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Lisa Derr
Derr & Villarreal, LLC

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200 Front St.
Suite 2E
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
USA
(920) 885-5549
Fax: (920) 885-5804

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Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Lisa Derr has practiced family law for almost 25 years. Lisa graduated in 1987 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and after two years of working in Chicago, she joined Schwefel & Derr in 1989. She began her family law mediation practice in 1995 after seeing that litigation was not the best avenue for solving clients' divorce issues. Lisa practices out of three locations including Beaver Dam, Oshkosh and West Bend Wisconsin. She is a past director of the Family Law Section Board and a past chair of the Wisconsin State Bar Gender Equity Committee. Lisa has given extensive training in mediation as well as resolving workplace conflicts and is a past President of the Wisconsin Association of Mediators. Lisa also served on the District 13 Committee for the Office of Lawyer Regulation from 1999 through 2004. She lives in Beaver Dam with her husband and three boys where she is actively involved in community theater and current president of Women's Affiliate of the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce.

Professional Background

Lisa has worked as a family law attorney for 22 years. With a bachelor's degree in psychology, she has always been sensitive to clients concerns and feelings as they proceed through the family mediation process.

Experience

Lisa has worked in a private mediation practice (Derr & Villarreal, Attorneys and Mediators) since 1995. For six years (2002 - 2007), Lisa also served as one of four Washington County family court mediators handling mediations for both married and unmarried couples who needed mediation for placement issues.

Lisa's practice includes all facets of family law including placement, child support and all other financial issues. She has helped couples who have few assets as well as couples with 20 million dollars in assets.

Lisa has occasionally assisted people in other substantive areas including a boundary dispute and a homeowner's insurance claim against his company.

Degrees

J.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. May 1987. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. August 1984, BA, Psychology - GPA 3.7.

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
March 1995    Kristi Bradish    Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center 40 hr. mediation training
October 1995    Anne Milne    UW Extension two-day training on divorce mediation
May 2001    AFCC Mediation Conference    Two day conference on variety of issues including high conflict families
May 2002     Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Pepperdine University    Advanced Family Mediation Skills two day courses including breaking impass and techniques for opening and closing
Sept 2003    Illinois Counsel for Mediation    Seminar for Advanced Family Mediation Practitioners
November 2002    Wisconsin Association of Mediators    Emerging Issues Conference - Three day conference
November 2005    Wisconsin Association of Mediators    Emerging Issues Conference - Three day conference
November 1996    Wisconsin Association of Mediators    Emerging Issues Conference - Three day conference
November 1997     Wisconsin Association of Mediators    Emerging Issues Conference - Three day conference
November 1999    Wisconsin Association of Mediators    Emerging Issues Conference - Three day conference
April 2009    Wisconsin Association of Mediators    Emerging Issues Conference - two day conference
October 2007    Association of Conflict Resolution Phoenix, AZ    Four-day training on cutting edge mediation issues
June 2004    Pepperdine School of Law, CA    Three-day training Designing Dispute Resolution Systems in the Workplace
2001 and 2004    Lisa Derr - WI State Bar CLE Series    Presenter - Basic Divorce Seminar (Maintenance, Property division and Discovery)
May 2002    Lisa Derr - WI State Bar Convention    Presenter - Preparing Your Client for Mediation
November 2003    Lisa Derr - Wisconsin Association of Mediators    Presenter - Emerging Issues Conference - Building a Frank Lloyd Wright House: Building Blocks of Mediation
February 2004    Lisa Derr - Domestic Violence Training    Presenter - DV Issues to Staff of Friends of Abused Families - West Bend, WI
April 2004    Lisa Derr - Dodge Cty Human Services    Presenter - Resolving Conflict in the Office and with Clients
April 2004    Lisa Derr - Wis Assoc. of Mediators    Presenter - New Law/New Responsiblities Mediating wtih Domestic Abuse
November 2004    Lisa Derr - Wisconsin Association of Mediators    Presenter - Half day Institute at Emerging Issues Conference
July 2004    Lisa Derr - Managers of Lear Janesville Plant    Presenter - Resolving Conflict in the workplace
February 2005    Lisa Derr - Dane County Human Resource Managers (SHRM)    Presenter - Resolving Workplace Conflict
April 2005    Lisa Derr - Judicial Conference of Wis Supreme Court Office of Judicial Education     Presenter - Applying Domestic Violence Research to Placement and Custody Factors of Sec. 767.24
September 2005    Lisa Derr - Wisconsin State Credit Conference    Presenter - Managing Conflict - Dealing with Frustrated Customer
June 2006    Lisa Derr - Horizon Home Care and Hospice    Presenter - Managing Conflict
June 2007    Lisa Derr - half day institute for Cardinal Strich University     Presenter - Divorce Issues including children's grief and domestic violence
June 2008    Lisa Derr - half day institute for Cardinal Strich University     Presenter - Divorce Issues including children's grief and domestic violence
July 2009    Lisa Derr - half day institute for Cardinal Strich University     Presenter - Divorce Issues including children's grief and domestic violence
July 2008    Lisa Derr - Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce    Presenter - Recognition of Workplace Conflict
Sept 2010     Assoc. Conflict Resolution     3 day conference on the Journey of Mediation

Approach

Mediation is my life's career choice because of my firm belief in the right to self-determination. Second, while it is critical that parties perceive that their mediator is neutral, no human being, with all our life experiences and prejudices is truly neutral. We can aspire to neutrality by recognizing our prejudices (both innate and in the moment). With that recognition, we can minimize that which would pull us off track by interfering with the mediation process. (This includes my own thoughts of possible or probable outcomes.)

Because the best decisions are well-informed, I encourage couples to seek legal counsel and provide significant amounts of written information for them to consider. Most important, I encourage them at the onset to give and listen to information from the other.

Over the years, I've become less nervous about outcomes and procedures. The result is that I am more attentive and focused with each person. This allows them to be more focused with each other.

Fees

We charge $3,600 as a flat fee for family law (divorce) mediation which generally takes place over three meetings. People can pay up front or on a "pay-as-you-go" basis. For nonfamily mediations, we generally request $600 for two hours initially. Thereafter, the parties decide to continue and can pay as they continue mediation.

Other Information

Areas of Practice

  • Civil (general)
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • Marital Mediation

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Online Arbitrator

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