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Highly Respected Milwaukee Family Law Attorney

Kate Neugent has spent her entire legal career in family law, utilizing her strong work ethic and honest approach to protect the interests of her clients and their families. Kate represents clients in all areas of family law, including but not limited to divorce, paternity, third-party visitation, prenuptial agreements, guardian ad litem work, mediation, and arbitration.

Kate’s approach begins with an honest discussion of the client’s goals, the potential options, and outcomes and what clients can expect from her as their lawyer. Family law is often emotionally driven and highly contentious. If strong emotions arise, Kate is highly skilled at addressing her client’s immediate needs while helping them stay focused and move forward towards their established goals

Kate is respected among her peers in the legal community for her professionalism. Her clients appreciate her compassion, understanding and respectful treatment, and have ranked her as a top attorney in the area of client satisfaction.

A proud graduate of Marquette University Law School, Kate is one of the most notable family law attorneys in Milwaukee. She is also a trained collaborative practitioner and a certified mediator. Additionally, Kate has been included in the list of Wisconsin’s Rising Stars since 2009.

PHILOSOPHY

“In family law, it is important to choose your battles wisely, and not let emotions and contention dictate your actions. A good attorney is not one who litigates all issues, but the right issues.”

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  • Honors and Awards
    • Wisconsin's "Rising Stars" in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009
    • AIOFLA 10 Best Under 40 in 2017, 2016, 2015
    • America’s Most Honored Professionals, 2015
    • Wisconsin’s Outstanding Young Lawyers, Family Law, 2011
  • Memberships and Leadership Positions

    State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section, Member

    Milwaukee Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member

    Committee Member, Consulting Committee for the Milwaukee County Safe Exchange and Visitation Committee, June of 2013 to present

    Collaborative Family Law Counselof Wisconsin, Member

    Society of Family Lawyers

    • Secretary (2018-2019)

    Milwaukee Family Law Clinic

    • Volunteer Attorney
    • Mediator
    • Volunteer Facilitator/Community Member
    • Milwaukee County Supervised Visitation Facility, Legal Sub-Committee Member

    Leander J. Foley Matrimonial Chapter of the American Inns of Court, Member

    National Association of Counsel for Children, Member

    Association of Women Lawyers, Member

    National Association of Professional Women

    Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member

    Washington County Bar Association, Member

  • Specialized Training
    • Trained as Collaborative Practitioner
    • Completion of Certified Mediator Training with Zena Zumeta
    • Completion of Guardian ad Litem Training
    • Family and Children's Court Certified
    • Served as Guardian ad Litem in several hundred cases involving: Divorce, Paternity, and Child Abuse.
  • Speeches and Presentations
    • "Family Law: Hot Topics from Experienced GALs," Milwaukee Bar Association Family Law Section, Presenter, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 2017.
    • "Hearing Children's Voices in Family Court," Judicial Education Family Law Seminar, Presenter, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, March 2017.
    • "Basic Divorce," delivered at the 2016 Volunteer Lawyers Project, November 10, 2016.
    • "Wisconsin Divorce Kit," delivered at the 2015 Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, October 2015.
    • "Evidentiary Issues Concerning Medical Records from the Perspective of Parents and the Children," delivered to the Legal Action of Wisconsin's Volunteer Lawyers Project, Pewaukee, Wisconsin, November 2008.
  • Publications
    • “Family Court: Chapter 3” in the State Bar of Wisconsin Guardian ad Litem Handbook, 2018.
    • Article: "Enhanced Earning Capacity: Is the Haugan Decision Functionally Obsolete?" 28 Wisconsin Journal of Family Law 2 (April 2008).
    • Article: "Is the Haugan Decision Functionally Obsolete?" 22 Wisconsin Law Journal 7 (Feb. 18, 2008).
    • Supplement on Wisconsin Prenuptial Law, published in Drafting Prenuptial Agreements (Wolters Kluwer, 2014-2016)
  • Education

    Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    • Juris Doctor Degree
    • Public Interest Law Society, Fellowship Recipient 2004
    • Marquette Mediation Competition, Winner 2004
    • Student Bar Association, 3L Class Representative

    University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    • Bachelor of Social Welfare
    • Graduated Magna Cum Laude

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