Attorney Rachel Laborde obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture from Marquette University and subsequently earned her Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School. Attorney Laborde focuses her practice in Family Law and Divorce, where she excels in negotiating, mediating and litigating cases involving paternity, custody, physical placement, child support, maintenance, divorce, legal separation and post-judgment modifications. She is committed to delivering a client-centered, problem-solving approach where she consistently strives to reach results that provides the greatest value and long-term benefits to clients. She is confident that most cases can be resolved in a quick and cordial fashion, but Attorney Laborde is prepared to litigate with unwavering fervor should a mutually agreeable solution be out of reach.
Attorney Laborde is also a Certified Collaborative Family Law Lawyer. Collaborative family law practice is a unique, reasonable approach to handling a divorce or other family law matter, founded on three core principles: a written pledge not to fight in court, and withdrawal of the hired professionals if either party chooses to fight in court, open communication between the parties with an honest and good faith exchange of information, and negotiations leading to a mutually acceptable settlement that takes into account the highest priorities of all family members. The collaborative approach works with a team mindset; you and the other party, along with your attorneys, use the skills of mental health and financial specialists to maximize positive outcomes for the family. In addition to divorce, you can use the collaborative process in other family law matters such as paternity, annulment, legal separation, pre-marital agreements, post-nuptial agreements, non-marital relationships and same-sex relationships. The issues addressed in collaborative cases are the same ones addressed in traditional litigation cases: child custody and placement, property valuation and division, child support, maintenance (alimony), taxes, and insurance.
Professional MembershipsAmerican Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin State Bar of Wisconsin, Young Lawyers Division State Bar of Wisconsin, Leadership Development Committee State Bar of Wisconsin, Mentorship Committee Association for Women in Law Sheboygan County Bar Association Sheboygan Women in Management Network Client Skills Board/ Dispute Resolution Society Marquette Immigration Law Association Marquette Children and Family Law Society United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
Awards and NominationsAvvo Client Choice Award First Place Great Lakes Regional Meditation Competition Participant Child maltreatment Seminar CALI Excellence for Future Award 2015 Leadership Development Summit Nominee and Participant Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate Certified Collaborative Family Law Attorney
"Best Attorney I have ever had." – Beth, a divorce client
"She knew exactly how to handle what seemed like, every situation." – Ann, a family law client