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  • October 06, 2021

    Elevator Pitch: WSSFC Speakers Make Their Case

    The Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference is fast-approaching. Presenters share why lawyers should attend their sessions, which will be held virtually on Oct. 28-30.
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    Oct. 6, 2021 – The Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference (WSSFC) is fast-approaching and some of the presenters are making their pitch on why lawyers should attend their WSSFC sessions, which will be held virtually on Oct. 28-30.

    “Grievances. Ugh. Take a deep breath, put down that crate you were about to ship to the Office of Lawyer Regulation, and learn some tips for responding to an inquiry,” said attorney Stacie Rosenzweig of Halling & Cayo S.C., Milwaukee.

    Rosenzweig, whose practice areas include legal ethics and professional responsibility for attorneys, is presenting on OLR grievances and how to respond to them.

    Attorneys Nilesh Patel, New York City, and Middleton-based Kevin Palmersheim are teaming up to discuss COVID-19’s effect on employment compliance, such as wage and hour compliance for a remote workers, and civil liability amid COVID-19.

    Nilesh Patel

    How do businesses move forward during a labor market shortage, resistance to return to work, and a highly politicized environment for masking and COVID-19 vaccinations? “That’s what we’ll discuss,” said attorney Nilesh Patel, associate director of human resources at the American Museum of Natural History.

    How do businesses move forward during a labor market shortage, resistance to return to work, and a highly politicized environment for masking and COVID-19 vaccinations?

    “That’s what we’ll discuss,” said Patel, associate director of human resources at the American Museum of Natural History. Palmersheim, a business attorney, is the founding shareholder at Palmersheim Dettman S.C.

    Thinking about starting your own law practice? “Choosing the right entity for your law firm is extremely important,” said Joseph Boucher of Neider & Boucher S.C. in Madison. Boucher will discuss entity formation, including “how best to protect yourself and maintain flexible tax treatment, and what available options there are.”

    Teresa Kobalt

    “Wisconsin Lien Laws: Prime or Sub? Private or Public? Large project or small? Learn the importance of timely notices and how to properly file a lien claim to secure payment for construction projects,” said Teresa Kobelt of Bartelt Grob S.C. in Middleton.

    Intellectual property (IP) attorney Erin Ogden of Ogden, Glazer + Schaefer LLC will help lawyers identify IP within the firm, and how to protect it. “Your firm has intellectual property,” she said. “Are you using it to its full power? Or setting yourself up for a nastygram? Learn how to identify, protect, and monetize yours while avoiding the hurt.”

    Ogden, who will also present a session on trademark and copyright and how content created by others can be used in marketing – will present the session with Garet Galster, an IP attorney at Smithe Keane LLP in Hartland.

    In a “substantive CLE at sunrise session,” a panel of lawyers will hit hot topics such as nursing home neglect cases, Wisconsin lemon law, and construction liens.

    Jeffrey Glazer

    “The Jeff and Chris Show will help lawyers understand why business planning is not just for clients and is a tool of continuous improvement for the law firm,” said Jeffrey Glazer of Ogden, Glazer + Schaefer LLC.

    “Wisconsin Lien Laws: Prime or Sub? Private or Public? Large project or small? Learn the importance of timely notices and how to properly file a lien claim to secure payment for construction projects,” said Teresa Kobelt of Bartelt Grob S.C. in Middleton.

    State Bar Law Office Management Assistance Program Manager Christopher Shattuck is on two panels, including one focused on business plans with Palmersheim and Jeffrey Glazer of Ogden, Glazer + Schaefer LLC.

    “COVID caused delays or complete shutdowns of revenue streams in the legal industry,” Shattuck said. “Plan for the next unexpected event and learn about the importance and availability of business planning tools.”

    “The Jeff and Chris Show will help lawyers understand why business planning is not just for clients and is a tool of continuous improvement for the law firm,” Glazer said.

    Gregg Herman and Laura Beck

    “Do you always seem to have one case keeping you up nights? This program will give ideas and tips on how to manage this stress without going crazy,” said experienced family law attorneys Gregg Herman of Loeb & Herman LLC (Milwaukee) and Laura Beck of Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry, S.C. (Green Bay).

    Shattuck will also discuss remote work with attorney Brent Hoeft of Firmlock Consulting LLC. “Whether you have been working remotely since the pandemic or are contemplating shifting to remote work, you will benefit from this session covering common remote technologies and ethical standards,” Shattuck said.

    Two experienced family law attorneys – Gregg Herman of Loeb & Herman LLC (Milwaukee) and Laura Beck of Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry, S.C. (Green Bay) – will talk about high conflict cases and how to keep your cool.

    “Do you always seem to have one case keeping you up nights? This program will give ideas and tips on how to manage this stress without going crazy,” the speakers note.

    These are just some of the sessions at this year’s WSSFC, which will include a virtual exhibit hall of venders with products and services to help you succeed.

    Up to 16.5 overall credits will be offered at the WSSFC. Mix and match your CLE credits from a mix of options comprised of 14.0 CLE, 7.5 ethics and professional responsibility (EPR), 6.0 law practice management (LPM), and/or 3.5 lawyer awareness and understanding (LAU) credits. Additionally, earn even more credits watching select complimentary webcast replays in November and December, after the event.

    Check out the full schedule and register now.

    “Grievances. Ugh. Take a deep breath, put down that crate you were about to ship to the Office of Lawyer Regulation, and learn some tips for responding to an inquiry,” said attorney Stacie Rosenzweig of Halling & Cayo S.C., Milwaukee. Rosenzweig, whose practice areas include legal ethics and professional responsibility for attorneys, is presenting on OLR grievances and how to respond to them.


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