Catherine A. La Fleur

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Milwaukee, WI

La Fleur Law Office, S.C.
 | 313 N Plankinton Ave, Suite 429
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone: 414-930-5399
Fax: 414-918-4635
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2019
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (30%),
  • Family Law (30%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%),
  • Appellate (10%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Catherine A. La Fleur is the founder and owner of the La Fleur Law Office, S.C., in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Certified as Civil Trial Attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and certified as a collaborative divorce lawyer, Ms. Fleur is a highly versatile attorney who represents the rights and interests of a diverse range of clients across her region who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·        Family law and divorce

·        Family court mediation

·        Civil litigation

·        Insurance coverage disputes

·        Guardianships

·        Alternative dispute resolution

·        Criminal defense

·        Landlord-tenant law

·        Appeals

Ms. Fleur also serves as a guardian ad litem for contentious child custody and placement cases, as well as an appointed court commissioner. She has earned a reputation for her effective mediation skills, and she has achieved notable success helping her clients resolve their conflicts and reach agreements without ever having to step foot inside the courtroom.

Recognized for her impeccable professionalism and outstanding legal service, Ms. Fleur holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and she has received consistent recognition from her peers as being among the top attorneys in her area. She also received an induction into the Wisconsin Law Foundation, and she has earned "Superb" client ratings on Avvo.

Ms. Fleur obtained her Juris Doctor in 1988 from Marquette University Law School, and she has served on the school's adjunct legal faculty since 2001, where she facilitates classes involving pretrial practice, depositions and trial advocacy. She also completed her mediation training at Harvard Law School in 2001.

Ms. Fleur is a member of the Wisconsin Association of Mediators and the Association for Women Lawyers, and she routinely volunteers with the Milwaukee Bar Association and Legal Action of Wisconsin. She has served on the Special Preliminary Review Committee for the Office of Lawyer Regulation, as well as a bar examiner with the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners. She has also served on several committees of the Milwaukee Bar Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin, as well as the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Civil Litigation (30%)

Family Law (30%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Professional Liability (10%): Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Insurance Coverage (10%): Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance Defense

Appellate (10%): Appeals

Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%): Arbitration, Mediation

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance Defense, Appeals, Arbitration, Mediation

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2019

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Catherine La Fleur

Admitted: 1988, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: http://www.lafleurlawfirm.com/2016/01/catherine-la-fleur/

Honors/Awards:

  • Invited as a member for work done in promoting volunteerism in the law., Fellows Foundation, American Bar Association, 2019
  • Inducted into Wisconsin Law Foundation

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Collaborative Family Law Council of WI (Collaborative Divorce Lawyer)
  • Member, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), 2017
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy (Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist)
  • AV Rated (Martindale Hubbell), 2012
  • WBENC (Woman Owned Business)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, BNI-Elm Grove Chapter
  • Member, Association of Women Lawyers
  • I am a member of the Trial Pac Committee for the National Association of Minority and Woman-owned law firms., 2019
  • Member, Wisconsin Association of Mediators
  • Executive, Marketing Committee, Milwaukee Chapter, Women’s Golf Association 
  • Member, Public Education Committee, Collaborative Family Council of Wisconsin
  • I was elected to the Board of the Milwaukee Bar Association., 2018
  • Board member - Fellows Foundation of the Wisconsin Bar Association, 2016
  • I am a decades-long member of the Milwaukee and Wisconsin Bar fee arbitration panels. I have served volunteer positions for the Office of Lawyer Regulation for over 8 years and am currently appointed to a panel by Justice Roggensack to study the Office of Lawyer Regulation at the Wisconsin Supreme Court's direction. I am in my 16th year of teaching as an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School.
  • I have long been active in donating my time to the State Bar of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Bar Association, serving on CLE committees, fee arbitration committees, as an elected member of the State Bar Board of Governors and as an elected member to the Wisconsin Judicial Council.  I also was the Chair of the Litigation Board for the State Bar of Wisconsin., 1995

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Volunteer, Legal Action of Wisconsin
  • Elected president elect of the Association of Marquette University Women., 2019
  • Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners
  • Volunteer, Special Preliminary Review Committee, Office of Lawyer Regulation 
  • Elected to the Board of the Fellows Foundation of the State Bar of Wisconsin., 2016
  • From my graduation from law school in 1988 until the present, I have been a volunteer for the Volunteer Lawyer's Project for Legal Action of Wisconsin.  I was a board member of the nonprofit, Journey House, for 17 years.  I am completing my 5th year as a board member for the Marquette University National Alumni Association Board and am immediate past president. I am in my 3rd year as VP of Administration for Professional Dimensions. I recently completed a two year term as board member for Starting Point, a drug and alcohol abuse prevention non-profit.  I am a board member of the Fellows Foundation of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
  • Became president of the Marquette University High School Mother's Guild., 2019
  • Volunteer at the Milwaukee Justice Center, 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • I have presented legal seminars on ethics, litigation, alternative dispute resolution and fee arbitration for The State Bar of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Association for Justice (formerly WATL), Civil Trial Council of Wisconsin, The Milwaukee Bar Association, The Association of Women Lawyers, Lorman and Marquette University Law School., Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Super Lawyer
  • Assistant adjunct professor of law at MULS- She teaches in the areas of pretrial practice, depositions, and trial advocacy, 2001

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • We defended an elderly woman in an abuse of process case. Her nephew/niece and their attorneys sought a verdict in excess of $1,000,000. We obtained a defense verdict., 2018
  • We tried a dog bite case and received a verdict that resulted in a settlement with the insurance company of $311,000., 2018
  • The Wisconsin Law Journal recognized one of my verdicts that year as one of the top 25 defense verdicts in the state., 2000

Transactions:

  • We are opening a second office location in Sussex WI on August 1st., 2019

Representative Clients:

  • Many of my clients are individuals.  Other clients include WEPCO and Ace Hardware.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Martindale Hubbell AV rated, 2012

Educational Background:

  • I graduated from Marquette University Law School in 1988.  I took the Harvard Law School's course on alternative dispute resolution under its Program of Instruction for Lawyers in 2001., 1988
  • Mediation training at Harvard Law School, 2001
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Office Location for Catherine A. La Fleur

313 N Plankinton Ave
Suite 429
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Phone: 414-930-5399

Fax: 414-918-4635

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Last Updated: 10/19/2019

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