Vol. 76, No. 2, February
In the News
New Hires, Promotions, Partners
Judd A. Genda, U.W. 1996 cum laude, and Lori
M. Lubinsky, U.W. 1997 cum laude, have been named partners at
Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison. Genda focuses on telecommunications and
business law and Lubinsky focuses on litigation and employment law.
Joseph C. Copa, U.W. 1999 cum laude, Paul D.
Curtis, Minnesota 1999, Lisa R. Foerst, U.W.
1999 cum laude, and Rebecca M. Orvick, U.W. 1997, have
been named senior associates at the firm. Copa practices in commercial
litigation, insurance defense, labor and employment, and medical
malpractice defense. Curtis practices in insurance defense, commercial
litigation, and employment law. Foerst practices in commercial finance,
real estate, and securities transactions. Orvick practices in business
law, estate planning, and telecommunications law.
Laurel A. Kent, U.W. 2002, and Anthony J.
Lucchesi, U.W. 2000 magna cum laude, have joined Balisle &
Roberson S.C., Madison, as associates, concentrating in family law,
estate planning, probate, and appellate law. Lucchesi previously was law
clerk to Judge Charles P. Dykman, Wisconsin Court of Appeals, and
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Carlos A. Barraza, U.W. 2002, has joined the
pre-trial division of the Montgomery County, Penn., district attorney's
office as an assistant district attorney.
John Corrigall, U.W. 1989, has joined Renaissance
Learning, Wisconsin Rapids, as director of human resources and
administration. He previously was director of employee relations with
Stora Enso North America.
Anza D'Antonio, Temple 2001, has joined Vigil Trust
& Financial Advocacy, Wausau, as a financial advocate.
Philip J. Danen, John Marshall 1992, has joined
Stellpflug, Janssen, Hammer, Kirschling & Bartels S.C., De Pere, as
a partner, continuing to practice in business law, including commercial
litigation and transactions, employment law, and real estate. He
previously was with Denissen, Kranzush, Mahoney & Ewald S.C.
Frank M. Doherty, North Dakota 1994 cum laude,
L.L.M. George Washington University with highest honors, has been
elected a partner with Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik, La
Crosse. He focuses on business and insurance litigation and personal
C. Polly Ellingson, Washington 1976, has joined the
Grzeca Law Group S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate. She previously was a
member of the employment law section at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
and general counsel for the Medical College of Wisconsin. The Grzeca Law
Group practices business immigration law.
Thomas R. Fahl, U.W. 1965, has joined Niebler &
Muren S.C., Brookfield, continuing to emphasize trial work, estate
planning, and corporate advice in a general practice. He previously was
an owner and shareholder in Flanagan, Sendik & Fahl LLC and was then
with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. after the two firms merged.
Arnold D. Fielkow, U.W. 1981, has been promoted to
executive vice president for administration of the New Orleans Saints,
overseeing marketing, sales, governmental affairs, community affairs,
and youth programming. He also has been elected to the team's board of
Cynthia L. Glaze, Marquette 1997, has joined the
Milwaukee office of Davis & Kuelthau S.C. as an associate in the
business and corporate law section, focusing on bankruptcy and
creditors' rights, banking and commercial finance, and mergers and
Mark D. Gundrum, U.W. 1994, has joined Hippenmeyer,
Reilly, Moodie & Blum S.C., Waukesha. He previously was an associate
with Kasdorf, Lewis & Swietlik S.C., Milwaukee. He also is a
representative in the Wisconsin Legislature.
Daniel P. Gustafson, U.W. 1996, has joined Stafford
Rosenbaum LLP, Madison, focusing on energy, utility, and environmental
Kelly S. Koshalek-Riehl, U.W. 2002, and
Lance E. Mueller, U.W. 2002 cum laude, have joined
Herrling, Clark, Hartzheim & Siddall Ltd., Appleton, as associates.
Koshalek-Riehl focuses on family law, and Mueller focuses on business
law and litigation.
Jennifer J. Kent, Stanford 1996, has joined the
civil division of the U.S. Attorney's Office, Milwaukee, as an assistant
United States attorney. She previously was with the Milwaukee office of
Foley & Lardner.
David V. Meany, Georgetown 1983 cum laude, has
joined DeWitt Ross & Stevens, Madison, focusing on commercial
litigation, trade regulation, and e-business matters.
Tara K. Kleinhans, U.W. 1998, has joined Duxstad,
Vale & Bestul S.C., focusing on family law, employment and labor
law, criminal and traffic law, and public school law. She will practice
out of the firm's offices in Monroe, Darlington, and New Glarus.
Mark D. Kunkel, U.W. 1991, has been promoted to
senior legislative attorney at the Wisconsin Legislative Reference
Bureau, a nonpartisan agency that serves the Wisconsin Legislature. He
focuses on public utility law and occupational licensing.
Joseph J. Manske, Thomas Cooley 2002, has joined his
family firm, Manske Law Office, Oshkosh, as an associate with a general
Julie M. Maslowski, Marquette 1999 magna cum laude,
has joined Dempsey, Williamson, Lampe, Young, Kelly & Hertel LLP,
Oshkosh, focusing on estate planning and probate administration. She
previously was an associate at the Milwaukee office of Michael Best
& Friedrich LLP.
Joan C. McDonagh, American University 1985, has been
promoted to president of Wells Fargo Retirement Plan Services Inc.,
Milwaukee. She previously was vice president for legal compliance
John F. Peterson, Marquette 2002, and
Matthew C. Zuengler, Marquette 1996, have joined
Metzler & Hager S.C., Green Bay, as associates. Peterson
concentrates in business and civil litigation, business law, and
employment law. Zuengler concentrates in estate planning, wills and
trusts, probate and trust administration, retirement plan distribution
planning, estate and income tax law, and business and corporate
Timothy B. Gifford, Marquette 2001, Gregory
L. Knapp, U.W. 1988, Michael R. Vescio,
Marquette 1995, and Paul C. Werkowski, Thomas Cooley
2002, have joined O'Hagan, Smith & Amundsen L.L.C., Milwaukee.
Gifford previously was with Olsen, Kloet, Gunderson & Conway,
Sheboygan. Knapp previously was trial counsel for Allstate/Encompass,
Milwaukee. Vescio previously was with Mingo & Yankala S.C.,
Mark A. Brault, Marquette 1994 cum laude,
Chad J. Richter, Marquette 2002 cum laude, and
John R. Schreiber, Marquette 2002 cum laude, have
joined O'Neil, Cannon & Hollman S.C., Milwaukee. Brault, who
previously was with DeMark, Kolbe & Brodek, Racine, practices in
corporate and employment law, emphasizing employee benefits and ERISA.
Richter concentrates in corporate and business law. Schreiber
concentrates in corporate and civil litigation.
Joseph F. Paulus, William Mitchell 1984, has joined
with Gerald P. Boyle and Bridget E. Boyle to form Boyle, Boyle &
Paulus S.C. Paulus previously was Winnebago County district
Tristan R. Pettit, Marquette 1995, has been promoted
to shareholder at Petrie & Stocking S.C., Milwaukee, continuing to
concentrate in civil and business litigation, including landlord-tenant,
traffic, and children's law.
Quarles & Brady LLP has promoted five attorneys to partner in the
Milwaukee office. Patricia A. Hintz, U.W. 1994, focuses
on taxation. She also is a C.P.A. Kevin M. Long,
Marquette 1992, focuses on construction, valuation, securities, and
insurance litigation. Heidi B. Retzlaff, University of
Chicago 1994, focuses on labor and employment law, including litigation
and providing client advice. Richard T. Roche,
Marquette 1994, is a member of the firm's intellectual property group.
Stephen R. White, U.W. 1994, focuses on estate
planning, including probate and trust administration, charitable giving,
marital and prenuptial agreements, and business succession planning.
Miguel A. Ruiz, U.W. 1992, has been promoted to
partner at Pretzel & Stouffer Chartered, Chicago, focusing on
defense of professional negligence. He also has been appointed by Mayor
Richard M. Daley to the city board of ethics.
Marcus J. Sengstock, Oklahoma City University 1997,
has become a shareholder in Poulos, Sengstock, Budny & Ludwig S.C.,
with offices in West Allis and Waukesha. He concentrates on civil
litigation, criminal defense, landlord/tenant law, and business law.
John F. Sheski, U.W. 1978, has been promoted from
general counsel to corporate vice president and general counsel at
Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corp., Madison. His duties
include advising Medicare and TRICARE divisions on federal government
procurement law and managing the company's corporate law department.
John J. Slein, Hamline 1984, has joined Nelson,
Connell & Kramer S.C., Brookfield, continuing to practice primarily
in tort defense, including personal injury and professional liability
William T. Stuart, Marquette 1997 cum laude, has
been named a shareholder at Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.,
Milwaukee, continuing to focus in real estate, environmental law, and
James S. Swiderski, U.W. 1999 cum laude, has joined
Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP, Milwaukee, as an associate in the business
law practice group, focusing in corporate, securities, international,
and Indian law. He previously was with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C.,
John B. Tuffnell, Drake 1995 with honors, has joined
the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as a senior
litigation associate, concentrating on ERISA litigation claims and
Marcus S. Loden, Marquette 1986, L.L.M. (taxation)
New York University, Owen E. Herne, U.W. 2002, and
Janet L. Crnich, Illinois 1996 cum laude, have joined
the Madison office of von Briesen & Roper S.C. Loden is a
shareholder in the business practice group, Herne is an associate in the
business and Indian law sections, and Crnich is an associate in the
litigation and risk management practice group.
Scott A. Wales, University of Miami 1987, has joined
Safer & Stein Law Firm S.C., Milwaukee, concentrating on criminal
defense litigation, defense of juveniles in delinquency matters, and
parents' and children's rights. He previously was in private practice in
The following attorneys have been promoted at or have joined the
Milwaukee office of von Briesen & Roper S.C.: Lisa M.
Gingerich, California Western 1994, Leslye A.
Herrmann, University of Chicago 1992 with honors, and
Amanda S. Layden, Marquette 1995, have been named
shareholders in the health care practice group. Donald A.
Schoenfeld, Marquette 1974, has joined the banking, bankruptcy,
and business restructuring practice group as a shareholder.
Matthew J. Stippich, Marquette 1997, and Valli
Vairavan, Marquette 1997, have been named principal associates
in the business practice group. Monica C. Hocum,
Marquette 1997 cum laude, has joined the health care practice group as
Brigette A. Weigel, Marquette 2002, has joined the
Elkhorn office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender, focusing on
general criminal, juvenile, and mental health law.
Elizabeth Altman, U.W. 1997, Paul W.
Connell, Marquette 1998 magna cum laude, Meredith P.
Duchemin, Marquette 1999 cum laude, and David J.
Reinhard, Northern Illinois 1997, have been appointed assistant
United States attorneys for the Western District of Wisconsin. Altman
previously was a Madison assistant city attorney and a Dunn County
assistant district attorney. Connell previously was an associate with
Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Washington, D.C. Duchemin previously was
an associate with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee. Reinhard
previously was an assistant state's attorney for the Winnebago County
(Ill.) State's Attorney's office.
Mergers, Relocations, New Associations
Colleen D. Ball, U.W. 1991, has opened
Appellate Counsel S.C., providing lead counsel,
co-counsel, or amicus counsel services on Wisconsin and Seventh Circuit
appeals, assisting trial lawyers with complex briefing, and coordinating
consultations with former appellate judges on briefing and argument
preparation. She formerly was a shareholder and chair of the appellate
group at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. She can be reached at
Jack Fay, North Dakota 1980, has opened
Jonathan Fay P.C., Attorney at Law, Dakota Center
Building, Suite 600, 51 Broadway, Fargo, N.D., emphasizing creditor's
rights and remedies, including commercial litigation, bankruptcies and
workouts, real estate litigation, and commercial and consumer
Godfrey & Kahn S.C. has established a consulting
practice for clients involved in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
approval process. Morris Waxler, Ph.D., a former FDA regulator, will
provide regulatory affairs services. Robert C. Risch
Jr., U.W. 1988, a shareholder and member of the firm's
corporate and business practice group, directs the consulting
Chan M. Stroman, University of Chicago 1987, has
established Landlord Counsel LLC in Madison, focusing
on representing commercial real estate owners and managers in commercial
leasing and property management matters. She formerly was general
counsel for Shorenstein Company, a commercial real estate company.
Steven D. Mayer, Marquette 1992 with honors, has
opened Lifetime Legal Services S.C., 312 E. Wisconsin
Ave., Suite 208, Milwaukee, where he will continue to concentrate on
estate planning, probate and trust administration, individual and
corporate taxation, retirement and retirement plan consultation, real
estate, and business succession planning. He previously was with the
trusts and estates department of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C.
Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen L.L.C.,
based in Minneapolis, has opened a new office in Milwaukee. Attorneys
and staff from Nilles & Nilles, formerly headed by now-retired Jim
Nilles, have joined the new office, continuing to focus on intellectual
property matters, including patent, copyright, trademark, trade secrets,
intellectual property litigation, licensing, and international law.
Schmidt & Rupke S.C., Brookfield, has changed its name to
Schmidt, Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox S.C.
Kent A. Tess-Mattner, Marquette 1980, has been elected
president, Stephen L. Fox, Marquette 1993, has been
elected secretary, John E. Rupke, Michigan 1965, has
been elected chief executive officer, and Stephen P.
Schmidt, Hamline 1983, remains as treasurer. Kara
Puklich Morgan, Hamline 1997, also is with the firm.
Angela M. Pavlick, U.W. 1999, has changed her name
to Angela M. Paulsrud. She continues to practice estate
planning, probate, real estate, general business law, and contracts at
David F. Grams & Associates S.C., Madison.
Margaret S. Schreiber, U.W. 1995, has formed
Schreiber Staffing Inc., a Chicago-area legal placement
firm that provides temporary attorneys and paralegals to law firms,
corporations, and consulting companies.
Linda H. Bochert, U.W. 1974, has been elected to a
two-year term as chair of the board of visitors of the U.W.-Madison
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. She is a partner in the
Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, focusing on
The Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin Inc. has selected
the following officers: chair - Steven A. Bach,
Madison; chair-elect - Carlton D. Stansbury, Milwaukee;
secretary - Karen D. Julian, Madison; marketing
committee cochairs - Kathleen M. Baird, Wauwatosa, and
Janice K. Wexler, Madison; training committee cochairs
- Susan A. Hansen, Milwaukee, and Erica
Salerno, Appleton. The following attorneys were selected as
at-large board members: Mark M. O'Neill, Racine;
Robert A. Ramsdell, Madison; Mark D.
Schubert, Appleton; Jennifer M. Wall,
Waukesha; and Katherine L. Charlton, Milwaukee.
Daniel L. Goelzer, U.W. 1973, has been appointed to
the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, a new body created to
oversee and regulate auditors of public companies in the United States.
Goelzer previously was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of
Baker & McKenzie.
Linda Roberson, U.W. 1974, has been chosen
president-elect of the Family Law Council of Community Property States.
She is with Balisle & Roberson S.C., Madison.
Patrick Schillinger, U.W. 1994, has been named
president of the Wisconsin Paper Council, the trade association for the
state's pulp, paper, and allied businesses.
Cherry A. Shaw, U.W. 1998, has been appointed to the
Florida Statewide Commission of Workers Compensation Judges. She
practices local government law at the Leon County Attorney's Office.
Daniel W. Stolper, U.W. 1976, has been named
managing partner of Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison. He practices
primarily in business law, creditors' rights, and real estate.
James B. Egle, U.W. 1992, has been appointed to the
firm's executive committee and will serve as the financial partner. He
focuses on general corporate matters, contracts, and tax law.
David Walsh, Harvard 1970, served on the transition
team for gov. Jim Doyle, advising Doyle on government appointments and
helping to establish and determine priorities for the new
administration's policy initiatives. Walsh is a partner with the Madison
office of Foley & Lardner.
The Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers has chosen the following
officers: president - Lynn R. Laufenberg, Milwaukee;
president-elect - Bruce R. Bachhuber, Green Bay; vice
president - David M. Skoglind, Milwaukee; secretary -
Daniel A. Rottier, Madison; and treasurer -
Robert L. Jaskulski, Milwaukee. Jason T.
Studinski, Portage, was appointed chair of the New Lawyers
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has appointed the following attorneys as
special investigators for the lawyer regulation system: Eileen
Brownlee, Marquette 1984, is a senior partner with Kramer,
Brownlee & Infield LLC, Fennimore, focusing in municipal law.
Michael P. Crooks, U.W. 1990, is with Peterson, Johnson
& Murray S.C., Madison, focusing in defense work in legal and
medical malpractice, worker's compensation, and insurance cases.
Julie Genovese, Vanderbilt 1987, is a mediator and
arbitrator and lectures at the U.W. Law School. Maria S.
Lazar, Georgetown 1989, is a partner with Galanis, Pollack
& Jacobs S.C., Milwaukee, focusing in business and commercial
litigation. Scott K. Petersen, Pepperdine 1993, is a
partner with DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison. John D.
Varda, U.W. 1970, is a partner with DeWitt Ross & Stevens
S.C., Madison, with duties including primary responsibility for handling
conflict of interest and other ethics issues.
Jeffery R. Brodek, U.W. 1984, and John P.
Gillard Jr., Marquette 1996, are coauthors of "Protecting
Exclusive Contracts of Hospital-based Providers," Physician
Organizations (Fall 2002), published by the American Health Lawyers
Association Physician Organizations practice group. Brodek focuses on
health law, employee benefits, and corporate law, and Gillard focuses on
health law, corporate law, and taxation, both at DeMark, Kolbe &
Brodek S.C., Racine.
Gregg C. Hagopian, U.W. 1987, spoke on property-tax
exemptions and exempt purpose at the 23rd Annual Legal Seminar of the
International Association of Assessing Officers in San Antonio, Texas,
in December. He is a Milwaukee assistant city attorney.
Judith A. Langer, Marquette 1985, spoke on "HIPAA
Privacy: The Home Stretch" at the fourth annual convention of the
National Association of Subrogation Professionals in Tampa, Fla., in
November. She is with Cobalt Corp., Milwaukee.
David J. Lillesand, U.W. 1972, presented
"Maintaining SSI and Medicaid through Spend Down and Special Needs
Trusts: An In-depth Analysis of the POMS on Transfer of Resources and
Special Needs Trusts" at the fall Social Security Disability Law
Conference in San Francisco. He is with Lillesand & Associates P.A.,
Carlton D. Stansbury, Iowa 1990 with distinction, is
author of the chapter "Balancing the Competing Interests when Piercing
the Privilege: Discovery of Mental Health Records in Custody Disputes,"
in the 2003 Family Law Update (Aspen Publishers). He is a
shareholder with Burbach & Stansbury S.C., Milwaukee, focusing in
James D. Sweet, U.W. 1978, spoke at the Oklahoma Bar
Association's 17th Annual Advanced Bankruptcy Seminar. He is a partner
with Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison.
Jacqueline Wheeler, Marquette 1996, has authored
"Best Practices, Hire Counsel when Health Care Subrogation Cases go to
Litigation," The Subrogator, Fall 2002. She also spoke on
"Roadmap to Running a Nationwide Subrogation Practice" and
"Post-Knudson Cases" at the fourth annual convention of the
National Association of Subrogation Professionals in Tampa, Fla., in
November. She is with Meridian Resource Co. LLC, Waukesha.
Awards, Degrees, Honors
James L. Cummings, U.W. 1962, has been selected for
inclusion in the 2003-2004 edition of The Best Lawyers in
America. He is with Remley & Sensenbrenner S.C., Neenah,
focusing on estate planning and business matters.
Merrick (Ric) R. Domnitz, Hamline 1977 cum laude,
received the Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year award from the
Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, in recognition of his passionate
advocacy for clients' rights and tireless work for clients' causes. He
is senior shareholder in the Milwaukee and Kenosha firm of Domnitz,
Mawicke & Goisman S.C.
James D. Friedman, Notre Dame 1972, has been
selected for inclusion in the 2003-2004 edition of The Best Lawyers
in America. He is a partner with the Milwaukee office of Quarles
& Brady LLP, practicing health care, corporate, securities, and
Several Godfrey & Kahn attorneys have been chosen for inclusion
in the 2003-2004 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Rick Bliss, John Donahue,
Henry Fuldner, Dudley Godfrey,
Art Harrington, Ken Hunt, Bob
Kamholz, Melanie Knox, Terry
Knudsen, Debra Koenig, Bill
Levit, Howard Pollack, Jim
Phillips, and Peter Sommerhauser all work in
the Milwaukee office. Linda Clifford, Tom
Hoffner, and Brady Williamson, who work in the
Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn, are also included.
Richard J. Langer, U.W. 1974 cum laude, was named
2002 Outstanding Volunteer Fund Raiser by the Association of Fundraising
Professionals. He was nominated by HospiceCare Inc., for which he has
provided excellent volunteer services over the years. Langer is a
partner with the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP,
concentrating in estate planning, estate administration, trusts, and
Murphy Desmond S.C., Lawyers, Madison, has been
recognized for high professional legal standards and ethics in the
2002 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
Hon. Michael P. Sullivan, Michigan 1968, was honored
by the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers for his 25 years of service on
the bench and for presiding over 500 jury trials. He was elected to the
Milwaukee County Circuit Court in 1977 and is deputy chief judge of the
Randy S. Nelson, Marquette 1977 cum laude, and
John A. Sikora, U.W. 1982 cum laude, both partners with
Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP, have been chosen for inclusion in the
2003-2004 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Nelson is
with the Milwaukee office, focusing on estate planning, family business
planning, advising service corporations and partnerships, tax planning,
trust administration, and probate. Sikora is with the Milwaukee and
Delafield offices, concentrating in tax planning, tax controversies,
real estate law, and corporate law.
Pro Bono, Public Service
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP donated to
America's Second Harvest the money it saved by simplifying a costly and
time-consuming holiday greeting card process.
William E. Atwell Jr., U.W. 1935, Stevens Point,
Dec. 22, 1910 - Nov. 12, 2002.
Kenneth A. Dean, U.W. 1969, Chicago, Dec. 8, 1942 -
Nov. 30, 2002.
Phillip A. Greth, U.W. 1991, Westerville, Ohio, Nov.
29, 1940 - Aug. 21, 2002.
Ronni G. Jones, U.W. 1985, Spring Green, April 12,
1941 - Nov. 7, 2002.
William P. Lemmer, Marquette 1957, Ann Arbor, Mich.,
Aug. 2, 1929 - Nov. 14, 2002.
Hon. Joseph Andrew McDonald, U.W. 1964, Superior,
April 16, 1938 - Aug. 7, 2002.
Hon. Stanley A. Miller, U.W. 1974, Milwaukee, Jan.
13, 1947 - Nov. 4, 2001.
Dawn M. Monreal-Koch, Marquette 2001, Milwaukee,
June 10, 1966 - Sept. 30, 2002.
John M. Spindler, Northwestern 1948, Manitowoc,
April 30, 1921 - July 5, 2001.
Joseph A. Sullivan, U.W. 1941, New York, Feb. 27,
1917 - Aug. 2, 2002.
Robert M. Weiss, Marquette 1953, Milwaukee, March
30, 1929 - Nov. 21, 2002.
Adam Thomas Wilson, Marquette 1998, Manitowoc, April
6, 1973 - Sept. 13, 2002.