Vol. 76, No. 3, March
In the News
New Hires, Promotions, Partners
Erin M. Heck, William Mitchell 2001 magna cum laude,
and Daniel P. Steffen, William Mitchell 1998, have
joined Bakke Norman S.C. as associates. Heck concentrates in real
estate, estate planning, and trust administration in
the firm's Menomonie office. Steffen concentrates in family, criminal,
and civil litigation in the New Richmond office. He previously was with
Ludvigson & GaleWyrick, Osceola.
Patricia J. Epstein, Brooklyn 1989, has joined Bell,
Gierhart & Moore S.C., Madison, and has been named a director in the
firm. Timothy J. Yanacheck, Marquette 1974, also has
been named a director. Epstein
and Yanacheck concentrate in medical malpractice and civil
Christopher A. Davies, U.W. 1999, has been named a
partner with Consigny, Andrews, Hemming & Grant S.C., Janesville,
practicing in personal injury, business litigation, family law, criminal
defense, and employment dispute resolution.
Daniel I. Droege Jr., Hamline 1987, has joined
Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, focusing in family law. He formerly was
with Droege Law Office, Madison.
Amie B. Feddema, U.W. 2002, has joined Stafford
Rosenbaum LLP, Madison, practicing primarily in business law and
John Haase, Valparaiso 1991 magna cum laude;
John Kalter, Minnesota 1994 magna cum laude; and
Pamela Krill, U.W. 1994 cum laude, have been elected
shareholders in Godfrey & Kahn S.C. Haase is a member of the labor
and employment and litigation practice groups in the Green Bay office.
Kalter is a member of the labor and employment practice group in the
Milwaukee office. Krill is a member of the securities team in the
Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn.
Kayla K. Hiller, U.W. 1997, has been named a partner
in Nowlan & Mouat LLP, Janesville. She concentrates in business,
real estate and municipal law, and estate planning.
Kathrin Anderson Kanabay, Marquette 1996, has joined
Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered, Chicago, focusing on business
planning and corporate law and has been admitted to the Illinois Bar.
She previously was with Phillips, Donohue & Cymerman S.C.,
Elizabeth (Liza) Kessler, U.W. 1997, has become
program manager for America Online's Parental Controls, a part of the
company's integrity assurance department.
Kelly S. Kuglitsch, DePaul 2002 cum laude, has
become an associate with the Milwaukee office of von Briesen & Roper
S.C., focusing on assisting employee benefit plan administrators and
fiduciaries with compliance with ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, and
The following attorneys have joined the Legal Aid Society of
Milwaukee Inc. as staff attorneys: Colleen A. Foley,
North Carolina Central University 1993; Lindsey C.
Grady, Marquette 2002; Carmen M. Ortiz, U.W.
1999; Natasha L. Torry-Abate, U.W. 2001; and
Christine L. Wember, Marquette 1998. Janet M.
Mueller, U.W. 1983, has rejoined Legal Aid as a staff attorney.
Peter M. Koneazny, N.Y.U. 1983, has rejoined Legal Aid
as litigation director.
Jennifer Mirus, U.W. 1993 cum laude, has been named
a partner in Boardman Law Firm LLP, Madison. She advises businesses and
municipalities on all aspects of employment relations, represents
employers in employment-related litigation, and advises health care
industry managers on compliance and privacy issues.
Angela L. Pingel, Marquette 2002 cum laude, has
joined the Milwaukee office of Krukowski & Costello S.C. She
previously was vice president of investment operations for Heartland
Joseph P. Decker, Marquette 1994 cum laude, has
joined the Madison office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. as a
shareholder, practicing in the health care department.
Christopher M. Beldin, Marquette 2000 magna cum laude,
has become an associate with the labor and employment department of the
firm's Milwaukee office.
William T. Stuart, Marquette 1997 cum laude, has
been named a shareholder at Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.,
Milwaukee, continuing to focus on real estate, environmental law, and
Tom Werlein, Minnesota 1989, has joined American
Express Property Casualty, Green Bay, as its first litigation manager,
in charge of defending insureds and the company in litigation
nationwide. He previously was with the now-discontinued personal lines
claims division of Northland Insurance Co.
John P. Yentz, U.W. 1982, has joined The Schroeder
Group S.C., Attorneys at Law, Waukesha, as a shareholder, emphasizing
acquisitions, succession planning, and finance. He formerly was a
shareholder with von Briesen & Roper S.C.
Mergers, Relocations, New Associations
Bakke Norman S.C., with offices in New Richmond, Baldwin, and
Menomonie, and the Byrnes Law Office, Amery, have merged. Daniel
M. Byrnes, San Francisco 1963, and Brian D.
Byrnes, Northern Illinois 1998 cum laude, will be the resident
attorneys in the Amery office of Bakke Norman S.C.
Daniel M. Byrnes concentrates in estate planning, probate, and business
transactions. Brian D. Byrnes practices primarily in residential real
estate, estate planning, bankruptcy, and municipal law.
Timothy S. Riley, U.W. 1985, has joined
David B. Lund, U.W. 1959, and Debra A.
Stroik (formerly Petkovsek), U.W. 1990, in practice in De
Forest. The firm is now known as Lund, Stroik & Riley
S.C. Riley focuses on real estate, family law, and
Relles, Borns & Long LLP has opened at 301 N.
Broom St., Madison. David Relles, Catholic University
1977, Mark Borns, U.W. 1983, and Joseph
Long, U.W. 1991, are partners in the firm, which concentrates
in personal injury, civil litigation, family law, professional
liability, and criminal and professional license defense.
Shane W. Falk, Minnesota 1996 cum laude, has joined
the firm as an associate, concentrating in family law and civil
litigation. Falk previously was with Seidl & Stingl S.C.,
Patti & Brill LLC has relocated its office to
One N. LaSalle St., 44th Floor, Chicago, Ill. The firm continues to
focus on intellectual property legal matters, including U.S. and
international patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, opinion
rendering, licensing, unfair trade practices, and trade secret
Francis J. Sailer, Marquette 1978, has opened
LaFave & Sailer LLP, 1101 Connecticut Ave., N.W.,
Washington, D.C. He continues to practice in international trade,
regulation, and customs, with an emphasis on unfair trade matters
involving antidumping and countervailing duty cases. He previously was a
partner with Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP, Washington,
Wessels & Pautsch P.C., a management-side labor
and employment law firm founded by Richard H. Wessels,
DePaul 1967, will be opening a new office in Indianapolis. The firm's
other offices are in St. Charles, Ill., Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis,
and Davenport, Iowa.
The Ashland-Bayfield County Bar Association has chosen the following
officers: president - John P. Anderson, Washburn; vice
president - Sean P. Duffy, Ashland; and
secretary/treasurer - Joseph C. Crawford,
The Brown County Bar Association has elected the following officers:
president - Brick N. Murphy; president-elect -
Lise L. Gammeltoft; secretary - Carla O.
Andres; and treasurer - Robert R. Gagan, all
of Green Bay.
The Fond du Lac County Bar Association has elected the following
officers: president - Dawn M. Sabel; president-elect -
Laurel S. Munger; secretary - Terrence J.
Gaffney; and treasurer - Kathryn M. Bullon,
all of Fond du Lac.
The Green County Bar Association has chosen the following officers:
president - Daniel R. Bartholf; president-elect -
R. Scott Jacobson; and secretary/treasurer -
Todd W. Schluesche, all of Monroe.
The Green Lake County Bar Association has elected the following
officers: president - J. Steven Heil, Berlin; vice
president - Mark T. Slate, Markesan; and
secretary/treasurer - John F. Koenig, Ripon.
The La Crosse Area Young Lawyers Association has picked the following
officers: president - Edward S. Rue, La Crosse; vice
president - Bryan E. Tillman, Onalaska; secretary -
Amy M. Mashak, La Crosse; and treasurer -
Bronwyn M. Woyach, La Crosse.
The Legal Association for Women has elected the following officers:
president - Lara M. Herman; president-elect -
Rebecca R. DeMarb; cosecretaries - Christine L.
Taylor and Allison Helland; and treasurer -
Rebecca R. DeMarb, all of Madison.
Among the officers elected by the Milwaukee Estate Planning Council
Ltd. are the following State Bar members: vice president -
Barbara A. Bombaci, Milwaukee; secretary -
Philip J. Miller, Milwaukee; and directors -
Robert Kamholz Jr., Milwaukee; John W.
Lohre, Port Washington; Robert W. Mitchell,
Milwaukee; John O'Meara, Milwaukee; Gordon P.
Ralph, Glendale; Kathleen B. Schrader,
Milwaukee; and Barry S. Werner, Milwaukee.
Hon. Mel Flanagan, U.W. 1984, has been elected vice
president of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) for 2003.
Hon. Maxine White, Marquette 1985, has been appointed
NAWJ Midwest regional director for a two-year term. Flanagan and White
are on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.
The Ozaukee County Bar Association has chosen the following officers:
president - Eric E. Eberhardt, Port Washington;
president-elect - Karl D. Schefft, Cedarburg; vice
president - H. Ben Levy, Cedarburg; and
secretary/treasurer - Dennis H. Milbrath,
The Portage County Bar Association has elected the following
officers: president - Rick A. Flugaur; president-elect
- Thomas B. Eagon; and secretary/treasurer -
Brian G. Formella, all of Stevens Point.
The Richland County Bar Association has chosen the following
officers: president - Amy E. Forehand; and
secretary/treasurer - James J. Robb, both of Richland
Hoyt R. Stastney, Minnesota 1997, has been appointed
chair of the financial institutions practice group of the State Bar's
Business Law Section. Stastney is an associate with the Milwaukee office
of Quarles & Brady LLP, focusing on corporate finance and
securities, financial institutions, and closely-held businesses.
Denis Stearns, U.W. 1992, has been elected president
of the board of directors of Bailey-Boushay House, Seattle, a skilled
nursing facility devoted to the needs of people living with AIDS.
Stearns is a partner at Marler Clark, Seattle.
The Tri-County Bar Association (Buffalo, Pepin, Jackson, and
Trempealeau counties) has elected the following officers: president -
Gene B. Radcliffe, Black River Falls; secretary -
Paul B. Millis, Black River Falls; and treasurer -
Lawrence J. Broeren, Mondovi.
The Wisconsin chapter of the American Corporate Counsel
has elected the following officers: president - Deirdre
Elliott; vice president - Jacqueline J. Ertl;
secretary - Linda M. Glembocki; and treasurer -
Joanne S. Mack, all of Milwaukee.
The Wisconsin District Attorneys Association has chosen the following
officers: president - David J. Wambach, Jefferson;
president-elect - Scott L. Horne, La Crosse; vice
president - Todd K. Martens, West Bend; and
secretary/treasurer - Robert J. Jambois, Kenosha.
The Wisconsin Family Court Commissioners Association has elected the
following officers: president - Terence T. Bourke,
Sheboygan; vice president - Darcy E. McManus, Port
Washington; and secretary/treasurer - Lorene D.
Hon. Harry Halloway, U.W. 1947, has retired after 25
years as Milwaukee County court commissioner. He also was a trial lawyer
for 26 years. Halloway, whose notable courtroom activities included
dancing on the bench, singing, and playing with dogs, was known for his
Carlton D. Stansbury, Iowa 1990 with distinction,
spoke on "Drafting and Funding College Education Provisions in
Settlement Agreements" at the National CLE Conference in Aspen, Colo.
Stansbury is a shareholder in the family law firm of Burbach &
Stansbury S.C., Milwaukee.
Awards, Degrees, Honors
Timothy J. Aiken, Marquette 1975, and Paul
J. Scoptur, Marquette 1978, have been selected for inclusion
the 2003-04 edition of Best Lawyers
in America. They are the senior shareholders of Aiken &
S.C., Milwaukee, concentrating their referral practice in personal
and medical malpractice.
Peter A. Haas, Marquette 2001, has been admitted to
practice as a registered patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office. He is with J & H Law LLC, Portland, Ore.
Michael Bryan Kades, U.W. 1995, has received a Paul
Rand Dixon Award, given to Federal Trade Commission employees who have
made outstanding contributions to the commission's enforcement mission.
He is an attorney with the health care division of the bureau of
competition, Washington, D.C., focusing on antitrust investigations and
pharmaceutical industry litigation.
John P. Runde, U.W. 1979, has achieved board
certification as a civil trial advocate through the National Board of
Trial Advocacy. Runde is with Terwilliger, Wakeen, Piehler & Conway,
Mary Pat Ninneman, Marquette 1976, has joined the
International Association of Defense Counsel, an invitation-only
international organization that comprises the world's leading corporate
and insurance attorneys. Ninneman is a partner with the Milwaukee office
of Quarles & Brady LLP, focusing on employment litigation and
counseling, especially wrongful discharge discrimination and employment
Brian H. Blacher, John Marshall 1978, Milwaukee,
Aug. 26, 1952 - Feb. 14, 2003.
Hon. George A. Burns Jr., Marquette 1953, Glendale,
July 21, 1929 - July 19, 2002.
Oliver H. Butler, Marquette 1941, Midland, Mich.,
July 26, 1914 - Dec. 31, 2002.
L. William Connolly Jr., Marquette 1952, Milwaukee,
June 14, 1923 - Dec. 12, 2002.
Gerald Robert Falk, U.W. 1976, Milwaukee, Aug. 13,
1947 - Nov. 27, 2002.
J. William Foran, Marquette 1948, Wauwatosa, Feb.
17, 1922 - Dec. 22, 2002.
Philip S. Habermann, U.W. 1947,
Madison, Aug. 11, 1913 - Feb. 11, 2002.
William A. Jackson, U.W. 1948, New Port Richey,
Fla., April 14, 1920 - Nov. 7, 2002.
Donald P. Johns, U.W. 1966, Madison, May 7, 1936 -
Dec. 4, 2001.
William H. Lawler, Marquette 1953, Brookfield, Dec.
28, 1928 - Oct. 14, 2002.
Robert E. Michalski, Marquette 1936, Santa Rosa,
Cal., April 15, 1913 - Nov. 23, 2002.
Robert F. Muza, Marquette 1949, Menomonie, April 7,
1923 - July 20, 2002.
Richard Eugene Nelson, U.W. 1956, Milwaukee, March
18, 1929 - Dec. 21, 2002.
Frederick E. Reidenbach, U.W. 1949, Franklin, Feb.
20, 1919 - Dec. 14, 2002.
Verne-Marie F. Slade, U.W. 1935, Placerville, Cal.,
July 13, 1910 - Jan. 10, 2003.
Norman R. Wild, U.W. 1976, Antigo, Aug. 5, 1944 -
Jan. 14, 2003.