Stephanie R. Fueger

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I grew up in the tri-state area, and am happy to call it my family’s home today. I am proud to represent clients in this community with their family law needs. As a mother, I bring a parent’s perspective to my practice, and I enjoy helping parents and families problem solve the issues that are most important to them. I strive for an approach to my client’s problems that is understanding and empathetic, while also fairly and firmly advocating for their best interests. I understand the complex issues involved in family law cases, and I work for a practical solution that best meets your needs and goals as the client. I am dedicated to my clients and offer timely and responsive counsel that is tailored to your individual situation. I have been trained in collaborative law, a cooperative approach to solving legal problems that employs a team mentality to the process, and I can offer that approach to my clients as they think about the best way to meet their family law needs. I am also a trained mediator and serve as a neutral third party to assist parties in resolving conflict and working toward a more peaceful future.

Outside the practice, I enjoy exploring the tri-state area (and beyond!) with my husband, John, and our three sons – Jack, Owen, and Ben. I love living in this community and being involved in activities and events that make it a wonderful place to call home. I am the secretary of the Dubuque County Bar Association and the president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Dubuque County Bar. I enjoy working with my colleagues to make our profession and the practice the best it can be.

I am licensed in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin and available to serve your legal needs in those states. Please call me if I can be of assistance.

Child Custody Success

“Stephanie was absolutely fantastic! When my ex-wife absconded to Iowa from Arizona, Stephanie helped me regain custody of my children using an emergency order. I first approached her to simply register a foreign custody order in Iowa in accordance with the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) but Stephanie went above and beyond to learn the details of my case and suggest a better alternative, the emergency order. She was smart, helpful, responsive, and aggressive; everything I could have hoped for and more. She even drove to a court in a different county to meet me and suggested we sue for attorneys fees and travel expenses. We won! It’s hard to overstate my satisfaction.”

~ Robert (September 2018)

Custody, Farm, Investments, Career

“My divorce after a 20 year marriage had a lot of moving parts and I was completely impressed with how Stephanie had the capability and capacity to absorb it all. Stephanie is extremely intelligent, honest, dedicated to her clients, knows the law and she is an effective negotiator. But, most importantly, she is compassionate and empathetic. She gets to know her clients, their emotions and all details regarding the case so the client feels understood and heard. My divorce included three children that I love dearly and almost 30 years of farming and a 20 year professional career. We needed to manage custody, alimony, real estate, 401k, investment portfolios, retirement plans, livestock, crops and machinery. I seriously felt Stephanie knew my life and my business almost as well as I did. She came up with custody and financial strategies that I hadn’t considered which resulted with a settlement that we could all live with. I highly recommend Stephanie for her caring manner and attention to detail.”

~John (August 30, 2018)

Divorce and child custody

Stephanie, saved me! I didn’t know what I was going to do or what direction I need to take. She stepped in took charge and made me feel 100% satisfied with every decision I made. She is so easy to talk to and work with, making me feel like a friend. She does great work around the clock! I would recommend her to anyone.

~Ashley (June 23, 2018)

EDUCATION

Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois
Honors: cum laude

Millikin University, Decatur, IL
Philosophy, Political Science
Honors: summa cum laude

BAR ADMISSIONS

Iowa, 2009
Wisconsin, 2010
Illinois, 2010

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

Iowa State Bar
Member

Wisconsin State Bar
Member

Illinois State Bar
Member

Jo Daviess County Bar Association
Member

Iowa State Bar Family Law and Juvenile Law Section Council
Member

Iowa Defense Counsel Association
Member

Defense Research Institute
Member

Young Lawyers Division of the Dubuque County Bar
Member

Dubuque County Bar Association
Secretary

Stonehill Ethics Committee
Member

Almost Home Advisory Board
Board Member

Dubuque Youth Hockey Association Board
Member

Greater Dubuque Development Future Leadership Board
Member

Trained Mediator

Trained in Collaborative Law

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