Vol. 77, No. 7, July
In the News
New Hires, Promotions, Partners
Melanie Parks Alberts, Oklahoma City
University 1982, has joined The Schroeder Group S.C., Attorneys at Law,
Waukesha, concentrating in trusts and estates. She previously practiced
law in Madison and Rhinelander.
Dana R. (Zickerman) Bartocci, U.W. 2001 cum laude,
has been promoted to associate director for career services at William
Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minn.
Three attorneys have joined Cannon & Dunphy S.C., Milwaukee, as
associates. John M. Bolger, Marquette 2003, and
Lilian S. Fazekas, Washington College of Law 2003,
concentrate on plaintiffs' personal injury work. Al
Foeckler, Marquette 1998, focuses on plaintiffs' personal
injury, professional malpractice, products liability law, general
negligence law, and appellate practice. He previously was with von
Briesen & Roper S.C.
Jason S. Carter, U.W. 2001, has joined Alticor Inc.,
Ada, Mich., as corporate counsel - international, focusing on
transactions in Europe and Asia. He previously was with the mergers,
acquisitions, and securities group in the Chicago office of Jenner &
Scott M. Fuhr, U.W. 1997, has joined Lee, Kilkelly,
Paulson & Younger S.C., Madison, as an associate, focusing on
business law, commercial transactions, corporate law, real estate, and
taxation. He also is a C.P.A.
Linda V. Meagher, Marquette 1988,
Christopher E. Rogers, U.W. 1995, and Rhonda L.
Lanford, U.W. 1996, have been named shareholders at Habush
Habush & Rottier S.C. Meagher practices in the Milwaukee office,
Rogers practices in the Madison and Lake Geneva offices, and Lanford
practices in the Madison office.
Joseph W. Hansen, Tulane 1973, L.L.M. New York
University 1978, has been appointed chief financial officer of National
RV Holdings Inc., Perris, Calif. He formerly was executive vice
president and chief financial officer of Zacky Foods/Farms LLC, Los
Diane L. Houk, Columbia 1983, has been named
director of the Fair Housing Justice Center, a national civil rights
advocacy organization sponsored by New York-based HELP USA, which
provides transitional housing, counseling, and job training for homeless
families and domestic violence victims. She previously was special
litigation counsel with the housing and civil enforcement section of the
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Washington, D.C.
Michael S. Kent, U.W. 2003, has joined Bender, Levi
& Associates S.C., Watertown, as an associate.
Alexandra B. Klass, U.W. 1992 cum laude, has joined
William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minn., as an associate
professor. She previously was a partner with Dorsey & Whitney LLP,
Minneapolis, concentrating in environmental and land use litigation.
Christopher M. Seelen, Marquette 1997 cum laude, has
been named a shareholder at Garvey, Anderson, Johnson, Geraci & Mirr
S.C., Eau Claire. He continues to focus on foreclosures and collections,
creditors' rights in bankruptcy, business, and real estate.
Derek Prestin, Minnesota 2002, has joined the firm as
an associate, concentrating on intellectual property and business law.
He previously was with Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery, Chicago.
Kristina M. Kneepkens, Marquette 2003, has joined
the legal department at Generac Power Systems Inc., headquartered in
Allison M. Lynn, U.W. 2003, has joined Laner Muchin
Dombrow Becker Levin & Tominberg Ltd., Chicago, as an associate,
concentrating on labor and employment matters.
Elizabeth F. McCright, Marquette 2003, has joined
Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., Milwaukee, focusing on
corporate and business law. She previously was a law clerk for the Hon.
James E. Shapiro, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of
Erika L. Mielke, Marquette 2002, has joined Jacobus
Wealth Management Inc., Milwaukee, in the fiduciary advisory
Jon D. Monson, U.W. 2001 cum laude, has joined Piper
& Schmidt, Milwaukee, focusing on municipal law and insurance
Amy R. Seibel, U.W. 1980, has joined Morse &
Shiller Ltd., Mequon, as a partner, focusing on corporate transactions
and general business law, taxation, and employee benefits. Karin
J. Wagner, U.W. 1998, has joined the firm as an associate,
focusing on estate planning, business succession planning, estate and
trust administration, and tax and corporate law.
James Patrick Thomas, Minnesota 1993 cum laude, has
become a North Dakota assistant attorney general in the consumer
protection and antitrust division in Bismarck. He previously was a
partner at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee.
Mergers, Relocations, New Associations
Mark Ehrmann, U.W. 1985, has moved from Godfrey
& Kahn's Milwaukee office to the Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey
& Kahn. He focuses on corporate finance, venture capital, mergers,
acquisitions, divestitures and other corporate transactions, securities,
and contract negotiations.
James J. Gende II, John Marshall 1995, has opened
Law Offices James J. Gende II S.C., Waukesha, concentrating in personal
injury and business litigation. He previously was with Cannon &
The two service corporations comprising Murphy, Gillick, Wicht &
Prachthauser have separated. Gillick, Wicht, Gillick &
Graf has moved to 6300 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee, and will
concentrate on worker's compensation and social security disability
cases. Murphy & Prachthauser will stay at Plaza
East, 330 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, and will concentrate on personal
Joshua T. Keleske, Marquette 1999 summa cum laude,
has opened Keleske & Van Eepoel P.A., 423 S. Hyde
Park Ave., Tampa, Fla., focusing on estate and business succession
planning, charitable giving, and trust and estate administration.
Julius Kim, Marquette 1997, and Jonathan
LaVoy, Marquette 1999, have formed Kim & LaVoy
S.C., 2205 N. 124th St., Suite 220, Brookfield, focusing on
criminal defense, traffic defense, and immigration.
Information Professionals Co. (INFO-PRO), Fond du Lac, has purchased
Mortgage Services Corp., a real estate tax service for banks.
Peter Kujawa, Marquette 2002, is president and chief
operating officer of INFO-PRO.
Kay A. Millonzi, U.W. 1999 cum laude, and
Todd M. Pfeil, Creighton 1992, have formed
Pfeil & Millonzi LLC, 1104 Mills St., Black Earth,
concentrating in agricultural law, business organizations, construction
law, employment law, elder law, real estate, and estate planning. Pfeil
formerly was general counsel for Edward Kraemer & Sons Inc., Plain.
Millonzi formerly was general counsel for Veridian Homes LLC, Madison;
associate general counsel for Edward Kraemer & Sons Inc., Plain; and
risk manager for American Girl, Middleton.
Steven R. Penn, DePaul 1991, and Jill A.
Rakauski, West Virginia 1998, have formed Penn
Rakauski, 927 Main St., Racine, focusing on asbestos and silica
Schober Schober & Mitchell has relocated its
downtown Oconomowoc and Hartland offices to 1227 Corporate Center Dr.,
Oconomowoc, in the new Waukesha State Bank Building.
Barry Stern, U.W. 1980, has opened Barry Stern
Attorney at Law, 6401 Odana Rd., Madison, focusing on worker's
compensation, disability and Wisconsin Retirement System appeals, and
mediation and arbitration. He previously was an administrative law judge
for the state of Wisconsin and a legislative attorney for the
Legislative Reference Bureau.
The Kenosha County Bar Association has elected the following
officers: president - John V. O'Connor; vice president
- Nicole L. Beddigs; secretary - Karin Anderson
Riccio; and treasurer - Christine A. Gabron,
all of Kenosha.
Donald F. Kiesling Jr., Marquette 1997, has been
named to the natural gas regulation committee of the Energy Bar
Association. He is with We Energies, Milwaukee, focusing on corporate,
environmental, and energy/utility law.
The La Crosse Young Lawyers Association has chosen the following
officers: president - Heidi M. Szatmary, La Crosse;
vice president - Bryan E. Tillman, Onalaska; secretary
- Edward S. Rue, La Crosse; and treasurer -
Kathryn D. Schmidt, La Crosse.
Stephen W. Hayes, Illinois 1969, has been elected
vice president of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.
Elizabeth A. Neary, Marquette 1983, has been accepted
into the organization as a member. Both attorneys are with The
Schroe-der Group S.C., Attorneys at Law, Waukesha.
Timothy F. Nixon, U.W. 1990, has been elected to the
State Bar Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors' Rights Section board. He
is with the Green Bay office of Godfrey & Kahn and is team leader of
the firm's business finance and restructuring practice group.
The St. Croix Valley Bar Association has selected the following
officers: president - Kenneth C. Pletcher, River Falls;
president-elect - Jason M. Fey, Hudson; secretary -
Anne E. Schmiege, New Richmond; and treasurer -
Michelle L W Heckmann, Hudson.
Hoyt R. Stastney, Minnesota 1997, has been elected
to the State Bar Business Law Section board. He is with the Milwaukee
office of Quarles & Brady LLP, focusing on corporate
finance/securities, financial institutions, privately held businesses,
and general corporate law.
The Washington County Bar Association has elected the following
officers: president - John A. Best; president-elect -
Christine E. Ohlis; secretary - Christine
Eisenmann Knudtson; and treasurer - Maureen Murray
Volk, all of West Bend.
The Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association has chosen the following
officers: president - David A. Westrup; president-elect
- Neifor B. Acosta; secretary - Jennifer A.
Ortiz; and treasurer - Isa Gonzalez-Zayas, all
Jordan K. Lamb, U.W. 2002, was appointed to the
interim board of directors for the new State Bar
Agricultural/Agribusiness Law Section. She is with DeWitt Ross &
Stevens S.C., Madison.
Pro Bono, Public Service
The attorneys and staff of Habush Habush & Rottier
S.C., Milwaukee, recently completed a drive to collect toiletry
items for the Milwaukee Women's Center. The firm organizes collections
for several charitable organizations each year.
The Schroeder Group S.C., Attorneys at Law and
Slattery & Duffey Ltd. presented the $500 Liberty
in Law Award scholarship to high school student Elizabeth Kallenberger.
The Waukesha firms sponsor the local competition, which requires
entrants to write an essay about things lawyers do to protect and
promote American freedom. The Schroeder Group provides legal services to
closely-held and family businesses. Slattery & Duffey Ltd.
emphasizes automobile crashworthiness cases.
Roger D. Strode, Marquette 1988, has coauthored
Inside the Minds: The Art & Science of Health Care Law
(Aspatore Books). He is a partner with the Milwaukee office of Quarles
& Brady LLP, focusing on health care business transactions.
Thomas Domer, U.W. 1983, authored the worker's
compensation ethics chapter of Workplace Injuries (Lawyers
& Judges Publishers 2004). He represents injured workers at Domer
Law S.C., Milwaukee, and teaches the worker's compensation course at
Marquette Law School.
Steven F. Gruel, U.W. 1985, lectured at the U.S.
Department of Justice Criminal Trial Advocacy Center in April on
accomplice and informant witnesses and also participated in two mock
jury trials. He is with the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's
Office, San Francisco.
Nancy B. Johnson, U.W. 1994, and Beth Eyster
Shore, U.W. 1998, co-authored the creditor and debtor rights
chapter of the 2004 edition of Annual Survey of Wisconsin Law
(State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Books). Johnson is a shareholder with
Brennan, Steil & Basting S.C., Janesville, focusing on collections,
creditor rights, banking law, construction law, and business
transactions and litigation. Shore is an associate with the firm,
focusing on business litigation, contract review, and employment
Harlan A. Loeb, Minnesota 1991, chaired and
moderated a panel entitled "Managing High Profile Litigation and Crisis
While Everybody is Watching: The Evolving Role of the General Counsel"
at the spring meeting of the Association of General Counsel. He is U.S.
director of litigation for Hill & Knowlton, Chicago.
Bruce T. Block, Boston University 1979, and
Michael H. Simpson, U.W. 1975, contributed to the
recently revised Real Estate Transactions System Book (State
Bar CLE Books 2004). Both attorneys are with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren
Authors of the recently revised Traffic Law in Wisconsin
(State Bar CLE Books 2004) are Barry S. Cohen, Law
Offices of Barry S. Cohen S.C., Elkhart Lake; Thomas J.
Hammer, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee; Joe
Maassen, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Madison;
Todd E. Meurer, Dane County Circuit Court, Madison;
Christopher A. Mutschler, Anderegg & Mutschler LLP,
Fond du Lac; and John Sobotik, Wisconsin Department of
Authors of the recently revised Wisconsin Employment Law
(State Bar CLE Books 2004) are Bradden C. Backer,
Friebert, Finerty & St. John S.C., Milwaukee; Lisa M.
Bergersen, Lindner & Marsack S.C., Milwaukee;
Joseph P. Danas Jr., Borgelt, Powell, Peterson &
Frauen S.C., Milwaukee; Daniel T. Dennehy, von Briesen
& Roper S.C., Milwaukee; Fred Gants, Quarles &
Brady LLP, Madison; Timothy E. Hawks, Shneidman, Hawks
& Ehlke S.C., Milwaukee; Eric E. Hobbs, Michael
Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee; David B. Kern,
Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee; Michelle Kho, Wis.
Department of Agriculture, Trade, & Consumer Protection, Madison;
David Lucey, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee;
Lawrence T. Lynch, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee;
Greg W. Renz, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee;
Marianne Goldstein Robbins, Previant, Goldberg, Uelmen,
Gratz, Miller & Brueggeman S.C., Milwaukee; Robert K.
Sholl, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee;
Thomas E. Smith, Wis. Department of Workforce
Development, Madison; Jeffrey P. Sweetland, Shneidman,
Hawks & Ehlke S.C., Milwaukee; Mark F. Vetter,
Davis & Kuelthau S.C., Milwaukee; Rose Ann
Wasserman, Wis. Department of Workforce Development, Milwaukee;
and Bonnie A. Wendorff, Davis & Kuelthau S.C.,
Awards, Degrees, Honors
Frank J. Daily, Marquette 1968, has been elected to
the International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers 2004.
He is a senior partner with Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, focusing
on the trial of major product liability cases, and is chief judicial
court commissioner for the Milwaukee County circuit courts.
Sean Duffey, U.W. 1986, has earned his paramedic
certification. He is a firefighter with the Milwaukee Fire Department
and also is with Schulz, Duffey & O'Brien S.C., Milwaukee.
Julianna Ebert, Marquette 1981, has been recognized
by the Milwaukee Business Journal as a "Woman of Influence."
She is a partner with Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, focusing on
public finance, school law, and municipal law.
Brian J. Berner, Marquette 1988, has passed the
CFP® certification examination and has been authorized
by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to use its
certification marks. He is with Financial Planning & Information
Services Inc., De Pere.
Howard S. Erlanger, U.W. 1981, has received one of
four Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Awards for 2004.
He is Voss-Bascom Professor of Law at the U.W. Law School, a professor
of sociology, and director of the law school's Institute for Legal
Keith A. Findley, Yale 1985, and John A.
Pray, U.W. 1986, received the William Gorham Civil Libertarian
of the Year Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin.
Findley and Pray are clinical associate professors at the U.W. Law
School and codirectors of the law school's Wisconsin Innocence
Three attorneys with the Madison office of Heller Ehrman White &
McAuliffe LLP are included in the 2004 edition of Chambers USA
America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Charles
Curtis, Chicago 1982, David Harth, U.W. 1979,
and John Skilton, U.W. 1969, are in the firm's general
commercial litigation practice area, which was ranked second in the
state by the publication.
Joel Hirschhorn, U.W. 1967, has been elected a
fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is with
Hirschhorn & Bieber P.A., Coral Gables, Fla., focusing on civil and
criminal white-collar defense of corporations, business executives,
elected public officials, and private individuals.
The Hon. Rudolph T. Randa, U.W. 1966, received the
2004 Rotary Person of the Year - Vocational Recognition Award. He is
chief judge for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin.
The award honors individuals who have made Milwaukee a better place by
living out their vocations.
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has been ranked
28th nationally among top legal advisers for whole-institutions
acquisitions and eighth in the Midwest by SNL Financial's Bank
Mergers & Acquisitions Yearbook. The rankings are based on deal
Robert A. (Bobby) Peterson, U.W. 1987, received an
award for distinguished service to public health from the Wisconsin
Public Health Association in honor of his lifetime service to public
health and his efforts to direct funds from the nonprofit conversion of
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin to community-based public health
efforts. He is with ABC for Health Inc., Madison.
Reginald P. Buran, Marquette 1957, Manitowoc, Nov.
19, 1928 - Jan. 23, 2004.
James R. Hughes, Marquette 1948, Plymouth, Aug. 30,
1917 - April 16, 2004.
Kenneth Z. Kaiman, U.W. 1950, Milwaukee, Sept. 17,
1923 - April 9, 2004.
Henry James Reul, U.W. 1954, Madison, Jan. 19, 1925
- Dec. 17, 2003.
Richard K. Sell, U.W. 1958, Oconomowoc, April 11,
1931 - April 28, 2004.
Gerald T. Walczak, Marquette 1953, Clearwater, Fla.,
April 14, 1927 - Nov. 28, 2003.
Weldon V. Zufelt, Utah 1966, Sheboygan, April 18,
1941 - March 26, 2004.