Madison Divorce Attorney Adam Onkels | Cordell & Cordell

Adam Onkels

Litigation Attorney

Madison divorce attorney Adam OnkelsMadison divorce attorney Adam Onkels enjoys practicing family law because it provides him with the opportunity to affect most directly the quality of life of his clients.

“In family practice, attorneys address highly personal issues that affect their clients’ daily living,” Mr. Onkels said. “I appreciate that the result of my work has a positive, appreciable impact on a given client’s day-to-day life.”

Further, he Mr. Onkels possesses a strong sense of empathy and is particularly well adapted to a field of law that has a strong emotional element.

“I had the opportunity to experience familial separation as I grew up, so I have seen how divorce can affect all members of a family,” he said.

Mr. Onkels views the attorney-client relationship as a partnership. He works together with his clients to achieve the best possible outcome in a given situation. He understands how essential it is for his clients to be fully informed of the status of their case at all times.

“I strive to counsel my clients as to the full menu of options available to them at every juncture in our work together,” he said. “I value preparedness, which really begins with the first meeting with a client. I end every contact with a client by reviewing an action list that includes tasks for both of us.”

Licenses & Admissions

Mr. Onkels is licensed to practice in Wisconsin. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.


Mr. Onkels received his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Mr. Onkels practiced family law, criminal defense, municipal prosecution, civil litigation (contract, small claims, landlord/tenant, and injunctions/orders of protection), guardianships (minor and adult), and Children in Need of Protection or Services.


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Green County Bar Association


​"He has been amazing. He has been helpful. I really have appreciated his support staff; I believe her name is Jennifer. And getting follow up calls like this. Also the newsletter. I haven't been able to utilize it but it's great information to have for clients.​"