Colin A. Drayton

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Colin A. Drayton represents clients in a wide range of family law matters, including traditional divorce litigation and post-judgment modifications of maintenance and child support orders prenuptial agreements, and post-nuptial agreements. Colin has experience with family-law appellate cases, including drafting briefs in family court matters to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and a petition for review to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Colin enjoys working with clients to understand his or her particular and unique legal needs, and tailoring a strategy toward achieving their goals. This includes doing a cost-benefit analysis to help clients make informed decisions.

Prior to joining Burbach & Stansbury, Colin clerked for Judge G. Michael Halfenger at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School cum laude. During law school, he gained valuable experience interning at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Office of Legal Counsel and interning at the Wisconsin Supreme Court for then-Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. While in law school, he also served as an Articles Editor for the Wisconsin Law Review.

​Membership & Leadership Positions

  • State Bar of Wisconsin Family Law Section, Member
  • Society of Family Lawyers, Member
  • Association of Family Conciliation Courts, Member, Wisconsin Chapter, Member
  • Waukesha Bar Association, Member


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
    • Juris Doctor
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Awards for highest performance: Constitutional Law Seminar; Labor Law
    • Honors: Elder Law and Estate Planning Society
  • Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin
    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: History with honors

Published Works

  • “Crime Doesn’t Pay: The Impact of Criminal Acts During Divorce”, 36 Wisconsin Journal of Family Law 89 (November 2019)
  • “Increasing the Likelihood of Enforcing a Prenup,” 33 American Journal of Family Law 221 (Spring 2019)
  • Carlton D. Stansbury and Colin A. Drayton, Wisconsin: Prenuptial Law published in Drafting Prenuptial Agreements, Skoloff, Singer, Jr. and Brown (Wolters Kluwer 1994; supp 2018).
  • An Overview of “Parental Separation of Overnight Care of Young Children”, prepared for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Wisconsin Chapter, 2017 Annual Education Event, Milwaukee, March 2017.

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Divorce
  • Property Division
  • Paternity
  • Alimony
  • Prenuptial Agreements