Kathryn Grigg is a family law attorney in Madison and a partner in Axley. Ms. Grigg concentrates her practice in divorce, legal separation, child custody and placement, child support, maintenance (alimony), property division, paternity, relocation, and drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
Ms. Grigg is skilled in helping clients protect their business interests and minimize exposure for paying support. She has extensive experience representing self-employed clients and analyzing complex assets and income structures. Ms. Grigg’s approach blends empathy with client education. She believes that clients who understand the legal process and the laws are in a better position to shape the outcome and attain favorable results.
Ms. Grigg is also certified in the Collaborative Divorce process and serves on the Board of Directors for the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin. She also serves on the Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Wisconsin. In addition, she is the Chair of Case Mediation Program for the Dane County Bar Association.
She was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, an honor bestowed on only 2.5% of attorneys statewide. She was also named an Up and Coming Lawyer by the Wisconsin Law Journal in 2014.
Admitted to practice in the State Courts of Wisconsin and Federal Court for the and Western District of Wisconsin.
J.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Involvement & Recognition
- Member, Dane County Bar Association
- Member, Waukesha County Bar Association
- Co-Chair, Dane County Bar Association Case Mediation Committee
- Member of Jaycees of Wisconsin
- Board of Directors: Legal Counsel, 2011 – 2013
- Member, Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin
- Member, Legal Association for Women
- Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
- Member, Professional Ethics Committee
- Member, United States District Court – Western District
- Named a 2014 Up and Coming Lawyer by the Wisconsin Law Journal
- Named to the 2013-2018 Wisconsin Rising Stars Lists (Primary Area of Practice: Family Law)
- Named to the 2013 Wisconsin Rising Stars List in the Super Lawyers Business Edition (Primary Area of Practice: Family Law)
- Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© (2022 – 2024 Edition)- Family Law
- Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© (2024 Edition) – Family Law Mediation
Won a post-judgment motion to relocate a child across the country based on client’s concerns that child’s educational needs were not currently being met.
Obtained formal visitation rights for grandparent.
Negotiated a favorable maintenance buy-out to minimize client’s potential exposure.
Prevented a former spouse from modifying child support shortly after the divorce was granted, despite the former spouse’s loss of employment.
Prevented a former spouse from re-opening the divorce judgment to request maintenance modification when maintenance was previously held open.
Successfully obtained four-year injunctions in case involving harassment, financial exploitation and emotional abuse of a parent by the child.
Successfully settled contentious divorce case with a difficult pro se party, involving all issues of custody, placement, child support, property division and maintenance
Prevailed at trial involving a parent’s wrongful conversion of custodial property under UTMA
Obtained multiple domestic abuse injunctions for the maximum time frame allowable
Other Presentations & Publications
Kathryn has been tremendously helpful in guiding me through a very complicated paternity process. She takes a balanced approach, knowing when to be aggressive and when to step back. I also appreciate that she is efficient with her communications which keeps costs down. Hopefully they won’t have to use her, but if so, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to friends and family.