- Child Custody
- Spousal Maintenance
The staff was a joy to work with. I highly the team and will choose them for future issues. Thanks for everything.
Thank You very much Toby for handling my divorce case. I'm totally satisfied to get my freedom and normal life back together. I will refer you to anyone who gets involved in divorce matter. Was very pleasant and easy to cooperate with you! Thank you very much again!
Caring and compassionate law firm
What a caring and compassionate law firm. I would recommend Sterling to anyone that is looking for a someone who goes above and beyond.
I sat down and interviewed Trisha, it was evident she has a great deal of legal knowledge. She discussed her prior experience and displayed her skills to be direct without being harsh or combative.
Compassionate and honest
Compassion and honest answers, Katy makes me comfortable and is insightful
My attorney fought for me
I was represented very well, my attorney fought for me, and definitely made sure my interests were well represented. I felt as though Dan, my attorney, would go to war with me, and do everything in his power to make sure I came out on top.
I have been given confidence and stress relief
Although I am still in the middle of my case, my attorney Mr. Toby Kinsler is a true gift. For the first time, I have been given confidence, stress relief, and honestly eagerness to pursue equal time with my son's. Toby truly treats me like a friend that he's going into battle for. He defiantly believes in what he strives for. Thank you so much for providing the best there is.
She immediately responded to my emails when I had questions
When I was going through my divorce, I was so impressed with Holly's skills and knowledge. She is attentive, professional, and has a way of making a person feel completely at ease even when discussing sensitive issues. She immediately respondded to my emails when I had questions and is attentive to my concerns. Thanks Holly.
Holly goes above and beyond!
Good so far…
So far so good. I will reserve final judgment until I see the end numbers.
Someone's always available to answer my questions.
I had a coaching session with Meg O'Marro and despite being late to our appointment she was fair and attentive. She gave me the advice she thought I needed and if something comes up she will be the first lawyer I go to!
Answer and return phone call from clients, rather than duck them. Do not allow reverse sexism to color the service rendered in divorce cases. So far I feel as if I have been conned out of $3500.00.
Flat rate fee is by far the best idea
The flat rate fee is by far the best idea for lawyers, especially when the case goes on longer than you would have hoped. My lawyer has always been upfront and honest. She is a great communicator, fair and very helpful. She never promised things that she didn't think we could get. I would highly recommend this law firm.
Straight forward and honest
First time ever having to use an attorney, but they made the process as comfortable as possible, especially with all of the emotions that surround a custody and divorce case. They made every attempt to get back to me and keep me informed on a timely manner and did not disguise the truth of the matter at all, straight forward and honest with the facts of my case. I suggest at least meeting with them prior to hiring anyone else.
I did not realize how expensive a divorce could be.
Dan was a blessing. From the intitial consultation I had peace and felt safe. He was attentive to my requests and that made all of the difference.
Dan was supportive
Dan Exner was supportive throughout my difficult case. I really felt that he was fighting for what was best for my child and despite obstacles faced he helped guide me through the difficult and scary court process. Pricing was also very fair. I would absolutely hire him again
Toby Kinsler is amazing!
Toby Kinsler is amazing! He went above and beyond what I could have ever expected. Thank you so much <3
Meg was a great attorney. She helped me get great results in court.
Understanding my concerns and responding – advising me on my options
I feel the representation from Katy is very good. She is a smart attorney who I feel has my back.
Maureen provided useful advice during my divorce and she was very responsive. I'm glad I found her.
She helped me think and reason through what I needed
I went through a very difficult and stressful divorce. Trisha represented me and she was helpful, knowledgeable, and compassionate. She helped me think and reason through what I needed, and how to deal with my difficult situation clearly. She was firm in negotiation, but not antagonistic and got results.
Friendly and helpful
Everyone in that office is very friendly and helpful I wish in my state we had a Chinese like those because they are outgoing they take the time to explain all your options I definitely would recommend them to the Wisconsin People
Handled a delicate situation with care and kindness
Holly assisted me with my family law case earlier this year. She handled a delicate situation with the utmost care and kindness and her costs were reasonable. I cannot recommend anyone more strongly than I would Holly.
Representing my best interests
Taking my interest too heart. They are truly representing my best interests. Thanks again to an outstanding team.
She was patient, careful and very accessible
Thanks to Katy everything went smoothly without any problems. She was patient, careful and very accessible the whole time. I felt I got great value with her and the staff in the office were great as well!
Holly made my divorce process easy and painless
Holly made my divorce process easy and painless. She kept me informed of every step, answered all my questions and kept it as simple as possible. Whenever I had a couple of follow-up questions, she called me right back with the answers even though my case was done. I liked the fixed fee price I'd definitely recommend her!
He listens and is he cares
Dan Exner is trustworthy, he's honest, and he took the time to listen to my story. He's an excellent attorney and put forth a great amount of time and effort for my case. Thanks.
Well, at $230/hour (which includes paralegals) I would expect to get a better result than what the court ordered.
Knowledgeable, Caring, Dedicated
Holly is well versed in all things divorce. She gets deep into the details and find solutions quickly.
Thanks for the coaching session!
Katy did an awesome job. Your firm was great. I would recommend to anyone.
Confident in Court
Dan opened my eyes to the rights I thought were closed to a father. He is a lawyer you feel at peace of mind during the case.
I have been very unhappy with the responsiveness as a whole
Attorney Milton has been very attentive and has been great to work with?The office staff is also very polite and helpful. Thanks for everything so far.
I felt confident and comfortable in court
As good an experience as you can have going through a divorce. I worked with Attorney Dan Exner after starting my divorce by myself and he was a great resource. I felt confident and comfortable in court and was not surprised by anything.
Derek listened to my situation closely and was very generous with his time when something needed explained. Also, he always back to me in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend him to anyone in need of help. A pleasure to work with.
An attorney who fights
From the first meeting at their office, it was clear I made the right choice.
Dan, Christina, Kelly and Lynne did a fantastic job!! Wouldn?t have kept as sane as I did without them. I knew the first time I met with Dan that I wanted to retain him for my divorce. I cannot thank him enough.
very friendly, open, and honest
Love the fixed price model, great communication
Thank you for reaching out! So far, I am extremely happy with my decision to leave the firm I was with and go with Sterling! My attorney through Sterling is Derek Allen, and I couldn't be more pleased with the service he is providing. He stays in great communication, and is completely on the same page as far as how I want to approach my very messing and contested divorce. I also really love the fixed price model! It's really nice that there are no surprises! I really like that, whether I can afford all the stages or not, at least I know what they will cost and won't be constantly blind-sided with addition cost the way I was with my previous attorney. At least with Sterling, I know what could be coming and can try to prepare for additional costs the best I can. I really love the way your firm does business, and will absolutely recommend Sterling to anyone looking for an excellent divorce attorney!
Great communication and availability
Had a family law case which was unfortunately pretty ugly but Albert gave me very good advice at every turn. Great communication and availability.
I can't say enough positive things about Holly. She is a great attorney and a compassionate human being.
Attorney Festerling was diligent in resolving my case as quickly as possible against apposing counsel who was non-responsive, illusive and a bit childish.
Thanks for the Mediation Help
Everything was great
She's responsive and has a great attention to detail.
Patient and great communicator
Dan was very professional and easy to work with. He was patient and took the time to make sure that we understood each step of the process. It always felt like Dan was dedicated to our case!
Dan made me feel very comfortable
I worked through my divorce with Dan Exner. He was absolutely amazing! I really appreciated that I could always email with an questions or concerns and always received a response in a very timely manner. Dan made me feel very comfortable throughout the whole divorce. He always made me feel like he took time to listen to the issues that were important to me and made sure to help put those issues as a top priority. I would absolutely recommend this law firm to friends and family and call them if I have any family law needs in the future.
I didn't feel like my attorney and I were on the same page. There was no sense of urgency with him. I don't feel that he was very interested in my case or being my advocate. I was my own advocate. Things were done very last minute. There were multiple instances of communication breakdown which caused me tremendous stress. My concerns were minimally addressed or ignored throughout the process. At the end of the day I got a deal I can live with but if I had to do it all again I would have chosen a different attorney.
After my first meeting with Attorney Festerling it was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I have complete confidence in her ability and knowledge. She is honest with me and returns calls. She's an intelligent woman, who includes you in the process. You're never in the dark. Sterling also has a payment process that's reasonable. I would recommend this office.
Dan did everything to make it it as stress free as possible
I was going through a very difficult divorce and Dan did everything to make it it as stress free as possible. He was calm, explained all of my options, and did not pressure me in any way. I always felt in control of my case. He gave me the facts and let me decide what was best for me.
Finally a lawyer that cares
Meg got me thru a painful situation and always seemed to keep my interests at the top of her priorities.
Meg kept showing up and providing information on the processes that are unknown to us. Gave me confidence
Easy to talk to, easy to understand
The first thing that surprised me about Holly was how easy she was to talk to. Whenever you find yourself confused, she takes the time to explain it to you in a way that's easy to understand. It never felt like she was talking over me or down to me, she was very patient. You'll be well taken care of with Holly.
The communication is very poor. Will not respond over the weekend.
Smooth and Trustworthy so far
So far so good! It's early on in our time together and I hope it continues as smooth and trusting as it has.
I hired Katy to handle my divorce. She and her staff were professional and incredibly helpful throughout the entire divorce process.
I feel my case had a fair outcome.
She truly cares about you and your case
Attorney Erin Boyd really went above and beyond. You can tell that she truly cares about you and your case. Really takes the time necessary to adequately represent you and make sure that you're satisfied!
She did an amazing job
Highly recommended. Divorce is hard enough and trying to do it on your own is even harder. The price was more than fair and the service was excellent. I worked with Attorney Holly Mullin. She was very professional, detailed, and personable. She did an amazing job. All I had to do was get her the information she needed and Attorney Mullin and her team took care of the rest. She was always available if I had questions and communicated openly with me and my spouse through every step of the process. I hope to never have to go through the divorce process again because its very unpleasant but having a good attorney like Holly made it so much easier. Thank you Holly!
She handled my case very well. Thought i was gonna lose, she made things happened the way I wanted. Thank you!
If your in search of a firm that will come through for you without question hire Sterling Law Offices. Jim is one of the individuals at the firm you want in your corner.
Keeping me up to date and giving sound advise to follow. Having patience, compassion and understanding for what I'm going throug.
Dan was a big help in court!
Great service & support staff
Holly was excellent. Knowledgeable, professional, friendly, and brought results.
Attentive and knowledgeable
Derek is very attentive and knowledgeable.
Responsive and genuine
Responsive, genuine and effective fighter for me and my family. Always very nice and easy to work with but was tough when necessary.
Has been a bit of a delay getting the process started. Do not understand what is taking the court so long. My attorney explained how the courts work, but it seems too long.
I appreciate the work that Attorney Festerling has done for me. Thank you!
My experience involved an attorney that was less than reveling in all the facts.
I have ran my divorce all the way through appeals. It is in that process ommisions were made.
At a hearing my attorney of record admitted he never read the final judgment. Under the five day rule, that pretty much allows the opposing party to alter an in court agreement. Once the judge signs it, and because my attorney offered no objection it was a done deal.
In texting with the attorney post trial, it was reveale…
Need better communication
Understanding and well spoken
I have nothing but the best to say about Albert. I was very fortunate to have him on my side. He's understanding, well spoken and did a great job.
He relieved my anxiety
Before I spoke to Toby I was worried about my divorce. After I spoke to Toby I was both calm about my case, and truly impressed by his expertise and commitment to me and my family's future. If you have a family law issue, these are the people you should speak to.
Living in another state, but always kept in the loop
We live more than 1,200 miles away. Toby kept us in the loop and is keeping us in the loop on our Legal situation. He has honestly made this process easier by telling us everything that is going on and how things will pan out. I can only imagine how hard it is to keep in touch and go to aperances for us while we are not close enough to do so AND still keep us totally involved in every aspect of the process.
Trisha Festerling is absolutely wonderful! I could not have asked for better representation. Thanks again!!
Compassionate, understanding and strong support.
Fantastic representation. Compassionate, understanding and strong support. Highly recommend.
Polite and professional
Sterling Law was polite and professional from start to finish. Communication is key and all of my questions were answered. My attorney was compassionate about my case and knew what they were doing.
Thank you Attorney Festerling for caring
On the previous rating it only let me do 1 star. I wanted 5 stars. Thank you Attorney Festerling for caring and working as hard as you did!!!
She was professional and confident
I am very impressed with my attorney Erin Boyd and her professionalism with my case.
Hiring a lawyer is not an easy decision and is usually done under stress. In my case, hiring Sterling Law was a great decision.
Seems too busy
Takes the time to explain your options so you can feel confident in your decisions.
Holly was excellent. Knowledgeable, professional, friendly, and brought results.
Always addressed my concerns with compassion. Didn't make me feel inadequate. Explained things in layman's terms so I could understand.
Some Calls not Returned
I really like the staff, I think the biggest element for me is the free anytime mentor, she was awesome. Some calls were not returned.
Quick response time
She had quick response and offered great advice.
They are caring and compassionate.
This is a very emotional time for anyone going through this. They are caring and compassionate. they listen to your questions and concerns. You know that is not about the money when its a flat fee vs per hour fee. They have been outstanding to work with.
Need my docs
I've emailed her for copies of my ex's tax returns but haven't received.
Took great care of me during the divorce
Trisha really cares, and took great care of me during the divorce. She's not only a great attorney, but she is also a warm and caring person. My divorce was a heart wrenching life experience and I needed someone that would consider my family and our circumstances and who'd take care of us. We weren't disappointed. Trisha was all that and more.
Keeping me informed answering questions in a timely manner
Thanks for your time and effort
Thanks very much for all the time and effort you spent on me!
I would recommend Meg
Meg communicated well, responded emails and voicemails in a timely manner, even while she was busy with other cases.
I love the pricing scheme, but have some reservations about the specific attorney I am working with. When an attorney doesn't respond to multiple email and text messages over time, you have to wonder.
Supportive Attorney, Average Support Staff
Trisha, has been supportive and understanding in my divorce, but I think the support team that works with her could use some improvement.
I think the fixed amount per case is expensive and limiting. I like my attorney Dan Exner, but will not be back for another case because of the expensive per-case flat fee
I highly recommend her!
Trisha Festerling is a wonderful attorney!! She did an amazing job and I highly recommend her!!
Professional and Friendly
Your receptionist are very professional and friendly. My attorney responds to my emails in a timely matter and was very friendly and I feel is doing the best for me
I have mixed feelings. I've had both good and bad experiences. I like my lawyer and at times I feel like my case really matters. Other times I feel like I'm forgotten about. I thought my case would've been done and resolved months ago and it's taking much longer than expected. Maybe that's normal but certainly not what I expected.
Customer service is excellent. By everyone in the office I come in contact with.
Erin is a great communicator
Empathetic, knowledgeable, and professional. Erin is a great communicator. I felt comfortable right away. She told me what to expect and how she was going to proceed with my case. Erin has kept me in loop throughout the entire process. I was very lucky to have her as my attorney.
Meg O marro did an amazing job I could not have asked for a better lady to represent me she respected me and listened to what I was saying great job and thank you so much for everything
First consultation with Trish, was all business. When we started the process in the court i felt my attorney was there to give the petitioner what ever she wanted. I didn't have a voice in front of the commissioner.
Easy to get in touch, easy to talk to
Erin's easy to talk to. It was never hard to get in contact and get a response from her when I had questions. I'd definitely recommend her!
He gets things done
Attorney Dan Exner is the best, he always responds . He understood completely the emotional stress of a divorce, and he gets things done. Thank you
Professional, user friendly firm
This was a very professional, user friendly firm. The attorneys I worked with were very experienced, easy to work with and helpful. I was very happy with my experience of working with them. I got fair results.
Holly Mullin is an amazing lawyer. She provides outstanding support.
Meg has great qualities such as Competency, compassion, very good listener, intelligent, confidence, reassuring, you can tell she works very hard for her clients. I'm very glad to have her.
Really care about their clients
Fabulous team really care about their clients and work hard to get best results possible.
Helped me through every step of the process
Even at our first meeting I could tell how experienced and dedicated Latrice was. From the start she took the time to really learn about my case and help me through every step of the process. The case was more complicated than I thought but thanks to her everything went smoothly for me and my family.
I felt a touch and I mean just a tiny bit of disappointment in the fact that the week before the final court date I felt like I was on an island being bombarded with paperwork and illustrations – half of which were variations on final scenarios. I wish I could have had a chance to discuss what they all meant before they were sent to me. This feeling had a lot to do with the fact that Katy had a trial the week before and she needed to focus on that. Not upset – it's an honest reality that happens. As a crazy work schedule funeral director I know exactly how the chaos feels and I am guilty of doing the same – priority is what and who is directly in front of me rather than who is up next week. Divorce sucks and it isn't easy and life goes on after. That was the biggest complaint that was really no ones fault. Katy was super awesome and met with me whenever I felt like I was drowning and needed clarification on issues. I would highly recommend sterling to anyone needing your services. All of the staff that I encountered was awesome. The biggest reason I scored the way I did was the feeling of being alone on a deserted island being smothered by paperwork that to me didn't make much sense because of all the feelings swirling around in the giant pool in my head and a personal love of the number 7…(yes I'm a dork – but it's honestly my lucky number). Lastly – I have to thank you both for everything that you ladies helped me with. I emailed Katy about a month after the finalization and told her that I was able to refinance the house and the girls and I are happier than we have ever been. And just to prove hell does freeze over – Erik and I have been getting along good and I've let go of All the shit that he has said and done before and after the divorce (yes that was a HUGE pill to swallow) but the girls need parents who can be civil and even a bit happy when around each other. They need happy parents who can even bring new partners around each other and the kids at the same time. Life is to short to hold grudges and it's such a waste of energy to hate the father of my girls – without him I wouldn't have them. I wish you and Katy all the best you two were amazing. And I'm still not upset about the transition from you to Katy's caseload. ???? Thank you for everything Becky Osse P.s. I would give you a 9 – it's just that I like the number 7 better so I used that…lol
Understood my issue and concerns right away
Attorney Eckhardt was great. She helped me so much and understood my issue and concerns right away. There is not enough words or thanks I can give her! If you need a lawyer there's no better choice.
She made a terrible process seamless and easy
I was surprised by how caring and efficient she was. I am so pleased we were recommended to her. She made a terrible process seamless and easy. Thank you so much!
Trisha explained every detail clearly
Very experienced. Trisha explained every detail clearly. Very friendly and accommodating.
They made me feel comfortable
Katy and everyone at Sterling Law Offices helped made my divorce smooth, quick and painless. They made me feel comfortable with their knowledge and ability to get the job done. It made an already stressful and scary situation A LOT better! My whole experience and their upfront price makes them an easy recommendation to anyone who needs help with a divorce.
Want a Refund
Since my case was thrown out because of technicality at least you should offered me some of my Money back
Trisha is awesome I have zero complaints
Tremendous response time
When someone does an inquiry the response time is tremendous. I referred a friend and she was able to set something up. It was nice. In fact the best part was your office was not able to assist and referred her else where which was commendable. My friend was so happy with the all around experience.
Extremely personable and helpful
Our Attorney Dan Exner, did an excellent job on our case. He was great getting back to us with information on a timely basis and was extremely personable and helpful. Very bright young man. Highly recommend him!
Response and access.
Sterling Law helped me resolve my issues in court effeicently and effectively. I loved the fixed fee pricing and Dan was great at communicating throughout the process. Thanks.
Always listen to our questions
I found them thur yelp I read all the reviews. They were everything everyone said they were. Very friendly. Always listen to our questions and concerns. We hired them on the spot. I know their going to do their job. Thanks yelp.
Toby Kinsler was very quick response and attending my needs.
Slow and Delayed Communication
The response from atty Festerling has been very slow and delayed. Lately, it's typically days before I hear a response and it's usually with me sending a follow up message
I have set up a court date. Other than that, I have no feedback.
I am experiencing a little lack of communication with a time sensitive issue.
Great experience, I would recommend to anyone
It was nice to work with a law firm that deals only with family law. Not having to worry about every papercopy, every call, every email and having to worry about my retainer fee put my mind at ease. I have been recommended and had to deal with lawyers that focus on other areas of law and none of them made me feel as comfortable about my case as attorney Navarrette did. She was always very quick to respond to calls or email, day or night. If I ever need anything again I will not hesitate to contact attorney Navarrette again.
I will highly recommend your services to anyone
Thank you Sterling Law Offices, for helping me with my case. My situation was complicated with a lot of emotions, attorney Trisha Festerling and Katy Eckhardt were both professional and well organized. Thank you for your time and effort in this matter, it made a world of difference with my situation. Again your time and professionalism were greatly appreciated in this matter, I will highly recommend your services to anyone in need of a great attorney! Thank you again Sterling Law Offices!
Quicker communication that being said with limited understanding or experience with the legal system
Friendly and helpful
Friendly and helpful. Great service.
So far so good
So far everything has been going as expected. I think Katy has been great.
Holly and Christine are great!!!
Dan delivered good results.
Experienced, organized, professional and extremely helpful
When I started the divorce I was so lost about everything but she was experienced, organized, professional and extremely helpful. She did not waste time and was easy to talk to thru the process. Would recommend her to others in a heart beat!
Your staff is friendly, kind and understanding! Trisha Festerling is wonderful, she is compassionate, and understanding but tough.
Accurate, timely, effective
Dan's demeanor is always cool regardless of the pressure. He gets things done quickly and professionally. Dan is a skilled problem solver and actively listens well.
Seemed too Long
I think explaining the process of how a settlement can come together would help. I was under the impression that after the Financial worksheets were sent in, that the two attorneys would actually work together. Since nothing really happened for several months my ex and I decided to come up with our own division of assets and turn it into the attorneys so we could accomplish a simple divorce in 8 months.
Professional and empathetic
I was very impressed by Holly's professionalism and empathy for my case. Before I worked with her I could barely focus on work and other parts of my life. Thanks to her hard work and dedication she really helped get me back on track. I truly appreciate her tenacity.
I really feel like I know what's expected. I'm in contempt of court for keeping my child. I went to mediation with a lot of questions and didn't hear from her. So having to go and face my Ex was horrible, needless to say it didn't go welll and I needed a sheriff escort to my car on Friday. With all this said I do think she is very nice I just don't feel secure about my court date on May 8th.
Good local firm
About Nikole Messerschmidt
Attorney Nikole Messerschmidt knows how important a helping hand can be. She recalls a moment from her childhood when she got lost at in a bowling alley. Instead of being left to panic, she found some friendly employees who reassured her everything was going to be fine and helped her find her family.
Even small actions can make a big difference in someone's life, and this experience had an impact on Nikole's life.
Unfortunately, there are times in our lives when we will need help through a difficult circumstance. This is all the more true for people going through an unexpected and emotionally turbulent process like divorce.
That's why for Nikole, her clients are everything.
To her, being an attorney means fighting in their corner, both in and out of the courtroom. When people go through a rough patch, she's there to be the helping hand that people need.
Family Law is notoriously complicated. Luckily, that's an aspect of the job that Nikole loves. Staying in front of new laws is an exciting challenge - one that pays out for her clients. As an attorney, she is single-minded in her pursuit of a happy future for her clients and their families.
Nikole's dream of being a lawyer started in 5th grade, even though no one she knew worked in law. It was a dream she worked relentlessly towards because she had a simple goal: she wanted to have a job where she could use her problem-solving and people skills to make a difference.She recounts being sworn in as an attorney among one of the proudest moments of her life.
Nikole earned her law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. She then worked as a personal injury attorney before making the switch to Family Law - a field she feels her ability to advocate for clients is put to better use. She is the recipient of the Illinois Rising Star Award for 2017 and 2018.
Nikole was born and raised in Wisconsin and is excited to be back practicing law in her home state. As you'd expect, Nikole's favorite part of Wisconsin is the people - who she says are among the nicest in the country. A fan of the Packers, good food, and craft beer, she's often exploring the Madison Farmer's Market or a local brewery with her husband Travis.
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"This is a very emotional time for anyone going through this. They are caring and compassionate. they listen to your questions and concerns. You know that is not about the money when its a flat fee vs per hour fee. They have been outstanding to work with."Jamey S.