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Martha J. Thelen

Attorney My passion is recognizing each individual client's unique situation, and tailor-making a strategy that fits them and their specific needs with compassion and strength.

Martha has practiced law since 2008. She began her career working with senior attorneys on a variety of interesting and unique cases in civil litigation and in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, giving her a thirst for justice, legal argument, and working hard to make her clients’ path through the thorny legal road as smooth as possible. Martha realizes that each case is unique, and deserves focus and attention. In July 2014, she joined the team at Rizzo and Diersen to continue serving clients in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Areas of Practice:

Martha’s primary practice areas are family law, civil litigation, and appeals. Her goal for all her clients is the same: to achieve the best result possible while guiding them through the difficult, and sometimes painful, legal process. She is one of a few Wisconsin attorneys with a focus on fireworks law.

Additional information

From 2001-2004, Martha lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland, while obtaining her B.A. and M..A. in English Literature at Queen’s University, Northern Ireland. After graduation, she returned stateside to Lynchburg, Virginia, where she was one of the inaugural class members of Liberty University School of Law and helped lead Street Law, a program for incarcerated youth. After law school graduation in 2007, Martha returned to her childhood home of Walworth County.

Personal Interests

Martha is a proud member of the Lake Geneva Rotary Club. Her long-time passion is working with junior high and high school students, which she is currently doing through her church youth group. Her favorite hobbies, which she shares with her husband, are bike-riding and swing dancing.


  • Queens University, Belfast (B.A. 2002)
  • Queens University, Belfast (M.A. 2004)
  • Liberty University School of Law (J.D. 2007)


  • 2008 – Wisconsin
  • 2009 – U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Walworth County Bar Association