Attorney Lisa M. Bergersen

Lisa M. Bergersen

Of Counsel

Lisa represents public and private sector clients in employment law, employment litigation, workplace investigations grievance arbitrations, compliance training and development of human resources policies. Lisa has managed all aspects of litigation in numerous cases in federal court, state court and before administrative agencies. She is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, Northern District of Illinois, Western District of Michigan and the Appeals Court for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits.

Lisa obtained summary judgment in many federal court cases. Examples include: Nett v. Milwaukee County (E.D. Wis. 8/28/2006); Cieslak v. Buffalo County (W.D. Wis. 1/9/2004); McKenzie v. Milwaukee County (E.D. Wis. 10/31/2003); and Balderston v. Fairbanks Morse (W.D. Wis. 12/21/2000). Lisa has argued twice before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, securing decisions in favor of her clients on both occasions: McKenzie v. Milwaukee County et al., 381 F.3d 619 (7th Cir. 2004); Balderston v. Fairbanks Morse, 328 F.3d 309 (7th Cir. 2003).

She has practiced management-side employment law for 19 years, representing a number of public and private sector clients. She has also served 11 years as the Human Resources Director for the City of Pewaukee where she oversaw all aspects of employee relations, including employment law compliance and workplace investigations.

 

 

Accomplishments

  • JD,  Marquette University Law School.
  • Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
  • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)
  • Attended the State Bar’s G. Lane Ware Leadership Academy
  • Attended the Association of Workplace Investigators’ Training Institute
  • Member of the Wisconsin State Bar, including Local & State Government and Labor & Employment Law sections
  • Member of Association of Workplace Investigators
  • Member of SHRM and served 2 years as co-chair of the SHRM Metro Milwaukee Chapter’s HR Departments of One
  • Member of Wisconsin Public Employer Labor Relations Association (WPELRA)
  • 4Word Women Milwaukee Local Group Leader
  • C-Suite for Christ ministry committee

Up Close & Personal

Q: Do you have children?

A: Jon and I have two boys. Ian is a senior studying journalism and global studies at UW-Milwaukee and Connor is a junior studying mechanical engineering at UW-Platteville.


Q: What music would we find on your playlist?

A: You would find quite a variety of different artists - MercyMe, Toby Mac, Lauren Diagle, Peter White, Rippingtons, ELO, Imagine Dragons and Foster the People, to name only a few.


Q: What is your favorite TV show and why?

A: A few months ago, Jon and I discovered Last Man Standing and we have binge watched many times since. The characters and the story line are very witty and funny, and often touching at the same time.


Q: What is the most memorable moment of your career?

A: My most memorable career moment was arguing before the Seventh Circuit at the University of Illinois Law School. Apparently, the court likes to take the show on the road and schedules arguments periodically at different venues. Judge Easterbrook was fun, brilliant and on my client's side, so I enjoyed every moment and forgot there were 100 or so law students behind us.


Q: What is your favorite quote and why?

A: Proverbs 3:5-6 from the Bible: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths." This is my favorite life verse because it's true.