Vol. 79, No. 6 June
In the News
New Hires, Promotions, Partners
Lucy J. Billings, U.W. 1990, has joined CV
Therapeutics Inc., Palo Alto, Calif., as vice president-legal, licensing
and contracts. She also has released her debut compact disc, "Open Air,"
on her own record label.
Thomas G. Cullen, Marquette 1986, has been named
managing attorney of Wisconsin operations for Attorneys' Title Guaranty
Fund Inc., Madison. He previously was a staff attorney with the
Wisconsin Realtors® Association.
Jordan C. Loeb, U.W. 1994, and Tamara B.
Packard, U.W. 1994, have been made partners in Cullen Weston
Pines & Bach LLP, Madison. Loeb practices primarily in criminal
defense and civil litigation, and Packard practices in civil litigation
and appeals, emphasizing labor and employment law.
Samuel C. Wisotzkey, Michigan 1991, has been
promoted to shareholder at Kohner, Mann & Kailas S.C., Milwaukee. He
focuses on creditors' rights law. Alexander "Sandie" T.
Pendleton, Minnesota 1987, has joined the firm as a
shareholder. He is a business trial lawyer. Chad M. van
Dernoot, New England 2005, has joined the firm as an associate
and concentrates on real estate, bankruptcy, and creditors' rights
Park M. Drescher, St. Louis Univ. 1988, has joined
Baylake Bank Trust & Asset Management, Green Bay, as assistant vice
president and trust officer. He previously was senior trust advisor with
JPMorgan Private Client Services.
Krista Halla-Valdes, Georgetown 1995, has joined
Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin Inc. as an assistant federal
defender in the Green Bay office.
Starlette Harris, U.W. 2005, has joined Miller &
Martin PLLC, Chattanooga, Tenn., as an associate and concentrates on
commercial real estate.
Alyssa Mahaffay, U.W. 2004, has joined Community
Justice Inc., Madison, as a staff attorney. She previously was a deputy
public defender at the Minnehaha County Public Defender Office, Sioux
Ann Mayberry-French, Kentucky 1989, has joined
Modine Manufacturing Co., Racine, a developer of thermal management
technologies, as senior counsel. She previously had her own firm in
Kevin F. Milliken, U.W. 1977, has joined Relles,
Long & Milliken LLP, Madison, as a partner, focusing on personal
injury, business and other civil litigation, and defense of health care
and business professionals and lawyers in disciplinary matters.
Eric Mikkelson, Kansas 1994, has been promoted to
partner in the Kansas City, Mo., office of Sonnenschein Nath &
Rosenthal LLP. He focuses on business transactions and tax matters.
Michelle M. Richards, Thomas M. Cooley 2006, has
joined Consigny, Andrews, Hemming & Grant S.C., Janesville, as an
Kathleen Rinehart, Marquette 1993, has joined the
Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. as head of the
education practice, focusing on issues including governance and
trusteeship, tenure and promotion, student discipline, risk management,
and day-to-day operations.
Robert D. Rothacker, Michigan 1982, has joined the
Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP as a partner in the employee
Jessica L. Schmitt, Colorado 2003, has joined the
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of General Counsel, Milwaukee, as
a staff attorney, focusing on environmental law, real property, and
employment and labor law matters. She previously was a law clerk for the
Milwaukee County Circuit Court.
Nicholas A. Egert, Marquette 2005, and Stacy
L. Feldbruegge, Hamline 2005, have joined Sweet & Maier
S.C., Elkhorn, as associates and focus on business organization, estate
planning, real estate law, and probate and estate administration.
Charles F. Domer, U.W. 2002, magna cum laude, has
become a partner in Domer Law S.C., Milwaukee. He previously was an
associate with the firm.
Mergers, Relocations, New Associations
John M. Bolger, Marquette 2003, has formed
Bolger Legal Group LLC, 135 W. Wells St., Suite 340,
Milwaukee, focusing on civil litigation and intellectual property law.
He previously was with Schmidt, Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox SC.
Pleas Williams LLC has relocated to Green Tree
Professional Bldg., 6944 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale.
Jeffrey B. Bartell, U.W. 1968, has been appointed to
the UW System Board of Regents. He is a partner with the Madison office
of Quarles & Brady LLP and focuses on corporate and securities law,
insurance regulatory and administrative law, and general business
The Chippewa County Bar Association has elected the following
officers: president - Teresa A. Germain; and vice
president and treasurer - Jessie Klumper, both of
The Eastern District Bar Association has elected the following
officers: president - Scott J. Campbell; vice president
- Dean A. Strang; second vice president -
Robert L. Gegios; secretary - Michael P.
Matthews; and treasurer - Kathy L. Nusslock,
all of Milwaukee.
Sara Elizabeth Dill, Marquette 2005, has been
selected as the young lawyer representative on the ABA Criminal Justice
Council. She is with Catholic Charities Legal Services, Miami, Fla.
Lee Jones, U.W. 1997, has been elected
president-elect of the Wisconsin Association of African American
Lawyers. He practices criminal defense, municipal finance law, and
corporate law with Laster, Jones & Garcia LLC, Brookfield.
Robert L. McCracken, U.W. 1974, of Nash, Spindler,
Grimstad and McCracken LLP, Manitowoc, was elected to a three-year term
on the board of directors of Motorists Mutual Insurance Co., Columbus,
The Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association has elected the following
officers: president - Micabil Diaz Martinez, Madison;
president-elect - Carmen M. Ortiz-Babilonia, Milwaukee;
secretary - Carlos A. Ortiz, Milwaukee; and
treasurer - David A. Westrup, Milwaukee.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has selected three circuit court judges
to serve as chief judges for their judicial administrative districts,
effective Aug. 1. The Hon. J. Mac Davis, Michigan 1976,
Waukesha County Circuit Court, will succeed the Hon. Kathryn W.
Foster as chief judge of the Third Judicial District. The Hon.
John R. Storck, Harvard 1979, Dodge County Circuit
Court, will succeed the Hon. James Evenson as chief
judge of the Sixth Judicial District. The Hon. Sue E.
Bischel, Minnesota 1978, Brown County Circuit Court, will
succeed the Hon. Joseph M. Troy as chief judge of the
Eighth Judicial District. The court also reappointed two chief judges,
the Hon. Gerald P. Ptacek, Marquette 1974, Racine
County Circuit Court (Second Judicial District) and the Hon.
Dorothy L. Bain, U.W. 1989, Marathon County Circuit
Court (Ninth Judicial District).
Peter M. Wolff, Marquette 2002, has been elected to
the Waukesha County Board of Supervisors. He is with Law Offices of
Peter M. Wolff, Brookfield.
James J. Casey, Jr, Dayton 1988, published Mayor
Frank P. Zeidler: Transportation Development in Post-War Milwaukee,
which covers Zeidler's transportation policies and initiatives
(highways, mass transit) while mayor from 1948-1960. This book is
available through the American Public Works Association. Casey is
executive director of sponsored programs at Cardinal Stritch University,
Thomas R. Homberg, Marquette 1996, and James
A. Sheriff, Duke 1979, both with the Milwaukee office of
Godfrey & Kahn S.C., have become Wisconsin state editors for
HouseLaw, a legal reporting service for mortgage lenders, brokers, and
other housing finance professionals. Homberg is a member of the
financial institutions practice group, and Sheriff is leader of the
Tomislav Z. Kuzmanovic, U.W. 1988, was a moderator
for the National Leadership Conference of Bosnian and Croatian
Americans, held in Chicago in March. He is a trial lawyer in the
Milwaukee office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.
Melanie Swank, Marquette 1994, is editor of the
newly revised Wisconsin Public Records and Open Meetings
Handbook (State Bar CLE Books 2d ed. 2006). She is with the
Milwaukee City Attorneys' Office.
Authors of The Wisconsin Business Advisor Series: Commercial and
Consumer Transactions (State Bar CLE Books 2006) are Ralph
C. Anzivino, Case Western Reserve 1971, Marquette Law School;
Rebecca Grassl Bradley, U.W. 1996, RedPrairie Corp.,
Waukesha; David I. Cisar, U.W. 1982, von Briesen &
Roper s.c., Milwaukee; Jamila S. Covington, U.W. 2000,
Navistar Financial Corp., Schaumburg, Ill; Catherine L.
Davies, Michigan 1990, Masud Khan, Marquette
1998, and Robert J. Misey Jr., Vanderbilt 1987, all
with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., Milwaukee; Michael C.
Lueder, Indiana 1987, and Andrew J. Wronski,
Minnesota 1994, both with Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee;
Nicole J. Renouard, U.W. 2000, and Amy M.
Salberg, U.W. 1998, both with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.,
Milwaukee; and Mark C. Young, Drake 1978, Trapp &
Hartman, Brookfield. Anzivino, Thomas
Frenn, Marquette 1976, Petrie & Stocking S.C., Milwaukee,
and Hoyt Stastney, Minnesota 1997, Quarles & Brady
LLP, Milwaukee, were advisors. Reviewers included Eugenia G.
Carter, Georgetown 1986, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison;
Emory Ireland, Stanford 1969, Foley & Lardner,
Milwaukee; Stephen Lesavich, U.W. 1995, Lesavich
High-Tech Law Group PC, Chicago; Daniel J. Miske,
DePaul 1985, Petrie & Stocking S.C., Milwaukee; Winston
Ostrow, U.W. 1975, Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Green Bay;
Roy L. Prange Jr., U.W. 1975, Quarles & Brady LLP,
Madison; and C. Judley Wyant, Marquette 1975, Wyant Law
Offices S.C., Racine.
Awards, Degrees, Honors
Mark K. Harde, Iowa 1986 with highest distinction,
has been elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate
Counsel. He chairs the trusts and estates group at Warner Norcross &
Judd LLP, Holland, Mich.
Michael F. Dubis, Marquette 1972, has been named a
"2005 Wisconsin Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics Media Inc. He is
with Michael F. Dubis Law Office S.C., Waterford.
David Leeper, U.W. 1975, has received a Fulbright
Award for teaching and research at the Institute of Peace, Leadership,
and Governance, Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe for 2006-07.
E. Michael McCann, Georgetown 1962, is the first
recipient of the
E. Michael McCann Distinguished Public Service Award, given by the
Milwaukee Bar Association to an attorney or group that exemplifies
outstanding public service. He is Milwaukee County District
Three attorneys with Everson, Whitney, Everson & Brehm S.C.,
Green Bay, have been named "2005 Wisconsin Super Lawyers" by Law &
Politics Media Inc. Honored attorneys are Philip R.
Brehm, John H. Heide, and Peter J.
The Hon. Mark A. Mangerson, Valparaiso 1974, has
been named Judge of the Year for 2006 by the Wisconsin chapter of the
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He is a judge on the Oneida
County Circuit Court, Rhinelander.
Melany Stinson Newby, Cincinnati 1974, received the
2006 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Cincinnati
College of Law. She is vice chancellor for legal and executive affairs
William Rosenbaum, U.W. 1950, was honored by the
Rotary Club of Madison as the Senior Services Guest for his
contributions to the Madison community. He is retired from Stafford
Rosenbaum LLP, Madison.
Several attorneys were recognized at the Author and Speaker Wine
Reception at the State Bar 2006 Annual Convention for outstanding
contributions to State Bar CLE seminars and books. Honorees were
Barbara J. Becker, Marquette 1977, Becker & Hickey
S.C., Milwaukee; Randall D. Crocker, Marquette 1979,
and Rebecca H. Simoni, Minnesota 1999, both with von
Briesen & Roper S.C., Milwaukee; Joseph P. Danas
Jr., Valparaiso 1975, Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen
S.C., Milwaukee; Daniel R. Freund, Texas 1983, Freund
Law Office, Eau Claire; J. David Krekeler, U.W. 1979,
Krekeler Strother S.C., Madison; Leonard G. Leverson,
Harvard 1982, Kravit, Hovel, Krawczyk & Leverson S.C., Milwaukee;
John D. Neal, U.W. 1972, Stafford & Neal S.C.,
Madison; Timothy F. Nixon, U.W. 1990, Godfrey &
Kahn S.C., Green Bay; Claire Ann Resop, U.W. 1993,
Brennan Steil & Basting S.C., Madison; Paul G.
Swanson, U.W. 1979, Steinhilber, Swanson, Mares, Marone &
McDermott, Oshkosh; L. Michael Tobin, Texas 1977,
Office of the State Public Defender, Madison; and Keith R.
Zehms, Marquette 1980, Eau Claire County Corporation Counsel,
Robert L. Contrucci, Milwaukee, Jan. 25, 1929 - Dec.
James Clement Boos, Minnesota 1992, Duluth, Minn.,
Nov. 23, 1966 - Nov. 15, 2005.
James L. Fullin, Ohio State 1972, Madison, Oct. 5,
1947 - March 29, 2006.
Kenneth F. Hostak, U.W. 1957, Racine, Oct. 1, 1930 -
Nov. 11, 2005.
Timothy V. Malm, Marquette 1975, Milwaukee, July 1,
1946 - Feb. 13, 2006.
Alvin R. Meyer, U.W. 1951, Mequon, Jan. 28, 1925 -
March 10, 2006.
Joseph N. Misany, Marquette 1942, Elm Grove, Nov. 1,
1916 - Dec. 30, 2005.
Hugh R. Rather, U.W. 1946, Milwaukee, July 18, 1916
- July 22, 2005.
James P. Reardon, Marquette 1960, Waukesha, April 7,
1936 - Nov. 2, 2005.
John S. Sammond, Harvard 1955, West Palm Beach,
Fla., Dec. 27, 1928 - Jan. 31, 2006.
George B. Schwahn, U.W. 1957, Madison, May 5, 1928 -
Sept. 26, 2005.
Harwood H. Staats, Marquette 1947, Cudahy, Dec. 17,
1920 - March 14, 2006.
Charles J. Stansberry, Marquette 1969, Milwaukee,
March 9, 1943 - March 4, 2006.
John R. Stoltz, Marquette 1969, Columbus, Aug. 4,
1944 - April 17, 2006.
Harney B. Stover Jr., Michigan 1951, Milwaukee, Oct.
14, 1925 - Jan. 17, 2006.