Vol. 77, No. 2, February
In the News
New Hires, Promotions, Partners
Aaron E. Alt, Harvard 1997 cum laude, has become a
partner at the London, England, office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Alt,
who also is an English solicitor, focuses on international investment
fund structuring and formation, mergers and acquisitions, buyouts, and
private equity investments.
Richard H. Fuller, Marquette 1993 cum laude, and
Steven H. Schinker, Thomas Cooley 1992 with
distinction, Pace (LL.M.) 1993, have joined Anderson, O'Brien, Bertz,
Skrenes & Golla, Stevens Point. Fuller concentrates in civil
litigation and family law, and Schinker practices in civil and
commercial litigation, environmental law, professional negligence, and
Several attorneys have joined Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison.
Michael Riley, U.W. 1973 cum laude, is a partner, and
Jason J. Knutson, U.W. 2000 cum laude, is a senior
associate, both focusing on plaintiffs' personal injury and securities
claims and businesses' economic claims. Dennis E.
Robertson, U.W. 1970, is of counsel, concentrating on personal
injury and worker's compensation claims. Jonathan M.
Ward, Marquette 2001 magna cum laude, is an associate focusing
on technology, including Internet, issues.
Michael J. Bachhuber, U.W. 1987, has become
executive director of Access to Independence Inc., Madison, a nonprofit
organization that supports independent living for people with
disabilities. He previously was a supervising attorney in the Milwaukee
office of the Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy Inc.
Dana R. (Zickerman) Bartocci, U.W. 2001 cum laude,
has joined William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minn., as a career
David J. Bischmann, U.W. 1991, has become a
shareholder in Hausmann-McNally S.C., Milwaukee, continuing to
concentrate in plaintiffs' personal injury litigation support and
Joseph W. Byrne, U.W. 1997 cum laude, has been named
a partner at Boardman Law Firm LLP, Madison. He practices in all areas
of intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, and
trade secret law. Catherine Cetrangolo, Ohio State
2001, has joined the firm as an associate, concentrating on litigation.
She previously was a clerk to the Hon. Barbara B. Crabb, U.S. District
Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.
Joy M. Burkholder, U.W. 1998, has joined the
Milwaukee office of Wessels & Pautsch P.C. She focuses on
representing management in all aspects of labor and employment law.
John M. ("Jack") Bruce, George Washington 1979, has
joined the New Berlin office of Schober Schober & Mitchell S.C.,
focusing on municipal and land use law, business and environmental law,
Tara C. Campbell, Marquette 2001 cum laude, has
joined the Dallas office of Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP as an
associate, concentrating in business tax planning. She previously was
attorney-advisor to the Hon. Joel Gerber, U.S. Tax Court, Washington,
Timothy T. Finley, Northwestern 1995, has been
elected a partner at Howrey, Simon, Arnold & White, Washington, D.C.
He is a member of the commercial trial group, focusing on contract
disputes, business torts, defamation, dealer terminations, antitrust,
and trademark litigation.
Laura L. Domagala, William Mitchell 2002 cum laude,
has joined Eckberg, Lammers, Briggs, Wolff & Vierling P.L.L.P.,
Stillwater, Minn., as an associate, focusing in estate planning, trust
and estate administration, business succession planning, charitable
planning, and elder law.
Lee J. Eulgen, U.W. 1997 high honors, has been
elected a partner in Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, Chicago. He is in
the intellectual property group, focusing on litigation, negotiation,
William E. Fischer, Marquette 2003 cum laude, has
joined Kohner, Mann & Kailas S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate,
concentrating in complex business litigation.
Tom M. Freeman, Harvard 1977, has joined Morgan,
Lewis & Bockius LLP as a partner in its new San Francisco office,
focusing on representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes
James B. Gehrke, Marquette 1995, and Kellie
R. Lang, Marquette 1993, have become of counsel with Gehrke
& Associates S.C., Wauwatosa. Gehrke focuses on business start-ups,
trademarks, copyrights, Internet law, licensing, nonprofit
organizations, and legislative advocacy. Lang focuses on health care and
regulatory law, bioethics, and risk management.
Andrea Havlik, Hamline 2002, has joined Petit,
Parker & Dommershausen S.C., Menasha, as an associate, concentrating
in criminal law, family law, and general practice.
Jennifer J. Kent, Stanford 1996, has joined
Harley-Davidson Motor Co. as legal counsel, managing commercial
litigation and compliance matters. She formerly was an assistant U.S.
attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Janice M. Falkenberg, William Mitchell 1990, and
Stephen L. Knowles, U.W. 1973, have joined Gonzalez,
Saggio & Harlan L.L.P., Milwaukee, as partners in the equal
opportunities and employment law department, focusing on matters
involving discipline and discharge, disability, harassment, family and
medical leave, wage and hour, discrimination, restrictive covenants, and
reductions in force.
Theodore D. Koelling, Marquette 2003, has become a
staff attorney with Plexus Corp., Neenah, a contract manu-facturer for
the electronics industry.
Jonathan H. Koenig, William & Mary 1995, has
joined the criminal division of the U.S. attorney's office for the
Eastern District of Wisconsin. He previously was an assistant U.S.
John E. Lange, U.W. 1975, has become deputy
coordinator in the new Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator. He is a
career member of the Senior Foreign Service and served from 1999 to 2002
as U.S. Ambassador to Botswana.
Nathan S. Lee, U.W. 1998 cum laude, has joined Amgen
Inc., Thousand Oaks, Calif., as corporate counsel, focusing on FDA
regulatory and clinical issues. He previously was an associate with the
Washington, D.C., office of Ropes & Gray LLP.
Kevin Maroney, U.W. 1988, has become associate
general counsel with Wausau Benefits Inc., Wausau. He previously was
with the U.S. Department of Labor, focusing on ERISA and other employee
Five associates have joined the Madison office of Michael Best &
Friedrich. Matthew C. Carlson, Boston University 1998,
is a member of the land and resources practice group and focuses on
residential and commercial real estate acquisition and development
transactions. Michael A. Hughes, American University
2001 cum laude, focuses on litigation. Brian J.
Rybarik, U.W. 2003 cum laude, is a member of the litigation
legal practice area. Magill E. Weber, U.W. 2003, is a
member of the intellectual property law practice area and focuses on
life science patents prosecution and litigation. Farrah N.
Winter, U.W. 2003 cum laude, is a member of the employment
relations legal practice area.
Angela Nichols Philipp, Marquette 2001, has joined
Harris & Nelson LLP (formerly Harris, Nelson & Zaeske LLP),
Wauwatosa, as an associate, focusing on all areas of family law. She
previously was with John T. Fields & Associates, Brookfield.
Kirk L. Deheck, Marquette 2003, has joined the
Ziolkowski Patent Solutions Group, LLC, Mequon, as an associate. Deheck,
a mechanical engineer, concentrates his practice in intellectual
property law. Ziolkowski Patent Solutions Group, LLC was formed in 2002
from a former Cook & Franke S.C. patent group.
Jessica A. Palmer-Denig, U.W. 1999 cum laude, has
become a Minnesota assistant attorney general in the labor/human rights
division. She previously was an associate with Dorsey & Whitney LLP,
Benjamin P. Payne, Marquette 2002, has been promoted
from an associate of the Law Offices of Dayten Hanson to a member of the
firm, now known as Hanson & Payne LLC, Milwaukee. He concentrates in
insolvency, bankruptcy, and creditors' rights.
Carl J. Pellegrini, U.W. 1992, has been elected a
partner at the Washington, D.C., office of Sughrue Mion PLLC. He
concentrates in intellectual property litigation and patent
Roger Strode, Marquette 1988, has joined Quarles
& Brady LLP as a partner in the health law practice group, focusing
on mergers and acquisitions, specialty hospital formation and operation,
corporate restructurings, health care venture capital transactions, and
joint ventures. He also is a CPA. Benjamin Kurten, U.W.
1997, has joined the firm as an associate in the immigration law
Four attorneys have joined Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C.
Kent P. Barnes, Drake 2000 high honors, is with the
business law department in the Milwaukee office. Bradford A.
Borman, Arizona State 1991, and David Minko,
William & Mary 2003, are with the telecommunications and energy
department in the Madison office. Anthony J. Lucchesi,
U.W. 2000 magna cum laude, is with the litigation department in the
Marcia Rimai, Harvard 1980, has been promoted to
senior vice president - marketing at Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, and
also has been named to the company's strategic planning committee. She
previously was vice president and head of the policyowner services
Jacob L. Schrinsky, Marquette 1999, has been
promoted to shareholder in the Law Offices of Thomas M. Jacobson S.C.,
Milwaukee. He continues to focus on plaintiffs' personal injury and
worker's compensation claims.
Richard R. Sindic, Temple 1978, has joined Weiss
Berzowski Brady LLP, Milwaukee and Delafield, as a partner in the
business and litigation practice groups, focusing on business/commercial
litigation, real estate, construction, and employment law.
Charles M. Soule, Marquette 1992, has joined
Stafford & Neal S.C., Madison, as an associate. The firm's practice
is limited to worker's compensation and social security disability
Christopher M. Toner, U.W. 2002, has joined Metzler
& Hager S.C., as an associate, concentrating in business and civil
litigation, employment law, municipal/zoning law, and landlord/tenant
Craig E. Vance, Marquette 2001, has joined the Elm
Grove office of Consumer Legal Services as an associate, focusing on
lemon law and warranty litigation.
Allan M. Foeckler, Marquette 1998, and
Sibylle H. Tasker, Santa Clara 1997, have joined von
Briesen & Roper S.C., Milwaukee, as associates. Foeckler, a member
of the general litigation and risk management practice group, focuses on
products liability, toxic tort, and commercial litigation. Tasker, a
member of the banking, bankruptcy and business restructuring practice
group, counsels clients on commercial loans, public finance, real
estate, business restructuring, and bankruptcy matters.
Kim Marie Wacek, Hamline 1987, has been called to
the Bar of England and Wales by the Middle Temple Inn of Court. She is
now a fully qualified barrister and will focus on international
litigation. She previously practiced in Green Bay.
Mergers, Relocations, New Associations
Douglas H. Frazer, Northwestern 1985,
Benjamin C. Grawe, Vermont 2000, and Karen M
Schapiro, Northwestern 1985, have merged their practice, Frazer
& Schapiro, with DeWitt Ross & Stevens. They
work in the Brookfield office. Frazer focuses on tax law, business law,
and estate planning and probate. Grawe focuses on tax, business, estate
planning, and environmental law. Schapiro concentrates on all aspects of
environmental law and land use.
Atterbury & Kammer S.C. has moved to 8500
Greenway Blvd., Middleton. Lee Atterbury, U.W. 1974,
and Alexander Kammer, Northern Illinois 1998 cum laude,
focus in personal injury law, professional negligence, and products
Gregory J. Cook, Marquette 1976, has relocated to
the Milwaukee office of Kasdorf, Lewis & Swietlik. He is a
shareholder concentrating on civil litigation.
Schober & Ulatowski S.C., Green Bay, has merged
with the Green Bay office of Davis & Kuelthau
S.C. The Schober attorneys focus on business law,
estate planning, creditor/debtor issues, insurance, litigation, and
mediation and arbitration.
Susan E. Hanson, Drake 1980, and Jeffrey A.
Santagá, Marquette 1998, have formed Hanson &
Santagá S.C., 1233 N. Mayfair Rd., Suite 170, Wauwatosa.
Hanson focuses on estate planning and probate. Santagá's practice
includes corporate, trademark, and real estate law. Both attorneys
formerly were with Blumenfeld & Hanson S.C.
Joe A. Goldberger, Marquette 1985, Susan
Minahan Ruppelt, Marquette 1995, and William J.
Lyne, Marquette 2002, have formed North Shore Legal
Associates LLP, 11649 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon,
concentrating in real estate, estate planning, probate and trust
administration, and business planning. Goldberger previously was with
the Law Offices of Joe A. Goldberger. Ruppelt and Lyne formerly were
with O'Connor, Sachs, Ruppelt & Lyne LLP.
Irving B. Kahn, U.W. 1964, has opened an office at
11512 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon. He previously was a partner with
Atinsky, Kahn, Sicula & Teper, Milwaukee.
Joseph F. Madrigrano Jr., Marquette 1972,
Thomas P. Aiello, John Marshall 1980, and
Thomas Santarelli, William Mitchell 2000, have formed
Madrigrano, Aiello & Santarelli LLC, 1108 56th St.,
Kenosha, focusing on business planning, estate planning, probate, real
estate transactions, personal injury, and civil litigation.
Nowakowski & McManus LLP has moved to 12700 W.
Bluemound Rd., Elm Grove. Elizabeth F. Svehlek,
Marquette 2003, has joined the firm as an associate, concentrating on
representing self-insured employers and insurance companies in worker's
Tabak & Tepper S.C. and Pitman, Kyle
& Sicula S.C. have merged into Pitman, Kyle &
Sicula S.C., Milwaukee, focusing on plaintiff's personal injury
cases. Firm members are Jeffrey A. Pitman, Marquette
1990; Thomas W. Kyle, Hamline 1996; Howard S.
Sicula, Marquette 1991; Richard G. Kalkopf,
Marquette 1991; Fred Tabak, Marquette 1968;
Angela McGraw, Marquette 2000; Jonathan P.
Groth, Marquette 2000; and Kelly Larmore,
The Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.
has moved to 555 E. Wells St., Suite 1900.
Edward J. Heiser Jr. , Michigan 1968, has been
elected president of the governing committee of the Conference on
Consumer Finance Law. He is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office of
Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek and head of the firm's consumer finance law
The Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin Inc. has elected
the following officers: chair - Carlton D. Stansbury,
Milwaukee; chair-elect - Kathleen Baird , Wauwatosa;
immediate past-chair - Steve A. Bach , Madison;
secretary - Karen D. Julian, Madison; marketing chair
-Janice Wexler, Madison; training chair - Diane
S. Diel, Hales Corners; at-large members - Daphne
Webb , Madison, Jennifer M. Wall , Waukesha,
and Erika Leuffen Salerno, Appleton; and regional
representatives - Katherine Charlton , Milwaukee,
Mark O'Neill, Racine, Robert Ramsdell
, Madison, and Mark Schubert, Appleton.
Joel Hirschhorn, U.W. 1967, has been appointed to
the Board of Bar Examiners Review Committee. He is the founding partner
of Hirschhorn & Bieber P.A., Coral Gables, Fla., and concentrates on
criminal defense work.
Charles G. Maris, Marquette 1984 cum laude, has been
elected vice president of the Waukesha County Estate Planning Council.
He is a partner with the Milwaukee office of Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP,
focusing on estate planning, probate, real estate, business law, and
The Society of Family Lawyers has chosen the following officers:
president - Carlton D. Stansbury, Milwaukee;
president-elect -David B. Karp , Milwaukee; immediate
past president - Bonnie M. Abramoff , Germantown;
treasurer - Julie A. O'Halloran , Milwaukee; secretary
- Mary E. Leonard , South Milwaukee; and
directors-at-large - Judith M. Budny , West Allis,
Thomas D. Klein , Milwaukee, and Karl D.
Schefft , Cedarburg.
Jay R. Starrett, U.W. 1987, has been elected to the
board of directors of the Trucking Industry Defense Association. He is a
shareholder with the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.,
focusing on transportation law, product liability, and legal malpractice
The Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers has chosen the following
officers: president -Bruce R. Bachhuber , Green Bay;
president-elect - David M. Skoglind, Milwaukee; vice
president -Daniel A. Rottier , Madison; secretary -
Robert L. Jaskulski, Milwaukee; treasurer
-Christine A. Bremer, Wausau; and New Lawyers Section
chair - Anthony J. Skemp , Milwaukee.
The Wisconsin School Attorneys Association has elected the following
officers: president - Jon Anderson, Madison; and
president-elect -Michael Aldana, Milwaukee. Ann
Patteson , Green Bay, was elected to the board. Continuing
board members are Jim Ward , Eau Claire, Linda
Isnard, Milwaukee,Jeff Jones, Wausau, and
Malina Piontek, Madison.
The Hon.Shirley Abrahamson, Indiana
University-Bloomington 1956, spoke at an ABA Litigation Section
symposium that focused on "The Vanishing Trial: An Examination of Trials
and Related Matters in Federal and State Court," a report by Prof. Marc
Galanter of the U.W. Law School. Abrahamson is chief justice of the
Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Judith A. Langer , Marquette 1985, presented "HIPAA
Privacy: A Real World Perspective" to the 5th Annual Convention of the
National Association of Subrogation Professionals in Reno in November.
She is with Cobalt Corp., Milwaukee.
Michael P. Maxwell, Marquette 2001, presented a
seminar on worker's compensation subrogation at the 5th Annual
Convention of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals in
Reno in November. He also has been appointed to the private panel of
chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He
is managing partner of Maxwell & Baldwin LLP, Milwaukee.
Bill Slate, U.W. 1959, and Mark
Slate , U.W. 1999, presented a program on will and trust
litigation at the 32nd semi-annual Estate Planning Collegium in Las
Vegas in October. The Slates practice together in Slate Law Offices,
John Tessner , Gonzaga 1984, is co-author of
theMinnesota Legal Research Guide 2d (William S. Hein &
Co.). He is head of public services at the Hamline University Law
Awards, Degrees, Honors
Peter C. Blain, Georgetown 1978, has been selected
for membership in the American College of Bankruptcy, an honorary and
educational society for attorneys who have demonstrated the highest
levels of professional expertise and leadership and ethical standards
and a continued contribution to the enhancement of the bankruptcy and
insolvency processes. He is a shareholder with the Milwaukee office of
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. and chair of the firm's bankruptcy and
creditor's rights department.
DeWitt Ross & Stevens , with offices in
Milwaukee and Madison, has received national recognition for its new
corporate identity package. The firm's brochure appears in the 2004
publication of American Corporate Identity.
Greenhalgh & Krueger S.C., Baraboo and Madison,
has been recognized as a "Patriotic Employer" by the National Committee
for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, in recognition of the
support provided by the firm's office administrator, Eileen Shanks, to
an employee who was called to active military duty in Iraq.
Erik R. Guenther , U.W. 2002, received a 2003
Journal Times Award from the Racine Journal Times , in
recognition of his community work in civil rights law and his
involvement in the Young Professionals of Racine. He is an associate
with Hostak, Henzl & Bichler S.C., Racine, focusing on business and
employment law and employment discrimination litigation.
Michael R. Smith, Illinois 1985 magna cum laude, has
been named a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
based on his professional reputation and ability in the field of trusts
and estates. He is a shareholder with the Milwaukee office of Reinhart
Boerner Van Deuren S.C., focusing on wills, trusts, marital property
agreements, charitable endowments, and business succession planning.
Robert L. Habush, U.W. 1961, received the 2003
Distinguished Service Award from the U.W. Law School. He was honored for
his outstanding contributions to the profession as a practitioner and
for his work in several national and international leadership positions.
He is a senior partner in the Milwaukee office of Habush, Habush, Davis
& Rottier S.C.
Tomislav Z. Kuzmanovic, U.W. 1988, received one of
four "Litigator of the Year 2003" awards from Investors Underwriting
Managers Inc. He is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Hinshaw &
Robert B. Shelledy, Northwestern 1989, has earned a
Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He
is a visiting assistant professor at Marquette University's Political
Nicholas Wood , Marquette 1982, was named one of the
"Big Six" zoning attorneys in Arizona by the Phoenix Business
Journal for his work on several developments in the Phoenix region.
He is a partner with Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix.
Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP, Chernov, Stern & Krings S.C.,
Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.,and
Warshafsky, Rotter, Tarnoff, Reinhardt & Bloch, all
of Milwaukee, donated more than 500 new toys, items of clothing, and
maintenance supplies to the Hope House, Milwaukee, a transitional living
facility and emergency shelter.
Linda J. Hornik, Marquette 1991, Milwaukee, Sept.
25, 1962 - July 18, 2003.
Michael R. Klos, U.W. 1971, Madison, Nov. 18, 1941 -
Dec. 4, 2003.
Robert J. Schmidt, U.W. 1952, Wausau, Oct. 17, 1924
- Nov. 9, 2003.
Amy Marie Silberberg, Hamline 1978, Afton, Minn.,
Aug. 24, 1953 - Oct. 17, 2003.
Denise B. Staudacher, John Marshall 1983, Whitefish
Bay, March 1, 1958 - May 3, 2003.
Gaar W. Steiner , Chicago 1962, Milwaukee, Aug. 7,
1937 - Oct. 3, 2003.
Jessica M. Vianes, U.W. 2002, Milwaukee, Nov. 24,
1976 - Nov. 8, 2003.
Delbert Wile, U.W. 1942, Milwaukee, Oct. 4, 1920 -
Dec. 12, 2003.
Gary M. Williams, Marquette 1976, Hales Corners,
July 14, 1951 - Dec. 13, 2003.