Anne’s law practice is like her: resourceful, eclectic, and thorough. She strives to be one of the “helpers” from the famous Mr. Rogers quote, “when I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” Anne excels at understanding both sides of a dispute and finding innovative ways forward.
Anne has substantial experience in employment law, as an attorney and as a human resources director. Prior to joining The Law Center, she acted as a private consultant to a Madison-based health care IT consulting firm regarding issues of workplace management, personnel, compliance, termination and severance agreements, and employee training, particularly sexual harassment. Right now, she has a particular interest in workplace issues relating to COVID-19.
Anne also dealt with issues of employment law during her 12 years at Vivent Health, formerly the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) and AIDS Network, first as a staff and lead attorney, then as the Director of Legal Services, and finally as the Director of HR. Her work included issues of employment discrimination.
Besides employment law, Anne also has a special interest in school law, LGBTQ rights, and international adoption. Anne has also run her own specialty law firm, which focused on high-impact litigation involving animal rights.
Anne earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar. During law school, Anne acted as the Constitutional Law Editor for the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law and volunteered, with distinction, in Georgetown’s International Women’s Human Rights Clinic. Anne graduated magna cum laude from Mary Washington College with a B.A. in Political Science and English.
Community And Professional Activities
Anne is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (“SHRM”) and is a SHRM Certified Senior Professional (SHRM-SCP). She is also active in the State Bar of Wisconsin. She is currently the Vice-Chairperson of the Legal Assistance Committee, and in the past, served on the Board and as Chairperson of the Public Interest Section.
Anne has written several professional publications. She co-authored the HIV and the Law chapter of the State Bar of Wisconsin book entitled, “Advising the Evolving Family, formerly Sexual Orientation and the Law,” and was the original author of the Animal Law chapter of the State Bar book entitled, “Wisconsin Attorney’s Desk Reference.” Anne also wrote the forward to African Women and the Law (2000).
Anne and her husband, Tristan, a Veterinarian, are East Coast transplants who have been in Wisconsin for over 15 years. They have three children, one dog, five cats, and one Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. This brood takes up much of her time, but Anne loves attending boot camp with friends, reading, and writing fiction. She is currently at work on her second novel while trying to publish her first novel. Anne and her family have served as host parents for international orphans from Latvia, and Anne volunteers with a hosting organization and at her children’s schools. The human members of the family enjoy having loud meals together, taking walks, swimming, and (in non-pandemic times) travelling, most recently to South Africa.
(There is no relation between Anne and Attorney/Shareholder Emily Dudak Leiter. It is just a funny coincidence.)