Lisa L. Derr

“I am passionate about helping divorcing couples find real solutions in mediation.”

Lisa Derr has practiced family law for almost 30 years and been a mediator for 20 years. She began her mediation practice after seeing how poorly litigation resolved clients’ divorce issues in the long-term.

Lisa has given extensive training in mediation for both private companies as well as governmental agencies as described below.

Classes and Seminars Presented

  • Managing Conflict – Dealing with the Frustrated Customer, Wisconsin State Credit Conference
  • Applying Domestic Violence Research to Placement and Custody Factors of §767.24, Wisconsin Supreme Court of Judicial Education
  • Resolving Conflict in the Workplace, Dane County Society of Human Resource Managers
  • Mediating with Domestic Abuse, Wisconsin Association of Mediators
  • Resolving Conflict in the Workplace for Companies, Janesville WI Plant
  • Domestic Violence Training to Staff of Friends of Abused Families, West Bend
  • Building a Frank Lloyd Wright House with the Same Old Bricks: The Building Blocks of Meditation, Emerging Issues in Mediation Conference
  • Legislative Update, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Legislative Update, Annual Family Law Workshop
  • Preparing Your Clients for Mediation, State Bar Convention
  • Grief and Loss of Divorce, Cardinal Stritch University
  • Managing Conflict at Work, Horizon Home Care and Hospice
  • Dealing with Domestic Violence in the Workplace, Madison Public Service Commissioner’s Affirmative Action Advisory Council
  • Dealing with Domestic Violence in the Workplace, Society of Human Resource Managers
  • Dealing with Difficult People: Difficult Clients (Yours and Theirs), and Difficult Attorneys, Wisconsin State Solo and Small Firm Conference
  • Mediating Financial Issues with Domestic Violence, Mediation Center of Greater Green Bay and Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center (Oshkosh)
  • Dealing with Impasse Parts I and II with Perri Mayes, Wisconsin Association of Mediators Emerging Issues Conference

Areas Of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1987
  • Illinois, 1987

Education

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D. – 1987
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • B.A. (Cum Laude) – 1984
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • “Legislative Update” on upcoming legislation in the Family Law , Journal of Family Law, Spring , 2003
  • “Legislative Update” on upcoming legislation in the Family Law , Journal of Family Law, Fall, 2003
  • “Legislative Update” on upcoming legislation in the Family Law area with Dan Rossmiller, Journal of Family Law, Spring , 2004
  • New Child Support Laws on the Horizon, Wisconsin Association of Mediation Journal , Fall, 2003
  • “Certification of Mediators – What Does it Mean for Me?”, Wisconsin Assoc. Mediation Journal, Spring, 2005
  • Discussing Money Without a Fight, Inspire Magazine, August, 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Office of Lawyer Regulation, District 13, Committee Member & Secretary, 1999 – 2005
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member, 1997 – Present
  • Wisconsin State Bar Gender Equity Committee., Past Chair
  • Wisconsin Association of Mediators, President, 2011 – 2012
  • Wisconsin State Bar Family Law Section, Director, Family Law Section

Past Employment Positions

  • Family Law Section Board, Past Director
  • Office of Lawyer Regulation, District 13 Committee, 1999 – 2004
  • Chapman and Cutler, Associate Attorney, 1989 – 1991

Pro Bono Activities

  • Guardian for elderly at Clearview Nursing Home, Juneau Wisconsin
  • Volunteer for the Dodge County Pro Bono Clinic

Languages

  • English