Cordell & Cordell Milwaukee attorney Trisha B. Festerling was selected to the 2013 Wisconsin Rising Stars list for family law attorneys. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Ms. Festerling exclusively practices family law at Cordell & Cordell, the nation’s largest men’s divorce law firm with 76 offices in 27 states, including locations in Milwaukee and Madison. This is Ms. Festerling’s first Super Lawyers award, though the National Association of Professional Women named her one of the 2010 Women of the Year.
Ms. Festerling also received an award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest for successfully assisting in the prosecution and conviction of two Milwaukee drug dealers.
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.
Lawyers are asked to nominate the best attorneys who are 40 years old or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less, and who they have personally observed in action.
Christian, who manages Cordell & Cordell’s Madison and Milwaukee offices, explained that many fathers still face a bias and stigma when they enter a family law courtroom.
It doesn’t help that the vague placement standard – “the best interest of the child” – can vary drastically not only by jurisdiction but also from judge to judge.
Erica Christian on “Outside The Box”:
Cordell & Cordell co-founder Joseph Cordell appeared this morning on “Outside The Box” with Mitch Henck on WIBA 1310 in Madison, Wisconsin, where he discussed fathers’ rights and took questions from callers about how to protect themselves in divorce cases.
Henck brought up the fact that there are more fathers who do not pay child support to which Cordell replied:
“What becomes publicized is that statistic, but since most guys do not get custody that puts most guys in the position to be paying child support. But what isn’t brought up is guys are consistently denied visitation,” Cordell said. “It’s a chronic issue, but it gets no play. Of course being denied the right to see is children is going to impact a guy’s willingness to hand over money when he knows a good portion of child support probably is not going to the children.”
Cordell added: “If a guy is denied his visitation, he has to get a lawyer, spend thousands of dollars, and spend months in court. By contrast, if a mother doesn’t get paid her child support, she can get a garnishment and get the guy in front of a judge on charges of contempt within days.”
Joseph Cordell On “Outside The Box”:
Divorce can be a painful experience, but the effect it can have on children is sometimes forgotten. To bring light to the impact of divorce on a family’s kids, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett have joined together to proclaim next week “Family is Forever – Children and Divorce Awareness Week,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
According to the news source, there are 16,000 divorces in Wisconsin each year, and many of those occur between couples with children. Many of these children are greatly affected by this experience, but the awareness event aims to show Wisconsin families that the impact doesn’t have to cause a lifetime of pain, helplessness or anger.
One of the tenets of the awareness campaign is to promote collaboration and decency during divorces.
“The guiding principle in collaborative practice is that despite divorce, a family can be forever,” states the news source.
While a collaborative divorce may not be right for every family and every scenario, this family law approach first emerged approximately 10 years ago.
According to Business First, collaborative divorces are growing in popularity across the country, including in Kentucky, as families look to end their marriages without going through a public and emotional court case.