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Ginger L. Murray

President and Lead Family Law Attorney

Former Family Court Commissioner Ginger Murray, offers nearly 20 years of family law experience to clients. As Commissioner, Ginger presided over divorce and paternity cases in which she decided custody, placement, child support and asset distribution as well as abuse and harassment restraining order/injunction hearings. As legal advocate, Ginger provides competent and compassionate representation for clients with family law matters: adoption, change in custody/placement/support, divorce, grandparent’s rights, guardianship, paternity, surrogacy, and restraining orders/injunctions. Ginger helps many clients with diverse needs, including cordial couples seeking amicable divorces, abused clients needing their rights protected, parents wanting more time with or needing to protect children, parents being falsely accused of abuse and spouses needing to protect business interests, real estate, pension/retirement plans and other assets.

“It’s a great pleasure to help clients obtain a divorce without a battle, when appropriate. In those cases, clients are generally more satisfied with the process as they have more control over the results. However, formal court proceedings are required in some cases, such as those involving alcohol/drug abuse, unequal income, or special concerns for a child. Because I have either presided over or litigated thousands of cases, I am very prepared to be as aggressive as your case demands.”

Areas of Practice:

Whether through collaborative efforts (settlement conferences, mediation or arbitration) or litigation, Ginger Murray has over 20 years of experience in the following family law matters: child abuse restraining orders/injunctions, child support, custody, divorce, domestic abuse restraining orders/injunctions, grandparent’s rights, guardian ad litem, guardianship, legal separation, maintenance, mediation, modification of family orders, paternity, placement, post-judgment disputes, pre nuptials, post nuptials, termination of parental rights, and other related family law disputes.

Representative Cases

  • Borrenson V. Yunto, 713 N.W.2d 656 (Wis.App. 2006)“Published decision which makes it clear that when one parent is found to have intentionally and unreasonably interfered with the other parent’s court ordered placement, the court SHALL require the offending parent to pay the other parents attorney fees/costs and the guardian ad litem’s fees/costs.”

 

Bar Admissions

Supreme Court of the State of Wisconsin (11/20/1996)

United States District Courts:

Eastern District of WI (2/6/1998)

Western District of WI (5/5/2011)

Northern District of IL (7/1/2011)

Professional Associations and Memberships

Wisconsin Inter-Professional Committee on Divorce (Board Member)

State Bar of Wisconsin

Dane County Bar Association

State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section

State Bar of Wisconsin, Children in the Law Committee (Past Chair)

State Bar of Wisconsin, Section Leaders Counsel

James F. Doyle Inns of Court

Legal Association for Women

Fellow of Wisconsin Law Foundation

Martindale Hubbel Rating: AV “Preeminent” Peer Review Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence

AVVO.com Rating 10.0

Education

Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Mississippi, 1995, J.D.

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1992, B.A. Behavioral Science and Law, Honors: Certificate in Criminal Justice

Published Works

Return 17-Year-Olds to Juvenile Court, Wisconsin Lawyer, June 2007

Restraining Orders, Wisconsin Woman, August 2008

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Child Custody and Visitation, National Business Institute, December 2007
  • Basic Divorce 101, 26th Annual Family Law Workshop, State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section, August 2007
  • Moderator for “As Family Court Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Litigating Divorce”, National Business Institute (2015)
  • Family Law Fundamentals, Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference (2012)

Past Employment Positions

Forest County, Circuit Court Commissioner, 1999-2004

Forest County, Family Court Commissioner, 1999-2004

Oneida County, Family Court Commissioner, 2001-2004

City of Crandon, City Attorney, 1999-2004

Murray Law Office, General Practitioner, 1996-2004

Lawton & Cates, SC 2004-2014 (Past President, Chairperson of the Board, and shareholder)

 

Personal and Professional Volunteer Work

State Bar of Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation Investigator: 3rd term

Sun Prairie “Storm” Swim Team Board Member/Secretary

Crandon Lion’s Club: Past President