For the first four years of my career as a lawyer, I worked in the Waupaca County court system. During that time, I had the distinct privilege to be trained by and work side by side with Attorney Troy Nielsen.
As my mentor, Troy drew on his immense wealth of trial experience to help lead me through my first client meetings, court appearances, and jury trials. With Troy’s expert guidance and advice, I learned how to be a trial lawyer. I will forever owe Troy a debt of gratitude.
I have no doubt that Troy will be an outstanding Waupaca County judge. And when I think about why Troy will make an excellent judge, two things primarily stand out to me.
The first is Troy’s steadfast commitment to the law. I have had countless hours of discussion with Troy about how the law applies to the facts of the cases we worked on together. During these talks, it was always clear to me that Troy cared about staying up to speed on developments in the law and about making sure he knew how the law would impact his clients before he entered the courtroom. This commitment to getting the law right will undoubtedly help Troy make correct legal decisions for the citizens and businesses of Waupaca County.
Perhaps even more important than Troy’s legal acumen, however, is Troy’s dedication to helping the most vulnerable people in the community. When a difficult case involving a neglected child or a troubled teenager was referred to our office, Troy always answered the call of duty, without hesitation, and took on the case. Troy’s intimate experiences representing at-risk children—and people affected by the opiate epidemic or suffering from serious mental illnesses—will provide him with a deep well of wisdom to draw on when deciding the most difficult cases.
Aside from his professional preparedness to be a judge, Troy is a man of integrity and a great father to his two young children. Troy’s friends and family know that if they ever need Troy, he will be there in an instant. Waupaca County will be unable to find a finer man to fill the shoes of the retiring Judge Philip Kirk. I unreservedly endorse Troy Nielsen for judge.