I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. My father, William C. Severson, a sculptor, grew up on Brooks Street here in Madison; my mother, Grace S. Severson, a fiber artist, grew up in Ferguson, Missouri.
Growing up, I spent many happy summers in Madison with my grandparents and a multitude of cousins. My husband and law firm partner, Raymond Clausen, and I have made our home in Madison for more than 25 years. We have two adult children, a daughter and a son.
Outside of work, I am active in my church through which I have volunteered for many years at the Single Women’s Shelter on Madison’s eastside. Once a month, I spend an evening with the women at the shelter. I admire the strength, courage and fortitude these women demonstrate, and I have learned a lot from them. I also actively support the fundraising efforts of church members who ride the ACT bicycle rides each August to raise funds for HIV/AIDS research and patient services.
In my free time, I love to paint, read, and visit with friends. I also enjoy outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, and bicycling. I have ridden a number of 100-mile and 150-mile bicycle events to raise funds for cancer research and patient services. Together with my husband, have raised over $24,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society since 2012. We ride our bicycles as “Team Jack.” Each summer we ride the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s fundraising Scenic Shore 150, a two-day bicycle ride from Mequon to Sturgeon Bay.
Bar Admissions: Wisconsin State Bar
- Assistant District Attorney, Portage County, Wisconsin, 1981 – 1982
- Assistant District Attorney, Lincoln County, Wisconsin, 1983 – 1987
- Trial counsel for Wausau Insurance and its successors, 1988 – 2001
- Partner, Clausen & Severson, 2001 – present
- Washington University, St. Louis, MO (B.A., 1973)
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (M.A., 1977)
- Emory University, Atlanta, GA (J.D., 1980)
Practice: Worker’s compensation
- Wisconsin State Bar Association; Dane County Bar Association
- Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys
- Wisconsin Association for Justice (formerly the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers)
- WAJ Worker’s Compensation Committee