Angela in the News

Oconomowoc attorney heads up all-woman law firm

She continues to advocate for those in need

By Emily Bultman Waukesha Freeman Staff
Appearing in the Waukesha Freeman and the Oconomowoc Enterprise
August 25, 2009

WAUWATOSA: - Since starting a law firm in 1999, M. Angela Dentice of Oconomowoc has been a trailblazer for women in the field.  Her small Wauwatosa firm is currently one of the few all-women firms in southeastern Wisconsin.

 Obviously, I didnt hire anyone simply because they are a woman.  I hired the best people, and they happen to be women.  So I would say this happens to be a firm of all women, Dentice said.  As a result of that, we have a certain amount of similarities with issues in our lives.

 Although the firm has had males associated with it in the past, Dentice is currently joined by her fellow attorney, Jackie Nuckels of Oconomowoc, as well as paralegals Judy Felker, Robin Thomas and Julie Hinickle.  Dentice said their focus remains exclusively on practicing personal injury and medical malpractice law on behalf of injured adults and children involved in auto accidents, brain injury accidents, nursing home negligence and medical malpractice cases.

 Before attending law school, she earned a business degree from Marquette University in 1970 and then a masters degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1974.

There were not a lot of women involved in the business arena back then in 1970.  I was essentially offered jobs as receptionist even though I had a bachelors degree, she said.  I decided to go back to school, because I really wanted to teach.

 Dentice spent the first years of her career in education, first teaching handicapped children and later as an administrator of programs for handicapped children in Milwaukee Public Schools.  She also taught courses relating to the education of handicapped children at UW-Milwaukee.

Because I taught kids who were handicapped of all different types, I had an appreciation for what a young person with a handicap goes through, Dentice said.

 Wanting to advocate for those in need, she entered law school and graduated with cum laude honors from Marquette University Law School in 1985.

 In 2001, she served as the first woman present of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, formerly the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, which is the state organization for personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers.

 I think if you want to ascend to a leadership position, no matter if you are a female or male, you have to be active in the organization and be willing to work on its behalf, she said.  I hope I can help other women become active in these organizations and become president.

Dentice was also appointed by Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton to be co-chairwoman of the Leadership and Political Task Force of the statewide economic initiative Wisconsin Women Prosperity and served on the team of women from 2003-05.

Prior to joining Dentices firm in 2007, Nuckels worked for firms in Brookfield and Milwaukee.

Having worked for other firms with all men, which is common in this profession, there was a draw to working here, because number one, she has a fantastic reputation and I wanted to get a component of mentorship, she said.

From a professional standpoint, this gives me a really good opportunity to develop my own style, but then also learn from her experiences.  It enables me to grow, where in other environments I may not have this.  From a personal aspect, Angela sends a positive message through her involvement in political causes and community causes.

 

 

 

 

 

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