Diane L. Mader Bio
I practice divorce law throughout Wisconsin. The heart of my practice is helping clients treat divorce as a future focused planning process. Creative problem solving, active listening, and respect for the integrity of the individual are integral to my practice philosophy. I also mediate for businesses and families.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1979. I entered law school at the University of Wisconsin immediately after earning my BA and graduated with my Juris Doctor in 1982. I have practiced law in Madison, Wisconsin continuously since becoming a member of the Wisconsin bar in 1982.
My professional goal is to make divorce safe for children and families. As I guide clients through the divorce process, I strive to treat everyone with respect and goodwill. I am assertive and able to speak the truth. I have no reason to bully, attack, or shriek. If you want an “aggressive, bull dog of an attorney,” you best look elsewhere. If you are looking for a problem solver – not a trouble maker, give me a call.
I have been described by a former client as a “caring Mom who can kick some ass if necessary.” Apt description.
A Leader in Collaborative Divorce
I am proud to say I was part of the initial study group that explored the collaborative divorce process with the idea of making the process available in Wisconsin. A small group of Wisconsin divorce lawyers joined with experienced collaborative lawyers, mental health professionals, and Judges from across the United States and Canada to find collaborative information and training. This ultimately led to the creation of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Inc (CFLCW), effective January 1, 2001. I served on the original Board of Directors and continue that service today.
Collaboration is a natural fit for me. For years my clients were dissatisfied with traditional approaches to divorce. The adversarial legal process – with its winner take all/no holds barred approach – increases the pain of divorce. Pitting parents as adversaries in litigation leads to competition, hostility and long-term animosity. Collaboration opts of out of the traditional legal process and opens the door to respectful, meaningful transformation of family relationships.
My commitment to Collaborative Divorce deepened as I joined with two collaboratively trained coaches and another collaboratively trained solo practitioner attorney to form a Collaborative Practice Community in 2010. In forming the Community, we gained the ability to offer under-one-roof collaborative divorce services.
I do not limit my divorce representation to Collaborative Divorce but encourage clients to look at the potential advantages to such an approach.