Western District of Wisconsin, 1994
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Moot Court Board
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Dane County Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin
Family Law Assistance Center, Dane County Bar Mediation Program
My name is Erin Hahn. Before I went to law school, I worked in the insurance industry. That experience was invaluable and provided me an understanding of how that industry works. After law school, I was corporate counsel for a major insurance company.
After a short period of time, I was hired as an Assistant District Attorney in Washington County. It was then that I realized my passion was in representing people, not the State or an insurance company. I wanted to get to know the story of the person who found themselves in court and help that person.
I became a criminal defense attorney at a private firm in Madison specializing in drunk driving defense. After working at that firm a short while, I joined another Madison attorney and soon became a partner at Sipsma & Hahn, which eventually became Sipsma, Hahn & Brophy. I was a partner with those firms for nearly 17 years.
I am proud to have recently started my own law firm. My focus is exclusively on family and criminal law. I have handled complex international custody cases, high net-worth divorces and contentious custody battles. I am also a member of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin and have expertise in collaborative divorces.
I have also successfully defended criminal cases ranging from sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, burglary, OWI cases and have an extensive background in criminal law. I am an adjunct instructor at the UW Law School.
Working with me is my paralegal Kathryn Ellefson. She and I have worked together for three years. She has a bachelor’s of arts degree from Grinnell College. She has six years’ experience working as a paralegal. Together we are a team committed to personal service and providing you with the highest quality legal services.
In the end, what matters most to you are results. We believe that those results are the product of individual contact, control of the legal process and negotiations, extensive preparations and vigorous advocacy.
It is an honor and a privilege for me to represent my clients. I aggressively protect their legal interests while remaining compassionate to their struggles.
We know that this experience is difficult for you and want to position you best for moving forward in your life. Your future success is important to me. In the end, the best result for my clients is what matters most to me.
• State Bar of Wisconsin
• Dane County Bar Association
• Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin
Shelby grew up in the small town of Mineral Point, Wisconsin. After high school, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. During her time in college she interned in London for a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons. She also interned at the White House immediately following her graduation.
In 2017, Shelby again graduated from the University of Wisconsin with her Juris Doctor. Shelby completed several internships during law school including an internship with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in the Office of General Counsel. She joined the Law Office of Erin M. Hahn immediately after graduating law school.
Shelby’s areas of concentration include divorce litigation, collaborative and cooperative divorce/legal separation, paternity actions, child custody and placement, child support, and other financial issues. Shelby has served as a Guardian ad Litem in family law matters, representing the best interests of the minor children.
Shelby also represents individuals pursuing injunctions (restraining orders) and those individuals defending against injunctions.
Shelby is committed to compassionate and informed legal representation. She understands that divorce and other family law proceedings are very difficult. She is committed to helping navigate through the often-complicated process of litigation.
Shelby volunteers with the Family Law Assistance Center and as a Judge for the annual Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Competition.