Super LawyersTwo Cordell & Cordell Wisconsin divorce attorneys were recently named Rising Stars in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers.

Madison divorce attorney Erica Gittings received the award for the fifth consecutive year while Milwaukee divorce lawyer Chelsea Williamson earned the distinction for the first time.

Ms. Gittings, who received her juris doctor from the University of Wisconsin, has previously been named one of the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys Top 10 Under 40. She is a member of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Bar Association, including the Family Law Section. She has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School with the trial advocacy program.

Ms. Williamson, who obtained her juris doctor from the Marquette University Law School, has received several previous awards and distinctions including being named to the National Trial Lawyers, the Lead Counsel Rated in Divorce and Family Law, the Waukesha County Bar Association Rookie of the Year, and the State Bar of Wisconsin Leadership Development Summit. She is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Local Bar Leaders Division, the Waukesha County Bar Association, the Juvenile Law Section, the Young Lawyers Section, the Family Law Section, and the Junior League of Milwaukee.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have obtained a high degree of peer recognition and professional development.

The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

For the Rising Stars List, lawyers are asked to nominate the best attorneys who are age 40 or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. They are instructed to nominate lawyers they have personally observed in action – whether as opposing counsel or through other firsthand courtroom observation.

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