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Katherine Charlton

Milwaukee Employment Attorney
Milwaukee Family Law Attorney

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Milwaukee Employment Attorney

Katherine L. Charlton (“Kathy”) represents employees from the Milwaukee area and beyond in all aspects of their employment relationship, including negotiating employment agreements, non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants, and severance and separation agreements. She has particular expertise and experience negotiating on behalf of employees in seemingly intractable employment situations. The employers with whom Charlton has negotiated and litigated range from Fortune 500 companies to small closely-held corporations, in nearly every industry.

Milwaukee Family Law Attorney

Charlton also represents people in a wide variety of family law matters, including divorces, collaborative matters, post-divorce modifications of custody, placement, child support and maintenance. She is trained as a mediator in family law and mediates a wide variety of matters. She serves as a mediator for the Family Court in Milwaukee County.

With more than three decades of experience representing individuals in private employment and family law matters, Kathy Charlton brings a broad base of expertise to her practice. She has litigated frequently in state and federal administrative agencies and courts, including the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Most of the matters Charlton handles involve negotiation of complex employment-related agreements and complicated employment and family situations.

Charlton believes contributing to bar associations at the local and state levels is important. She has served in leadership roles for the State Bar of Wisconsin (Chair of the Legal Assistance and Gender Equity Committees; Board Member for the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section), the Milwaukee Bar Association (Chair of the Labor and Employment Section), Legal Action of Wisconsin (Board Member), ACLU of Wisconsin (Board Member), and the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin (Board Member and Southeastern Chapter Chair).

Charlton and Madison office colleague Aaron Halstead are the current Program Co-Chairs of the State Bar’s “Annual Employment Law Update”, a two-day continuing education program for which they select topics, recruit speakers and serve as speakers themselves. Charlton is the author of two employment-law related chapters in the State Bar treatise, Wisconsin Employment Law. She participated in the State Bar’s inaugural Leadership Academy in 2016-2017 and is a Fellow of the Wisconsin Bar Foundation. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern and Western Federal District Courts, and the courts of the State of Wisconsin.

Kathy Charlton has been listed in “Best Lawyers in America” as a Milwaukee employment lawyer each year since 2001, and as a Wisconsin “SuperLawyer” for Milwaukee employment law since 2007. She was honored by the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee in 2016, the Wisconsin Law Journal in 2017, and the Milwaukee Justice Center in 2018 for her public service. She has received numerous awards from state and local organizations, including the ACLU of Wisconsin, Legal Action of Wisconsin, and the Association of Women Lawyers (Milwaukee) for her pro bono work, and the Donald C. O’Melia Award for Public Service from the State Bar of Wisconsin.

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Attorney Charlton earned a Bachelor of Arts while majoring in Political Science at Bryn Mawr College, located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and a Juris Doctorate from the Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont.