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City of Madison

City of Madison Attorney


Patricia A. Lauten is the Deputy City Attorney for Madison, Wisconsin. The Deputy City Attorney is second in command to the City Attorney, serves as an advisor to the City Attorney on legal matters, and has full authority to act on behalf of the City Attorney in his absence, including administrative and supervisory decision-making. The Deputy City Attorney is also the primary attorney representing the City on employment law, labor-management relations, grievance and interest arbitrations and other employment and personnel issues.

Patricia became Deputy City Attorney in August, 2010.  Prior to beginning work at the City, Patricia was in private practice for 10 years representing employees, unions, employers, small businesses, and non-profits in employment and labor law matters. Before Patricia began her legal career she spent 10 years in human resources for a large retail chain.

Patricia is a native of Des Plaines, Illinois.  She was an Illinois State Scholar at Maine West High School in 1974, obtained a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Southern Illinois University in 1978, a bachelor’s degree in Allied Legal Services (Paralegal) from the University of Central Florida, and her law degree from Marquette University Law School in 2000.  She has a rescue dog, Bailee the terrier, that loves to play.