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Michelle M. Hockers

Background & Courtroom Experience

Michelle Hockers has developed a reputation as a strong litigator. Unlike many attorneys her age, Michelle has shown she is not afraid to take a case to trial. She has represented clients in seven jury trials since graduation in 2015. Judges and opposing counsel have praised Michelle for her skills in the courtroom and described her as “a bright and shining star in the legal community.” In addition to her experience at trial, Michelle has experience litigating pre-trial. She has conducted over one hundred depositions, written briefs filed at the Court of Appeals level, and gone up against some of the best and brightest lawyers in the state. As a partner at Murphy & Prachthauser, she focuses her practice on motor vehicle collisions, product defects, premises liability cases, and general negligence litigation. Admitted to practice in courts across the country (including California and Minnesota), she has helped clients secure judgments at trial that doubled the offer made by the insurance company before trial and achieved multi-million dollar settlements in serious injury cases.

Being injured can be a frightening and stressful time in a person’s life. Through hard work, compassion, and experience practicing exclusively personal injury law, we can help our clients through their difficult times and help them move forward on the path to recovery.

Juris Doctor, certificate in litigation, magna cum laude, Marquette University Law School (2015)

  • Top 5% of class
  • Pro Bono Society: For over 50 hours of pro-bono work in the community

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Language and Literature, magna cum laude, Marquette University (2013)

  • Pre-Law Scholar

  • “Don’t Take the Bait: Avoiding Defense Social Media Fishing Expeditions,” The Verdict, Fall 2015
  • Danger: Plaintiff’s Lawyer – Warnings Liability and Cautionary Tales – University of Wisconsin Madison – June 2023

  • West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce  – January 2021 – Present – Board of Directors, 2022 Treasurer
  • Leadership West Bend  – June 2021 – June 2023 – Board of Directors
  • W/B Community and Alumni Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (Columns) – November 2016-Present –  Board of Directors, 2022 – Present Vice President
  • G. Lane Ware Leadership Academy Participant – 2016-2017
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice –2017 – Present – Board of Directors, 2015-2017 – Member
  • UPAF – Next Generation Group – 2016

Professional Activities & Honors

Wisconsin Association for Justice

  • Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer: 2021

Wisconsin Law Journal

  • Up and Coming Lawyer: 2018


  • Notable Women in Law: 2020

Wisconsin Super Lawyers

  • Rising Star Award: 2021 - Present

CALI Excellence for the Future Award

  • Awarded for earning the top grade in the following law school classes
    • Appellate Writing and Advocacy
    • Civil Pre-Trial Practice
    • Mediation Advocacy
    • Negotiation Workshop
    • Comparative Criminal Law and Procedure in Spanish

Michelle M. Hockers is an active member of the following noble associations

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • Milwaukee Bar Association


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