Anita advises municipalities that own electric distribution systems on certain facets of the energy business including construction, asset transfer, and regulatory compliance. Anita also advises municipal electric utilities on service territory issues and wireless and wireline pole attachment agreements. Anita also performs other special counsel work for municipalities, including drafting and negotiating telecommunications-related contracts (e.g., dark fiber license agreements, collocation agreements, tower lease agreements). She also advises municipalities on right-of-way use issues.

Anita has over 32 years of experience and has appeared before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission.

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Honors & Recognition

  • Friend of Public Power Award for a Career of Dedicated Service to Unify and Strengthen Public Power in Wisconsin, Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin, 2021
  • Friend of Access Award, Wisconsin Association of PEG Access Channels, 2009
  • Meritorious Service Award for Service to Wisconsin's Public Power Communities, Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin, 2008

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Presentations, Publications, & Contributions

  • Presenter, “Water Tower Agreements: Don’t Let the Cell Phone Carriers Get the Upper Hand,” League of Wisconsin Municipalities Municipal Attorneys Institute, 2022
  • Presenter, “The Public Service Commission and Your Municipality,” League of Wisconsin Municipalities Municipal Attorneys Institute, 2015
  • Presenter, “Municipal Water Tower Leases: How to Avoid Selling Your Soul to the Cellphone Company,” Wisconsin Water Association Annual Conference, 2014
  • Presenter, “Professionalism, Ethics & the Law for Municipal Employees,” Wisconsin Water Association Management Seminar, 2014
  • Presenter, “What MEUs Should Know About the Right Serve,” Seminar for Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin, 2012
  • Presenter, “Sustainable Communities,” Energy Initiatives Wisconsin League of Municipalities panel presentation, 2008
  • Presenter, “Protecting Municipal Concerns in the Wake of Wisconsin’s New Video Franchise Law,” League of Municipalities Attorneys Institute, 2008
  • Presenter, “Avoiding Electric Service Territory Disputes,” Seminar conducted for Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin, 2008
  • Presenter, “Legal Update: Municipal Video Franchise and Right-of-Way Authority,” Wisconsin Town Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Presenter, “Public, Educational, and Governmental Channels: Commercial Programming and Underwriting,” Wisconsin PEG Access Association, 2007

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Utility Section
  • Energy Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
    • Public Utilities Section
    • Government and Administrative Section
  • Dane County Bar Association

Representative Clients

Anita serves municipalities and municipal electric and telecommunications utilities in Wisconsin and Illinois including:

  • Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin
  • City of Richland Center
  • City of Reedsburg
  • City of Sun Prairie
  • Town of Florence
  • Wisconsin Community Media
  • Menasha Utilities
  • Municipal Wholesale Power Group
  • City of Milwaukee
  • City of Wisconsin Dells
  • City of Rochelle, Illinois


  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Wisconsin Law School
    • Order of the Coif
  • M.A. in English Linguistics, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • B.A. in Spanish and Linguistics, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Anita’s Select Writing & Presentations