Areas of Practice
Contact Information
Karen D. Julian, R.N., J.D.
Karen D. Julian Law Offices, S.C.
Madison, Wisconsin 53711
Telephone: (608) 219-8619
Fax: (608) 236-4837



Mediation is a voluntary problem-solving process in which the parties hire a neutral third party to help them negotiate an agreement. The mediator does not advise or represent either party, or make decisions for the parties. Instead, the mediator assists the parties in the following tasks:

  • Identifying the issues between them
  • Collecting all necessary information to address the issues
  • Developing options
  • Discussing the advantages and disadvantages of each option
  • Identifying their common interests
  • Identifying their needs, and understanding the other’s needs
  • Reaching an agreement both parties can accept

The primary function of the mediator is to manage the process for the parties, so that they can reach an agreement in a more cooperative and less combative manner. Parties who use a mediator may still appear pro se in any court action, such as a divorce or legal separation. If either party wishes to have legal advice, he or she consults with a separate attorney. Parties who reach agreement with the assistance of a mediator may still use their attorney/s to draft the final agreement for the court system.

Karen Julian has had over 200 hours of training in mediation and collaborative law, which applies mediation principles, and she currently serves as a mediator for the Dane County Bar Association’s Case Mediation Program. Karen has helped many couples reach agreements in their divorce actions using the mediation model.