Vol. 84, No. 9, September 2011
New Hires, Promotions, Partners
Nicole Marklein Bacher, U.W. 2008, has been named a partner at Cross, Jenks, Mercer & Maffei, Baraboo, and continues to focus on civil litigation, insurance defense, and employment law.
John Matthew Linstroth, U.W. 2010, and Caroline E. Poduch, U.W. 2011, have joined Balisle & Roberson S.C., Madison, as associates. Linstroth focuses on family law matters involving privately held business interests. Poduch focuses on divorces of business owners, estate planning, and probate.
The Hon. Edward E. Leineweber, U.W. 1976, formerly a circuit court judge, has joined Bell, Moore & Richter S.C., Madison, as of counsel. He concentrates in aviation, business, agriculture, and real estate matters and civil litigation, including personal injury. Tara L. Nielsen, U.W. 2011, has joined the firm as an associate and concentrates in employment and labor law.
Kristine Cherek, U.W. 1997, has joined the faculty of Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville. She remains special counsel to Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Milwaukee.
Jordan Corning, U.W. 2011 cum laude, has joined Stafford Rosenbaum LLP as an associate in the Madison office and focuses on business law, employment and labor law, litigation, and municipal law.
Joshua Czuta, Marquette 2006, has been named director of human resources at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon. He formerly was with Murn & Martin.
Steven Conway, Stetson 1996, and Joe Miotke, Marquette 1999, have joined DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. Conway is with the Madison office and focuses on health care, litigation, and governmental relations. Miotke focuses on intellectual property in the metropolitan Milwaukee office.
Virginia G. Essandoh, John Marshall 1999, has been promoted to chief diversity officer at Ballard Spahr LLP, Philadelphia. She previously was director of diversity.
John H. Fisher II, U.W. 1985, has joined the Wausau office of Ruder Ware LLSC and is a member of the health-care focus team.
Sarah L. Fowles, U.W. 2008 cum laude, has joined the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP as an associate in the employee benefits and executive compensation group.
Andrew J. Guzikowski, U.W. 1982 cum laude, has joined the Milwaukee office of von Briesen & Roper s.c., as a shareholder and chairs the firm’s newly formed public finance section, which serves banks and other businesses, hospitals and health-care systems, municipalities, and school districts in their public finance, funding, and other tax-exempt financing needs.
Steven J. Haverty, Marquette 1970, has become of counsel to Duxstad & Bestul S.C. and focuses on estate planning and probate, real estate, and business transactions. The firm has relocated its Lafayette County office to 213 Main St., Darlington.
Michele Miller Hayes, U.W. 1991, has joined SVA Certified Public Accountants S.C., Madison, as corporate counsel. She previously was with the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing.
Heather E. Hazelwood, U.W. 2011, has joined Hurley, Burish & Stanton S.C., Madison, in the transactional and personal services area and focuses in estate planning, family law, and advising business, nonprofit, and charitable organizations.
Michael E. Hirsch, U.W. 1985, has joined the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as a staff attorney in the transactional practice group, focusing in eminent domain, condemnation, and property matters. He previously was with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Jason Knutson, U.W. 2000, has joined Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. as a shareholder in the Madison office.
Lindsey A. Kraig, Florida Coastal 2009, has joined Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet LLC, Waukesha, and focuses on labor and employment law and school law.
Joseph F. LaDien, Marquette 2008, has joined the Watertown office of Pitman, Kyle, Sicula & Dentice S.C. and practices personal injury law and general litigation.
Joseph A. Abruzzo, Marquette 2005, and Reggie L. Wegner, Marquette 2005, have been elected shareholders at Lichtsinn & Haensel S.C., Milwaukee. Abruzzo focuses on civil litigation and general corporate law. Wegner focuses on tax and general corporate law.
Will McKinley, Marquette 2011, has joined Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry S.C., Green Bay, and concentrates in family law matters, including divorces and child custody and child placement disputes.
Michael K. Moran, U.W. 1991, was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker to the Marathon County Circuit Court, effective July 18, 2011.
Graeme P. Rattray, Washington Univ. 1999, has been promoted to partner at the Appleton office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP and continues to focus on labor and employment law and commercial litigation matters.
Miya Reichwald, Drake 2004, has been promoted to vice president, associate counsel at Associated Banc-Corp, Green Bay.
Nicole S. Rosen, Marquette 2011 cum laude, has joined the Milwaukee office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. in the health care practice.
Sheila L. Shadman, Marquette 2011, has joined Halloin & Murdock S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate and focuses on employment and business litigation.
Cindy Hangartner, U.W. 1995, and Emily Long, U.W. 1998, have joined Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci S.C., Eau Claire. Hangartner focuses on estate planning and business matters. Long focuses on insurance, civil litigation, and white-collar criminal defense matters.
Peter J. White, U.W. 2009 cum laude, has joined Fox, O’Neill & Shannon S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate and focuses on taxation, corporate law, business start-ups, estate planning, and probate and trust administration. He previously was with Deloitte Tax LLP.
Mergers, Relocations, New Offices
Nancy B. Miller, U.W. 1986, has relocated Miller Law Office to the Prairie Mill Building, 421 N. Main St., River Falls. She continues to represent county human-services agencies in CHIPS and termination-of-parental-rights cases.
The Association for Women Lawyers has announced its new board of directors: president – Natalie Remington, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee; president-elect – Jennine Sonntag, Hannan & Associates LLC, Brookfield; secretary – Nancy Shue, Storm, Balgeman, Miller & Klippel s.c., Wauwatosa; treasurer – Caroline Spongberg, The Marcus Corp., Milwaukee; past president – Sheila Heitzig, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Milwaukee; membership director – Lindsey Grady, Milwaukee County Probate Division, Milwaukee; professionalism director – Laura Schulteis Kwaterski, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee; programs director – Allison Cimpl-Wiemer, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee; and special events director – Jennifer Allen, Alan C. Olson & Associates S.C., New Berlin.
Kathleen A. Gray, Marquette 1982 magna cum laude, has been elected to the Waukesha County Community Foundation board and will serve as secretary. She is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP and focuses on trusts and estates.
The Leander J. Foley Jr. Matrimonial Chapter of the American Inns of Court has announced its new board: president – David Karp, Marquette 1982, Karp Law Offices S.C., Milwaukee; vice president/president-elect – Rebecca Millenbach, Marquette 2001, Nelson & Davis LLC, Wauwatosa; secretary – Kent A. Tess-Mattner, Marquette 1980, Schmidt, Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox S.C., Brookfield; treasurer – Linnea Matthiesen, Marquette 2003, Vel Phillips Juvenile Justice Center, Milwaukee; program director – Debra Fohr, Marquette 2002, Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee; and members at large – Amy Shapiro, Boston Univ. 1981, Hawks Quindel SC, Milwaukee, and Graham Wiemer, Notre Dame 2006, MacGillis Wiemer LLC, Milwaukee.
Linda Swagger Maris, Marquette 1984, has been appointed as the first president of the National Christian Foundation Wisconsin, Brookfield, which assists donors with their charitable giving needs.
Mitchell S. Moser, Northwestern 1991, has been named the 2012 general campaign chair of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. He is with the Milwaukee of Quarles & Brady LLP and concentrates in product liability and commercial litigation.
Bruce T. Block, Boston Univ. 1979, and Kevin J. Howley, Illinois 1984, have been reelected to the board of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. Block is a shareholder and cochair of the real estate practice, and Howley is a shareholder in the business law and international practices and the product distribution and franchise team, both in the Milwaukee office.
Todd G. Smith, U.W. 1996, has been named chair of the State Bar’s Appellate Practice Section. He is a shareholder with the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. and focuses on insurance-coverage and ERISA litigation.
Andrew P. Beilfuss, Marquette 2005 cum laude, and Thomas J. Phillips, Utah 1973, LL.M. (taxation) New York Univ., both with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP, have been elected to the State Bar Board of Governors. Beilfuss is in the litigation and corporate services groups. Phillips is in the corporate services group.
Michael True, DePaul 2003, has been elected to the Literacy Network board. He focuses on family law with the Madison office of
Murphy Desmond S.C.
Kim Marie Wynn, Harvard 1985 cum laude, has been elected to the board of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. She is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office and practices in the finance and real estate groups. Bruce G. Arnold, Michigan 1981 cum laude, and Nathan A. Fishbach, Villanova 1977, both shareholders in the Milwaukee office, have been reelected to the board. Arnold, the firm’s managing director, concentrates in health-care law. Fishbach focuses on complex civil and white-collar crime compliance issues.
Elyce M. Wos, U.W. 2007 magna cum laude, has been appointed to the State Bar’s Diversity Outreach Committee. She is an associate in the Madison office of Quarles & Brady LLP and is with the commercial litigation group.
Michael D. Aiken, Marquette 2006, coauthored “Unresolved Legal Issues with Modified Total Cost Claims,” Construct! (Summer 2011), published by the ABA Construction Litigation Section. He is an associate with the McCoy Law Group S.C., Waukesha.
Jennifer Carleton, U.W. 1996, authored “Indian Gaming: The Multi-Jurisdictional Licensing Dilemma,” a chapter in Inside the Minds: Emerging Issues in Tribal-State Relations (2011). She is a shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Las Vegas, and concentrates on gaming regulatory matters.
The Hon. Charles B. Schudson, U.W. 1974, a Wisconsin reserve judge emeritus, presented “Brains and Biases/Bringing Emotional Intelligence to America’s Courts” at the joint national convention of the National Association for Court Management and the National Association of State Judicial Educators in Las Vegas in July.
Awards, Degrees, Honors
The Hon. David A. Baker, Virginia 1976, received the 2011 William M. Hoeveler Judicial Award at the annual meeting of the Florida Bar. The award recognizes a judge who best exemplifies strength of character, service, and competence as a jurist, lawyer, and public servant. Baker is a U.S. magistrate judge for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando.
State Bar president James M. Brennan, Marquette 1976, and State Bar law practice management advisor Nerino Petro Jr., Northern Illinois 1988, have been named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, a group of “interesting, provocative, and courageous” leaders in law and legal technology. Brennan, also with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, was recognized for his dedication to pro bono and access-to-justice activities. Petro was recognized for his contributions to legal technology and practice management.
Beth L. Cox, U.W. 1998 cum laude, received the 2011 Outstanding Elected Official award from the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources at its annual conference in June. She is the village of Oregon municipal judge and proprietor of Cox Law Office LLC, Oregon.
Timothy E. Hawks, Iowa 1977, has been elected a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is with the Milwaukee office of Hawks & Quindel S.C.
Gregg Herman, U.W. 1977, has been recertified as a specialist in family law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy for 2011 to 2016. He is with Loeb & Herman S.C., Milwaukee.
Pro Bono, Public Service
Participants in the 2011 Chicago Ragnar Relay included Christina Severin, Loyola-Chicago 2008, and Carrie Turner, Marquette 2000, who ran with the Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman team. Severin and Turner are with the firm’s Milwaukee office. Proceeds of the run, which goes from Madison to Chicago, went to Back on my Feet, a nonprofit organization that assists homeless people.
David J. Cannon, Marquette 1960, Milwaukee, Aug. 6, 1933 – July 26, 2011.
Richard L. Cates, U.W. 1951, Madison, Nov. 22, 1925 – Aug. 3, 2011.
George S. Goodell, Marquette 1949, Oxford, Ohio, Nov. 29, 1921 – May 8, 2011.
David Mills, U.W. 1963, Madison, Aug. 4, 1937 – June 27, 2011.
Carl W. Thompson, U.W. 1939, Stoughton, March 15, 1914 – Jan. 1, 2002.