Vol. 78, No. 11 November
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,
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, 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
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.,
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, 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, 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
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, 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.
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
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.,
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
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,
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, 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
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., 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
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
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
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
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
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, 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, 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.
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
Pro Bono, Public
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
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
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.