Kirstin R. Mathers

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Kirstin’s practice focuses on advising private employers, school districts, not-for-profit organizations, and municipalities on a variety of aspects of labor and employment law.  She regularly provides guidance on contract interpretation, employment immigration matters (e.g., nonimmigrant visas, permanent residency), leave laws and reasonable accommodations, wage and hour laws, labor laws, personnel and student issues, discipline and termination, discrimination and harassment concerns, Board issues, public records compliance, and special education.  She meticulously drafts employment contracts, personnel policies and handbooks, Board policies, and litigation documents.


  • JD, Dean’s List, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • BA, Psychology, Spanish, & Writing-Intensive English, magna cum laude, Marquette University
  • CALI Award, Legal Writing III
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Bar admission to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Member, Wisconsin Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin, Labor and Employment Law Section

Up Close & Personal

  • What do you like to do when you are not being a lawyer?

     I like to exercise whether it is riding my bike by the lakefront, doing yoga and pilates, or lifting weights. I also like to listen to music, read books, and cook new recipes.

  • What is your favorite movie and why?

    My favorite movie is probably still Mr. Nobody. It is all about the philosophical nature of choice and how choice creates the human desire for greater meaning. One of the takeaways from this movie is that “Every path is the right path. Everything could’ve been anything else and it would have had just as much meaning.” There are so many ways to analyze this movie and its themes, which I find particularly fascinating.

  • If you could take a 6 month sabbatical, what would you do?

    I would probably either travel somewhere I’ve never been, like South America or Australia, or I would return to Spain where I lived abroad for six months. Amazing culture, people, and food and one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.

  • Favorite thing to do on the weekends?

    My favorite movie is “The Empire Strikes Back,” but the best movie I have ever seen is “The Godfather, Part II.” Both movies are about turning to the dark side, but only “Empire” leaves open the possibility of redemption.

  • What do you do for fun?

    Spend time with my friends and family, whether it involves going hiking, snowboarding, on MKE brewery tours, hosting dinner or themed parties, taking pontoons on the Milwaukee river, or playing games such as Catan, etc.

  • What is your favorite book and why?

    It would be difficult to choose just one. My favorite genre is likely dystopian/utopian fiction. I think it is interesting to see authors drawing attention to real-world issues in society and detailing how those issues have the potential to play out.

  • Favorite caffeinated beverage?

    I love a cup of Earl Grey tea with a splash of oatmilk. I also love coffee or espresso with oatmilk, honey and cinnamon.

  • What music would we find on your playlist?

    You would find multiple playlists with various music, such as EDM, Rap/R&B, Punk/Emo Rock, and Reggae. Although it is tough to narrow down, a few of my favorite artists include Fred again…, GRiZ, Kid Cudi, and My Chemical Romance.

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