MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Sara Geenen, a well-respected Milwaukee-based labor and employment attorney, announced today she’s running for Wisconsin Court of Appeals. The election for District 1 (Milwaukee County) will take place April 4, 2023, with a primary on February 21 if more than two candidates file. 

“Much of the judiciary has lost sight of what it means to uphold the Constitution and the laws to bring about ‘liberty and justice for all,’” said Geenen. “I want to serve the people as a judge because we cannot abandon the premise of a fair and neutral judiciary.”

Sara Geenen has built a litigation-heavy practice over the last 15 years, representing workers and local and international labor organizations in wage and hour and discrimination matters, collective bargaining, labor and contract disputes and rights enforcement, arbitration, and as creditors in bankruptcy or receivership cases. Geenen regularly presents on labor and employment law topics throughout the country.

“The proper role of a judge is to ensure a fair, thoughtful process that honors and protects parties’ rights, while upholding the Constitution and the law,” said Geenen. “This process is how we restore our values to the court and maintain the judiciary’s integrity.”

Geenen helped elect Governor Jim Doyle as a Field Organizer and worked in real estate before going to law school. She served as a board member for One Wisconsin Now and the State Bar of Wisconsin (Labor and Employment Law Section), and currently coaches youth basketball through Milwaukee Rec. She has also served as a YMCA Sponsor-a-Scholar Mentor. 

Born and raised in Kaukauna, Geenen earned her BA from UW-Madison and her JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She lives on Milwaukee’s East Side with her husband Jason Gehring, who also works as an attorney, their three sons and two dogs. Her campaign can be found online at and on social @geenenformke.

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