- Joseph M. Cardamone III, Kenosha County Corporation Counsel, Kenosha, UW 1998 [Statement]
District 2 (seven vacancies)
- Andrew P. Beilfuss, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, Marquette University 2005 [Statement]
- Michael J. Cohen, Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols SC, Milwaukee, Marquette 1986 [Statement]
- Martin P. Gagne, Gagne & O'Halloran LLC, Milwaukee, Boston University 1981 [Statement]
- Margaret W. Hickey, Becker, Hickey & Poster SC, Milwaukee, UW 1986 [Statement]
- Lisa M. Lawless, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek SC, Milwaukee, Indiana University-Bloomington 1992 [Statement]
- Brett H. Ludwig, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee, University of Minnesota 1994 [Statement]
- Thomas J. Phillips, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, University of Utah 1973 [Statement]
- Paul G. Swanson, Steinhilber, Swanson, Mares, Marone & McDermott, Oshkosh, UW 1979 [Statement]
- Bruce J. Brovold, Kostner, Koslo & Brovold LLC, Arcadia, UW 1975 [Statement]
- Ronald J. Sonderhouse, Wolff & Sonderhouse LLP, Waukesha, University of Detroit 1990 [Statement]
- John R. Orton, Curran, Hollenbeck & Orton SC, Mauston, Marquette University 1981 [Statement]
District 9 (three vacancies)
- Douglas S. Buck, Foley & Lardner LLP, Madison, UW 1993 [Statement]
- David E. Jones, Perkins Coie LLP, Madison, Creighton University 1987 [Statement]
- Nilesh P. Patel, Mahadev Law Group, Madison, UW 2002 [Statement]
- Richard J. Summerfield, Kostner-Kostner & Summerfield SC, Bloomer, Hamline University 2006 [Statement]
- Robert G. Barrington, Dodge County District Attorney's Office, Beaver Dam, UW 2007 [Statement]
- Gregory A. Pitts, Schoone, Leuck, Kelley, Pitts & Knurr SC, Racine, John Marshall Law School 2003 [Statement]
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Robert G. Barrington of Beaver Dam. University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 2007. Managing Attorney, Dodge County District Attorneys Office, Juneau. Member State Bar of Wisconsin, Dodge County Bar Association, Wisconsin District Attorney Association WDAA) (2007 to present), WDAA IT Committee (2009 to present), Department of Transportation Uniform Citation Council (2010-present), Dodge County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Andrew P. Beilfuss is a Partner at Quarles & Brady, LLP in Milwaukee. Andy has served as a District 2 Representative to the State Bar's Board of Bar Governors since 2011. Andy also serves on the State Bar’s Policy Committee, and is the State Bar's representative to the Wisconsin Lawyers Fund for Client Protection. In addition, Andy is the Co-Chair of the Milwaukee Bar Association's Civil Litigation Section, and served as a Board member for the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association from 2008-2012. Andy graduated from Marquette University Law School, J.D., cum laude, in 2005, and was named as one of twenty six Up and Coming Lawyers by the Wisconsin Law Journal in 2010. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Litigation and Forum on Franchising Sections), State Bar of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Bar Association, and International Franchise Association. Andy co-chairs Quarles & Brady's Franchise and Distribution Team, and is a frequent lecturer and/or author for organizations such as the Milwaukee Bar Association, National Business Institute, Corporate Practice Institute, and the International Franchise Association.
Bruce J. Brovold of Arcadia. University of Wisconsin, J.D. 1975. Kostner, Koslo & Brovold LLC, Arcadia (formerly Kostner, Ward, Galstad & Koslo). Member State Bar of Wisconsin and Tri County Bar Association Inc., both since 1975, and past member of the Insurance for Members Committee of the State Bar.
Douglas S. Buck of Middleton. University of Wisconsin, J.D. 1993. Connecticut College, B.A. 1989. Foley & Lardner LLP, Madison. Member American Bar Association, Real Property Section of State Bar of Wisconsin, Dane County Bar Association, licensed in Illinois. Treasurer of Dane County Bar Association Pro Bono Trust Fund 2010-2012 and board member 2006-2012.
Joseph M. Cardamone III of Kenosha. Education: Carleton College, B.A. 1994. University of Wisconsin - Madison Law School, 1998. Member of: Board of Governors, Government Lawyers Division Board, Administrative and Local Government Law Section, Leadership Development Committee. Former member of: Strategic Planning Committee (Chair), CLE Committee, Public Image Committee, Communications Committee, Convention Committee. Previously served as President of Young Lawyers Division, member of Executive Committee; Former President and current member of Kenosha County Bar Association; Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney, 1999-2000; Assistant Corporation Counsel, Kenosha County, 2008-2009, Senior Assistant Corporation Counsel, Kenosha County, 2009-2012, 1st Assistant Corporation Counsel, Kenosha County, 2012-present.
Joseph M. Cardamone III Candidate Statement. I have been actively involved in the State Bar over the past ten years, and I hope to have the opportunity to continue serving as the Governor for District One.
Michael J. Cohen is a shareholder with the law firm of Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., in Milwaukee and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. He concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation, including non-compete and business torts, complex insurance coverage, and environmental/toxic torts. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and law degree from Marquette University Law School. He is the immediate past-President of the Milwaukee Bar Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Milwaukee Bar Association Foundation. He has also been very active in a leadership role with the Milwaukee Justice Center. He has been named on the Top 50 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® list (2008-2012); Top 25 Super Lawyers® in Milwaukee (2011, 2012); and The Best Lawyers in America® (2010 - 2013) and has received the Wisconsin Law Journal's Leaders in the Law award (2011).
Michael J. Cohen Statement
I would welcome the opportunity to be elected as a District 2 Board of Governors representative. My primary objective is to work diligently to help provide the efficient delivery of relevant and valued services to State Bar Members. I have been very active in the Milwaukee Bar Association over the last decade, culminating in the honor of serving as President of the MBA last year. I am proud of my work on behalf of the MBA and it has been a very enriching experience. I still serve on the Executive Committee of the MBA Board and also serve as a board member of the Milwaukee Bar Association Foundation.
As an officer, director, and member of the Executive Committee of the MBA and board member of the Milwaukee Bar Association Foundation, I have been very active in the development of the Milwaukee Justice Center, a collaborative project between the MBA, The Milwaukee Bar Association Foundation, Milwaukee County, and Marquette University Law School. The underlying philosophy of the project is that self-represented litigants have a fundamental right to access the justice system even if they cannot afford an attorney or do not qualify for legal aid. The Milwaukee Justice Center has been very successful, serving over 10,000 clients in 2012.
My work with the State Bar has involved being active in the Litigation Section and having served as co-coordinator of the High School Mock Trial Tournament in the Milwaukee region for almost 20 years. The High School Mock Trial Tournament is just one of many excellent State Bar programs.
I have served on the Executive Committee of my firm, Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., for over a decade and on my firm’s board of directors for over twenty years. I have also served on several non-profit boards, including a ten-year term for the Alliance for the Mentally Ill and my present work with the International Foundation of Gastrointestinal Disorders.
My work on these boards, including participation in the management of my own firm, gives me a breadth of experience and insight in how both bar associations and boards in general function. I pride myself both as a litigator and as a leader on working cooperatively with others and finding creative solutions to problems and would like to bring those skills to Board of Governors.
I am a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the MBA, the Defense Research Institute, the Wisconsin Trial Counsel and the Fairchild Inns of Court. I have been named on the Top 50 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® list (2008-2012); Top 25 Super Lawyers® in Milwaukee (2011, 2012); and The Best Lawyers in America® (2010 - 2013). I was honored to receive the Wisconsin Law Journal's Leaders in the Law award in 2011.
My wife and I have two girls and reside in Whitefish Bay.
It would be both an honor and a pleasure to represent Milwaukee lawyers on the Board of Governors and I ask for your vote.
Marty Gagne is a 1981 cum laude graduate of Boston University Law School. He was a public defender in the Milwaukee Trial Office from 1981-1985, a partner at Hansen, Gagne & Foley from 1986 until 2001 and has been a partner at Gagne & O'Halloran since that date. His practice is focused on family law. He is a former chairperson of the Milwaukee Bar Association Family Law Section Board of Directors, a former member of the Milwaukee County Bench Bar Committee, and of the Board of Directors for Legal Action of Wisconsin. He is currently a member of the Leander J. Foley Matrimonial Inns of Court, Milwaukee Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin Family Law Section, the Divorce Cooperation Institute, Inc., and the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Inc.
A terrible cross country skier, Mr. Gagne has slogged his way through four Kortelopet's at the American Birkebeiner, completing them in embarrassingly, awful times.
Margaret W. Hickey, a shareholder in the law firm of Becker, Hickey, & Poster S.C., Milwaukee, since 1991, practices family and elder law. She received her B.A. from Marquette University (1982, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School (1986, cum laude). Margaret has served on the Milwaukee Bar Association Board of Directors (President, 2004-05) and is past Chair of the State Bar Elder Law and Family Law Section Boards and is currently a member of the State Board of Governors (Chair 2006-07, Treasurer 2009-11). She is also on the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee Board.
Margaret is a member of: American Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Bar Association, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Waukesha Bar Association and the Association for Women Lawyers. She is a fellow in the ABA and American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Best Lawyers in America named her in both family and elder law and she is named as a "Super Lawyer," where in 2012 she was named in the top ten attorneys statewide. She was recognized as a "Woman in the Law 2011."
Margaret and Bob have four children and two big dogs.
Margaret W. Hickey Candidate Statement
I would like to continue serve as a District 2 Board of Governors representative to work to provide the efficient delivery of relevant and valued services to State Bar Members. My work with the Bar has been primarily in Sections as Chair of the Elder Law Section (1998-99) and Chair of the Family Law Section (2002-03). I worked to help create the Elder Law Section Workshop and moderated the 15th annual program this year. On the Board of Governors I have served as: Board Chair (2006-07), Treasurer, including two terms on the Finance Committee, and on Executive Committee. In addition, I serve on several committees of the Bar such as Leadership Development Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and the Section Leaders Council (currently chair until June 2013.)
In addition, I have been active in local bar and community issues serving on the Milwaukee Bar Association (President 2004-05), the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee Board and on Aurora Family Service and WUWM Boards.
My work with the Sections and Board of Governors gives me a breadth of experience in how the Bar functions, areas that could be improved and an understanding of the diverse constituencies that the Bar must serve. My practice as a shareholder in a small firm helps me to understand the competitive challenges that lawyers face and the difficulty of running a practice as both a lawyer and an employer. My work in family and elder law helps me to understand the pressures that working professionals face at all stages of our practice and lives.
I am a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bar Association, the Waukesha Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Association for Women Lawyers and am a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (President, Wisconsin Chapter, 2005-06.) I am named in the Best Lawyers in America for family and elder law and have been named as a "Super Lawyer," as one of the top ten lawyers in the State of Wisconsin in 2012, and as a "Woman in the Law 2011."
My husband and I have four children and two big dogs! We enjoy working on home improvement projects and traveling.
It has been both a pleasure and an honor to represent Milwaukee lawyers on the Board of Governors and I ask for your vote to continue that service.
David E. Jones of Madison. Creighton University, J.D., with honors, Alpha Sigma Nu, 1987. Perkins Coie LLP, Madison (2001-present). Adjunct Instructor, UW Law School LL.M. Program (2010-present), First-Year Writing Program (2000-2002). Previous: Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Wisconsin, Madison (1995-2001), Law Clerk, Honorable David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1991-92), Captain, U.S. Army General Counsel’s Office, the Pentagon (1987-1991). Member of ABA, Seventh Circuit Bar Assn., Western District Bar Assn., State Bar of Wisconsin, and Dane County Bar Assn. Member of James E. Doyle Inn of Court, Chair, Courthouse Facilities Committee; Member, Rules, Practice and Procedure Committee. Recipient with office of Seventh Circuit Bar Pro Bono Award (2011); Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association Pro Bono Award (2010), U.S. Department of Justice Director's Award (2000).
David E. Jones Candidate Statement
I support the following:
- Continue and expand the Bar’s superb CLE offerings and work to increase their accessibility;
- Maintain a willingness to listen to both sides on the issue of our integrated, mandatory bar, and consider proposals to provide dues relief for government and smaller practice lawyers;
- Create incentives to encourage pro bono representation of indigent individuals in civil cases;
- Increase bar outreach to the public to explain what we do and the challenges facing our judicial system, particularly pertaining to indigent or unrepresented litigants;
- Explore better ways to finance and conduct judicial selection.
I bring the perspective of having worked in government (as a federal prosecutor and as an Army lawyer) and in the private sector (in the relatively small office of a large, national law firm). As such, I appreciate the different challenges and capabilities of a broad cross-section of the bar and will seek out and listen to a variety of viewpoints, both from fellow members and from the public we all serve.
Lisa M. Lawless of Milwaukee (formerly, Lisa Arent). Indiana University, J.D. 1992, summa cum laude & first in class; University of Virginia, B.A. 1989. Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., 2002-present. Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated. Super Lawyer® 2010-2012. Foley & Lardner, 1993-98; Fenwick & West, 2000-02; Troutman Sanders, 1998-2000; Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, Indiana Supreme Court, 1992-93. Bar Activities: State Bar: Board of Governors, 2011-present; 2004-2008; President’s Award, 2007; Liaison, Intellectual Property section (2011-present; 2004-2008); Milwaukee Bar Association (MBA) Board of Directors, 2008-2011; Thomas E. Fairchild Inn of Court; Past: State Bar: State Bar Law-Related Education Committee, 1996-97; MBA: Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Section, (2004-2007); Professionalism Committee, 1994-96, vice-chair, 1996-97, chair, 1997-98; MYLA secretary, newsletter editor, 1996-97. Community Activities: Wild Space Dance Company Board of Directors, 2007-present; 1995-98; Women’s Soccer Club; Wauwatosa Kickers; Nicolet High School Foundation Board, 2004-08; Publications include: “Arbitration opinion will change Wisconsin law,” Wisconsin Law Journal, 5/10/ 2011; “Cooperatives,” WISCONSIN METHODS OF PRACTICE (West 2010); “E-Discovery: Preserving, Requesting and Producing Electronic Information,” 19 SANTA CLARA COMP. & HIGH TECH. L.J. 131 (2002); “Focus on Professionalism,” MBA MESSENGER, 1995-96; “A Matter of ‘Governing Importance’: Providing Business Defamation and Product Disparagement Defendants Full First Amendment Protection,” 67 IND. L.J. 441 (1992).
Brett H. Ludwig is a litigation partner at Foley & Lardner LLP. In addition to a general civil litigation practice, he specializes in insurance and reinsurance disputes. Among other honors, he was recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 for his work in insurance law. He is Chair of the Pro Bono Committee for Foley’s Milwaukee office. His primary pro bono work includes federal court appointments, asylum representation, and support for a local domestic violence center. Mr. Ludwig received his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota, where he was Managing Editor on the Minnesota Law Review. He was also elected to the Order of Coif. He received his bachelor's degree, with highest honors, from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in 1991. Mr. Ludwig is a member of the Milwaukee, Ozaukee County, Eastern District of Wisconsin and Seventh Circuit Bar Associations. He serves on the EDWBA Pro Bono and Civil Practice Committees and the MBA Professionalism Committee. He and his wife, Melissa Bleidorn, and children, Maddie (9) and Ryan (4) live in Mequon and are members of St. Eugene’s Parish in Fox Point.
Brett H. Ludwig Candidate Statement
I am a strong believer in both common sense and consensus. As our profession continues to wrestle with issues like the integrated bar and the perceived erosion of our professionalism, I think both common sense and consensus-building are vital. Finding common ground over a beer is more productive than the divisiveness we often read about in the newspaper.
There are many issues involving the practice of law (and life in general) about which we as lawyers disagree. But our common profession unites us and we can point to far more things on which we agree than disagree.
The State Bar and Board of Governors have important roles to play in dealing with the issues facing our profession. For some things, there are no clear or easy solutions. But, at the same time, many issues can be resolved with a little common sense and a basic respect for one another.
I am a partner at one of the largest law firms in the state. But I would bring to the Board of Governors not simply a large law firm perspective. I count as friends lawyers who practice in a variety of settings: the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office; the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office; the federal government; in-house at Wisconsin-based companies: and at numerous small firms. I value and listen to their opinions and would strive to represent them all and to make sure all of their voices are heard.
I have practiced in Milwaukee for nearly 20 years. I would be honored to have the chance to represent the lawyers in Milwaukee County on the Board of Governors.
John R. Orton of Mauston. Marquette University J.D. 1981. Member since 1984 of Curran, Hollenbeck & Orton, S.C. with offices in Mauston and Wis. Dells. Member of Wisconsin Association for Justice. Member of State Bar Litigation, Administrative & Local Government Lawyers, and General Practice sections. Litigation Section Board of Directors: 1989-92; Admin & Local Gov’t Lawyers Section Board of Directors: 1999-2005, Chair 2004-05. City Attorney 1986 – 2009: Village Attorney 1988 – present. Member of Juneau and Sauk County Bar Associations. Married, father of 3. Fabulous duck hunter.
Nilesh P. Patel of Madison, WI. Education: University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D. 2002. University of California, Berkeley, B.A. 1995. Employment: Principal Attorney, Mahadev Law Group, LLC, 2005 - Present. Assistant Director of Career Services/J.D. Advisor, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2006 – 2012. Pension Rights Attorney, Elder Law Center, 2004 – 2005. Attorney, Hazelbaker & Russell, LLP, 2003 - 2004. State Bar activities: Chair, Communications Committee, 2010 – 2013. Presenter, Leadership Development Summit, 2013. Member, Communications Committee, 2007 – 2010. Member, Diversity Outreach Committee, 2003 – 2008. Other service: Board member, ACLU of Wisconsin, 2011 – Present. Election Observer, 2004 and 2008 national elections.
Nilesh P. Patel Candidate Statement
Thank you for considering my candidacy for the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors, District 9 - Dane County.
In the ten years I have been a State Bar member, I have actively served on the Diversity Outreach Committee for five years and on the Communications Committee for six years. This has given me a chance to work on some major initiatives, such as the State Bar Diversity Clerkship Program, being chair for three years on the Wisconsin Lawyer magazine’s editorial board, being part of a two-year redesign process for the Wisconsin Lawyer, and helping modify Wisconsin Supreme Court rules affecting the State Bar.
Diversity and member communications are important issues for me and I will continue taking part in those discussions. As a 13-year transplant to Wisconsin, I have benefitted from the State Bar’s diversity initiatives and have given back through advice to law students and speaking out for inclusion. As a member of the Communications Committee, I have worked on ways the State Bar’s publication mediums can provide value to members. I have also looked for ways members can benefit from these services, such as by providing advice on writing opportunities and by identifying topics members would appreciate reading.
I recognize that practitioners have practical issues on their mind, such as the cost of State Bar membership, the opportunities to develop their practice, and the ways in which their State Bar membership can aid their professional goals. Members also want the State Bar to be responsive or attuned to their concerns.
As a member of the Board, I will evaluate the value and benefit to members before approving expenditures. Second, I will anticipate and help minimize the negative impact of changes to State Bar services. Lastly, I will inform members on how they can best take advantage of State Bar services and benefits.
At the same time, I cannot promise I will vote one way or the other on any given issue until I have an opportunity to evaluate the matter. I can only promise two things: that I take a measured approach and I evaluate the pros and cons of each situation before making a decision. Additionally, I give my best effort to every project I commit to, and will continue to do so as I evaluate proposals submitted to the Board.
Thank you again for considering my candidacy. If I can answer any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thomas J. Phillips of Milwaukee. New York University School of Law (LL.M., Taxation, 1974), University of Utah College of Law (J.D., 1973), Order of the Coif, University of Minnesota (B.A. 1970). Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee. Member, American Bar Association (Tax Section - Corporate Tax Committee, S Corporation Committee, Section CLE Committee, and Business Law Section), State Bar of Wisconsin (Tax Section, Member, Board of Directors (2013) and Member, Board of Governors (2011 to present), Milwaukee Bar Association, Milwaukee Tax Club and Professional Institute of Tax Study, Inc. Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (Tax Law and Litigation & Controversy-Tax), Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preminent™ Peer Review Rated, Wisconsin’s Best Lawyers (Tax Law) and Wisconsin’s Top Rated Lawyers (Taxation). Fellow, American Bar Foundation. Member, Board of Trustees. Columbia College of Nursing.
Gregory A. Pitts is an attorney in private practice with Schoone, Leuck, Kelley, Pitts & Knurr, S.C., in Racine, Wis., where his main areas of practice include personal injury/civil litigation, workers compensation and Social Security disability. He is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and Illinois. He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, State Bar of Illinois, Wisconsin Association of Workers Compensation Attorneys, and Racine County Bar Association. He earned his B.B.A. degree in Finance, Investments and Banking from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and his J.D. degree from The John Marshall Law School.
Ronald J. Sonderhouse of Waukesha. Michigan State University, 1987. Juris Doctorate, University of Detroit, 1990. Member State Bar of Wisconsin, Bar Association for Eastern District of Wisconsin. Member and Board Member Waukesha County Bar Association. Judge for New Berlin Teen Court Program. Supplemental Court Commissioner for Honorable Linda M. Van De Water.
Richard J. Summerfield of Bloomer. Graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2003 Graduated from Hamline University Law School in 2006 Currently employed at Kostner - Kostner & Summerfield, S.C. which has offices in Bloomer and Ladysmith. I am currently on the Board of Governors and seeking another 2 year term.
Paul G. Swanson is a partner in the Oshkosh, Wisconsin law firm of Steinhilber, Swanson, Mares, Marone & McDermott. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh with a major in accounting and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1979. He is a board certified bankruptcy specialist in both business and consumer bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification and has been since 1993. He represents individuals in business and financial reorganizations, restructurings, bankruptcy, receiverships and other debt adjustment strategies. Representation is limited primarily to debtors in both simple and complex matters.
Mr. Swanson is currently the Chairman of the Continuing Legal Education Committee for the State Bar of Wisconsin and serves on its Board of Governors. He also serves on the Finance Committee and is Past-Chair of the Bankruptcy Insolvency and Creditors Rights Section. He is a Past President of the State Bar Young Lawyers Division, served as Treasurer for the term of 1994-1995, and has served on the Board of Governors for terms spanning 1987 to 1995 and 2008 through 2012. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the American Bankruptcy Institute Central States Conference. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Bar Association.
He has also served as President of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees and served on that Board from 1994 through 2006. He is currently a Chapter 7 panel trustee in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.