Michael Forella

Attorney John CabranesMichael joined the firm in early 2021. Originally from the greater Philadelphia area, Michael attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Pre-Law. He then received a per annum scholarship based on an academic merit to study at Marquette University Law School.

While in law school, Michael clerked at various and diverse positions including Heitner Legal, Milwaukee County Economic Development Division, Gruber Law Offices, Milwaukee County’s Eviction Defense Clinic, Greenberg Law Offices, and Marquette University Athletic Department. Michael also was simultaneously a member of two law reviews, with his article on copyrights and trademarks published in the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review in 2020. While also in law school, Michael successfully appealed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on behalf of NFL athlete, Jaylon Ferguson; wrote three sports law articles for publication; was awarded three CALI Excellence for the Future Awards; and placed third in a national negotiation competition, mere fractions of a point behind the eventual champion, Harvard Law School. Michael graduated law school in the top third of his class. After law school, Michael went on to work for the United States Soccer Federation in Chicago, Illinois before moving back to Wisconsin and working at Seymour Kremer Koch in Walworth County. Michael has since been nominated to have his biography written in Marquis Who’s Who in America.

Michael has a track record of successfully representing clients in a multitude of practice areas. This track record helps streamline the process for clients, especially when dealing with legal issues overlapping more than one practice area. Michael treats each client with respect and takes time to personally handle every step of each client’s case while keeping a focus on maintaining consistent communication. Michael enjoys using intelligence and ingenuity to find creative solutions to best effectuate each client’s goals. Michael understands that the legal process can be lengthy and stressful, which is why he attempts to successfully resolve each case as efficiently and effectively as possible. Michael’s current avocations include wildlife photography, sports memorabilia, craft beer, and visiting his family.

You can listen to Attorney Forella when he co-hosts, La Hora Legal, a live, local call-in radio show for free legal information, with Attorneys John Cabranes and Claire Longdin, on WDDW-La GranD - Cabranes Law Hour (FM 104.7) on Saturday mornings at 11:00am.

​Attorney Michael Forella Practices:

Criminal Law

  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors

Personal Injury

  • Motor Vehicle Accident
  • Wrongful Death

Family Law

  • Divorce
  • Child support, custody, placement

Civil Litigation

  • Small Claims and claims of $10,000.00 and more
  • Landlord-Tenant


  • Contract Drafting/Review
  • Real Estate

Workers Comp
Sports Law

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Western District of Wisconsin

Past Employment Positions

  • Seymour Kremer Koch LLP
  • U.S. Soccer Federation
  • Heitner Legal
  • Milwaukee County Economic Development Division
  • Gruber Law Offices
  • Eviction Defense Clinic
  • Greenberg Law Offices
  • Marquette University Athletic Department, Compliance Office