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Judith E. Payne

Family Attorney at La Crosse, WI

4.3   6 reviews

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Practice area
  1. Family

    25 years

Licensed for 25 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2016
Updated 12/05/2022
State MN
Status Authorized to Practice
Acquired 1997
Updated 10/28/2022

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Judith E. Payne
141 13th St S
La Crosse, WI, 54601-4278


4.3 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Amy | March 2, 2015
Great lawyer
Judith helped me with my divorce back in 2008, and was extremely professional. She was also caring, sympathetic, and honest. If she thought something was outlandish on mine or my ex-husband's end--she'd tell me. She always responded promptly and efficiently. She helped me through my very difficult time. I'm very glad I came across her, and would recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Wendy | September 10, 2013
Best Fit For My Family
I was first referred to Judith by a friend of a friend. My situation was a sticky one including an OFP against my (at the time) husband along with handling our divorce (and custody of our 3 children) concurrently. It was an extremely difficult time in my life and having Judith as my lawyer gave me confidence and a feeling of security throughout the process. She took the time to listen and fully understand the dynamics of the situation throughout the 12 months it took to fully go through the process of handling the OFP, SENE, guardian ad litem, mediation and negotiations of custody and financial arrangements, all divorce proceedings and child support hearing. During all court dates and negotiations, I always knew that Judith was looking out for my (and my children's) best interests and her approach of handling herself was always in the manner I would hope an attorney would act - in control and honestly, having "no time" for shenanigans coming from opposing counsel. Judith was always very up front with me with realistic expectations from the courts and legal system, which was invaluable - particularly as I've never been through any of this before (as most haven't). Learning legal terminology, laws and processes is overwhelming, particularly when mixed with a high emotional time. Judith was on top of it all, keeping me informed with full explanations. Financial-wise, Judith was able to effectively stick to the initial discussed monies needed to cover expenses, I never once felt "nickel and dimed". I will absolutely recommend Judith in the future!
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Posted by Tara | August 21, 2013
Awesome Laywer
My husband and I have used Judith for several years in dealing with Family court, she has always been really honest and upfront about our case. Judith has helped us through a lot and we continue to go back to her because of her integrity and knowledge.
Posted by Chris | August 20, 2013
best decision to choose Judith.
Since the first moment I me Judith I knew she cared about me and my case. I would/ have recommended her to people I know and loved ones. She is always there to go over thoughts and issues that come up. When I first met her she was my layer and now I consider her a friend and advocate. There has been many complicated/confusing issues with my cases and Judith has always known what to do or say. When issues come up the first Person I call is her because I know she will tell it straight to me. if you want someone that cares and will put her heart into it, Judith is the one I will always choose.
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Posted by Jennifer B. | July 29, 2013
Trustworthy, Understanding, and very knowledgable!
I hired Judith in 2001 for my divorce. I was so pleased with her service that I referred her to a friend of mine in 2002 that was also going thru a divorce. He was also extremely satisfied with her service. Since then Judith has been me and my husbands attorney and has always been available for any questions or concerns we may have. We have used Judith with all our attorney needs for 13 years. She also does criminal law and my husband has used her for driving violations and several times for child support modifications over the years. She is very professional and very reasonable in her fees. She has become part of our family since we have known her for so many years. I would not and will not ever hire anybody but Judith!
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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2012
Bad Decision
Despite recommendation from a friend who is a Family Law Attorney to NOT hire Judith, I chose to hire her based on her quote for my divorce. My experience working with her has been extremely frustrating; lack of response, lack of direction, weeks to respond to important emails, cost of divorce has nearly doubled from her original quote, excessive charges and unprofessional comments. I should have went with my gut feeling and interviewed more attorneys.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes


AVVO RATING 6.8 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Payne Law Office
  • 1998 - 2020


  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD
  • 1997
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA
  • 1975


  • La Crosse County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

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La Crosse Family Lawyer Judith E. Payne
Judith E. Payne
Family Attorney
La Crosse, WI
Licensed for 25 years
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