The skills needed to successfully resolve cases stretch far beyond the letter of the law. Effective and balanced representation requires carefully listening-to and advancing each client's interests at all stages of the legal process. From carefully weighing your needs to suggesting a balanced and cost-effective approach, a successful outcome takes a multifaceted advocate with the right balance of experience, natural ability and aggressive litigation in the courtroom. Whether defending you against criminal charges, pursuing a civil action or resolving a family dispute, the focus is always the same: Protecting your work, your family, your freedom and your personal safety. Attorney Jody L. Usow is an experienced litigator in Family, Civil and Criminal law. She has tried hundreds of cases in Wisconsin Circuit Courts since 1986 and specializes in these three practice areas.
Divorce, child custody, child support, placement, paternity and domestic violence/ restraining orders In addition to representing private clients, Ms. Usow is regularly appointed as a Guardian ad Litem in the interest of minor children by local Circuit and Childrens Courts and is a member of the Collaborative Law Council of Wisconsin.
Criminal felony and misdemeanor defense, municipal and criminal traffic defense. While Ms. Usow tries a variety of criminal and misdemeanor cases she has additonal experience in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault including both adults and minors. Cases also include drug-offences, OWI, theft and traffic.
An increasing number of family law cases involve criminal components, including charges or at least allegations such as Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Successfully negotiating these overlapping domestic and criminal issues at the same time can make a significant difference in successfully managing both cases as they proceed towards resolution. Having an attorney skilled and experienced in litigating both criminal and family law improves the chances that both cases can be resolved faster, with lower conflict and less overall disruption. Attorney Usow has broad experience trying cases before juries and courts throughout Wisconsin, with a primary focus in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Racine and Kenosha Counties.