Matthew M. Fernholz, Associate at CMH Law in Waukesha, WI

Matthew M. Fernholz, Associate
Phone: 262-542-4278
Fax: 262-542-4270

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Areas of Practice:


  • Marquette Law School, J.D., 2010
  • Lake Forest College, B.A., cum laude, 2007


  • All Wisconsin Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Civic Involvement

  • Appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to the Office of Lawyer Regulation District 6 Committee (2017-present)
  • Appointed by Governor Scott Walker to the Architects Section of the Wisconsin Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors (2014-2016)
  • Federalist Society, Vice-President of Programming (Milwaukee Lawyers Chapter)
  • Marquette University Law School Woolsack Society, Recent Graduate Planning Committee, and Reunion Committee
  • Member, St. Dominic Parish in Brookfield


  • Justice Michael J. Gableman, Wisconsin Supreme Court (2012-2013)
  • Judge Paul F. Reilly, Wisconsin Court of Appeals (2010-2012)


  • Michael Brennan Deserves Swift Confirmation Vote to 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, Jan. 26, 2018
  • Scott Walker’s Conservative Judges Are a Model for the Nation, NationalReviewOnline, Sept. 26, 2017 (co-authored with C.J. Szafir)
  • A Worthy Successor to Scalia, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 22, 2017, at 15A (co-authored with C.J. Szafir)
  • Collateral Damage:  A Guide to Criminal Appellate, Postconviction, and Habeas Corpus Litigation in Wisconsin, 98 Marq. L. Rev. 1351 (2015)
  • Court’s Reasoning in Obamacare Case Should Concern Everyone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 19, 2015, at 2J (co-authored with C.J. Szafir)
  • Vote “Yes” to Make Supreme Court Chief More Accountable, The Cap Times (online edition), Mar. 28, 2015 (co-authored with C.J. Szafir)
  • Saving Justice:  Watergate, the Saturday Night Massacre, and Other Adventures of a Solicitor General, 86 Wisconsin Lawyer No. 6, at 39 (July/August 2013) (book review) 
  • American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 84 Wisconsin Lawyer No. 6, at 33 (June 2011) (book review)
  • Comparative Procedure on a Sunday Afternoon: Instant Replay in the NFL as a Process of Appellate Review, 43 Ind. L. Rev. 45 (2009) (co-authored with Professor Chad Oldfather)  
  • Dealing with the Dragon: Pitfalls to Watch for When Doing Business in China, Alert! Magazine, Dec. 2008, at 46 

Representative Cases

  • Wosinski v. Advance Cast Stone Co., 2017 WI App 51, 377 Wis. 2d 596, 901 N.W.2d 797
  • Kirby v. Estate of Jaeschke, 2015AP2104, unpublished slip op., (Wis. Ct. App. June 28, 2016) (per curiam)
  • RMS of Wisconsin, Inc. v. S-K JV, No. 13-CV-1071, 2016 WL 1611594 (E.D. Wis. Apr. 22, 2016)
  • Waukesha Floral & Greenhouses, Inc. v. Possi, No. 15-CV-1365, 2016 WL 928680 (E.D. Wis. Mar. 8, 2016).
  • Waukesha Floral & Greenhouses, Inc. v. Possi, No. 15-CV-1365, 2016 WL 890572 (E.D. Wis. Mar. 8, 2016).
  • RMS of Wisconsin, Inc. v. S-K JV, No. 13-CV-1071, 2015 WL 9592520 (E.D. Wis. Dec. 31, 2015)
  • State ex rel. Two Unnamed Petitioners v. Peterson, 2015 WI 85, 363 Wis. 2d 1, 866 N.W.2d 165
  • Doctors Oxygen Servs., Inc. v. Cannon Mgmt. Group, LLC, No. 14-CV-766, 2015 WL 1932073 (E.D. Wis. Apr. 28, 2015)
  • Midland Nat. Life Ins. Co.v. Ingersoll, No. 13-C-1081, 2014 WL 7240268 (E.D. Wis. Dec. 18, 2014)  
  • Shanahan v. Butler, No. 13-C-1269, 2014 WL 1330283, (E.D. Wis. Apr. 2, 2014)

Attorney Matthew Fernholz joined the firm in 2013. He handles all phases of litigation in state and federal court, with a particular emphasis on commercial litigation, trust and fiduciary disputes, business torts, trade secrets, non-compete agreements, construction litigation, and appellate work.