WILL Press Release | Hires New Staff to Bolster Growing Litigation and Research Portfolio

Lauren Parrottino and Katie Lucey join Wisconsin’s largest and growing free market litigation and policy research center

January 27, 2017 – Milwaukee, WI – The free market legal and policy center Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty has hired two new staff members to augment its growing litigation practice and rapidly expanding policy research group.

Lauren Parrottino joins WILL from the Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program and is an undergraduate honors fellow with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. She is presently fulfilling a policy fellowship through the Charles Koch Institute’s educational programs at WILL. A native of Royal Oak, Michigan, she graduated from Marquette University in December. Lauren will work closely with the well-established scholars and attorneys working on education reform and other public policy research projects.

“I’m very excited to join WILL and to be a part of the exciting work they are doing in Wisconsin and contributing to a larger, national debate on the proper and limited role of government,” said Parrottino.

Katie Lucey will serve as Special Counsel working on the litigation side of WILL. She most recently served as the Vice President of Litigation at Assurant Health.  In that role, she oversaw litigation for the company, which primarily c​onsisted of first-party medical insurance bad faith claims in state and federal courts across the country.  Prior to her time at Assurant, Katie practiced law at Foley & Lardner in the firm’s litigation department.  She received her bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate from Marquette University, where she served as the Editor in Chief of the Marquette Law Review.  After law school, Katie served as a law clerk to the Honorable Diane S. Sykes on the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

In 2011, Governor Walker appointed Katie to serve on the Wisconsin Judicial Selection Advisory Committee.  The Committee’s purpose is to help guide Governor Walker’s judicial selection process and ensure that judges of the highest caliber, who share a commitment to the rule of law, are selected to serve Wisconsin.

“The work that WILL does really impacts the legal environment not just in Wisconsin, but across the country. Joining a team of accomplished attorneys and professionals who are committed to free markets and limited government is exciting and I’m certainly looking forward to contributing to their growing practice,” said Lucey.

“These two bright professionals will certainly contribute to our rapidly growing legal and policy research capacity. In just five and a half years, WILL has grown fourfold and significantly impacted the legal and policy debates across the state – from pursuing Act 10 litigation to defending Professor McAdams’ First Amendment rights to publishing groundbreaking research on the economic benefits of Milwaukee’s school choice program. We’re excited to have them join the staff at WILL,” concluded Rick Esenberg, president and general counsel at WILL.


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