Ashley J. Richter

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Madison, WI

Richter & Phillips LLP
121 S. Pinckney Street, Suite 525
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-390-3081
Fax: 608-390-3556
Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas: Family Law (70%), Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%), Estate Planning & Probate (10%), Professional Liability: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

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 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 "Supberb" rating.

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

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


4 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2018 - 2021

About Ashley J. Richter

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

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Guardian ad Litem for minor children in family actions, training and additional ethics credits maintained to accept cases since 2013, 2017
  • Trained in Collaborative Divorce Practice by Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin , 2013

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • 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


  • 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

Pro bono/Community Service

  • High School Mock Trial, problem writer and judge (2011-Present)  , 2020
  • Dane County Case Mediation Program, volunteer mediator (2013-Present), 2020
  • Family Law Assistance Center, volunteer for free legal information clinic (2010-Present), 2020
  • McFarland Chamber of Commerce (2015-Present), 2020
  • National High School Mock Trial, problem writer, 2014

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
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Office Location for Ashley J. Richter

121 S. Pinckney Street
Suite 525
Madison, WI 53703

Phone: 608-390-3081

Fax: 608-390-3556

Last Updated: 6/17/2021

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