Vol. 80, No. 3, March 2007
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New Hires, Promotions, Partners
April Lee Babcock, Thomas M. Cooley 2006, has joined Piehler & Strande S.C., Wausau, as an associate.
Peter J. Bausch, Marquette 2003 cum laude, has joined Micron Technology Inc., Boise, Idaho, as technology licensing counsel. He previously was with Boyle Fredrickson Newholm Stein & Gratz S.C., Milwaukee.
Patrick M. Bertrandt, San Diego 2002, has joined Action Law Offices S.C., Milwaukee, and focuses on personal injury law. He previously was with the Law Offices of Mark S. Knutson S.C.
Burneatta Bridge, U.W. 1982, has been appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals seat left vacant by the retirement of Judge David Deininger. She formerly was head of the DHFS Division of Children and Family Services.
Paul Bucher, Marquette 1981, has joined Gatzke & Ruppelt, New Berlin, and focuses on complex litigation, with an emphasis on federal civil and criminal litigation, election law, and white collar matters. He previously was Waukesha County District Attorney.
Andrew Burgoyne, Marquette 2005 cum laude, has joined McLario, Helm & Bertling S.C., Menomonee Falls, as an associate and focuses on litigation.
Byron B. Conway, Marquette 2002, has joined Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. as an associate in the Green Bay office.
Christine Davies D'Angelo, U.W. 1999 cum laude, and Ryan J. Harrington, Marquette 1995, have become partners at D'Angelo & Jones LLP, Waukesha. D'Angelo continues to practice in personal injury, criminal defense, juvenile, and traffic law. Harrington continues to practice in personal injury, criminal defense, bankruptcy, and traffic law.
Angela M. Frozena, U.W. 2004, has joined the Oshkosh office of Clifton Gunderson LLP as a senior tax associate. She previously was with Vance, Wilcox, Short & Short S.C., Fort Atkinson.
Sarah K. Fassbender, Marquette 2006, has joined Renée E. Mura S.C., Kenosha, as an associate and focuses on family and juvenile law.
Richard H. Gamble, Michigan 1979, has joined Fiduciary Partners Inc., Appleton, as shareholder and vice president. He previously was a partner at Silton, Seifert, Carlson & Gamble S.C., Appleton.
Thomas G. Halloran, U.W. 1977, has joined Garvey McNeil & McGillivray S.C., Madison, as of counsel and focuses on labor and employment law, criminal defense, civil rights, and general litigation. Christa O. Westerberg, U.W. 2002, has been promoted to shareholder at the firm and continues to practice in land use, civil rights, and open government law.
Pamela Gergens, U.W. 1995 cum laude, has joined the environmental and real estate groups at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee.
Eight attorneys have been elected shareholders at Godfrey & Kahn S.C. In the Milwaukee office: Anthony S. Baish, Michigan 1997, litigation; Ellen R. Drought, U.W. 1998, securities; Thomas R. Homberg, Marquette 1996, financial institutions; and Mark E. O'Neill, Drake 1998, real estate. In the Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn: Rochelle H. Klaskin, Chicago-Kent 1998, corporate and labor and employment; and James D. Peterson, U.W. 1998, intellectual property and litigation. In the Waukesha office: Charles W. Cousland, Marquette 1993, corporate; and Paul W. Griepentrog, Marquette 1996, corporate.
Mark Green, U.W. 1987, has rejoined the Green Bay office and will focus on administrative, regulatory, and international law matters. He previously was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Three attorneys have joined Gray & Associates LLP, Milwaukee. Mark Clauss, Marquette 2005, focuses in creditors' bankruptcy matters, foreclosure, and real estate litigation. William Foshag, Marquette 2006, focuses in mortgage lending, real estate litigation, and creditors' bankruptcy matters. Robert Piette, Marquette 1992, focuses in REO sales, mortgage lending, and real estate litigation.
John A. Griner IV, Drake 1984, has been promoted to associate managing counsel at Nada K. Sizemore & Associates, the Brookfield office of the Travelers Indemnity Co., and continues to focus on worker's compensation matters.
William Hanrahan, Hamline 1988, has been appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to fill the vacancy on the Dane County Circuit Court left by the retirement of Judge Moria Krueger. He previously was a Wisconsin assistant attorney general and head of the Medicaid Fraud Unit.
James M. Hauser, Marquette 1988, has become an associate circuit court judge in the Illinois 15th Judicial Circuit and is assigned to Stephenson County. He previously was with Mahoney & Hauser Ltd., Freeport, Ill.
Stephanie King, Marquette 2006, and Jocelyn Wych, Marquette 2005, have joined Jeffrey Leavell S.C., Racine, as associates and focus on business litigation and personal injury matters.
Robert E. Potrzebowski Jr., U.W. 1991 cum laude, has become sole shareholder in Kohn Law Firm S.C., Milwaukee, which concentrates in debt collection and litigation. Founder Robert W. Kohn, U.W. 1959, will remain with the firm as of counsel.
Amy J. Krier, U.W. 2003, has joined Davis & Kuelthau s.c., Milwaukee, as an associate in the estate and succession planning department. She previously was with Deloitte Tax LLP.
Robin L. Lewis, Marquette 1993 magna cum laude, has been elected a partner in Hatch & Parent, a Law Corporation, Santa Barbara, Calif., and continues to focus in environmental, land use, real estate, and construction defect litigation.
Bret A. McKitrick, Pittsburgh 2000, has joined Simandl & Murray S.C., Waukesha, as an associate and focuses on benefits and employment counseling. He formerly was general counsel for an employee benefits plan administrator.
Patrick Miller, Marquette 2002, has joined the downtown Indianapolis office of Baker & Daniels LLP as an associate in the construction, environmental law, and real property litigation practice. He previously practiced construction law in Chicago and Indianapolis.
Jennifer Krueger, U.W. 2000, and Dean Stange, U.W. 1993, have become shareholders in Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison. Krueger practices business transactional law. Stange focuses on estate planning, probate, small business transactions, and real estate.
Chad E. Novak, Marquette 2006, has joined the Minneapolis headquarters of Old Republic National Title Insurance Co. as claims counsel.
Ryan Olson, U.W. 2006 cum laude, has joined O'Flaherty Heim Egan Ltd., La Crosse, and focuses on corporate, business, employment, and intellectual property law.
Laure Rakvic-Farr, Ohio State 2003, has joined Corneille Law Group, Madison, and focuses on the defense of personal injury, construction, premises liability, products liability, and medical negligence claims. She previously practiced civil litigation defense in Ohio and Wisconsin.
Laura Katers Reilly, U.W. 2000, has been promoted to shareholder at Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Chilman & Greenlee P.C., Marquette, Mich. She has a general practice with an emphasis on labor and employment law, school law, probate, and real estate matters.
Juscha E.M. Robinson, Michigan 2003, has joined Herrick & Kasdorf LLP, Madison, as a partner and concentrates in landlord-tenant law, real estate, estate planning, and nonprofit organization matters.
Brian H. Sande, William Mitchell 1996, has been made a partner with Rider Bennett LLP, Minneapolis. He focuses on litigation with the insurance coverage practice group.
Jeffrey J. Storch, U.W. 2000 magna cum laude, has been named a partner in Boardman Law Firm LLP, Madison, and continues to focus in banking, business law, and employee benefits.
Ryan Thompson, Hamline 2006, has joined Epiphany Law LLC, Appleton, and focuses on general business law and employment law matters.
J. D. Thorne, De Paul 1973, has been appointed an adjunct professor at Carroll College. He is founder of Employment Law Managers Law Firm, Milwaukee.
Johnathan G. Woodward, Pepperdine 2006, has joined Houseman & Feind LLP, Grafton, as an associate and focuses on municipal law and civil litigation.
Kathleen M. Wade, Marquette 1993, has been named a partner at Fee & Jeffries P.A., Tampa, Fla., and continues to focus on business litigation and intellectual property disputes.
Kathryn E. Wahl, Hamline 2006, has joined Ryberg & Happe S.C., Eau Claire, and focuses on litigation.
Mergers, Relocations, New Offices
Berwyn B. Braden, U.W. 1959, John O. Olson, U.W. 1963, and Daniel S. Draper, Tulane 1980, have formed Braden Olson Draper LLP, 716 Wisconsin St., Lake Geneva. Braden also has been appointed Lake Geneva city attorney.
The Barron County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Todd A. Smith, Rice Lake; and secretary/treasurer - Mark O. Dobberfuhl, Barron.
Gregory P. Crinion, U.W. 1985, has been elected chair of the Friends-wood Chamber of Commerce board, Friendswood, Texas. He is a partner with Ashby Crinion LLP and focuses on business, corporate, real estate, and environmental law issues.
The Douglas County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Karry A. Johnson; president-elect - Parrish J.R. Jones; and secretary/treasurer - Johanna R. Kirk, all of Superior.
William Drengler, Marquette 1976, has been appointed to the State Public Defender Board by Gov. Jim Doyle and also has been elected chair of the Wausau Salvation Army advisory board. He is with Drengler Law Firm, Wausau.
William Ryan (Bill) Drew, Marquette 1966, has been elected president of the City of Milwaukee Retirees Association. He is of counsel to O'Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong S.C., Milwaukee.
The Fond du Lac County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Nicholas A. Brannen; president-elect - Kirk W. Everson; secretary - Michael S. Gibbs; and treasurer - Dawn M. Sabel, all of Fond du Lac.
The Green County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Dale E. Hustad, Mount Horeb; vice president - George Vernon, Monroe; and secretary/treasurer - Todd W. Schluesche, Monroe.
Ed Hughes, Chicago 1978, has been appointed to head the energy/utility law team at Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison, where he focuses on utility law, antitrust, trade regulation, consumer protection, and business litigation.
Jonathan T. Levy, U.W. 1995, has been elected secretary of the Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association board. He is with Rosenthal & Levy P.A., West Palm Beach, Fla.
William F. Mundt, U.W. 1967, has been reelected chair of the Bethesda Lutheran Homes Foundation board. He is a shareholder with Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, and practices primarily in estate planning, probate, real estate, and corporate law.
Cory L. Nettles, U.W. 1996, has been appointed to the Medical College of Wisconsin board by Gov. Jim Doyle. Nettles is a partner in the corporate services and government relations groups in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP.
David H. Nispel, U.W. 1984, has been elected president of the Wisconsin Municipal Judges Association. He is the Middleton municipal court judge.
Jon Nordenberg, U.W. 1987, has been named president of the board for the Western Wisconsin chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He is a partner at Boardman Law Firm LLP, Madison, and practices in business law and health law.
The Portage County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Brad P. Corbett; vice president - Jenifer D. Binder; and secretary/treasurer - James C. Noonan, all of Stevens Point.
Richard Podell, U.W. 1969, has been named the ABA's Family Law Section liaison to the ABA Commission on Youth at Risk. He is with the family law firm of Richard J. Podell & Associates, Milwaukee.
The Sheboygan County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Elizabeth G. Rich, Plymouth; vice president - William K. Sonnenburg, Sheboygan; and secretary/treasurer - Christine D. Esser, Sheboygan.
The Wisconsin Association of Worker's Compensation Attorneys has elected the following officers: president - Charles E. Hanson, La Crosse; president-elect - Cathy A. Lake, Jefferson; secretary - Barry J. Stern, Madison; and treasurer - John A. Griner, Brookfield.
The Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates has elected the following officers: president - Joseph J. Beisenstein, Kimberly; vice president - W. Ted Tornehl, Milwaukee; and secretary/treasurer - J. Drew Ryberg, Eau Claire.
Gregory S. Mager, Marquette 1997, has been named editor in chief of the Wisconsin Journal of Family Law. Mager is with O'Neil, Cannon, Hollman, Delong S.C., Port Washington.
The Wisconsin chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association has elected the following officers: president - Pamela McKenna Patzke, Madison; vice president - Patricia M. Hanz, Milwaukee; secretary - Anthony M. Karabon, Greenfield; and treasurer - Donald F. Kiesling Jr., Waukesha.
The Wisconsin Family Court Commissioners Association has elected the following officers: president - Comm. Patricia M. Crowe, Madison; vice president - Katherine M. Stewart, Spooner; and secretary/treasurer - Timothy J. Burns, Monroe.
Awards, Degrees, Honors
Betsy Abramson, U.W. 1981, is the 2007 recipient of the Marygold Shire Melli Achievement Award, presented by the Legal Association for Women to a woman who advances the interests of women lawyers and promotes improvements in the administration of justice, equality, and social justice for all people. Abramson is being honored for her work in protecting the rights of older persons. She is cofounder and former director of the Elder Law Center at the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups and has been involved in many other professional activities in aid of the elderly.
Mark A. Shiller, Michigan 1994, has been admitted to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, based on his reputation and ability in trusts and estates and on having made substantial contributions to the field through writing, teaching, and bar activities. He is chair of the wealth management, estate planning, estate and trust administration, and business succession sections of von Briesen & Roper s.c., Mequon.
Jay O. Rothman, Harvard 1985, has been named to the 2007 BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms in recognition of the outstanding client service he has provided to Fortune 1000 clients. He is a partner in the business law department in the Milwaukee office of Foley & Lardner LLP.
James F. Lorimer, U.W. 1972, has authored The White Paper's Progeny (BookSurge Publishing 2006), a mystery novel and legal thriller.
Dianne Post, U.W. 1979, spoke at the 4th Annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference in Albany, N.Y., in January on the topic of child custody.
Joseph S. Spence Sr., Washburn 1989, and Sheila M. Parrish-Spence, North Carolina Central 1972, are coauthors of Trilogy Moments for the Mind, Body, and Soul (PublishAmerica.Com 2006). Joseph Spence is an instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Sheila Parrish-Spence is counsel for the Milwaukee County Department of Child Support Enforcement.
Carlton D. Stansbury, Iowa 1990 with distinction, presented "Subchapter S Income for Support: Real or Illusionary?" at the 2007 National CLE Conference in Snowmass, Colo. He is a shareholder with Burbach & Stansbury S.C., Milwaukee, and focuses on family law.
Pro Bono, Public Service
For the eighth year, Foley & Lardner LLP has awarded scholarships to first-year minority law students in an effort to create a more diverse legal community. Recipients this year include U.W. Law School students KaSandra N. Rogiers and Lydia Nicole Thompson.
Hiram D. Anderson Jr., U.W. 1946, Stevens Point, Dec. 15, 1919 - Nov. 20, 2006.
Robert M. McCormick, Marquette 1975, West Allis, July 12, 1949 - Jan. 3, 2007.
John P. Morris, U.W. 1961, Madison, July 1, 1932 - Oct. 8, 2006.
John L. Peeters, U.W. 1973, Appleton, Oct. 8, 1948 - Oct. 17, 2006.
Robert Pluta Jr., Marquette 2001, Milwaukee, April 5, 1971 - Dec. 26, 2006.
Gregory James Rahoi, Marquette 1993, Fredericksburg, Va., Sept. 7, 1968 - Dec. 6, 2006.
William James Remington, U.W. 1995, Madison, Jan. 26, 1957 - Dec. 16, 2006.
Charles P. Seibold, U.W. 1950, Madison, Aug. 30, 1925 - Dec. 1, 2006.
Steven P. Van Hoof, U.W. 1999, Sun Prairie, Oct. 10, 1973 - Dec. 31, 2006.
Charles C. Victor, U.W. 1952, Largo, Fla., Feb. 26, 1924 - Jan. 14, 2007.