Author to Receive Wisconsin Lawyer Award for Exploring Wisconsin’s Castle Doctrine and Trespasser Liability Laws
Mark R. Hinkston, Creighton 1988 cum laude, is the 2013 recipient of the Hon. Charles Dunn Author Award, presented annually by the State Bar Communications Committee.
Hinkston is being honored for his article “Home Safe Home: Wisconsin’s Castle Doctrine and Trespasser Liability Laws” (June 2013). In selecting the article, the committee said, “Very well written with broad appeal, this article informs and entertains. Clear, cogent, and concise, Atty. Hinkston well-describes the previous state of self-defense law in Wisconsin and the changes brought about by the new legislation that is the subject of the article. Witty and entertaining, the author provides useful information on civil and criminal liability under the new laws and discusses the national impact of Castle Doctrine laws.”
Hinkston is affiliated with Knuteson, Hinkston & Quinn S.C., Racine. His practice is primarily devoted to business and construction litigation. The Dunn Award, named after Wisconsin’s first chief justice, recognizes writing excellence in Wisconsin Lawyer articles.
The Communications Committee also awarded certificates of commendation to the following authors:
Attorney Laurence J. Dupuis for his article “DNA Extraction on Arrest: Maryland v. King and Wisconsin’s New Extraction Law” (Sept. 2013), which presents a thought-provoking, timely, and fascinating discussion of Wisconsin’s new law on DNA extraction, and the Maryland v. King U.S. Supreme Court case. DuPuis explains what DNA is in a way useful to lawyers and demystifies the process of how it is used in criminal cases. He also touches on the profound implications of taking and keeping DNA samples of those charged with, but not found guilty of, a crime.
Attorneys Daniel S. Davis, Mark J. Goldstein, and Coral Pleas for their article “Swimming Upstream: 20 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Your Practice” (May 2013). This easy-to-read article has many useful tips for all attorneys, not just those starting their own practice. Based on the authors’ personal experience, the practice tips presented are worth their weight in gold. This article proves that a lawyer is never too old to learn something new.
Attorneys Meghan O’Connor and Diane M. Welsh for their article “Casting a Wider Net: Health Information Privacy Is Not Just for Health Lawyers” (Sept. 2013), dealing with who is required under HIPAA to keep health care information confidential and what kind of information is deemed confidential. Timely and useful to Wisconsin lawyers, it clearly and logically sets forth a cornucopia of useful information lawyers need to know when dealing with health care information.
Attorneys Paul G. Kent and Jordan K. Lamb for their article “Wisconsin’s Wetland Reform Act” (Feb. 2013), explaining the new law, the history behind it, and the current permitting process in fine scholarly fashion. Extremely well written, orderly, and concise, the authors bring alive what to most would be a very dry topic and make it interesting. This is a very useful and timely article for Wisconsin lawyers.
New Hires, Promotions, Partners
Paul Bargren, U.W. 1994 magna cum laude, has been confirmed as the Milwaukee County corporation counsel after retiring as a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP.
Karl Bekeny, U.W. 2002 cum laude, has been elected to partnership at the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis LLP. He focuses on commercial litigation, insurance, and product liability defense, including consumer class actions, product liability litigation, warranty litigation, and the defense of manufacturers and suppliers against alleged violations of state and federal consumer protection statutes.
Tony Bourget, U.W. 1991, has joined Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci S.C., Eau Claire, in the business section. He previously practiced with Bourget Law.
Jesse R. Dill, Marquette 2010, has joined Walcheske & Luzi LLC, Brookfield, as an associate focusing on labor and employment matters.
Andrew T. Frost, Marquette 2010, has joined Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP, Milwaukee, as an associate focusing on private-sector labor relations, employee benefits, and employment counseling. He previously was with Jackson Lewis PC. Jennifer M. Waite, Marquette 2010, has joined the firm as a law librarian, focusing on legal research, digital content management, and marketing. She previously was the law librarian for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Lake County, Ill.
Jesse B. Blocher, Marquette 2006, has been promoted to shareholder in the Waukesha office of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. and continues to focus on civil matters, including automobile accidents, premises liability, environmental pollution, products liability, and insurance coverage. Breanne L. Snapp, U.W. 2013 cum laude, Order of the Coif, has joined the Madison office as an associate handling personal injury cases with a focus on wage-and-hour class actions. Andrew S. Wier, U.W. 2008 cum laude, has joined the Kenosha office as an associate focusing on personal injury cases. He previously was an assistant district attorney in the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.
Erica M. Healey, U.W. 2005, has been promoted to program chair of legal studies at Globe University’s Madison campus.
Laurna A. Jozwiak, Marquette 2009 cum laude, has been promoted to shareholder with Fox, O’Neill & Shannon S.C., Milwaukee, and continues to concentrate in business, trademark, and family law.
John P. Loringer, Santa Clara 2002, has joined the Milwaukee office of Wilson Elser as of counsel, focusing on product liability and toxic tort litigation, including the defense of manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors in asbestos-related personal injury and wrongful death actions.
Dawn M. Marquardt, U.W. 2003, has joined the Oregon Department of Justice, Salem, as the deputy director and policy section chief for the child support division.
Maxfield Neuhaus, Hamline 2008, has been promoted to partner at Rodli, Beskar, Krueger & Pletcher S.C., River Falls, focusing on business transactions, estate planning, and government representation.
Carrie May Poniewaz, Florida State 2008, has joined Nowakowski & McManus LLP, Elm Grove, as an associate focusing on defending employers and insurers in worker’s compensation claims.
Jamie E. Olson, Valparaiso 2007, has become a shareholder with Consigny Law Firm S.C., Janesville and Brodhead. She practices in the areas of civil litigation, family law, probate, estate planning, and municipal law. Kim Roegner, Lewis & Clark 2013, has joined the firm as an associate, practicing family law, civil litigation, and criminal law.
David G. Ress, Marquette 2011 with honors, has joined Bell, Moore & Richter S.C., Madison, concentrating in civil defense litigation, worker’s compensation, and landlord-tenant law.
Michael K. Roberts, Marquette 2012, has joined the Milwaukee office of Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary and focuses on litigation and serving clients on a broad range of legal issues affecting the transportation industry.
John P. Runde, U.W. 1979, has joined Davczyk & Varline LLC, Wausau, focusing on defense of insurance companies and civil litigation.
Holly J. Slota, U.W. 2003, has been promoted to partner at Balisle & Roberson S.C., Madison, concentrating in divorce litigation, cooperative divorce, appellate practice, international child-abduction cases, and estate planning.
Craig Stevenson, U.W. 2006, has joined Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, as an associate in the business bankruptcy/creditors’ rights, litigation, and business practice groups.
Mergers, Relocations, New Offices
The Law Offices of Michael J. Anderson LLC have moved to 1717 E. Kensington Blvd., Suite 306, Shorewood.
Hansen Reynolds Dickinson Crueger LLC has opened an office at 203 N. LaSalle St., Chicago.
Jeremy C. Przybyla, Marquette 1998, has opened Przybyla Law LLC, 1625 E. Washington St., Suite 111, West Bend, focusing on family law, criminal and traffic defense, real estate, and personal injury. He was previously a partner with Dahlberg Przybyla Law LLC.
George W. Soule, Harvard 1979, has opened Soule & Stull LLC, Eight West 43rd St., Minneapolis, focusing on national product liability, commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and Indian law.
Brenda K. Sunby, John Marshall 1998, has opened Sunby Law Office in Wausau, focusing on worker’s compensation, Social Security disability, and personal injury matters. She is a Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Tom Frost, William Mitchell 1976, has been appointed Washburn County District Attorney by Gov. Scott Walker. He previously was a special prosecutor in Washburn County.
Jeff Goldman, U.W. 2002 cum laude, has been appointed chair of the trusts and estates practice group at the Madison office of DeWitt, Ross & Stevens S.C. He focuses on estate planning, probate, trust administration, and trust, estate, and fiduciary litigation.
Lyris Medrano, Marquette 2008, has been elected to the boards of Voces de la Frontera and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. She is a shareholder at Ramon & Medrano S.C., Milwaukee, focusing on worker’s compensation and personal injury matters.
Jennifer M. Mikulina, U.W. 2001, has been appointed to head McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s global trademark prosecution practice. She is with the Chicago office and focuses on trademark and copyright counseling, prosecution, licensing, and litigation.
Sally Piefer, Marquette 1994, has been elected to the Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin board. Piefer counsels employers of all sizes in employment law and employment litigation at The Schroeder Group S.C. Attorneys At Law, Waukesha.
Recently named group leaders at the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. include the following: Bruce G. Arnold, Michigan 1981 cum laude, and Frank A. Gumina, Marquette 1991 cum laude, lead the health care law team. Michael E. Dahm, Harvard 2003, leads the emerging and entrepreneurial companies team. He also is a member of the corporate transactions, securities, and technology law teams. Eric J. Meier, U.W. 2002 cum laude, and Timothy H. Posnanski, Washington University 2005 cum laude, have joined Ross A. Anderson, Marquette 1978, as leaders of the litigation practice group. Meier also co-leads the construction services team, and Posnanski co-leads the real estate and eminent domain litigation team.
Authors of the recently revised Real Estate Transactions System (State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE 6th ed. 2014) are Bruce T. Block, Boston Univ. 1979, Leah R. Harrand, U.W. 2012, Michael H. Simpson, U.W. 1975, and Carolyn A. Sullivan, U.W. 1991, all with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. Block, Harrand, and Simpson are with the Milwaukee office. Sullivan is with the Waukesha office.
Wisconsin Reserve Judge Emeritus Charles B. Schudson, U.W. 1974, taught a six-week course on the U.S. legal system at the Catholic University Law School (Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru) in Lima, Peru, in January and February 2014, completing his five-year Fulbright Fellowship.
Awards, Degrees, Honors
Daniel R. Humble, Marquette 2000, received the U.S. Department of Justice, National Security Division’s Assistant Attorney General Award for Exceptional Public Service. He is an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Col. John E. Kosobucki, Marquette 1977, was named Investigator of the Year FY 2013 for the Investigations of Senior Officials Directorate, Office of the Inspector General, Department of Defense, Alexandria, Va. He is retired from the U.S. Army.
Pro Bono, Public Service
Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown LLP, Milwaukee, sponsored the 21stEvening of Hope, the ALS Association-Wisconsin Chapter’s annual black-tie gala to raise funds for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
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