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    Long-time Lawyer-to-Lawyer Directory participants have this to say …

    I have had the benefit of practicing with experienced attorneys willing to give me their time and guidance. Many lawyers, especially those practicing as solos, don’t have that benefit. Being listed in the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Directory gives me a chance to share some of my experience.  

    We can’t practice every area of the law – or in every part of the state.  Our clients come up with a variety of legal issues, sometimes involving matters outside our community. Having a list of lawyers from across the state handling specific matters is helpful for both for information and referrals.

    – Grant Birtch, Neenah

    When you aren’t familiar with a particular area of practice, the procedural rules can seem daunting. When a client chooses to appeal, the client or lawyer may want the assistance of someone who frequently practices in appellate courts.  That’s a service I offer, and the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Directory has helped lawyers find me.

    Lawyer-to-Lawyer is a time saver. When I need to make a referral for a non-litigation matter, I usually consult the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Directory first.

    – Beth Ermatinger Hanan, Milwaukee

    Through the Lawyer-to-Lawyer directory, I receive several calls a month from lawyers seeking help in resolving thorny condominium issues. My practice has benefited in several ways from these calls: they help keep me on top of the subject matter; they let me know what other condominium lawyers are doing throughout the state; and they occasionally lead to referrals.

    – Jesse Ishikawa, Madison

    Sept. 7, 2011 – Join a network of attorneys who share their knowledge in particular areas of law with other lawyers through free, brief telephone consultations. This 500-plus attorney network helps increase competence within the profession, reduce malpractice, and provide better delivery of legal services to the public. Sign up for the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Directory by Sept. 30.

    Lawyers who need a colleague’s advice can readily identify other lawyers who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise in specific areas of law. The directory also includes an alphabetical listing, and a topical listing that is broken into nearly 50 topics – from administrative/government law to worker’s compensation. The easy-to-use out-of-state listing facilitates finding Wisconsin-licensed lawyers who practice in other states.

    Being listed in the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Directory not only benefits other lawyers – and their clients – it can also lead to referrals. The directory is a great resource for newer attorneys and those venturing into unfamiliar areas of law.

    • Who can be listed? To be listed in this free directory, you must be an active member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, have experience in a particular field of law, and be willing to conduct brief 10-minute telephone consultations, free of charge, with other attorneys having less experience in that area of practice.

    • What if I am listed in the current edition? Those who are listed in the current directory will receive renewal forms in the mail the week of Aug. 22. To be listed in the 2012-13 directory, verify or update your information, and return the signed form to the State Bar by Sept. 30.

    • What if I want to be listed in the next directory? To join this network, download a fillable PDF registration form or a print-only version of the form. To submit electronically, save the PDF on your computer and email it as an attachment to org Lawyer2Lawyer wisbar wisbar Lawyer2Lawyer org. To submit via U.S. mail, send to Lawyer-to-Lawyer Directory, State Bar of Wisconsin, P.O. Box 7158, Madison, WI 53708-7158; or fax to (608) 257-5502. Return form to the State Bar by Sept. 30 to be included in the 2012-13 directory.

    The Lawyer-to-Lawyer Directory is revised every two years and is published in the annual Wisconsin Lawyer Directory™ and is accessible through WisBar. Every Wisconsin-licensed lawyer automatically is eligible to receive one free Wisconsin Lawyer Directory™ in January, which also is available through WisBar.