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    Vol. 83, No. 5, May 2010

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    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Melissa S. Blair, Marquette 2004 magna cum laude, has been elected a shareholder in Kravit, Hovel & Krawczyk s.c., Milwaukee, and continues to concentrate in commercial and corporate litigation.

    Rodney W. Carter, Marquette 1990, has joined Davis & Kuelthau S.C., Milwaukee, as a shareholder and focuses on general corporate law, real estate law, labor and employment law, and commercial litigation.

    Terrence M. Chier, Marquette 2009, has joined Legacy Private Trust Co., Neenah, as a trust and financial advisor and focuses on trusts, trust administration, financial planning, and investments.

    Six attorneys have been promoted to partner at Foley & Lardner LLP. In the Madison office, Brian W. Bauman, U.W. 2001, is a member of the transactional and securities, private equity and venture capital, and commercial transactions and business counseling practices. In the Milwaukee office: Scott D. Anderson, Marquette 1999, is with the mechanical and electromechanical technologies and green energy technologies practices and the food industry team. Jeffrey S. Gundersen, Marquette 2000, is with the mechanical and electromechanical technologies practice. Robert J. Heinrich, Minnesota 1998, is with the finance and financial institutions practice. Jessica S. Lochmann, Harvard 2001, is with the transactional and securities practice. Bartholomew F. Reuter, U.W. 1999, is with the insurance and reinsurance litigation practice and the insurance industry team.

    Andrew Nick, U.W. 2009, and Laurel Steinmeyer, U.W. 2009, have joined Fredrikson & Byron, Minneapolis, as associates. Nick is with the securities group. Steinmeyer is with the corporate and securities groups.

    Perry Granof Perry Granof, U.W. 1978, has joined Seattle-based Williams Kastner as of counsel and focuses on insurance matters. He practices from his office in Glencoe, Ill.

    Brenda S. Kasper, U.W. 1997, has been named a partner at Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, San Diego, and focuses on management-side labor and employment law. Brenda S. 
Kasper

    Laura M. Lyons Laura M. Lyons, Marquette 2005, has been promoted to director at Bell, Moore & Richter S.C. (formerly known as Bell, Gierhart & Moore S.C.), Madison, and continues to concentrate in insurance defense and worker’s compensation defense.

    Several attorneys have joined the Madison and Milwaukee offices of Quarles & Brady LLP. In the Madison office: Joseph T. Hanes, U.W. 2009 magna cum laude, is with the health law group. Matthew J. Splitek, Yale 2007, is with the commercial litigation practice group. He previously clerked for the Hon. Shirley Abrahamson, chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. In the Milwaukee office: Allison E. Cimpl-Wiemer, Marquette 2009, Christopher M. Scaperlanda, Texas 2009, Leah J. Stoecker, Ohio State 2009, and Eric J. Van Schyndle, Minnesota 2009, are with the commercial litigation practice group. Alexander J. Gore, U.W. 2009, is with the public finance group. Luke D. Kohtala, U.W. 2009, is with the intellectual property practice group. Khalaf M. Khalaf, U.W. 2009, is with the product liability group. Christopher S. Russell, Iowa 2009, Andrew T. Monfre, Marquette 2009, and Melissa A. McCord, Marquette 2009, are with the corporate services group.

    Daniel J. Posanski, Hamline 2003, has been promoted to partner at Dempsey, Williamson, Kelly & Hertel LLP, Oshkosh, and continues to focus on general civil litigation, personal injury law, and family law. Daniel J. 

Posanski

    Jane E. Probst Jane E. Probst, Marquette 1990, has been promoted to shareholder at Halling & Cayo S.C., Milwaukee, and continues to focus in family law, juvenile law, termination of parental rights and adoption matters, guardianships, and equine law.

    Jeffrey R. Schneider, U.W. 2004, has joined Lee, Kilkelly, Paulson & Younger S.C., Madison, as an associate and focuses on business law, corporate law, commercial transactions, real estate, and estate planning. Jeffrey R. 

Schneider

    Robert G. Tucker, U.W. 2002, has become corporate general counsel and chief risk officer for Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago.

    Sansun Yeh, U.W. 2009, has joined the intellectual property practice group in the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as an associate. She previously was with the Office of the State Public Defender.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Offices

    Mark J. Brunner, Marquette 1982, has relocated Brunner Law Office LLC to 233 N. Main St., West Bend, and continues to focus on representing debtors in bankruptcy cases and plaintiffs in personal injury cases.

    Tom Hall, U.W. 1988, has reopened his office in Racine (tom@tomhalllaw.com or (414) 491-3949) and focuses on commercial transactions, particularly procurement and technology deals. He previously was with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, Nashville.

    Appointments, Elections

    Mark J. Bradley Mark J. Bradley, U.W. 1977, has been reappointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. He is president-elect of Ruder Ware LLSC, Wausau, and focuses on business succession planning, tax and estate planning, and estate and trust administration.

    Robert W. Burns, Willamette 1980, and Gregory J. Sell, U.W. 1975, have been appointed to the board of Davis & Kuelthau s.c. Burns is a shareholder and managing partner of the Green Bay office and focuses on school law and labor and employment law. Sell is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office and focuses in general corporate, tax advice, and real estate law. Burns also was recently honored by the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce as one of “20+10 People You Should Know in 2010.” Kirk D. Strang, U.W. 1985, has been named team head of the labor and employment practice group. He is a shareholder and managing partner of the Madison office.

    Cathleen A. Dettmann, U.W. 2009, has been elected to the Order of the Coif. She is an associate at Haley Palmersheim S.C., Madison, and focuses on business law and business litigation. Cathleen A. 

Dettmann

    Jay G. Durst, U.W. 1996, has been elected to the board of Boyle Fredrickson, Milwaukee. He focuses on patent and trademark prosecution.

    George J. Marek George J. Marek, Harvard 1990, has been elected secretary of the Harvard Club of Wisconsin and also has been elected to the Fair Wisconsin Education Fund board. He is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP and focuses on environmental law.

    Coral D. Pleas, Marquette 1993, has been reelected president of the Milwaukee County Personnel Review Board. She is a partner with Pleas Williams LLC, Glendale, and focuses on insurance litigation and personal injury matters. Coral D. Pleas

    Judith Sperling-Newton, U.W. 1981, has been named director of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. She is an owner of the Law Center for Children and Families, Madison.

    Authors, Speakers

    The following attorneys contributed to the 2010 edition of Annual Survey of Wisconsin Law (State Bar CLE Books 2010): Administrative Law: Jordan J. Hemaidan, U.W. 1996, and Melissa S. Caulum, U.W. 2007, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Madison; Business and Securities Law: Alexander T. (Sandie) Pendleton, Minnesota 1987, and William E. Fischer, Marquette 2003, Kohner, Mann & Kailas S.C., Milwaukee; Civil Procedure: Paul Bargren, U.W. 1994, and Katherine D. Spitz, Notre Dame 2007, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee; Constitutional Law: Amanda Mott, Vermont 2008; Creditor/Debtor Law: Nancy B. Johnson, U.W. 1994, Brennan, Steil & Basting S.C., Janesville, Edward A. Corcoran, U.W. 1981, Murphy & Desmond S.C., Madison, and Eliza Reyes, John Marshall 1997, von Briesen & Roper, s.c., Madison; Criminal Law: Patrick J. Schott, Marquette 1988, and Alec Dobson, U.W. 2006, Schott, Bublitz & Engel s.c., Brookfield; Elder Law: Jennifer Annen, U.W. 1999, Annen Roetter LLC, Madison; Environmental Law: Linda H. Bochert, U.W. 1974, and Anna J. Wildeman, Vermont 2007, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Madison; Evidence: Dean P. Laing, Marquette 1983, and Patrick G. McBride, Marquette 1995, O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong S.C., Milwaukee; Family Law: Patricia M. Heim, Marquette 1974, and Jennifer N. Brown, DePaul 2006, O’Flaherty Heim & Egan Ltd., La Crosse; Health Law: Alyce C. Katayama, Maryland 1974, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee; Insurance Law: Erik J. Pless, U.W. 1993, Everson, Whitney, Everson & Brehm, Green Bay; Intellectual Property Law: Carl R. Schwartz, Harvard 1978, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee; Juvenile Law: Anton Jamieson, U.W. 1997, Dane County Family Court Commissioner’s Office, Madison; Labor and Employment Law: James J. Chiolino, U.W. 2007, Quarles & Brady LLP, Madison; Municipal Law: Richard K. Nordeng, U.W. 1974, Christopher B. Hughes, Indiana-Bloomington 1993, and S. Bryan Kleinmaier, U.W. 2000, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison; Probate and Estate Planning: Brian R. Mudd, U.W. 1971, Nelson & Schmeling, Green Bay; Real Property: Daniel W. Gentges, Syracuse 1988, and Lia E. Moeser, U.W. 2007, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee; School Law: Joanne Harmon Curry, U.W. 2001, and Richard F. Verstegen, U.W. 1997, Lathrop & Clark LLP, Madison; Tax Law: Maureen A. McGinnity, U.W. 1982, Carl D. Fortner, U.W. 1986, Timothy L. Voigtman, U.W. 1998, and Zhu (Julie) Lee, Northwestern 1998, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee; Trade Regulation: Joseph P. Wright, U.W. 1988, and Elisabeth L. Howard, U.W. 2008, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison; Torts: Amanda J. Kaiser, U.W. 1984, Catherine M. Rottier, U.W. 1986, and Andrew Hebl, Michigan State 2008, Boardman, Suhr, Curry & Field LLP, Madison; Unemployment Insurance Law: Marilyn Townsend, Potomac 1979, Marilyn Townsend Law Office, Madison; and Worker’s Compensation: J. Patrick Condon, Marquette 1980, Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen S.C., Milwaukee.

    The following attorneys contributed to the recent revision of A Guide for Wisconsin Nonprofit Organizations (State Bar CLE Books 3d ed. 2010): Brian L. Anderson, U.W. 1980, DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison; Steven A. Burk, Marquette 2002, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee; Thomas R. Crone, U.W. 1976, Melli Law S.C., Madison; Thomas L. Frenn, Marquette 1976, Petrie & Stocking S.C., Milwaukee; Mark T. Johnson, U.W. 2008, Hill, Glowacki, Jaeger & Hughes LLP, Madison; Paul J. Polaski, Marquette 1976, Republic Associates of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa; Sandy Swartzberg, U.W. 1977, and Jascha B. Walter, Marquette 1999, DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Brookfield; Daniel S. Welytok, U.W. 1986, von Briesen & Roper S.C., Milwaukee; and Lynette M. Zigman, U.W. 1986, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Anthony S. 
Baish Anthony S. Baish, Michigan 1997, is a recipient of the 2010 Judge John W. Reynolds Community Building Award, presented by the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, for his work to expand the association’s pro bono efforts. He is a shareholder in the litigation and intellectual property practice groups at the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C.

    Carrie M. Benedon, U.W. 2005 cum laude, received the State Bar’s 2010 Young Lawyers Division Professional Accomplishment Award at the Young Lawyers Leadership Conference in March. She is an associate at Lathrop & Clark LLP, Madison, and focuses on civil litigation. Carrie M. 
Benedon

    Michael 

Cicchini Michael Cicchini, Marquette 1999 summa cum laude, has been named one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Wisconsin by the American Trial Lawyers Association and also has authored But They Didn’t Read Me My Rights!: Myths, Oddities, and Lies About Our Legal System (New York: Prometheus Books 2010). He is with Cicchini Law Office LLC, Kenosha.

    Timothy F. Nixon, U.W. 1990, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association. He is a shareholder in the Green Bay office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. with the corporate and litigation practice groups and team leader for the business finance and restructuring practice group. Timothy F. 
Nixon

    The Schroeder Group, S.C., Attorneys at Law was voted among the best places to work by members of the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce.

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    Pro Bono, Public Service

    The Milwaukee office of Foley & Lardner LLP donated $10,000 to Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc. The donation is a result of attorney fees recovered in a case won by Foley attorney David N. Farwell, Marquette 2006, in a case on behalf of a Legal Action client.

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    In Memoriam

    Andre Blum, U.W. 1985, Pembroke Pines, Fla., Aug. 6, 1931 – March 22, 2010.

    Raymond E. French, Creighton 1972, Milwaukee, Jan. 8, 1939 – Nov. 1, 2009.

    Jack L. Goodsitt, Harvard 1950, Milwaukee, Oct. 4, 1921 – Jan. 11, 2010.

    John Gumina, Michigan 1940, Milwaukee, July 18, 1912 – March 3, 2010.

    Ervin W. Johnson, U.W. 1941 , Darlington, Nov. 28, 1916 – March 5, 2010.

    John J. McDonald, Creighton 1981, Minneapolis, Dec. 12, 1954 – Feb. 24, 2010.

    Charles J. Ploetz, U.W. 1942, Prairie du Sac, Sept. 1, 1917 – April 17, 2007.

    Ted E. Sullivan, Hamline 1980, Minneapolis, July 4, 1955 – Dec. 15, 2009.

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