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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 matters, and paternity actions. She is trained as a mediator in family law and mediates a wide variety of matters. In her capacity as the General Counsel for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, Inc., she litigates fair housing cases in state and federal administrative agencies and state and federal courts.

With more than three decades of experience in private employment and family law matters, Kathy Charlton brings a broad base of expertise to her practice. She has litigated and resolved matters in administrative agencies, and state and federal courts, including the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Charlton 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. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern and Western 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 is a Fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation, and was honored by the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee in 2016 and the Wisconsin Law Journal in 2017 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.