Throughout her life, first as a volunteer, volunteer coordinator, and foster parent, and now as an attorney, Kristi has advocated for children in challenging circumstances. Kristi focuses her law practice on providing permanency and educational support to children. She does this as a fair, compassionate, and zealous voice for her clients in special education and expulsion matters, guardianships, guardian ad litem appointments, foster parent and grandparent rights cases, and voluntary CHIPS matters. She also helps families in divorce and paternity matters. She especially enjoys assisting with name changes and gender marker corrections for her transgender clients. For this hard work, she was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2020, 2021, and 2022.
Kristi earned her law degree cum laude 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 in child-related cases. Kristi graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in English.
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Kristi serves on the Board of the Children and the Law Section of the State Bar, an elected position. In 2022-23, she was elected as Chair of the Board and will term off the Board in 2023 after serving for six years.
Kristi is a member of the Dane County Bar Association and a former member of the DCBA Law for the Public Committee. She also served on the Board of the Wisconsin CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association from 2014 to 2018. Prior to and during law school, Kristi volunteered with CASA of Rock County.
Kristi and her husband are proud of their two adult sons and former foster son who are scattered across the United States. She enjoys hiking and exploring state and national parks and has especially loved traveling out West. On the weekends and evenings, she loves curling up with a good book and her two dogs, Gracie and Lola, or binging favorite TV shows.