Attorney Jessica M. Butler was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She grew up on the Northwest and East sides of Milwaukee. At an early age she knew she wanted to become a lawyer. As a child Attorney Butler attended a number of political events with her father; who was a Wisconsin Judge for most of her childhood. She would frequently shadow him to get a feel for the courtroom and see how he helped people resolve problems.
Attorney Butler attended Morse Middle School for the Gifted and Talented, and Rufus King High School. In 2001, she began her college career at UW-Madison. In her second year of college, she had her first child. Excited to become a mother, but determined to finish school and pursue her dreams of becoming a lawyer, she transferred to UW-Milwaukee to be closer to family. At UWM, Attorney Butler pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; the first historically black Greek letter sorority. In May of 2006, Attorney Butler received her Bachelor’s degree from UWM majoring in Political Science with a Pre-Law focus.
Following in her father’s footsteps, Attorney Butler attended UW-Law School. In addition to being both a full-time student and single mother, she was actively involved in her sorority, the Black Law Students’ Association, the Law School Family Association and the Student Bar Association. She also interned for Chief Judge C. William Foust in Dane County and volunteered as an advocate for the UW-Law School’s Unemployment Appeals Clinic.
After earning her juris doctorate from UW-Law School, Attorney Butler moved back to Milwaukee to be near her family. For the last eight years she practiced general civil litigation and worker’s compensation, primarily doing insurance defense, as well as plaintiff’s civil and constitutional rights. For a number of years she has accepted pro bono work through the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project. She is also an author of the “Multiple Damages” chapter for the State Bar’s PINNACLE series, The Law of Damages in Wisconsin. Her vast experiences help her achieve the very best possible results for her clients.
As a mother of two daughters, ages 1 and 14, Attorney Butler loves to spend her free time with her family. She also finds time to be actively involved in the legal community and serves as the current president of the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers, a member of the State Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee, she serves as a youth mentor for aspiring lawyers, a member of the Milwaukee Bar Association’s Courts Committee, and she is actively involved with her church. From a young age, Attorney Butler has always taken an interest in social justice and has believed in advocating for and defending the rights of the disadvantaged and underprivileged. She is honored to pursue her dreams as an advocate for the people.