Kent A. Tess-Mattner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Brookfield, WI

Schmidt, Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox SC
 | 17100 West North Avenue, Brookfield, WI 53005
Phone: 262-814-0080
Fax: 262-814-0085
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (40%),
  • Appellate (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

Kent A. Tess-Mattner is president of Schmidt, Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox SC located in Brookfield, Wisconsin. His civil litigation practice focuses on matters involving family law, personal injuries, real estate transactions and federal antitrust law at both the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts.

After graduating cum laude with a bachelor's degree from Carroll College, where he was president of the student senate, Mr. Tess-Mattner earned his J.D. from Marquette University Law School. During law school, he served as managing editor for the Marquette Law Review and as a student intern to the chief judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

In recognition of his excellent track record and ethical standards, Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Mr. Tess-Mattner its AV-Preeminent* rating. He was named in the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers in America** and is a past recipient of the Volunteer Lawyers Project Service Award given by Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. Mr. Tess-Mattner is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and before the U.S District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Mr. Tess-Mattner is active in a variety of professional groups, including the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Milwaukee Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Association for Justice, the Leander J. Foley Matrimonial American Inn of Court, the Divorce Cooperation Institute and the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin. He often gives presentations on topics related to his areas of practice and has organized and chaired several continuing legal education seminars for the Civil Litigation Section of the Milwaukee Bar Association. Mr. Tess-Mattner also participates in several community organizations including the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the United Performing Arts Fund and the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

**The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (40%): Divorce

Appellate (30%)

Personal Injury - General (30%)

Focus Areas



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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2018

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About Kent Tess-Mattner

Admitted: 1980, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage:


  • Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association for pro bono legal services, Volunteer Lawyers Project Service Award, Legal Action of Wisconsin, 1985
  • Selected by my peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Family Law and Appellate Law every year since and including 2011 , Best Lawyers in America
  • Board of Attorneys Professional Responsibility (now Office of Lawyer Regulation) District Committee, Supreme Court of Wisconsin, Appointed by State Bar President to Milwaukee County District Responsibility Committee to investigate ethics complaints about lawyers; investigated several complaints and prepared reports to BAPR, voted on disciplinary recommendations, 1987-1989    
  • "Milwaukee Advocates" Television Program, Trial Lawyer for Mock Trial Televised on PBS Channel 10., 1985
  • Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America: biography included in second edition
  • Who's Who in American Law: biography included in fifth and sixth editions
  • Who's Who in Practicing Attorneys: biography included in 1990 edition
  • Elected first year representative to Student Bar Association, Marquette University Law School
  • E. Harold Hallows Fellowship, Marquette University Law School
  • Thomas More Scholar (five awards), Marquette University Law School
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Marquette University Law School
  • Dean's Award, Marquette University Law School
  • Member (through writing competition), Marquette University Law School, 1978-1979
  • Managing Editor, Marquette Law Review, Marquette University Law School, 1979-1980
  • Top 10% with Law Review credit, top 25% without, Marquette University Law School
  • President, Student Senate (junior and senior years), Carroll College
  • Zach Davies Award (highest cumulative grade point average in religion courses), Carroll College
  • Delta Sigma Nu (honorary scholastic society), Carroll College
  • Dean's List, Carroll College
  • Rated 10.0 out of 10.0 by this independent service which rates practicing attorneys., AVVO Top Rated 10.0 out of 10.0,
  • AV Preeminent Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell--the highest rating available in legal ability and professional ethics.  Have held this rating for over 20 years., AV Preeminent Rated Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President, Society of Family Lawyers, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1980
  • Wisconsin, 1980
  • Past President, Treasurer and Secretary, Society of Family Lawyers, 2004 - 2013
  • Associate Member, Co-Chaired  Realtor/Attorney Group, Wisconsin Realtors Association, 1995 to 2013
  • Member, Cooperative Divorce Institute, Inc., 2005 to present
  • Member, Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, 2002 to present
  • Member, Litigation Section, American Bar Association, 1982 to present
  • Member, American Association for Justice, 1982 to present
  • Member, Milwaukee Bar Association, 1983 to present
  • Member, Jury Instruction Committee, Wisconsin Association for Justice, 1993 to present
  • Master Member, Leander J. Foley, Jr. Matrimonial Chapter of American Inns of Court, 2004 to present
  • Member, Civil Litigation Section and Family Law Section, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Member, Litigation Section, Family Law Section, Appellate Practice Section, State Bar of Wisconsin, 1980 - present
  • Leander J. Foley Matrimonial American Inn of Court
  • Media contact person, News Organization Briefing Service, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Past Member, Appellate Bench and Bar Committee, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Past Member, Long Range Planning Committee, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Member of Campaign, Milwaukee Bar Association, 2000
  • Member, Speaker's Bureau and Family Law Section, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Past Co-Chair of Litigation Section Milwaukee Bar Association, 1994 - 1996
  • Past Co-Chair of Litigation Section Milwaukee Bar Association, 1983 - 1989

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Past President, Board of Directors, currrent Director, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chaired Personnel Committee, 1999 to 2010, 2011 to present
  • Past Secretary, Member Executive Committee, Chaired By-laws Committee, Civic Music Association
  • Back on Board, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, 2011
  • Current Board Member, Past President of the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, Inc., since 1999 - 2010
  • Former Board President, Waukesha Area Symphonic Band, Director, chaired Development Committee, By-laws Committee, 1998 - 2004
  • Director, Civic Music Association, 1999 - 2001
  • Member Group Director, United Performing Arts Fund
  • Ordained Ruling Elder, West Granville Presbyterian Church
  • Board Member, Concord Chamber Orchestra
  • Board Member, Wisconsin Education Innovations (formerly Sally Ride Academy)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Author of article in Vol. 3, No. 3 MBA Messenger:  "Real Estate Brokers Relieved of Liability in Leaky Basement Cases When a Qualified Home Inspector Inspects the Property Before Closing", October, 1994
  • Speaker to Schools, Churches, and other Community Organizations, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Organized and Chaired Continuing Legal Education seminars for the Litigation Section, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • The Law of Damages in Wisconsin:  Co-Author of "Additur and Remittitur" chapter, including regular updates, in multi-volume reference book first published in 1988 by State Bar of Wisconsin (ATS-CLE)
  • "Attorneys Fees in Social Security Cases," Legal Action of Wisconsin/Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 3, 1985
  • "Wisconsin’s New Residential Real Estate Forms," Schmidt, Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox, S.C. (in-house accredited presentation), Brookfield, Wisconsin, July 14, 1999
  • "Best Form of Doing Business," Business Network International, West Allis, Wisconsin, June 20, 2000
  • "Retirement Plans & Divorce," Business Network International, West Allis, Wisconsin, July 25, 2000
  • "Alternate Dispute Resolution," Business Network International, West Allis, Wisconsin, February 12, 2002
  • "Covenants Not to Compete – How Enforceable Are They?" HNI Financial, Inc., Brookfield, Wisconsin, July 17, 2002
  • "Covenants Not to Compete In Employment Contracts," Business Network International, West Allis, Wisconsin, August 20, 2002
  • "Anatomy of an Automobile Accident Case," Business Network International, West Allis, Wisconsin, February 24, 2004
  • "Litigating Common Claims in Real Estate Transactions in Wisconsin," Lorman Education Services, Brookfield, Wisconsin, December, 7, 2004
  • "Dr. Chen vs. Dr. Warner: You Decide," Business Network International, West Allis, Wisconsin, February 8, 2005
  • "Advanced Shirking: In re the Marriage of Chen and Warner – Observation from Supreme Court Oral Arguments," Society of Family Lawyers, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 16, 2005
  • "Defending Claims Arising Out of Real Estate Transactions," Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin, Kohler, Wisconsin, April 7, 2005
  • "Child Placement in Wisconsin," Business Network International, West Allis, Wisconsin, August 1, 2006
  • "Anatomy of a Civil Lawsuit in Wisconsin," Business Network International, West Allis, Wisconsin, August 1, 2006
  • "Real Estate Litigation in Wisconsin," Lorman Educational Services, Brookfield, Wisconsin, October 18, 2006
  • "Real Estate Litigation in Wisconsin," Lorman Educational Services, Madison, Wisconsin., November 14, 2006
  • "How to Make Evidence Run More Smoothly", Leander J. Foley, Jr., Matrimonial Inns of Court, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 6, 2007
  • "Mediation in Wisconsin Civil Cases," Business Network International, West Allis, Wisconsin, June 12, 2007
  • "Reasons to Hire an Attorney in an Auto Accident Case, or Advanced Tort Law for Non-lawyers," Business Network International, West Allis, Wisconsin. November 6, 2007
  • Speaker, Student Commencement, Carroll College, 1975
  • Case Note:  62 Marq. Law Rev. 306 (1978)( review of Rixman v. Somerset Public Schools, 83 Wis. 2d 571, 266 N.W.2d 326 (1978) and its impact on subrogation in insurance law)
  • Author of "Confusion in the Court," 63 Marq. Law Rev. 643 (1980)(cited as "Worth Reading" in National Law Journal, july 27, 1981).

Educational Background:

  • Marquette Law School, 1980
  • Carroll College (now Carroll University), Waukesha, WI., B.A., Double majors in Philosophy and Religion, Minor in English, writing Emphasis, cum laude, 1975
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Office Location for Kent A. Tess-Mattner

17100 West North Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53005

Phone: 262-814-0080

Fax: 262-814-0085

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