Monica Wedgewood’s drive to excel is evident in both in her work and relationships.
Wedgewood handles both corporate litigation and family law cases in von Briesen & Roper’s Madison office. In one aspect of her job, she deals with divorce, child-custody and paternity issues; in another, she represents clients in commercial and business litigation, including cases involving contract and lease disputes, construction defects and property-damage claims, as well as shareholder disputes.
Just four years into her practice, Wedgewood has become one of the go-to litigation associates in her office.
She earned that status by being “impeccably organized” and “exceptionally determined in her advocacy,” said Joseph Rolling, principal associate at von Briesen. In one case, Wedgewood fought for her clients over a two-hour oral argument.
These qualities also shine through in her written work, Rolling said. Wedgewood has been a frequent contributor to briefs and petitions before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the state Supreme Court.
Providing quality service, Wedgewood said, involves adopting strategies best suited to each client’s needs and zealously advocating for clients’ best interests.
Rolling remembers Wedgewood impressing him during their discussion of a case involving eminent domain – his forte – soon after they became colleagues a year ago.
“I was amazed when she explained her analysis to me,” he said. “She had spotted all the traps, saw the big picture and could explain the issue to me in elegantly simple terms.”
Through her work with the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, Wedgewood advocates for victims of domestic violence.
“Being able to provide these clients counsel and support at one of the most difficult times of their lives and ensure that they get the court protection they need is incredibly fulfilling,” said Wedgewood, who earned a law degree and master’s in public affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She also serves on the board of the Madison Public Library Foundation. In one instance, she spearheaded a drive to collect toiletries at her office after learning that some children had skipped school because they couldn’t take care of basic necessities at home.
At her firm, Wedgewood has helped fellow young attorneys move into the workplace, as well as sharpen their problem-solving abilities.
“She listens, talks through the issue and does so in a methodical way,” Rolling said. “This type of rigorous analysis serves as a model for other young lawyers to emulate.”