Over 60 Years Of Righting Wrongs

Lisa C. Goldman

Lisa C. Goldman

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Lisa C. Goldman provides legal services to clients in a number of fields, such as criminal defense, civil litigation, and election recounts. She also has experience litigating issues pertaining to health insurance and pension benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

Ms. Lisa has a commanding presence, as seen by her successful track record in both trials and appeals. She has been successful in getting her clients off on all criminal charges, from felonies to misdemeanors to traffic violations. She won a verdict in civil court that exceeded $400,000. She has also settled many personal injury matters, some for more than a million dollars. She successfully used a recount method to overturn the results of a Wisconsin election in the state's northern region. In a first for Wisconsin, she successfully represented the Democratic Party in circuit court to get voting hours extended at a polling place that had been temporarily closed. She assisted Senator Clinton's campaign for president. At the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, she was appointed to serve on the Rules Committee.

For six years, Ms. Lisa was an active member of the State Bar of Wisconsin's Professional Ethics Committee. She is also frequently appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to act as a referee in attorney discipline matters. She also belongs to the American Bar Association, the Dane County Bar Association, the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Inns of Court.

Ms. Lisa interned for Representative Spencer Coggs of the Wisconsin State Assembly during her college years at the University of Wisconsin, and she also spent a summer working for the United Nations. Later, she was a reporter for Al-Fajr based out of East Jerusalem, Israel. She joined the Peace Corps after completing her degree in political science, and she worked as an Agricultural Extension Officer and Small Business Development Officer in Lesotho, Africa.

Ms. Lisa clerked at the Wisconsin Department of Justice and was a student attorney in the Legal Defense Program, a semi-finalist in the Heffernan Oral Advocacy Competition, a quarter-finalist in the Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition, and a new mom all while attending law school.


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

Published Works

  • UNDP Programs of Assistance for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, 1988

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)

Professional Associations

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

Practice Areas

  • Appeals
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Election Law


  • Super Lawyer in Civil Rights
  • Ethics Committee and Appointed Referee by Wisconsin Supreme Court in Lawyer Discipline Cases

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

Classes & Seminars

  • Ethics Presentation, State Bar Annual Conference, 2006 to 2008
  • NBI Ethics Presentation, 2008 to 2008

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Representing Antiwar Protesters
  • Peace Corps, Volunteer, Small Business Development and Agricultural Extension Officer, Lesotho, Africa, 1991 to 1993

Past Positions

  • Wisconsin Department of Justice, Contracts, Commercial, Property Unit, Law Clerk, 1995 to 1996
  • Westlaw, Student Representative, 1995 to 1997
  • Al-Fajr, Reporter, 1989 to 1989
  • United Nations, Summer Intern, 1988 to 1988
  • Wisconsin State Assembly, Representative Spencer Coggs, Legislative Intern, 1988 to 1988


  • Sesotho
  • Hebrew

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney