For my divorce, I first hired a lawyer from a large Appleton law firm which markets itself as essentially the best in the fox valley. However, after never receiving return calls or emails from that lawyer, I fired her. I thereafter met with Nic and hired him the same day. In stark contrast to my first lawyer, Nic was always prompt in returning calls and emails, and just generally keeping me apprised of events. I found Nic to be a down-to-earth person who focuses on pragmatically solving problems. Some background: my marriage was 20-plus years in length; I work in a the financial industry; my income varies, but I have consistently netted six-figures, annually, for the last nine years; my ex-wife, aside from the first year or so of our marriage, did not work throughout our marriage; and my youngest child (of two) was in his senior year of high school. My divorce, like most, was highly stressful and emotionally draining. During the divorce case, it seemed that my ex-wife was not the person I knew at all and that she became hyper-focused on receiving more of our assets than me and, as well, receiving money from me in the form of alimony. She didn't want to work or make any effort to re-enter the workforce; rather, she wished to continue her jobless and leisured lifestyle. Granted, she was a great stay-at-home mother when our children were growing-up; however, both of our children were adults, with one attending college and the other about to do the same. Quite simply, she just had no desire to seek any form of employment – part-time or otherwise. On top of the division of assets and retirement accounts that amounted to substantial amounts to be allocated to her, she requested that I pay her alimony for roughly $5,000 per month on an indefinite basis. Her level of greed, quite frankly, was stunning. Often, during the divorce, I would find myself incensed at my ex-wife's conduct and become extremely reactionary to my emotions. In turn, this often would cause me to get ahold of Nic and ask that he do this and do that in my case. Nic would always respond with solid advice. If my requests were clearly attributable to emotion and had no basis in logic or strategy, he would give me his opinion to such end and calm me down. Unlike most lawyers who are quick to turn a profit by exploiting the emotional charge that often attaches to people in divorce cases, Nic would advise me that we should preserve resources and keep our eyes on the goal and relentlessly adhere to strategy based in logic. In other words, he had a “win the war” -- and not a win every battle -- approach. He was very honest in that regard and it made me realize that he took serious my best interests (even if I did not recognize my own best interests at the time) versus opportunistically benefiting from the circumstances by increasing his billable hours against me. I have no doubt that my fees would have been double, if not treble, in amount had Nic not reined me in on several instances during my emotionally charged episodes. In the end, Nic was able to secure a great outcome for me. I have learned that nobody truly “wins” in a divorce (financially or otherwise), but rather that a divorce is more about accepting the hard-and-fast confines of Wisconsin family law and aiming for an favorable result within those confines. That is exactly what Nic accomplished for me. Among other things, he rightly convinced the judge to impute income to my ex-wife (who has a bachelors in accounting). While I must pay alimony, it is substantially lower than what she sought. Nic really prepared for the final hearing. He was much better equipped than my wife’s attorney and simply put-forth both a better presentation and case. As far as my favorable outcome, I credit entirely Nic’s hard work and commitment to me as his client. I have little doubt that it would have been unpleasantly different had I hired anyone other than Nic. I recommend him to anyone in need of a phenomenal divorce lawyer.