Judge Michael Gableman has a distinguished and wide-ranging legal career serving as a Circuit Court Judge, District Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, Administrative Law Judge, Adjunct Professor of Law, Deputy Corporation Counsel and private practice attorney.
Judge Gableman was appointed Burnett County Circuit Court in 2002 and was overwhelmingly elected to the bench in 2003 with 78% of the vote. A law-and-order judge, he has been recognized for developing innovative programs which emphasize personal responsibility and maximize accountability. He led the establishment of ongoing Inmate Community Service and Restorative Justice Programs, and the Burnett County Drug and Alcohol Court over which he presides.
Judge Gableman is also active in the legal community serving on the Wisconsin Supreme Court's State Court/Tribal Court Relations Committee and is a past member of the Wisconsin Judicial Council.
Prior to his experience on the bench, Judge Gableman was appointed District Attorney for Ashland County (1999) by Governor Tommy G. Thompson and subsequently won election to the position. As District Attorney, he was the lead prosecutor on cases as diverse as arson, sexual assault, domestic violence, and white collar crimes. He also served as a front-line prosecutor in Marathon County (1997-1999) and Langlade County (1996-1997) as an Assistant District Attorney.
Judge Gableman's broad experience includes serving as Deputy Corporation Counsel of Forest County, and as a private attorney specializing in probate, real estate, and corporation law. As Deputy Counsel he successfully argued before the Wisconsin State Supreme Court in 1998.
Judge Gableman earned his Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law in 1993, earning Dean's List honors. While attending law school he served as a Law Clerk for the United States Attorney's Office in Minneapolis, MN, where he helped prepare federal criminal cases for prosecution and defend the government's arguments on appeal. Upon graduation he served as a Law Clerk for judges in Douglas County, MN (1993-1995) and in Brown County, WI (1995-1996).
Judge Gableman was born in West Allis and was raised in Waukesha County. He is a graduate of New Berlin West High School and a Ripon College graduate (1988), where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and History. After undergraduate school, Judge Gableman followed through on a personal goal to mentor young people by teaching American History in the Milwaukee Public School System (1988-1989) before pursuing a legal career. He built on his commitment to education by teaching at Hamline University School of Law as Adjunct Professor of Law (2003-2005), and he frequently lectures on the dynamics of domestic violence.
Judge Gableman resides in Webster, and has been a member of a variety of community service groups, including the Knights of Columbus (Past Grand Knight-Ashland Council), Masons, Fraternal Order of Moose, and Rotary International.