Max T. Stephenson

Top rated Family Law attorney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP
Max T. Stephenson
Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Wisconsin since: 2013

Education: Marquette University Law School

Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2023

Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP

330 East Kilbourn Avenue
Suite 1170
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Visit website


Max T. Stephenson is a family law attorney and partner at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mr. Stephenson represents clients throughout the Milwaukee area in matters involving divorce, guardianships, paternity, post-judgment disputes and other issues. 

Mr. Stephenson has been involved in many significant family law cases and has earned a reputation for his legal contributions to the LGBTQ+ community. His work has earned him a place on the “Ones to Watch” list by Best Lawyers. Additionally, in 2017, the Wisconsin Law Journal included him on its “Up and Coming Lawyer” list. 

Outside of his law practice, Mr. Stephenson stays involved in the Wisconsin legal community as an active member and former president of the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association. He also belongs to the Milwaukee Bar Association, the Waukesha County Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and he has spoken at conferences and seminars. 

In prior years, Mr. Stephenson participated in the Leander J. Foley Matrimonial American Inn of Court and sat on the board of the Leander J. Foley, Jr. Society of Family Lawyers. He continues to volunteer his time as a mentor with the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Leaders program and serving as a mock trial coach for the National Moot Court Competition team at Marquette University Law School.

After graduating from Marquette University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree, Mr. Stephenson earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School in 2013. He was a member of the Pro Bono Honor Society and chief justice of the Moot Court Association. Following law school, he passed the Wisconsin bar examination and received his license to practice law before all Wisconsin state courts.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Father's Rights, Marital Property, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 2013, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage:

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2018 - 2020
  • , Best Law Firm-Family Law , Shepherd Express , 2022
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch" for Family Law, Named one of the "Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch" for Family Law, Best Lawyers, 2020
  • Marquette Alumni Spotlight, June 2017
  • Thomas More Law Scholar
  • Milwaukee, WI — The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based trial and litigation law firm, Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown (GRGB), is proud to announce that Attorney Max T. Stephenson has been honored as one of Wisconsin’s Up and Coming Lawyers for 2017. The award, which will be presented on the evening of September 19, 2017, at the Harley Davidson Museum, recognizes attorneys in the State of Wisconsin who are on the fast track in their law career and represent a strong character in both the practice of law as well as community involvement. “The GRGB family of lawyers is proud of the well-deserved recognition that our young family law Associate, Max Stephenson, will receive tonight,” states Founding Partner, Franklyn Gimbel. “Max exemplifies our firm’s mission statement of delivering legal services that put our clients in a better position than when they arrived at our offices,” Gimbel adds. Stephenson is an Associate at GRGB in the family law department and current President-Elect of the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, Up & Coming Lawyers, WI Law Journal, 2017
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presenter, Marquette University Career Awareness Night
  • U.S. Supreme Court, LGBTQ Discrimination, and Title VII Protections, State Bar of Wisconsin, Appellate Practice Section Blog
  • “General Updates in Family Law”, Keynote Speaker, Paralegal Association Of WI, 2017
  • Speaker at LGBTQ+ Healthy Families/Healthy Communities Conference, Panelist, Legal Q & A, LGBTQ+, 2020
  • The LGBT Business Equality Summit, Speaker, "Pre-Nups, Post-Nups, Divorce - What Do You Need to Know for Yourself and Your Business", 2018
Educational Background:
  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, B.S. - 2010
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member, 2013 - Present
  • Waukesha County Bar Association, Member
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
  • Leander J. Foley Society of Family Lawyers, Board member, 2020
  • Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, President, 2018
  • Wisconsin, 2013
  • President, Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, President Elect, 2017
  • The Leander J. Foley, Jr. Matrimonial American Inn of Court, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, Secretary
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Member, 2013 - Present
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Has successfully tried divorce cases and post-judgment matters ranging in custody issues to financial situations in complex LGBT cases and other, 2017
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Chair, Champions of Hope Gala, American Cancer Society, 2023
  • Mentor, Emerging Leaders LGBT Chamber of Wisconsin Program, 2018
  • Leander J. Foley Society of Family Lawyers, Board member, 2020, 2021

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

“Excellent all around attorney with great knowledge of the law and compassion for his clients.”

“Hardworking and tenacious. Eager to learn and assist.”

Office location for Max T. Stephenson

330 East Kilbourn Avenue
Suite 1170
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: 414-877-8106


6 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2018 - 2023

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