Notable Women in Law: Maria Kreiter

Shareholder, Godfrey & Kahn S.C.

  • Category: Notable Women in Law
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 16
  • Undergrad degree/university: Geology/ University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Law degree/university: JD/ Marquette University Law School

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 fact, helping people was what drew her to a career in litigation.

“The sometimes years-long preparation of taking a case to trial does not feel like hard work when you are invested in seeing a win for your client,” she said.

According to Nic Wahl, managing partner at Godfrey & Kahn, Kreiter has achieved many notable wins for her clients throughout her career, including a seven-figure award after a former employee breached non-solicit and confidentiality agreements that included punitive damages- which are almost unheard of in corporate cases.

“Maria’s ability to advocate extends well beyond the courtroom,” said Wahl. “At work, she advocates for young associates, ensuring they get the mentoring she found invaluable when she started her career. She believes that no one should feel alone in the practice of law and strives to always be a listening ear.”

Outside the office, she serves as the board president for the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families – the lead nonprofit in Wisconsin that supports foster and adoptive families. She used the coalition’s resources when she adopted her four children so it was a natural transition for her to give back.

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