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Kirstin R. Mathers

Attorney

Kirstin’s practice focuses on advising private employers, school districts, municipalities, and not-for-
profit organizations on a variety of aspects of labor and employment law. She regularly provides
guidance on employment contracts, personnel policies, and handbooks, board policies, contract
interpretation, employee benefits, discipline issues, medical leaves, reasonable accommodations, and
discrimination and harassment concerns and investigations.

Accomplishments

  • 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

Up Close & Personal

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

A: 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, play piano, read books, write poetry, paint, and cook.


Q: What is your favorite movie and why?

A: 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.


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

A: 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.


Q: Favorite thing to do on the weekends?

A: 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.


Q: What is your favorite book and why?

A: 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.


Q: If I had not gone to law school, I would have become…

A: Likely a psychologist. I was a Psychology and Spanish double major with a Writing-Intensive English minor in undergrad. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know people and understanding what makes them, them. Everyone has their own unique story.


Q: Favorite caffeinated beverage?

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


Q: What music would we find on your playlist?

A: I love all music except for country. EDM music across the board – anything from house music to chillstep. For example, artists like Flume, Boombox, Louis the Child, GRiZ, etc. Rap/R&B genre with artists like Kid Cudi, Travis Scott, Blood Orange, The Weeknd, etc. Punk/Emo Rock genre, with artists like My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, the Used, etc. and most recently, MGK’s new stuff. Travis Barker has done a great job collaborating with artists and bringing that particular genre back to life.