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Gee enjoys working both sides of the court

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When Josephine Gee returns in early October from her second maternity leave in as many years, she will have a lot on her plate.

Gee has three jury trials scheduled, not to mention all of the other calls and work that have accumulated. She enjoys a “hodgepodge” of litigation both on the side of scorned wives and understandably cautious insurance investigators.

“It keeps everything very real. It teaches you that you can’t be so judgmental,” Gee said. “And I love to be in court on either side.”

Gee got her first taste of the mixed bag of expectations and results from work outside of Marquette’s classrooms for Hon. Michael Sullivan and at the State Public Defender’s office. Employed at Halling & Cayo SC since late 2007,

Gee has shouldered cases beyond family law, with arson and disability lawsuits that she says contain some of the same dynamics.

“Arguing in the court and working out details for my clients, those are real-world struggles that are not always easy,” Gee said. “No matter the client, you can get exactly what they want always.”

Away from the courtroom, Gee sits on the board of the Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay, where she lives with her husband Brendan and children Madeline, 2, and William, 3 months old.



What was your most useful law school course?

Public Interest Law internship

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what would you have done?


How many countries have you visited? Which ones?

Canada, Mexico, Spain, France

What can you spend hours doing that’s not law-related?

Spending time with family

What was your favorite toy as a child?

Cabbage Patch Kid

What famous person you would most like to have a drink with?

Hilary Clinton

What is your favorite thing to do in Wisconsin?

Going to a Packers game

What is the first concert you went to?


Which living person do you most admire?

Hilary Clinton

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?


How would your mother describe you in one word?


What are you craving right now?

Tuna tartare for lunch

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