Vol. 77, No. 10, October
In the News
New Hires, Promotions, Partners
Kent L. Baker, Marquette 2004, has joined Ziolkowski
Patent Solutions Group LLC, Mequon, as an associate, primarily drafting
and prosecuting patent applications.
Nathan P. Cihlar, Marquette 2004, has joined Swid
Law Offices LLC, Mosinee, as an associate, focusing on real estate
transactions and development, estate planning, and small business
Marcelo N. Corpuz III, George Washington 1995, has
joined Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, as an associate in the health
care practice group. He previously was with Latham & Watkins LLP,
Stephen Dries, U.W. 2001 magna cum laude, has become
a law clerk for the Hon. Diane S. Sykes, Seventh Circuit Court of
Appeals, Chicago. He previously was a law clerk for the Hon. William C.
Griesbach of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
Wisconsin, Green Bay.
Jon E. Fredrickson, Marquette 1999, has been elected
a shareholder in Kravit, Hovel, Krawczyk & Leverson S.C., Milwaukee.
He continues to concentrate on litigation involving complex business
matters, insurance coverage, bad faith, toxic torts, products liability,
and real estate.
Michael A. Hayes, Marquette 1999, has joined Marsh
USA, Chicago, as an assistant vice president in the mass torts and
complex litigation consulting practice, focusing on complex liability
claims, insurance allocation strategies, and mass torts litigation. He
previously was with Pretzel & Stouffer Ltd., Chicago.
Brian P. Hodgkiss, Hamline 1998, has joined Sigman,
Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz, Appleton, focusing on banking and
finance, commercial, mergers and acquisitions, and civil litigation. He
previously was with Hinshaw & Culbertson.
Thomas M. Hruz, Marquette 2002 magna cum laude, has
joined Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., Milwaukee, focusing
on corporate litigation and business law. He previously was a law clerk
for the Hon. John L. Coffey, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the
Hon. David T. Prosser Jr., Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Alexander R. Kuszewski, Marquette 1996, has joined
the Mayfield Heights, Ohio, facility of Rockwell Automation as
intellectual property counsel. He formerly was an associate at Whyte
Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee.
Debra J. Kraft, U.W. 1981, has joined the business
law and real estate practice groups of Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP,
Milwaukee. She previously worked independently as general counsel for
several Milwaukee-area corporations.
Howard G. McMahon, Thomas M. Cooley 1986 cum laude,
has joined Salutz & Salutz LLP, Manitowoc, concentrating on personal
injury, worker's compensation, and general litigation.
Patrick M. Miller, Marquette 2002, has joined Drewry
Simmons Vornehm LLP, Indianapolis, as an associate, focusing on
construction law and litigation, public contract, surety, and commercial
and business litigation.
Two attorneys have joined the law department of Northwestern Mutual,
Milwaukee. Randy Pavlick, George Washington 1984, is
assistant general counsel on the financial services team. He previously
was a senior vice president and general counsel at UMB Fund Services
Inc., Milwaukee. Thomas E. Ravn, Marquette 1999, is a
senior attorney on the insurance team. He previously was with CUNA
Mutual Group, Madison.
Christopher J. Pahl, C.P.A., U.W. 2004, has joined
Metzler & Hager S.C., Green Bay, as an associate, concentrating in
business, corporate and limited liability company law, estate and income
tax law, and real estate.
Jodie L. Renk, Iowa 2003, has joined the Watertown
office of Pitman, Kyle & Sicula S.C., concentrating on plaintiffs'
personal injury trial work. Thomas W. Kyle, Hamline
1996, and Kelly A. Larmore, Marquette 2003, also
practice in the firm's Watertown office, which opened in June.
Correction: Renk is not with Greenhalgh & Krueger, as stated in the
Elaine E. Richards, Howard 1995, has joined Wells
Fargo, San Francisco, as a staff attorney, practicing investment company
and investment adviser law. She previously headed the legal team in the
mutual fund administration department at U.S. Bancorp Fund Services,
Patricia Zeeh Risser, U.W. 1985, has been promoted
to managing attorney for the Milwaukee office of Legal Action of
Wisconsin Inc. (LAW) and to coordinating lawyer for LAW's Volunteer
Adam Omar Shanti, Marquette 2001, has joined the
Bureau for International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S.
Department of State, Washington, D.C. He previously was an associate in
the Charlotte, N.C., office of Alston & Bird LLP.
Barry W. Szymanski, Marquette 1973, has joined
Schober Schober & Mitchell S.C. as of counsel, advising clients on
business, corporate, nonprofit, employment law, estate planning, real
estate, and emergency medical services law issues. He works mainly from
the firm's Mayfair office.
Several attorneys have been promoted to principal associate positions
at von Briesen & Roper S.C., Milwaukee. Janet L.
Crnich, Illinois 1996 cum laude, and Craig M.
Salzer, Marquette 1998, are with the litigation and risk
management practice groups. Crnich focuses on products liability,
premises liability, toxic tort, and general litigation matters. Salzer
focuses on products liability, toxic tort, insurance coverage, and
general litigation matters. Eric N. Mathison, U.W. 1999
cum laude, and Rebecca H. Simoni, Minnesota 1999 cum
laude, are with the banking, bankruptcy, and business restructuring
practice group. Mathison focuses on contract litigation, real estate
disputes, bankruptcies, and state court receiverships. Simoni advises
corporate and financial institutions and individual clients and also
provides advice concerning compliance with the rules of professional
Joining the firm as associates are Kyle J. Gulya,
U.W. 2004 cum laude, and Susan C. Kalbach, Iowa 2002.
Gulya is with the labor and employment law section of the business
practice group in the Milwaukee office, focusing on regulatory
compliance, antidiscrimination practices, contractual and workplace
policy, and personnel management. Kalbach is with the litigation and
risk management practice group in the Milwaukee office, focusing on
products liability, toxic torts, insurance coverage, and general
Megan A. Senatori, U.W. 2001, has become an adjunct
faculty member at the U.W. Law School, where she teaches a seminar in
animal law. She is with DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison,
focusing on litigation with a special interest in issues affecting
animals, pet owners, and veterinarians.
Joseph S. Spence Sr., Washburn 1989, has become an
instructor for Bryant & Stratton College. He will teach classes in
domestic relations law and bankruptcy law to students in the school's
Patricia Mengler Whaley, U.W. 1986, has been named
vice president and general counsel of Rexnord Corp., a Milwaukee-based
manufacturer of mechanical power transmission components.
Mergers, Relocations, New Associations
Sarah Helvey, U.W. 2004, Melissa
Malott, U.W. 2004, Kathryn Peacock, U.W. 2004,
and Mitch, U.W. 2003, have formed Community
Justice Inc., 222 S. Hamilton St., Suite 22, Madison. The firm
provides a broad range of civil legal services and criminal work through
public defender appointments to low-income and underrepresented
Isa Gonzalez-Zayas, U.W. 2002, has formed
Gonzalez-Zayas Law Offices, Milwaukee, focusing on
family, municipal, criminal misdemeanor, real estate, and unemployment
law. She previously was with Centro Legal por Derechos Humanos, a
nonprofit agency in Milwaukee.
Johns & Flaherty S.C., La Crosse, has been renamed Johns
Flaherty & Collins S.C., due to the addition of
Terence Collins, U.W. 1977, and Cheryl
Gill, Drake 1989, to the firm.
Victoria A. Oleniczak, Dayton 1992, and
Linda L. Gray, Northern Illinois 1982, have formed
Oleniczak & Gray LLC, 2847C Buell Dr., East Troy,
focusing on family law, estate planning, probate, municipal law, and
The Hon. David L. Borowski, Marquette 1991, has been
appointed to a Joint Legislative Study Committee to review Wis. Stat.
chapter 938 (the Juvenile Justice Code). He is assigned to the
Children's Division of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.
The Hon. Ann Walsh Bradley, U.W. 1976, has been
appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to the Wisconsin Commission on Uniform State
Laws, which, along with other state commissions and the National
Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, considers proposed
model and uniform legislation. Bradley is a justice on the Wisconsin
The Dodge County Bar Association has chosen the following officers:
president - Lisa L. Derr; and president-elect and
secretary/treasurer - Cassel McClure, both of Beaver
The Eastern District Bar Association has chosen the following
officers: president - Kathleen S. Donius, Milwaukee;
president-elect - Daniel T. Flaherty, Appleton; vice
president - Scott J. Campbell, Milwaukee; secretary -
Catherine R. Grogan, Milwaukee; and treasurer -
Robert L. Gegios, Milwaukee.
Gregg Herman, U.W. 1977, has been elected secretary
of the ABA Family Law Section. He is with Loeb & Herman S.C.,
Milwaukee, which practices exclusively in family law.
The Jefferson County Bar Association has selected the following
officers: president - Vicki E. Zick, Johnson Creek;
vice president - Theresa A. Beck, Jefferson; and
secretary/treasurer - J. Paul Neumeier, Jefferson.
R. Jeffrey Krill, U.W. 1981 cum laude, has been
appointed to the Wauwatosa City Council and will sit on the community
development committee and the legislation, licensing, and communications
committee. He is a partner with Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan LLP,
Milwaukee, and is an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law
The La Crosse County Bar Association has elected the following
officers: president - Peder G. Arneson; president-elect
- Michael C. Ablan; and secretary/treasurer -
Kathryn D. Schmidt, all of La Crosse.
John Lhost, William & Mary 1974, has been
elected to the board of trustees of the Nature Conservancy of Wisconsin.
He is a partner and assistant coordinator of the trusts and estate group
with Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee.
Richard J. Podell, U.W. 1969, has been appointed to
the ABA museum board. He is president of Richard J. Podell &
Samuel J. Recht, U.W. 1960, has been appointed to
the athlete agent advisory committee, which helps implement legislation
relating to the regulation of athletic agents. He is a partner with
Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, focusing on sports law, litigation,
and real estate.
Matthew R. Robbins, Wayne State 1977, has been
appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to the State Judicial Nominating Committee.
Robbins is with Previant, Goldberg, Uelmen, Gratz, Miller &
Brueggeman S.C., Milwaukee, focusing on labor and employment law.
Michael Silhol, U.W. 1985, has been appointed chair
of the in-house counsel practice group of the American Health Lawyers
Association. He is general counsel and secretary of Dallas-based
Donald A. Schoenfeld, Marquette 1974, and
Thomas L. Doerr Jr., Marquette 2000, both with von
Briesen & Roper S.C., Milwaukee, have been named cochairs of the
Milwaukee Bar Association's Real Property Section. Schoenfeld is a
shareholder in the banking, bankruptcy, and business restructuring
practice group and chair of the firm's real estate section. Doerr is a
member of the banking, bankruptcy, and business restructuring practice
The Society of Family Lawyers has chosen the following officers:
president - David B. Karp, Milwaukee; president-elect -
Julie O'Halloran, Milwaukee; treasurer - Mary
E. Leonard, South Milwaukee; secretary - Thomas
Klein, Milwaukee; and directors at large - Judith M.
Budny, West Allis; Karl Schefft, Cedarburg;
and Kent Tess-Mattner, Brookfield.
Scott D. Soldon, Northwestern 1978, has been
appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to the Wisconsin State Fair Park board. He
is with Previant, Goldberg, Uelmen, Gratz, Miller & Brueggeman S.C.,
Milwaukee, focusing on labor and employment law.
Carlton D. Stansbury, Iowa 1990 with distinction,
has been elected a member at large of the ABA Family Law Section
Council. He is a shareholder with Burbach & Stansbury S.C.,
Milwaukee, focusing on family law, collaborative law, paternity,
mediation, and appellate work.
Patricia (Patty) Struck, U.W. 1977, has been elected
president-elect of the North American Securities Administrators
Association. She is the administrator of the Division of Securities in
the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions.
Mary Triggiano, U.W. 1988, has been appointed by
Gov. Jim Doyle to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court. She previously was
managing attorney of the Milwaukee office of Legal Action of Wisconsin
David A. Westrup, Michigan 1989 cum laude, has been
appointed to the task force on asbestos and the emerging issues
committee, both part of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice
Section. He is with von Briesen & Roper S.C., Milwaukee, focusing on
complex civil litigation.
The Winnebago County Bar Association has elected the following
officers: president - John S. Zarbano, Oshkosh;
president-elect - Colleen Bradley, Oshkosh; and
secretary/treasurer - Brenda Bann, Appleton.
Charles M. Kirby, Hamline 1976, spoke at the annual
meeting of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel in
Cambridge, Md., in July on dealing with claims of sexual misconduct. He
is with Church Mutual Insurance Co., Merrill.
Raymond S. E. Pushkar, Marquette 1963, spoke about
issues concerning Iraq contracting at the Defense Contractors Conference
and the Computer Services Association mid-year meeting, both in July,
and on National Public Radio's "Marketplace" program, in May and August.
He is a senior partner in McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Washington,
Awards, Degrees, Honors
Gregory B. Conway, Marquette 1970, has been included
in the 2004-05 edition of Chambers USA. America's Leading Business
Lawyers. He is a partner with Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak &
Jerry S.C., Green Bay, focusing on litigation.
James J. Gende II, John Marshall 1994, has been
certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial
Advocacy. He is with Law Offices James J. Gende II S.C., Waukesha.
Anne Knauff, Marquette 1983, received the U.S.
Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award, in recognition of
superior conciliation and resolution skills, at a ceremony in Atlanta in
July. She retired from federal service in June.
Kevin G. Krogmeier, N. Kentucky Univ. - Chase 1986,
received a master of laws degree in dispute resolution from Pepperdine
University School of Law, Malibu, Calif., in May. He is vice president
of human resources for Vulcan Materials Co., Western Division, Los
Several attorneys from Previant, Goldberg, Uelmen, Gratz, Miller
& Brueggeman S.C., Milwaukee, have been included in the 2003-04
edition of Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White Inc.) in
recognition of their excellence in labor and employment law. Included
are Gerry M. Miller, Yale 1960; Frederick
Perillo, Michigan 1981; Matthew R. Robbins,
Wayne State 1977; and Scott D. Soldon, Northwestern
Timothy Rymer, Maryland 1990, has been certified as
a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is
with Hausmann-McNally S.C., Milwaukee.
Schober Schober & Mitchell S.C. was the only
Waukesha County-based firm to appear in the Business Journal's
annual ranking of the top 30 Milwaukee-area law firms. Schober, which
ranked number 27, focuses on business, real estate, litigation, estate
planning, and general practice.
The Hon. Maxine Aldridge White, Marquette 1985,
received the 2004 Mattie Belle Davis Award from the National Association
of Women Judges (NAWJ) in October. She sits on the Milwaukee County
Circuit Court. The award is reserved for individuals who demonstrate
dedication to supporting women in the legal profession. Among White's
activities are serving as a regional director for the NAWJ and
organizing a tribute to Wisconsin's retired female jurists.
Pro Bono, Public Service
Michael F. Hupy, Marquette 1972, contributed $5,000
to a reward fund set up to elicit information to solve a crime in which
two persons were injured while motorcycling. He is with Michael F. Hupy
& Associates S.C., Milwaukee.
James J. Barrock, Marquette 1957, Brookfield, June
18, 1932 - July 26, 2004.
A. Warren Cahill, Marquette 1943, Waukesha, Oct. 23,
1917 - June 10, 2004.
Hon. William E. Cordingly, U.W. 1953, Lexington,
Ky., March 29, 1927 - Dec. 25, 2003.
Hon. Donn H. Dahlke, U.W. 1958, Montello, Nov. 24,
1933 - April 1, 2004.
Ralph H. Delforge, Marquette 1950, Milwaukee, June
2, 1920 - Nov. 9, 2003.
John E. Grahovac, Marquette 1975, Racine, June 26,
1949 - April 25, 2004.
William E. Johnson, U.W. 1956, Madison, Oct. 6, 1928
- Sept. 10, 2002.
Bryan K. Koontz, Vanderbilt 1967, Middleton, Sept.
2, 1941 - July 23, 2004.
E.A. Laubenstein, U.W. 1938, Hartford, Feb. 2, 1914
- July 24, 2003.
Jay E. Schmidt, U.W. 1976, Milwaukee, April 29, 1951
- July 22, 2004.
Donald F. Sieger, Northwestern 1955, La Crosse, Oct.
23, 1930 - Dec. 6, 2003.
Edmund Slack, Notre Dame 1940, Albia, Iowa, Oct. 24,
1913 - July 25, 2004.
James F. Spohn, U.W. 1948, Worthington, Ohio, June
15, 1923 - June 28, 2004.
Hon. Harold J. Wollenzien, Marquette 1947, Waukesha,
Dec. 15, 1922 - Jan. 21, 2004.