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Linda S. Balisle

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Attorney Linda S. Balisle is the founder of the Madison law firm of Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C. She concentrates her practice in the area of divorce mediation, arbitration and, if necessary, litigation for high net worth clients and business owners, as well as complex jurisdictional issues, LGBTQIA+ families, and appellate practice.

Of the many appellate cases she has argued, 17 were published in the case reports, including In re Marriage of LaRocque, 139 Wis. 2d 23 (1987); In re Custody of H.S.H-K., 193 Wis. 2d 649 (1995); In interest of A.E.H., 161 Wis. 2d 277 (1991); Richardson v. Richardson, 139 Wis. 2d 778 (1987); Schwantes v. Schwantes, 121 Wis. 2d 607 (ct. App. 1984); and Roberto v. Brown, 107 Wis. 2d 17 (1982).

Memberships & Associations

Attorney Balisle is licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin, the U.S. Federal Western District of Wisconsin, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is one of two Wisconsin Diplomates of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers (ACTFL). She is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and served as a past president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Wisconsin Chapter. She received her J.D. degree, cum laude, from University of Wisconsin in 1979, and taught Family Law, Civil Procedure and Appellate Procedure at her alma mater from 1982-1995.

Attorney Balisle is a member of the American, Wisconsin and Dane County Bar Associations and has been active on several committees in each of those associations, including Chair of the Federal Legislation and Lobbying Task Force of the ABA Family Law Section. She served as the first woman Chair of the Board of Governors of the Wisconsin Bar Association and is a member of the Family Law and Appellate Practice sections. Attorney Balisle served on the Board of the Wisconsin Law Foundation from 1988 to 1995, is a current fellow of the American Bar Foundation and received the Wisconsin Law Foundation’s Belle Case LaFollette award for outstanding service to the profession. She has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Martindale Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and Super Lawyers for several years. She was recognized as Madison’s Best Family Law Attorney by Best Lawyers in America in 2009 and 2019.

Community Involvement

Attorney Balisle has been active in many community organizations, including past service as president of the YWCA of Madison, president of the Civic Center Foundation Board, president of TEMPO, a local business women’s group, and a member of the board of the Wisconsin Region/ American Red Cross. She currently serves as an advisory member to the Farm Services Agency Iowa County Committee. Since Attorney Balisle started practicing law in 1980, she has supported The Rainbow Project of Madison, Wisconsin which provides direct services for children who have been physically and/or sexually abused. She has represented children who received services from The Rainbow Project and knows the positive affect they have had on children and families.

She also served as a director on for-profit boards, including Wisconsin Specialty Protein in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, Whole Trees, LLC in Madison, Wisconsin and Community Business Bank, in Sauk City, Wisconsin.