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Kent A. Tess-Mattner

KAT2015-webKent A. Tess-Mattner is the President of Schmidt, Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox, S.C.  He received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Carroll College (now University) in 1975 and his law degree in 1980 from Marquette University Law School, where he was the Managing Editor of the Marquette Law Review. Following graduation, he worked for two years as law clerk to the Honorable John A. Decker, Chief Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

As a trial and appellate lawyer, Kent has handled many jury trials and trials to the court, and numerous appeals (including many for other lawyers’ clients after trial). He has extensive experience in family law (including divorce, paternity, post-divorce modifications of maintenance, child support, child placement and custody); in personal injury law, representing people injured in automobile, bicycle, and motorcycle accidents; and in real estate law, both transactional (representing buyers or sellers) and litigation.

Kent’s goal is to provide the highest quality legal services to his clients, and to work with them in partnership to achieve their desired outcomes.  His legal skills have been recognized by his peers, as he has been named among the Best Lawyers in America in family and appellate law, and a Super Lawyer in family law.  The independent rating site Avvo gives him its highest ranking, 10.0.

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In addition to his full-time law practice, Kent is very active in professional and community service.  Throughout his career, he has served on dozens of bar association committees, in addition to co-chairing the Milwaukee Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section and serving as President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Society of Family Lawyers.  The Wisconsin Supreme Court appointed him to the Board of Attorneys Professional Responsibility (now Office of Lawyer Regulation) District Committee for 1987-1989. Currently he is the President of the Leander J. Foley, Jr. Matrimonial Chapter of American Inns of Court; a member of the Board of Directors of the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin; and a volunteer judge for national and state mock trial competitions.

In the community, Kent is a long-time member and former President of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) Board of Directors, and for many years has served as head chaperone for MYSO’s international and domestic tours.  He also is President of the Board of Directors of Presbyterian Homes of Wisconsin, Inc. and is a ruling elder at his church.  He is a long-time member of Business Network International (BNI) (Referrals Unlimited East chapter), and has served as its President and Education Coordinator, among other positions.

A popular speaker, Kent has given many presentations for lawyers, business people, and community groups.  His writings have been published in the Marquette Law Review and other publications, including a chapter in the State Bar of Wisconsin publication, The Law of Damages in Wisconsin.

One of Kent’s avocations is music — specifically, playing trombone.  He is a member of the International Trombone Association, and is the trombone section leader for both the Concord Chamber Orchestra and the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band. He is the former President of the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band’s Board of Directors, and coordinates the Milwaukee Trombone Choir every summer.  In addition, he plays many other public and private “gigs” throughout the year. He previously served for many years as a member and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Civic Music Association.

Kent is admitted to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and both United States District Courts in Wisconsin, as well as all Wisconsin courts and administrative agencies.

In his spare time, Kent enjoys bicycling, traveling, reading, cooking, watching sports, and playing with his two young grandchildren.

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