Attorneys and Staff

Organizational Chart for Office of Legal Affairs

Vice Chancellor

Raymond P. Taffora
Ray.Taffora@wisc.edu

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Raymond P. Taffora was appointed Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs in September of 2013.  In this role, Mr. Taffora serves as the general counsel of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a member of the Executive Committee and supervises the Office of Legal Affairs and the Office of Compliance.  Mr. Taffora has previously served as Deputy Attorney General in the Wisconsin Department of Justice (2007-2011), Chief Legal Counsel to the Governor of Wisconsin (1987-1991) and as an attorney in the private practice of law for over 18 years.  Mr. Taffora earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983 and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1986.

 

 

Associate Vice Chancellor

Nancy K. Lynch
Nancy.Lynch@wisc.edu

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Nancy Lynch joined the Office of Legal Affairs in 1997 and presently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs.  In addition to managing aspects of the office, she provides advice and counsel primarily in the areas of admissions; copyright; diversity, information technology and data security; contracts; federal lobbying; threat assessment; and student life issues including discipline, governance, residency, segregated fees, and registered student organizations. Nancy serves as a member of the Chiefs of Staff briefing group, the Threat Assessment and Response Team, the Chancellor’s Alcohol Policy Group, and the Chief Information Officer’s Administrative Leadership Team to review reports of data security incidents. Prior to her role at the University, Nancy was an attorney at the Chicago firm Lord, Bissell and Brook (now Locke Lord LLP). She earned a B.A. with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991 and graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she served as co-Symposium Editor of the Law Review.

 

 

Attorneys

Mari Abdo
Mari.Abdo@wisc.edu

Photo of Mari AbdoMari Abdo joined the Office of Legal Affairs in 2019 as Associate University Legal Counsel in the areas of employment and health law. Her employment practice includes advising on employment relations matters, assisting with misconduct investigations, employee disability and leave issues, and hearings before administrative bodies such as the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division. Mari also advises on general health law matters including patient care and risk management, practice regulation and licensing, and health care information privacy. Mari earned a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she was a member of the Mock Trial team and received Honors in the Labor and Employment Law concentration.

 

 

Anne E. Bilder
Anne.Bilder@wisc.edu

Photo of Anne E. BilderAnne E. Bilder is Senior University Legal Counsel in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Legal Affairs (OLA). Her principal practice areas include employment law, student affairs, international programs, legal issues related to campus programs for children and youth, Title IX, and diversity issues. Prior to joining the OLA she served as Senior System Legal Counsel in the Office of General Counsel for the University of Wisconsin System where she was an attorney since 1998. Anne is a graduate of Carleton College and the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she was a member of Law Review. She also has a Masters degree in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where, for a number of years, she taught a graduate course in higher education law in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and a course in privacy law at the Law School. An active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), she has served on several NACUA committees and has given presentations at recent annual conferences. In addition, she has spoken to a wide variety of statewide and regional audiences on topics including Title IX, student privacy, student discipline, and diversity. She has also served as Co-Chair of the UW System President’s Task Force on Sexual Violence and Harassment.

 

 

Claire Dalle Molle
Claire.DalleMolle@wisc.edu

Photo of Claire Dalle MolleClaire Dalle Molle is University Legal Counsel. Her practice focuses primarily on health law. In this role, Claire advises physicians employed by the School of Medicine and Public Health and other members of the University’s health sciences schools on matters including: patient care and risk management, regulatory compliance, practice regulation and licensing, health care information privacy and security, and health care and services contracting. Her previous practice in the Office of Legal affairs included advising university clients on employment law and public records law. Prior to joining the Office of Legal Affairs team, Claire worked for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and the Office of the State Public Defender. Claire holds a B.A. from UW-Madison in Political Science and Spanish and graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she was a member of the University Moot Court Board and a writer for the University of Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender and Society.

 

 

Brigid Daly
Brigid.Daly@wisc.edu

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Brigid Daly is University Legal Counsel. Her primary practice areas include copyright, public records, conflicts of interest, research compliance, and sponsored grant issues. She serves as a consultant to the All Campus Animal Planning and Advisory Committee, Institutional Biosafety Committee, Chemical Safety Committee, and Conflict of Interest Committee. Brigid graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School where she was an editor on the Wisconsin Law Review, and the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society. She received an Honors B.A. in English and Spanish Literature from Marquette University.

 

 

Craig Fischer
Craig.Fischer@wisc.edu

Photo of Craig FischerCraig Fischer joined the Office of Legal Affairs in 2019 and currently serves as Associate University Legal Counsel. Craig’s practice areas include employment and public records law. His employment practice includes advising on employment relations matters, assisting with misconduct investigations, employee disability and leave issues, and hearings before administrative bodies such as the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division. Craig also provides advice, training, and guidance regarding public records requests, open meetings, and records management. Before joining the Office of Legal Affairs, Craig received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

 

 

Ben Griffiths
Ben.Griffiths@wisc.edu

Photo of Ben GriffithsBen Griffiths is Senior University Legal Counsel.  He provides legal advice in the areas of sponsored research contracting, policy and compliance, export control, and transactional matters.   He serves on a variety of University committees, including the Research Policy Advisory Committee, the Biosecurity Task Force, the Radiation Safety Committee, and the Office of Industrial Partnerships Advisory Board.  Prior to joining the Office of Legal Affairs in 1993, Ben served as legal counsel to a small business and worked at a public interest law firm.  Ben has a B.A. in Political Science from Miami University (Ohio), and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel A. Jeris
Rachel.Jeris@wisc.edu

Photo of Rachel JerisRachel Jeris is Senior University Legal Counsel. Her primary areas of practice are employment law, student misconduct and privacy, disability accommodations, Title IX, and Clery. Rachel is a member of the Student Crisis Response Team, the Provost’s Advisory Group on Sexual Assault and Misconduct, and the Clery Act Working Committee. Rachel represents the University in proceedings before administrative bodies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, and the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division. Prior to joining OLA in 2011, Rachel clerked for the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and spent several years in private practice representing colleges and universities in litigation and counseling matters. Rachel graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2000, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2003, where she was a member of the Illinois Law Review and selected for the Order of the Coif.

 

 

 

Tricia Kvitrud
Tricia.Kvitrud@wisc.edu

Photo of Tricia KvitrudTricia Kvitrud is Senior University Legal Counsel. Her practice focuses primarily on health law. In this role, Tricia advises physicians employed by the School of Medicine and Public Health and other members of the University’s health sciences schools on matters including: patient care and risk management, regulatory compliance, practice regulation and licensing, health care information privacy and security, risk management, and corporate and structural requirements related to health care entities. Tricia began her career at the law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP, where her practice focused on labor and employment law and later served as in-house counsel to a large integrated health system. She graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin School of Business and cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School where she served as an editor of the Minnesota Law Review.

 

 

 

Andrew Norman
Andrew.Norman@wisc.edu

Photo of Andrew NormanAndrew Norman is Senior University Legal Counsel.  His primary areas of practice include corporate and business matters, procurement, taxation, sponsored research and intellectual property.  He is also the primary attorney for UW-Madison’s Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.  His work at the University includes service to numerous committees and boards, including the PCI Compliance Team, Athletic Board, and the Office of Industrial Partnership Advisory Board.  Before joining the University in 2010, Andrew was an attorney at the law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP, where his practice focused on business and intellectual property litigation.  He graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin School of Business and magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School.  Andrew lives in Middleton with his wife and daughter.

 

 

 

Brian Vaughan
Brian.Vaughan@wisc.edu

Photo of Brian VaughanBrian Vaughan is Senior University Legal Counsel in the Office of Legal Affairs. Brian’s employment practice includes employment relations matters; investigations; employee disability and leave issues; scientific misconduct investigations; and administrative hearings. Brian also provides advice regarding faculty and academic staff governance and procedures. In addition, he provides legal services throughout the University on trademarks, sponsorship agreements with external entities, and facilities use policies. Brian is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and has served on several committees. Prior to joining the Office of Legal Affairs, Brian served as Deputy Attorney General in the California Office of the Attorney General in Los Angeles where he practiced employment litigation in the state and federal trial and appellate courts. He also represented state agencies in administrative hearings in personnel and licensing actions. Brian began his legal career as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge A. Andrew Hauk in the Central District of California. He earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School and his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Political Science. Brian is admitted to the bar in California and Wisconsin.

 

Lisa A. Wilson
Lisa.Wilson@wisc.edu

Lisa Wilson is Senior University Legal Counsel, and joined the office in 2003. Her primary areas of practice include human subjects research, stem cell research, research contracting, research compliance, and public records. In this regard, she advises a number of committees and programs, including the University’s Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), the Clinical Research Advisory Committee, the FDA Regulated Research Oversight Program, the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), the HRPP Quality and Compliance Operations Committee and its Advisory Committee, and the Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee. She also advises the public records custodian and deputy custodian on matters related to requests for university records. Before joining the University, Lisa clerked for the Illinois Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, and worked in private practice. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1993, and graduated summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1999, where she served as an editor for the Law Review.

 

Staff

Caroline C. Marks
Caroline.Marks@wisc.edu

Photo of Caroline MarksCaroline Marks is University Executive Staff Assistant, and joined the office in 2014.  She serves as the primary assistant to the Vice Chancellor and Associate Vice Chancellor, and provides litigation support to the Employment Team.  Before joining the University, Caroline worked as a Legal Assistant for a private law firm in Flagstaff, Arizona.  She received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995, and a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Washington-Seattle in 2010.