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    Vol. 79, No. 10, October 2006

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Kenneth R. Baumgart

    Kenneth R. Baumgart, John Marshall 1998, has joined Hager, Dewick & Zuengler S.C., Green Bay, as an associate and focuses on civil litigation, employment law, and worker's compensation defense.

    Dino Antonopoulos, Marquette 2005, and Eric C. Duncan, U.W. 1989, have joined Cramer, Multhauf & Hammes LLP, Waukesha. Antonopoulos concentrates on corporate and real estate law. Duncan continues to focus on estate planning, probate, business, and real estate matters.

    Stuart Bray Brody Richter Sara Spiering

    Three attorneys have joined the Madison offices of DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. as associates. Stuart Bray, U.W. 2006, focuses on intellectual property. Brody Richter, U.W. 2006, focuses on business, litigation, and real estate. Sara Spiering, U.W. 2006, focuses on litigation.

    William A. Dickens Jr., Oregon 2005, has joined Eckert, Kost & Vocke LLP, Rhinelander, as an associate. He previously was a judicial extern with the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.

    Alec Dobson, U.W. 2006, has joined Schott, Bublitz & Engel s.c., Brookfield, as a member of the litigation team.

    Frank Gumina

    Frank Gumina, Marquette 1991, has joined the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. in the labor and employment practice.

    Kelli L. Gardner

    Kelli L. Gardner, Pittsburgh 2005, has joined Remley & Sensenbrenner S.C., Neenah, and focuses on family and elder law matters, estate planning, and real estate.

    Two attorneys have joined the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. Antonia M. Holland, Marquette 2002 cum laude, focuses on patent prosecution, licensing, and litigation support. Anne M. Pillard, Iowa 2005 with distinction, focuses on tax matters.

    Patricia K. Hammel, U.W. 1980, has joined Herrick & Kasdorf LLP, Madison, as a partner and continues to practice in consumer bankruptcy, family law, and estate planning. She previously was a sole practitioner in Madison.

    Alexandra B. Klass, U.W. 1992, has become an associate professor of law at the University of Minnesota Law School and focuses on environmental law, tort law, and property law. She previously was with Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Minneapolis, and the William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul.

    Benjamin R. Imhoff

    Benjamin R. Imhoff, U.W. 2006, has joined Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall LLP, Milwaukee, as an associate and focuses on patent and trademark prosecution.

    Lisa L. Kritske, U.W. 1999, has joined the Milwaukee office of Pitman, Kyle & Sicula S.C., as an associate and focuses on nursing home litigation.

    John R. Lagowski, Marquette 1996, has joined the intellectual property firm Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, Chicago, in the electrical and computer group.

    Mark A. Lambrecht, Marquette 2006, has joined Bolger Legal Group LLC, Milwaukee.

    Steven J. Lownik, Marquette 1982, has joined Gatzke & Ruppelt S.C., New Berlin, as an associate and will continue to focus on worker's compensation, Social Security disability, and family law.

    Lori A. Leonovicz, U.W. 2002 Order of the Coif, has joined the fraud section of the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division, Washington, D.C., as a trial attorney and focuses on international fraud matters. She previously was with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in the firm's Washington, D.C., and Paris, France, offices.

    Scott K. Petersen, Pepperdine 1993 cum laude, has joined Kirk Pinkerton P.A., Sarasota, Fla., and continues to practice in real estate, construction, probate, and commercial litigation. He previously was with DeWitt, Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison.

    Wendy S. Rusch, U.W. 2000 magna cum laude, has joined the Madison office of Foley & Lardner LLP as an associate and concentrates on trusts and estate planning. She previously was with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.

    Barbara Saathoff

    Barbara Saathoff, Northwestern 1987, R.N., has become legal counsel for Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, Mayo Health System, La Crosse. She previously had her own practice in Neenah and was in-house counsel to Affinity Health System.

    John J. Slein, Hamline 1984, has joined Nelson, Connell, Conrad, Tallmadge & Slein S.C. (formerly Nelson, Connell & Conrad S.C.), Brookfield, as a partner.

    Christine Harris Taylor, Valparaiso 1988, has accepted new teaching and administrative duties as assistant director at Marquette University's Center for Dispute Resolution Education and continues her private arbitration and mediation practice. She previously was with Harris & Nelson LLC.

    Nicolas E. Toft, Michigan 2003, has joined Blair Sterling Johnson Moody Martinez & Leon Guerrero, Hagatna, Guam, as an associate and focuses on commercial litigation, transactions, and intellectual property. He previously was an assistant attorney general for the territory of Guam.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Offices

    Allison M. Ritter, Virginia 1992, Stephen P. Rypel, Creighton 2000, and Awni M. Yasin, Marquette 2000, have opened Ritter, Rypel & Yasin Law Office LLP, 2266 N. Prospect Ave., Suite 304, Milwaukee, concentrating in criminal defense. Ritter previously was with Hartley Law Office and the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. Rypel previously was with D'Arruda & Forrestal Law Office. Yasin previously was with Hartley Law Office.

    Appointments, Elections

    Donald L. Bach, U.W. 1974, has been elected vice chair of the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, which enforces judicial conduct standards and resolves complaints about judicial misconduct and disability. He is a partner with DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison, and concentrates on business litigation.

    Jack Bode, St. Mary's 1973, has been appointed to the Waukesha County Water Conservation Coalition. He is with the litigation and corporate practice groups in the Waukesha office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C.

    Mindy Rowland Buenger, U.W. 2001, has been elected president of the Middleton Hills Neighborhood Association, Middleton. She is an associate with DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison, and focuses on litigation and employment law.

    The Dodge County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Cassel Villarreal, Beaver Dam; president-elect - Randall E. Doyle, Beaver Dam; and secretary/treasurer - Ryan T. Porter, Mayville.

    Noleta L. Jansen

    Noleta L. Jansen, U.W. 2003, has been elected to the Milwaukee Aging Consortium board. She is with the trusts and estates practice group in the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.

    Michael M. Grebe, U.W. 1993, has been selected as chair of the Columbia St. Mary's Foundation, the hospital's fundraising board. He is a partner in the corporate services group of Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee.

    The Jefferson County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Jennifer L. Weber, Johnson Creek; vice president - Tamara S. Kiewit, Johnson Creek; and secretary/treasurer - Tiffany L. Highstrom, Watertown.

    Michael N. 


    The Hon. Michael N. Nowakowski, U.W. 1974, has been elected chair of the Committee of Chief Judges, whose members oversee administrative matters for the state's circuit court system. He is chief judge of the Fifth Judicial Administrative District and sits on the Dane County Circuit Court.

    The Oneida-Vilas-Forest County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Patrick H. Finlan; vice president - Gary S. Cirilli; secretary - Michael W. Schiek; and treasurer - Todd R. McEldowney, all of Rhinelander.

    Thomas G. Ryan, UCLA 1975, has been appointed chair of the Nevada offices (Las Vegas and Reno) of Lewis & Roca LLP.

    The Society of Family Lawyers has elected the following officers: president - Mary E. Leonard, South Milwaukee; president-elect - Thomas D. Klein, Milwaukee; secretary - Kent A. Tess-Mattner, Brookfield; and treasurer - Judith M. Budny, West Allis.

    The Walworth County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Kelley C. Nickel, Delavan; vice president - Christopher A. Duesing, Lake Geneva; and secretary/treasurer - Jeffrey L. Hahn, Delavan.

    The Winnebago County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Thomas P. Chalchoff, Menasha; vice president - Katherine T. Seifert, Oshkosh; secretary - Elizabeth J. Nevitt, Neenah; and treasurer - Brian C. Williams, Menasha.

    The Wood County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Kenneth W. Gorski, Marshfield; vice president - Michael J. Schmidt, Port Edwards; and secretary/treasurer - Gary J. Kryshak, Wisconsin Rapids.

    Authors, Speakers

    Michael D. Cicchini, Marquette 1999, has coauthored Confrontation After Crawford v. Washington: Defining Testimonial, 10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 531 (2006). He is with Cicchini Law Office LLC, Kenosha.

    Angela M. Lai, U.W. 2004, spoke on "A Young Lawyer's Roadmap to the Ethical Hazards of Practicing Law in Other Jurisdictions" at the 2006 ABA annual meeting in Honolulu. She is with the Sacramento office of Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP and focuses on health law.

    Timothy F. Nixon, U.W. 1990, has coauthored Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Settlements and Negotiations (Boston: Aspatore Books). He is a shareholder with the Green Bay office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. and is lead attorney for the business finance and restructuring practice group.

    Carlton D. Stansbury, Iowa 1990 with distinction, was a panelist for the "Hot Tips from the Experts" program at the ABA Family Law Section 2006 annual meeting in Honolulu. He is a shareholder with Burbach & Stansbury S.C., Milwaukee, and focuses on family law.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Jerry R. DeMaio, U.W. 2001, was a recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) John Marshall Award for Litigation for his work on the prosecution and conviction of Al Qaeda conspirator Ahmed Abu-Ali. He is a trial attorney with the counterterrorism section of the DOJ criminal division, Washington, D.C.

    Foley & Lardner LLP has received several honors. The firm was named to the 2006 BTI Market Movers list for its strategic approach to delivering legal services; received a 2006 CIO 100 Award from CIO magazine for its operational and strategic achievements in information technology; and was named the best corporate law firm in Milwaukee in Corporate Board Member's legal industry study.

    Two attorneys from LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Madison, are included in In Business magazine's "40 Executives Under 40" listing. Rochelle H. Klaskin, Chicago-Kent 1998 with high honors, focuses on corporate and employment matters. Thomas N. Shorter, Northeastern 1996 Phi Delta Phi, represents small businesses and health care and educational institutions in employment and regulatory matters.

    Cristina D. 


    Cristina D. Hernandez-Malaby, Harvard 1995, received the Hispanic Professional of the Year Award from the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee in August. She is a member of the commercial litigation group in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP and focuses on securities and other complex litigation.

    John Wagner

    John Wagner, U.W. 1980, has been named a "2006 Super Lawyer" in Northern California by Law & Politics Media Inc. He is a partner in the Sacramento office of Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP.

    Seven attorneys with Hawks Quindel Ehlke & Perry S.C. are included in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in recognition of their work in the area of labor and employment law. The "10" designation indicates an attorney has been included for at least 10 consecutive years. In the Madison office: Aaron N. Halstead. In the Milwaukee office: Katherine L. Charlton, Timothy E. Hawks (10), Lynn M. Novotnak, Richard R. Perry (10), Barbara Zack Quindel (10), and Jeffrey P. Sweetland.

    Pro Bono, Public Service

    Godfrey & Kahn S.C. has established the Godfrey & Kahn International Law Student Fellowship at the U.W. Law School. The fellowship will provide an internship at the firm to a foreign graduate law student studying at the East Asian Legal Studies Center. The first recipient is Yin Ying Wang.

    In Memoriam

    John J. Alioto, Chicago-Kent 1974, River Forest, Ill., March 12, 1949 - Aug. 21, 2006.

    William W. Anderson III, Willamette 1994, Alexandria, Va., Dec. 2, 1968 - July 24, 2006.

    Edward G. Chambers, U.W. 1947, Lighthouse Point, Fla., March 12, 1919 - Aug. 24, 2006.

    Hon. John A. Decker, U.W. 1939, Brookfield, July 20, 1915 - Aug. 17, 2006.

    Thomas C. Goeldner, Hamline 1981, Milwaukee, May 26, 1948 - June 8, 2006.

    Andrew D. Harrison, U.W. 1972, Royal Oak, Mich., April 11, 1943 - Oct. 8, 2005.

    Jay M. Lieberman, U.W. 1958, Milwaukee, May 9, 1933 - Aug. 18, 2006.

    S. Michael McGarragan, Detroit 1990, Rockford, Ill., Feb. 12, 1935 - Dec. 5, 2005.

    Hon. Ewald Moerke, U.W. 1948, Menomonee Falls, Sept. 21, 1921 - Nov. 10, 2005.

    Louis F. O'Malley, Marquette 2003, Green Bay, Aug. 10, 1940 - June 17, 2006.

    Patrick J. O'Neil, U.W. 1970, Milwaukee, Feb. 17, 1943 - Nov. 25, 2005.

    Thomas M. Stanton, Harvard 1948, Neenah, Sept. 30, 1922 - May 3, 2006.

    Richard J. Symonds, Marquette 1991, Wisconsin Rapids, May 29, 1964 - Aug. 20, 2006.

    Eugene A. Toepel, U.W. 1940, La Crosse, July 29, 1916 - July 27, 2006

    Alexandra L. Waeffler, U.W. 1974, Wauwatosa, Dec. 19, 1946 - June 24, 2006.

    Andrew J. Zafis, U.W. 1950, San Diego, May 23, 1925 - April 14, 2006.

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