Vol. 77, No. 8, August
In the News
New Hires, Promotions, Partners
Bradden C. Backer, U.W. 1981 cum laude, has joined
Friebert, Finerty & St. John S.C., Milwaukee, as a shareholder and
head of its employment law practice group. He formerly headed the
employment law team of Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Milwaukee.
Thomas J. Binder, Marquette 1986, has joined
Borgelt, Powell, Peterson, & Frauen S.C., Milwaukee, continuing his
practice in civil litigation and insurance coverage. He previously was a
shareholder with Otjen, Van Ert, Lieb & Weir S.C., Milwaukee.
Kristen Crisp, Duke 1991, has joined Boardman Law
Firm LLP, Madison, as counsel, focusing on insurance corporate and
regulatory law, including financial and health information privacy
regulations. She previously practiced law in Madison.
Richard Heinemann, U.W. 1998 cum laude, has been
named a partner at the firm. He continues to focus in energy and
telecommunications/cable law, environmental law, general and commercial
litigation, and municipal law and finance.
Cory A. Buye, U.W. 2001, has joined Sweeney &
Sweeney S.C., Madison, as an associate, focusing on business, corporate,
real estate, estate planning, and probate. The firm has moved to 440
Science Dr., Madison.
Wendy D. Calvert, U.W. 1999, has joined the Law
Offices of Stephen J. Haszto, Chicago, as a staff attorney, practicing
insurance defense and commercial litigation. She previously was a claim
attorney with General Casualty Insurance Co., Sun Prairie.
M. Christine Cowles, Marquette 1980, has joined
Quarles & Brady LLP as a partner, focusing in product liability,
toxic tort, personal injury litigation, and employment law. She
previously was with Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen S.C.
Amy A. Ciepluch, Marquette 2000, has joined the firm
as an associate, focusing on employee benefits and HIPAA compliance. She
previously was with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, Milwaukee.
Marc S. Cwik, U.W. 1999, has joined Concord Law
School as an instructor. He is a civil trial attorney with
Backus·Carranza, Las Vegas, Nev., practicing primarily in personal
injury, family law, and insurance defense.
Nicholas S. Kuhlmann, Marquette 2004, has joined
Leffert Jay & Polglaze P.A., Minneapolis, as an associate,
practicing primarily in intellectual property litigation.
Stephanie A. Lyons, U.W. 1995, has rejoined the
Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C., focusing on the
acquisition, development, financing, leasing, and sale of real estate.
She previously practiced real estate law at another Milwaukee-area
Darren J. Magee, South Dakota 1997, has joined
Carlson Koeck Kirk & Graves Ltd., Prairie du Sac, Mazomanie, and
Lodi, concentrating in business, real estate, criminal, traffic, family,
and civil litigation. He will be the resident attorney at the firm's new
office, 154 Main St., Lodi.
The following attorneys have been elected to partnership at Michael
Best & Friedrich LLP. In the Waukesha office: Stacie J.
Andritsch, Marquette 1997, focuses on labor and employment law,
including employee benefits. In the Milwaukee office: John L.
Barlament, Duke 1997, focuses on employee benefits law.
Amy Schmidt Jones, New York Univ. 1991 magna cum laude,
focuses on labor and employment law. Daniel S. Jones,
U.W. 1997, practices exclusively in intellectual property law.
Amy D. Katarincic, Marquette 1997, concentrates on
representing management in employment disputes and labor relations
matters. Richard H. Marschall, Georgetown 1997,
concentrates on intellectual property matters. Kristina E.
Somers, Boston College 1995, focuses on tax law. John
C. Thomure Jr., U.W. 1993, focuses on bankruptcy
litigation, commercial loan workouts, and white collar crime. In the
Madison office: John R. Burczyk, Marquette 1991,
focuses on business and corporate law. Jill A.
Fahrlander, U.W. 1996, concentrates in intellectual property
law. Mary C. Turke, U.W. 1996, focuses on bankruptcy
and commercial litigation and transactions.
Vincent D. Moschella, John Marshall 1982, has become
Brookfield city attorney. He previously worked in municipal law for
Milwaukee, Waukesha, Menomonee Falls, and Brookfield.
Mary E. Hughes, U.W. 2002, has joined the Milwaukee
office of Peterson, Johnson & Murray S.C. as an associate. She
previously was a law clerk for the Milwaukee County circuit courts.
Kim M. Kluck, Florida State Univ. 1994, has joined the
firm's Madison office as an associate, focusing on insurance defense and
medical malpractice. She previously was an assistant general counsel for
the Florida Department of Health and was a special agent with the U.S.
Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.
Jessica Philleo, Marquette 1991, has joined
International Medical Group Inc., Indianapolis, as associate general
counsel. She previously was an associate general counsel at Thrivent
Financial for Lutherans, Appleton.
Stephen M. Philleo, John Marshall 1991, has joined
Motor Transport Underwriters Inc., Indianapolis, as director of claims
and assistant general counsel. He previously was a claims supervisor at
Secura Insurance Co., Appleton.
Gretchen G. Rosenke, Marquette 2003, has joined
Murphy, Paulson & Murphy S.C., Racine, as an associate, focusing in
family law and litigation.
Suzanne K. Schalig, U.W. 1981, has joined Schmidt,
Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox S.C., Brookfield, focusing on land use
issues, including zoning, development, and commercial real estate. She
previously was Brookfield City Attorney.
Jessica T. Kirchner, Minnesota 2003 with honors, has
joined the firm as an associate, concentrating in civil litigation,
including business, real estate, personal injury, foreclosures, and
Adam J. Sheridan, Marquette 2004, has joined Cramer,
Multhauf & Hammes LLP, Waukesha, as an associate, focusing on
corporate and business law, taxation, and estate planning.
Mergers, Relocations, New Associations
William A. Denny, Marquette 1948, Robert W.
Stack, Nashville 1996, Mary C. Flanner, U.W.
1987 cum laude, and Mark Vannucci, Univ. of San Diego
1987, have formed Denny & Yanisch Law Offices LLC,
13500 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove. The firm's practice areas include
civil litigation, intellectual property, estate planning and probate,
creditors' rights, collections, business law, personal injury, family
law, and real estate.
Gardner Carton & Douglas LLP, a full service
commercial law firm, has opened an office at 250 E. Wisconsin Ave.,
Suite 1800, Milwaukee. Robert J. Simandl, Marquette
1987, and John E. Murray, Iowa 1991, are with the
Victor M. Arellano, Antioch 1984, has been appointed
by Madison Mayor David Cieslewicz to the Madison Development Corporation
board of directors. Arellano is a shareholder with Lawton & Cates
Liza Barry-Kessler, U.W. 1997, has been appointed as
a citizen member to the Virginia General Assembly's Joint Commission on
Technology and Science, Privacy Advisory Committee.
The Hon. Thomas Cane has been reappointed by the
Wisconsin Supreme Court as chief judge of the Wisconsin Court of
Appeals. He is with District III of the court of appeals. Cane has
appointed Judge Neal P. Nettesheim as deputy chief
judge and also has appointed the following presiding judges: Judge
Ted E. Wedemeyer Jr., District I (Milwaukee); Judge
Daniel P. Anderson, District II (Waukesha); Judge
Michael W. Hoover, District III (Wausau); and Judge
David G. Deininger, District IV (Madison).
The Columbia County Bar Association has elected the following
officers: president - Mark D. Lawton, Portage;
secretary/treasurer - Paul A. Johnson, Lodi.
The Dane County Bar Association has chosen the following officers:
president - H. Dale Peterson; president-elect -
Marsha M. Mansfield, secretary - Marta T.
Meyers; and treasurer - David R. Friedman; all
Frank J. Daily, Marquette 1968, has been elected to
the board of directors of the University of Alabama School of Law
Foundation. He is head of the national product liability practice at
Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, and is Chief Judicial Court
Commissioner for the Milwaukee County courts.
The Door County Bar Association has elected the following officers:
president - James A. Downey; president-elect -
Victor D. Brooks; secretary - Rodney
Duquaine; and treasurer - Richard A. Hauser;
all of Sturgeon Bay.
Scott Andrew Farrow, Marquette 1988, has been
appointed as a special assistant U.S. attorney to help prosecute
bankruptcy crimes. He is a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of
Justice, Office of the U.S. Trustee, Las Vegas, Nev.
Jerome G. Grzeca, Marquette 1988, has been appointed
chair of the Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee of the American
Immigration Lawyers Association. He is managing partner of the Grzeca
Law Group S.C., Milwaukee, practicing exclusively in business
Sean R. Jones, William Mitchell 2000, has been
appointed as manager of court reporting services with the Judiciary of
the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
The following attorneys are among the newly elected officers and
directors of the Milwaukee Estate Planning Council Ltd.: president -
Barbara A. Bombaci; vice president - Philip J.
Miller; treasurer - John K. O'Meara, all of
Milwaukee; directors - Robert L. Kamholz Jr.,
Robert W. Mitchell, Kathleen B.
Schrader, Barry S. Werner, and Daniel
L. Woehrer, all of Milwaukee; John W. Lohre,
Port Washington; James L. Mohr, Wauwatosa; and
Gordon P. Ralph, Glendale.
New board members of the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association are the
following: president - Stephanie L. Dykeman,
Brookfield; president-elect - Benjamin Wagner, Racine;
past president - Bradley I. Dallet, Milwaukee;
secretary - Jeaneen Dehring, Milwaukee; directors -
Aaron Bernstein, Jennifer Boatwright,
Gary Lippow, Monica Riederer, and
Amy Weber Schambarger, all of Milwaukee.
Richard W. Graber, Boston Univ. 1981, has been named
chief executive officer of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. He is a
shareholder in the business law department and cochair of the government
relations department. Robert E. Bellin, U.W. 1969, who
previously was CEO of the firm, has become chair of the board.
Jesse A. Ishikawa, Michigan 1980, has become managing
partner of the firm's Madison office. Bruce T. Block,
Boston 1979, has become chair of the newly combined real estate and
environmental departments. Jerome M. Janzer, Marquette
1982, is vice chair of the combined departments, and Michael H.
Simpson, U.W. 1975, is chair of the environmental subgroup.
Steven D. Huff, Boston Univ. 1977, chairs the employee
Michael C. Runde, Notre Dame 1969, has been
reelected chair of the Wisconsin chapter of the American Immigration
Lawyers Association. He is a shareholder with Hochstatter, McCarthy
& Rivas S.C., Milwaukee.
The Municipal Attorneys Section of the League of Wisconsin
Municipalities has chosen the following officers: president -
John Macy, Waukesha; and secretary - Michael
Morse, Menomonee Falls.
Richard J. Podell, U.W. 1969, has been reappointed
to the ABA's Center for Human Rights, which monitors trials throughout
the world. He is with Richard J. Podell & Associates, Milwaukee.
John T. Bannen, Marquette 1976, LL.M. (taxation)
DePaul, has authored "Planning for Distributions from Qualified Plans,
IRAs and Tax Sheltered Annuities," a study for Northwestern Mutual Life
Insurance Co. Bannen is a partner with Quarles & Brady LLP,
Milwaukee, focusing on estate planning/probate, employee benefits, and
Eunice Gibson, U.W. 1973, presented a paper entitled
"Minimum Wages and Living Costs in the Americas" at the 40th annual
conference of the Inter-American Bar Association in Madrid in June. The
paper received an honorable mention award. Gibson formerly was Madison
Bradden C. Backer, U.W. 1981, and Robert K.
Sholl, Chicago 1981, have coauthored the revised edition of
Hiring and Firing in Wisconsin (State Bar of Wisconsin CLE
Books, 3d ed. 2004). Backer is with Friebert Finerty & St. John
S.C., Milwaukee, and Sholl is with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C.,
Kelly S. Kuglitsch, DePaul 2002, authored "The
Changing Nature of 'Private Promises': The Treatment of Private Pension
Plans Upon Divorce - A Historical Perspective on QDROS," Employee
Benefits Journal (June 2004). She is with von Briesen & Roper
S.C., Milwaukee, concentrating on employee benefits and ERISA.
The following attorneys contributed to the revised edition of
Marital Property Law in Wisconsin (State Bar of Wisconsin CLE
Books, 3d ed. 2004). Keith A. Christiansen, U.W. 1968,
is with Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee. F. William
Haberman, Harvard 1965, is with Michael Best & Friedrich
LLP, Milwaukee. Philip J. Halley, Ohio State 1981, and
John B. Haydon, U.W. 1959, are with Whyte Hirschboeck
Dudek S.C., Milwaukee. Andrew N. Herback, Marquette
1985, is a shareholder with Howard, Solochek & Weber S.C.,
Milwaukee. David L. Kinnamon, U.W. 1966, is with
Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee. The Hon. Margaret Dee
McGarity, U.W. 1974, is a bankruptcy judge for the Eastern
District of Wisconsin. Michael R. Smith, Illinois 1985,
is a member of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee.
Stephen R. White, U.W. 1994, is with the Milwaukee and
Madison offices of Quarles & Brady LLP. Michael W.
Wilcox, Marquette 1966, is with DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C.,
Sara Vinarov, Marquette 2000, spoke to the National
Academy of Sciences Committee on intellectual property rights in
genomics and protein research and innovation in June, on issues relating
to patenting of structural genomics and proteomics inventions. Vinarov
is an intellectual property attorney with Quarles & Brady LLP.
Rose Ann Wasserman, U.W. 1984, has authored the
revised edition of A Guide to Wisconsin Employment Discrimination
Law (State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Books, 3d ed. 2004). She is an
administrative law judge with the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division,
Pro Bono, Public Service
The Law Offices of Michael F. Hupy & Associates
S.C., Milwaukee, recently donated $5,000 to Second Harvest of
Wisconsin for the Summer Hunger Campaign. Also, attorneys from the firm
provided pro bono representation to members of the Outlaws Motorcycle
Club who challenged Summerfest clothing restrictions, and firm member
Michael F. Hupy, Marquette 1972, donated use of his
home in Whitefish Bay as the 2004 Breast Cancer Showhouse, proceeds of
which go to the Cancer Center of the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Awards, Degrees, Honors
Major Noah Bledstein, U.S. Air Force, U.W. 1994 cum
laude, received an L.L.M. in intellectual property and technology law
from the Washington University School of Law in May. He has joined the
91st Intelligence Squadron, Fort Meade, Md., practicing national
Joseph W. Boucher, U.W. 1978, received the
Distinguished Achievement Award - Public Service at the St. Norbert
College Alumni Awards Dinner in June. He is a founding partner of Neider
& Boucher S.C., Madison.
Critical Terms in Criminal Proceedings in Spanish and
English (State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Books 2004) has received a 2004
"ACLEA's Best" outstanding achievement award from ACLEA (Association for
Continuing Legal Education). The book, authored by Ronald
Benavides, U.W. 1993, and Luis Cuevas, U.W.
1992, was honored in the public interest activities category.
Donald P. Gallo, Marquette 1990 cum laude, received
the AGC Committee Chairman of the Year Award from the Associated General
Contractors of Greater Milwaukee. He is a shareholder in the
environmental department of the Milwaukee office of Reinhart Boerner Van
John W. Daniels Jr., Harvard 1974, was recognized
for his leadership in the legal community and his civic involvement by
the Wisconsin Leader's Forum and the International Organization of 100
Black Men. Daniels is a partner with Quarles & Brady LLP, focusing
on business and real estate transactions.
The corporate/mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and litigation
practices of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. have been ranked among the top
statewide in the 2004-05 edition of Chambers USA. America's Leading
Business Lawyers. Individual attorneys recognized for
corporate/mergers and acquisitions were Peter
Sommerhauser, Northwestern 1968, with the Milwaukee office, and
Michael Skindrud, U.W. 1975, with the Madison office,
LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn S.C. Steve Chernof, U.W.
1968, and Mike Dwyer, Michigan 1978, were recognized
for their real estate work in the Milwaukee office.
Harry G. Holz, Marquette 1958, LL.M. Northwestern
1960, has been elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is
retired from partnership with Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee.
The Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin (LLAW)
received the American Association of Law Libraries/West Excellence in
Marketing Award for Best Campaign. The award was presented in honor of
the organization's effort to publish articles in the legal press to
enhance the image of law librarians and to educate lawyers and the
public about legal resources. Over the past two years, the Wisconsin
Lawyer has published several LLAW-sponsored articles on conducting
legal research. The award was presented at the AALL national conference
in Boston in July.
Hon. Michael T. Sullivan, Marquette 1948, was feted
recently by the Blood Center of Southeastern Wisconsin for having
donated 237 pints of whole blood since 1943. He is a reserve judge in
Milwaukee. Sullivan received a framed picture drawn by a child whose
life was saved by blood donations. He has also donated at Massachusetts
General Hospital when a student at Harvard.
Jonathan T. Levy, U.W. 1995, has achieved board
certification in civil trial law from the Florida Bar. He recently
became a name partner with Rosenthal & Levy P.A., West Palm Beach
and Port St. Lucie, Fla., continuing to focus on personal injury, social
security disability, wrongful death, and insurance disputes.
Eleven attorneys with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP
are included in the 2004-05 edition of Chambers USA. America's
Leading Business Lawyers. Kathryn M. Buono,
Marquette 1986, and Patrick M. Ryan, Marquette 1969,
were recognized for corporate/mergers and acquisitions. John W.
Daniels Jr., Harvard 1974, Lawrence J. Jost,
U.W. 1969, and Joseph E. Puchner, Stanford 1986, were
recognized for real estate. Robert H. Duffy, Marquette
1984, David B. Kern, Michigan 1979, Ely A.
Leichtling, Virginia 1979, Mary Pat Ninneman,
Marquette 1976, and Sean M. Scullen, U.W. 1999, were
recognized for labor and employment. W. Stuart Parsons,
Harvard 1967, was recognized for litigation. The firm's practice groups
in corporate/mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment, and real
estate also received first-place rankings.
Five attorneys with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. have been
included in the 2004-05 edition of Chambers USA. America's Leading
Business Lawyers. In the Milwaukee office: David A.
Erne, Harvard 1968, and James M. Bedore,
Georgetown 1985, were recognized for mergers and acquisitions.
Scott W. Hansen, U.W. 1976, was recognized for
litigation. Bruce T. Block, Boston 1979, was recognized
for real estate. In the Madison office: Jesse S.
Ishikawa, Michigan 1980, was recognized for real estate.
Elyse (Mollner) Stackhouse, U.W. 1990, is the 2004
recipient of the Management Women Nancy A. Felhofer Professional
Achievement Award, presented to a woman who exemplifies a true
commitment to her profession, to professional and personal development,
and to civic and volunteer activities. She is a staff attorney at
Wisconsin Public Service Corp., Green Bay.
Rachel Schneider, U.W. 1995, has received the 2004
Milwaukee Bar Association Distinguished Service Award. Shneider was
recognized for her efforts to help Milwaukee's low-income populations
access needed legal services. Schneider serves as chair of the MBA's
Legal Services for the Indigent Committee. She is a partner with Quarles
& Brady LLP and also serves on the firm's Clinic Support Project, a
partnership between the firm, the Task Force on Family Violence, and
Legal Action of Wisconsin.
Anne Knauff, Marquette 1983, retired from federal
service in June. She litigated workplace safety and health issues,
focusing on mining litigation, for the U.S. Department of Labor,
Burton M. Apker, Notre Dame 1948, Phoenix, Aug. 26,
1924 - March 22, 2004.
Gloria E. Babbitt, U.W. 1983, Madison, April 29,
1932 - April 2, 2004.
Stephen C. Dozer, Oklahoma City Univ. 1990,
Kaukauna, Nov. 29, 1965 - Dec. 17, 2003.
Robert R. Gavic, Drake 1951, Spring Valley, Nov. 8,
1926 - May 20, 2004.
James C. Geisler, U.W. 1940, Madison, May 19, 1915 -
Sept. 30, 2003.
Dale E. Jurgensen, U.W. 1961, Ellsworth, June 30,
1931 - Nov. 27, 2003.
Kurtis P. Klumb, Marquette 1976, Brookfield, April
21, 1950 - April 1, 2004.
Robert E. Losch, Georgetown 1953, Washington, D.C.,
July 19, 1926 - Jan. 14, 2004.
Earl M. La Plant Jr., U.W. 1958, Georgetown, Texas,
Aug. 2, 1932 - March 22, 2004.
William A. Mattka, U.W. 1966, Whitehall, Feb. 1,
1941 - April 2, 2004.
Donald J. McIntyre, U.W. 1931, Sun City West, Ariz.,
June 2, 1906 - March 4, 2004.
Francois N. Palmatier, U.W. 1949, Chicago, Oct. 2,
1923 - May 9, 2004.
Thomas M. Schaus, U.W. 1962, New Berlin, June 7,
1937 - May 11, 2004.
Richard K. Sell, U.W. 1958, Oconomowoc, April 11,
1931 - April 28, 2004.
Rodger D. Squires, William Mitchell 1968, St. Paul,
Minn., Aug. 29, 1937 - April 20, 2004.
Alan H. Steinmetz, U.W. 1942, Largo, Fla., Nov. 22,
1917 - June 2, 2004.
Gerald T. Walczak, Marquette 1953, Clearwater, Fla.,
April 14, 1927 - Nov. 28, 2003.
Sylvia K. Wasserman, Northwestern 1939, Milwaukee,
March 30, 1916 - May 19, 2004.