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Colin A. Drayton - Milwaukee, WI

11270 W. Park PlaceSuite 220 Milwaukee, WI 53224

Updated: 12/13/2023

Milwaukee Family Law Lawyer

Overview

Colin represents those going through divorce. He is well-versed in dealing with financial issues such as property division, child support, maintenance, and children’s issues. Additionally, he has drafted and negotiated over 100 prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements, and has several published works on this topic.

Colin also has experience with family-law appellate cases, including drafting briefs to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court...

Colin represents those going through divorce. He is well-versed in dealing with financial issues such as property division, child support, maintenance, and children’s issues. Additionally, he has drafted and negotiated over 100 prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements, and has several published works on this topic.

Colin also has experience with family-law appellate cases, including drafting briefs to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court. This included serving as co-counsel in a successful appeal to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Siech v. Schwab (Wisconsin Supreme Court, published opinion June 22, 2021).

He publishes and presents on family law issues, and on prenuptial agreements. This includes multiple articles in the Wisconsin Journal of Family Law, the American Journal of Family Law, and a co-authored chapter on Wisconsin Prenuptial Agreement Law that was published by Wolters Kluwer.

He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin Family Law Section, the Leander J. Foley Society of Family Lawyers, the Association of Family Conciliation Courts, and the Waukesha Bar Association. He also devoted time as part of a task force that revised the Milwaukee County family court rules.


About Colin A. Drayton

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Divorce
  • Property Division
  • Paternity
  • Alimony
  • Prenuptial Agreements

Qualifications

Other Affiliations

  • State Bar of Wisconsin Family Law Section (Member)
  • Leander J. Foley Society of Family Lawyers, Member
  • Association of Family Conciliation Courts, Member (Wisconsin Chapter, Member)
  • Waukesha Bar Association (Member)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association (past member)

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
    Honors: cum laude
  • Carthage College
    Honors: summa cum laude

Classes and Seminars

  • Contributor to case studies, “Divorce Wisconsin Style: Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers,” Judges Panel, February 2020, February 2019, March/April 2021.
  • Co-Presenter, Between Shirking and Earning Capacity: An Analysis of Caselaw, Wisconsin Judicial College, January 2018

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Colin A. Drayton

Included on the 2023 Wisconsin list


Past Lists

  • 2022 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Colin A. Drayton on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Rising Star by Wisconsin Super Lawyers, as published in Milwaukee Magazine, 2020-2023
  • Top 10 Under 40 for excellence in field of family law by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2022

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Office Information

Address

11270 W. Park PlaceSuite 220 Milwaukee, WI 53224

Accepts Credit Cards

Yes

Office Hours

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday: By Appointment Only

Publication

Articles

  • Chapter: Carlton D. Stansbury and Colin A. Drayton, Wisconsin: Prenuptial Law published in Drafting Prenuptial Agreements, Skoloff, Singer, Jr. and Brown (Wolters Kluwer 1994; supp 2018).
  • Article: “Views from the Mediator’s Bench: Making Mediation More Effective,” 40 Wisconsin Journal of Family Law 9 (January 2023)
  • Article: “Not Empty Promises: Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Divorce Agreement Integrity,” 38 Wisconsin Journal of Family Law 73 (October 2021)
  • Article: “Stimulate Your Value with Stimulus Language,” 38 Wisconsin Journal of Family Law 62 (July 2021).
  • Article: Colin A. Drayton, Junion and the Enforceability of Prenuptial Agreements. 38 Wisconsin Journal of Family Law 6 (January 2021)
  • Article: Colin A. Drayton, Crime Doesn’t Pay: The Impact of Criminal Acts During Divorce, 36 Wisconsin Journal of Family Law 89 (November 2019)
  • Article: Carlton D. Stansbury & Colin A. Drayton, Increasing the Likelihood of Enforcing a Prenup, 33 American Journal of Family Law 221 (Spring 2019)
  • Presentation co-author: “Divide All Stock Options If-As-When? Not So Fast”, prepared for the American Association of Matrimonial Law-Wisconsin Chapter October 24, 2020 meeting.
  • Caselaw Update: Junion v. Junion, Appeal. No. 19-AF-844 (Court of Appeals, June 16, 2020)
  • An Overview of “Parental Separation of Overnight Care of Young Children”, prepared for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Wisconsin Chapter, 2017 Annual Education Event, Milwaukee, March 2017.

Representative Cases

  • Buck
  • Rust
  • Danielson
  • Quartana v. Quartana, Appeal No. 20-AP-1168 (Court of Appeals 2021)
  • Siech v. Schwab (Wisconsin Supreme Court, published opinion June 22, 2021)
  • Bernhard v. Bernhard, Appeal No. 20-AP-194 (Court of Appeals, December 3, 2020)
  • Siech v. Schwab, 2020 WI App. 40, Appeal No. 19-AP-1200 (Court of Appeals, May 5, 2020)
  • Kearns v. Kearns, 2017 WI 83 (Wisconsin Supreme Court Petition for Review)
  • Kearns v. Kearns, Appeal No. 16-AP-1407 (Court of Appeals, March 22, 2017)

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By Lori T. on Sep. 05, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars

I hired Burbach & Stansbury, specifically Colin Drayton and Carlton Stansbury, to handle my contentious divorce. Colin was my main contact and he did an outstanding job taking care of me. My case was difficult and trying but Colin always remained calm, which provided great comfort to me. I appreciated Colin?s intelligence and his willingness to listen and delve into the complexities of my case. They were more than fair with their fees and their integrity was paramount. Without hesitation, I would recommend Colin or Carlton to my family, friends, and colleagues.

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By Anonymous on Jul. 02, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars

Colin Drayton is a very genuine and professional lawyer. He respects clients beliefs and listens with empathy. Colin responded promptly to any questions or concerns that I had and did an amazing job with being creative when coming up with solutions. I would recommend Colin Drayton to anyone; friends and family!

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By Anonymous on May. 13, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars

I called the Burbach-Stansbury law firm office seeking advice on a very complicated case and Attorney Colin Drayton was kind enough to provide me with great advice along with a list of referrals to experienced attorneys specific to my case. I greatly appreciated Colin taking the time to put together an email with helpful information for a time-sensitive case. His assistant Ann Chenoweth-Braun was professional and prompt with delivering the message from Attorney Colin Drayton.

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By Anonymous on Sep. 03, 2020

5.0 out of 5 stars

Colin Drayton was a beacon of calm in the midst of my storm. Any concern or question I had was answered promptly and explained in terms I was able to understand. Colin was an excellent listener which was quite important to me during my time with him. He also managed our time well which was important to me since I needed to watch my budget. I found him more than competent as he knows his craft well and proved to "do his homework" well to my advantage. It was a pleasure to have him represent me.

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By John A. on Aug. 12, 2020

4.5 out of 5 stars

Came through for me during a very trying time of my life. Detailed oriented, thorough, and level headed Colin is certainly on the list of top family law attorney's.

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