Office of Legal Affairs

Staff Directory


∗ For new matters, we encourage clients to use our Intake Process.


 Joely Urdan, Interim Director & Senior University Legal Counsel

Telephone: 414-229-4730

Key Practice Areas:

• Employment law
• Litigation
• Student issues
• Athletics
• Open records and meetings
• FERPA and privacy compliance

• Campus safety


Joely joined UWM’s Office of Legal Affairs in July 2003, became the Associate Director in January 2005 and stepped into the Interim Director position in October 2012. At UWM, she works on a diverse amount of litigation and other matters including employment and personnel matters, student conduct issues, and campus safety.

Prior to joining UWM, Joely was an assistant attorney general in the civil litigation unit at the Wisconsin Department of Justice.  She represented state agencies (including UW institutions) and employees in state and federal litigation, comprised largely of civil rights claims.  She also argued appeals before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Wisconsin Court of Appeals, and Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Joely received her law degree cum laude in 1999 from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she served as a vice president for the Moot Court Board. She graduated from UW-Madison in 1995 with a bachelor of arts in political science and French.



Donna McGee, Interim Associate Director & Senior University Legal Counsel

Telephone: 414-229-5197

Key Practice Areas:

• Intellectual property
• Tax matters
• University research & compliance
• Contractdrafting & negotiation

• HIPAA compliance


Donna joined UWM's Office of Legal Affairs in January of 2006 and became the Interim Associate Director in October 2012.

Prior to joining UWM, Donna practiced at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling LLP in the Project Development & Finance Group. During this time, she worked on a wide variety of multi-national and cross-border transactions. After moving to Milwaukee from New York in the fall of 2004, Donna worked on water conservation and policy issues. Donna received her law degree cum laude from New York University School of Law in 2000 where she served as Associate Editor on the Moot Court Board. She graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1997 where she studied East Asian history. Donna is admitted to practice in New York and Wisconsin.



Hector de la Mora, Senior University Legal Counsel

Telephone: 414-229-5061

Key Practice Areas:

• International & domestic transactional matters including non-routine purchasing bidding, negotiation & agreement drafting
• International programs & interinstitutional agreements
• Licensing arrangements
• Property claims advising
• External research agreements with governmental & private sector entities
• Zoning issues
• Real estate acquisitions & sales
• FCC impacted activities including long-term bandwidth use agreements and wireless
• Carrier transmitting facilities licensing agreements and their assignment
• Software development, licensing & escrow agreements
• Field & clinical placement agreement & issue resolution

• Accounts receivable collection advisement & representation


Hector graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School in 1971, and was admitted to the State Bar of Wisconsin at that time.  He is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, United States District courts, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court Bar.

Hector is a former First Assistant District Attorney for Milwaukee County, where he earned the nickname “Hector, the Protector” for his determined prosecution of crimes.

Hector became the first and only UWM in-house staff attorney in 1974.  Over the years, the Legal Affairs Office has expanded.  During his 35 years as a part-time university attorney, he has had substantial involvement with virtually all of the areas of practice within which the Legal Affairs Office currently provides legal services to UWM.  Although he is a trained and experienced litigator, he currently focuses his efforts on behalf of UWM on transactional matters.

 Kirstin Goetz, Senior University Legal Counsel  


Key Practice Areas:

• Employment law
• Accommodation of individuals with disabilities
• Affirmative action
• Charter schools
• Scholarships

• Litigation


Kirstin joined the Office of Legal Affairs in January 2005. At UWM, Kirstin handles a variety of legal issues, including advising the University administrators on employment-related matters, representing the University before administrative tribunals, and drafting and reviewing University contracts to ensure compliance with applicable laws.

Before joining UWM, Kirstin worked at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., where she was an associate in the Labor and Employment Department.  She received her law degree cum laude in 2000 from the University of Wisconsin School of Law, where she was a member of the Moot Court team.  Kirstin graduated from UW-Madison in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy. 

Jennifer Herzog, University Legal Counsel

Telephone: 414-229-4243



Jennifer joined UWM’s Office of Legal Affairs in January 2013. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002, and graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2005.  Jennifer then served for two years as law clerk to the Honorable James E. Shapiro, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.  Subsequent to her clerkship, Jennifer worked with the corporate team at Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. as a member of the Business Finance and Restructuring Group.  In that capacity, Jennifer conducted significant litigation and transactional work. 

Simone Dietzler, Office Manager and Intake Coordinator

 Telephone: 414-229-4278
Simone joined the Office of Legal Affairs in October 2013. As the Office Manager/Legal Support staff person, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the office and coordinates the intake of new matters. Simone graduated summa cum laude from Carthage College with a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies and Chinese.