Lynn is one of the founders of The Law Center for Children & Families. She is a creative litigator and strategist who devotes her skills to protecting the rights of children. She believes the law should provide solutions, not roadblocks. Her 30 years of experience includes many jury and court trials, as well as helping to develop state and national laws and ethical rules for surrogacy. She acts as counsel to a private adoption agency, surrogacy center, and fertility clinic, and is retained frequently by international couples coming to Wisconsin for surrogacy. She acted as expert witness in Mercycare Insurance Company v. Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance, a Wisconsin Supreme Court case addressing maternity coverage for surrogates.
Areas of Practice
- Assisted reproductive technology
- Child custody, placement and support
- Divorce and dissolution
- Grandparents’ rights
- Foster parents’ rights
- LGBT family law
Lynn graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, majoring in Communication Arts and French. She received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She enjoys being able to communicate with her French clients in French and continues to use both her undergraduate degrees, sometimes at the same time.
Lynn is a founder, owner, and board member of Adoptions of Wisconsin, Inc., and was one of the original owners of The Surrogacy Center, LLC. Both organizations strive to ensure the integrity of the family formation process.
In 2011, Lynn was awarded the U.S. Congressional “Angel in Adoption” award, which recognizes and honors the good work of individuals who have enriched the lives of children through adoption.
Lynn is a fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA) and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA). She has been heavily involved in the governance of both, serving three terms on the Board of Trustees, as Vice President, and on various committees, including one formed to revise the code of ethics for adoption and ART lawyers.
Lynn speaks and writes on legal issues affecting children at the state and national level. She has spoken to judges and court commissioners about surrogacy and adoption, and regularly presents at AAAA and AAARTA’s annual and mid-year conferences. At the University of Wisconsin Law School, Lynn has been a guest lecturer on adoption, family law, trial advocacy and general practice. She has contributed to such publications as Adoptive Families, Adoption Factbook, and Adoption Law: Practice and Procedure in the 21st Century.
Lynn and her husband have two sons and a Labrador Retriever named Dizzy, all of whom they are very proud. Lynn enjoys all kinds of exercise, especially doing headstand in yoga. Playing the violin is a life-long hobby. She is a long-time member of the Madison Community Orchestra, and has been elected to its advisory committee several times. She also plays the violin in Adoration, the teen choir at her church, and works with Madison Horizons Rotary as a Meals on Wheels driver. Sometimes, she finds time to knit.