Sarah A. Ponath
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Attorney Sarah A. Ponath Announces Candidacy for Waukesha County Circuit Court Judgeship

Experienced legal practitioner seeking Branch 5 seat in 2020 election

By - Jun 17th, 2019 04:45 pm

Menomonee Falls, Wis.Sarah A. Ponath, a veteran attorney with a well-rounded legal and professional background and extensive record of community involvement, has announced her candidacy for the Waukesha County Circuit Court Branch 5 judgeship.

Ponath, who operates The Law Offices of Sarah A. Ponath LLC in Butler, will seek the seat held by retiring Judge Lee Dreyfus Jr. in the April 7, 2020 election. She brings tremendous experience and a balanced perspective to her candidacy, having served as an advocate in juvenile court, criminal proceedings and civil litigation in Waukesha County circuit courts for more than 12 years. She has handled nearly 700 cases in all divisions of the Waukesha County court system including estate administration, small claims and real estate.

“Community service has been a driving force my entire life,” Ponath said. “This foundation underlies my decision to seek a Waukesha County Circuit Court judicial seat. My leadership skills, administrative abilities and fair mindedness offer opportunity to further the integrity and professionalism established by the judges who have served Waukesha County.”

Ponath will campaign on a theme of “Your County, Your Values, Your Judge.” She pledged to bring a pragmatic approach to the bench, building upon successful programs such as the county’s drug courts and alcohol treatment courts that divert potential repeat offenders. She promised to advocate for those who often need legal protection, such as domestic abuse victims, children and the elderly.

Ponath, a graduate of Marquette University Law School, received the Waukesha County Bar Association’s Distinguished Member award in 2017. Her other professional memberships include the State Bar of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Bar Association and the Washington County Bar Association. She is active in the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association, earning its Alumni Advocate of the Year award for her service.

Ponath’s legal background includes experience as a special prosecutor in the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office, and as an assistant municipal prosecutor for the city of Brookfield and town of Delafield. She practiced with Nelson, Connell, Conrad, Tallmadge & Slein, SC, for several years before opening her own law office in 2012. Her practice focuses on business transactions, civil litigation, real estate, estate planning, traffic defense and debt collection.

A lifelong Wisconsin resident, Ponath has lived in Menomonee Falls since 1997. Prior to studying law, she worked nearly two decades in business, experience that will prove invaluable as a circuit court judge. Ponath earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she served in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). She is married to Scott Ponath.

More information on Ponath’s campaign is at or by following on Facebook.

Ponath for Judge

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