Long before law school, Kristi advocated for children and families both in the court system and in the community. She advocated for abused and neglected children as a volunteer and as a foster parent. Her work as a volunteer coordinator for homeless families with children gave her insight into the challenges faced by families in Dane County in finding basic resources and gave her a profound respect for parents working to meet their children’s needs in the midst of chaos. She seeks to be a fair, compassionate, and zealous voice for her clients. For this hard work, she was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2020 and 2021.
Kristi earned her law degree cum laude in 2014 from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. During law school, Kristi was the Student Director of the Hamline Child Advocacy Clinic, serving as a student attorney in St. Paul and Minneapolis on a variety of child-related cases. Kristi graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in English in 1992.
Community And Professional Activities
Kristi serves on the Board of the Children and the Law Section of the State Bar, an elected position. She also served on the Board of the Wisconsin CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) from 2014 to 2018. Prior to and during law school, Kristi volunteered with CASA of Rock County, advocating for eight children over five years and now appreciates working with the Wisconsin CASA in supporting programs throughout the state. She is a member of the Dane County Bar Association and a former member of the DCBA Law for the Public Committee.
In 2016, Kristi was accepted into Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society. In order to be accepted into the Honor Society, she had to provide at least 50 hours of qualifying pro bono (free) legal services to benefit people of limited means.
Kristi and her husband are proud of their two adult sons and their former foster son who remains part of their lives. She enjoys hiking and exploring state and national parks and has especially loved traveling out west to Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota. On the weekends and evenings, she loves curling up with a good book and her two dogs, Bernie and Gracie.