Elise Clancy Ruoho
  • Partner

Elise Clancy Ruoho

Elise Clancy Ruoho is a Partner in the firm's Family Law Practice Group. Elise joined the firm in 1996, and focuses exclusively on family law.

Family law cases are unique from one case to next, with each having its own set of challenges. Elise's problem solving skills, approach, and substantial legal experience provides her clients with high quality representation in these matters. Listening carefully to first understand her client's individual circumstances and priorities, Elise then develops strategic solutions to her client's individual needs.

Elise was honored to serve as the 2014-2015 Chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin Family Law Section Board of Directors. While on the Board, she served on its Executive Committee, as well as its Legislative, Door County Workshop and Grant Committees.

Practice Areas Include

  • Divorce and Legal Separation
  • Property Division (Asset/Debt Identification, Classification and Valuation)
  • Business Interest and Valuation Issues
  • Maintenance (Spousal Support/Alimony)
  • High-Income Support Situations
  • Legal Custody and Physical Placement
  • Relocation
  • Child Support
  • Paternity
  • Enforcement and Modification Actions
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration)
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Non-Marital and Non-Traditional Family Matters
  • Grandparent and Third-Party Visitation
  • Guardianships


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D. - 1995
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: with honors
  • University of Virginia
    • B.A. - 1992
    • Honors: With High Distinction
    • Honors: Division I Women’s Collegiate Soccer, University of Virginia, 1988-1992
    • Honors: Academic All-American Honorable Mention
    • Major: Psychology

Bar Admission

  • Wisconsin, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1995

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section, Treasurer
  • Collaborative Family law Council of Wisconsin, Member
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member
  • Dane County Bar Association, Member
  • Legal Association for Women, Past President
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section, Board of Directors, Immediate Past Chair, 2015 to Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section, Board of Directors, Chair, 2014 to 2015
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, 2011 to Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section, Board of Directors, Member, 2008 to Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Section Leader’s Council, Member, 2013 to 2015
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Fee Arbitration Panel, District 2, Member, 2013 to Present

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Dane County Family Law Clinic
  • Dane County Case Mediation Program, Volunteer Mediator
  • Madison Area Sports Commissioner Board of Directors
  • Doyenne Group, Member
  • Madison All-City Dive Meet, Co-Chair, 2016
  • Capital East Soccer Club, Coach, 2013 to 2015