Ashley J. Richter

Top rated Family Law attorney in Madison, Wisconsin

Richter & Phillips LLP
Ashley J. Richter
Richter & Phillips LLP

Practice Areas: Family Law, Civil Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate; view more

Licensed in Wisconsin since: 2010

Education: University of Wisconsin Law School

Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2023

Richter & Phillips LLP

121 S. Pinckney Street
Suite 525
Madison, WI 53703 Visit website


An attorney at Richter & Phillips LLP, Ashley J. Richter represents clients in Madison, Wisconsin, and the surrounding areas. She handles family law cases of legal separation and divorce, collaborative divorce, child support, maintenance, property division, child placement and custody disputes, grandparent visitation, paternity actions, unmarried couples, prenuptial and postnuptial marital property agreements and adoption and surrogacy matters.

Ms. Richter also handles certain administrative and professional licensing matters. These include licensing application issues and professional misconduct and ethics defense.  In addition, she also handles powers of attorney, wills and trusts, and probate administration and litigation. Her personal injury focus includes motor vehicle accidents, animal bites, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, and wrongful death claims.

She attended the University of Minnesota, where she graduated summa cum laude, with high distinction, with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. At the University of Wisconsin Law School, she earned a Juris Doctor and focused on family law, graduating cum laude.  Ms. Richter is an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School teaching adoption law and policy.

Ms. Richter is on the board with the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, volunteers with the Dane County Family Law Assistance Center, is a former president of the Legal Association for Women and is intricately involved with the Dane County Bar Association, The James E. Doyle American Inn of Court and the Dane County Bar Association Case Mediation Program Committee. Since 2010, she has assisted in writing and judging the mock trial competitions for high schools.  She has an Avvo "Superb" rating.

Practice areas

Family Law, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Estate Planning & Probate, Professional Liability: Defense

Focus areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Estate Planning, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Living Wills, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Paternity, Power of Attorney, Prenuptial Agreements, Probate & Estate Administration, Professional Malpractice - Other, Same Sex Family Law, Trusts, Wills

  • 70% Family Law
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10% Professional Liability: Defense

First Admitted: 2010, Wisconsin

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Educational Background:
  • University of Minnesota, Bachelor’s degree, sociology, summa cum laude with high distinction
  • University of Wisconsin Law School Juris Doctor, Cum Laude University of Minnesota-Twin Cities  Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude with high distinction
  • Award granted to High School Mock Trial Case Writer's Committee, Volunteer of the Year, State Bar of Wisconsin Public Education Committee, 2019
  • honors for graduating students with a cumulative GPA of 3.35 or higher, Dean's Academic Achievement Award, University of Wisconsin Law School
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • James E. Doyle Inns of Court (2010-Present), 2020
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (2010-Present): Family Law Section, Young Lawyers Division, Solo and Small Firm Section, 2020
  • Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Board Member 2018-Presnt, member 2012-present, 2020
  • Divorce Cooperation Institute, Secretary (2017-Present), 2020
  • Dane County Bar Association (2010-Present), Case Mediation Program Committee , 2020
  • Legal Association for Women, past President, 2012
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice (member 2012-2017), 2017
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Dane County Case Mediation Program, volunteer mediator (2013-Present), 2022
  • McFarland Chamber of Commerce (2015-Present), 2022
  • High School Mock Trial, problem writer and judge (2011-Present)  , 2021
  • Family Law Assistance Center, volunteer for free legal information clinic (2010-Present), 2020
  • National High School Mock Trial, problem writer, 2014
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Guardian ad Litem for minor children in family actions, training and additional ethics credits maintained to accept cases since 2013, 2023
  • Family Law Mediator Training, 2022
  • Trained in Collaborative Divorce Practice by Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin , 2023
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Teaching the Adoption Law & Policy course for second and third year law students at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Adjunct Faculty , Adoption Law & Policy, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2023
  • Present ethical quagmires, rules and best practices for guardians ad litem in family court, Presenter, Guardian ad Litem Training: Ethical Considerations for the GAL, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2019
  • for 2020 Guardian ad Litem Training , Presenter, Preparing for Trial, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2020
  • Client Interviews & Divorce Process Tools, Presenter, Handling a Basic Divorce, State Bar Of Wisconsin, 2018
  • Presentation on how to present and exclude evidence in family law matters, including practical considerations., Presenter, Presenting and Excluding Evidence, Volunteer Lawyer's Project Training, Legal Action Of Wisconsin, 2015
  • Licensing Issues and the Legal Process for Physicians , Lecturer, University Of Wisconsin Medical School, 2015

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Strong advocate. Creative approach to resolutions. Well prepared.”

Office location for Ashley J. Richter

121 S. Pinckney Street
Suite 525
Madison, WI 53703

Phone: 608-390-3081


6 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2018 - 2023

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