Vol. 76, No. 5, May
In the News
New Hires, Promotions, Partners
Thomas L. Doerr Jr., Marquette 2000, and
Margaret Irish Hoefer, U.W. 2000, have joined Cook
& Franke S.C. as associates. Doerr concentrates in general corporate
and commercial and residential real estate matters in the Milwaukee
office. He previously was with Beck, Chaet & Bamberger S.C. Hoefer
concentrates in health, civil litigation, and environmental matters in
the Madison office. She previously was with Dorsey & Whitney LLP,
Four attorneys have been promoted to shareholder at DeWitt Ross &
Stevens S.C., Madison. David V. Meany, Georgetown 1983,
represents clients in complex commercial litigation matters and advises
clients on antitrust and trade regulation, regulatory compliance, and
consumer protection issues. Mark R. Sewell, U.W. 1990,
focuses on complex estate administration, commercial real estate
transactions, and business mergers and acquisitions and has extensive
experience with rural land use issues. Nancy C.
Wettersten, U.W. 1986, represents individuals in family law,
juvenile law, and criminal defense matters. M. Elizabeth
Winters, U.W. 1997, represents management interests in
employment relationships, resolves commercial litigation disputes, and
works with municipal and local governments.
Syovata K. Edari, U.W. 2001, has become an assistant
state public defender with the Appellate Division in the Milwaukee
office. Edari previously was judicial clerk to the Hon. David Deininger,
District IV Court of Appeals, Madison.
Michael Fischer, Harvard 1973, has joined Kravit,
Gass, Hovel & Leitner S.C., Milwaukee, practicing in complex
commercial, antitrust, trade regulation, and securities litigation. He
previously was a partner with Foley & Lardner, Milwaukee.
Lawrence R. LaSusa, DePaul 1986, has joined Calcutt,
Cunningham, Davison, Rogers & Boynton PLLC, Traverse City, Mich., as
an associate, focusing on litigation and advising individuals,
partnerships, corporations, and governmental agencies in business and
litigation matters. He previously was with Blue Cross Blue Shield of
Terrence J. Gaffney, Tulane 1974, has joined Sager,
Colwin, Samuelsen & Associates S.C., Fond du Lac, practicing in
estate and trust planning and administration, corporate and business
transactions and litigation, bankruptcy/reorganizations, and employment.
He previously was with Davis & Kuelthau S.C., Milwaukee; Bell, Boyd
& Lloyd, Chicago; and Gaffney Law Offices, Oak Brook, Ill.
Douglas G. Lemke, Marquette 1996 cum laude, has
become general counsel with First Magnus Financial Corp., Tucson, Ariz.
He formerly was with Brown & Bain P.A. and Meissner Tierney Fisher
& Nichols S.C.
Eric A. Bartsch, William Mitchell 1994 cum laude,
and Reuben A. Mjaanes, U.W. 1996 cum laude, have been
named partners in Lindquist & Vennum PLLP, Minneapolis. Bartsch
practices in antitrust, agricultural, and business litigation. Mjaanes
practices in employment, labor law, and general litigation.
Bradley C. Lundeen, William Mitchell 1984 cum laude,
has joined Bell O' Connor & Campbell, Phoenix, as an associate,
practicing in insurance defense and employment law litigation with a
focus on defense of bad faith claims. He previously owned and operated
Lundeen Law Ltd., Hudson.
Michael Mishlove, Michigan 1992 cum laude, has
joined Friebert, Finerty & St. John S.C., Milwaukee, as a senior
associate, focusing in litigation with concentrations in employment and
Connie O' Connell, U.W. 1996, has joined the
insurance practice group of LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn, Madison,
helping to represent insurance companies with complex corporate,
regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters. She previously was
the Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner.
Richard J. Schroeder, Hamline 1992, has become a
partner with Burke & Thomas, Arden Hills, Minn.
Elizabeth Neary, Marquette 1983, and Sally
Piefer, Marquette 1994, have become shareholders in The
Schroeder Group S.C., Attorneys at Law, Waukesha. Neary concentrates on
business and commercial litigation and also works on children's law
cases, especially adoption. Piefer focuses on employment and labor law,
business transactions, and corporate law.
Stephen C. Werner Jr., U.W. 1997, has joined the
Madison office of Quarles & Brady LLP as an associate in the
intellectual property and e-commerce and informational technology
practice groups. He focuses on intellectual property, information
technology, and private equity.
Charles R. Shedlak, Cornell 1991 cum laude, has been
named a partner in Tuesley & Hall LLP, South Bend, Ind., continuing
to concentrate in commercial litigation, business torts, and land use
and real estate litigation.
Lisa E. Soronen, U.W. 2000 magna cum laude, has
become a staff attorney with the National School Boards Association,
Alexandria, Virginia. She previously was with the Wisconsin Association
of School Boards, Madison.
The following attorneys have joined the Milwaukee office of Whyte
Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.: John D'Antico, Florida 1999
with honors, concentrates in prosecuting patent applications in
electrical, mechanical, and electromechanical arts with the intellectual
property group. Mark T. Garsombke, Regent University
1998, is with the information technology, telecommunications, and
intellectual property groups. He previously was corporate counsel at
Strong Funds. Thomas J. Niemiec, University of Detroit
1981, concentrates in worker's compensation issues. He previously was a
shareholder with Bassford, Lockhart, Truesdell & Briggs,
Minneapolis. Karen Tidwall, Creighton 1993 cum laude,
has joined the litigation group, focusing in products liability,
commercial and business disputes, securities matters, and toxic torts.
Molly Zillig, Creighton 1989, has joined the litigation
and transportation groups, focusing in products liability defense,
insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, professional liability defense,
toxic torts, and commercial litigation. Tidwall and Zillig previously
were with Kravit, Goss, Hovel & Leitner.
Phillip C. Theesfeld, U.W. 1993, has joined Piper
& Schmidt, Milwaukee, as an associate.
Rebecca J. Vahle, U.W. 2002, has joined the Madison
office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as an associate in the land
and resources practice group, focusing in environmental law, land use,
and real estate. She previously was a legal research intern for the
Center for Applied Legal Studies, Johannesburg, South Africa.
John D. Wilson, Maryland 1987, has rejoined the
Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as a partner in the
land and resources department, focusing in utility and regulatory law.
He also will be leading the firm's government and public policy special
practice group with Raymond Taffora, U.W. 1986. Wilson
previously was vice president of public and regulatory affairs for Xcel
Energy - Wisconsin.
Mergers, Relocations, New Associations
Douglas S. Buck, U.W. 1993, has moved to Foley &
Lardner's Madison office from the firm's Chicago office. Buck is a
partner in the business law department, focusing in real estate.
The Hon. Frank Thomas Crivello, Marquette 1973, has
moved his practice to the Law Offices of Seymour Pikofsky S.C., 735 N.
Water St., Suite 1100, Milwaukee, where he will continue his mediation
and arbitration practice and provide litigation support for complex
trial problems. He will also be of counsel to the firm and handle
commercial and personal injury litigation. Crivello previously was a
Milwaukee County circuit judge.
Nicole M. Jergovic, Marquette 2000, and
Peter A. Haas, Marquette 2001, have opened J
& H Law LLC, 1001 SW Fifth Ave., Portland, Ore. Jergovic
focuses on criminal defense, civil litigation, and family law.
Mark Lukoff, U.W. 1972, has opened an office in
Racine in association with Arthur B. Nathan, Marquette
1971, and Winifred A. Nathan, Marquette 1983. Lukoff
concentrates in criminal, traffic, juvenile, appellate, and social
security. He previously was with the state public defender.
Richard R. Sindic, Temple 1978, has relocated
Sindic Law Offices S.C. to 7087 W. Moreland Blvd.,
Suite 7, Waukesha. The firm, which focuses on business law, commercial
and civil litigation, personal injury, and real estate, has become of
counsel to Ladd, Milaeger & Wimmer LLP, Waukesha.
Randal N. Arnold, U.W. 1980, has been elected to the
Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Membership
is by election only and is based on the candidate's courtroom
experience, personal character, and reputation. Arnold is a partner with
the Milwaukee office of Hinshaw & Culbertson, concentrating on the
defense of medical and legal malpractice matters and on professional
Nancy M. Bonniwell, North Dakota 1984, has been
elected president of the Waukesha Estate Planning Council. She is a
partner in the Milwaukee office of Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP,
concentrating in estate administration and estate, business succession,
and marital property planning.
Jennifer Lee Edmondson, U.W. 1986, has been
appointed to the board of directors and the grants committee of the
Appleton Education Foundation, which awards grants for educational
projects that promote creativity and educational innovation.
Gerardo H. (Jerry) Gonzalez, U.W. 1988, has been
appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Federal
Home Loan Bank of Chicago. He is managing partner of Gonzalez, Saggio
& Harlan L.L.P. and directs the firm's litigation practice in its
Milwaukee and Chicago offices.
William A. Jennaro, Marquette 1968, has been
appointed by Gov. James E. Doyle as special counsel to assist the
governor' s office and the Department of Administration with
negotiations concerning the renewal of gaming contracts with state
Indian tribes. Jennaro is a shareholder with Cook & Franke S.C.,
Len Kachinsky, U.W. 1978, has been ordered to active
Army duty as an administrative law officer in the office of the staff
judge advocate, Fort Eustis, Virginia. He is senior attorney in
Kachinsky, Petit & Parker LLC, Neenah.
Heather L. MacDougall, Marquette 1994, has been
appointed by President George W. Bush as chief counsel to the chair of
the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. She
previously was associate general counsel of LPA Inc.
John P. Macy, Marquette 1980, has been chosen
secretary-elect of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section of
the American Bar Association. He is with Arentz, Molter, Macy &
Riffle S.C., Waukesha.
Michael P. Maxwell, Marquette 2001, has been elected
to the board of directors for Landmark Credit Union, Waukesha. He is
with Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer S.C., Hartford.
Daniel P. Bach, U.W. 1984, has been appointed deputy
attorney general for the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) by
Attorney General Peggy A. Lautenschlager, U.W. 1980. He
previously was with DeMark, Kolbe & Brodek S.C., Racine.
Michael R. Bauer, U.W. 1988, has been appointed DOJ
legal services administrator. He previously was with Lawton & Cates
Charles W. Pautsch, Illinois 1977 magna cum laude,
has been named president of Wessels & Pautsch P.C., a
management-side labor and employment law firm with offices in Milwaukee,
St. Charles and Chicago, Ill., Davenport, Iowa, and Minneapolis.
Dick Wessels, DePaul 1967, has become chair of the
John Podvin, U.W. 1991, has been appointed to the
arbitration board of the National Automated Clearing House Association -
the Electronic Payments Association. Podvin is a partner with Bracewell
& Patterson L.L.P., Dallas, Texas, focusing on assisting financial
institutions in matters involving state and federal banking laws,
regulations, supervisory agencies, mergers and acquisitions, and
Paul E. Prentiss, Duke 1971, has been appointed to a
four-year term on the Milwaukee County Personnel Review Board. Prentiss
is a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, concentrating
primarily in labor and employment law, employee benefits, and general
Thomas Domer, U.W. 1983, presented "Worker's
Compensation Ethics" and "Case and Client Evaluation" at the Worker's
Compensation Top Ten 2003 Medical/Legal Issues National Conference in
Las Vegas in February. He is with Domer Law S.C., Milwaukee.
Awards, Degrees, Honors
Robert C. Leibsle, Marquette 1972, has been selected
for inclusion in
the 2003-04 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He is
of Godfrey, Leibsle, Blackbourn & Howarth S.C., Elkhorn, focusing on
real estate law.
Jeffrey J. Serum, U.W. 2002, has been chosen for
membership in the Order of the Coif. Serum is an associate with Garvey,
Anderson, Johnson, Geraci & Mirr S.C., Eau Claire, concentrating in
business and real estate matters.
David Walsh, Harvard 1970, has received Foley &
Lardner's Lynford Lardner Community Service Award in honor of his
extensive volunteer work and community involvement, with organizations
such as the Madison Opportunity Center, the U.W. System Board of
Regents, Future Madison, and The Foundation Fighting Blindness. He is a
partner with the Madison office of Foley & Lardner. The firm will
donate $5,000 on Walsh's behalf to The Foundation Fighting
The Hon. Raymond F. Thums, U.W. 1964, will retire
from the Marathon County Circuit Court, effective July 31. He has
presided in Branch 2 of the court since 1988.
George M. Chester, Harvard 1949, Milwaukee, July 15,
1922 - March 1, 2003.
Robert D. Heidel, U.W. 1968, Middleton, Feb. 20,
1943 - Jan. 22, 2003.
Jerome Merlin Ott, U.W. 1976, Mount Horeb, Feb. 22,
1948 - March 25, 2003.
Norman N. Rosen, U.W. 1948, El Paso, Texas, June 25,
1919 - March 6, 2003.
David A. Saichek, U.W. 1964, Milwaukee, Feb. 26,
1940 - March 23, 2003.
Mark M. Velguth, William Mitchell 1987, Milwaukee,
March 5, 1957 - March 4, 2003.
Gary R. Weidner, U.W. 1974, Green Bay, Nov. 18, 1948
- Jan. 25, 2003.