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    Vol. 78, No. 11 November 2005

    In the News


    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Jessica A. Abbott, Marquette 2002, has joined Schott, Bublitz & Engel s.c., Brookfield, as an associate, focusing on family and children's law.

    James E. Braza, Cornell 1981, has been named president of Davis & Kuelthau s.c., which has offices in Milwaukee, Brookfield, Madison, Green Bay, Oshkosh, and Sheboygan. Braza replaces Mark Vetter, Marquette 1974, who has assumed the newly created position of chair of the board.

    Timothy J. Burnett, Minnesota 2005, has joined Zalewski, Klinner & Kramer LLP, Wausau, as a litigation associate, focusing on insurance defense and coverage and municipal law.

    Patrick R. Burns, South Dakota 2000, has become vice president for the Minneapolis region of the American Arbitration Association and will supervise business development, education, and neutral panel maintenance. He previously was with Bassford Remele, Minneapolis.

    Thomas B.R. Christenson II, Ohio Northern 2004 with distinction, (LL.M. taxation) Univ. of Florida 2005, has joined Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., Milwaukee. He focuses on taxation and corporate and business organization and governance.

    Joshua Fleming, Marquette 2000 cum laude, has joined the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP as an associate in the litigation department. He previously was an associate with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP.

    Melissa A. Hancock, Iowa 2002, has joined Pappas & Schnell P.C., Rock Island, Ill., as an associate, focusing on estate planning, corporate law, and real estate law. She previously was an associate with Kintzinger Law Firm P.L.C., Dubuque, Iowa.

    April (Anderson) Haverty, Marquette 1999, has joined the grants and contracts office at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, where she focuses on clinical trial agreements and material transfer agreements. She previously was the director of technology transfer and contracts administrator at Marquette University.

    Scott Kissinger


    Scott Kissinger, William Mitchell 2005, has joined Johns, Flaherty & Collins S.C., La Crosse, as an associate, focusing on business, elder law, estate planning, real estate, immigration, and criminal law.

    Kristin D. Lein


    Kristin D. Lein, U.W. 1998, has joined Solheim Billing & Grimmer S.C., Madison, as an associate, focusing on estate planning and administration, marital property law, nonprofit organizations, real estate, and general business.

    Aurene M. Martin, U.W. 1993, has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Holland & Knight LLP as a partner in the Indian law practice group. She previously was principal deputy assistant secretary for Indian affairs with the U.S. Department of Interior.

    Mark F. Trocinski, Iowa 2005, has joined the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as an associate, focusing on real estate in the land and resources group. Geoffrey R. Morgan, Kentucky 1980, and Gregory J. Lynch, Iowa 1994, have been named cochairs of the firm's business practice group. Morgan, who is with the Milwaukee office, focuses on securities, finance, and general corporate issues. Lynch, who is with the Madison office, has a broadly-based business practice, including securities, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital matters.

    Four attorneys have joined the law department of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., Milwaukee. Anthony C. Marino, Texas 1997, is an assistant general counsel on the securities investment team. Michelle M. Nelson, U.W. 2000, is a senior attorney on the products and distribution team. Nora M. Platt, Marquette 1992, is an assistant general counsel on the products and distribution team. Brenda J. Stugelmeyer, U.W. 1994, is an assistant general counsel on the real estate investments team. Marino, Platt, and Stugelmeyer previously were with Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, and Nelson previously was with Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Milwaukee.

    John W. (Jay) Peterson


    John W. (Jay) Peterson, Marquette 2000, has joined Clair Law Offices S.C., Delavan, as an associate, concentrating in real estate, zoning, and estate planning. He previously was with Peterson Law Office, Walworth and Elkhorn.

    Several attorneys have joined the Wisconsin offices of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. In the Madison office: Lewis W. Beilin, U.W. 2003, is an associate in the litigation department. He previously was a clerk for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Shana M. Feuling, U.W. 2005 cum laude, is an associate in the real estate department. Jussi P. Snellman, Michigan 1992, is an associate in the real estate department. He previously practiced law in Denver. In the Milwaukee office: Christopher E. Ware, Michigan 1995, is a shareholder in the government relations, business law, and litigation departments. He previously was general counsel for the Initiative for a Competitive Milwaukee. Stephen C. Elliott, U.W. 2005 cum laude, is an associate in the real estate department. Rebecca E. Frihart, Ohio State 2003, is an associate in the litigation department. She previously was a clerk for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin. Brandon B. Graef, Marquette 2005 cum laude, is an associate in the health care department. Adam R. Konra, Cornell 2005, is an associate in the business law and tax departments. Atheneé P. Lucas, Marquette 2005, is an associate in the business law department. Lisa A. Nester, Marquette 2003 cum laude, is an associate in the litigation department. She previously was a clerk for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. William A. Rinehart, U.W. 2005 cum laude, is an associate in the litigation department. Ryan S. Stippich, U.W. 2001 magna cum laude, is an associate in the litigation department. In the Waukesha office: Meredith L. Wilson, Indiana-Bloomington 1996, is an associate in the business law department. She previously was with Newell Rubbermaid Inc.

    Angela M. Rogers


    Angela M. Rogers, Iowa 1996, has rejoined Godfrey & Kahn S.C. and focuses on business law, secured lending and commercial transactions, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. She currently lives in Shanghai, China, where she is working to set up an office for the firm.

    Norman D. Farnam John Laubmeier Brian T. Larson


    Laubmeier Larson

    Norman D. Farnam, Illinois 1999 magna cum laude, has become a member of Stroud, Willink & Howard LLC, Madison, where he focuses on business litigation and transactions. John J. Laubmeier, U.W. 2005 magna cum laude, and Brian T. Larson, U.W. 2005 summa cum laude, have joined the firm as associates. Laubmeier focuses on business law and litigation. Larson focuses on estate planning and business transactions.

    Gesina M. Seiler, Marquette 2005, has joined Axley Brynelson LLP as an associate, concentrating in litigation and labor and employment law.

    James L. Palmer, Valparaiso 2002, has been named assistant executive director and director of governmental affairs for the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, Madison. He previously was a legislative lobbyist with the association.

    Anne F.B. Weissmueller


    Anne F.B. Weissmueller, Marquette 2005, has joined von Briesen & Roper s.c., Milwaukee, as an associate, focusing on banking and commercial transactions, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, business restructuring, and commercial and business litigation.

    Thomas Godar Daniel McGarry


    Douglas Pessefall Joseph Pickart
    Pessefall Pickart

    Several attorneys have joined Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. In the Madison office: Thomas Godar, U.W. 1981, is with the labor and employment practice, focusing on labor law and employment litigation and counseling; Thomas Klancnik, U.W. 1981, is head of the municipal finance practice, focusing on revenue bond financing; and Daniel McGarry, William Mitchell 1997, is with the bankruptcy and reorganization practice, focusing on advising financially troubled enterprises. In the Milwaukee office: Cynthia Klots, Illinois 1992, is with the public finance practice, focusing on revenue, state, and municipal bonds and general commercial lending; Douglas Pessefall, John Marshall 2002, is with the corporate transactions and business law practice, focusing on taxation and general business law; and Joseph Pickart, Iowa 1990, is with the tax practice, focusing on state and local tax matters. Lynda Templen, U.W. 1991, heads the firm's public finance practice from the Milwaukee office and focuses on general obligation and revenue bond financing and conduit financing.

    Paula K. Doyle, U.W. 1980, has been made partner in Schuster & Doyle, Madison. She will continue to practice in family and juvenile law.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    Karl M. Gebhard Jr., Thomas Cooley 1991, has opened Gebhard Law Office LLC, 8435 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee, where he focuses on personal injury work. He previously was the senior trial attorney at Eisenberg, Weigel, Carlson, Blau & Clemens S.C.

    Metzler and Hager S.C., Green Bay, is now known as Metzler, Timm, Treleven & Hermes S.C. Cynthia Caine Treleven, Marquette 1989, has been elected president of the firm, and Ronald Metzler, U.W. 1985, David Timm, Marquette 1986, and Michael Hermes, U.W. 1992, continue as partners.

    Timothy J. Schumann, Marquette 1995, has opened Schumann Law Office S.C., Milwaukee, and continues to focus on representing employers and insurers in worker's compensation matters. He previously was a shareholder with Linder & Marsack S.C., Milwaukee.

    Appointments, Elections

    The Association for Women Lawyers has elected the following officers: president - Ann. M. Devine; president-elect - Deborah A. Krukowski; secretary - Katherine L. Charlton; and treasurer - Margo S. Kirchner, all of Milwaukee.

    The Calumet County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Timothy R. Halbach, Chilton; vice president - Pamela A. Captain, Chilton; and secretary/treasurer - James R. Ungrodt, Kiel.

    The Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin has elected the following officers: president - Michael P. Crooks, Madison; president-elect - John J. Slein, Brookfield; and secretary/treasurer - James J. Mathie, Waukesha.

    John T. Coughlin, Marquette 1968, has been reelected to the board of the Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Maryland regional transmission organization and to the board of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council. His practice in La Jolla, Calif., focuses on mediation and arbitration of electricity and labor relations disputes

    Christopher D. Daniels, U.W.1984, has been appointed a trustee of the Foundation of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County. He is chair of the business practice group at DeWitt Ross & Stevens, Madison.

    Thomas R. Hefty, U.W. 1973, has been appointed interim Waukesha County Executive by County Board chair James Dwyer. He is with the Waukesha office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. and is president of the Waukesha County Economic Development Corporation.

    Coral D. Pleas


    Coral D. Pleas, Marquette 1993, has been appointed to the Milwaukee County Personnel Review Board. She is a partner with Pleas Williams LLC, Milwaukee, where she focuses on civil litigation.

    Delos N. Lutton, Chicago 1973, has been named president of the UIA International Association of Lawyers and is the third American elected president in the association's 78-year history. He is a shareholder with the Milwaukee office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., where he focuses on corporate and international law.

    Arthur A. (Tony) 

Vogel Jr.


    Arthur A. (Tony) Vogel Jr., Notre Dame 1979, has been appointed chair of Gov. Jim Doyle's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Waste Materials Recovery and Disposal. He is a partner with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP, where he focuses on environmental matters.

    The Walworth County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - John M. Clair, Delavan; vice president - Kelly C. Nickel, Delavan; and secretary/treasurer - Christopher A. Duesing, Lake Geneva.

    Marla J. Stephens, Marquette 1981, has been reelected chair of the Wisconsin Judicial Council. She is director of the appellate division of the Wisconsin Public Defender's Office. Beth Erma-tinger Hanan, U.W. 1996, has been reelected vice chair. She does appellate and trial work with Gass Weber Mullins LLC, Milwaukee.

    The Hon. Jim Wynn, Marquette 1979, has been elected vice chair of the ABA Judicial Division. He will become chair in 2007. He also is on the Joint Commission to Evaluate the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct and is the Appellate Judges Conference representative in the ABA House of Delegates. He is on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

    Authors, Speakers

    Douglas H. Frazer, Northwestern 1985, has authored The Complete Handbook of Investigations and Privacy Rights: Demystifying the Legal Parameters of Criminal, Civil and Private Investigations. He is a partner with the Brookfield office of DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., where he focuses on tax, litigation, business, and estate planning issues.

    The Hon. Charles B. Schudson, U.W. 1974, served as the Global Legal Studies Scholar in Residence from March through May at the Universidad Diego Portales Law School, Santiago, Chile. He is senior counsel with von Briesen & Roper s.c. and a Wisconsin reserve judge.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Barbara L. Burbach, U.W. 1975, and Carlton D. Stansbury, Iowa 1990 with distinction, are included in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. They are shareholders in Burbach & Stansbury S.C., Milwaukee, and focus on family law, paternity, collaborative divorce, mediation and arbitration, and appellate work.

    James P. Connelly, Georgetown 1972, is corecipient of the Penfield Children's Center 2005 Benefactor Award, presented each year to a donor whose generosity has made a significant impact on the success of children with disabilities who are served by the center. He is a partner with the Milwaukee office of Foley & Lardner LLP, where he focuses on health law.

    Twenty-three lawyers from DeWitt Ross & Stevens are included in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. From the Madison offices: Commercial Litigation: Jon P. Axelrod (10), Denis P. Bartell (10) (also Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law and Real Estate Law), Daniel W. Hildebrand (10), Wrede H. "Bud" Smith (also Real Estate Law and Trusts and Estates), and Anne T. Wadsack (also Family Law); Corporate Law: Paul A. Croake, Peter R. Dohr, and Thomas D. Zilavy (10) (also Financial Institutions, Real Estate Law, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates); Employee Benefits: Brian L. Anderson (also Tax Law and Trusts and Estates) and John Rashke (10); Environmental Law: Henry J. "Hank" Handzel (10), Todd E. Palmer, Peter A. Peshek (10), Ronald R. Ragatz, and Timm P. Speerschneider; Plaintiffs' Personal Injury: Frederic J. Brouner, Michael R. Davis, and Eric A. Farnsworth; Real Estate Law: Stuart C. Herro and Troy A. Mayne; Trusts and Estates: Michael W. Wilcox (20) (also Probate). From the Milwaukee office: Commercial Litigation: Howard B. Schoenfeld; Information Technology and International Trade and Finance Law: David V. Meany (information technology and international trade and finance). The "10" designation indicates an attorney has been included for at least 10 years, and "20" indicates an attorney has been included for at least 20 years.

    Joel Hirschhorn


    Joel Hirschhorn, U.W. 1967, is included in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This is the 21st consecutive year he has been included. He is the founding partner of Hirschhorn & Bieber P.A., Coral Gables, Fla., and concentrates on criminal and civil white-collar defense matters.

    Twenty-five lawyers from Godfrey & Kahn S.C. are included in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. From the Milwaukee office: Richard J. Bliss (10), Stephen L. Chernof, John A. Dickens, John E. Donahue (10), Henry E. Fuldner (10), Dudley J. Godfrey Jr. (20), Arthur J. Harrington (10), Kenneth C. Hunt (10), Melanie Aska Knox (10), Debra S. Koenig, William H. Levit Jr. (10), Timothy F. Nixon, Christopher B. Noyes, James N. Phillips (10), Howard A. Pollack, James A. Sheriff, and Peter M. Sommerhauser (10). From the Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn: Jon E. Anderson, Linda M. Clifford (10), Paul J. Dombrowski, Mark A. Frankel, Thomas A. Hoffner, Kevin J. O'Connor, Michael A. Skindrud, and Brady C. Williamson (10). The "10" designation indicates an attorney has been included for at least 10 consecutive years, and "20" indicates an attorney has been included for at least 20 consecutive years.

    Stephen Hayes


    Stephen Hayes, Illinois 1969, has been selected as an Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Hayes, a shareholder with The Schroeder Group S.C., Attorneys at Law, Waukesha, was recognized for his work improving the lives of foster children and orphans.

    Jesse Ishikawa Brian W. Mullins



    The Drafter's Guide to Wisconsin Condominium Documents (State Bar CLE Books 2004), written by Jesse Ishikawa, Michigan 1980, and Brian W. Mullins, U.W. 1980, received the 2005 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA). Ishikawa is a shareholder focusing on real estate in the Madison office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. Mullins is a shareholder in and managing partner of the Madison office of Wickwire Gavin P.C., where he focuses on construction law.

    Robert C. Leibsle, Marquette 1972, is included in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He is with Godfrey, Leibsle, Blackbourn & Howarth S.C., Elkhorn.

    The labor and employment practice group at Quarles & Brady LLP tied for top ranking among labor and employment groups in the Chambers USA directory. Several attorneys with the firm received individual mentions. Milwaukee attorneys recognized were Kathryn M. Buono, Bruce C. Davidson, Conrad G. Goodkind, Patrick M. Ryan (all for Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions); Robert H. Duffy, David B. Kern, Ely A. Leichtling, Mary Pat Ninneman, Pamela M. Ploor, and Sean M. Scullen (all for Labor and Employment); W. Stuart Parsons (Litigation); and John W. Daniels Jr., Lawrence J. Jost, Michael J. Ostermeyer, and Joseph E. Puchner (all for Real Estate). Madison attorneys recognized were Jeffrey B. Bartell, Mark T. Ehrmann, and John Robison (all for Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions).

    Nine attorneys from the Madison office of Quarles & Brady LLP are included in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Alternative Dispute Resolution: Jeffrey B. Bartell (10) (also Corporate Law and Financial Institutions) and James R. Cole; Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law: Roy L. Prange Jr. (10); Commercial Litigation: Donald K. Schott; Corporate Law: John S. Robison (10); Gaming Law: Waltraud A. Arts; Health Care Law: Michael S. Weiden (10); Intellectual Property Law: Nicholas J. Seay (10); and Real Estate: Kevin A. Delorey (10). The designation "10" indicates an attorney has been included for at least 10 years.

    Thirty-three attorneys with the Wisconsin offices of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. are included in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. From the Madison office: Energy Law: Peter L. Gardon; Health Care Law: Mary H. Michal; Real Estate: Jesse S. Ishikawa (10) and Harvey L. Temkin (10). From the Milwaukee office: Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law: Peter C. Blain (10), David A. Erne (10) (also Corporate Law and International Trade and Finance Law), and Mark L. Metz; Commercial Litigation: Robert E. Bellin (also Corporate Law) and Scott W. Hansen; Corporate Law: James M. Bedore, Richard W. Graber, Michael T. Pepke, and Richard A. Van Deuren (20); Employee Benefits Law: Kristin M. Bergstrom (10), Bennett E. Choice, Donald J. Christl (10), Thomas E. Funk, and Steven D. Huff; Environmental Law: Michael H. Simpson and John M. Van Lieshout (10); Health Care Law: Larri J. Broomfield and Robert J. Heath; Labor and Employment Law: Robert K. Sholl; Real Estate Law: Bruce T. Block (10) and John A. Erich; Tax Law: Robert E. Dallman (10), Michael G. Goller, Gary A. Hollman (10) and Robert E. Meldman (20); Trusts and Estates: Frederic G. Friedman (10) and John A. Herbers. From the Waukesha office: Tax Law: Timothy A. Nettesheim (10); and Trusts and Estates: Arthur F. Lubke Jr. (20). The designation "10" indicates an attorney has been included for at least 10 consecutive years, and "20" indicates an attorney has been included for at least 20 consecutive years.

    Pro Bono, Public Service

    Foley & Lardner LLP raised nearly $320,000 to help people affected by Hurricane Katrina. The firm also gathered more than 100 boxes of clothing, shoes, and toys to donate to shelters.

    Monica Santa Maria Somohano has received the Godfrey & Kahn Fellowship in Law. The fellowship, provided by Godfrey & Kahn S.C., provides a full three-year scholarship to a Legal Education Opportunities Program participant who enrolls in the U.W. Law School.

    Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, with offices in Madison, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, and Waukesha, recently donated 22 laptop computers to Operation Cause (Communications Among U.S. Soldiers Everywhere), which assists the Wisconsin National Guard's deployed units.

    In Memoriam

    James A. Beaudry, John Marshall 1978, Milwaukee, Oct. 5, 1951 - July 4, 2005.

    Patrick F. Brown, Marquette 1961, Waterford, March 20, 1936 - Aug. 5, 2005.

    Alfred R. Hanson, U.W. 1973, Sun City, Ariz., Jan. 23, 1930 - July 14, 2005.

    Harry J. Luchini, Marquette 1948, Milwaukee, April 19, 1920 - June 21, 2005.

    Kathleen Carol Mann, U.W. 1976, La Crosse, Dec. 9, 1950 - Aug. 13, 2005.

    Robert J. Mueller, U.W. 1957, Madison, June 30, 1925 - July 3, 2005.

    Joan Bright Rundle, U.W. 1977, Madison, Dec. 28, 1930 - May 4, 2005.

    Harry E. Samson, Northwestern 1932, Mequon, Oct. 20, 1909 - June 5, 2005.

    James H. Schlender, U.W. 1978, Odanah, March 5, 1947 - Aug. 30, 2005.

    Bertram C. Singer, U.W. 1962, Tarzana, Calif., Aug. 26, 1935 - Sept. 1, 2004.

    Robert C. Sullivan, Georgetown 1948, Arlington, Va., July 2, 1918 - Nov. 14, 2003.

    William E. Torkelson, U.W. 1933, Madison, Oct. 23, 1908 - Sept. 16, 2004.

    Daniel Joseph VandeLoo, Minnesota 1993, Green Bay, March 30, 1965 - July 8, 2005.