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Auriel Ackerman

Auriel Ackerman


Auriel uses her prior professional experience as an advocate to creatively meet complex client needs in corporate transactions.

Prior to entering the legal field, Auriel began her career with more than eight years’ experience in social work and behavioral health administration. The work involved navigating serious situations—often with lives at stake—and gave Auriel the confidence to readily approach the negotiating table for massive corporate transactions. Auriel also sees parallels between the framework of social work and transactional law: both have a single individual or transaction at the hub, with a host of different needs branching out that will be met by various professionals. In both industries, Auriel’s role has been to collaboratively find catered solutions to ensure that needs are met.

During her time at Marquette Law, Auriel participated in the Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic, assisting small businesses and startups. She quickly discovered a passion for digging into business questions and drafting transactional documents; this further solidified her decision to focus her practice on corporate transactions. Auriel’s experience includes working with clients on both real estate projects and corporate matters, including drafting ancillary documents and reviewing contracts. Auriel also assists with mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, capital transactions and commercial contract negotiations.

Clients appreciate Auriel’s confident negotiating skills and know they can count on her to advocate for their interests. They also appreciate how approachable and responsive she is: Auriel believes that most problems arise from communication breakdowns, and she prioritizes timely responses.



  • J.D., Marquette University Law School
    • Dean’s List
    • Marquette Law Review, Volume 105 Technology Editor
  • M.A., Alverno College
    • Adult Education
  • B.A., Alverno College
    • with honors
    • Psychology


  • Wisconsin

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association, Board Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin; CLE Committee, 2022-present; Wisconsin Board of Governors, Building Bridges Liaison, Strategic Planning Committee, 2022-present
2023 Pro Bono Champion
  • Guided hydrogen technologies company through two-stage Series Seed/A offering, securing $12.5 million investment from international investors.
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Outside the Office

Auriel is passionate about volleyball: she started playing the sport at age six and played on her school teams throughout elementary and high school, then participated in an intramural during college. Now that her formal education is done, Auriel seeks out recreational leagues to continue playing. Additionally, Auriel is an avid fan of Wisconsin sports teams, especially the Bucks and Packers.

Auriel also enjoys traveling and, with family on the West Coast, visits California several times each year so that she can spend time with her sister, brother-in-law and young nieces. When she’s at home in Milwaukee, she loves to check out the city and its restaurants—especially the ones that offer brunch—and is even a local Google explorer who tries to review as many new destinations as possible.

However, Auriel’s biggest priority has always been her family and friends. Her support network is incredible, and she wants to repay that support by prioritizing in-person time with her loved ones.