Donna L. Ginzl

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Donna L. Ginzl

For more than 20 years Donna has been helping individuals in Central Wisconsin as they battle some of the most traumatic and emotional legal challenges a person can face: divorce and family law disputes, personal injury, and being a defendant in a criminal case. For the past few years, Donna’s practice has been almost exclusively devoted to Family Law, including divorce, paternity actions, child custody and placement disputes, property division, child support, maintenance, and third-party visitation actions (such as grandparent visitation). Donna’s approach to practicing law is to listen in order to identify her clients’ legal concerns and desired outcomes, then counsel her clients to establish realistic goals and expectations, and finally, to work with her clients to achieve their goals as efficiently as possible – always with an eye toward minimizing the emotional cost that is inherent in her practice areas.

Donna is a proud member of the legal community. She currently serves as a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin Family Law Section Board and is also an active member of the board’s legislative committee, continuing education committee and co-chair of the annual Family Law Workshop in Door County. Donna has presented at State Bar continuing education programs on family law. She is also active in the local bar association (serving as president in 2010), and is the local attorney representative to the Portage County Courthouse Facilities and Security Committee.

Donna has been married for 27 years and is the mother of two adult daughters. Her oldest daughter will begin law school at UW-Madison in the fall of 2017, and her youngest daughter will be a freshman at Gustavus Adolphus College. Donna is a passionate advocate for children, in her personal as well as her professional life. Donna has been a legal advocate for children in juvenile and children’s court and is frequently appointed by Judges and Court Commissioners in Portage County to act as Guardian ad Litem to represent the best interests of minor children who are involved in family law disputes.

Donna and her family are active members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Plover. In her spare time, Donna likes to listen to podcasts and watch TED talks and read. Donna and her husband recently took up photography as an “empty nest hobby,” and they also enjoy spending their evenings playing with their two rescue dogs.


University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1990)
University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D. 1994)

Professional Activities

State Bar of Wisconsin
Family Law Section
Litigation Section
Legislative Committee
Continuing Education Committee
Co-Chair Door County Family Law Workshop
American Bar Association
Portage County Bar Association
President (2010)

Community Activities

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Board Member and Past President
Operations Committee
Crossways Camping Ministries
President and Board Member
Executive Committee
Finance Committee
Personnel Committee
Childcaring Central Wisconsin Early Education Resources
Board Member
Portage County Courthouse Security and Facilities
Committee Member
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Adult Forum Coordinator


“When I went through my divorce I felt that I was not alone. Donna walked me through the different aspects of the divorce and child custody agreement. There were areas that I focused on that were important to me, but if it had not been for Donna, I would have overlooked other important issues. I feel that because of Donna’s hard work and dedication on my case my life is less stressful because of what was included in my divorce decree and custody agreement.”    E.H.

“I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know about navigating the scary waters of divorce. Ms. Ginzl was a lifeline for me during one of the darkest periods of my life. Her caring concern and professional knowledge helped me to make informed decisions about not only the big issues, but also the ones that were just big to me. Ms. Ginzl respected by choices even when she felt that they were not in my best interests. She respected me while giving her advice and helped me to make those decisions from an informed perspective. I cannot imagine having gone through my divorce with an attorney who treated me indifferently or just as an anonymous client. I will always be grateful for her support, expertise and friendship.”    K.Z.

“Working with Donna Ginzl has been a pleasure. I felt like Donna cared about me and my situation, not just as a lawyer, but as a mother and a friend. She would listen to my concerns and then play out the scenarios that could possibly happen. She would walk me through the steps we were going to take and made sure that I was ok with everything that we did. I could not have asked for a better lawyer and would highly recommend Donna.”    L.W.

“Few times in a person’s life are more stressful than divorce and child placement disagreements. While Donna is extremely empathetic with the emotions of her client, she is able to lend clarity to every issue, to maintain the reasonableness necessary to be effective from negotiations to trial, and to call forth from experience and research legal precedents to benefit her clients and their children. Her extensive knowledge of divorce and child placement laws and practices make her an exceptionally fine attorney. Her compassion, well-placed humor, and patience make her an exceptionally fine person.”    S.A.

“I was truly blessed to find a lawyer like Donna Ginzl. We usually meet lawyers in some of our darkest moments. These kinds of situations can be very challenging for a lawyer. Not only having to deal with the legal aspects but to work well with the clients personal and emotional needs as well. Donna is one of those lawyers that can do this hands down. My divorce was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do in my life. I needed a lawyer that I could trust to look out for the best needs of my family. There is always give and take in these cases. Donna did an excellent job in presenting me with all the facts and options that I needed to make my final decisions. I felt confident and comfortable with all the decisions I needed to make. I always felt like my case was her top priority. She always respected my choices and decisions. There were times that we even needed to work in the evenings or weekends. She was willing to sacrifice her own time for me. I really felt like I was dealing with a friend. She was there every step of the way for my family. I cannot express enough the gratitude I have for Donna, her support, her professionalism and her friendship.”     R.P.

“I am writing to commend Attorney Donna L. Ginzl for the work she had provided me in the past. I was fortunate enough to retain her services during a very trying time of my life. Attorney Ginzl was more than professional in her work. She was kind, considerate, and most importantly, understanding of my needs. She demonstrated proficiency of the inner–workings of the law in my case and her attorney work is unmatched. I was impressed with her attention to detail and follow-through. Her knowledge of the law and the ability to effectively problem solve places Mrs. Ginzl as a top attorney in her field. Her work far exceeded my expectations.”    M.E.

“Donna handled my divorce recently. The aspect of her counsel that impressed me the most was her attentiveness. There were no distractions or other interruptions. She was there for me and clearly made me feel my case was important to her and her firm. There were times when I wanted to bull ahead, but she cautioned me at these times citing obstacles that would likely present themselves that I could not envision. I had my ideas of how to get what I felt I deserved and she patiently educated me on the realities of the court system. She, of course, worked hard on my case, but she also spent a lot of time on smaller issues that she didn’t really have to do. For a professional, knowledgeable personable and hardworking attorney, Donna Ginzl fits the profile well..”    R.M.

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