Mooney candidate for Circuit Court judge


MATTHEW MOONEY MATTHEW MOONEY Municipal Court Judge and Attorney Matthew P. Mooney announced last month that he will be a candidate for Sheboygan Circuit Court Branch 4. The primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Born and raised in Sheboygan County, Mooney is a fourth-generation Sheboygan County resident and a third-generation attorney. He is a graduate of Plymouth Comprehensive High School and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Mooney earned his law degree from Marquette University, where he participated in the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and Pro Bono Society, and served as research assistant to Joseph Kearney, now Dean of Marquette’s Law School.

Mooney joined Mooney & Siegert Law Office 14 years ago, in 2001. He serves clients throughout Sheboygan County, handling cases in both the state and federal courts.

In addition to his general law practice, for the last 12 years Mooney has served as the presiding Municipal Court Judge for the city of Plymouth, having been appointed as Plymouth’s first municipal court judge when the court was created. In that post, he established all the court policies and procedures. He has been re-elected in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Mooney is also an involved community volunteer. While still a law student, Mooney provided free income tax preparation assistance to clients in Milwaukee. He currently serves as president of the St. John the Baptist School Board and on the school’s marketing and policy committees. He has served on the board of the Plymouth Area Ducks Unlimited since 2002, and is a past board member of Plymouth Ambulance Service. Mooney has also coached junior league football and youth soccer.

When Judge (Terence) Bourke announced his retirement, Mooney felt he would be an excellent candidate for the open Branch 4 seat. “Circuit Court judges in Sheboygan County preside over all kinds of cases, and need to have a broad legal background. They don’t just hear criminal cases – they also need to understand, for example, what it means if a couple in Family Court is considering filing for bankruptcy, or there is a personal injury matter involved in a divorce or custody matter,” Mooney explained. “I am the most well-rounded candidate, with the broadest perspective. As a general practice attorney, I have wide-ranging experience, from small business law, tax, personal injury, family law - from divorce to child support to adoption, bankruptcy, and criminal law – from felony cases to juvenile cases to misdemeanors.”

Another part of Mooney’s motivation for running for Circuit Court is to maintain the high quality of life in Sheboygan County. “As a lifelong resident of Sheboygan County, I have an appreciation for the local issues and needs of the citizens. I grew up here, and together with my wife of 16 years, Sara, I’m raising my family here. I believe our county is a great place to live and work, and am running to become a Circuit Court judge to help keep it a great place to live and raise a family. We have great judges here, and I want to maintain the high level of integrity that now exists on the bench in Sheboygan County.”

Expanding on the variety of matters that Circuit Judges hear, Mooney added, “I also draft wills and handle estates, so I understand the probate law – another type of matter our Circuit Court judges hear. And, working in a small business setting, I understand what it means to work hard, build a business and want to transfer or sell that business, and what the tax implications would be. I also serve as a courtappointed child advocate, and feel it is essential for attorneys to look at cases from many perspectives, not just through their private clients’ eyes.

Mooney explained that he has also been entrusted with helping the attorney staffs in Sheboygan and Calumet Counties. “I have been asked to fill in as Corporation Counsel in both Sheboygan and Calumet Counties, representing those counties in child support hearings.” He added, “The perspective I have gained as Plymouth’s Municipal Court judge has also prepared me well to move to the Circuit Court bench.”

Those interested in learning more and supporting Mooney’s campaign can visit www.mooneyforjudge.com.


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