Family, Criminal & Children's Court Attorneys Since 1991

Kris Thelen

Kris Thelen

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Kristina L. Thelen
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Kris grew up in the Seattle area. After graduating from the University of Washington in 1988, she attended law school at Marquette Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and obtained a Juris Doctorate in 1991.

​Kris began practicing law in Lansing, Michigan, but returned back to Wisconsin in 1994 and began growing her family practice. In 1997, she helped form the law firm of Brazil, Thelen & Benske, S.C. When the firm decided to take alternate paths, the law firm of Thelen & Associates, LLC was launched.

Kris practices in all of the courts of Southeastern Wisconsin handling all family law matters, including child support, custody, placement and visitation. She also handles cases involving alimony (maintenance), property division, pre-nuptials/ante-nuptial agreements and cohabitation. She has also handled numerous matters before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Kris is a member of the family sections of the Wisconsin Bar Association, the Waukesha County Bar Association, Society of Family Lawyers and Wisconsin Association of Mediators. She was also named a "Wisconsin Super Lawyer" in an evaluation by her peers. 


  • Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • Juris Doctorate - 1991
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
    • B.A. Political Science - 1988

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section, Member
  • National Association of Counsel for Children, Member
  • Society of Family Lawyers, Member
  • Waukesha Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • Wisconsin Association of Mediators, Member
  • Wisconsin Justinian Society, Member
  • National Justinian Society, Member
  • Inns Of Court, Member, 10/2012 to Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Waukesha County Bar

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney

Practice Areas

  • Divorce
  • Paternity
  • Child Support
  • Maintenance/Alimony
  • Property Division
  • Child Custody
  • Placement
  • Visitation
  • Mediation
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Post-nuptials
  • Cohabitation
  • Guardian ad litem
  • Same Sex Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1991
  • Michigan, 1991
  • Illinois, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan


  • 2006 Super Lawyers
  • 2015 Top 10 in Client Satisfaction from American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers

Representative Cases

  • King v. King, 1999
  • Simmons v. Simmons, 2000
  • Watkins v. Watkins, 2001
  • Weissgerber v. Weissgerber, 2000
  • Belsha v. Circuit Court For Waukesha County, 2003
  • David B. v. Stephanie C.S., 2002
  • Iracki v. Iracki, 1999
  • Claudia L. v. John F.M., 1998
  • Abdullah v. Abdullah, 2008
  • State v. J.J.M
  • Vogt v. Ewerdt
  • Cruz-Guerra v. Madigan
  • Hartford v. Hartford
  • Glider v. Glider
  • Jachowicz v. Jachowicz
  • Sondgerath v. Fleury