Susan Hansen

126 N. Jefferson St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
United States
Office Phone: 414-273-2422
Member since 2004
Membership Type: IACP


Lawyer, Mediator

As a Past President of IACP, I continue to work to support the expansion of interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice worldwide. I also support the growth of family mediation for self-represented couples.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Practice; Mediation
License(s): Licensed to practice law, prior state teaching certification

Professional Activities

partner in the law firm of Hansen & Hildebrand, S.C. co-founder of Family Mediation Center ~practice areas of family law, collaborative practice, mediation and child advocacy. ~Past President of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals ~former Training Chair of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin ~Former Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin ~member of numerous state and national family law, mediation, domestic violence and conflict resolution organizations ~frequent presenter, writer and trainer on child advocacy, divorce issues and dispute resolution options for attorneys, educators, financial specialists and mental health professionals -co-founder of the Family Mediation Center

Undergraduate Education

Mount Mary College, BA, 1972

Postgraduate Education

UWM, Masters in Ed. Adm. courses, 1975-77

Professional Education

Marquette Law School, JD, 1981


I practice family law with an emphasis on collaborative practice, mediation and child advocacy. My focus is a client-centered, problem solving approach to all family issues.I have over 30 years of experience in complex financial issues as well as child-related family cases. I have frequently presented and written on children’s issues for attorneys, educators, and mental health professionals. I have participated as a trainer in both mediation and collaborative practice for professionals from a variety of disciplines, including interdisciplinary training in Italy. I prefer working in an interdisciplinary approach to provide the greatest value and positive outcomes for clients. In my experience, the interdisciplinary approach that many of us in Wisconsin use, including early involvement of a child specialist, offers the greatest long-term benefits for families. I have also recently opened an interdisciplinary Family Mediation Center. I appreciate the extraordinary opportunity collaborative practice has given me to use my teaching and advocacy skills in a positive way.