Lisa Neubauer

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Lisa Neubauer
Chief Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals
Assumed office
August 2, 2015
Preceded by Richard S. Brown
Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals District II
Assumed office
December 2007
Appointed by Jim Doyle
Preceded by Neal Nettesheim
Personal details
Born (1957-07-21) July 21, 1957 (age 62)
Spouse(s) Jeffrey A. Neubauer
Children3, including Greta Neubauer
Residence Racine, Wisconsin
Alma mater University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Chicago Law School ( J.D.)

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. Neubauer was a candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the April 2019 election to succeed retiring Justice Shirley Abrahamson. [1] [2]

Early life and education

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. [3] 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. [3]

Community Involvement

Neubauer is a recipient of the Community Service Award from the Association for Women Lawyers. She is a former board member of the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund, Racine Area United Way, the Equal Justice Coalition, and Legal Action of Wisconsin. She has been a reading tutor in the Racine public elementary schools through the United Way Schools of Hope program, a big sister with a Big Sisters of Greater Racine, and a mentor for breast cancer survivors through "After Breast Cancer Diagnosis" (ABCD).

Neubauer is on the Supreme Court Finance Committee and is co-chair of the Wisconsin Bar Association’s Bench and Bar Committee and Chair of the Bench/Bar Court Funding Subcommittee. She previously served on the Planning and Policy Advisory Committee, the Judicial Conduct Advisory Committee, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court Committee on Community Outreach.

Legal career

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. While at the firm, she chaired the Insurance Dispute Resolution Practice Group and co-chaired the firm’s national recruiting committee. [4]

Wisconsin Court of Appeals (2007-present)

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. [5] Neubauer was elected to a full term on the court in the April 2008 general election, defeating attorney William C. Gleisner III. [6] She enjoyed bi-partisan support in her campaign for the position, including the endorsement of Michael Grebe, the former state chair of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. In 2009, Neubauer was appointed presiding judge of District II. [7]

On May 8, 2015, the Wisconsin Supreme Court appointed Neubauer chief judge of the Court of Appeals. [7] Neubauer took office on August 2, replacing retiring Chief Judge Richard S. Brown.

Supreme Court candidacy

Neubauer announced her candidacy for the Wisconsin Supreme Court in July 2018. Her campaign press release stated that 150 current and former Wisconsin judges, including 18 from the court of appeals, had already endorsed her. [8] She lost her election to Brian Hagedorn on 2 April 2019. [9]


Neubauer has received endorsements from Planned Parenthood. [10]

Newspaper Critics

Neubauer's campaign said the appellate judge volunteered for Planned Parenthood in the 1990s but is uncertain whether she donated to the group. She hasn't given to politicians or political groups since taking her seat on the bench a decade ago. [11]

Personal life

Neubauer is the wife of former state representative Jeff Neubauer and mother of three children including Greta Neubauer, a current member of the Wisconsin State Assembly. Neubauer resides in Racine, Wisconsin.

Electoral history

Wisconsin Court of Appeals District II Election, 2008 [12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Lisa S. Neubauer (incumbent) 138,241 62.60%
Independent William C. Gleisner III 82,302 37.27%
Write-ins 286 0.13%
Total votes 220,543 100.0%
Wisconsin Court of Appeals District II Election, 2014 [13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Lisa S. Neubauer (incumbent) 115,521 99.49%
Write-ins 594 0.51%
Total votes 116,115 100.0%

The results of the 2019 Wisconsin Supreme Court race show Brian Hagedorn in the lead, but Lisa Neubauer may request a recount. Perhaps this should be discussed further on a talk page.


  1. ^ "Neubauer announces candidacy for Wisconsin Supreme Court". SFGate. 2018-07-12. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  2. ^ "Judge Lisa Neubauer | Judge Neubauer for Justice". Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  3. ^ a b "Presiding Judge Lisa S. Neubauer". Wisconsin Court System. Retrieved 2015-08-02.
  4. ^ Hetzner, Amy (17 March 2008). "Political ties raise interest in state Appeals Court race". The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  5. ^ Burke, Michael (4 December 2007). "Racinian is first female judge on District II Court of Appeals". The Racine Journal Times. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Judge Neubauer retains Court of Appeals seat". Wisconsin Law Journal. The Daily Reporter Publishing Company. 7 April 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "State appeals court judge Lisa Neubauer announces run for Supreme Court". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  9. ^ "Election Results". Wisconsin Vote. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  10. ^ "Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Announces Judicial Endorsements". Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  11. ^ "Bice: Supreme Court candidate Lisa Neubauer gets Planned Parenthood's backing after years of family ties". Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  12. ^ Canvass Summary, Spring General Election (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin State Elections Board. 2008-04-01. p. 2. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  13. ^ Canvass Results for 2014 Spring Election (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin State Elections Board. 2014-04-01. p. 2. Retrieved 2019-04-06.