Lawrie J. Kobza

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Phone: 608.283.1788
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Lawrie provides a full range of services to municipalities and their public utilities, including negotiation, contracting, rate-making, construction, and regulatory compliance. Lawrie has particular expertise regarding matters affecting public water supply. Lawrie serves as legal counsel and a lobbyist for the Municipal Environment Group – Water Division, a coalition of Wisconsin municipalities that lobby on water supply legislation and regulation. She serves as legal counsel to the Central Brown County Water Authority. Wisconsin’s first joint local water authority, established to provide a source of regional water supply for six member communities. She has also served as Chair of the Wisconsin Water Association, and received the Section’s George Warren Fuller Award.

Lawrie works with local government clients to help them solve problems and achieve goals. She helps clients identify the objectives, develop the strategy, and implement the plans that will help them to reach their goals. She assists clients with the strategy that will be most effective – whether that be negotiating, contracting, lobbying, or litigating. She knows there is more than one way to get things done. Lawrie is equally comfortable with directing a client’s chosen effort, or working as a team member on an effort directed by the client or others.

REPRESENTATIVE WORK
  • Municipal Environmental Group – Water Division
    • Legal Counsel and Lobbyist for coalition of Wisconsin municipalities that lobby on drinking water legislation and regulation (1991-present)
  • Governor’s Workgroup on the Great Lakes Compact (2007-2008)
  • Wisconsin’s Groundwater Advisory Committee, created pursuant to 2003 Act 310 (2005- 2007)
  • Governor’s Global Warming Task Force, Water Subcommittee, Stakeholder (2008)
  • Wisconsin Water Association, a/k/a Wisconsin Section of the American Water Works
    • Chair (2005)
    • Board of Trustee Member (2001-2006)
  • DNR Workgroup on NR 809, 810 and 811 (2007-2009)
  • Water Conservation Symposium, Stakeholder (2006)
  • Groundwater Quantity Legislation Workgroup, formed by Sen. Kedzie and Rep. Johnsrud which lead to the creation of 2003 Act 310 (2004)
  • DNR/Water Industry Liaison Committee (2002-present)
  • PSC/Water Industry Liaison Committee (1998-present)
  • DNR Water System Capacity Workgroup (1998-1999)
  • DNR Ad Hoc Council on Safe Drinking Water Act implementation (1997-1998)
  • Safe Drinking Water Regulatory Affairs Seminar Planning Committee (1992-present)
  • Municipal Utility Legislative Rally Planning Committee (2005-present)
HONORS & RECOGNITIONS
  • Named to the BestLawyers® publication’s “Women in Law” list (2017)
  • Received The George Warren Fuller award for outstanding leadership and contribution toward the advancement of the water works practice within the American Water Works Association presented by the Wisconsin Water Association
  • Outstanding Service Support Organization Recipient presented by the Kenosha Water Utility (2006)
  • Pro Bono Individual Service Award Recipient presented by the Dane County Bar Association (2001)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in FDA Law and Water Law (2013, 2016)
PRESENTATIONS, PUBLICATIONS, & CONTRIBUTIONS
  • Financial Challenges for Wisconsin Water Utilities, League of Wisconsin Municipalities Annual Conference, (October 2016)
  • H2O – The Ideas Flow: Tapping WI Experts, League of Wisconsin Municipalities – Municipal Attorneys Institute, (June 2016)
  • 2016 Legislative Update, Wisconsin Water Association Customer Service Seminar, (June 2016)
  • Lead Service Lines, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, (May 2016)
  • 2016 Legislative Update, Regulatory Affairs Seminar, (May 2016)
  • Water Utility Privatization Legislation, West Shore Water Producers Group, (April 2016)
  • Water Law Update, State Bar, (March 2016)
  • Groundwater Laws & Legislation, Wisconsin Water Association Seminar, (February 2016)
  • Community Financing Seminar (September 2015)
  • Legislative Developments, MEUW Customer Service Seminar, (September 2015)
  • Act 274, Wisconsin Water Association Annual Conference, (September 2015)
  • Water & Energy, Wisconsin Public Utility Institute, (June 2015)
  • Act 274, Wisconsin Water Association Customer Service Seminar, (June 2015)
  • Utility Law Seminar, State Bar Association/Wisconsin Public Utility Institute, (February 2015)
  • Act 274 Tax Roll and Lien Process, MEUW Customer Service Seminar, (February 2015)
  • Rate Case Speech to public works group, MWW, (February 2015)
  • Act 274, Clerk’s Association, (October 2014)
  • Legislative Developments, Wisconsin Water Association, (September 2014)
  • Legislative Developments, Regulatory Affairs Seminar, (May 2014)
  • Utility Ratemaking, State Bar Association’s Municipal Utilities Seminar, (April 2014)
  • Legislative Developments, Wisconsin Rural Water Conference, (March 2014)
  • Complying with USDA Rural Development’s Requirement to Document Land Rights, Wisconsin Surveyor’s Institute, (January 2014)
  • Highways & Utilities Regionalization Panel, Wisconsin Water Association Annual Conference, (September 2013)
  • Wisconsin Water Association Customer Service Conference on Legislation, (June 2013)
  • Delinquent Utility Bills, Regulatory Affairs Seminar, (May 2013)
  • Wisconsin Public Biding Law, Wisconsin Water Association Management Conference, (August 2012)
  • Overview of the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Lake Beulah Decision, Wisconsin Water Association Webinar, (July 2012)
  • AB 182 – How a Bill Becomes a Law (or Not), Wisconsin Water Association Customer Service Seminar, (June 2012)
  • Bankruptcy and Collection, Wisconsin Water Association Annual Conference, (September 2011)
  • Lobbying Your Legislator, Wisconsin Water Association Annual Conference, (September 2011)
  • Well Permitting in Light of the Lake Beulah Decision, Safe Drinking Water Regulatory Affairs Seminar, (May 2011)
  • Promoting Sustainable Cities Through Energy and Water Initiatives, League of Wisconsin Municipalities Annual Conference, (with Anita Gallucci and Richard Heinemann) (October 2008)
  • Setting up a Pharmaceutical Collection Program, Wisconsin Water Association Annual Conference, (September 2008)
  • Great Lakes Compact — What Does It Mean for Water Utilities? Safe Drinking Water Regulatory Affairs Seminar, (May 2008)
  • Groundwater Management, Wisconsin Water Association, Groundwater Seminar, (February 2007)
  • Requirements of Act 310, Wisconsin’s New Groundwater Law, Presentation to Dane County Water Utilities, (February 2007)
  • Changing Law of Water Conservation, Wisconsin Water Association, Water Efficiency Seminar, (April 2007)
  • Alternative Revenue Sources Using a Public Utilities Model, State Bar Association Annual Conference, (May 2007)
  • Municipal Fees, Wisconsin Section of the Public Works Association, (November 2007)
  • Public Bidding, Wisconsin Water Association, Management Conference, (September 2007)
  • Groundwater Management Areas, Wisconsin Water Association Annual Conference, (September 2006)
  • Groundwater Management Areas, Safe Drinking Water Regulatory Affairs Seminar, (May 2006)
  • Diggers Hotline Legislation, Safe Drinking Water Regulatory Affairs Seminar, (May 2006)
  • Municipal Fees, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Local Governmental Officials, (October 2005)
  • Municipal Fees, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Municipal Attorneys Institute, (May 2005)
  • Stormwater Utilities, Fox Wolf Basin Watershed Group, (October 2004)
  • Public Bidding, Wisconsin Water Association, Management Conference, (August 2004)
  • Stormwater Utilities, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, (March 2004)
  • The Unprivatizing of the Beloit Water System, Wisconsin Water Association Annual Conference, (August 2003)
  • Groundwater Legislation, Safe Drinking Water Regulatory Affairs Conference, (May 2003)
  • New Directions in Groundwater Management, University of Wisconsin Water Law Conference, (May 2003)
  • Protecting the Right to Pump, Groundwater Management Seminar, sponsored by the Wisconsin Water Association, (February 2003)
COMMUNITy INVOLVEMENT & BOARD MEMBERSHIPS
  • Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison, Wisconsin
    • Elected School Board Member (2005-2008)
    • Board Vice President (2006-2008)
    • Performance and Achievement Committee Chair (2007-2008)
    • Finance Committee Chair (2006-2007)
    • Business Education Partnership (2007-2008)
    • Common Council/School District Liaison Committee (2005-2007)
professional Memberships
  • American Bar Association
    • Section member of Environment, Energy & Resources Section
    • Public Utility, Communications & Transportation Law Section
    • State and Local Government Law Section
    • Construction Industry Forum
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
    • Section member of Environmental Law Section
    • Administrative & Local Government Law Section
    • Construction and Public Contract Law Section
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Legal Association for Women
  • American Water Works Association & Wisconsin Water Association (chair 2005)
  • Wisconsin Rural Water Association
  • Wisconsin Wastewater Operators Association
  • American Public Works Association
Education
  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 1985, Order of the Coif, University of Wisconsin Law Review
  • B.B.A. in Finance, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1982
  • Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison, Wisconsin
    • Partner (1992-present)
    • Associate (1987-1991)
    • Firm Executive Committee (1992-1997)

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