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About Lindsey

Strategic counsel with judicial perspective on fiduciary, commercial and product liability litigation

Lindsey Grady advises clients on fiduciary litigation, including a full spectrum of issues related to probate, guardianships and conservatorships, and trusts and estates. She handles petitions to the probate court, preparation of nonjudicial settlement agreements, high-value probate administrations, special administrations, disputes arising from guardian and fiduciary actions, and adult adoption. Lindsey represents a wide range of product manufacturers and businesses in complex litigation matters, including product defense and negligence claims, toxic exposure claims and breach of contract disputes. She counsels businesses, individuals and fiduciaries on:

  • Trust, will, financial power of attorney and guardian disputes
  • Will and trust construction and interpretation
  • Breach of contract claims 
  • Product liability defense

Before joining Quarles, Lindsey served for 11 years as a Wisconsin Circuit Court judge, Milwaukee County. During her tenure, she served as the presiding judge for the Probate Division and also was a member of the Chief Judge Executive Committee. From 2009-2012, she was Milwaukee County’s deputy register in probate and acting judicial court commissioner. Prior to her public service, Lindsey worked at Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee and was a partner at a Milwaukee law firm.

Lindsey’s decade-plus experience on the bench enables her to understand what matters most to a judge when reviewing motions, briefs and petitions, providing her clients with a critical advantage in achieving the best possible outcome during a dispute.

Experience in Action

  • Litigates a range of fiduciary matters, including claims of breach of fiduciary duty, undue influence, lack of testamentary capacity and intentional interference with inheritance.
  • Counsels personal representatives, trustees and beneficiaries in complex probate, guardianship and trust administrations.
  • Represents manufacturers at all stages of product liability and toxic tort litigation.
  • Pre-lawsuit and active litigation mediation for disputes in trusts, probates, elder law, torts and contract matters.


  • Presided over hundreds of court and jury trials in criminal, probate and civil cases or matters.
  • Effectively navigated probate and fiduciary matters as an attorney, acting commissioner and judge.
  • Initiated and oversaw a successful overhaul of Milwaukee County Probate Court, ensuring alignment among all stakeholders.
  • Presented at national, regional and state conferences to judges and commissioners on best practices in handling domestic violence, probate and guardianship matters.

Professional & Civic Activities

  • State of Wisconsin, Circuit Court judge, Milwaukee County, Branch 23
    • Elected (2012, 2018)
    • Rotations: Misdemeanor, Domestic Violence, Children’s, Felony (Drugs & General), Civil and Probate
    • Leadership: Presiding judge, Probate Division; Chief Judge Executive Committee, member
  • Milwaukee County (2009-2012)
    • Deputy register in Probate, acting judicial court commissioner
  • Milwaukee Trial Judges Association, member (2012-2023), board member (2015-2021), president (2019-2020)
  • Office of State Courts, Judicial Council Committees (2013-present)
    • Juvenile Jury Instruction Committee and Uniform Bond Committee
  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (2012-2018)
    • Project One Juvenile Court Initiative, lead judge
    • Judicial Trainings on Domestic Violence, faculty
  • Milwaukee Bar Association (2009-present)
    • Probate and Elder Law, CLE speaker
  • Association for Women Lawyers, board member (2009-2013)
  • Fairchild Inns of Court
  • Mock trial: Whitnall high school coach, Milwaukee, Waukesha and statewide high school, college and law school mock trial judge (2004-present)
  • University School of Milwaukee Alumni, board 

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