Vol. 79, No. 3, March
In the News
New Hires, Promotions, Partners
David F. Andres, Marquette 1996, has been made a
partner at McCoy & Hofbauer S.C., Waukesha, and continues to focus
on complex civil litigation with a concentration in product liability
matters in the health care area.
James Andreucci Jr., Marquette 1989, has joined the
Milwaukee office of Clifton Gunderson as a tax partner and will focus on
manufacturing, retail, and distribution companies.
Jodi L. Arndt
, Vermont 1999, has been named a partner
at Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry S.C., Green Bay, and will
continue to focus on environmental law.
Angela R. Bennett, Hamline 2005, and Autumn
L. Lindquist, William Mitchell 2001, have joined Bakke Norman
S.C. Bennett focuses on criminal defense, family law, and general
litigation in the New Richmond office. Lindquist focuses on family law,
probate, and municipal law in the Amery office.
Joseph C. Copa, U.W. 1999 cum laude, and
Paul D. Curtis, Minnesota 1999, have been named
partners at Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison. Copa concentrates in
commercial litigation, construction, health care litigation, employment
law, and general health care law. Curtis focuses on insurance defense,
employment litigation, and commercial litigation.
Patricia J. Epstein, Brooklyn 1989, has been
promoted to shareholder at Bell, Gierhart & Moore S.C., Madison, and
continues to concentrate in civil litigation defense. Jessica J.
Zerbst, U.W. 2001, has been promoted to director at the firm
and continues to focus in business, real estate, family law, and estate
planning. Amy B. F. Tutwiler, U.W. 1994, has joined the
firm and concentrates in litigation.
Jennifer L. Binkley, U.W. 2001, Carolyn M.
Emery, U.W. 2003, and Carrie Vance, Boston
College 2005, have joined Community Justice Inc., Madison, as staff
attorneys and provide a broad range of legal services to low-income and
Eryn M. Doherty, Marquette 2000, has joined Fox
Entertainment Group Inc., Los Angeles, as senior counsel for labor
relations. She previously was with the Boston office of the National
Labor Relations Board.
Nathan J. Dosch, Marquette 2004, has joined Silton,
Seifert, Carlson & Gamble S.C., Appleton, as an associate,
concentrating on estate planning, estate and trust settlement, tax law,
and elder law.
Kurt D. Dykstra, Marquette 1998 summa cum laude, has
been promoted to partner in the Holland, Mich., office of Warner
Norcross & Judd LLP and continues to concentrate in litigation.
Dan Ferris, American Univ. 1986, has been promoted
to vice president and general counsel at SECURA Insurance Cos.,
Appleton. He recently earned his chartered property casualty underwriter
Grady Frenchick, U.W. 1977, has joined the Madison
office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. in the intellectual property
practice. He focuses on intellectual property matters involving the life
sciences and biotechnology.
Jacqueline M. Fontana, U.W. 2001 magna cum laude,
has joined Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison, as an associate, focusing on
bankruptcy and commercial and civil litigation. She previously was a law
clerk for the Hon. Margaret J. Vergeront, Wisconsin Court of
Six attorneys have been elected shareholders at Godfrey & Kahn
S.C. In the Milwaukee office: Sean O. Bosack, Marquette
1997, focuses on litigation. Stephanie A. Lyons, U.W.
1995, and Jennifer L. Vallier, Northwestern 1996, focus
on real estate. Jeremy D. Newman, Michigan 1997,
focuses on corporate law. In the Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey
& Kahn: Katherine Stadler, Northwestern 1997,
focuses on litigation and business finance and restructuring.
Mike B. Wittenwyler, U.W. 1998, focuses on political
Thomas N. Shorter, Northeastern 1996, has joined
LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn as a shareholder in the employment, health
care, and education practice groups.
Chris G. Halverson, U.W. 1991 cum laude, has joined
Godfrey, Leibsle, Blackbourn & Howarth S.C., Elkhorn, and focuses on
litigation, municipal law, and business law.
Joseph M. Fasi II, Stetson 1983, and Jill
Pedigo Hall, Iowa 1982, have joined Gonzalez, Saggio &
Harlan LLP, Milwaukee. Fasi, a partner, focuses on litigation, and Hall,
a senior associate, focuses on equal opportunities and employment law.
Neifor B. Acosta, Marquette 1999, and Laurie E.
Meyer, Marquette 1998, have been promoted to partner at the
firm. Acosta focuses on litigation, and Meyer focuses on equal
opportunities and employment law.
Beth Ermatinger Hanan, U.W. 1996, has been named a
member of Gass Weber Mullins LLC, Milwaukee, and continues to
concentrate on appellate practice and complex litigation.
Bonni D. Fredrick, Marquette 1995, Patti J.
Kurth, Indiana Univ.- Indianapolis 1980, and Peter M.
Silver, Marquette 1987, have been named shareholders in the
Milwaukee office of Kasdorf, Lewis & Swietlik S.C. Fredrick and
Silver focus on worker's compensation issues, and Kurth focuses on
insurance defense and brief writing.
Stacy M. Ludwig, U.W. 1988, has become an adjunct
professor at American University Washington College of Law, Washington,
D.C., where she teaches legal ethics. She also is with the U.S.
Department of Justice Professional Responsibility Advisory Office.
Kristin R. Muenzen, Marquette 2003, has joined the
U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., as a trial attorney in the
land acquisition section. She previously clerked for the Hon. Christine
O.C. Miller, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Washington, D.C.
Diane Odeen, Hamline 1998, has been elected a
shareholder at Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageburg, Minneapolis and
Hudson. She focuses on employment litigation.
Brittany Ogden, Syracuse 1999, has been promoted to
shareholder at Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, and continues to focus on
commercial and business litigation, commercial leasing issues, and
bankruptcy and creditors' rights matters.
Daniel Plane, Marquette 1996, has become head of
anticounterfeiting in Southeast Asia for the LVMH Fashion Group in the
Hong Kong office. He previously worked for Nokia Corp., Espoo,
Eight attorneys have been promoted to shareholder at Reinhart Boerner
Van Deuren s.c. In the Milwaukee office: Daniel P.
Cooper, Michigan 1998, is with the tax and business law
departments. Nora E. Gierke, Duke 1998, is with the
litigation department. Masud Khan, Marquette 1998 cum
laude, is with the business law and international departments.
Robert J. Muten, Valparaiso 1998 summa cum laude, is
with the labor and employment department. Gregory A.
Storm, Notre Dame 1998 cum laude, is with the employee benefits
department. Sherilyn R. Whitmoyer, Ohio State 1998, is
with the business law department. In the Madison office: Melanie
S. Lee, Iowa 1998 with distinction, is with the real estate
department. In the Waukesha office: Jeremy T. Whitt,
Vanderbilt 1998, is with the real estate department.
Dean B. Richards, Marquette 1982, has joined the
Waukesha office as a shareholder in the real estate department.
Lisa Roys, Cooley 1998, has been promoted to public
affairs director with the State Bar of Wisconsin. Roys previously was
government relations coordinator at the State Bar, and prior to that she
was with Ruder Ware.
Laura C. Smythe, U.W. 1997, has joined Alternative
Resolutions Inc., Appleton, as a mediator with a focus on family
services. She previously was an associate with the Sutter Law Firm,
John W. Stangel, U.W. 1973, has joined Salutz &
Salutz LLP, Manitowoc, as a partner and concentrates in real estate law
and probate. He previously was a partner with Winter, Stangel &
Four attorneys have joined the Milwaukee office of von Briesen &
Roper, s.c. Thomas P. Gehl, Marquette 1986, is a
shareholder, chair of the regulatory law and Indian law sections, and
member of the business, international, and real estate law sections.
James C. Green, Marquette 1991, is a shareholder in the
business, international, and litigation sections. Christopher J.
Schreiber, Marquette 2003, is an associate in the banking,
bankruptcy and business restructuring practice group. Denise E.
Shaw, California Western 1994, is an associate in the
litigation and risk management practice group.
Joseph E. Tierney IV, U.W. 1995, has joined the
Milwaukee and Brookfield offices of Davis & Kuelthau s.c. as a
shareholder and will focus on real estate law, general corporate law,
and tax law.
Kathryn Mullen Upton, Marquette 2001, has joined the
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Dayton, Ohio, as director of charter
school sponsorship. The foundation works with charter schools in Dayton,
Springfield, and Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mergers, Relocations, New Associations
Hartig, Bjelajac, Hankel, & Koenen and Kallenbach & Lehner
S.C. have merged to form Hankel, Bjelajac, Kallenbach, Lehner
& Koenen LLC, Racine. Firm members are Robert E.
Hankel, John M. Bjelajac, Terrance L.
Kallenbach, Phillip Lehner, and Rod J.
Koenen. Judith Hartig-Osanka is of
David A. Crass, U.W. 1991 cum laude, has been
appointed managing partner of the Madison office of Michael Best &
Friedrich LLP. He concentrates in environmental/regulatory law, land
use, and agricultural law.
The Douglas County Bar Association has elected the following
officers: president - Harley L. Prell III;
president-elect - Karry A. Johnson; and
secretary/treasurer - Parrish J.R. Jones, all of
The Fond du Lac County Bar Association has elected the following
officers: president - Michael E. O'Rourke;
president-elect - Nicholas A. Brannen; secretary -
Kirk W. Everson; and treasurer - Dawn M.
Sabel, all of Fond du Lac.
James D. Friedman, Notre Dame 1972, has become
president of the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund Inc. He is a partner with
the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP and is chair of the
firm's regulated business practice section and financial institutions
The Legal Association for Women has elected the following officers:
president - Elizabeth M. Bucaida; president-elect -
Mindy Rowland Buenger; secretary - Margit S.
Kelley; and treasurer - Carousel A. Bayrd, all
The Monroe County Bar Association has elected the following officers:
president - Tyler J. Tripp; president-elect -
Erik B. Pearson; and secretary/treasurer - Rick
Niemeier, all of Sparta.
The Sheboygan County Bar Association has elected the following
officers: president - Lisa C. Stengel, Sheboygan; vice
president - Elizabeth G. Rich, Plymouth; and
secretary/treasurer - Christine D. Esser,
The Tri-County Bar Association (Buffalo, Jackson, Pepin and
Trempealeau counties) has elected the following officers: president -
Paul L. Bohac, Black River Falls; vice president - the
Hon. John A. Damon, Whitehall; secretary - Paul
B. Millis, Black River Falls; and treasurer - Steven G.
Tim Van de Kamp, Marquette 2005, has been appointed
to the technology committee of the Milwaukee Bar Association. He is an
associate with the Milwaukee Metro office of DeWitt Ross & Stevens
S.C., focusing on business, real estate, and litigation.
The Vernon County Bar Association has elected the following officers:
president - George A. Hopkins, Viroqua; vice president
- George C. Wilbur, La Farge; secretary -
Stephanie M. Hopkins, Viroqua; and treasurer -
Timothy J. Gaskell, Viroqua.
The Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates has
elected the following officers: president - Marie A.
Stanton, Madison; vice president - Joseph J.
Beisenstein, Kimberly; and secretary/treasurer - W. Ted
Authors of the new book The Wisconsin Business Advisor Series:
Environmental and Real Estate Law (State Bar CLE Books 2006) are
Michelle A. Behnke, U.W. 1988, a sole practitioner in
Madison; Michael A. Dodge, Marquette 1999, a sole
practitioner in the greater Milwaukee area; Benjamin C.
Grawe, Vermont 2000, DeWitt Ross & Stevens, Brookfield;
William Pharis Horton, Georgetown 1963, a sole
practitioner in Madison; and Todd E. Palmer, St. Louis
Univ. 1992, DeWitt Ross & Stevens, Madison.
Awards, Degrees, Honors
David Patrick Eich, Columbia 1992, was named one of
the "Hot 100" lawyers in Europe for 2005 by the January 2006 edition of
The Lawyer magazine. He is a partner in transnational mergers
and acquisitions and private equity with Kirkland & Ellis
International LLP in London and Munich.
Dennis M. Grzezinski was named a "2005 Wisconsin
Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics Media Inc. He is a solo practitioner
Five attorneys with Halling & Cayo S.C., Milwaukee, have been
named "2005 Wisconsin Super Lawyers" by Law & Politics Media Inc.
Recognized attorneys are Richard Cayo, Robert
Dvorak, Pat Grove, Christopher
Kolb, and Catherine LaFleur.
Six attorneys with Hawks Quindel Ehlke & Perry S.C. are included
in the 2006 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Recognized
attorneys are Katherine Charlton, Timothy
Hawks, Richard Perry, Barbara Zack
Quindel, and Jeffrey Sweetland, all with the
Milwaukee office; and Aaron Halstead, with the Madison
Michael F. Hupy has been named a "2005 Wisconsin
Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics Media Inc. He is with Hupy and
Abraham S.C., Milwaukee.
Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, was named in the top
three "Firms of Distinction" in the law firm category by In
Business magazine's 2005 Consumer Choice Awards.
Richard Perry, Marquette 1959, was awarded the
Howard B. Eisenberg Lifetime Achievement Award by the Wisconsin Equal
Justice Fund Inc. at a ceremony in November. Perry, with the Milwaukee
office of Hawks Quindel Ehlke & Perry S.C., was honored for his
efforts to provide civil legal services to low-income persons for the
past three decades.
Douglas J. Phebus, Southern Illinois 1996, has been
certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial
Advocacy. He is with Lawton & Cates S.C., Madison.
Pro Bono, Public
Employees of Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, provided
gifts, household items, and food for a local family through an "adopt a
family" program sponsored by the Salvation Army. The firm also
contributed money to Toys for Tots.
Matthew Storms, Case Western Reserve 1996, has
established a nonprofit entity, the Badger OIF Foundation, to benefit
Iraqi children. Storms is deployed in Iraq with the Wisconsin Army
National Guard and was recently promoted to major. He practices business
and corporate law with the Madison office of Michael Best &
Alfred P.J. Diotte, U.W. 1953, Janesville, April 16,
1925 - Dec. 18, 2005.
Donald E. Koehn, U.W. 1952, Sheboygan Falls, Dec. 9,
1924 - Nov. 2, 2005.
James Philip Larkin, Minnesota 1954, Cumberland,
Feb. 15, 1931 - Feb. 26, 2005.
Michael J. O'Melia, Marquette 1968, Phoenix, Ariz.,
April 16, 1942 - Jan. 21, 2006.
C. James Riester, Marquette 1956, Milwaukee, July
10, 1931 - Aug. 17, 2005.
Hon. Clarice M. Schleifer, Maryland 1962,
Bridgewater, Va., Jan. 8, 1920 - Jan. 14, 2006.
Dorothy Nelson Topel, U.W. 1947,
Marinette, June 3, 1922 - Dec. 26, 2005.
Russell L. Stewart, Marquette 1971, Bloomingdale,
Ill., July 18, 1946 - Dec. 6, 2005.