Trisha Festerling

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Milwaukee, WI

Sterling Law Offices, S.C.
 | 250 E Wisconsin Ave, 18th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-209-4452
Fax: 414-255-2214
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Trisha Festerling is an attorney at Sterling Law Offices, S.C., which has nine office locations across Wisconsin. Working out of the firm's Milwaukee location, Ms. Festerling serves families across the region who are dealing with complex and emotional legal issues involving divorce, child custody and support, visitation, alimony, property division, and more.

Personable and responsive, Ms. Festerling works closely with all she serves to help them through their difficult times with the utmost respect and integrity. Trained in mediation and collaborative law, she strives to help her clients resolve their conflicts and reach agreements without the need for expensive, protracted litigation; however, she will not hesitate to advocate on behalf of her clients' rights and best interests in court when necessary.

A 2001 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, Ms. Festerling attended Regent University School of Law, obtaining her Juris Doctor in 2007. That same year, the State Bar of Wisconsin admitted her to practice, and Ms. Festerling began her legal career focusing on corporate law.

Not fully satisfied with working in this legal area, and having had her first child while attending law school, Ms. Festerling decided to shift her focus to family law, where she could provide more of a positive impact on the lives of those in her community. Her approachable demeanor and compassion allow her to put her clients at ease as she strives to help them achieve the most favorable outcomes possible for their situations, and she has received many positive reviews and referrals from satisfied clients.

In addition, Ms. Festerling has earned top ratings and honors from various peer review sources, and she is widely regarded as an emerging leader in her field.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Paternity, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Paternity, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law


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Rising Stars: 2013 - 2018

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About Trisha Festerling

Admitted: 2007, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage:


  • Rising Star Award Winner, Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Governors
  • 1991 Program – Young Lawyers into the 90’s – CTLA Tahoe Convention, Moderator
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association, Board Member, 1998 – 1999
  • San Francisco American Inn of Court, Member, 1989
  • CTLA to the AAJ Liaison Committee, Chair, 1992
  • American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Member, Editorial Board of The Brief, 1989 – 1990
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, 2007
  • AAJ State Support Committee, Member, 1989 – 1990
  • AAJ, Member, Key Person Committee, 1992 – Present
  • ABA, Product, General Liability and Consumer Law Division of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Vice Chairperson, 1987
  • Barristers Club of San Francisco, President, 1989 – 1990
  • Minorities in the Profession Committee of the ABA Young Lawyers Division, Member, Executive Committee
  • Balmoral Capital Corporation, Board of Directors, 1995
  • AAJ, Chairperson, Law Student Committee, 1987 – 1988
  • California Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Barristers Club of San Francisco, Chair, Nominating Committee – Board of Directors, 1990
  • TLPJ Foundation, Membership Committee, 1997 – 1998
  • At-Large of the AAJ Amicus Curiae Committee, Member, 1986 – 1987
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Member, Board of Governors
  • BASF on Judicial Evaluation Committee, Chair, Member of Committee
  • CAOC Diversity in Law Committee, Member and Secretary, 1998
  • AAJ, Member, Historical Committee, 1988 – 1989
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member, Judicial Review Committee, 1989
  • California Trial Lawyers Association, San Francisco Board, Member, Recognition of Experienced Program Committee
  • Professor Thomas F. Lambert, Jr. Chair, Member
  • AAJ Membership Committee, Member
  • AAJ Public Relations Committee, Member, 1992 – 1993
  • Syllabus Editor, California Trial Lawyers l987 Midwinter Convention at Lake Tahoe
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Insurance Practice Section, Vice-Chairperson
  • AAJ, Member, NCA Foundation Board Committee, 1992 – 1993
  • San Francisco Barrister Law Journal, Managing Editor, 1988
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Legal Frontiers and Issues on Appeal for the Annual CTLA Convention 1990, Chair/Moderator, 1990
  • Expert Witness Certificate Program at Cal State Long Beach, Advisory Board Member, 1997
  • AAJ, Chairperson, Young Lawyer Recruitment Committee, 1987
  • San Francisco Lawyers Club , Member
  • AAJ California Project Committee, Member, 1990 – 1991
  • Diversity of Law Foundation, Member, Board of Directors, 1998
  • PAC-Drive Participant, 1989
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Governors
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Delegation to the State Bar of California Conference of Delegates, Member, Executive Committee
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Member, 1985 – Present
  • AAJ Products Liability Advisory Committee, Member, 1989 – 1990
  • TIPS Committee on Membership, Chair-Elect, 1992 – 1993
  • Barrister Law Journal, a Publication of the Barristers Club of San Francisco, Immediate Past Editor-in-Chief/Current Editor
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Products Liability and Consumer Law Committee of the Tort, Vice-Chairperson
  • AAJ, Member, Joint Membership Development Committee
  • ABA, Professional Independence and Responsibility of the Lawyer Division of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Vice Chairperson, 1987
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, President, 2001 – 2002
  • The State Bar of California for the Bar Association of San Francisco, Chair of the Subcommittee on Evidence for the Conference of Delegates, 1990
  • AAJ Civil Justice Foundation, Trustee, 1995 – 1996
  • 1987 AAJ Annual Convention, Co-Chairperson
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • AAJ Ambassadors Committee, Member, 1990 – 1991
  • World Affairs Council of Northern California, Member, 1998
  • PAC-Drive Participant, 1987 – 1988

Educational Background:

  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Bachelor of Science, Major: Political Science, Honors: With Honors, Honors: Magna Cum Laude, 2001
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Office Location for Trisha Festerling

250 E Wisconsin Ave
18th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: 414-209-4452

Fax: 414-255-2214

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Last Updated: 12/5/2018

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