Former Vilas County Assistant Corporation Counsel and Attorney Meg O’Marro announced her intention to run for Vilas County Circuit Court judge.

Vilas County received notice earlier this year that it would receive a second circuit court judgeship.

“It’s imperative for the people of Vilas County to elect their next judge,” O’Marro said. “Vilas County will be best served by a circuit court judge who is elected by its people rather than appointed by a governor who may not share their conservative principles.” 

O’Marro will run in the April 2022 election rather than apply to Gov. Tony Evers to fill a vacancy created by the October 2021 retirement of Judge Neal A. Nielsen III.

The circuit includes the towns of Arbor Vitae, Boulder Junction, Cloverland, Conover, Lac du Flambeau, Land O’ Lakes, Lincoln, Manitowish Waters, Phelps, Plum Lake, Presque Isle, St. Germain, Washington and Winchester, and city of Eagle River, where O’Marro resides.

With almost 30 years of trial experience in the public and private sectors as prosecutor and defense counsel, O’Marro said she strives to deliver the very best legal service to individuals, public officials and government agencies in Wisconsin’s state and federal courts and before administrative tribunals.

As the Vilas County assistant corporation counsel from 2017 through April 2021, O’Marro represented Vilas County in civil matters impacting the welfare of citizens, preservation of natural resources and function of governing agencies.

O’Marro said she protected lakes by successfully defending Vilas County’s Board of Adjustment to stop a business from extracting water from Carlin Lake for a Michigan bottled water plant.

“I protected the effectiveness of our first responders by defending the county’s right to assign road names and addresses in a matter that was litigated in the circuit court, court of appeals and Wisconsin Supreme Court and ultimately resulted in the enforcement of the county’s universal addressing system,” she said.

O’Marro also spearheaded efforts to remove a dilapidated structure in Phelps by collaborating with interested citizens and the DNR. 

A mother of five children, O’Marro was a member of Vilas County’s Drug Endangered Children Task Force, Truancy Task Force and Child Death Review Team.

Currently, O’Marro represents the citizens of Milwaukee County as an assistant district attorney. 

Licensed by the State Bar of Wisconsin and a member in good standing since 1992, O’Marro’s areas of practice include civil, administrative, municipal, public records, children’s, elder and disability, family, criminal, probation and parole, juvenile and appellate law. She has served in the public sector as a prosecutor and in the private sector as defense counsel.

In addition to her work for Vilas and Milwaukee counties, O’Marro was an attorney with Sterling Law Offices from 2015-’17.

She owned and operated O’Marro Law Offices, L.L.C. from 2004-’15 providing legal representation to individuals in civil, children’s, juvenile, elder and disability, family, criminal, probation and parole, and appellate law matters.

From 1992-2004, O’Marro was a family, criminal, probation and parole, and appellate law attorney for Felli Law and from 1992-’94, an associate attorney in those areas and real estate law for Nelson Law Offices.

O’Marro began her legal career at the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, Dayton, Ohio, serving as law clerk to the Honorable John M. Meagher and to the Court Administrator. She earned her Juris Doctor Law degree in 1992 from the University of Dayton, School of Law, where she was selected for the Regional Moot Court Team and earned the Dean’s Award for her research and thesis on alcoholism and criminal responsibility.

A UW-Madison graduate, O’Marro earned her bachelor of arts degree in 1988, majoring in political science.