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One of only two Wisconsin attorneys admitted to the national College of Community Association Lawyers, which recognizes excellence in the practice, Lydia represents condominium and homeowners associations (HOAs) throughout the state.

Lydia has extensive experience advising Wisconsin condominium association boards of directors on the myriad issues facing them, including declaration and bylaw amendments; assessment collection and foreclosure; rule-making, voting and governance issues; and HUD and fair housing issues.

Condominium residents typically live in close quarters, and that proximity can add a personal edge to legal issues. Lydia listens carefully and tactfully to clients and to opposing parties, keeping an open mind and anticipating counterarguments. No two cases are alike, nor are issues black and white. Questions typically have more than one answer, and Lydia is skilled at helping clients find the right answer for their needs.

She and her team organize multiple legal seminars for property managers and association board members each year, held in various parts of Wisconsin. Topics have included development and management of condominium associations, collections and post-foreclosure considerations, to name only a few.

Lydia is actively involved in the following professional associations:

  • College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL), Fellow
  • Community Associations Institute (CAI), Wisconsin Chapter, Board of Directors, 2013-2019
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Finance Committee, 2010-2012
  • Young Lawyers Division, Board of Directors, 2003-2010




  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation - Construction, 2018-2023; Real Estate Law, 2018-2023; Litigation - Real Estate, 2019-2023
  • BizTimes Milwaukee, Notable Women in Law, 2022
  • Wisconsin Law Journal, Up and Coming Lawyer, 2010
  • Milwaukee Magazine, Wisconsin's Outstanding Young Lawyer, 2009


  • J.D., Marquette University Law School
      • Law Alumni Scholarship 
      • Dean's List 
      • Marquette Law Review, Business Editor
  • B.A., Carthage College
    • Business Administration
    • summa cum laude
      • Senior Academic Award


  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

*Contact Lydia to set up an in-person consultation by appointment in the Milwaukee or Madison office.
Blog | February 13, 2019
Short-Term Rentals—A Tale of Two Cases
White Papers | July 11, 2018
2018 Condominium Statute Amendments

What Every Condominium Association Must Do

Webinar | March 25, 2022
Association Academy: What's New in 2022!
Webinar | September 25, 2020
The 10 Commandments of Association Management Plus Collections!

Association Academy

Seminars | October 24, 2019
Association Academy: Collections
Seminars | September 11, 2019
Association Academy: Insurance
Seminars | February 21, 2019
Association Academy - Myth Busters!
Seminars | 09/21/2018
Association Academy

Please join Husch Blackwell for a seminar that will explore how your Association can better protect its assets through smarter contracting.

Media Mentions | January 23, 2022
BizTimes: Notable Women in Law: Lydia Chartre
Media Mentions | October 2020
Best Lawyers® 2021: The Midwest Issue
News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

Outside the Office

A singer, Lydia serves as cantor at her parish, St. Teresa of Calcutta in North Lake, Wisconsin.

She and her husband, a multitalented musician, enjoy making music with his band. They have two young daughters, with whom Lydia likes to prepare meals and relax in the back yard. They escape when they can to Wisconsin’s Northwoods, where they enjoy boating and fishing.

Community Leadership
  • Milwaukee Public Museum, Secretary, Board of Directors, 2013-present
  • Friends of the Milwaukee Public Museum, Advisory Board, 2004-present; Chair, 2010-2015
  • St. Teresa of Calcutta Roman Catholic Church, Pastoral Council, 2016-2018; Chair, 2017-2018