Vol. 77, No. 12, December
In the News
New Hires, Promotions, Partners
Matthew Banker, Marquette 2001, has been promoted to
assistant director of membership services at the national office of the
National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis.
Melissa S. Blair, Marquette 2004, has joined Kravit,
Hovel, Krawczyk & Leverson s.c., Milwaukee, as a litigation
Anne Daugherty-Leiter, Georgetown 2002, has joined
State Bar CLE Books as a legal editor. She previously was a staff
attorney with People Against Domestic Abuse, Jefferson.
Marcia E. Facey, U.W. 1998, has joined the law
department of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., Milwaukee, as a
senior attorney, focusing on investments in real estate equity funds and
commercial mortgage loans. She previously was an associate with Quarles
& Brady LLP, Milwaukee.
Herbert S. Bratt, Yale 1956, and Karen
DaCosta Perzan, Columbia 1985, have joined Gonzalez, Saggio
& Harlan LLP, Milwaukee. Bratt concentrates in commercial real
estate, business law, and probate. Perzan focuses on asset acquisitions,
software and technology licensing, loan transactions, noncompetition and
other employment agreements, general corporate matters, and business
Lisa R. Jonas, Marquette 2004 cum laude, has joined
Croen & Barr LLP, Milwaukee, as an associate, focusing on business
litigation and real estate.
John Jorgensen, Hamline 1993, has begun a year of
active duty in the U.S. Army Reserves, serving as a captain with the
Judge Advocate General Corps. He also is Winnebago County deputy
Six attorneys have joined Godfrey & Kahn S.C. as associates. In
the Milwaukee office: Matthew V. Burkert, U.W. 2004,
has joined the corporate group; Andrew Malone, Michigan
2004 magna cum laude, has joined the tax group; Mark E.
Schmidt, George Mason 2004 magna cum laude, and Tiffany
L. Wohlfeil, Michigan 2004, have joined the litigation group.
In the Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn: Heather L.
Clefisch, U.W. 2001, has joined the corporate and real estate
groups. She previously was with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &
Jacobson LLP, New York. Bratislav Stankovic, U.W. 2004,
has joined the intellectual property group.
Ginger L. Murry, Mississippi College 1995, has
joined Lawton & Cates S.C., Madison, as counsel, focusing on family
law. She previously was a family court commissioner for Forest and
Oneida counties, Forest County circuit court commissioner, and Crandon
city attorney. Heather L. Curnutt, New York Univ. 1999,
has joined the firm as an associate, focusing on general litigation. She
previously was with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New
Several attorneys have joined Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.
Daniel J. Vaccaro, American Univ. 1990 cum laude, has
joined the litigation practice group in the Milwaukee office as a
partner. He previously was an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S.
Attorney's Office for the District of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto
The following attorneys have become associates. In the Milwaukee
office: Jessica B. Applegate, New York Univ. 2004, has
joined the health care practice group; Gayle A. Bush,
U.W. 2000 cum laude, Lynn R. Hunsberger, Illinois 2004,
Joseph T. Miotke, Marquette 1999 magna cum laude, and
Ariana J. Voight, U.W. 2000 cum laude, have joined the
intellectual property practice group; Kristi Nelson
Foy, Duke 2004, has joined the employment relations practice
group; Jennifer L. Haluptzok, Minnesota 2004 cum laude,
Jacob E. Miota, New York Univ. 2000 cum laude, and
Jonathan C. Wertz, U.W. 2004, have joined the
litigation practice group; Bradley J. Hintze, Minnesota
2001 cum laude, and Susan M. Sager, Hamline 1993 cum
laude, have joined the land and resources practice group;
Michael P. O'Neil, C.P.A., U.W. 2002 cum laude,
practices in corporate taxation, mergers and acquisitions, and general
corporate transactions; Mark W. Siler, North Carolina -
Chapel Hill 2004, has joined the tax and wealth planning services
In the Madison office: Chad G. Bartell, U.W. 2004
magna cum laude, and William J. Robinson, Michigan
2004, have joined the business practice group. Lynda M.
Fitzpatrick, Iowa 2004 with high distinction, has joined the
intellectual property practice group. Kevin M. St.
John, Chicago 2000 with honors, focuses on litigation.
In the Waukesha office: Aaron H. Kastens, U.W. 2002
cum laude, focuses on litigation.
Four attorneys have been promoted to partner with Quarles & Brady
LLP. In the Milwaukee office: James E. Ferraioli,
DePaul 1996, focuses on business law, e-commerce and information
technology, and real estate; David P. Muth, U.W. 1996,
focuses on commercial litigation; Brian D. Winters,
Yale 1996, concentrates in antitrust and trade regulation, public
utility regulation, and appellate litigation. In the Madison office:
Kristin Graham Noel, Northwestern 1996, focuses on
commercial litigation, primarily securities and business fraud,
intellectual property, and contract disputes.
Carousel Andrea Bayrd, Minnesota 2000 cum laude, has
joined the State Bar Communications Department as a proofreader. She
also is a practicing civil rights attorney in Madison. She currently
serves on the Equal Opportunity Commission for the city of Madison, the
Madison Area Technical College District Board, and the NARAL Pro-Choice
Wisconsin Foundation Board.
Neena M. Patil, Michigan 1999, has joined the legal
division of Pfizer Inc., New York, as assistant corporate counsel,
focusing on corporate compliance matters. She formerly was an associate
with Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Milwaukee.
Greg W. Rayford, U.W. 1998 magna cum laude, has
become a partner in the San Francisco office of Kirkland & Ellis
LLP, continuing to concentrate in private equity transactions.
Emily A. Swendson, Drake 2004, has joined
Swendson/Menting Law Ltd., Oconomowoc, as an associate, focusing on
family law, estate planning, and real estate.
Ahndrea R. Van Den Elzen, Notre Dame 2003, has
joined the Milwaukee office of Peterson, Johnson & Murray S.C. as an
associate. She previously was a clerk for Justice N. Patrick Crooks of
the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Joseph M. Moschella, U.W. 2004, and Jennifer
K. Smith, Iowa 2004 with high distinction, have joined von
Briesen & Roper s.c., Milwaukee, as associates. Moschella is with
the general litigation and risk management practice group. Smith is with
the health practice group.
Bradley I. Dallet, Case Western Reserve 1994 magna
cum laude, and Kimberly Churchill Montgomery, U.W.
1996, have been named shareholders in the Milwaukee office of Whyte
Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Dallet is chair of the real estate practice group
and concentrates on real estate and commercial finance law. Montgomery,
a member of the corporate and real estate practice groups, focuses on
corporate, real estate, and commercial finance law.
Mark J. Haberberger, Cornell 1985, has been promoted
to senior counsel, Ultrasound and MR, with GE Healthcare Technologies, a
division of General Electric Co., Waukesha.
Mergers, Relocations, New Associations
Virginia M. Bartelt, U.W. 1983, has merged her
practice with Hurley, Burish & Milliken S.C., 10 E.
Doty St., #320, Madison. She focuses on real estate, business, and
Durrani Law Firm Ltd. has opened a new office at
10300 SW 72nd St., Suite 470E, Miami, Fla., practicing exclusively in
immigration law. The firm also has an office in Madison.
Michael D. Egelhoff, Marquette 1993, has formed
Egelhoff Law Offices LLC, 933 Mayfair Rd., Suite 301,
Wauwatosa, focusing on personal injury law.
The Law Offices of Thomas M. Jacobson S.C. has
changed its name to Jacobson & Schrinsky S.C. The
firm, located in Milwaukee, continues to focus on representing
plaintiffs in personal injury and worker's compensation cases.
Morse & Shiller Ltd., based in Mequon, has
joined von Briesen & Roper s.c. The combined
practice, von Briesen & Roper s.c., is located at
10200 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, with an additional office in
Brookfield. Morse & Shiller attorneys Daniel W.
Morse, Pittsburgh 1979, Mark A. Shiller,
Michigan 1994, Karin J. Wagner, U.W. 1998, and
Jennifer L. Cumming, Michigan 1998, are with the new
firm. Morse and Shiller are shareholders, and Wagner and Cumming are
Benjamin S. Wagner, U.W. 2003 magna cum laude, has
relocated to the Milwaukee office of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
from the Racine office.
Keith R. Wessel, U.W. 1994, Kristen E.
Lehker, Boston Law School 1985 cum laude, and Kelly A.
(Mueller) Welsh, U.W. 2002 cum laude, have formed
Wessel, Lehker & Welsh Inc., 123 E. Doty St., Suite
303, Madison, concentrating on family law, juvenile law, criminal
defense, and bankruptcy. Kristen A. (Healy) Pofahl,
Chicago Kent 2002, has joined the firm as an associate.
Carol J. Wessels, U.W. 1988, has opened
Wessels Law Office LLC, P.O. Box 501, W61 N529
Washington Ave., Cedarburg, focusing on elder and disability law,
probate, litigation, and individual rights. She formerly was senior
attorney for the SeniorLAW program of Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc.
Randall E. Bennett, U.W. 1988, has been elected
chair-elect of the State Bar's Intellectual Property Section board. He
is director of legal services of Plexus Corp., Neenah, an international
electronic manufacturing services company.
James M. Brennan, Marquette 1994 magna cum laude,
has been appointed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to the Illinois State
Executive Ethics Commission.
Jonathan A. Duecker, U.W. 1995, has been appointed
director of the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security by Gov. Edward
G. Rendell. Duecker, who is on leave from Homeland Solutions LLC, Wayne,
Penn., previously was deputy director of the homeland security
Gina G. Carter, Georgetown 1986, has been appointed
to the board of advisors of the UW E-Business Consortium. She is a
shareholder with LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn, Madison, focusing on
intellectual property, unfair advertising, e-commerce, antitrust, and
international law, and is chair of the emerging technologies group.
Warren P. Kraft, Marquette 1974, has been appointed
to the Joint Legislative Council's Special Committee on Municipal
Annexation, which reviews conflicts arising under current annexation
laws and develops means to reduce legal disputes between municipalities
and towns. Kraft, who is the Oshkosh city attorney, also was reelected
as regional (7th Circuit) vice president for the International Municipal
Richard J. Podell, U.W. 1969, has been elected to
the governing council of the ABA Section of Individual Rights and
Responsibilities. He is president of Richard J. Podell & Associates,
Milwaukee, which concentrates on family law.
Joseph A. Rice, Marquette 1985, has been elected
chair of the Channel 10/36 Friends Inc. board. He is with Tries &
Rice LLC, Milwaukee, and also is a Milwaukee County supervisor.
Steven F. Stanaszak, Marquette 1996 cum laude, has
been appointed the Wisconsin liaison to the Defense Research Institute
Employment Law Committee. He is with the labor and employment practice
group in the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.
The Wisconsin School Attorneys Association has chosen the following
officers: president - Michael Aldana, Milwaukee; vice
president - Malina Piontek, Madison; and secretary -
Ken Cole, Madison.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has appointed 12 Wisconsin residents to
the district investigative committees, which assist the Office of Lawyer
Regulation in investigations of possible lawyer misconduct. The
appointees are: Michael D. Brennan, St. Louis 1976,
Michael D. Brennan Law Offices, Elkhorn, and Christopher W.
Rose, John Marshall 1997, Rose & Rose, Kenosha (District
1); Jo A. Swamp, Marquette 1986, Forest County
Potawatomi Community, Milwaukee, and William P. Ward, Milwaukee Police
Department (District 2); F. David Krizenesky, U.W.
1969, F. David Krizenesky Law Office, Menasha (District 3); Susan J.
McAninch, Catholic Charities, Sturgeon Bay, and Dennis D. McIntosh, Bay
Lake Bank Corp. (District 4); Andrew J. Clarkowski,
U.W. 1995, Axley, Brynelson, Madison, and Thomas W.
Shellander, U.W. 1990, Neider & Boucher, Madison (District
9); Mary Ann King, Chippewa County Department of Social Services
(District 11); Mark F. Nielsen, Harvard 1979, Schwartz,
Tofte & Nielsen, Racine (District 15); and Dawn R.
Lemke, Hamline 1991, Church Mutual Insurance Co., Merrill
C. Thomas Sylke, U.W. 1985, principal of Sylke Law
Offices LLC, focusing on patent and other intellectual property matters
in Milwaukee and San Francisco, was re-elected to the board of directors
of the Blood Center of Southeastern Wisconsin Inc.
John M. (Jack) Bruce, George Washington 1979, has
authored "Statutory and Other Liens," a chapter in Wisconsin Methods
of Practice (West/Thompson 2004). He is with the New Berlin office
of Schober Schober & Mitchell S.C., focusing on municipal, land use,
business, and environmental law and litigation.
Scott B. Franklin, Marquette 1995, and Mark
J. Miller, Washington Univ. 1983, spoke at the ABA Family Law
Fall 2004 CLE Program in October. They co-presented a program on "Tax
Aspects of Divorce: Perspectives from the IRS and a Private
Practitioner." Franklin is with Kohler & Franklin CPAs, Milwaukee,
and Miller is with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, Milwaukee.
Awards, Degrees, Honors
Len Kachinsky, U.W. 1978, has received the Army
Commendation Medal for his six-month tour of duty at Fort Eustis, Va.,
as an administrative law officer in support of Operation Enduring
Freedom. He practices criminal and traffic defense law in Appleton.
Daniel I. Hanrahan, Marquette 2000, is one of four
recipients nationally of the ABA Family Law Section Pro Bono Award, in
recognition of his work representing domestic abuse victims and
volunteering at the Task Force on Family Violence. He is an associate
with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP, focusing on
product liability, toxic tort, and personal injury litigation.
The Hon. Angela B. Bartell, U.W. 1971, is the 2004
recipient of the Marygold Shire Melli Achievement Award, presented by
the Legal Association for Women. Bartell has been a Dane County circuit
court judge for 26 years and previously was a partner at the firm now
known as LaFollette, Godfrey & Kahn. She is associate dean of the
Wisconsin Judicial College and has worked with the Criminal Jury
Instruction Committee, the Wisconsin Bench Book project, and the
Wisconsin Safe Haven Planning Advisory Committee. Judge Bartell also has
worked with many community organizations, including the Downtown Rotary
Club, the United Way Board, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, the
Children's Theatre of Madison, and the Madison Repertory Theatre.
The fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation (WLF) honored
Jack R. DeWitt, U.W. 1942, with the inaugural Truman Q.
McNulty Award for a lifetime of distinguished service to the legal
profession, the State Bar, the state and the nation, and for his
leadership in educating the public in the rule of law. McNulty, a
lifetime member of the Fellows of the American Bar Association, founder
of the WLF Fellows and the first president of the WLF Fellows Board of
Trustees, passed away in January.
Joel Hirschhorn, U.W. 1967, has been named one of
the "Top Lawyers in South Florida" by the 2005 South Florida Legal
Guide. He is with Hirschhorn & Bieber, Coral Gables, Fla.,
which was named a "Top Law Firm in South Florida." Hirschhorn focuses on
civil and white-collar criminal defense of corporations and
Joseph S. Spence Sr., Washburn 1989, has been
inducted into the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society and into
Phi Theta Kappa Society, International Scholastic Order, based on his