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Lisa C. Goldman

Lisa Goldman represents clients in various areas including criminal defense, civil litigation and election recounts.

Lisa also has experience litigating ERISA matters, including claims related to health insurance and pension benefits.

Lisa makes a strong presence as demonstrated by her excellent trial and appellate record. Lisa has successfully obtained acquittals in criminal felony, misdemeanor, and traffic trials. She obtained a civil verdict over $400,000. Lisa reversed an election result in northern Wisconsin through an effective recount strategy. She successfully represented the Democratic Party in circuit court to extend polling hours at a polling station temporarily closed – a first in Wisconsin. She assisted Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Most recently, Lisa was selected to participate on the Rules Committee for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Lisa served on the Professional Ethics Committee of the State Bar of Wisconsin for six years. Additionally, Lisa is routinely appointed by the Supreme Court of Wisconsin as a referee in attorney discipline cases. She is also a member of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Dane County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and Inns of Court.

As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, Lisa worked as a legislative intern for Representative Spencer Coggs in the Wisconsin State Assembly, and as a summer intern for the United Nations. Lisa then worked as a reporter for Al-Fajr in East Jerusalem, Israel. After finishing her degree in Political Science, Lisa volunteered for the Peace Corps and served as an Agricultural Extension and Small Business Development Officer in Lesotho, Africa.

During law school, Lisa worked as a law clerk for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, was a student representative for Westlaw, a semi-finalist in the Heffernan Oral Advocacy Competition, quarter-finalist for the Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition, a member of Moot Court, a student attorney in the Legal Defense Program, and a new mom.

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Areas of Practice

Representative Cases

  • Kenseth v. Dean Health Plan, Inc., 610 F.3d 452 (7th Cir. 2010)
  • Kenseth v. Dean Health Plan, Inc., Case No. 11-1560 (7th Cir. 2013) (Kenseth II)
  • Greene v. Hahn, 2004 WI App 214 (Ct. App. 2004)
  • In re John Doe Proceeding, 2003 WI 30, 660 N.W.2d 260 (2003)
  • Keller v. Patterson, 2012 WI App 78, 343 Wis.2d 569, 819 N.W.2d 841
  • Haferman v. Hebenstreit, 258 Wis. 2d 984, 654 N.W.2d 95 (Ct. App. 2002)
  • State v. Worden, 238 Wis. 2d 444, 617 N.W.2d 906 (Ct. App. 2000)

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized as Rising Star in Milwaukee Magazine Law & Politics 2007
  • Wisconsin State Bar Ethics Committee
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Appointed Referee in lawyer discipline cases


  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1997, J.D., Honors: Heffernan Oral
  • Advocacy Competition Semi-Finalist 1996
  • Honors: Product Liability Competition Quarter Quarter-Finalist 1997
  • Honors: Member of Moot Court 1996-1997
  • Honors: Clinical: Legal Defense Program 1997
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1990, B.A.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Pro Bono Activities

  • Representing antiwar protesters

Past Employment Positions

  • Wisconsin Department of Justice, Contracts, Commercial, Property Unit, Law Clerk, 1995 – 1996
  • Westlaw, Student Representative, 1995 – 1997
  • Peace Corps, Volunteer, Small Business Development and Agricultural Extension Officer, Lesotho, Africa, 1991 – 1993
  • Al-Fajr, Reporter, 1989
  • United Nations, Summer Intern, 1988
  • Wisconsin State Assembly, Representative Spencer Coggs, Legislative Intern, 1988


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