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Lauren Olivia Otto

Family Attorney at Eau Claire, WI

3.7   9 reviews
  • State Years
    Wisconsin - WI 14 years
    Minnesota - MN 15 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2010
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2009
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

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I have been practicing in the areas of divorce and family law for the past eight years and I love what I do.  My practice has grown quickly from my start with an office in my home four years ago to having a staff of two not including myself.   It can be daunting facing any legal issue alone, especially legal issues involving your family.  I enjoy compassionately and competently helping people through what can be one of the most difficult times of their lives.  If you are facing a legal issue involving your family, I hope that you contact me to discuss your case and how I can help guide you through. 


Otto & Steiner Law, SC
4252 Southtowne Drive, Suite A
Eau Claire, WI, 54701

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Posted by S&C | October 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Did an amazing job
My husband and I hired Lauren for our custody battle in November 2015. Although we didn't have a lot to go on against the other parent she still pointed out the lies and manipulation of the other parent during testimony. She stressed the very issue that our son/stepson belonged with us for various reasons. She hit everything on the head in court and even got the other parent to pay us child support at the very first initial hearing!!! This wasn't even something we were addressing but since my stepsons mother was asking for it from us, we decided to do the same. She does a great job at catching the lies in testimonies and makes the judge aware through her cross examination that the other persons whole testimony was inaccurate. Not only did we win but our stepson mother disn't gain anything from it, she actually has to pay! Something she said she would never do!!! Thank you Lauren!
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Posted by Amanda | January 12, 2016
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Attorney Lauren Otto
I have been working with Lauren and her team for over a year now. I have found her to be a GREAT attorney, she is intelligent, well informed and gives practical legal advice regarding a wide variety of law issues. Lauren gave me hope in what felt like a hopeless situation and having her on my side has been an absolute blessing. Lauren is very personable, approachable and has a good relationship with the court as well as a strong professional network With other attorneys in the trade. I would definitely choose Lauren as my attorney again!!
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Posted by Josh | April 22, 2015
Excellent Lawyer
I would highly recommend Lauren Otto for a family case to any of my friends or family. Lauren made me feel like I was number 1 on her priority list throughout the process. I personally find having to go to court with my ex-wife stressful but after I met with Lauren I felt more calm and comfortable with it. She fought hard for my rights and my kids in my custody case and came through for us.
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Posted by Barb | December 1, 2014
Former Cleint
Laureen is an excellent Attorney who answers your questions when you need them answered and does not sugar coat her answer for fear it may be something you don't want to hear. If you have a question and you call its not days before she calls you back its as soon as she is done working with a client in her office or if she is in court she will call you and not wait days to do so. I found her and her staff very easy to work with and would definitely recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2014
Great Experience!
I hired Mrs. Otto in regards to obtaining custody of my two children. She made the best of an unfortunate situation and understood my need to put the well being of my children first. Her extensive knowledge of family law eased my anxiety about the tough legal process ahead! Her experience in the courtroom gave me confidence that we would be successful. Mrs. Otto gave me clear advice about how to proceed with my case without using confusing legalese. Thanks to her council, I am now happy to have placement and custody of my son and daughter. I can rest better at night knowing that their needs are needs are being met, I thank Mrs. Otto for being my best asset in my fight for them!!!! You're The best!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2013
child custody
I hired Lauren for a child custody case with my exhusband. She did an amazing job.
Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
$5500 retainer, plus a bill for$2000. She did nothing!
Lauren received her retainer in July 2019. She told me at the consultation that the second she received the money she would schedule an OTSC hearing. My marriage was less than 8 years so I could only receive short term maintenance, so she said we had to request it ASAP. I heard NOTHING from her for a month. I called the office multiple times, she was always busy or on vacation. Her paralegal finally told me she had taken on too many cases. It only gets worse from there. I never got the OTSC hearing, she never called me back. I had to schedule "phone appointments" I was charged $390 and$480 for phone calls. She charged me to complete a maintenance calculator, FIDI, ect. She never filed anything with the court. She had a settlement meeting with my estranged husband and his attorney, I was not present, they decided I had to refinance the car into just my name. There is so much more, she quit and said I fired her, used the retainer, upped her fee by $50 without notifying me. I received a bill for $2000. I felt like I was facing a criminal charge, not a divorce. I will never recover from this, emotionally or financially. I was divorced over the phone with no attorney and nothing filed. I have dealt with other attorneys, I have never seen or heard anything like this. I would never recommend Lauren Otto to anyone for any reason.
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2018
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If I could give her negative stars, I would! I have had many expirence with lawyers and this is by far the worst attorney I have ever had or heard of anyone having. In one hand she told me there's pretty much nothing she can do for my paternity case, but she'd be glad to represent me. I did all the work for my case getting a parenting agreement and she charged me for it. She charges you for sending you paperwork you already get from the court and takes WEEKS to getting around to your case. She's a waste of money and I'll be making sure everyone knows not to hire her. I could have done so much for my son with the money that was wasted on her "services". Worst lawyer ever!!
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2014
Worst lawyer I've worked with
Where do I even start. Lauren was very new when I worked with her and has a lot to learn about being a good lawyer. My phone calls were generally never responded to and I was made feel like a criminal in a family case fighting to have my own child. When character surveys were given by Otto in a Guardian Et Lietem family case and the case summery was written, iwas clear the facts were falsified on her end. I genuinely believe this as I had copies of all the character reports sent in by my references before sending them to her. In the guardian stand point only meeting her for about an hour and being recommended by her to have a mental evaluation while the other party who has seen a psychologist for mental issues breify and refuses to go back was not recommended. Well long story short given the falsified report and 3 visits to the psychologist to complete a mental evaluation, I can honestly say she has wasted my money for her services, my health insurance's money for recommending a evaluation that even have the psychologists scratching their heads on why I was there in the first place and why my ex was not. Especially since this was the same place he had gone for his psychological issues. To be quite honest I'm lucky I have a strong mental health as I know had my ex had to be put through what I went through, he would have attempted suicide another time. Working with her put me in the worst part of my life I would never choose to relive specifically due to the actions she put forth. I needed a copy of something made after court as well and I to this day have never received it. Her files are not organized and was told this over the phone. I can't imagine how anything was kept straight in our paperwork. Don't waste your money, it's only going to find you frustration with a spend price tag. And I have worked with other lawyers being a business owner myself whom I would all recommend. Lauren, however, I would not trust to represent me in family cases and if I needed a lawyer for criminal I would probably defend myself before I hired her.
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Response from Lauren Otto November 24, 2014
I am sorry that your experience with my office did not meet your expectations. While your comments are not specific enough for me to recall your case, it appears that I may have acted as a guardian ad litem in your case representing the best interests of your child. It does not appear that I represented you personally. I understand your frustration with your legal situation, and it is never easy for me to make recommendations to the Court with regards to a custody and placement arrangement that is in your child's best interests. It is inevitable that either one or both parties does not agree with my recommendation. I would be happy to address any issues or concerns that you may have. Please feel free to contact my office.
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Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney at Law
  • Otto Law Office
  • 2010 - Present


  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Luther College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004


  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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  • English

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