STATE BAR OF WISCONSIN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2012
Andrea Gage, J.D.
State Bar of Wisconsin
(608) 630-0432 (cell)
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Wisconsin Law Foundation Honors Attorney James Peterson
Peterson Receives Award for Outstanding Efforts to Aid
Madison, WI – The Wisconsin Law Foundation, the charitable arm of
the State Bar of Wisconsin, is pleased to announce that Attorney James
Peterson is the recipient of the 2012 Donald O'Melia Local Service
Award. The award recognizes a lawyer who has made a significant public
service contribution in his or her local community.
Peterson is the chairman of the board of St. Aemilian-Lakeside, a
non-profit organization which provides therapy, prevention, education
and support services for foster care families and Wisconsin's
children. Peterson also serves as chairman of Integrated Family
Services, Inc., which provides ongoing case management and safety
services for children and families from Milwaukee County who are
assigned to IFS by a protective services court order or are at high risk
for entering the court system. He is also on the board of Capitol West
Academy, a tuition-free charter school.
"Attorney Peterson has a long record of public service, and his
good work has touched the lives of many," said Foundation President
Dean Dietrich. "All lawyers should strive to show such leadership
and dedication to serving our community. We honor Attorney Peterson and
the excellent example he sets for the legal profession in
Peterson is a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of the
firm's Private Equity & Venture Capital, Transactional &
Securities and International Practices. He represents private equity
acquirers, as well as emerging and mature businesses. Peterson graduated
from Northwestern Law School in 1995, and was selected by his peers to
be included in The Best Lawyers in America® for the last
two years in a row. Prior to practicing law, Peterson worked at the
State of Wisconsin Office of Federal-State Relations in Washington,
D.C., and as a staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on Ways and Means.
The award will be presented to Peterson during the 2012 Member
Recognition and Networking Celebration on June 14 at the Chula Vista
Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.
Free The Wisconsin Law Foundation, founded in 1951, is dedicated to
enhancing, promoting, funding, and developing charitable and educational
programs to promote public understanding of the law.
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