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Michelle M. Stoeck

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My grandfather was a tremendous influence upon me. He knew I wished to make a positive difference in the lives of others, and he steered me to the legal profession, which he believed presented the greatest opportunity to serve others. He also believed there was a need for integrity and compassion in the legal profession. I wish he were here to see the changes that have come about and how grateful I am that he helped me choose this path. Our clients experience both the best and worst of things that life can bring, and I strive to do the best possible job for every one of my clients, which I believe requires that I truly listen, that I am empathetic to their situations, that I educate them about options and consequences, and that I come up with solutions to resolve difficult matters. Being an advocate is one of the greatest privileges there is, and I am very honored to navigate my clients through trying and important times in their lives.

I started practicing law in 2000, litigating contract and complex tort cases in State and Federal trial and appellate courts. I most enjoyed working with children and families and their legal needs, so in 2009, I opened my own private practice to focus on three areas of the law: family matters (divorce, legal separation, paternity, post-judgment matters and the collaborative process); estate planning (wills, trusts, and incapacitation planning); and business law (business formation, contract creation and litigation of disputes). In March of 2016, I was asked to join Phillips & Gemignani, LLC, and I continue to focus on those three areas.

I was a Burke Scholar at Marquette University, graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in writing-intensive English and in History and was named Marquette University’s College of Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Senior and the Association of Marquette University Women’s Senior Women Ignation Leader. I was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Nu and Sigma Tau Delta Honor Societies. My law degree is from Marquette University Law School, where I was awarded CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Business Law, Elder Law and Juvenile Law. I am a member of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, the Society of Family Lawyers and the Waukesha Bar Association.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children, running and reading, and volunteering. Our oldest daughter was born with hearing loss, and we are fortunate to work with some of the organizations that have helped us along the way. In addition to working with child’s health care and special needs groups, I am active with the Women’s Center, the Christmas Clearing Council, SC Waukesha, the MACC Fund, the City of Waukesha Administrative Appeals Board, and the Waukesha Superintendent Advisory Council. I would be honored to be your attorney.

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