Vol. 81, No. 9, September
In the News
New Hires, Promotions, Partners
||Michelle Affatati, U.W. 1997 cum laude, has
joined Michelle Behnke & Associates,
Madison, as an associate and focuses on business, real estate, and
estate planning. She
formerly was with another firm in Madison.
|Abrar Azamuddin, Marquette 2007, has joined Penn
Rakauski, a Racine firm
concentrating in workplace injuries, and focuses on asbestos
Jennifer Baumler, Marquette 2005, has joined Krigbaum Law LLC,
Whitefish Bay, and
focuses on family law, guardian ad litem work, probate, and civil
Jeffry P. Brown, U.W. 1978, has become a partner in Warren
Advisors LLC, New York
City, a boutique investment bank focusing in liftouts of investment
management teams. He
previously was chief development officer at Bear Stearns Asset
James M. Carroll, Marquette 2008 cum laude, has joined First,
Albrecht & Blondis
s.c., Milwaukee, as an associate and focuses on personal injury,
employment law, and civil rights matters.
Michael G. Carter, North Carolina 1988, has been promoted to
vice president and
chief financial officer of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network,
Milwaukee. He previously
was head of the policyowner services department.
Kelly M. Dodd, Marquette 2000, has joined Whyte Hirschboeck
Dudek S.C. in the
family law practice in Milwaukee and focuses on divorce, paternity, and
matters. She previously was with another Milwaukee firm.
Kristin J. Eisenbraun, Marquette 2006, has joined Riley &
Shane PA, Albuquerque,
N.M., as an associate and focuses on insurance law. She previously was a
law clerk to the
Hon. Roderick T. Kennedy, New Mexico Court of Appeals.
Sarah Germonprez, U.W. 2008, has joined Bell, Gierhart &
Moore S.C., Madison, as
an associate and concentrates in civil litigation and insurance defense.
James E. Kachelski, Marquette 1993, has joined Kohner, Mann
& Kailas S.C.,
Milwaukee, as an associate and focuses on commercial litigation. He
previously was with
the Kachelski Law Firm S.C., Mequon.
Jennifer Kopps-Wagner, U.W. 1996, has been promoted to senior
vice president and
general counsel of Assurant Health, Milwaukee. She previously was vice
Donald E. Locke, Minnesota 1997 cum laude, has been appointed
chief of the
American citizen services section at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa
Rica. He is a
foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State and previously
served in Bogota,
Colombia, and Pristina, Kosovo.
||C. Ann Martin, Iowa 2004, has joined the Milwaukee office
of Quarles & Brady LLP as
an associate on the labor and employment team. She previously was with
Christopher M. Eisold, Marquette 2008 cum laude, and
Nicholas J. Schwalbach, U.W. 2008 cum laude, have joined
Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., Milwaukee.
Eisold concentrates in corporate and tax law. Schwalbach focuses on
civil and business
|Rachel E. Abhold, U.W. 2008 magna cum laude,
and James W. Fash, U.W. 2008 cum laude, have joined Melli Law
S.C. (formerly Melli, Walker, Pease & Ruhly S.C.), Madison,
as associates. Abhold focuses on general business, real estate
transactions, and estate
and tax planning. Fash focuses on business law and litigation. The firm
concentrate in management-side labor and employment law, school law,
construction law, litigation, real estate, and estate planning.
||Daniel Morse, Pittsburgh 1979, and Kirk
Pelikan, Marquette 2004, have joined the Milwaukee office of
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Morse is a partner in the wealth
planning services group. Pelikan is an associate in the employee
benefits practice group. Thomas A. Miller, Marquette 1992, has
been named chair of the firm's intellectual
property practice group. He is a partner in the Milwaukee office and a
member of the
electrical and computer subgroup.
|Mark D. Munson, South Dakota 1999, has joined the trusts,
estates, and family
business planning practice group of Ruder Ware LLSC, Wausau.
||John M. Soper, Marquette 2008, has joined O'Flaherty Heim
Egan Ltd., La Crosse, as
an associate in the business and employment practice.
Kevin D. Trost, U.W. 1998, has joined the Detroit office of
Weltman, Weinberg &
Reis Co. L.P.A. as an associate in the complex litigation department. He
worked with Patrick, Johnson & Mott and Axley Brynelson LLP.
Sara Vanden Brook, U.W. 2008, has joined The Law Center for
Families, Madison, and focuses on children's law and family law.
|Michelle Bergholz Frazier, Minnesota 1998,
and Susan Minahan Ruppelt, Marquette 1995, have been promoted to
shareholder at von Briesen & Roper s.c., Milwaukee.
Frazier is with the health care practice group. Ruppelt focuses on trust
and estate planning
and administration. Several attorneys have joined the firm. Linda C.
Emery, Georgetown 1986, is a shareholder in the business practice
group. Alexander M. Gerasimow, Western New England 1976, is a
shareholder in the business practice group and chairs the
intellectual property section. Thomas P.
Alberti, Marquette 2004 cum laude, and Alison
E. Helland, Iowa 2005, are associates with the business practice
group. Laurel Johnson, Chicago-Kent 2007 cum laude, Gottlieb
John Marmet, U.W. 2004, and Daniel J.
Noonan, U.W. 2006, are associates with the litigation and risk
management practice group. Jacob Winter, Marquette 2007, is an
associate with the business practice group and the real estate section.
Christine A. Gimber, Hamline 1994, has been named managing
partner of Weld,
Riley, Prenn & Ricci S.C., Eau Claire. She is with the litigation
section and the business
and real estate section. Pamela M. Macal, U.W. 2003,
William J. Spangler, Hamline 2003, and Andrea M.
Voelker, U.W. 2003, have been promoted to shareholder. Macal and
Voelker are with the labor section. Spangler is with the business and
real estate section and
the probate and estate planning section.
Four attorneys have become assistant attorneys general with the
of Justice. Joseph Ganzer, U.W. 2000, and
Nancy Noet, U.W. 1994, are with the civil
litigation unit. Ganzer previously was with Hodan, Doster & Ganzer,
previously was with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.
Adam Gerol, Drake 1988, and David W.
Maas, U.W. 1998, are with the criminal litigation unit. Gerol
previously was Ozaukee County Assistant District Attorney. Maas
previously was with the
Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.
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Mergers, Relocations, New Offices
Mark A. Amadeo, U.W. 1996, has opened the
Amadeo Law Firm PLLC, with offices at 1629 K St., N.W.,
Washington, D.C., and 5235 Westview Dr., Suite 100, Frederick, Md.,
and focuses on ERISA and employment litigation. He previously was with
D.C., office of Sprenger & Lang PLLC.
John C. Cabaniss, Wayne State 1981, has opened
Cabaniss Law Office, 10200 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, and
focuses on plaintiffs' personal injury work. He
previously was with von Briesen & Roper s.c., Milwaukee.
Stellpflug, Janssen, Hammer, Kirschling and Bartels S.C.,
headquartered in De Pere,
has changed its name to Stellpflug Law S.C. The firm also has
offices in Lakewood and Hayward.
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||Michael J. Allen, Chicago 1984, has been
elected to the board of RENEW Wisconsin,
which promotes clean energy strategies. He is owner of Energy Law
Wisconsin and advises
energy development projects and assists companies that provide
energy-related products and
|Ave M. Bie, U.W. 1990, has been appointed to the
Wisconsin Crime Victims Council,
which helps further the rights of crime victims in Wisconsin. She is a
partner with the
Madison office of Quarles & Brady LLP and focuses on public
utilities and government relations.
Centro Legal, Milwaukee, has elected the following officers:
president and chair
- Harvey Kurtz; vice president - Daniel
Vaccaro; secretary - Jessica Poliner;
and treasurer - Domingo Cruz, all of Milwaukee.
||Eunice Gibson, U.W. 1973, has been named vice president
of the labor law committee
of the Inter-American Bar Association. She presented a paper on
"Immigrant Workers in
the United States" at the association's meeting in June in Lima,
The Sauk County Bar Association has elected the following officers:
Kevin R. Calkins, Baraboo; and president-elect -
Joseph J. Hasler, Reedsburg.
Judith Sperling-Newton, U.W. 1981, has been appointed to chair
reproduction committee of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.
She is with The Law
Center for Children and Families, Madison.
The Tri County Bar Association (Oneida, Vilas, and Forest counties)
has elected the
following officers: president - Todd R.
McEldowney; vice president - Michael W.
Schiek; secretary - Brian F. Bennett; and treasurer -
Jennifer Stuber, all of Rhinelander.
The Washington County Bar Association has elected the following
- Frederick B. Kaftan; president-elect -
David A. Nelson; secretary - Mark D.
Benson; and treasurer - Juli A. Benedum, all of West
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Thomas Domer, U.W. 1983, has authored
"Ethics in the Worker's Comp World,"
Trial (August 2008). He is with Domer Law, Milwaukee, and focuses
on representing injured workers.
Timothy F. Nixon, U.W. 1990, has coauthored
The Increase in Prepackaged Chapter 11s (Aspatore Books 2008). He
is a shareholder with the Green Bay office of Godfrey &
Kahn S.C. and leader of the business finance and restructuring practice
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Awards, Degrees, Honors
John W. Daniels Jr., Harvard 1974, was honored by
the National Bar Association,
the oldest and largest national association predominately comprised of
lawyers and judges in the United States, at its annual meeting in
Houston in July.
Daniels, chair of Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, was recognized for
achievements and community service.
Correction: The Hon. John A.
Neuenschwander, Chicago-Kent 1983, received the
2008 Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Municipal
Judges Association. He
is city of Kenosha municipal judge and a professor of history at
Kenosha. Judge Neuenschwander's name was given incorrectly in the July
Ted M. Warshafsky, U.W. 1952, has been selected by the
American Trial Lawyers
Association as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in the United States. He
is a partner
with Warshafsky, Rotter, Tarnoff & Bloch S.C., Milwaukee.
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Alex B. Cameron, U.W. 1951, Onalaska, Jan. 20, 1924
- March 15, 2008.
Michael D. Haza, Thomas M. Cooley 1983, Campbellsport, Dec.
22, 1953 - June 29, 2008.
Henry F. Rzeczkowski, Marquette 1946, Franklin, Sept. 7, 1917
- May 29, 2008.
William F. Yeschek, U.W. 1951, Minocqua, Oct. 27, 1921 - May
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