Lisa S. Neubauer

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Lisa S. Neubauer (born July 21, 1957) is an American jurist and the chief judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Neubauer has served on the Court of Appeals since 2007 and as chief judge since 2015.

Life and career[edit]

Neubauer graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1979. Prior to attending law school, she worked as an aide to state Senator Fred Risser of Madison. In 1987, Neubauer graduated from the University of Chicago Law School where she was a member of the Order of the Coif.[1] Following her graduation from law school, she was a law clerk to Judge Barbara Brandriff Crabb of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.[1] Neubauer was employed from 1988 until 2007 at the Milwaukee law firm Foley and Lardner, specializing in environmental cleanup litigation and rising to the level of partner.[2]

In December 2007, Democratic Governor Jim Doyle appointed Neubauer to a seat on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals vacated by retired Judge Neal Nettesheim. Neubauer was the first woman to serve as a judge of the court's District II, headquartered in Waukesha.[3] Neubauer was elected to a full term on the court in the April 2008 general election, defeating attorney William C. Gleisner, III.[4] In 2009, Neubauer was appointed presiding judge of District II.[5]

On May 8, 2015, the Wisconsin Supreme Court appointed Neubauer chief judge of the Court of Appeals.[5] Neubauer took office on August 2, replacing retiring Chief Judge Richard S. Brown.


  1. ^ a b "Presiding Judge Lisa S. Neubauer". Wisconsin Court System. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  2. ^ Hetzner, Amy (17 March 2008). "Political ties raise interest in state Appeals Court race". The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Burke, Michael (4 December 2007). "Racinian is first female judge on District II Court of Appeals". The Racine Journal Times. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Judge Neubauer retains Court of Appeals seat". Wisconsin Law Journal. The Daily Reporter Publishing Company. 7 April 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Neubauer Appointed Chief Judge of Appeals Court, District Chiefs Appointed". Wisbar News. State Bar of Wisconsin. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.