Laura returned to Waukesha in 1990 following the birth of her daughter, Andrea. In Waukesha, Laura was in private practice with the firm of Phillips & Gemignani and represented clients throughout Waukesha County in family law cases. Within a year of returning to Waukesha, Laura entered service to the non-profit sector on the first of many Board of Director positions. Her first Board was for The Women’s Center, Inc. Laura then went on to serve on Boards for Pro Health Care Visiting Nurse Assn, Rolland B. Nelson Memorial Hospice and Chosen, Inc. (fostering forever families).
The family welcomed a son, Ryan, in 1993 and Laura added teaching to her duties. She facilitated a class at WCTC for 10 years in the Women’s Development Center.
In 2001 she applied for and was appointed to the position of Circuit Court Commissioner for Waukesha County. As a Court Commissioner she is a member of the Judiciary and presides over court hearings in all 5 court divisions —- civil, criminal, family, juvenile and probate. During her years as a Commissioner she has presided over more than 20,000 hearings and currently supervises both the family court and probate offices.