Jim McKenzie has been a lifelong resident of Northern Wisconsin and the U.P.
He received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin, in 1979. Jim was admitted to both the Michigan and Wisconsin Bar associations in 1979, and has been continuously licensed in both states since.
After law school, Jim returned to Northern Wisconsin, to practice along the western U.P. border, maintaining his office in Mercer, Wisconsin, and practicing in Iron, Ashland, Vilas, and Oneida counties in Wisconsin, and in Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties in Michigan.
Elected the Iron County District Attorney Jim served 2 terms, leaving in 1985 to become Police Science Legal Instructor at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin. After maintaining a adjunct instructorship in both the private security and police training sections at FVTC Jim became adjunct instructor in the law enforcement and corrections department at Gogebic Community College and has taught government and legal issues classes over the past 17 years.
Jim’s extensive criminal trial experience includes prosecution as well as defense. He has defended capital cases in Michigan, Wisconsin and North Dakota and is currently certified by the Wisconsin State Public Defender to represent clients in Class A capital cases, and currently holds the Gogebic County Contract for Indigent Criminal Defense in Michigan. He maintains membership in the Criminal Defense sections of both the Michigan and Wisconsin Bars associations and has lectured on topics ranging from evidence to civil responsibility for police officers to drunk driving defense.
As evident from the experience, Jim’s emphasis is in the field of Criminal Defense.
Born and raised in the Northwoods, Anna Talaska attended law school in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Ave Maria School of Law, graduating in 2005 with high honors. During her time at law school Anna was selected as a member of the Ave Maria Law Review and worked for one year as an associate editor before being selected as the Managing Editor of the law review.
In the summer of 2004, Anna worked as an intern with Justice Maura Corrigan of the Michigan Supreme Court who was, at the time, serving as the Chief Justice. While with Chief Justice Corrigan, Anna researched legal issues on appeal and assisted with the screening process for cases on application to the Supreme Court.
After graduation from law school, Anna returned to the area and joined McKenzie Law Office. Anna took the bar examination in both Michigan and Wisconsin, passing both exams at the earliest opportunity. She was licensed to practice in Michigan in 2005 and licensed in Wisconsin in 2006.
As a partner with McKenzie & Talaska, Anna handles cases in criminal law as well as family law cases, including complex divorce issues, child custody/paternity, allegations of abuse/neglect and termination of parental rights. Further, Anna handles cases in these areas at the appellate level.
Linda Kitto is the office manager and case coordinator. She also performs legal research and supervises billing. Linda’s 14 years of legal experience and 18 years of accounting experience are a true asset to the firm.