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David Karp

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Primary Office

8651 N Port Washington Rd Suite A, Fox Point, WI 53217

Legal Assistant
Agnieszka Bartnicka (414) 666-8499 [email protected]
Mailing Address

933 N Mayfair Rd Suite 300, Milwaukee, WI 53226

Contact Information
Email Linkedin Avvo
Primary Office

8651 N Port Washington Rd Suite A, Fox Point, WI 53217

Legal Assistant
Agnieszka Bartnicka (414) 666-8499 [email protected]
Mailing Address

933 N Mayfair Rd Suite 300, Milwaukee, WI 53226

One of Wisconsin’s top lawyers and businessmen, David Karp is recognized as a leader in the family law bar and is the founding partner of Karp & Iancu S.C. Widely regarded as one of the most experienced divorce and family lawyers in Wisconsin, he has handled thousands of family law cases and hundreds of trials in his nearly 40 years of practice.
David enjoys complex litigation and has divided marital estates in excess of $30 million. He is often the first choice of community leaders, business professionals, and other clients who are sophisticated consumers of legal services that require top-notch experience and discretion. His excellent reputation and rapport with opposing attorneys are added benefits for his clients and enable him to negotiate the best possible results under difficult circumstances.

When settlement is not an option, David is fierce and hyper-prepared courtroom advocate. He strongly believes in educating clients about all the possible options and outcomes—and not just telling them what they want to hear.
David’s clients describe him as intelligent, accommodating, and effective. Having grown Karp & Iancu from just two lawyers into Wisconsin’s best-known family law firm with ten offices throughout the state, David not only has the savvy of a business leader, but also the legal acumen of well-rounded litigator.

He is also a prolific community volunteer—most notably as lead guitarist in the Mission River Band; a band formed for the purpose of entertaining at local and national charitable events that has helped raise more than $600,000 for such organizations as the Make a Wish Foundation, Guitars for Vets, Special Olympics, and others.

  • Education

    J.D, Marquette University, 1982

    B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1978

    American University, 1978-1979

David has been named to SuperLawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and Best Lawyers in Wisconsin for over ten years. He has served as the President of the Wisconsin chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, one of the premier divorce lawyer organizations in America. David is a frequently sought-after author and speaker who volunteers his time to educate other attorneys through continuing legal education courses. Attorney Karp has been recognized both nationally and locally on a number of occasions for his dedication to his craft.

  • National Awards
    • “Lawyer of the Year” by U.S. News and World Report for 2022
    • SuperLawyer each year from 2005 to Present
    • Best Lawyers in America each year from 2006 to Present
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Wisconsin each year from 2010 to Present (granted by the National Trial Lawyers Association)
    • Top 30 Divorce and Family Lawyer in Wisconsin rated by National Advocates
  • Local Awards
    • Top 30 Divorce and Family Lawyer in Wisconsin
    • Best Lawyers in Wisconsin for the past 10+ years

Attorney Karp’s commitment to family law causes is demonstrated in his history of affiliations with the below association(s):

  • Milwaukee County, Waukesha County, Ozaukee County Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • American Association of Justice
  • The Wisconsin Association of Justice
  • Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
  • Education

    American University

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, B.A. History
    Marquette University Law School, J.D.

  • Bar Admissions



Elisa – in Milwaukee

“It is very difficult when you are an attorney, and you need to hire an attorney to represent you –especially when it is a divorce. I found myself in that situation 5 months ago, and after talking with several attorneys, I realized Attorney David Karp was the attorney I needed to represent my interests. Attorney Karp took the time to listen to me and to understand what my intent and goals were in completing the divorce as efficiently and quickly as possible. He made sure I understood each step of the process as well as making sure I understood the final documents well in advance of the final hearing. If you need an attorney who will represent you while making sure you understand your options, I strongly advise you to retain Attorney Karp.”

Aubrey – in Milwaukee

“David Karp and all the staff are great to work with and true professionals. David was very knowledgeable and helped put me at ease during very stressful times…”

Julia – in Milwaukee

“After taking over my paternity which was being horribly mismanaged, David and his team brought successful conclusion to the custody dispute and financial settlement within 120 days. David was very proactive and had a well thought out plan for getting the case settled. He provided very practical advice to ensure that I wasn’t being penny wise and pound foolish in reacting to my ex’s continued entitled demands. David’s understanding of the legal environment surrounding the agreement was very beneficial and much needed in my case. My only regret was not being referred to him sooner…”




Divorce is difficult & exhausting, but it's not devastating or complicated with the right attorneys on your side.

Our Approach to Divorce

Legal Separation

An alternative to divorce that still allows you to define your rights to your children and finances while claiming your independence.

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Military Divorce

We've been helping clients navigate the complex Wisconsin military divorce laws for decades.

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Child Custody & Visitation

Learn whether sole custody or joint custody is best for your children and find a visitation schedule that will work for your family.

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Child Support

When you’re a parent going through a divorce, your first concern is likely your children. Our lawyers are experts in guiding clients through the options available. We understand your top priority is making sure your children are taken care of.

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Whether paternity is established by acknowledgement or only after genetic tests, we are here to help you through the process from start to finish.

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Alimony & Maintenance

Marriage isn’t always equal—and neither is divorce. You may have made unequal caretaking or financial contributions to the family. We will help you fight to make sure those contributions are acknowledged and compensated.

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Property & Assets

When you’re facing a division of marital property, it can be tough to ensure you’ll get a fair share of the assets. We’ll work with you to determine what is and is not part of the marital estate and will help you claim what is rightfully yours.

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Whether you have a premarital property agreement or a post-marital property agreement, we can help determine whether it is still fair to you and how it might affect the outcome of your divorce.

Prenuptial Agreements

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Family Law Resources Written by David Karp
When does a divorce agreement become binding?

Published April 29th, 2019

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