Lauri Roman is a partner in the Madison firm of Haus, Roman and Banks, LLP, where she practices in all aspects of family law, divorce mediation and collaborative law. Attorney Roman was on the original panel over 25 years ago which created a volunteer family law case mediation program in Dane County, Wisconsin and has been a frequently selected mediator in that program. She is often appointed by the Court to act as guardian ad litem in representing the best interests of minor children. Attorney Roman has taught continuing legal education classes on child custody litigation, child development, divorce and the special needs child and ethical issues for lawyers and guardians ad litem.
Attorney Roman received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1985. Ms. Roman was law clerk to Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Eich and Chief Justice Nathan Heffernan, Wisconsin Supreme Court. She is a member of the ABA Family Law Section, WI Association of Mediators, the WI State Bar Family Law Section, Dane County Bar, and the Collaborative Family Law Council. She served on the District 9 Committee, Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), WI Supreme Court 1999-2008 and is currently a Special Investigator(OLR). Ms. Roman served as chair of the Dane County Pro Bono Trust Fund.
Attorney Roman is admitted to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, United States Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit and United States Supreme Court.
Attorney Roman has been retained as a volunteer and private pay mediator for over thirty years. She has been trained in and practices collaborative family law.
As a mediator, I listen for the “emotional issue” which may be blocking a party from settling or which a party needs to have addressed in order to settle the case. I view mediation as an opportunity for a party to have his/her “day in court” to address those concerns which are not going to be heard by the judge in a Wisconsin “no-fault divorce” courtroom. I then work with the parties and counsel, if present, to address those emotional concerns in order to reach a creative solution acceptable to both parties.
B.A. from Queens College, City University of New York, 1975.
J.D. from University of Wisconsin Law School, 1985.
I am willing to consider a sliding scale as to my fees, particularly for low income parties seeking to avoid the high cost of litigation.