The best part of this profession is finding a solution to the problem for clients. It may mean using negotiation skills, appearing before the court and arguing facts and law, or preparing written arguments. Every situation is different. I enjoy every aspect of legal problem solving and working with the client to do just that.

Court/Bar Admissions

Wisconsin Wisconsin Supreme Court
U.S. District Court
Western District of Wisconsin
Washington D.C. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Court of Appeals (Seventh Circuit)
U.S. Supreme Court


J.D., 1980, University of Wisconsin Law School
B.A., 1974, cum laude, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Honors and Affiliations

American Bar Association Past Chair of the Family Law Section
Wisconsin State Bar Past President
La Crosse County Bar Association Pro Bono Award
State Bar of Wisconsin
YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women, 1993
Hotline Attorney of the Year Award
State Bar of Wisconsin, 2011 Faculty Member
Wisconsin State Bar Association
BV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Community Service

Past President, La Crosse County League of Women Voters
Past President, La Crosse Great River Festival of the Arts
United Fund for the Arts and Humanities
AIDS Advisory Council
Human Subjects Committee/Institutional Review Board, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center
Past Chair, La Crosse Area Crimestoppers
Past Chair, Board of Review and Contributions Committee, City of La Crosse