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Attorney Kathleen Reiley

Milwaukee Wisconsin Divorce & Family Law Attorney

In practice for more than two decades, Attorney Kathleen Reiley devotes her law practice to helping people with family law issues including divorce, premarital agreements, post nuptial agreements, marital property agreements, legal separation, stipulated divorce agreements or uncontested divorce matters, legal child custody and physical placement, paternity, child support and spousal support matters. She is extensively experienced in both trial litigation and a mediation (for divorces, as well as other civil mediation matters). She frequently represents people in post judgment issues such as enforcement of a court order, disputes regarding court orders, judgment modifications, petitions to modify support, and petitions and trials to change legal custody or physical placement. She also represents people in stepparent adoptions and grandparent visitation rights.


J. D., University of Iowa, 1985, with distinction.

Kathleen Reiley attended accelerated courses from May 1983 to August 1985, while maintaining an active case load in a civil litigation clinic for four semesters and prosecuting cases in the Johnson County Attorney's Office for two semesters. She won her first jury trial (two days) while filling the position of assistant county attorney by Supreme Court rule.

Linguistics Department at Iowa, 1982-83

Kathleen Reiley taught English as a Second Language and German during one year of graduate school.

B. A., University of Iowa, Double major, Honors program in Letters (comparative literature) and Russian, graduated with high distinction, 1982.

The honors program permitted the design of one's major. Kathleen Reiley chose English, Russian and German literature of the 19th century. The major required a written thesis and oral defense.


Phi Beta Kappa, junior year (1980-81)
Honors Program, University of Iowa, Undergraduate studies

Bar Admissions:

State of Iowa, 1985
State of Wisconsin, 1986

Professional Experience:

Kathleen Reiley, Attorney at Law, 2001 to present

Attorney Kathleen Reiley will be participating as a Mediator in the Pro Se Mediation Pilot Program in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, beginning September 1, 2018.

Attorney Kathleen Reiley practices law in the state of Wisconsin. She focuses her law practice in the area of family law handling divorce, cohabitation and nontraditional family disputes, custody, placement, support, paternity and marital property issues. Attorney Kathleen Reiley has participated in the Dane County Bar Association Mediation Project since its inception.

Hill, Glowacki, Jaeger, Reiley, Zimmer & Hughes, Associate, then partner. 
1992 - 2001.

Attorney Reiley practiced in the areas of family law, probate, guardianship, residential real estate, and general civil litigation.

Attorney, United States Department of Agriculture, Office of General Counsel, Washington, DC, 1989-1990

Attorney Kathleen Reiley represented the client agencies of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Food Safety Inspection Service litigating regulatory matters.

Guest Lecturer, Viterbo College, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1988

Attorney Kathleen Reiley taught labor relations courses during the spring semester.

Attorney, Davis, Birnbaum, Joanis, Marcou & Colgan, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1988

Attorney Kathleen Reiley represented people in the areas of employment law and general civil matters.

Attorney, Birnbaum & Marcou, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1988

Attorney Kathleen Reiley primarily represented people in the area of employment law.

Attorney, Joanis, Davis, Joanis, Colgan & Reiley, 1986-1987

Attorney Kathleen Reiley represented people in general civil litigation and family law matters, and as a public defender by appointment.

Law Clerk, Johns & Flaherty, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1985-1986

Attorney Kathleen Reiley clerked for the firm of Johns & Flaherty for matters regarding insurance defense, general civil litigation, and employment law.

Professional Organizations:

Member, Dane County Bar Association, 1992 - present
, Milwaukee County Bar Association, May 2016 - present
Member, Society of Family Law Lawyers, 2016 - present
Member, Leander J. Foley Matrimonial American Inns of Court, 2016-present
Member, Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Inc. (CollabDivorce.com), 2014-present
Member, Lawyer Assistance Program, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2001 - present
President, Dane County Bar Association, 2002-2003
President Elect, Dane County Bar Association, 2001-2002
Volunteer, Lawyer Assistance Program, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2001 - present

Member, Office of Lawyer Regulation (formerly BAPR) District 9 investigative committee, 1999 - 2003
Member, La Crosse Bar Association, 1986-1988, grant committee

Courses Taught & Seminars Presented:

Ethics and GAL
The New ABA Ethics Guideline

Attorney Kathleen Reiley regularly shares her experience, knowledge, and research with Attorneys in Wisconsin through the Wisconsin State Bar and other associations such as the Law Association of Women, and local county bar associations such as Chippewa County and Ashland County, and through special panels with the Wisconsin State Bar.

Civil & Community:

Better Business Bureau,
Reiley Law Offices Better Business Bureau Rating A+

Poll worker, City of Lake Mills
2014 - 2016

Poll worker, Village of Fox Point
2016 - Present

Secretary of the Board of Directors, Barrymore Theatre
1992 - 2015

Jail & Bail
March 1983

Schenk-Atwood Revitalization Association (SARA)
1992 - 1998

1992 - 1993

Briarpatch Volunteer Counselor,

Board of Directors, La Crosse Visiting Nurses Association, Inc.,
1985 - 1989

Voters Services Chairperson, La Crosse County league of Women Voters,
1985 - 1989

Headlines about Attorney Kathleen Reiley:

Milwaukee's Best Divorce & Family Law Attorney, 2018
Madison's Best Family Law Attorney, Madison Magazine, January 2001
Madison's Best Family Law Attorney, MadisonMagazine.com, January 2003
Featured Divorce Attorney, Legal Zoom
Dane County Bar Association, Past President
How to Be an Effective Trial Attorney for Victims of Domestic Abuse in Family Law Cases


Certified SCUBA diver
Bicycling touring
Knitter, member of Madison Knitters Guild, 1991 - 2000 (give or take a year)
Pilot, Single engine land, instrument rated
Dog fancier

Most interesting referral source:

Clients' ex-spouses

Frequency of settling amicably:

Most of the time

Trial Litigation:

Yes, when called for

Most rewarding professional association:

State Bar Lawyers Assistance Program

Other Training:

Interdisciplinary Family Law Mediation Training, Family Mediation Center, 30 hours, Spring 2018
Divorce Mediation Training, University of Madison, Continuing Studies, 25 hours, 2016
Certified Hudson Institute Coach for professional coaching of individual and organizational systems, June 2011
Designing and Leading Transformational Workshops, Kripalu, February 2012
Facilitating Transformational Workshops, Kripalu, August 2012

More About Kathleen Reiley

For more information about Kathy Reiley and a list of websites that feature her skills, please visit About Reiley.

Kathleen Reiley, S.C.
7161 North Port Washington Road, Suite B
Milwaukee (Glendale), Wisconsin, 53217

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 170364
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53217

Located in North Milwaukee in the Glendale community.
Attorney Reiley's practice reaches across Milwaukee County and into surrounding Jefferson, Ozaukee, Waukesha, Racine and Kenosha counties.