Madison Family Law Attorney
Madison Family Law Attorney
In one form or another, Marsha Mansfield has championed equal access to justice throughout her legal career. Over 18 years of private practice, she built a reputation representing consumers and family court litigants. Since 2007, Marsha has directed the Economic Justice Institute at the University of Wisconsin Law School, which houses the Law School’s civil legal clinical programs.
Marsha joined Hawks Quindel in 2015 in an “of counsel” capacity after a long career as a family lawyer and clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where Marsha currently supervises students in a family law clinic. Marsha works closely with other attorneys to expand Hawks Quindel’s family law practice, bringing to the firm her many years of experience in all aspects of family law. She co-counsels cases with other family lawyers and provides assistance in all aspects of family law representation.
Despite her busy career as a clinical professor, member of Wisconsin’s Access to Justice Commission, and position with Hawks Quindel, Marsha still finds time to run, bike and cook – which is her favorite form of procrastination.
Marsha practiced law with Lawton & Cates, S.C. in Madison, for over 18 years, primarily in the areas of civil litigation and family law. She advocated for a variety of plaintiffs, from farmers whose cattle had been affected by stray voltage, to injured employees and their families. She has represented clients in family law matters, including serving as a Guardian ad Litem for children in divorces. Since 2002 she has been on the clinical faculty of the University of Wisconsin Law School, having graduated from the U.W. in 1984.
Marsha has been teaching law students since she joined the Law School faculty in 2002 and she currently supervises students in the Family Court Clinic. She also teaches Professional Responsibilities at the Law School and served for three terms on the District 9 Committee of the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation. Marsha is a member of the statewide Access to Justice Commission and serves on its executive board. She has been active in the State Bar of Wisconsin as a member of the Legal Assistance Committee and Board of Governors, including its Executive Committee, as well as with the Dane County Bar Association, where she has chaired the Delivery of Legal Services Committee and served as Dane County Bar President. She served as a board member of both the Domestic Abuse Intervention Service and UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence and currently serves on the board of the Violence Against Women Advisory Committee. She has spoken at State Bar CLE seminars related to ethics and family law and trained attorneys for Legal Action’s Volunteer Lawyer’s Project.
Marsha helped create the U.W. Law School’s Pro Bono Project and is a member of its steering committee. She is co-author of law review and State Bar articles on a variety of topics related to family law and access to justice.
Marsha has worked closely with state and local organizations on advocacy issues for victims of domestic violence, and was honored by the Women’s Law Association with the Margo Melli Award in 2009. She has actively promoted pro bono in Dane County and across the state, for which she received the State Bar of Wisconsin’s, Gordon Sinykin Award of Excellence (2006). She received the University of Wisconsin Law School’s Clinical Teacher of the Year Award in 2010. In 2005, Madison Magazine included Marsha in its Madison’s Best Lawyers honors while the Wisconsin Law Journal named her one of Wisconsin’s best Women in the Law.
After Marsha earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977, she taught children with learning disabilities for four years. In 1981, she returned to school at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she completed her J.D. degree in 1984.