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Notable Women in Law

BizTimes Milwaukee is proud to present the inaugural showcase of Notable Women in Law spotlighting accomplished professionals throughout the region. The leaders profiled in the following pages were nominated by their peers at work and in the community and showcase the diversity of talent in our market. The leadership shown by the individuals profiled here is setting an example to shape a better future for our region.

METHODOLOGY: The honorees did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from nomination materials. This list features only individuals for whom nominations were submitted and accepted after a review by our editorial team. To qualify for the list, nominees must be based in southeast Wisconsin. They must be currently serving in a senior level role at their firm, must hold a leadership position in their industry outside of their own organization, have made a significant contribution to advancing workplace equality at their own workplace or beyond, and act as a role model or mentor.

Maria Kreiter

Notable Women in Law: Maria Kreiter

Maria Kreiter, a shareholder at Milwaukee-based Godfrey & Kahn S.C., has dedicated both her professional career and her community involvement to those in need. In...
Patricia Falb

Notable Women in Law: Patricia Falb

For more than three decades, Patricia Falb, a shareholder at Milwaukee-based Godfrey & Kahn S.C., has been a trusted advisor to many privately-held companies,...
Danielle Machata

Notable Women in Law: Danielle Machata

As a senior partner in Milwaukee-based Godfrey & Kahn’s M&A team and leader of its Private Equity practice group, Danielle Machata has a passion...
Jean Ansay

Notable Women in Law: Jean Ansay

Jean Ansay has 43 years of experience as an attorney, serving the last 15 at the Milwaukee-based law firm O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong &...
Kimberly Hurtado

Notable Women in Law: Kimberly Hurtado

Kimberly Hurtado, managing shareholder of Hurtado Zimmerman S.C. in Wauwatosa, started her firm 22 years ago with a commitment and passion for helping her...
Maureen O’Leary

Notable Women in Law: Maureen O’Leary

Maureen O'Leary is the president and owner of Willms-O'Leary, S.C., a business, trusts, estates, and tax law firm in Thiensville. O’Leary received her law degree...
Carol Wessels

Notable Women in Law: Carol Wessels

Carol Wessels has more than three decades of experience in the legal industry. As senior partner and owner of Mequon-based Wessels & Liebau LLC,...
R. Jan Pirozzolo-Mellowes

Notable Women in Law: R. Jan Pirozzolo-Mellowes

Jan Pirozzolo-Mellowes is deeply invested in being a positive change-maker in the Milwaukee community. She is a partner in the intellectual property practice at...

Notable Women in Law: Smitha Chintamaneni

Smitha Chintamaneni, a shareholder at Milwaukee-based von Briesen & Roper, s.c., grew up in Milwaukee and returned home after receiving her undergraduate and law...

Notable Women in Law: Jessica Liebau

Jessica Liebau, partner at Mequon-based Wessels & Liebau LLC is a trained elder law mediator and an experienced litigator. She has spent more than...

Notable Women in Law: Michelle Hockers

Michelle Hockers served as an associate at Milwaukee-based Murphy & Prachthauser, S.C. for just five years before being named partner this past June. Hockers graduated...

Notable Women in Law: Kelly Dancy

Kelly Dancy joined Milwaukee-based Walny Legal Group LLC eight years ago, soon after the firm was founded. She was named partner in February 2019...

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