Susan A. Hansen

Susan A. Hansen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Milwaukee, WI

Hansen & Hildebrand, SC
 | 126 North Jefferson Street, Suite 401
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-273-2422
Fax: 414-273-3966
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (60%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (40%)
Attorney Profile

Susan A. Hansen practices family law as a partner at Hansen & Hildebrand S.C., with an emphasis on collaborative divorce and mediation. She has practiced in southeastern Wisconsin for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in complex financial and business issues as well as child-related concerns.  Her approach emphasizes working closely with clients for creative problem-solving.  Susan uses her expertise to educate clients and help them create positive and private solutions outside of the courtroom.  Susan supports an interdisciplinary process of working with child/family specialists and financial experts to provide the greatest value and long-term benefits to clients.

Susan and her law partner co-founded The Family Mediation Center to provide a low conflict/low cost option for self-represented couples and received the Wisconsin Legal Innovator Award.  FMC utilizes an interdisciplinary mediation approach, including lawyer mediators and child and financial specialists, to assist couples in creating family-centered agreements and navigating the court process.  The Wisconsin Supreme Court supported family law in 2017 mediation by passing a new rule  allowing lawyer mediators to draft and file all necessary legal documents as a neutral on behalf of the couple.

Susan has held many leadership positions and consistently been recognized with highest honors in numerous lawyer ratings in addition to Super Lawyers.  She has been featured on television, radio, and in numerous publications.  She has written and presented on financial and children’s family law issues to lawyers, judges, therapists, and other professionals.  She has provided training in mediation and collaborative practice locally, nationally and internationally, most recently in Florence, Italy. 

Attorney Susan Hansen is committed to providing personalized legal services with integrity and expertise. 

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About Susan Hansen

Admitted: 1981, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage:


  • The Best Lawyers in America is a peer review publication that is published annually. , Milwaukee Best Lawyers Family Law Mediation Lawyer of the Year
  • Hansen and Hildebrand was named annually as one of the best law firms in America by Best Lawyers, a peer review annual publication. , Best Law Firms in America
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers 
  • The Best Lawyers in America is a peer review publication that is published annually. 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, Best Lawyers in America
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubble and American Registry

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Extensive training in mediation and collaborative practice.  International trainer.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Coordinated and co-presented statewide 40-hour interdisciplinary family law mediation training.  Presented programs for the numerous Bar and Professional organizations about the new Supreme Court Mediator Drafting Rule., 2017
  • Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin; Past President of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP);
  • Presenter for State Bar CLE programs related to divorce, collaborative practice and mediation.  
  • Presented at international Collaborative Practice conferences in Cork, Ireland, Munich, Germany, Lille, France and Edinburgh, Scotland.  

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Advisory Board member for Task Force on Family Violence; Volunteer mediation services for the courts; public speaking on divorce options; training and program development for child advocacy/Guardian ad Litem services and divorce-related financial issues.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Family Mediation Center, was one of a few statewide programs featured in this article highlighting Wisconsin leaders in legal innovations.  The concepts of interdisciplinary practice, lawyers as educators and clients as decision-makers are embodied in the new Center as an extension of Hansen & Hildebrand, S.C.'s committment to providing client-centered legal services., Featured business, Legal Innovation: Ideas That Spark Change, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, State Bar Of Wisconsin, 2014
  • I co-authored a chapter of the book, Innovations in Family Law Practice, entitled "Collaborative Practice", author, Innovations in Family Law Practice, AFCC , 2008
  • Presented collaborative divorce training in Turin, Padua, Milan and Florence Italy in recent years for lawyers, mental health professionals and financial specialists., trainer
  • Presented at international collaborative family law conferences in in Cork, Ireland; Munich, Germany; and Lille, France.  Participated in collaborative meetings in Edinburgh, Scotland and Rome, Italy.
  • The Family Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin presents an annual workshop in Door County for family lawyers.  I have coordinated the program and/or presented at the workshop from 2000-2011., Presented and/or assisted in coordinating the Annual Family Law Section Workshop, Coordinator/Presenter
  • Published columns in the Wisconsin Journal of Family Law, 2009-2010

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Received Innovator of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Bar Association, 2015
  • Featured in Wisconsin Lawyer:  Featured in "Legal Innovation-Ideas That Spark Change", 2014
  • Selected and honored as a Leader in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal., 2009

Educational Background:

  • Marquette Law School graduate and admitted to the State and Federal Bar., 1981

Industry Groups

  • Divorce
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • Mediation
  • Paternity

Articles about Susan A. Hansen appearing in Super Lawyers

Office Location for Susan A. Hansen

126 North Jefferson Street
Suite 401
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Last Updated: 4/10/2019

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