Christy Brooks’ practice focuses on school and family law, and litigation techniques. Her work for school districts has a special emphasis on state and federal laws affecting pupil matters including discipline and special education. In the family law area, in addition to divorce and paternity, her work includes Collaborative Divorce cases.
Christy’s professional memberships include: American and Milwaukee and Ozaukee County Bar Associations (Treasurer), State Bar of Wisconsin, Association for Women Lawyers, and Wisconsin School Attorneys Association. She served on the Board of Directors for Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, was president of Wisconsin School Attorneys Association and chaired the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Bench/Bar Committee. In 2001 Christy was named a “Woman of Influence” by the Milwaukee Business Journal. In 2009, she received the Exceptional Pro Bono Advocacy Award from Legal Action of Wisconsin and in 2010 she received the Association for Women Lawyers Annual Pro Bono Award. In 2019 Christy received the George Tipler Award for Distinguished Service in School Law by the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association. She is a member of the Milwaukee Barristers’ Club, for which she was Chancellor. Christy was President of the Board of Trustees of The Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation, is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and was a Board Member of the Professional Dimensions Charitable Fund. She is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® and in Wisconsin Super Lawyers® in Family Law.
Her civic activities have included: Board of Directors: Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund, Greater Milwaukee Voluntary Action Center, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Task Force on Family Violence (President). She is a member of the Milwaukee County Healthy Start Community Action Network (CAN). She also was a member of the City of Milwaukee and Madison Boards of Zoning Appeals. Christy has served as past secretary to the McKinley Elementary PTA, and as past secretary to the Milwaukee Wellesley Club. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Emily Brooks Foundation; and was a member of the Wauwatosa Civil Service Commission for ten years (Chair from 2002-2004). She received a 2007 Wisconsin Law Journal “Leader in the Law” Award and in 2008 was recognized by the State Bar of Wisconsin Pro Bono Initiative for her pro bono service on behalf of Legal Action of Wisconsin. She also worked with the Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families Committee to reduce infant mortality.