- Child Custody
- Spousal Support
About Joanna Fraczek
(also known as Joanna Gibelev)
Attorney Joanna Fraczek sees her role as family lawyer as a public servant and specializes is divorce, child custody, and spousal support.
Joanna’s entire career has been in public service which has served her as a boot camp on empathy, effective communication skills, and taking creative approaches to individual problems. She interned at the Milwaukee Public Defender’s Office, worked as a paralegal at the Milwaukee City Attorney’s Office and then became certified to practice law in the State of Wisconsin in 2013.
Joanna cannot overstate the importance of having the right attorney on your side. After migrating here from Poland, Joanna experienced divorce firsthand with all of her immediate family members still across the ocean. It was her tight group of friends and legal professional that carried her through this time.
Joanna believes that providing a reasonable dialog, constructive approach, and emotional balance are pivotal to helping her clients receive the best possible assistance. She strives to carry her clients through this process in a swift manner with no unnecessary delay or waste of resources.
When Joanna can truly relate to a problem, it is easy for her to do her best work with passion and dedication. As stated by Joanna, “When I needed help the most, someone was there to guide me and now it is my job and mission to give back.”
In her free time, Joanna gives back to the Milwaukee community by actively participating as a member of several professional organizations and local Polish heritage groups. “It consumes a lot of time and energy, but in return, brings me immense personal and professional satisfaction when I see the fruits of that effort,” said Joanna.
Joanna’s path to family law was not a linear one. After graduating from the University of Maria Curie-Skłodowska in Lublin, Poland, she immigrated to the United States and was not able to practice. While in the paralegal role at the Milwaukee City Attorney’s Office where she practiced for another 6 years, Joanna wrote a petition to the State Bar Examiners to allow her to take the bar exam where she estimated her chances for a positive response were ‘one’ in a million. Shortly after, she took the exam and passed it.
“It wasn't easy for me to become a lawyer here, but I am determined and if I truly believe in something, I will work diligently, patiently and exceptionally hard to accomplish what I have set my eyes on. This is most true when I advocate for my clients.” – Joanna
Doctor of Jurisprudence, J.D. (2007)
The Master of Laws, LL.M (2007)
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