Vol. 84, No. 12, December 2011
New Hires, Promotions, Partners
The Hon. Patrick Fiedler
, Marquette 1980, and Kevin Trost
, U.W. 1998, have joined Axley Law Firm’s downtown Madison office. Fiedler, previously a Dane County Circuit Court judge, focuses on tort, construction, business, and family law mediation and arbitration. Trost, previously with a creditors’ rights law firm, represents financial institutions and insurers.
Tammy Skoglund, Hamline 2001 cum laude, and Siv Yurichuk, William Mitchell 2005, have joined Bakke Norman Law Offices, Baldwin, Menomonie, and New Richmond. Skoglund focuses on business counseling and general, commercial, and business litigation. Yurichuk focuses on criminal defense and family law.
Reed L. Christiansen, U.W. 2008, has joined Carestream Health Inc., Oakdale, Minn., and focuses on patent matters for the company’s medical films and printing solutions business.
Mark Daspit, Creighton 1997, has joined DDR Corp., Beachwood, Ohio, as senior legal counsel in the legal-leasing department.
Michael T. Flynn, Marquette 1999, has been appointed director of litigation at Joy Global Inc., a Milwaukee-based equipment manufacturer and parts and services provider for mining industries. He previously was with CNH America LLC.
Ten attorneys have joined the Wisconsin offices of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. New associates in the Madison office are Dustin B. Brown, New York Univ. 2007 magna cum laude, litigation; Martina R. Gast, U.W. 2011, labor and employment; and Aaron A. Seligman, U.W. 2011, litigation. Brown previously worked at Bingham McCutchen LLP, San Francisco, and clerked for federal court judges. New associates in the Milwaukee office are Laura A. Hawkins, Marquette 2011 magna cum laude, securities; Travis S. Laird, Marquette 2011 cum laude, corporate; M. Scott LeBlanc, Duke 2011 cum laude, labor and employment; Daniel C.W. Narvey, Duke 2011, litigation; and Timothy C. Smith, U.W. 2011 summa cum laude, tax and employee benefits. Randall J. Erickson, U.W. 1984 cum laude, has joined the securities practice group in the Milwaukee office. He previously was with Marshall & Ilsley Corp. Paul F. Heaton, Marquette 1990 summa cum laude, has joined the litigation practice group in the Milwaukee office. He previously was with Gass Weber Mullins LLC, Milwaukee.
Four attorneys have joined the Milwaukee office of Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP. Aaron J. Graf, Marquette 2008, and Suzanne M. Glisch, U.W. 2010, are associates with the employment group. Serena E. Pollack, Denver 2000, is a partner with the litigation group. Ronald S. Stadler, U.W. 1989, is a partner with the employment and education law groups.
Jennifer J. Hennessy, Iowa 2011 with distinction, has joined the Madison office of Quarles & Brady LLP as an associate in the health law group.
Marney Hoefer, U.W. 2000 cum laude, has joined Stafford Rosenbaum LLP as a senior associate and focuses on environmental law and governmental affairs. She previously worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
William A. Jennaro, Marquette 1968, has joined Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown LLP, Milwaukee, in of-counsel capacity and focuses on mediation and arbitration, family, white-collar criminal defense, personal injury, wrongful death, admiralty, real estate, and gaming and dealership law. He previously was with Cook & Franke S.C. and also has been a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge.
Jodi E. Jensen, U.W. 1995, has joined the Madison office of DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. and focuses on governmental relations, administrative law, and campaign finance and elections law. She previously was with the Wisconsin Department of Administration.
Nathan Johnson, U.W. 2010, has joined the Madison office of Constangy, Brooks & Smith LLP as an associate and focuses on employment law litigation and business litigation.
Shana R. Lewis, U.W. 1999 cum laude, has joined the Madison office of Davis & Kuelthau s.c. in the labor and employment law practice, representing public and private sector employers. She previously was with Lathrop & Clark, Madison.
Robert J. Lightfoot II, Hamline 1995, has joined the Madison office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. as a partner in the health-care practice and focuses on representing nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.
Jens Loberg, Hamline 2011, has joined his father, Robert, and brother, Lars, at Loberg Law Office, Ellsworth.
Erik J. McFarland, Hamline 2011 cum laude, has joined the John Jokela Law Office, Wausau, and focuses on worker’s compensation and Social Security disability law. [Editor’s note: Mr. McFarland’s name was misspelled in the November “In the News.”]
Three attorneys have joined Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Danielle M. Bergner, Marquette 2005, is an associate in the transactional practice in the Milwaukee office and focuses on real estate, municipal law, and finance. She previously was a Milwaukee assistant city attorney. Albert Bianchi Jr., Marquette 2007 magna cum laude, is with the intellectual property practice in the Madison office. He previously clerked for a federal district court judge. James M. Schleicher, Michigan 2011, is with the intellectual property practice and the life sciences team in the Milwaukee office.
Sean K. Murphy, U.W. 1999, has become corporate counsel for Lab126, part of the Amazon.com group in Cupertino, Cal. He previously was with Nokia Inc., White Plains, N.Y.
Eric C. Pease, Montana 2003, has joined the Law Offices of James L. Bartells, with offices in Wausau and Eagle River, and concentrates on worker’s compensation, Social Security, and personal injury matters. He previously practiced with Piehler & Strande.
James K. Pease Jr., U.W. 1966, has joined Constangy, Brooks & Smith LLP as of counsel in the Madison office and focuses in employer-side labor relations.
Todd R. Seelman, Hamline 1990, has joined the Denver office of Ford & Harrison LLP as a partner and continues to focus in antitrust, unfair competition, noncompetition agreements, and trade-secret protection. He also is president-elect of the State Bar Nonresident Lawyers Division.
Brian Thill, Marquette 2003, has been named a shareholder at the Madison office of Murphy Desmond S.C. and continues to focus on creditor/debtor law, bankruptcy, and other business matters.
B.T. Thomas, U.W. 2000, has been promoted to senior counsel in the legal department of BMO Institutional Services, Madison.
Wendy Ward, U.W. 2001, has rejoined the Madison office of Merchant & Gould in the generic pharmaceuticals practice area. She previously was with Paddock Laboratories.
Three attorneys have been elected shareholders in the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Thomas Gonzalez, U.W. 1998 magna cum laude, is a member of the litigation practice. Daniel J. Miske, DePaul 1985, is a member of the real estate practice. Douglas A. Pessefall, John Marshall 2002 cum laude, is a member of the corporate practice and heads the tax-exempt organizations team. Three attorneys also have joined the firm. Erin Keesecker, U.W. 2011 magna cum laude, is a member of the business and commercial litigation team in the litigation practice in the Madison office. Benjamin Proctor, Marquette 2007 cum laude, is a member of the business and commercial litigation team in the litigation practice in the Milwaukee office. He previously was senior counsel to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau. Marci VanAdestine, U.W. 2011 cum laude, is a member of the consumer financial services team in the finance practice in the Milwaukee office.
Mergers, Relocations, New Offices
Joseph M. Engl, Marquette 2002, has opened Engl Law Office LLC, with offices in Sheboygan and Manitowoc, and concentrates in financial planning, business organizations, foreclosure defense, and bankruptcy and insolvency.
Keith D. Lindenbaum, Michigan 1994, and Todd A. Rathe, Iowa 1992, have formed Rathe Lindenbaum LLP, 10335 N. Port Washington Rd., Suite 180, Mequon, and focus on intellectual property matters.
Ratzel & Associates LLC, a Wisconsin insurance defense firm, has opened an office at 1000 Nevada Way, Suite 102, Boulder City, Nevada.
Lena Taylor, Southern Illinois 1993, has opened a new law office, Lena Taylor and Associates, 2611 W. State St., Milwaukee, which focuses on plaintiffs’ personal injury matters. She also is a member of the Wisconsin State Senate.
Eido Walny, Boston Univ. 2001, has formed the Walny Legal Group (walnylegal.com) and focuses in estate planning, asset protection, business succession, and business law.
Danielle L. Carne, Iowa 2002, has been named a fellow in the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Government Fellowship Program. She is an arbitrator, mediator, and hearing examiner with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, Madison.
Kyle B. Flanagan, U.W. 2010, has been named to the board of the Wausau chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association. He is a member of the business transactions practice in the Wausau office of Ruder Ware L.L.S.C.
Patrick D. McNally, Marquette 2002, has been named the 2011-12 lead state chair for the Council on Litigation Management. He is a shareholder and director in the Milwaukee office of Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen S.C.
Charles P. Stevens, Marquette 1981, has been elected to the board of the Wellness Council of Wisconsin. He is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and focuses on employee benefits law.
Michael Ariens, Marquette 1982, has authored Lone Star Law: A Legal History of Texas (Lubbock, TX: Texas Tech. Univ. Press, 2011). He is a professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas.
Kevin B. Cronin, U.W. 1970, on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, presented a program titled “Best Practices in Renewable Energy: Policy Incentives and Enabling Environment” in Amman, Jordan.
Thomas Domer, U.W. 1983, presented “Worker’s Compensation Ethics Scenarios” at the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocates Group 2011 national conference in San Diego. He represents injured workers at Domer Law, Milwaukee.
Aaron R. Gary, California-Davis 1992, has authored Alcohol Beverages Regulation in Wisconsin (State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE 2011). He is an attorney at the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau.
The Hon. Charles B. Schudson, U.W. 1974, presented a four-week course on juvenile criminal justice to students in the L.L.M. program at Justus-Liebig Universitat, Giessen, Germany. He is a Wisconsin reserve judge emeritus and a Fulbright scholar.
Bill Weigel, Marquette 1984, received a fellowship from the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism to speak about teaching law students about lawyer discipline. He is litigation counsel for the Office of Lawyer Regulation, Madison.
Authors of the recently revised Wisconsin Discovery Law and Practice (State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE 4th ed., 2011) are the following: Robert B. Corris, Berkeley 1970, Robert B. Corris S.C., Milwaukee; Donald A. Daugherty Jr., Northwestern 1990, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee; Stephen A. DiTullio, U.W. 1992, DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison; Alec Dobson, U.W. 2006, Davis & Kuelthau s.c., Brookfield; Timothy W. Feeley, Marquette 1992, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman P.C., Milwaukee; Robert L. Gegios, U.W. 1981, Kohner, Mann & Kailas S.C., Milwaukee; Robert L. Jaskulski, Marquette 1988, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., Milwaukee; Jennifer J. Kopp, Marquette 2001, Davis & Kuelthau s.c., Brookfield; Matthew Stippich, Marquette 1997, Digital Intelligence Inc., New Berlin; Sheila M. Sullivan, U.W. 1999, Bell, Moore & Richter S.C., Madison; and Stephen D.R. Taylor, Marquette 2007, Kohner, Mann & Kailas S.C., Milwaukee.
Awards, Degrees, Honors
Julianna Ebert, Marquette 1981, received the Frederick O. Kiel Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Bond Lawyers at a ceremony in San Antonio in October. She is a senior partner in the public finance group of Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee.
John H. Fisher II, U.W. 1985, has obtained certification in health-care compliance from the Health Care Compliance Association, a national organization. He focuses on health-care law at Ruder Ware L.L.S.C., Wausau.
Roberta Ann Heckes, Marquette 1999, received the 2011 John Lederer Service Award from the State Bar Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Section at the group’s annual conference in the Wisconsin Dells in October. She is a solo practitioner working throughout eastern Wisconsin and was honored for helping other lawyers improve their practices and mentoring lawyers new to criminal law work.
Todd Korb, U.W. 1996, has obtained national board certification in civil trial advocacy and also has been named a National Trial Lawyers Association top 100 trial lawyer for Wisconsin. He practices plaintiffs’ personal injury law at Hupy and Abraham S.C., Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP received the 2011 Wisconsin Organizational Philanthropy Award from the Greater Milwaukee chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. received an honorable mention award for 2011 Waukesha County Executive Business of the Year.
Charles “Chuttie” Senn, U.W. 1980, and three colleagues received the Administrator’s Innovation Award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for their work implementing an expedited debris removal program after the May 22, 2011, tornadoes in Missouri. Senn is a deployable field counsel for FEMA.
von Briesen & Roper s.c. received the 2011 International Legal Technology Association’s (ILTA) Emerging Technology Champion Award at the ILTA annual conference in Nashville. The award recognized the firm’s use of emerging technology in redesigning its intranet.
Wisconsin Judicare Inc. has named its top 11 participating attorneys for 2011. Individuals honored are the following: David Brown, U.W. 1957, Green Bay; William Drengler, Marquette 1976, Drengler Law Firm, Wausau; Stephen Dunlap, Creighton 1974, Dunlap Law Offices, Hudson; Cathy Gorst, U.W. 1982, Gorst Law Offices, Marshfield; Andrew Harrington, Hamline 2004, Liden & Dobberfuhl S.C., Barron; Karen Lueschow, Syracuse 2005, Karen Lueschow Attorney at Law, Stevens Point; Andrew Nelson, St. Thomas 2006, Nelson & Lindquist S.C., Hudson; James Ritland, Washington Univ. 1978, James C. Ritland Law Office, Black River Falls; Andrew Schmidt, Hamline 1998, Schmidt & Schmidt S.C., Wausau; Theresa Selenske, William Mitchell 1997, Selenske Law Offices LLC, Wisconsin Rapids; and Jane Krueger Smith, U.W. 1981, Jane Krueger Smith Law Office, Oconto.
Thomas K. Zander, U.W. 1977 cum laude, has been board certified as a forensic psychologist by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is an adjunct professor of law at Marquette Law School.
Pro Bono, Public Service
Michael F. Hupy, Marquette 1972, received a commendation from the California State Senate for his service to the Wounded Warrior Project. He is with Hupy and Abraham S.C., Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Bar Association recognized outstanding pro bono work at its annual State of the Court Luncheon in October. Kristine L. Havlik, Virginia 1999, received the individual award for her work with the Wisconsin Wills for Heroes program. She focuses on trusts and estates work at Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee. The Catholic Charities Legal Services for Immigrants program received the organizational award. The program is led by Barbara Graham, Marquette 1993, and carried out by three full-time attorneys, certified paralegals, law students, and dozens of volunteer attorneys.
Arnold P. Anderson, Marquette 1969, Madison, May 8, 1939 – Nov. 6, 2011.
Hon. Henry B. Buslee, U.W. 1952, Fond du Lac, July 12, 1924 – Aug. 5, 2011.
Edward R. Cameron, Marquette 1958, Greendale, Dec. 30, 1929 – May 22, 2011.
Thomas R. Christenson, U.W. 1971, Milwaukee, May 29, 1941 – Dec. 2, 2010.
Eric J. Curtis, Pittsburgh 1955, Whitefish Bay, Feb. 17, 1928 – Aug. 17, 2011.
Virginia Leigh Erdman, U.W. 1994, Wausau, July 24, 1962 – Oct. 26, 2011.
Roman W. Feltes, Marquette 1951, Harpers Ferry, Iowa, July 12, 1920 – April 18, 2011.
William J. Kissinger, Marquette 1953, Wilmette, Ill., Aug. 26, 1926 – April 21, 2011.
William Knudson, U.W. 1938, Madison, Nov. 27, 1911 – Jan. 19, 2011.
John H. Lungren, Marquette 1952, Waupun, Feb. 11, 1925 – Feb. 13, 2011.
Lawrence M. Phillips, Drake 1960, Elm Grove, Jan. 18, 1932 – April 5, 2011.
James M. Ruth, U.W. 1949, Geneva, Ill., Dec. 15, 1920 – Oct. 10, 2011.
Larry L. Shupe, Marquette 1979, Racine, June 19, 1933 – Nov. 27, 2010.
Gordon H. Smith Jr., Michigan 1953, Milwaukee, July 11, 1927 – May 3, 2011.
Raymond L. Urban, Marquette 1954, West Allis, Nov. 6, 1924 – Feb. 22, 2011.
Jay W. Winter, U.W. 1955, Oregon, Feb. 1, 1927 – Oct. 7, 2011.