Frequently Requested Information

Before you consider legal action which can be lengthy and expensive, start small and local! Here are some suggested first steps to take to resolve your problem.

  • For noise, pet or neighbor nuisance, property damage, did you file report with your local police department?
  • For incidents relating to the county bus, did you file a complaint with the transit system?
  • For medical, malpractice, and misdiagnoses, have you filed a complaint with your providers’ (hospital, clinic, doctor’s office) administration where treatment was received?
  • For property damage or injury caused by car incidents, have you filed a claim with your insurance company?
  • As an employee or employer having problems at work, have you talked to Human Resources, your supervisor, or followed recourse listed in your employee handbook?
  • As a tenant or landlord, have you talked to the landlord/tenant about the problem? Or filed a police report?
If after trying these suggestions, the problem has not been resolved to your satisfaction, try contacting one of these resources listed for your situation.

Appeal Criminal Charges in Milwaukee County - Unable to pay for a lawyer
Wisconsin State Public Defender – Appellate – Milwaukee (414) 227-4805

Complaints Against an Attorney
All complaints against attorneys in Wisconsin are handled by the Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It is recommended that you call (877) 315-6941 first to find out the best course of action.

Complaints against the City of Milwaukee Police Department or Officer(s)
Police and Fire Commission – City of Milwaukee (414) 286-5000

Criminal Charges in Milwaukee County - Need advice and/or representation but unable to afford it
Wisconsin State Public Defender – Trial – Milwaukee (414) 227-4805

Employment Issues/Concerns
Before you call or make a complaint, have you talked to Human Resources/manager/supervisor, followed recourse listed in your employee handbook, or talked with your employer about the problem? If it has not been resolved to your satisfaction, try contacting one of these resources:      

  • Wrongful Termination
  • Unpaid Wages
  • Other Employment Resources
    • 9 to 5 Job Problem Helpline – Wisconsin Chapter – Milwaukee Office (414) 274-0925. Get answers about employment rights, suggestions on how to handle workplace situations and organize for better policies, and referrals to government agencies, legal and community resources.
    • U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Info Line (800) 514-0301. Provides information and materials to the public about the requirements of the ADA and how the ADA applies to their situation.
Family Law Needs (divorce, custody, placement of children)
  • Private attorney referral Call the Milwaukee Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) at (414) 274-6768 if you can afford to hire an attorney.
  • Lower cost services for those who are financially eligible
    • Civitas Law Group (414) 949-5266. Low-cost legal representation in criminal defense, family law, immigration, and citizenship. Services in English and Spanish. This program is run on an appointment basis. Call (414) 949-5266 to schedule an appointment.
    • Centro Legal (414) 384-7900. Low-cost legal representation in family law and criminal misdemeanors. Services in English and Spanish.
    • Nonprofit Legal Referral Services (414) 435-0636. Low-cost legal representation in family and criminal law (misdemeanor & traffic). This program is run on an appointment basis. Call (414) 435-0636 to schedule an appointment.
    • Lagmann, Inc. (414) 755-3419. Low-cost sliding-scale representation for chapter 128 filings, bankruptcy, adult guardianships, landlord/tenant, criminal defense, juvenile law (including CHIPS, TPR) and family law.
    • Milwaukee Justice Center Forms Clinic (414) 278-2910. Help with filling out forms relating to divorce, child support/placement/custody modifications, and name changes.
    • Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic (414) 288-6912. Free brief legal advice on civil matters – no criminal or employment discrimination.
    • Mobile Legal Clinic Brings free legal services to neighborhoods. Find an upcoming clinic locations online.

Fee Disputes
The MBA assists with fee arbitration to help attorneys and clients resolve disagreements about fees. Please review the Fee Arbitration Fees and Rules. If you’d like to request fee arbitration, send the completed Fee Arbitration Request Form and payment made to the Milwaukee Bar Association, 747 North Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Please contact the MBA with any questions at (414) 276-5934.

Find Contact Information for an Attorney
Search for public information about the attorney on the State Bar of Wisconsin’s website or call the State Bar of Wisconsin (608) 257-3838.

Tenant/Landlord Issues
Before you call or make a complaint, have you talked to the landlord/tenant about the problem? If it has not been resolved to your satisfaction, try contacting one of these resources:


Your situation not here? Call the Milwaukee Bar Association's Lawyer Referral & Information Service (414) 274-6768.