Attorney Poletti has been practicing family law for many years, and has become a trusted and distinguished member of the legal community. She treats clients with the compassion and advocacy that one would normally expect from a close family member.

She holds a “BV Distinguished Rating” from Martindale-Hubbell, a legal resource that reviews and publishes attorney reviews. She received a “Very High” rating in both legal ability and ethical standards through a strenuous peer review rating process.

Practice Areas Include

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Adoption
  • Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreements
  • Grandparents’ rights
  • Fathers’ Rights


1981 – Taylor University, Upland, Indiana, B.A.
1987 – Washington & Lee University, School of Law, J.D.

Licensed to Practice



Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce

Former President of Kiwanis Club of Downtown Kenosha

Crossway Community Church

Professional Organizations

State Bar of Wisconsin

Kenosha County Bar Association

Racine County Bar Association

Walworth County Bar Association


Mary L. Poletti graduated from Washington & Lee School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, after obtaining her undergraduate degree cum laude from Taylor University, Upland, Indiana. She practiced law in Roanoke, Virginia from 1987 to 1997, including a variety of private practice legal matters with a focus on family law.

Mary moved back to her hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and resumed private practice in 2009 after being admitted to the Wisconsin Bar. In 2012, she formed the law firm of Nickolai & Poletti, LLC with her colleague, Attorney Anton B. Nickolai. She continued to specialize in many areas of family law including divorce, child custody and placement, termination of parental rights and stepparent adoptions, and grandparents’ rights. Attorney William P. “Bill” Nickolai later joined the firm when Attorney Anton B. Nickolai became private counsel for a nonprofit organization.

Mary began handling Divorce Mediations in 2021 after being trained in the Mediation specialty. Since then, she has handled couples’ divorce mediation for parties who want to try resolving divorce issues by mediation before hiring individual attorneys and going through litigation.

Mary is committed to representing her clients through complex family situations to help them retain their assets, their dignity, and their family relationships to the extent possible. However, she believes expensive and painful litigation is not necessary to resolve all family legal problems and may suggest or recommend mediation when she thinks it is the best method to resolve family legal problems. She enjoys listening to clients’ needs and helping them navigate through tough situations, especially in the family law field. She remains committed to fostering respect, fairness, and professionalism throughout each case.