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Margaret "Peggy" Ahne Herlitzka works extensively in the areas of family and personal injury law and has been a partner with the firm since 1995. Peggy is a member of the Family Law and General Litigation Sections of the State Bar of Wisconsin. She has practiced in the Coulee Region since her graduation from Marquette Law School in 1989. She is also a graduate of the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree.

Peggy has litigated hundreds of complicated issues involving complex family law matters, including custody, placement, child support, spousal support, and property division issues. She has not only been an advocate for parents, but also often for the children themselves through numerous court appointments. In addition to her private practice, Peggy serves as an Assistant Family Court Commissioner for La Crosse County and Supplemental Court Commissioner for Judge Elliott Levine.

Since she began practicing in the Coulee Region, Peggy has also helped injured persons recover the damages due to them for their pain and suffering, medical costs, lost income and other compensation for which they are entitled.

In addition to her law practice, Peggy takes an active role in the Coulee Region and State, evidenced by the many professional associations and community groups with which she has been affiliated. She has been named six times as a Super Lawyer by Milwaukee Magazine, has twice been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 19th and 20th Editions of The Best Lawyers in America for her work in family law, and has been recognized by the YWCA of the Coulee Region as an "Outstanding Woman" in the area of Business/Professional. She was also chosen to receive the State of Wisconsin's Business and Professional Women's "Woman of Inspiration" award at BPW's state convention.

Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
Wisconsin, 1989
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1989
U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1989
Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1989
University of Dallas, Irving, Texas, April 1986
Honors: With Honors
Major: History
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Member/Speaker, Business and Professional Women n/k/a Women's Alliance of La Crosse, 1997 - Present
Families First Presenter, 1995 - Present
Speaker, Gundersen Lutheran Steppin' Out in Pink Committee, 2008 - Present
Moderator, "What Judges Want You to Know," Fall of 2011
Professional Associations and Memberships:
State Bar of Wisconsin, 1989-Present
Local Bar Relations Committee Member, 2012 to present, Chairperson, 2013-Present; Member Relations Committee, 1995-2009, Chairperson, 1997-2003; Law Related Education Committee, 1992-2003; Family Law Section, 1995-Present; General Litigation Section, 1995-Present
La Crosse County Bar Association, 1989-Present
President, 2011-2012; President-Elect, 2010-2011; Secretary, 2009-2010
Wisconsin Association of Family Court Commissioners, 2008-Present
Women's Alliance of La Crosse, 2010 - Present
Wisconsin Law Foundation, Fellow, 2009-Present
Board of Directors, 2013-Present; Grants Committee, 2012-Present
Golden Key International Honor Society
Honorary Member, 1999-Present
Business and Professional Women - La Crosse, 1998-2010
Executive Comm., 2008-09; President, 2007-08; Program Chair, 2006-07
Divorce Cooperation Institute, Member, 2013 - Present
Pro Bono Activities:
Gundersen Health Medical Foundation, Steppin' Out in Pink Committee, 2008-Present; Survivor Tent Chair, 2009-Present
WAFER Food Pantry; Board of Directors, 2003-2011; President 2006-2010; Personnel Committee, 2010-Present
Families First, 1995 - Present
La Crosse County Law Information Center
Gundersen Lutheran Advisory Board, Member, 2007 - 2013
Cathedral Relief Program Member, St. Joseph's Cathedral, 1998 - 2000
YWCA of the Coulee Region, Women Mentor Program, 2010-2012; Tribute to Outstanding Women Chairperson, 1995-2000; Board of Directors, 1997-1999, 1995 - 2000
Phi Alpha Theta


Reviews from Martindale Hubbell:

Posted by a Private Practice Lawyer on 12/05/13
5.0 out of 5.0

Atty. Herlitzka is an extremely knowledgeable and respected attorney in the La Crosse area. She vigorously and effectively represents her clients and is a fellow attorney I look to for advice when I am not sure where to turn.

Posted by a Judge on 12/05/13
5.0 out of 5.0

Ms. Herlitzka is an excellent lawyer with good judgment. I have no feedback for other than to do what she has been doing.

Posted by a Private Practice Lawyer on 12/05/13
5.0 out of 5.0

She is a great advocate for her clients. She is thoughtful, conscientious and possesses a high level of integrity when working for her clients. She is very well thought of in the community.

Posted by a Private Practice Lawyer on 12/05/13
5.0 out of 5.0

She serves her clients very well. She receives a number of referrals from the professionals in the community that have worked with her.