What Makes a Great Family Law Attorney?

McLario, Helm, Bertling, & Spiegel, S.C.

It is a question which can have many answers. Words like empathy, patience and understanding come to mind as well as ability to negotiate a good settlement and no-nonsense, yet objective. At McLario, Helm, Bertling & Spiegel, we are fortunate that attorney, Alan (Al) Spiegel embodies all of these personality traits as he assists clients, in what are perhaps the most challenging moments of their lives.

“My goal is not only to serve my clients with compassion and integrity, but to do so as an extension of what I believe,” Spiegel notes. This means that everything he does is filtered through the lens of his Christian faith. “My faith is a part of who I am and that does not change when I step into my work environment. In fact, I believe that my career is the ideal place to represent my faith in how I handle myself, helping clients through very difficult situations.”

Spiegel did not always aspire to be an attorney. At one point in his life, he was considering a role in politics. “I really wanted to be a part of creating laws that made a difference for people.” His political aspirations took him to the office of Congressman, Jim Sensenbrenner, as Intern in Washington DC. In the end, Al decided he would rather help people on a more personal level. “One of the best parts of my job is that I get to meet a lot of different people and support them through very trying circumstances. It is a privilege to speak peace into their lives,” he adds.

Al’s main practice areas are family law (mainly divorce and paternity issues) as well as estate planning. He has been practicing law since 2004 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

When he is not serving his clients, most of Al’s time is spent with his wife and five children (two sons and three daughters). You can also find him actively involved in his church, serving as a mentor in the youth group. “It is always exciting to see young people grasp what they believe. I am honored to have a small part in guiding them as they start to really own their faith. It is exciting to see the next generation put their beliefs into action.” He notes.

In the end, Al’s career as an attorney is about serving others. “I believe that we all have a responsibility to use the gifts we are given to help others. It is my privilege to use my role as an attorney to serve those who call on me,” he concludes.


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