Paisley Hoffman

Top rated Family Law attorney in Madison, Wisconsin

Nicholson Goetz & Otis, S.C.
Paisley Hoffman
Nicholson Goetz & Otis, S.C.

Practice Areas: Family Law, Criminal Defense; view more

Licensed in Wisconsin since: 2018

Education: University of Wisconsin Law School

Selected to Rising Stars: 2020 - 2023

Nicholson Goetz & Otis, S.C.

22 East Mifflin Street
Suite 90
Madison, WI 53703 Visit website


Paisley Hoffman is the Senior Associate Attorney with Nicholson Goetz & Otis, S.C.  She is a certified Collaborative Divorce Lawyer and represents clients in a variety of practice areas, including: 

  • Criminal defense
  • Divorce
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Paternity
  • Post-judgment custody and placement disputes
  • Child in need of protection or services (CHIPS)
  • Delinquency
  • Injunctions

In addition, she is regularly asked by multiple judges to serve as Guardian ad Litem, where she represents the best interest of children in Dane and surrounding counties. Judges trust her judgment in family cases and know she will always be a strong advocate for the best interest of children. 

She is a compassionate advisor and strong legal advocate in court who understand that the court process can be confusing. She takes time to understand her client’s concerns and fully explain the legal process to them. She appreciates this opportunity to help her clients through some of the most difficult times of their lives. 

Prior to earning her J.D., she simultaneously worked for the Wisconsin Innocence Project—reviewing serious criminal convictions for errors—while obtaining a Master of Social Work with a concentration in mental health. This background serves her well in all areas of her practice. In criminal matters, it helps her make sense of the interpersonal relationships as well as the potential rehabilitative needs of her clients. It also helps her find creative resolutions to the legal issues facing her clients.

In family law, she makes good use of her understanding of children’s developmental needs and family dynamics. She has had particular success pursuing the rights of fathers in family court. Generally, family court matters settle short of trial, but when she has gone to trial, her clients have received significantly more placement than they had before trial.

Her ability to use her social work background and family law experience to help her clients reach their goals extends to her work in delinquency cases, where she works to keep her clients in their community.

She has had tremendous success representing individuals in child abuse cases, particularly advocating for infants to remain with their parents after suffering significant injuries. She advocates for her clients with the social worker, GAL, and judge, using her understanding of the science and the laws in child abuse pediatrics to convince prosecutors that they will not be able to successfully prosecute such cases. When she is involved during the pre-charge phase, the majority of her clients have not been criminally charged.

In one of the fastest turnaround times from law school to recognition, she was named as one of Super Lawyers’ Wisconsin Rising Stars in 2020. Since January of 2022, she has served as part-time faculty for the paralegal program at Madison College. 

Practice areas

Family Law, Criminal Defense

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Child Support, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Law, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Father's Rights, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Law, Marital Property, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Paternity

  • 70% Family Law
  • 30% Criminal Defense

First Admitted: 2018, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage:

  • Awarded for providing exemplary pro bono service and contributing over 50 hours of pro bono legal work., Pro Bono Award of Distinction, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2017
  • For private bar attorney who assisted most with accepting juvenile public defender appointments. , Private Bar Award, State Public Defender - Dane County Trial Office, 2022

Office location for Paisley Hoffman

22 East Mifflin Street
Suite 90
Madison, WI 53703

Phone: 608-597-6733


4 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2020 - 2023

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