New Hires, Promotions, Partners
Phillip J. Addis, Hamline 1986, has joined DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. He practices in creditors’ rights, is corporate counsel for small businesses, banks, and credit unions, and advises governmental and quasi-governmental agencies on real estate matters, contracts, and contract enforcement. He is co-founder of Main Street Law Offices, La Crosse, where he continues to base his practice.
Michelle Affatati, U.W. 1997 cum laude, has joined Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison, as an associate focusing on business law, estate planning, and litigation support. She previously was with Michelle Behnke & Associates.
Benjamin R. Imhoff, U.W. 2006, and Tambryn K. VanHeyningen, Washington Univ. 2005, have been named partners at Andrus Intellectual Property Law LLP, Milwaukee, as the firm celebrates its 75th anniversary.
Danielle M. Bergner, Marquette 2005, has been appointed deputy city attorney for the city of Milwaukee, managing the law-related aspects of foreclosure, housing, and neighborhood revitalization initiatives.
Karl A. VanDeHey, U.W. 2000, has joined the Milwaukee office of Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen S.C. and focuses on worker’s compensation matters. Brian W. Baird, U.W. 2004, and Joshua B. Cronin, Marquette 2007, have become shareholders at the firm. Baird focuses on defense of workers’ compensation, general liability, and railroad litigation matters in the Madison office. Cronin focuses on insurance coverage disputes, bad-faith defense, and subrogation in the Milwaukee office.
Drew Cochrane, U.W. 1999, has joined the New Glarus Brewing Co., New Glarus, as general counsel. He previously was a senior partner at the Madison office of Stafford Rosenbaum LLP.
Foley & Lardner LLP has elected six new partners. Jeffrey Lomprey, U.W. 2005, is with the Madison office and focuses on intellectual property law. In the Milwaukee office, David Clark, Maurer 2005, and David Seno, Marquette 2003, practice business law; Kimberly Dodd, U.W. 2003, practices intellectual property law; and Elizabeth Haas, Michigan 2005, focuses on litigation. Jason Keener, U.W. 2003, practices intellectual property law in the Chicago office.
Michael S. Gibbs, Marquette 2005, has joined Everson Law Office LLC, Fond du Lac. The firm, now Everson and Gibbs LLC, concentrates in personal injury, business transactions, probate, and real estate law.
David Gorwitz, U.W. 2005 cum laude, has been named a shareholder at Neider & Boucher S.C, Madison. He focuses on business transactions and estate planning.
Melissa S. Hockersmith, U.W. 2004, was promoted to shareholder at Ryan Kromholz & Manion S.C., Brookfield. Her practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law with an emphasis on litigation and dispute resolution.
Nicholas Johnson, Thomas M. Cooley 2005 magna cum laude, has been elected shareholder at Querrey & Harrow Ltd. He focuses his practice on civil and business litigation and construction and contract law in the Chicago and Waukegan offices.
Clarke Sugar, Hamline 2006, and Justin Lessner, Chicago-Kent 2006, have joined the Madison office of Axley Brynelson LLP. Sugar is with the business practice group and focuses on creditor/debtor law. Lessner is with the litigation practice group and focuses on construction and commercial litigation, medical malpractice, insurance coverage, product liability, toxic torts, and transportation law.
Lauren K. Powell, U.W. 2013 cum laude, has joined the Madison office of Quarles & Brady LLP as an associate in the corporate services practice group.
Teresa L. Rickert, Drake 2004, has become a shareholder at Schmidt, Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox S.C., Brookfield. She continues to practice in civil litigation, with an emphasis on business disputes and plaintiff’s personal injury work.
Elizabeth Ruthmansdorfer, Marquette 2003, has become a shareholder at Moertl, Wilkins & Campbell S.C., Milwaukee, focusing on elder law, estate planning, probate, and guardianship.
Brett D. Schnepper, Marquette 2013, has joined Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet LLC, Waukesha, in the employee benefits team, advising public- and private-sector clients concerning benefits, retirement, and welfare plan design and potential issues and Internal Revenue Code, COBRA, HIPAA, and ERISA compliance.
Brenton D. Teeling, Iowa 2007, has been named a shareholder at the Menn Law Firm Ltd., Appleton. A member of the litigation group, he handles business litigation, insurance defense, and personal injury matters.
Five attorneys have joined the Milwaukee office of von Briesen & Roper s.c. Lee Anne N. Conta, Marquette 1994 cum laude, is a shareholder with the litigation and risk management practice group focusing in litigation and insurance coverage disputes with an emphasis in intellectual property, commercial, and construction coverage matters. New associates are the following: Brittany L Finlayson, Michigan 2013, is with the business practice group, focusing in intellectual property, general business, and corporate matters. Patrick C. Greeley, Marquette 2013 cum laude, and R. Lynn Parins, Minnesota 2013 cum laude, Order of the Coif, are with the banking, bankruptcy, business restructuring, and real estate practice group. Greeley focuses on banking, bankruptcy, insolvency matters, and workouts. Parins focuses on secured transactions, loan documentation, insolvency matters, and workouts. Jaime D. Levine, Miami 2003, is with the business and corporate law practice group, focusing in estate planning and estate and trust administration.
Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci S.C. welcomes two attorneys. Garrett Nix, Marquette 2012, has joined the Black River Falls office and focuses on municipal and business law. William E. Wallo, Oklahoma College of Law 1992, has joined the Eau Claire office and practices in the business and litigation sections. Wallo was law clerk to the Hon. Thomas S. Utschig, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin, for 18 years.
David D. Daul, Denver 2003, and Greg J. Babcock, Marquette 2006, have been named partners at Wanezek & Jaekels S.C., Green Bay. Daul focuses on business law, employment matters, litigation, and personal injury. Babcock practices primarily in family law, bankruptcy, business law, personal injury, and estate planning and probate.
Lisa Kleiner Wood, Marquette 1997, has joined the Milwaukee office of Davis & Kuelthau s.c. as a shareholder. She is with the corporate and real estate practice and focuses on commercial and residential real estate, corporate, and general business matters, including acquisitions, mergers, and sales of businesses, and representation of lenders.
Mergers, Relocations, New Offices
Spangler, Nodolf, Bruder & Klinkhammer LLC has changed its name to Spangler Flory LLP and moved to 526 Water St., Eau Claire.
Brenda R. Mayrack, U.W. 2008, has opened Mayrack Law LLC, 43 Rockford Rd., Wilmington, Del., focusing on unclaimed-property-holder advocacy and advising, general commercial and business counseling, and litigation, as both lead and Delaware counsel. She previously was an associate at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington.
Ronald W. Tusler, Marquette 2010, has opened Tusler Law LLC, 1033 W. College Ave., Appleton, focusing on personal injury and real estate law. Tusler formerly was a partner at Hoff, Panzer & Tusler LLP.
Jason Allen, U.W. 1998, has been appointed co-chair of the energy industry team at Foley & Lardner LLP. A partner in the Milwaukee office, Allen’s background is in energy, project, and infrastructure finance transactions.
Members of the 2014 Brown County Bar Association Executive Committee are the following: president – Terence J. Bouressa, Pepperdine 1983, Stellpflug Law S.C., De Pere; vice president – Corey Kimps, Florida State 2005, Umentum & Kimps, Green Bay; treasurer – Ann Weiss, Loyola 2003, Everson, Whitney, Everson & Brehm, Green Bay; and secretary – Jacob Reis, Marquette 2003, Habush Habush & Rottier, Appleton.
Timothy J. Casper, U.W. 1981, has been elected to a three-year term on the Monona Chamber of Commerce board. He is a trial lawyer at the Madison office of Murphy Desmond S.C.
Three Murphy Desmond S.C. shareholders have been elected to the firm’s board: chair – Jane (Ginger) Zimmerman, U.W. 1985; vice president – Steve Tumbush, Toledo 1982; and secretary – Steve Werner, U.W. 1997. Tim Valentyn, U.W. 1982, continues as the firm’s president and managing shareholder.
Michael S. Heffernan, U.W. 1977, has authored the revised sixth edition of Appellate Practice and Procedure in Wisconsin (State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE 2014). The Honorable Richard S. Brown, U.W. 1971, chief judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, authored the book’s “Standards of Appellate Review” appendix. Heffernan is retired from Foley & Lardner LLP and lives in Madison.
Brian W. Ohm, U.W. 1986, has authored Wisconsin Land Use and Planning Law, published by the U.W. Law School. He is a professor in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at U.W.–Madison.
Carlton D. Stansbury, Iowa 1990 with distinction, presented “Advanced Issues on Subchapter S Income for Determining Support” at the 2014 National CLE Conference in Vail, Colo. He is a shareholder with Burbach & Stansbury S.C., Milwaukee, and focuses on family law.
Awards, Degrees, Honors
Eric E Hobbs, Cornell 1985, has been honored with an award established in his name by the Milwaukee County Commission for Persons with Disabilities. He is the inaugural recipient of the award, which recognizes his 10 years of leadership and service to the commission. Hobbs is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.
Christie A. Linskens Christie, Marquette 1987 cum laude, has been certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children. She is a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee and a Marquette Law School adjunct professor.
Pro Bono, Public Service
Wisconsin Judicare recognized the following attorneys as its Top 10 volunteer attorneys for 2013: Glen Cunningham, U.W. 1981, Glen Cunningham S.C., Superior; Donald A. Hermanson, U.W. 1979, Hermanson Law Office S.C., Erik McFarland, Hamline 2011, John Jokela Law Firm LLC, and Andrew W. Schmidt, Hamline 1998, Schmidt & Schmidt S.C., all of Wausau; Kimberly A. Lawton, Nebraska-Lincoln 2010, Lawton Law Office S.C., Ashland; Karen Lueschow, Syracuse 2005, Karen Lueschow Attorney At Law, Stevens Point; Stephen F. Muza, John Marshall 1979, Muza Law Firm LLC, Menomonie; Terry L. Nussberger, Valparaiso 1983, Nussberger Law Office, Ladysmith; Michael J. Palid, Wayne State 1979, Michael J. Palid Law Office, Marinette; and Sara H. Quirt, Valparaiso 1999, Sara H. Quirt Attorney At Law LLC, Schofield.
H. Victor Buerosse, Marquette 1969, Milwaukee, Aug. 26, 1937 – Dec. 1, 2013.
James P. Conklin, Thomas M. Cooley 1993, Waukesha, Jan. 22, 1966 – Dec. 19, 2013.
Lawrence J. Downer, Marquette 1963, Couderay, Feb. 9, 1930 – Jan. 14, 2014.
Arthur L. Eberlein, U.W. 1951, Wausau, May 9, 1924 – Dec. 7, 2013.
H. Lowell Hall, U.W. 1956, Milwaukee, July 14, 1931 – Dec. 10 2013.
Robert J. Kalupa, U.W. 1958, Milwaukee, Sept. 14, 1931 – Dec. 15, 2013.
John W. Krueger, U.W. 1955, Rhinelander, Feb. 7, 1930 – Jan. 16, 2014.
Gerardo Medina Jr., U.W. 2012, Oshkosh, Oct. 6, 1986 – Jan. 30 2014.
Rickard T. O’Neil, Harvard 1965, Milwaukee, March 22, 1937 – Jan. 3, 2014.
P. Michael Pleska, Marquette 1967, Charleston, W. Va., Aug. 28, 1942 – Nov. 23, 2013.
Wayne E. Rowlee, Marquette 1964, Labelle, Fla., Aug. 25, 1938 – Jan. 30, 2014.
Judy Schwaemle, U.W. 1983, Madison, Oct. 25, 1949 – Nov. 19, 2013.
Mark F. Vetter, Marquette 1974, Waukesha, Jan. 17, 1946 – Jan. 18, 2014.
Wayne M. Yankala, Marquette 1980, Milwaukee, March 28, 1955 – Sept. 21, 2013.
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