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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 mediated family law and workplace issues for over 25 years. She is a past President of the Wisconsin Association of Mediators and president-elect of the Wisconsin Dispute Resolution Section. As an online mediator, Lisa has assisted parties in different states to find a settlement without the expense and time of travel for in-person sessions.

Professional Background

Lisa has worked as a family law attorney for 32 years. With decades of experience and a keen intuition, she has always been sensitive to clients concerns and feelings as they proceed through the 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 almost 50 million dollars in assets. Lisa has assisted people in other areas including boundary disputes, homeowner's insurance claims, and workplace disputes.

Degrees

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

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. It is critical that parties perceive that their mediator is neutral. I aspire to neutrality by observing and listening to each person. Because the best decisions are well-informed, our process assembles information for people to help them make the right settlement for them. I encourage couples to seek legal counsel. Most important, I help people exchange information to help them know as much as possible. Over the years, I've become less concerned about outcomes and procedures and more attentive and focused with each person. This allows them to be more focused with each other.

Fees

We charge $8,000 as a flat fee for family law (divorce) mediation which generally takes place over four meetings. People can pay upfront or on a "pay-as-you-go" basis. For post-judgment or nonfamily mediations, we generally request $800 ($200 per person per hour) for two hours initially. Thereafter, the parties decide to continue and can pay as they continue mediation.

Areas of Practice

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

Professional Services

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

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.