Madison Attorney Laura E. Callan

Laura E. Callan,

Laura Callan’s practice concentrates on commercial and asset-based lending transactions, which include drafting and negotiating the full gamut of loan documents. As well, she is experienced at advising secured lenders on workout strategies, and enforcing their rights relative to collection, foreclosure, repossession, or bankruptcy proceedings.

She also has substantial experience representing quasi-governmental entities—particularly economic development organizations statewide. She has been designated by the United States Small Business Administration as a 504 closing attorney and brings to Stafford Rosenbaum an extensive knowledge of federal, state, and municipal government-sponsored loan programs.

Ms. Callan also specializes in commercial dispute resolution by litigation, arbitration, or mediation. Cost control is a major feature of Ms. Callan’s approach to litigation. She routinely recommends creative solutions to dispute resolution and seeks early settlement opportunities whenever they are advantageous to her clients in terms of cost and outcome.

Ms. Callan also regularly represents individuals and businesses in commercial and real estate transactions, identifying, quantifying, and reducing legal risks to business transactions.  These transactions involve commercial leasing, purchase and sale transactions, development, as well as financing and construction contracting. She also offers extensive experience in a wide variety of general corporate and commercial transactions, including asset purchases and business start-ups.

In 2019, Ms. Callan was recognized as a Women in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal, a recognition for women lawyers who have exelled in the field and serve as quality role models to other upcoming women lawyers.


Marquette University (J.D.)

University of Wisconsin, cum laude (B.A., economics and political science)


Wisconsin Bar Association

Dane County Bar Association

Recent Blogs

Right to Appeal an Order on a Motion to Compel Arbitration: Wisconsin Supreme Court Makes It Final

Laura has spent time off the job as a member of the Board of Directors of the All City Swim/Dive League, Inc. and an assistant meet manager for the Seminole Pool Swim team.  She is a frequent volunteer at the All City Swim meet, the Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournament and, more recently, at the UW Law School’s Veterans Law Center.  She is an avid fan of small business and, in particular, Madison’s restaurants and yoga studios.  She also enjoys running, tennis, golf and skiing.  

Favorite Movie: Slumdog Millionaire

Favorite Law Show: True Detective

Favorite Book:  Castles Burning: A Child’s Life in War by Magda Denes

Last Book Read: A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

Would Like to Visit: Revelstoke Mountain Resort, B.C.

Last Place Visited: Missoula, MT