Corporation Counsel
 

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Catherine Grady

Practice Areas

  • Annual Review of Protective Placement
  • Guardianships

Miscellaneous

Catherine Grady came to the Milwaukee County Office of Corporation Counsel in 2006 from the same office in Waukesha County. Although she has experience in child support, juvenile guardianships, child/juvenile in need of protective services, truancies, foreclosures, wage claims and mental health, she is the paralegal assigned to all things relative to adult guardianship and protective placement. She makes her case load look easy thanks to the many great social workers, court staff and attorneys she interacts with daily. Her paralegal certificate was obtained in 2000 from American Institute for Paralegal Studies, Inc.

 


Stephanie Mackey

Practice Areas

  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Personal Injury

Education

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College, A.A.S

Miscellaneous

Stephanie Mackey joined the Milwaukee County Office of Corporation Counsel in August 2012. She graduated with scholastic recognition in 2008 from Milwaukee Area Technical College with an associate's degree in applied science with an emphasis on paralegal studies. She provides litigation assistance to three attorneys, with a primary focus on civil rights and complex litigation, in appellate, state and federal court, and administrative forums. Additionally, Stephanie works in a position of trust and discretion to assist Corporation Counsel and Deputy Corporation Counsel with special projects as needed. In addition to her primary litigation focus, Stephanie has extensive knowledge of the county’s in rem tax foreclosure actions and personal injury and employment discrimination litigation. As an experienced paralegal for the OCC, Stephanie handles all aspects of file management, including, but not limited to, conducting legal research, drafting pleadings and discovery, gathering and analyzing documents, preparing for trial and communicating with stakeholders. In her personal time, Stephanie enjoys spending time outdoors with her son Caiden and her not-so-outdoorsy pug Chubbs.

 


Ashley McCune

Practice Areas

  • Mental Health Commitments 
  • Foreclosure Matters

Education

  • Alverno College, B.A.

Miscellaneous

Ashley McCune came to the Milwaukee County Office of Corporation Counsel in July 2014. She graduated from Alverno College in May of 2007 with a bachelor's degree in communications. Her professional experience includes working as a paralegal for a private, bankruptcy and foreclosure law firm. Ashley's primary focus is on Chapter 51 Emergency Detentions and Mental Health Commitments. She assists with calendaring, scheduling and drafting pleadings for mental health cases. Ashley assists with witness preparation and works with many outside case agencies regarding mental health in Milwaukee County. 

 


Lacey Firehammer

Practice Areas

  • Civil Rights (Section 1983)
  • Personal Injury
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Three-party Petitions
  • Guardianship

Prior Experience

  • Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, Litigation Paralegal
  • Watton Law Group, Bankruptcy Paralegal
  • Affordable Legal Services, General Practice Paralegal
  • Steffes Law Office, General Practice Legal Assistant

Education

  • Concordia University, B.S., Criminal Justice Management
  • Madison College, A.S., Paralegal Studies (Dean’s List)

Affiliations/Activities

  • Racial Equity Ambassador, Milwaukee County Office on African American Affairs

Miscellaneous

Lacey Firehammer came to the Milwaukee County Office of Corporation Counsel in January 2019. She graduated from Concordia University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management and has an additional associate degree in paralegal studies from the American Bar Association approved program at Madison College. Her prior professional experience has been in the private sector, practicing primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, civil litigation and criminal defense. Lacey’s current role in the OCC focuses on civil rights litigation, personal injury, employment discrimination, three-party petitions and guardianship work. She enjoys investigating and organizing information to uncover the truth in every case.

In March of 2019, Lacey applied and was selected to be a Racial Equity Ambassador for the Milwaukee County Office on African American Affairs. As an ambassador, she is dedicated and passionate about making Milwaukee County a better place to work and live. In addition to her work as an ambassador, Lacey works hand-in-hand with Corporation Counsel, Margaret Daun, to implement the OCC’s initiative to educate and improve the diversity and inclusion of the Milwaukee bar through cooperative partnerships with Milwaukee’s premiere law firms and other local public and private general counsels.

In her time away from the office, Lacey and her two children can be found enjoying all of the family-friendly events that Milwaukee County has to offer.

 


Rhonda L. Smith

Practice Areas

  • Civil Rights Cases
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Equal Rights Division (ERD) 
  • Foreclosure Matters
  • Wage Claims Collections

Education

  • Concordia University, B.A.
  • Concordia University, M.B.A

Miscellaneous

Rhonda Smith came to the Milwaukee County Office of Corporation Counsel in August 1998. Her professional experience includes 27 years working as a legal assistant (secretary) and paralegal in the legal field (private and public sectors). She possesses both a bachelor's degree in criminal justice management and a master's degree in public administration and human resources management from Concordia University. 

 


Sara K. Martin

Practice Areas

  • Three-Party Petitions
  • Civil Rights Cases
  • Personnel Review Board/Civil Service Commission

Education

  • Knox College, B.A.
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College, Paralegal Certificate

Miscellaneous

Sara Martin joined the Milwaukee County Office of Corporation Counsel in November 2019, following an 11-year career as a criminal law paralegal with Henak Law Office, S.C. She graduated cum laude from Knox College in June 2008 with a bachelor's degree in theater arts and completed a certificate program in paralegal studies at Milwaukee Area Technical College in May 2012. In her OCC role, she provides litigation support, handles three-party petitions and assists with disciplinary hearings for county personnel. She also helps maintain the OCC website. In her personal time, she teaches Hebrew School at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid and enjoys sewing, singing, tabletop gaming and spending time with her two children.

 


Rachel Preston

Practice Areas

  • Pension
  • Intellectual Property

Prior Experience

  • Quarles & Brady, Sr. Trademark Paralegal
  • Smith Amundsen, Sr. Intellectual Property Paralegal, Manager
  • Hush Blackwell, Sr. Intellectual Property Paralegal

Education

  • Alverno College, A.A., Paralegal Studies

Miscellaneous

Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, four grown children (and their spouses), three grandchildren, and one French bulldog grand-puppy. She loves to travel and, as part of a Navy family, she is fortunate to get to travel the world. Watching her children grow up and chose their paths has helped her better understand some of the enormous issues that are before us. She is grateful for all that they have taught her and hopes to make a difference and affect change.

 


Daniele Rasmussen

Practice Areas

  • Legal Assistant

Prior Experience

  • Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, Secretary
  • Milwaukee Public Schools, Head Secretary

Miscellaneous

Daniele greets visitors coming to the Office of Corporation Counsel and assists management and support staff with various tasks. She is the proud mother of three children (all in college). She enjoys spending time with family and crafting.

OFFICE OF CORPORATION COUNSEL

901 N. 9th Street, Room 303
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 278-4300

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