home loan modification. We had been trying to work something out with our lender for over a year but were getting nowhere. As soon as we hired Joe he was able to get the bank to respond and ultimately approve our loan modification application, dismiss the pending foreclosure proceedings, and avoid bankruptcy. His knowledge and expertise and the attention he and his staff gave to our case allowed us to save our home. We are very grateful for his assistance during this hard time. We highly recommend him and would not hesitate to hire him in the future if needed.
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Posted by Jodi | December 9, 2009
Hard working and gets the job done!
Joe has always kept me informed and is a great attorney. He has great communication skills. I would recommend him to any of my friends that need someone.
Posted by Gary | April 28, 2015
Joe Skemp
A professional in every aspect yet Joe is friendly and approachable. I would trust Joe to defend me in any case. Seems to have a lot of practical experience and has access to all of the resources you would expect a professional to have. He was firm and fair in dealing with people on my behalf and the results of Joes work resulted in an outcome that I am very happy. Great lawyer.
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Posted by Cory | August 25, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Money grabber
Calls him self a "family lawyer" not once did I get the impression he had my family in mind just how bad he could sock it to me personally curious if he's ever saved a marriage or changed a family for the better but where's the money in that joe was cowardice deceitful and manipulative would not recommend for great life advice and representation
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't let the last name fool you.
Big agressive first impression. Its all talk. he doesn't answer email or phone calls, charges ALOT of money and makes excuses like his secretary quit or he was out of town or on vacation....advises you to accept poor deals. NEVER HIRE THIS ATTOURNEY. Divorce should have been done in 7 months.....a year an a half later, doesnt even respond to whats going on?
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Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Moen Sheehan Meyer
  • 1996 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Weigel, Stickler & Kroner
  • 1991 - 1994


  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • St John's University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • In the matter of the personal injuries to PKM
  • Settlement in excess of 1 million dollars


  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • La Crosse County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • US District Court- Western District of Wisconsin
  • Admitted
  • 1991 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Domestic Abuse Task Force Honoree
  • New Horizon's Womens Shelter
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • Families First
  • Effects of divorce on Children
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
Endorse Joseph
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is one of the most experienced and knowIedgeable family law attorneys in the area. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Atty Skemp's representation of his clients is both aggressive and effective. He is knowledgeable and experienced and that combination allows him to reach creative and efficient solutions to the problems faced by his clients. I fully endorse Atty. Skemp."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Joe for almost fifteen years. Joe has a solid understanding of the law, the court system and his adversary. He has only one goal in mind; the best interest of his clients. I have personally witnessed him volunteer, counsel, weigh alternatives and provide outstanding advice. In an era where it is not uncommon to hear lawyers raise their voice or use a condescending tone, Joe is always on an even keel. He approaches all involved with respect and dignity. This respectful and well thought out approach works to the benefit of his client. It is a pleasure to work with Joe and to refer clients to his good care. I recommend his services without hesitation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Joe is taking his place as one of the leading family law attorneys in Southwest Wisconsin. He uses his legal knowledge, his years of experience arguing before judges and court commissioners, and his friendly personality to help clients get good outcomes for their cases. Joe is probably most notable in the community as being able to practice at a very high level against any other litigators in the state while at the same time reliably keeping a conscientious eye on the client's bottom line (i.e. notifying clients if it looks like arguing about certain legal points or property division issues might not be cost-effective and then letting the client decide how to proceed.)"
Family Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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La Crosse Family Lawyer Joseph J. Skemp Jr.
Joseph J. Skemp Jr.
Family Attorney
La Crosse, WI
Licensed for 31 years
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