Patricia L. Grove

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Milwaukee, WI

Halling & Cayo, S.C.
 | 320 East Buffalo Street, Suite 700
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-271-3400
Fax: 414-271-3841
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Focused exclusively on helping families navigate divorce and other legal matters, Patricia L. Grove is an attorney at Halling & Cayo, S.C. She represents people in Waukesha and the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, areas in cases involving property division, maintenance, child support and child custody.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1971, Ms. Grove went on to receive a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis in 1972. She later attended The University of Tulsa College of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctor in 1981. In law school, she served as editor of the school’s law journal and participated in moot court competitions.

Today, Ms. Grove is regarded as a compassionate attorney who develops customized strategies to reach solutions. She recognizes that litigation sometimes adds to the stress a family is experiencing. Therefore, she looks to alternatives such as mediation or collaborative processes, in order to resolve disputes without going to the courtroom. Ms. Grove reviews a client’s circumstances and resources, taking those factors into account when developing a plan to reach the client’s goals.

For her successes, Ms. Grove holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; she has an Avvo “Superb” rating; and Milwaukee Magazine named her as one of Milwaukee’s top family law attorneys.

As a published author, Ms. Grove is devoted to connecting with peers and clients through her involvement in the legal community. She is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Inc., the American Bar Association and the Milwaukee Bar Association.

* 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

Family Law (90%): Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce

Appellate (10%)

Focus Areas

Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce


Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2017 - 2019

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About Patricia Grove

Admitted: 1981, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage:


  • I have been selected by the ASLA as one of the Top 100 Family Lawyers in the State of Wisconsin for 2018., The American Society of Legal Advocates, 2018
  • Recipient of the 1981 Rogers Inn Graduate of the Year Award
  • AV Martindale Hubbell Rating
  • Selected by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA) in 2018 as one of the best attorneys in Wisconsin for client satisfaction in the practice area of family law., AIOFLA, 2018
  • Super Lawyers, 2006
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Selected as co-chair of the family law section of the Milwaukee Bar Association for the 2018-2019 year., MBA, 2018
  • AVVO client favorite, 2016
  • One of Milwaukee’s Top Family Law Attorneys, Milwaukee Magazine

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Master Degree in Social Work

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
  • I am on the 2019 Programming Committee for the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, in charge of the annual programs for collaborative law practicing lawyers., 2019
  • I am the 2019 co-chair of the Family Law Section of the Milwaukee Bar Association, in charge of monthly programming for lawyers., 2019
  • I have been chosen to be  a speaker at the State Bar of Wisconsin Family Law Section annual meeting on the topic of “Beginners Track 2019 to handling family law cases” to be presented August 2, 2019 in Door Co., 2019
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Inc., Member
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1982
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Member
  • Society of Family Attorneys, Member
  • Co-Chair, Family Law Section of the Milwaukee Bar Association, 2016
  • Wisconsi, 1981
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member
  • I did two CLE seminars for the MBA:  One on Family Law 101 for new lawyers and one on Building Your Law Practice.  , 2017

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • University Lake School - volunteer, 2000
  • I am a volunteer at the Wauwatosa Woman’s Club, a philanthropic organization benefitting  the community and providing scholarships for high school students.
  • NLRS (Non-Profit Legal Referral Services, Inc.) Board Member and pro bono lawyer representing indigent clients, additionally I am President of NLRS East (covering the Milwaukee Co. area serving the public)., 2019
  • I am on the 2018 Annual Planning Committee for the annual seminar for CFLCS (Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin).  Also I am a member of the committee to elect Commissioner Laura Lau to the bench in 2018. , 2018
  • I  volunteered for the Wauwatosa Woman’s Club for their charitable fundraisers 2017 and 2018.    Also I was selected as Superlawyer for 2017., 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Appellate Practice and Procedure in Wisconsin State Bar of Wisconsin, 1986
  • The Use of Paralegal Assistants in Divorce Practice American Journal of Family Law, Spring, 1990
  • Moving the Residence of a Minor Child: The Impact of Wisconsin Statute 767.327, The Milwaukee Lawyer Vol. 22, No. 3, 1989
  • The Billion Dollar Benzine Blunder - Tulsa Law Journal
  • An Attorney's Duty to Cooperate with the OLR published in the MBA Messenger
  • Co-Author of Appellate Practice and Procedure in Wisconsin, 1986


  • Sucessfully resolved numerous divorce cases and have received praise from higher authorites such as Judges and family court commissioners. 


  • I have successfully negotiated numerous settlements with a success rate of 92%

Representative Clients:

  • Testimonial from Client's: Genuinely, thank you for your concern and all of your kindness and help through everything. You're an amazing and very talented person.   ~Nicholas I want to sincerely thank you for guiding me through a difficult process, especially since you had to "pick up the ball" in the middle of the game. You really filled me with a great confidence which I never really had with my previous attorney. You handled what could have become a really difficult and tense situation with grace, humor, and steadfastness. I was entirely comfortable with the outcome, as I think both Ellen and I received a fair settlement - OK, maybe I was a bit too generous, but I just wanted the process to conclude with some civility and dignity. You helped keep me focused on the bigger picture. Will probably take some time to process the events of the last year and the divorce, but I can tell you that I already feel like a burden has been lifted. Again, I am so grateful for your role in this. I wish you a very happy and successful New Year.   ~  Paul    
  • I successfully represented clients for over a period of 35 years and have received the Avvo award from client's.  

Educational Background:

  • Washington University, M.S.W., 1972
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 1971
Office Location for Patricia L. Grove

320 East Buffalo Street
Suite 700
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: 414-271-3400

Fax: 414-271-3841

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Last Updated: 6/19/2019

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