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Lon E. Roberts

Professional Experience

Roberts joined Ruder Ware in 1973 and concentrated his practice in business and commercial law, primarily in the areas of corporate mergers and acquisitions, finance, and private equity capital transactions. Roberts served as the firm’s president from 1999 – 2010.  Governor Walker appointed Lon E. Roberts to the position of Secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions on February 29, 2016.  Previously, Roberts served as chair of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board in 2012 and a committee member of the Judicial Selection Advisory Committee in 2011 – both of these appointments concluded with his appointment to the DFI.  Effective March 1, 2017 the Governor appointed Roberts to the Public Service Commission of the State of Wisconsin and appointed him Chairman in March 2018.  Roberts retired from public service as of December 27, 2018.

Education

B.S., University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (1970)
J.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison (1973)

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association - Section Member: Business Law; Law Practice Management
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Section Member: Business Law
  • Marathon County Bar Association

Admitted to Practice

Wisconsin Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Professional Recognition

Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2007 - present)
Wisconsin Super Lawyers®, 2007, 2006, 2005

Professional Activities

  • Judicial Selection Advisory Committee - Member appointed by executive order (2011 - 2016)
  • State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) - Chairman (2012 - 2016)
  • Department of Financial Institutions - Secretary (February 2016 - March 2017)
  • Public Service Commission of the State of Wisconsin - Commissioner (March  2017 - December 2018), Chairman (March 2018 - December 2018)
  • Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce - Past President
  • Wisconsin Law Foundation - Fellow (2009 - present)

Civic Activities

  • Dwight and Linda Davis Foundation - Director (2009 - present), Secretary
  • Grand Theatre Foundation, Inc. - Director (1985 - present), President (2002 - 2015)
  • Judd S. Alexander Foundation - Director, Secretary/Treasurer (2009 - present)
  • UW-Stevens Point Foundation, Inc. - Director (2011 - present), President (2016 - present)
  • Victor and Helen Geisel Foundation - Director, Secretary/Treasurer (2009 - present)
  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum - Director (2014 - present)

Other Affiliations

  • Marlon Investments - Partner (1980 - present)
  • WoodTrust Bank and WoodTrust Financial Corporation - Director (2014 - present)
  • Medical Risk Management, Inc. - Vice President/Director (2011 - present)