Sawyer Gutenkunst, Kathryn

Kathryn Sawyer Gutenkunst

Amber Hainz


Attorney Kathryn Sawyer Gutenkunst is a partner at Axley and a member of the Litigation and Business practice groups. With 34 years of experience, Attorney Gutenkunst practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, family law, municipal law, land use and development, condemnation and eminent domain, and real estate law. She represents a wide array of clients from individuals and businesses to municipalities.

Attorney Gutenkunst litigates a variety of case types including covenants not to compete, construction contracts, riparian rights, municipal issues, will contests, commercial litigation, and family law matters. She has a history of appearing before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Wisconsin Appellate Court, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Certified in collaborative family law, Attorney Gutenkunst represents families in matters related to divorce, legal separation, custody, and placement. When family law matters cannot be resolved amicably, she draws from her intense litigation background to become an advocate for her client in the courtroom. Her unique experience with business clients gives her an edge in complex divorces, as she can easily read a balance sheet and understand corporate structures.

In regards to her business practice, Attorney Gutenkunst represents clients with land use and zoning matters, and also real estate development, where she frequently works with developers and municipalities. She has resided in Waukesha County her entire life, and her knowledge of local events and municipal leaders in the area gives her a key advantage in her cases.

Outside of work, Attorney Gutenkunst enjoys sailing, skiing, riding horses, and spending time with her family.


J.D., Marquette University Law School
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Involvement & Recognition


  • American Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member
  • Waukesha County Bar Association, Member, Past President
  • Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Member
  • First Federal Bank of Wisconsin, Director/Secretary
  • Anthony’s Church, Member


  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™


If I could give Kathryn Sawyer Gutenkunst a 10 star review I would! She helped me through the most difficult period in my life, a divorce with children. Kathryn always looked out for my best interest and kept me focused on the long term outlook, not just the moment. I was then able to survive a financial hardship with her experience and direction in minimizing my losses. If you are looking for help from an attorney you can trust, I recommend giving Kathryn a call. She is the best!

- Sean D
Family Law