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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.

President - Atty. Robert Richard Gagan

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  • Atty. Robert Richard Gagan
  • Calewarts, Duffy, Gagan & Erdman
  • 716 Pine St
  • PO Box 488
  • Green Bay, WI 54305-0488
  • Phone: (920) 432-4391
  • Fax: (920) 432-4158
  • Term: 7/1/2014-6/30/2015

Robert Gagan of Green Bay, 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.

President-Elect - Atty. Ralph M. Cagle

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  • Atty. Ralph M. Cagle
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • 975 Bascom Mall
  • Madison, WI 53706-1399
  • Phone: (608) 262-7881
  • Fax: (608) 263-6365
  • Term: 7/1/2014-6/30/2015

Ralph Cagle has been a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School since 1990 (Emeritus since 2011). In 21 years as Director of the Lawyering Skills Program (formerly General Practice Course) he developed that program into a nationally recognized model for engaging practicing lawyers into the enterprise of teaching students the core skills of successful law practice. He teaches Negotiation and Mediation and has taught the Legal Profession, Professional Responsibilities, Lincoln and the Law and Lawyers as Community Leaders. Prior to joining the faculty in 1990, he was a civil trial lawyer for 16 years and previously served as the assistant to the Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly.

He is of counsel to the Madison law firm of Hurley, Burish & Stanton, S.C, and serves as a mediator in business, tort, estate, and professional disputes; represents lawyers in disciplinary matters; and consults with law firms on associate training, law practice management and risk management.

He has served as chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin's Committee on Professionalism, chair of the Bar CLE Committee, chair of the Transition to Practice Sub-committee of the Wisconsin Legal Education Commission and as member of the Supreme Court Commission to Review the Rules of Professional Conduct. He also is past president of the Dane County Bar Association and was Vice-Chair of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Board of Bar Examiners and Reporter for the Professional Ethics Committee of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Ralph is married to Tonia Neustifter and has four children: Kristin, Nick, Ben and Elizabeth and two grandchildren, Alia and Evan.

Secretary - Atty. Sherry Coley

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  • Atty. Sherry Coley
  • Godfrey & Kahn SC
  • 200 S Washington St Ste 100
  • Green Bay, WI 54301-4298
  • Phone: (920) 432-9300
  • Fax: (920) 436-7988
  • Term: 7/1/2014-6/30/2016

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.

Treasurer - Atty. Kevin J. Lyons

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  • Atty. Kevin J. Lyons
  • Davis & Kuelthau SC
  • 111 E Kilbourn Ave Ste 1400
  • Milwaukee, WI 53202-6677
  • Phone: (414) 225-1402
  • Fax: (414) 278-3602
  • Term: 7/1/2013-6/30/2015

​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.

Chairperson of the Board - Atty. Paul G. Swanson

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  • Atty. Paul G. Swanson
  • Steinhilber, Swanson, Mares, Marone & McDermott
  • 107 Church Ave
  • PO Box 617
  • Oshkosh, WI 54903-0617
  • Phone: (920) 426-0456
  • Fax: (920) 426-5530
  • Term: 7/1/2014-6/30/2015

Paul Swanson is a partner in the Oshkosh, Wisconsin law firm of Steinhilber, Swanson, Mares, Marone & McDermott. He received his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He is a board certified bankruptcy specialist by the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification in both consumer and business bankruptcy, receiving his initial certification in 1993. Mr. Swanson is the Past President of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, a member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Bar Association, a former Chairman of the State Bar of Wisconsin Continuing Education Committee and Chair of the American Bar Association General Practice Bankruptcy Committee. He has been a panel trustee for 25 years. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the ABA, the American Bankruptcy Institute, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustee and National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. His practice is almost entirely limited to bankruptcy law focusing on representation of debtors in Chapter 7, 11, 12, and as a Chapter 7 panel trustee.

Past President - Atty. Patrick J. Fiedler

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  • Atty. Patrick J. Fiedler
  • Hurley, Burish & Stanton SC
  • 33 E Main St Ste 400
  • PO Box 1528
  • Madison, WI 53701-1528
  • Phone: (608) 257-0945
  • Fax: (608) 257-5764
  • Term: 7/1/2014-6/30/2015

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.

Past Presidents

2000 to Today

Name County Years
Gary L. Bakke St. Croix 2000-01
Gerald Mowris Dane 2001-02
Patricia K. Ballman Milwaukee 2002-03
R. George Burnett Brown 2003-04
Michelle A. Behnke Dane 2004-05
D. Michael Guerin Milwaukee 2005-06
Steven A. Levine Dane 2006-07
Thomas J. Basting, Sr. Dane 2007-08
Diane Diel Milwaukee 2008-09
Douglas W. Kammer Columbia 2009-10
James C. Boll Jr. Dane 2010-11
James M. Brennan Milwaukee 2011-12
Kevin G. Klein Price 2012-13
Patrick J. Fiedler Dane 2013-14


Name County Years
Lawrence J. Bugge Dane 1980-81
Myron E. LaRowe Sauk 1981-82
Edward A. Dudek Milwaukee 1982-83
Adrian P. Schoone Racine 1983-84
Gregory B. Conway Brown 1984-85
Donald L. Heaney Dane 1985-86
Franklyn M. Gimbel Milwaukee 1986-87
Gerald M. O’Brien Portage 1987-88
John Walsh Dane 1988-89
G. Lane Ware Marathon 1989-90
John R. Decker Milwaukee 1990-91
Daniel W. Hildebrand Dane 1991-92
Thomas S. Sleik LaCrosse 1992-93
Pamela E. Barker Milwaukee 1993-94
Gary E. Sherman Bayfield 1994-95
John S. Skilton Dane 1995-96
David A. Saichek Milwaukee 1996-97
Steven R. Sorenson Fond du Lac 1997-98
Susan R. Steingass Dane 1998-99
Leonard L. Loeb Milwaukee 1999-00


Name County Years
Carroll B. Callahan Columbia 1960-61
John C. Whitney Brown 1961-62
John A. Kluwin Milwaukee 1962-63
Francis J. Wilcox Eau Claire 1963-64
Lyall T. Beggs Dane 1964-65
Donald C. O’Melia Oneida 1965-66
Ray T. McCann Milwaukee 1966-67
Frank D. Hamilton Iowa 1967-68
Richard P. Tinkham Marathon 1968-69
John C. Wickhem Rock 1969-70
James D. Ghiardi Milwaukee 1970-71
Clyde C. Cross Sauk 1971-72
Thomas J. Curran Juneau 1972-73
Victor A. Miller Manitowoc 1973-74
Patrick T. Sheedy Milwaukee 1974-75
Jack R. DeWitt Dane 1975-76
Rodney O. Kittelsen Green 1976-77
George K. Steil Rock 1977-78
Truman Q. McNulty Milwaukee 1978-79
Richard E. Sommer Oneida 1979-80


Name County Years
William Doll Milwaukee 1940-41
Walter W. Hammond Kenosha 1941-42
A. J. O'Melia Oneida 1942-43
R. T. Reinholdt Portage 1943-44
Edmund B. Shea Milwaukee 1944-45
Quincy H. Hale La Crosse 1945-46
John S. Sprowls Douglas 1946-47
Marcus A. Jackson Waukesha 1947-48
John P. McGalloway, Sr. Fond du Lac 1948-49
Gerald P. Hayes Milwaukee 1949-50
Bailey E. Ramsdell Eau Claire 1950-51
Alfred L. Godfrey Walworth 1951-52
Oscar T. Toebaas Dane 1952-53
E. Harold Hallows Milwaukee 1953-54
Frederick N. Trowbridge Brown 1954-55
Alfred E. LaFrance Racine 1955-56
Robert D. Johns La Crosse 1956-57
R. E. Anderson Douglas 1957-58
Charles L. Goldberg Milwaukee 1958-59
Herbert L. Terwilliger Marathon 1959-60


Name County Years
John C. Thompson Winnebago 1920-21
John M. Whitehead Rock 1921-22
William F. Shea Ashland 1922-23
William A. Hayes Milwaukee 1923-24
Wm. D. Thompson Racine 1924-25
Roy P. Wilcox Eau Claire 1925-26
Marvin B. Rosenberry Dane 1926-27
Frank T. Boesel Milwaukee 1927-28
Edward J. Dempsey Winnebago 1928-29
Arthur W. Kopp Grant 1929-30
J. Gilbert Hardgrove Milwaukee 1930-31
Clarence J. Hartley Douglas 1931-32
W. T. Doar St. Croix 1932-33
Carl B. Rix Milwaukee 1933-34
T. L. Doyle Fond du Lac 1934-35
Otto A. Oestreich Rock 1935-36
Ray B. Graves Wood 1936-37
Benjamin Poss Milwaukee 1937-38
Robert M. Rieser Dane 1938-39
Harlan B. Rogers Columbia 1939-40


Name County Years
Joshua Stark Milwaukee 1900-01
F. C. Winkler Milwaukee 1901-03
George G. Green Brown 1903-04
George H. Noyes Milwaukee 1904-05
A. A. Jackson Rock 1905-06
L. J. Nash Manitowoc 1906-07
Burr W. Jones Dane 1907-08
Neal Brown Marathon 1908-09
James G. Flanders Milwaukee 1909-10
M. A. Hurley Marathon 1910-11
John M. Olin Dane 1911-13
C. B. Bird Marathon 1913-14
Christian Doerfler Milwaukee 1914-15
George B. Hudnall Douglas 1915-16
B. R. Goggins Wood 1916-17
Roujet D. Marshall Dane 1917-18
John B. Winslow Dane 1918-19
P. H. Martin Brown 1919-20


Name County Years
Moses M. Strong Iowa 1878-93
William M. Seaman Sheboygan 1893-98
John B. Cassoday Dane 1898-99
Edwin E. Bryant Dane 1899-00