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Susan Lovern

Business Services | Law
President and CEO
von Briesen & Roper s.c. | Milwaukee

Susan Lovern was elected president and chief executive officer of Milwaukee-based law firm von Briesen & Roper s.c. in 2020, becoming the first woman to hold the position. Lovern also chairs the firm’s commercial and business litigation section. In addition to its Milwaukee headquarters, Von Briesen also has offices in Madison, Neenah, Green Bay, Eau Claire, Waukesha, Mequon and Chicago. The firm has been retained in high-profile disputes including the demolition of the former Northridge Mall in Milwaukee and a case involving Milwaukee businesses’ claims to insurance coverage for COVID-related losses.

Education: Bachelor’s, University of Northern Iowa; J.D., University of Iowa College of Law

Fun fact: “I’ve twice been interviewed on television about Sandra Day O’Connor – the first time for a morning show while in the seventh grade about the importance of her then recent nomination to the Supreme Court, and the second time 25 years later in 2006 to discuss the influence and importance of Justice O’Connor’s tenure when she announced her retirement from the Court.”

Nonprofit cause that has special meaning to you: “I currently sit on the board for the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation. Libraries are some of our most important public and neighborhood spaces we have.”

First job: “I sold advertising to businesses on a commission basis for a summer during high school and learned that selling is fun and rewarding if you believe in what you’re selling.”

Favorite destinations: “Door County; Northwest Montana; Arizona; Washington, D.C.; New York City; Europe; and any national park.”

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