Sarah Ponath has announced her candidacy for the Waukesha County Circuit Court Branch 5 judgeship.
Ponath, who operates The Law Offices of Sarah A. Ponath LLC in Butler, will seek the seat held by retiring Judge Lee Dreyfus Jr. in the April 7 election.
Ponath served as an advocate in juvenile court, criminal proceedings and civil litigation in Waukesha County circuit courts for more than 12 years. She has handled nearly 700 cases in all divisions of the Waukesha County court system including estate administration, small claims and real estate, according to a news release.
Ponath is a graduate of Marquette University Law School and received the Waukesha County Bar Association’s Distinguished Member award in 2017. Her other professional memberships include the State Bar of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Bar Association and the Washington County Bar Association. She is active in the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association, earning its Alumni Advocate of the Year award for her service.
Ponath’s legal background includes experience as a special prosecutor in the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office, and as an assistant municipal prosecutor for the city of Brookfield and town of Delafield. She practiced with Nelson, Connell, Conrad, Tallmadge & Slein for several years before opening her own law office in 2012. Her practice focuses on business transactions, civil litigation, real estate, estate planning, traffic defense and debt collection.