Lauri Roman

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148 E. Wilson St.
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 257-0420
Fax: (608) 257-1383

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Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
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.

Professional Background

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.


B.A. from Queens College, City University of New York, 1975. J.D. from University of Wisconsin Law School, 1985.


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
11/1988    Anne Milne/Bev Massing    DCBA Family Law Mediation Pilot Program Mediation Training
08/1994    13th Annual WI State Bar Workshop    Mediation/Arbitration in Family Law
10/1994    Anne Milne    UW Extension Two-Day Training on Divorce Mediation
1994    Steven A. Bach    How to Prepare Your Client for Mediation: From the Perspective of a Mediator
01/1999    Dane County Bar Assoc.    How to Get What You Want Out of Mediation
03/2001    WI Collaborative Law Council    An Overview of Collaborative Law
11/2002    UW Madison Law School    Emerging Issues in Mediation
04/2004    Marlin Kriss/Kenneth Waldron    Mediation Techniques
04/2011    ABA Section of Litigation    10 Things Lawyers Love/Hate about Mediators
05/2012    Lauri Roman    Trainer: Ethics and the GAL: GAL as Mediator/Advocate
07/2013    Lauri Roman    Trainer/Course Creator: Preparing Your Clients for Mediation
06/2014    WI State Bar Convention    Like It or Not, Mediation May Become the New Civil Litigation
10/2016    ABA    Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills Institute


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.


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.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Civil (general)
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Prenuptial

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Online Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.