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HELLO, I AM

ANDREA GAGE-MICHAELS

ABOUT ANDREA

I knew that my life would be dedicated to helping others from a very young age. In fact, my grandfather, an attorney, had me pegged as a lawyer from the age of 10. Prior to following in his footsteps, I had the incredible opportunity to represent the best interests of others and help them make informed decisions through working as a broadcast journalist, public relations professional, and elected official.

 

Interviewing people in need of legal help inspired me to enroll at Marquette University, where I earned a J.D. and a Masters in Dispute Resolution. I worked full-time through school, first in media relations, and then for a state senator, where I helped pass a sweeping drunk driving reform package and helped enact laws curbing predatory practices by payday lenders.

After law school, I worked as a regional director for the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin and for the State Bar of Wisconsin, where I helped educate the community about the court system. During my time at the State Bar, I was also elected to the Sun Prairie City Council, where I served from 2013 to 2015. 

While I really enjoyed debating my fellow alders on City Council, my favorite part of the job was working directly with constituents, many of whom were seniors. I moved to Northeast Wisconsin to work for the Elder Rights Project at Legal Action of Wisconsin. As managing attorney, I represented elder victims of crime as they worked to stabilize their lives, live independently, and meet their emotional and physical needs.

I consider my work with elders to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. That is why I have launched my own law practice helping seniors navigate crisis Medicaid planning, mediation, and family law issues such as legal separations, divorce, and restraining orders.

When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling, spending time with my husband and stepkids, doting on my niece, and playing with our miniature schnauzers, Walter Mitty and Jackson Montgomery.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY

⟡   State Bar of Wisconsin   

⟡   State Bar of Wisconsin-Elder Law and Special Needs Section Member

⟡   State Bar of Wisconsin-Family Law Section Member

⟡   Wisconsin Association of Mediators

⟡   Brown County Bar Association

⟡   Brown County United Way Impact Initiative Investment Council

⟡   The National Association of Elder Law Attorneys - Wisconsin 

⟡   The American Bar Association 

HONORS, AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

⟡   2019 Wisconsin Women in the Law Honoree   

⟡   2019 Brown County United Way Shining Star

⟡   Member of the American Bar Association

⟡   Member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

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