While the overall governance and structure of the State Bar are established by Supreme Court Rule, members control the association's day-to-day operations, finances and strategic planning. The president is the chief elected officer of the association. The president, president-elect, immediate past president, secretary and treasurer are ex-officio members of the Board of Governors (BOG), which directs the State Bar's affairs. The treasurer also assists the Executive Committee in preparing the annual budget.
Patrick Fiedler is currently a partner at Axley Brynelson LLP, in Madison, where he specializes in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. During his career, he has worked in both private practice and in the public sector. His distinctive background in government has included serving as Dane County Circuit Court Judge (1993 - 2011), Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (1991 - 93), U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin (1987 - 91), and as Waukesha County Assistant District Attorney (1980 - 84).
He has been a member of the State Bar Of Wisconsin since 1980. He served on the Board of Directors of the Criminal Law Section for four years and has taught at various continuing legal education seminars to help attorneys hone their skills.
Fiedler is dedicated to making sure lawyers have all the tools they need to be effective advocates for their clients, especially in tough economic times.
"Newly graduated lawyers are finding it difficult to get a job in their profession. Veteran lawyers have had to adjust and modify how they do the business end of practicing law," said Fiedler. "As president, I will listen to all points of view and lead toward reaching a decision that benefits members of the Bar and ultimately, the people we serve."
Fiedler graduated from Marquette University Law School in 1980. He also earned a B.B.A from UW Milwaukee. He has served as a board member of the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Madison and as a youth sports coach. He is married to Sandy and has three adult children and four grandchildren.
Robert Gagan of Green Bay. Bob was elected in 2010 and 2012 as the District 14 representative of the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors. He was elected and served on the Executive Committee in 2011. Bob practices law with Calewarts, Duffy & Gagan, Associated Attorneys, Green Bay. Bob graduated from Marquette University Law School, J.D. 2000, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MBA and University of Wisconsin-Madison, BBA. Bob served on the Brown County Bar Association Board from 2002-2005 and served as President in 2005. Prior to law school, Bob worked as a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and Minneapolis. Bob served as a Special Prosecutor in the Brown County District Attorney's Office in 2010 and 2011. Bob was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2006-2008 and 2010-2011. He serves on the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army of Green Bay. Bob also helped found the Brown County Free Legal Clinic where he continues to volunteer his time.
Jennifer Stuber, an attorney at Hogan & Melms, LLP, has been a State Bar of Wisconsin member for 13 years. Stuber said that involvement has allowed her to realize what a "significant asset" the State Bar can be to lawyers and the clients they serve.
Stuber grew up in northern Wisconsin and returned there to practice after graduating from Valparaiso University School of Law. After working as a law clerk to the Oneida and Vilas County judges, she joined Hogan & Melms LLP, a small general practice firm in Rhinelander.
Hailing from a rural community, Stuber plans to encourage more rural lawyers to become active in the State Bar. She believes opening the lines of communication between urban and rural practices will help improve legal services for all the residents in Wisconsin.
Stuber is an active member of the Oneida-Vilas-Forest County Bar Association, having served as secretary, treasurer, vice president, and president of the organization.
Kevin Lyons is an experienced civil, commercial, and white collar crime litigator, mediator, and arbitrator. He assists clients in environmental, construction and contract, and administrative law cases. He has appeared before local, state and federal agencies, including the EPA, the U.S. Department of Defense, OSHA, Wisconsin DNR, and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, and maintains an active trial, appellate, and dispute resolution practice in Wisconsin and elsewhere. He supervises students in the Marquette University Law School Mediation Program and has served as a clinical instructor in trial at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Lyons is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin (Member, BOG 2007-2009, 2010-2012; Past Chair, Construction and Public Contract Law Section; Past Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section; Section Leaders Council; Legislative Oversight Committee American and Seventh Circuit Bar Associations. He also is a teacher-mediator and judge of the Marquette University Law School’s Mediation Program and is a guest lecturer, UW-Madison Law School General Practice Course. Mr. Lyons is admitted to practice in the State of Wisconsin, the United States Supreme Court; Circuit Courts of Appeal for the 2nd, 7th and District of Columbia Circuits; and United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin.
Sherry Coley is an associate on the Litigation Practice Group at Godfrey & Kahn. Her litigation practice is dedicated to the representation of business/employer interests in a variety of employment and commercial disputes, significant work in financial services litigation, real estate foreclosures, and defending manufacturers from claims involving personal injury, wrongful death and property damage. Sherry obtained her law degree from Marquette University Law School and undergraduate at Drake University, magna cum laude. She is a member of the American Bar, Brown County Bar and Outagamie County Bar Associations, as well as, the Defense Research Institute. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin State Bar Young Lawyers Division.
The President of the State Bar, Kevin Klein, has served on State Bar of Wisconsin committees since 1993 and has also served as president of the Price-Taylor County Bar since 1992. He has a solo practice at Klein Law Office S.C., in Phillips, Wisconsin and is the village attorney in Butternut, Wisconsin.
Klein's experience as a general practice and trial attorney has spanned much of the legal spectrum over the past 30 years. During his career, he has represented indigent defendants, been involved in multiple intentional homicide defense cases, handled complicated bankruptcy proceedings, and worked on a wide array of family law issues. Klein is dedicated to promoting communication among lawyers to create a better experience for State Bar members and the clients they serve.
"I pledge to continue to serve and use my experience and leadership abilities for your benefit," said Klein.
Klein graduated from UW Law School in 1981, and with high honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1978. He was also named valedictorian of his graduating class at Butternut High School. He is member of the Phillips Chamber of Commerce Board, the Flambeau Hospital Foundation, and the Price County Women’s Health Alliance.