Vol. 76, No. 4, April
In the News
New Hires, Promotions, Partners
Richard C. Badger, U.W. 1994, has been named
associate director of Council 40 of the American Federation of State,
County and Municipal Employees. The council's 32,000 members work for
Wisconsin cities, counties, school districts, and other local units of
government and nonprofit and health care institutions.
Robert E. Barnes, U.W. 2000, has joined Cannon &
Dunphy, S.C., Brookfield, practicing plaintiff personal injury law.
Barnes previously practiced in consumer rights in Tennessee.
Jenifer D. Binder, Marquette 1995, has been promoted
to shareholder at First Law Group S.C., Stevens Point, continuing to
focus on business transactions, commercial litigation, and employment
Anna M. Pepelnjak, Marquette 1978, and
Catherine A. La Fleur, Marquette 1988, have joined
Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP. Pepelnjak has joined the litigation practice
group, focusing on employment law, civil rights, and appellate practice.
La Fleur has joined the litigation and condemnation practice groups. Her
practice includes civil, personal injury, business dissolution, and
products liability litigation, and zoning and land use matters,
condemnation proceedings, and municipal law.
Chris Carraway, Duke 1995 with high honors, has been
named a partner at Klarquist Sparkman LLP, Portland, Ore. Carraway
practices patent litigation and counseling.
Rodney W. Carter, Marquette 1990, has joined Murn
& Martin S.C., Waukesha, as a shareholder, continuing to practice in
government relations, telecommunications, business and real estate
litigation, and labor and employment. He previously was with Whyte
Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.
James J. Casey, Dayton 1988, has been promoted to
managing director of sponsored programs at Bradley University, Peoria,
Steven T. Caya, Hamline 1989 cum laude, has become
an associate with Nowlan & Mouat LLP, Janesville, practicing
insurance defense, personal injury, and general civil litigation. He
previously was a partner with Piper & Schmidt, Milwaukee.
Paul J. Cherner, U.W. 1968, has joined the Chicago
office of Hinshaw & Culbertson as a partner, continuing to serve as
outside labor and employment counsel to health care-related entities,
manufacturers, and service industry corporations.
Christopher A. Davies, U.W. 1999, has been named a
partner at Consigny, Andrews, Hemming & Grant S.C., Janesville.
Before entering college and law school, he was a professional musician,
and he continues to enjoy music as an avocation.
Micabil Diaz-Martinez, Marquette 1989, has been
named administrator of the Equal Rights Division of the Wisconsin
Department of Workforce Development. He previously was legal director
for the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin Foundation.
Shannon B. Farrell, U.W. 1995 cum laude, will enter
the U.S. Department of State's A-100 training class to become a foreign
service officer. She previously was an associate with the Milwaukee
office of Foley & Lardner.
Tim R. Valentyn, U.W. 1982, has rejoined Murphy
Desmond S.C., Madison, as president and managing shareholder. He
previously was president of Walnut Hollow, a manufacturer of wood
products for the craft industry, and was with Murphy Desmond from 1984
to 1997. Jonathan P. Bruni, U.W. 1989, and John
A. Kassner, U.W. 1972, have also joined the firm. Bruni
practices in municipal, real estate and business law, employment
relations, estate planning, and civil litigation. He previously was a
shareholder with Marquardt Carlson Koeck Kirk & Bruni Ltd. Kassner
concentrates on land use litigation and appellate work, eminent domain,
and construction law. He formerly was with Brennan, Steil, Basting &
Greg D. Richardson, U.W. 1981, has joined the
Ascending Lights Leadership Network, Los Angeles, Calif., as program
vice president, continuing to focus on turning leadership vision into
reality in legal, advocacy, public, nonprofit, and for-profit
Matthew S. Vignali, Marquette 1994 magna cum laude,
has joined Beck, Chaet & Bamberger S.C., Milwaukee, as a
shareholder, continuing his practice in business, commercial, and civil
litigation and construction law. He previously was with Rizzo
& Vignali S.C., Kenosha.
The following attorneys have been promoted to partner in the Madison
office of Foley & Lardner: Raymond R. Carey, U.W.
1992, with the firm's public affairs practice group, assists clients
with legislative and administrative matters and advises corporate
clients on compliance with campaign finance laws and the state's lobby
law. Terry D. Nelson, U.W. 1997, with the transactional
and securities practice group, focuses on private and public securities
offerings, broker-dealer registration and sales practices, investment
adviser registration and advisory activities, and litigation and
enforcement. Naikang Tsao, New York Univ. 1992, focuses
on intellectual property, environmental, and regulatory matters with the
intellectual property litigation and appellate practice groups.
Paul T. Wrycha, Marquette 1992, with the transactional
and securities practice group, concentrates in mergers, acquisitions,
and leveraged recapitalizations, public and private offerings of equity
securities, and federal securities law compliance.
The following attorneys have been named partners in the Milwaukee
office of Foley & Lardner: Paul Bargren, U.W. 1994
magna cum laude, focuses his litigation practice on environmental
matters, including liability and cost recovery issues, and media-related
matters, including defamation and access issues. Keith D.
Lindenbaum, Michigan 1994 magna cum laude, is with the consumer
products and trademarks practice group and has experience conducting
patent risk assessment analysis and preparing and prosecuting U.S. and
foreign patent applications. Brett H. Ludwig, Minnesota
1994 magna cum laude, practices general commercial litigation and, as a
member of the insurance dispute resolution practice group, represents
life and disability insurers in claims by policyholders.
Marcia MacKenzie, U.W. 1992 cum laude, has been
appointed Dane County Corporation Counsel.
Chad J. Wiener, Marquette 2001 cum laude, LL.M.
Georgetown with honors, has joined Cane, O'Neill & Taylor LLC, Las
Vegas, Nev., concentrating in transactional securities law.
Mergers, Relocations, New Associations
David R. Gellman, Boston University 1978, announces
the relocation of the San Francisco office of Goldstein, Gellman,
Melbostad, Gibson & Harris LLP to 1388 Sutter St., Suite 1000, San
Francisco, Calif. The firm continues to concentrate in civil litigation,
real estate, estate planning, and probate.
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and three other
North American firms have opened the China Alliance, with offices in
Shanghai and Beijing, China. The offices are staffed by attorneys with
substantial tenure in China who are fluent in Mandarin.
Parke O'Flaherty Ltd. has relocated its Onalaska
office to 2850 Midwest Dr., Suite 103. James R. Koby,
Hamline 1978, and Christopher W. Dyer, Drake 2000, are
resident in the Onalaska office.
Raymond E. Schrank II, U.W. 1970, has opened the
Law Offices of Raymond E. Schrank II, S.C., 4811 S.
76th St., Greenfield, where he continues to practice in personal injury
and negligence law.
J. Aaron Ball, American University Washington
College of Law 1997, has earned an L.L.M. in taxation from DePaul
University and has authored "The Sea Clammers Doctrine: Reeling in
Private Employment Tax Claims in Worker Misclassification Cases," DePaul
Business & Commercial Law Journal (2003). Ball is with Horwood
Marcus & Berk Chartered, Chicago.
Robert J. Kasieta, Marquette 1983, spoke on "Pay
Equity and the Law" as the keynote speaker for the National Pay Equity
Day Dinner of the Business and Professional Women of Madison. He is the
founder of Kasieta Legal Group LLC, Madison.
Jonathan B. Levine, U.W. 1976, spoke at the 24th
Annual Community Association Lawyers Seminar in New Orleans, where he
chaired a conference on the allocation of risk between condominium
associations and their members.
Patricia Wendlandt Pellervo, Marquette 1984, is
coauthor of The Consolidated Tax Return: Principles, Practice,
Planning (6th ed.), published by Warren Gorham & Lamong. She is
principal with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, San Francisco, focusing on
tax aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions.
The Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates has
selected the following officers: president _ Don C.
Prachthauser, Milwaukee; vice president _ Roy S.
Wilcox, Eau Claire; and secretary/treasurer _ Kenan J.
The Douglas County Bar Association has chosen the following officers:
president _ David A. Kropid; president-elect _
Kelly Thimm; and secretary/treasurer _ Kristin
Watson, all of Superior.
Gerald R. Fox, U.W. 1995, has been commissioned in
the Wisconsin Army National Guard as a JAG Corps officer, with the rank
of first lieutenant. He will serve as an assistant staff judge advocate
in the 32nd Separate Infantry Brigade (Light), focusing in estate
planning, litigation, law of war, and other military legal duties. Fox
is an assistant state public defender in the Black River Falls trial
Debbie Garten, U.W. 1982, marketing consultant for
Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, has been elected president of the Henry
Vilas Zoological Society for a two-year term.
Martin J. Greenberg, Marquette 1971, has been
appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to chair the State Fair Park Board.
Greenberg concentrates in real estate, corporate, entertainment, and
sports law with Greenberg & Hoeschen, Milwaukee, and is managing
director of Scheer Game Sports Development, a sports
Dennis M. Grzezinski, Yale 1975, has been elected
chair of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Commission. He
practices environmental law and litigation as a sole practitioner in
The Monroe County Bar Association has elected the following officers:
president _ Paul D. Polacek, Sparta; president-elect _
Aaron J. Lueck, Tomah; and secretary/treasurer _
Lisa Aldinger, Sparta.
The State Bar Family Law Section has appointed the following members
to the editorial board of the Wisconsin Journal of Family Law:
editor-in-chief _ Gregg Herman, Milwaukee; editor
emeritus _ Jim Podell, Milwaukee; associate editor _
Daphne Webb, Madison; and assistant editors _
Kelly Dodd, Greg Mager, and
Matt Price, all of Milwaukee; Trisha
Fillbach, Madison; and Margaret Zickuhr,
Awards, Degrees, Honors
Erik R. Guenther, U.W. 2002, was named "Volunteer
Attorney of the Year" by the American Civil Liberties Union of
Wisconsin. Guenther is an associate with Hostak, Henzl & Bichler
S.C., Racine, focusing on corporate law, employment law, and employment
Hon. Robert A. Haase, U.W. 1968, received the
Wisconsin Association of Mediators' 2002 Distinguished Service Award.
Haase, a Winnebago County circuit court judge, was honored for
spearheading the Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center, which currently
has 57 volunteer mediators.
The following attorneys from the Madison office of Michael Best &
Friedrich LLP were recognized as top Dane County attorneys in their
practice areas in the January 2003 edition of Madison Magazine:
Jonathan L. Schuster, alternate dispute resolution;
Ann Ustad Smith and Susan V. Kelley,
bankruptcy law; Tod B. Linstroth, contracts law and
corporate counsel law; David J. Hanson, corporate
counsel law; Eric M. McLeod, Raymond P.
Taffora, and Chad R. Taylor, election/campaign
finance/political law; Linda H. Bochert and
David A. Crass, environmental law; Timothy S.
Crisp, financial services/commercial lending law; Grady
J. Frenchick and Theresa J. Welch,
intellectual property law; Amy O. Bruchs and
Thomas P. Godar, labor and employment law;
James R. Troupis, litigation/appeals law; Paul
J. Dombrowski, real estate law; Richard A.
Latta, tax law; and Richard Z. Kabaker and
Richard J. Langer, trust/estate planning law.
Aaron N. Halstead, Brigham Young 1990,
Timothy E. Hawks, Iowa 1977, and Jeffrey P.
Sweetland, Mississippi 1984, all shareholders with Shneidman,
Hawks & Ehlke S.C., have been included in the 2003-2004 edition of
Best Lawyers in America. The attorneys practice in labor and
employment law, Halstead in the firm's Madison office and Hawks and
Sweetland in the firm's Milwaukee office.
Hon. Maxine A. White, Marquette 1985, received the
2003 Sacagawea Award from Professional Dimensions Inc. White, a
Milwaukee County circuit court judge, was recognized for providing
guidance and advice to other women lawyers and to younger women who are
still considering their path.
Andrew F. Allen, U.W. 1971, Lake Geneva, June 7,
1946 - Jan. 17, 2003.
James J. Bannen, U.W. 1948, La Crosse, April 8, 1924
- Feb. 1, 2003.
James F. Clark, U.W. 1948, Poynette, Aug. 28, 1920 -
Oct. 4, 2002.
John W. Cleary, Marquette 1933, Milwaukee, Feb. 22,
1911 - Feb. 12, 2003.
Leonard L. Loeb, U.W. 1952, Milwaukee, March 30,
1929 - March 9, 2003.
Charles F. Schroeder, Marquette 1962, Milwaukee,
Nov. 5, 1935 - Jan. 31, 2003.
George M. St. Peter, Harvard 1935, Fond du Lac, July
25, 1910 - Feb. 4, 2003.
Brice T. Sullivan, U.W. 1961, Superior, April 18,
1932 - Jan. 28, 2003.
Doris L. Vaudreuil, U.W. 1936, Kenosha, Jan. 16,
1910 - Jan. 27, 2003.