Michael Edwards

Michael Edwards

Brazil & Benske, LLC
  • Family Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence
  • Wisconsin
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Biography

Michael A. Edwards was born in Milwaukee, WI. Michael attended the Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated in 2014 after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law, Politics & Society and Rhetoric & Communication Studies. Michael graduated from Drake with University Honors.

Michael graduated from Marquette University Law School in 2017 with a Certificate in Sports Law as well as Pro Bono Honors for volunteering nearly 400 hours of his time to pro bono legal services.

Currently, Michael assists clients with family law issues in Fond du Lac and surrounding counties.

While in school, Michael held various internship positions including positions with a sole practitioner, a bankruptcy firm, Bronx County Civil Court of New York, the Milwaukee Justice Center, Milwaukee County Circuit Court – Family Division, Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee and compliance for Marquette University Athletics.

Over the years Michael has also been of service to his community having worked with the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Meals from the Heartland, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Easter Seals and United Way.

Practice Areas
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Divorce
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Wisconsin
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Associate Attorney
Brazil & Benske, LLC
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Senior Associate Attorney
Sterling Law Offices, S.C.
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Associate Attorney
Zacherl, O'Malley & Endejan, S.C.
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Education
Marquette University Law School
J.D. (2017) | Law
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Honors: National Sports Law Institute Certificate recipient; Pro Bono Honor Society (400 hours of pro bono work)
Activities: Intellectual Property Law Society; Entertainment Law Society; Jewish Law Student's Association; Sports Law Society; Student Animal Legal Defense Fund; Student Bar Association; Sports Law Review (staff editor)
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Drake University
B.A. (2014) | Law, Politics & Society; Rhetoric & Communication Studies
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Honors: 2013 Drake University Dean's List; 2013 Order of the Lamp Scholarship Award; Recipient of 4 academic scholarships, Drake University Honors Distinction.
Activities: Pi Kappa Phi fraternity (founding father); Delta Theta Phi (pre-law); Order of Omega Greek Honor Society; Drake University Hillel
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Awards
Top Attorney Rating
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Lead Counsel Rated
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Lead Counsel Rated in Family Law and Divorce
2018 Avvo Client's Choice Award
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Professional Associations
Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association
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The Leander J. Foley, Jr., Society of Family Lawyers
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Fond du Lac County Bar Association
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The Divorce Cooperation Institute
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State Bar of Wisconsin  # 1098942
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Milwaukee Bar Association
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The Young Professionals of Fond du Lac
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Publications
Certifications
Certificate in Sports Law
Marquette University School of Law - National Sports Law Institute
Websites & Blogs
Website
Brazil & Benske, LLC
Legal Answers
27 Questions Answered
Q. I am searching for guidance and possible representation regarding my current child support situation.
A: If you are a aware that father is living with a convicted felon, you are certainly justified to be concerned about your kids being in that environment. Revisiting placement could be an option for you depending on what the current orders are set at. For child support, I would need some additional information to determine whether a review would be worth doing.
Q. how can I initiate a paternity action as the father. The child is in Jackson county, I live in Trempealeau county
A: You can file the paternity action either in Jackson County or Trempealeau County. I would think that the better option in this case though would be to file in Jackson County since the I assume the child is living with the other parent in that county.
Q. can I get child support for my son who lives with me full time if there is not a court order yet in place?
A: If you want to receive child support, you would need a court order in place to be able to enforce it. In most cases, child support will follow a placement order so you will probably want to request an order for primary placement and then request the court to calculate child support for that as well. Going by the standard percentage calculation in Wisconsin, child support would be calculated using 17% of the payer's gross monthly income.
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Contact & Map
Brazil & Benske, LLC
3821 S. Howell Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Telephone: (414) 744-2757
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 12 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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