Meet The Firm
Since 1982, the attorneys at ESSERLAW LLC have been serving the community and helping consumers, just like you, achieve success through trying financial times. Come meet with one of our experienced debt relief specialists. Let us help you evaluate your situation and create a plan. Together, we’ll chart a new course, enabling you to be…debt free.
Todd C. Esser
“Too many people are losing their family homes, cars and investments because they didn’t realize the options that were available to them.”
Todd C. Esser is the owner of ESSERLAW LLC, a law firm providing debt relief and budget counseling options for individuals and small businesses. Mr. Esser has been serving the Greater Milwaukee Area since 1982. Todd received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1978, and law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in 1982. He served as a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee in the Eastern District of Wisconsin from 1988 through 1998. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Bar Association, National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and the 7th Circuit Bar Association.
Included among Attorney Esser’s numerous awards of distinction are several years of Milwaukee Magazine’s selections for Milwaukee’s Top Attorneys, and Wisconsin Super Lawyers. He has also earned multiple listings by the prestigious publication, ‘Best Lawyers’ in both the ‘Wisconsin’s Best Lawyers’ and ‘Best Lawyers in America’ Categories.
Robert M. Waud
“In this business, we are in a position to genuinely help…at the end of my day, I go home knowing that the people I’ve dealt with are in a better situation.”
‘Bob’ received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in 1969, and graduated from Marquette Law School in 1973. While at Ermenc & Hays in Milwaukee, he developed an interest in the field of bankruptcy, and took over ownership of the Bankruptcy Clinic, SC, moving to downtown Milwaukee and specializing in bankruptcy law. In 1994, he joined the firm of Schober & Radtke, SC as their bankruptcy attorney until the dissolution of the firm in 2010. During this period, he was appointed to the panel of bankruptcy trustees and served as Trustee in Bankruptcy until 1996.
He has been an associate at Todd C. Esser & Associates since 2010, and looks forward to continuing to help people become debt free with ESSERLAW LLC. Milwaukee Magazine several times listed Attorney Waud in their Super Lawyers Bankruptcy Section, and he has been a regular consultant for various publications, newspapers, and seminars.
Kirk M. Fedewa
“It’s nice getting to know our clients and helping them achieve good, personally tailored solutions to their stressful financial situations.”
Kirk has been a resident of Milwaukee since August of 2000, when he began attending Wisconsin Lutheran College. It was there he was able to pursue his interest in History, Political & Social Science, obtaining his BA in 2004. He spent the next 8 years working within the Bankruptcy Court, 6 of which were in Judge Susan V. Kelley’s chambers as her Courtroom Deputy. In 2013, he earned the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence. Kirk graduated cum laude from Marquette Law School in May 2014, and was admitted to the Wisconsin State Bar, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of the Wisconsin the same year.
Attorney Fedewa is a Member of the Milwaukee Bar Association, and St. Marcus Lutheran Church. He serves on the Board of Directors for St. Marcus Lutheran Church and School, one of the premier voucher schools in the nation.
Steven E. Berg
“I left a larger firm because I felt I could make a bigger difference on a more personal level.”
A Wisconsin Native, ‘Steve’ received his Atrium Baccalaureus from Ripon College, in 1978, and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Law, in 1984. A former partner at Quale, Feldbruegge, Calvelli, Thom & Croke, he concentrated on Personal Injury and Litigation.
Due to Steve’s desire to work one on one with clients, where he could have a greater effect on individual cases, he associated with Todd C. Esser in 1995. His fields of expertise include: Landlord/Tenant; Personal Injury; Real Estate; Bankruptcy and General Civil Matters.
Dorothy H. Dey
“I enjoy the challenge of finding the right solution to each client’s particular needs and circumstances.”
An Alumnus of both Marquette University and Marquette University Law School, Attorney Dey’s general civil law practice includes: business insolvency, civil litigation, guardianships, debtor and creditor rights, bankruptcy, receiverships, CHIPs cases, general corporate, probate, residential and commercial real estate transactions, and family law. Some of the many Associations that Dee Dee is involved with: State Bar of Wisconsin – Family Law Section; State Bar of Wisconsin – Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditor’s Rights Section; Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association; Illinois State Bar Association; and Association for Women Lawyers.
Michael J. Cerniglia
“I consider it a privilege to be an attorney; accordingly, I strive to reach the best possible results for my clients…while treating them with the respect and dignity they deserve along the way.”
“Mike” counsels consumers in the bankruptcy process and represents them at their court hearings in Federal District Court. Mike grew up in Lake Geneva, WI and has a strong family connection to Southeastern WI. Mike graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999, and Hamline University School of Law in 2004. He began his career as a part-time public defender in Southeast Minnesota as a way to help the disenfranchised. Mike began practicing bankruptcy law as a way to help good people make a fresh start when faced with difficult circumstances. Mike practiced bankruptcy law in Minneapolis, MN for eight years before joining ESSERLAW. In addition to bankruptcy experience, Mike has practiced in the areas of real estate law, family law, and social security disability law, which often intersect with bankruptcy. Mike is licensed in Federal District Court, Districts of Minnesota and Wisconsin; Minnesota State Court; and Wisconsin State Court.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, hiking with his dog, and landscape photography…and of course watching the Packers.
“I personally know people who are in unfair situations completely out of their control. People don’t know what options are available to them.”
Michael hails from the Milwaukee area, and is an avid fan of all Wisconsin Sports. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Juris Doctorate from University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Law. Initially Michael had a general, civil practice which included: Criminal Law, Landlord/Tenant Disputes, and Real Estate Law. Helpful by nature, Attorney Rud decided to expand his practice to include Bankruptcy. He joined ESSERLAW in order to make people, who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances, more aware of accessible choices.
Michelle, a Fox Valley native, attended law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. Prior to opening her own practice in the Menasha area, Michelle worked at an Oshkosh area law firm specializing in Bankruptcy Law and a law firm located in El Centro, California, concentrating on family law, criminal law and appeals. Michelle has focused her practice on helping people change their lives for the better. Her role as an attorney allows her to ensure her clients receive a fair and just outcome to their case. Michelle enjoys working closely with her clients to guide them through the legal process, keeping them fully informed at all times and working with them to establish an enduring financial responsibility and personal independence.
Our Legal Support Team is with you every step of the way, on your journey to becoming debt free:
Nancy – “It’s rewarding to see the wave of relief wash over someone, after they’ve met with one of our attorneys.”
Julie – “When I talk to a potential new client, I try to listen to their situation and concerns. I let them know that sometimes just coming in to get their options from an attorney can give them peace of mind and calm their nerves. The unknown is what’s scary and this doesn’t have to be.”
Kyle – “At ESSERLAW, our goal is to help you make positive strives in your life as well as getting your life back in order. Knowing that when I leave for the day, our clients are well taken care of motivates me to work smarter and better. Bankruptcy is not known to be fun, but at ESSERLAW we help you look past that and look to the future.”
Timm – “When I see anxious people in the lobby, I know that as soon as they begin their consultation, the weight will begin to lift. They’ve already taken the first step.”
Jenny – “I’ve worked with the Firm for over 20 years and I’m still inspired by the depth of compassion. The vast legal and technical knowledge of the attorneys is tremendous.”
John – “I am fairly new with the firm, and I’m not only taken aback by the quality and level of service given to our clients, but also the empathy that is shown to them during this extremely important milestone in their lives”.
Beth – “ I enjoy working with ESSERLAW. I find them to be heart-centered people who actually care about their client’s well-being. They fight the good fight. By making the firm more accessible to those in need of a guiding hand, ESSERLAW makes it easier for people to take that first step towards getting their lives back on track.”
Karen – “I enjoy being part of this VERY HARD WORKING TEAM. We diligently strive to relieve the stress of not being able to make ends meet. Our Team presents matters to clients in a respectful way that they understand and appreciate.”