Lisa C. Goldman

Top rated Civil Rights attorney in Madison, Wisconsin

Davey & Goldman Law Firm
Lisa C. Goldman
Davey & Goldman Law Firm

Practice Areas: Civil Rights, Personal Injury, Criminal Defense; view more

Licensed in Wisconsin since: 1997

Education: University of Wisconsin Law School

Languages Spoken: English, Hebrew

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2007
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Davey & Goldman Law Firm

5609 Medical Circle
Suite 101
Madison, WI 53719 Visit website


Lisa C. Goldman is an accomplished attorney and partner at Davey & Goldman Law Firm, a reputable law firm situated in Madison, Wisconsin. She focuses her practice on police misconduct, personal injury, ERISA litigation, civil litigation, and criminal defense.  She adeptly serves her clientele across Wisconsin, with much of her practice in Madison.  She handles the following matters:

  • Civil Rights: Police misconduct, race discrimination, and all other civil rights litigation
  • ERISA:  Health benefit disputes with insurance providers and pension benefit disputes or claims of fiduciary misconduct
  • Personal Injury:  Auto accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, other personal injury incidents
  • Criminal Defense:  All felonies and all misdemeanors including but not limited to assaults, drug and alcohol violations, motor vehicle offenses, and domestic violence crimes
  • Civil Litigation:  all types of civil litigation matters such as contract disputes, land disputes, and business disputes.
  • Employment Matters:  We represent employees and unions in employment disputes including employee contract disputes, non-compete agreements, discrimination claims, wrongful termination claims, bargaining negotiation issues, and other employment disputes.

Attorney Goldman possesses extensive and notable skills in the realm of ERISA litigation, with a specific focus on cases pertaining to health insurance and pension benefits claims. She boasts an exemplary track record of achievements in both litigation and appellate proceedings. Her achievements include securing victories in numerous criminal and civil jury trials, and effectively procuring the dismissal of numerous criminal cases prior to trial. She has also achieved successful litigation outcomes against law enforcement officers and their employing entities in federal civil rights litigation.  She has developed new law in the realm of ERISA litigation securing a new avenue for relief for individuals and securing damages in equitable claims.

Ms. Goldman completed her undergraduate studies in political science at the University of Wisconsin in Madison–Wisconsin in 1990. Later, she attended her alma mater’s law school and received her J.D. in 1997. Licensed to practice in Wisconsin, she has appeared before the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

While pursuing her legal education, Ms. Goldman served as a law clerk at the Wisconsin Department of Justice and as a student attorney in the Legal Defense Program. She also took on the role of a student representative for Westlaw, contributing her insights to this legal research platform. Her dedication to honing her advocacy skills earned her the distinction of being a semifinalist in the Heffernan Oral Advocacy Competition and a quarterfinalist in the August A. Rendigs, Jr. National Products Liability Moot Court Competition.

Ms. Goldman has dedicated six years to serving on the Professional Ethics Committee of the State Bar of Wisconsin. Also, she has received numerous appointments from the Supreme Court of Wisconsin to act as a referee or judge in cases involving attorney discipline. She further maintains active membership in the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Dane County Bar Association, past membership in the American Bar Association and the American Inns of Court.

Dedicated to disseminating her proficiency in the field of law, Ms. Goldman has presented at various seminars and established herself as a skilled author in the field. A Rising Star in Milwaukee Magazine's Law & Politics edition, she exhibits dedication to legal excellence and a commitment to justice. Demonstrating a vast reservoir of empathy, she engages in pro bono commitments, served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years, as well as providing representation for individuals participating in antiwar protests. She holds a "Very Good" rating on Avvo. In addition, she is fluent in Sesotho and Hebrew.

Practice areas

Civil Rights, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Criminal Defense, General Litigation

Focus areas

Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Law, Discrimination, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Litigation, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Police Misconduct, Probation, Race Discrimination, Slip and Fall, Traffic Violations, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 30% Civil Rights
  • 30% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Criminal Defense
  • 20% General Litigation

First Admitted: 1997, Wisconsin

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Educational Background:
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, B.A. in Political Science, 1990
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Outlines UNDP programs aimed at achieving economic self reliance for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, Author, UNDP Programs of Assistance to the Palestinian People in the Occupied Territories, 1996
  • Ethics Presentation, State Bar Annual Conference, 2006 to 2008
  • Ethics presentation, State Bar Annual Conference , Panelists, Annual Conference State Bar of Wisconsin, 2006
  • Wisconsin State Bar annual conference panelist with the ethics presentation regarding Ethics 2000 rule changes, Panelist, 2007
  • NBI Ethics Presentation, 2008 regarding Ethics 2000 changes affecting trust accounts and fee agreements, Instructor, NBI continuing Legal Education, 2008
  • Wisconsin State Bar annual conference, ethics presentation regarding the new ethics 2000 rule changes, Panelist, 2008
  • Moot Court Product Liability Competition Quarter Quarter-Finalist - University of Wisconsin, 1997
  • Law & Politics Rising Star, Wisconsin Super Lawyers Rising Star, Wisconsin Super Lawyers, 2007
  • Member of Moot Court - University of Wisconsin
  • Heffernan Oral Advocacy Competition Semi-Finalist - University of Wisconsin, 1996
  • Clinical: Legal Defense Program- University of Wisconsin, 1997
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1997
  • Inns of Court, Member
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice
  • WACDL - Strike Force , 2016
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania Pro Hac Vice, 2019
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Wisconsin, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2008
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Appointed member of the Wisconsin State Bar Ethics Committee, 2003-2009
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2008
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
Representative Clients:
  • In re John Doe Proceeding, 2003 WI 30, 660 N.W.2d 260, 2003
  • State v. Worden, 238 Wis. 2d 444, 617 N.W.2d 906 (Ct. App. 2000)
  • Haferman v. Hebenstreit, 258 Wis. 2d 984, 654 N.W.2d 95 (Ct. App. 2002)
  • Greene v. Hahn, 2004 WI App 214 (Wis. Ct. App.), 2004
  • Kenseth v. Dean Health Plan, Inc., 610 F.3d 452 (7th Cir. Wis.), 2010
  • Keller v. Patterson, 2012 WI App 78, 343 Wis.2d 569, 819 N.W.2d 841, 2012
  • Kenseth v. Dean Health Plan, Inc., Case No. 11-1560 (7th Cir. 2013) (Kenseth II), 2013
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Appointed by Senator Clinton to the Rules Committee of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, 2008
  • Obtained court order on behalf of the Democratic Party to extend the polling hours at one polling location after a bomb scare closed the polling station, 2006
  • Overturned an election result through an effective recount strategy, 2003
  • 2010 - 2021 Lisa Goldman acted as a Senior Legal Counsel for the Democratic Voter Protection Team.  Trained attorneys to perform voter protection activities at the polls during the election in 2010
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Since 2012 Attorney Goldman has been vigorously litigating civil rights claims against police officers, prison guards, and their employers through trial and settlement, 2012
  • Settled motor vehicle accident matter for $1,500,000.00, 2019
  • Obtained $400,000 plus verdict in a wrongful death action, 2008
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Represents citizen who cannot afford an attorney, 2023
  • Representing Antiwar Protesters
  • Peace Corps, Volunteer, Small Business Development and Agricultural Extension Officer, Lesotho, Africa, 1991 to 1993
  • Youth soccer coach, Madison, Wisconsin from 2000 to 2010
Industry Groups:
  • Employment - Employee
  • ERISA - Plaintiffs
  • Felony
  • Misdemeanor
  • OWI
  • Personal Injury - Plaintiff
  • police misconduct and police brutality

Office location for Lisa C. Goldman

5609 Medical Circle
Suite 101
Madison, WI 53719

Phone: 608-490-8149


2 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2007

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