Christopher has practiced law for over 24 years and exclusively in family law for over 20 years. He is greatly respected throughout the state and have received numerous awards and recognitions for his work in family law. His practice areas include divorce, legal separation, annulment, child custody and placement, child support,alimony/maintenance, same-sex divorces, marital property agreements and grandparent visitation rights.
As Christopher’s client, you will have an advocate who will zealously represent you in court while also recognizing the value of staying out of court whenever possible. His approach to the practice of law is to not necessarily be aggressive for the sake of being aggressive, but to be assertive, strategic, and smart in how to best achieve his client’s objectives.
A unique aspect of Christopher’s relationship with his clients is that he recognizes that his role as an attorney is to not simply tell the client what he or she wants to hear, but what he or she needs to hear. He takes his role not only as a legal advocate seriously but also as a counselor of law which often requires legal advice and recommendations that can save the client from unnecessary legal fees and unfavorable outcomes. He is an attorney who will have a frank and honest discussion with his clients about the advantages and disadvantages of the client’s case. The client will always have control over the substantive decisions in his or her case and Christopher makes sure that those decisions are informed decisions. When the client’s decision is to litigate in Court, Christopher is a strong, experienced, and respected voice in the courtroom.
Christopher is one of only eight attorneys in Dane County and one of 27 attorneys in the state who is a Fellow of the esteemed American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). The AAML was founded in 1962, by highly regarded domestic relations attorneys ‘To provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law. The Academy Fellows are highly skilled negotiators and litigators who represent individuals in all facets of family law. To be represented by a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is to be represented by a leading practitioner in the field of family law. The AAML Fellows across the United States are generally recognized by judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity. Academy Fellows enjoy a reputation for professionalism, competence and integrity. In order to be invited as a Fellow, the candidate must meet rigorous professional standards including recommendations from fellow attorneys and judges, and pass a state and national exam on only family law legal issues.
In addition to being recognized for his skills as an attorney for his clients, Christopher is one of the few attorneys also recognized for his exemplary contributions to the legal profession. In 2018, Christopher was inducted as a Fellow with the Wisconsin Law Foundation. The Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation is an honorary program, which recognizes members of the profession in Wisconsin who are known by their peers for high achievements in their profession and outstanding contributions for the advancement and improvement of the administration of justice in the State of Wisconsin. Christopher was also honored by his peers as a Leader in the Law which is a distinction afforded to only a select group of attorneys in the state by the Wisconsin Law Journal.
Speeches & Presentations
Over 100 presentations to a variety of audiences including lawyers, judges, physicians, social workers, teachers, students, community based organizations, government agencies and the general public. Topics have included high net worth divorces, complex child custody disputes, psychological profiles of parents in child custody evaluations, child support for the self-employed or business owner, the enforceability of marital property agreements, alimony/maintenance with high net income parties; the unique legal issues in same-sex divorces, grandparent visitation rights, and resolving high conflict divorces. A few recent seminars in which Christopher has presented include:
- Understanding the New Relocation Statute, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Madison, October 18, 2019
- Family Law Update: Relocation Statute, State Bar Webcast, Madison, April 15, 2019
- Grandparent and Third-Party Visitation Rights, Wisconsin Judicial Education Seminar, Neenah, March 14, 2019
- The New Relocation Statute: When a Parent Wishes to Move Away, Milwaukee Bar Association, Milwaukee, February 25, 2019
- Staying Current on New Laws Regarding Child Support and Relocation of a Child, Wisconsin Judicial Education Seminar, Lake Geneva, November 1, 2018
- Gathering and Analyzing Financial Information in Divorce, National Business Institute, April 10, 2018
- Today’s Diversity and Inclusion Programs: Successes, Ethical Issues and Challenges, State Bar of Wisconsin, December 11, 2017
- Divorce Law: Handling Relocation Issues, National Business Institute National Teleconference, July 5, 2016
- “Divorce” for Unmarried Partners, State Bar of Wisconsin Webcast, May 2016
- Grandparent Visitation Rights, State Bar of Wisconsin Webcast, May 2016
- Case Law Update: Family Law, State Bar of Wisconsin Webcast, May 2016
- Wisconsin Child Support & Enforcement Conference, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, October 23, 2015
- Divorce 101: The Basics, Morgan Stanley, Inc., Middleton, Wisconsin, October 13, 2015
- Surviving Michels: Can Third-party Visitation Be Resurrected?, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, October 2019
- The Art of Splitting Up: Best Practices for High-Net-Worth Couples Who Want to Separate Amicably, In Business Greater Madison, October 2019
- Dissecting the New Family Relocation Statute, Wisconsin Lawyer, State Bar of Wisconsin, July 2018, Vol. 91, No. 7
- Imminent Demise: Register for Domestic Partnership Status Before It Ends on April, Inside Track, State Bar of Wisconsin, February 2018
- Following Alaska’s Lead: A Wisconsin Pet Custody Statute, Wisconsin Lawyer, State Bar of Wisconsin, April 2017
- “New Social Security Law Regarding “File and Suspend” Will Not Adversely Impact Right of Divorced Spouses,” Family Law Blog, March 2016
- “De Facto Marriage”: Cohabitation Claims in Wisconsin, Inside Track, State Bar of Wisconsin, Vol. 7 No. 18, September 2015
- The Wolf v. Walker Decision, Wisconsin State Bar Association Website, June 2013
- Business Owners in Divorce, Wisconsin Lawyer (June 2008)
- Owners of Closely-Held Businesses in Divorce, The Business Journal (November 2007)
- Since 2014 Best Lawyers in America in the area of Family Law
- 2017 & 2018 Lawyers of Distinction
- 2015 Leader in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal
- 2015 Top 10 Attorneys for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
- 2006, 2007 & 2010 Rising Star designation with Law and Politics magazine
- 2005, 2007 & 2009 Volunteer Attorney of the Year from AIDS Network
- 2007 Executive Director’s Volunteer of Year Award from AIDS Network
- 2006 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Dane County Bar Association
- Admission into the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
- Fellow – Fellows of Wisconsin Law Foundation
- Member of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin