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Michelle F. Achterberg

Employment and labor Attorney at Eau Claire, WI

5.0   30 reviews

also known as Michelle Achterberg Welch


Licensed for 10 years

About Michelle

Learn Michelle’s areas of practice.

Attorney Michelle Achterberg Welch has been in the legal profession for over seventeen years and serves clients throughout Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. She recently started her own law firm, where she focuses exclusively on civil litigation matters, including family law, employment law, and personal injury. Michelle also represents many small businesses throughout the Chippewa Valley.

Michelle’s background and life experience enables her to provide compassionate representation while advocating zealously for her clients. Also known for throwing some occasional humor into her practice of law, Michelle’s witty personality oftentimes rids clients of their anxiety and provides them with some much needed comic relief.

Prior to opening her own practice, Michelle worked with Attorney Thomas Guelzow at Guelzow Law Offices, Ltd., with whom she remains affiliated and whom she continues to enjoy co-counseling complex personal injury and products liability cases.

Before venturing to Eau Claire, Michelle practiced in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she focused exclusively on employment matters.

Michelle also worked as a paralegal for over 12 years, assisting civil litigation attorneys in court rooms throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. Her work as a paralegal revealed how comfortable she felt in the courtroom which ultimately led her to pursue law school with the intent of becoming a civil litigator.

In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her new husband, family and friends, shopping, and running with her (obnoxious, yet extremely handsome) yellow lab, Riley, whom she occasionally takes to the office with her.

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Licensed for 10 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2012
Updated 09/07/2022
State MN
Status Authorized to Practice
Acquired 2012
Updated 10/25/2022

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

Contact Michelle

Achterberg Welch Law Office, LLC
310 Pinnacle Way Ste 301
Eau Claire, WI, 54701-3409

Reviews

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Posted by Britney | September 9, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
One amazing lawyer!!
As a parent who has worked with several lawyers throughout multiple cases, Michelle has been, by far, the best lawyer for me! She fought hard for me and my family, she was always willing to work with me and even when we didn't win everything we had hoped for, she still was fighting for me and definitely compassionate. Her and her assistant, Malori, are always easy to talk to and communicate with, they are efficient, and honestly felt like they had good team work. Both ladies, were always thorough with paperwork and made sure all details matched and were lined up. In my opinion, I would not use another lawyer! Definitely a team that deserves 5/5 stars
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Your search for a family law attorney is over! Hire her.
I would give Michelle 10 out of 5 stars if I could. What I thought would be a long, stressy, expensive and combative alteration of a maintenance order was smooth and fast. Most importantly, Michelle and Malori ran the show competently and efficiently to get this all done out of court. They are not afraid to defuse nerves with humor and unfailingly respond to questions and concerns quickly in ways that are reassuring rather than terrifying. I can honestly say her services were worth every penny and then some. I can’t speak to any of her other specialties, but if you have a family law issue this is the attorney you want on your side. Get her before the other side does!
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Posted by Amanda | July 24, 2022
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Couldn't have done it without her!
Divorce is not easy and having the extra pressure of the law requirements and necessary filing she really did take an incredible amount of pressure off of me. We went through a lot of intense negotiating and she made a point in handling those difficult conversations for me. She went above and beyond in addressing the financial and legal discussions to which helped in maintaining the best possible relationship with my ex and the father of my child. I could not have done it without her and I appreciate her help more than she knows.
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Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2022
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Hire them!
Michelle and Malori are the best in the area! Not only are they available when you need them, as a father they support your fight to stay in your children’s life, regardless of the uphill battle that one may face. My battle was long and arduous, and expensive! However, the fight to stay in my children’s life without their help would have been longer and even more expensive in the long long run. They were understanding in a very complicated situation. Also the rates are extremely reasonable for the area and they fight just as hard as anyone else. They charge you reasonably and always with the understanding that they work for you and your best interest while balancing what needs to be done and when. I hope not to have to employ their services again, but if I do it will be without any hesitation. I truly recommend Michelle and Malori for your divorce needs.
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Posted by Jordan | March 17, 2021
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Easiest Divorce Ever
Michelle did such an amazing job advocating for me regarding my concerns. As a newly single dad, I was honestly very afraid of the process and what it might mean for my kids and I. She calmed me down very quickly at our first meeting, and continued to do so throughout the case. Michelle was very easy to communicate with, and very clearly defined what I needed to do. I could not be happier with my decision to hire her, or the results of our case. Thank you so much!
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Posted by Kyle | March 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire Her Immediately!
After 8.5 years, I was required to get an Attorney and I was terrified about the situation. I didn't even know where to begin in finding a family court Attorney so I googled for local Attorneys and Michelle Achterberg appeared. I read reviews (on this website) and took the plunge. I couldn't be happier with not only my final result, but the professionalism and approach she took with my case. She was straight forward and realistic with me. She explained what we could and couldn't do and what rights we had backing us statutorily. We took the ball and kept it in our court and were prepared to press harder if needed. Thankfully, in my situation, we didn't need to, and it concluded very quickly. I was lucky in this regard. If necessary, I would have continued to use Attorney Achterberg throughout my case. I can't agree more with every positive comment mentioned about her and Malori. She was fair in pricing and I felt like she made my case a priority. She was timely with everything we needed to do, whether it be contacting the other Attorney, filing paperwork with the Court, or writing up our own proposals. I always felt welcomed to contact her with questions, concerns, or ideas, and she responded very quickly. Our conversations were not rushed and I never felt like I was competing for time on my case. I felt as though she recognized every conversation, every minute, was important to me and my case and she respected this. I'm hopeful I won't need to hire anybody in the future, but if I do, I will absolutely return to this office and I can't speak highly enough of this experience. Do yourself a favor, and hire her immediately!
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2021
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Exceptional
Michelle and Malori did a fantastic job working to represent me in my divorce case. Michelle took time to honestly listen to my needs and questions, but did not waste time over-discussing things (which was something I felt I experienced with another lawyer at a different time). She was honest and frank and I feel she truly did a good job representing "me". Thank you so much, Michelle and Malori!
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Posted by Mike | September 17, 2020
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Style, grace and professionalism. None better.
If you look above here, on the About Michelle section it says this: “Approachable and down-to-earth Eau Claire law firm”. Truer words are not spoken. Michelle is a blend of caring, kind, insightful human coupled with dogged professionalism. I work with attorneys of all types in my day to day job. In comparison, Michelle’s command of the law, the practical application of it and of the necessary relationships needed to yield a positive outcome is exemplary. That said, where Michelle really shines is in strategy, dare I say, YOUR strategy. She will work with you every step of the way, and she is clear in what each step is, and how to approach it. Michelle works hand in hand with her highly capable and equally professional para-legal Malori. They are so closely paired they would often surprise me at how much they were in sync – as a single mind. This unique partnership is an added note of expertise that is hard to beat. I can say without hesitation that Michelle will always have your best interests at heart, she won’t take the case unless she can make that commitment. Her philosophy of taking on a limited client count at any time yields these personal results, and her disarming humor belies her stone cold advocacy for your case. Michelle is an absolute bulldog. I consider her one of the finest attorney’s I have ever worked with, and her representation of me was flawless. Eau Claire is fortunate to have such a high caliber individual make this her community. I can say without reservation, use her services.
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Posted by Scott | September 13, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!
Michelle is a great lawyer and so easy to work with. Highly recommend her.
Posted by Michelle | January 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This amazing woman gave me back my sanity and my life!
If you are getting a divorce hire her immediately! Run to her office! I went through a messy year long divorce where I stood to lose everything. Michelle was with me every step of the way. She kept me well informed, never backed down to my exe's lawyer, fought for me in court and when my ex didn't follow our divorce decree, she didn't hesitate to drag him back to court. Her rates were very fair and she was willing to work with me financially. Michelle has had my best interests in mind at every turn and never slowed down or backed away. She is who you want representing you. I have nothing but praise and gratitude for her passion and dedication. Her legal assistant Malori is on top of everything and easy to talk too as well. Her office is easy to find and conveniently located to everything with covered parking. ( In case you want to be incognito. ) What are you waiting for? Run! NOW!
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Posted by Joshua | October 15, 2019
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Family Court? You need Michelle!!!
I did extensive research before I purchase products or services and all of the previous reviews about this attorney are 100% correct. I had probably one of the most complicated child custody cases a court can see and with her due diligence, wit and humor Michelle and her assistant Malori made the process a lot easier to deal with.
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Posted by Craig kingrey | August 17, 2019
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Absolutely phenomenal!!
Michelle did not miss a single note when dealing with my situation. This kind woman helped me get more time with my children and enforced accountability with my ex wife. Michelle was very caring and attentive to my specific wants and needs. She simply made things happen!! My current wife and I are overly great full for the success that came Out of everything. I get more time with my children!!! and in the near future and continuing on a healthy co-parenting plan with their mother. If you need help and/or what to get powerful results, I would STRONGLY you consult with Michelle and retain her because she has your back and knows what she is doing!! Her assistant Malori was right there with her every step of the way as well and I can’t say enough about the both of them!!! Thank you ladies for giving me the road to positively impacting my children’s life and being a good father.
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Posted by John | May 16, 2019
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First time using a lawyer, very impressed!
I had never been to a lawyer before, so this was a new experience with a lot of new lingo. Michele was very Friendly, open, honest and has a sense of humor, which made me feel at ease. She's very professional, but uses terms I understood. Or if I gave her a funny look, she would explain things to me. She would answer all of my questions and never made me feel like I was a bother. If I ever need another lawyer, I will be calling Michelle. I would also like to thank Malori who answered some of my questions when Michelle was in court. I highly recommend these ladies! Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2019
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Divorce
Michelle represented me in a divorce case. I surely enjoyed working with Michelle and her paralegal Malori. This particular case went to trial, which resulted in a positive outcome. Michelle was highly prepared and professional! I loved her sense of humor at times when it was needed! She cares about her clients and it shows through her expertise. I would recommend attorney Michelle to anyone in need of representation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2019
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Divorce Representation
This was a very difficult time in my life Michelle and Malori were supportive prompt and caring. Gentle guidance, compassion and education of the divorce process is what helped me make informed decisions and know my rights as a client. Michelle was full of knowledge and quick to respond to any issues that arose. I was always informed and given options to every situation that came up. I felt confident and prepared the day of my divorce and was glad to have Michelle there to support me. I would highly recommend Michelle and Malori to anyone facing a divorce. Thank you!
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Posted by Shaun | October 3, 2018
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Divorce
Divorce isn't much fun and actually pretty scary. At least for me it was. Michelle and her assistant Malori took care of me from very start. All questions where immediately answered, I was never left in the dark wondering what was going to happen next. She is very eager to help, very knowledgeable, and was always a step ahead which made the process that much easier on me. I definitely recommend Michelle Achterberg, and will return if I ever have a need for a good lawyer in the future.
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Posted by Jason & Candace | June 21, 2018
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Family Law Extraordinaire - Effective and Honest Long Distance Representation
Thank you Achterberg Welch Law Office for providing us with a professional yet empathetic approach to gain the best outcome for our situation. Michelle was excellent in explaining the processes and in representing us in Court. We can’t thank you enough for all your demanding work and advice! It’s been such a blessing to have Michelle and Malori help us through this long-distance custody issue as we live outside the state of Wisconsin. Both of you helped us through this case and really cared about our family. Family law issues are emotionally draining for all involved. Once we Googled your name and reached out to your office, we quickly realized you were the right representation for our needs. We thank you for your honesty, integrity, and reasonable rates. You’ve made an extreme difference in our journey! You have restored our faith in an attorney’s ability to effectively consult and represent our family law needs.
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Posted by Matt | January 25, 2018
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Driven, Smart and a Pleasure to work with...
Well to say my divorce was challenging would be an understatement! I had a lot of medical issues during my divorce and it took a lot of patience to work with me. The thing that stands out to me most about Michelle is her knowledge of the cases. I felt like I was the only case she had. I had been divorced before and had terrible experiences with my lawyer mixing up my case with others and being unprepared at hearings. Michelle studies her cases well, I never felt like I was on the back burner. She is wonderful to work with and I apprecieated her presence in the room vs. feeling like I was a distraction. There was always continuity with her team and great communication on how the case was progressing. I definitely think her fees were reasonable compared to the amount of time and energy she put into my case. She was so easy to work with I almost forgot she was a lawyer... One of a kind!
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Posted by Dan | January 24, 2018
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Very professional, down to earth.
Michelle represented me in my divorce. She did an amazing job of making sure every loose end was tied up and that I was up to speed as far as how things would go. Having never dealt with legal issues, I was completely clueless and Michelle did an excellent job of putting me at ease and making things easy to understand. I would absolutely call her again if I ever have need of a lawyer. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Denise | November 2, 2017
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Professional, genuine and down to earth
I was in a horrible car accident and hired the firm in which Ms. Archterberg was an attorney. Ms. Archterberg was my attorney and we worked very close together for three years. There were days that were very difficult and she was always available to not only hear what I was saying; however, she actually listened to what I had to say or not say. Ms. Achterberg worked with me in a professional, respectful manner; however, also helped me laugh to get through the rough days. Not only did I have an excellent attorney in Ms. Achterberg; I also made a new friend. She was always there for me. There wasn't a question I asked that she thought was trivial or senseless. Ms. Achterberg and I worked well together as after spending so much time together, we grew very close and got to know each other very well. Three years of pain and suffering before the case went to a trial; Ms. Achterberg did not complain or expect too much from me. She prepped me for me trial until I felt ready and never once complained. Thank you Ms. Achterberg for being a genuine, down to earth real person. You made a big difference in my life by just being you. If I had to do it all over again, Ms. Achterberg would be the first attorney I would hire. I have referred her to a friend who was involved in a car accident. If you are looking for an attorney who is real, has compassion and truly cares about you as a person and not just a dollar sign, Ms. Achterberg is your attorney.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Litigation Attorney
  • Guelzow Law Offices
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Attorney/Paralegal
  • Fabian May & Anderson, PLLP
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Paralegal
  • Nichols Kaster, PLLP
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Litigation Paralegal
  • ShopKo Stores Operating Company
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Paralegal
  • Herrling Clark Law Firm
  • 1999 - 2006
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Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Associations

  • Wisconsin Association for Justice
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Justice
  • Officer
  • 2015 - Present
  • Eau Claire County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2013 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • National Business Institute
  • HR Law Seminar
  • 2016
  • Tort Seminar
  • Tort Seminar
  • 2015
  • National Business Institute
  • Evidence
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Family Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Atty. Achterberg-Welch (Michelle) is candid, professional and efficient. Her command of the topics and no-nonsense style is refreshing and greatly appreciated by this solo practitioner. I STRONGLY endorse this lawyer, and look forward to working with her again."

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Eau Claire Employment and labor Lawyer Michelle F. Achterberg
Michelle F. Achterberg
Employment and labor Attorney
Eau Claire, WI
Licensed for 10 years