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    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Michael D. Aiken, Marquette 2006, has been promoted to senior associate at McCoy Leavitt Laskey LLC, Waukesha.

    Shannon A. AllenShannon A. Allen, U.W. 1995, has joined Fox, O’Neill & Shannon S.C., Milwaukee, as a partner in the litigation practice group.

    Breanne Bucher, Valparaiso 2011, has joined Bucher Law Group LLC, Delafield. She focuses on criminal defense, traffic, civil litigation, and landlord/tenant issues and serves as a guardian ad litem.

    Andrew “Drew” B. Coursin, U.W. 2011, has joined Neider & Boucher s.c., Madison, focusing on assisting entrepreneurs and business owners in strategizing and developing business ideas and goals and representing corporate clients in complex insurance-coverage litigation

    Three attorneys have joined Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP, Madison. Ann T. Davies, U.W. 1993, focuses on divorce and legal separation, child custody and placement, child and spousal support, property division, and mediation. Elisabeth Bach-Van Horn, Missouri-Kansas City 2007, focuses on family law and estate planning matters. Sean P. Lynch, Minnesota 2009, focuses on litigation, including worker’s compensation and criminal defense.

    Wyatt D. DittburnerWyatt D. Dittburner, Marquette 2013, has joined Burbach & Stansbury S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate focusing on family law.

    Sonnet C. Edmonds, U.W. 1993, has joined Taylor English Duma LLP, Atlanta, as of counsel, focusing on corporate and energy transactional matters. She previously was with Mirant Corp., an independent power-generating and trading company.

    Kyle W. Engelke, U.W. 2013, has joined Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison, practicing litigation, business, and municipal law.

    Joseph W. FauldsJoseph W. Faulds, Marquette 2013, has joined Stellpflug Law S.C., De Pere, as an associate focusing on litigation and trials, business and corporate law, and personal injury.

    Elizabeth R. Gebarski, Marquette 2013 cum laude, has joined Peckerman, Klein & Van Kirk, Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Steven D. Gruber, Marquette 2013 magna cum laude, and Nicholas Hermann, Marquette 2013 magna cum laude, have joined Gruber Law Offices LLC, Milwaukee, as associates focusing on personal injury law.

    Jennifer M. JacksonJennifer M. Jackson, Marquette 2010, has joined Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, as an associate in the corporate services practice group. She previously was with Wilson Elser Moskowitz & Dicker LLP.

    Andrew C. Jaynes, U.W. 2007, has become director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

    Rachel A. KruegerRachel A. Krueger, U.W. 2013 with honors, has joined Hawks Quindel S.C., Madison, focusing on worker’s compensation, disability, wage and hour, and general employment matters.

    Ken KucinskiKen Kucinski, U.W. 2013, has joined Aplin & Ringsmuth LLC, Deerfield, focusing on worker’s compensation and civil litigation.

    Joseph LaDien, Marquette 2008, has joined Davis & Kuelthau S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate in the corporate and real estate practice groups. He previously was with Mallery & Zimmerman.

    Katie S. LonzeKatie S. Lonze, Marquette 2013, has joined First, Albrecht, & Blondis s.c., Milwaukee, as an associate focusing on plaintiffs’ side employment, personal injury, worker’s compensation, and civil rights law. Lonze also has certificates in dispute resolution and litigation.

    Mark MaciolekMark Maciolek, U.W. 2005, has joined Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, in the litigation, criminal defense, and bankruptcy practice groups. He previously was a solo practitioner.

    Charles Maring II, Marquette 2011, has joined Karp & Ellis, Chicago, practicing plaintiff’s personal injury and worker’s compensation law.

    Josh J. MinonJosh J. Minon, U.W. 2012, has joined Cannon & Dunphy S.C., Brookfield, as an associate practicing personal injury law.

    Chris MolletChris Mollet, U.W. 1979, has been named executive vice president and general counsel for the suburban Chicago health system created by the merger of Edward Hospital & Health Services and Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare.

    Jill E. Mueller, Marquette 2013, has joined MacGillis Wiemer LLC, Wauwatosa, as an associate focusing on family and juvenile cases.

    Amber L. OtisAmber L. Otis, U.W. 2010 cum laude, has joined Balisle & Roberson S.C., Madison, as an associate focusing on family law involving privately held business interests. She previously was a law clerk for the Hon. JoAnne F. Kloppenburg, Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

    Andrew J. PascalyAndrew J. Pascaly, U.W. 2013 cum laude, has joined Stroud, Willink & Howard LLC, Madison, practicing tax, corporate, estate planning, and real estate law.

    Rebecca J.R. Roeker, Marquette 2003, has joined the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Office of General Counsel as an assistant general counsel. She previously was with Davis & Kuelthau s.c.

    Daniel RosenowDaniel Rosenow, U.W. 2013, has joined Cross Law Firm S.C., Milwaukee, focusing on severance negotiations, job counseling, individual and class-action wage and hour litigation, wrongful discharge, discrimination, disability accommodation, worker’s compensation, and contract negotiations and representing unions with collective bargaining.

    Steve SchlitzSteve Schlitz, U.W. 1993, has joined Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci S.C., Eau Claire, practicing in insurance defense and civil litigation.

    Mary E. Solheim, Hamline 2011, has joined the Wausau office of Mallery & Zimmerman S.C. as an associate, focusing on family law and general practice.

    Andrew C. StarkAndrew C. Stark, U.W. 2012, has joined Ziolkowski Patent Solutions Group S.C., Port Washington, focusing on patent prosecution.

    Susan R. TyndallSusan R. Tyndall, Marquette 1985, has joined the Waukesha office of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. as a shareholder.

    Jason Fathalla Doug Raines Jessica Reginato Rachel Schepp Sarah Platt Mark Schmidt Anne Wal James Wawrzyn Brion Winters Nine attorneys have been promoted to shareholder at the Milwaukee office of von Briesen & Roper s.c. Jason Fathalla, U.W. 2006, Doug Raines, Marquette 2006, Jessica Reginato, Marquette 2006 cum laude, and Rachel Schepp, U.W. 2003 magna cum laude, are with the litigation and risk management practice group. Sarah Platt, DePaul 2006 summa cum laude, is with the labor and employment and school law sections. Mark Schmidt, George Mason 2004 magna cum laude, is with the litigation and risk management practice and the banking, bankruptcy, business restructuring and real estate group. Anne Wal, Marquette 2006, is with the real estate, construction law, and banking, bankruptcy and business restructuring sections. James Wawrzyn, Marquette 2006 magna cum laude, is with the business practice group. Brion Winters, Marquette 2006, is with the banking, bankruptcy, business restructuring, and real estate practice group.

    Melissa A. YoungMelissa A. Young, U.W. 2013, has joined Hanna Legal LLC, Madison, as an associate focusing on family law and criminal defense.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Offices

    Kevin M. Gaertner, Michigan 2005, has formed The Law Office of Kevin M. Gaertner, 230 W. Wells, St., Suite 600, Milwaukee, focusing on criminal defense.

    Michelle Kniess, U.W. 2005, has formed Kniess Law LLC, Woodbury, Minn., practicing family law in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

    Rebecca Coffee, Marquette 2002, has become a partner at Mastantuono & Coffee S.C., formerly Mastantuono Law Office S.C., now located at 219 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 5B, Milwaukee.

    Miller & Ogorchock S.C. has moved to River Bank Plaza, 740 N. Plankinton Ave., Suite 310, Milwaukee.

    Murnane Brandt has opened a new office in Bismarck, N.D.

    Liz (Koch) Pfeuffer, Virginia 1998, has opened Pfeuffer Law Firm LLC, 209 8th St., Racine, and 1020 56th St, Kenosha, focusing on family law and criminal and restraining-order cases.

    Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary welcomes Jay R. Starrett, U.W. 1987, and Steven F. Stanaszak, Marquette 1996 cum laude, as partners to lead the transportation law firm’s new Milwaukee office, at 330 E. Kilbourn Ave., Plaza E. Office Center, Suite 827. Starrett, who focuses on defending catastrophic accident claims and on product liability and construction defect defense, is lead manager of the Milwaukee office. Stanaszak’s practice includes transportation litigation, labor and employment, and civil litigation.

    Appointments, Elections

    Matthew Banker, Marquette 2001, has been elected chair of the NCAA Division I Legislative Council. He is assistant commissioner of the NCAA Ohio Valley Conference, Nashville, Tenn.

    Kathryn M. Buono, Marquette 1986, was named honorary chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 15th Annual Breath of Life Gala. She is a partner and member of the corporate services practice group at Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee.

    Stewart EttenStewart Etten, U.W. 1980, has been elected president of Ruder Ware LLSC, Wausau. He is a member of the business transactions practice group and focuses on banking, commercial law, creditors’ rights, and mergers and acquisitions.

    John German, Marquette 1993, and Gregg Herman, U.W. 1977, have been elected co-presidents of Milwaukee Northshore Rotary. German is president of Platinum Automotive Solutions. Herman practices family law with Loeb & Herman S.C., Milwaukee.

    The Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association has elected the following officers: president – Micabil Diaz-Martinez, Marquette 1989, Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services, Madison; vice president – Georgia Herrera, U.W. 1985, Law Offices of Georgia L. Herrera, Racine; secretary – Cain Oulahan, Marquette 2011, Erich C. Straub Immigration Attorney LLC, Milwaukee; treasurer – Anique Ruiz, Marquette 2010, Milwaukee; and directors – Crystal Banse, U.W. 2010, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Madison; Brittany Lopez Naleid, U.W. 2010, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee; Glorily Lopez, U.W. 2000, Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison; Craig Mastantuono, DePaul 1992, Mastantuono & Coffee S.C., Milwaukee; and Natalia Minkel-Dumit, Marquette 2008, Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP, Milwaukee.

    Jeff Peelen, Georgetown 1998 magna cum laude, has been named national practice group chair for the public finance practice group at Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee. He practices public finance with an emphasis on securities law matters pertinent to local governments and broker-dealer underwriters.

    Patricia D. Struck, U.W. 1977, has been appointed to the ABA Commission on Law and Aging. She is with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, Madison.

    Marna M. Tess-Mattner, Marquette 1983, has been elected to the Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co. (WILMIC) board. She is a shareholder at Schmidt, Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox S.C., Brookfield, where she represents employers in labor and employment law.

    Judith A. Williams-KillackyJudith A. Williams-Killacky, U.W. 1997, a partner with Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, has become chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Labor and Employment Law Section.

    Several judges were elected or reelected to Wisconsin Court System seats in April. The Hon. Patience Drake Roggensack, U.W. 1980, was reelected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The Hon. Mark Gundrum, U.W. 1994, and the Hon. Lisa K. Stark, U.W. 1982, were elected to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. New or reelected circuit court judges include the following: the Hon. Rebecca G. Bradley, U.W. 1996, the Hon. David C. Swanson, Michigan 1994, and the Hon. Joseph W. Voiland, Marquette 2002, Milwaukee County; the Hon. Bernard “Ben” Bult, Marquette 1976, Marquette County; the Hon. Tammy Jo Hock, U.W. 1990, Brown County; the Hon. Rhonda L. Lanford, U.W. 1996, Dane County; the Hon. James A. Morrison, Minnesota 1973, Marinette County; the Hon. Mark R. Rohrer, Thomas M. Cooley 1992, Manitowoc County; the Hon. Robert R. Russell, Northern Illinois 1989, Lincoln County; and the Hon. Joseph G. Sciascia, North Dakota 1978, Dodge County.

    New circuit court judges appointed by Gov. Scott Walker include the following: the Hon. Kristina M. Bourget, U.W. 1991, Eau Claire County; the Hon. LaMont Jacobson, Minnesota 1979, Marathon County; the Hon. Thomas J. McAdams, U.W. 1987, Milwaukee County; and the Hon. David J. Wambach, Marquette 1985, Jefferson County.

    Authors, Speakers

    Liliana Kalogjera Barry, Columbia 2003, authored “How to Avoid Medicolegal Problems,” a chapter in The Academic Medicine Handbook: A Guide to Achievement and Fulfillment for Academic Faculty (Springer 2013). She is with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Milwaukee, and also an assistant clinical professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

    Dennis MelowskiDennis Melowski, Marquette 1993, Melowski & Associates LLC, Sheboygan, has coauthored Inside the Minds: Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings (Aspatore Publishing 2013).

    The Hon. Thomas H. Barland, U.W. 1956, and Michael J. Brose, William Mitchell 1991, coauthored the recently revised The Wisconsin Rules of Evidence: A Courtroom Handbook (State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE®, 8th ed. 2013). Barland is a reserve judge and a member of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. Brose is a shareholder in the New Richmond office of Doar Drill & Skow S.C.

    Rose Ann Wasserman, U.W. 1984, authored the recently revised fifth edition of A Guide to Wisconsin Employment Discrimination Law (State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE®, 5th ed. 2013). She is an administrative law judge with the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division, Milwaukee office.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Carmel Capati, U.W. 1998, received an honorable mention in the Virginia Hart Special Recognition Award competition, which recognizes outstanding women in state government. Capati manages the Wisconsin Court System Interpreter Program.

    David B. Kern, Michigan 1979, has been elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee.

    The Hon. James R. Kieffer, Marquette 1976, Waukesha County Circuit Court, received the Judge of the Year award from the Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

    Mark A KircherMark A Kircher, Marquette 1985 summa cum laude, has been inducted as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a partner with Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, practicing product liability, toxic tort, and personal injury litigation.

    Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge Daniel L. Konkol, Marquette 1976, and his wife were selected as marshals for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Milwaukee, in recognition of their many years of service to the Shamrock Club.

    Nicole L. KreklauNicole L. Kreklau, Hamline 2005, is a finalist for Public Justice’s 2013 Trial Lawyer of the Year National Public Interest Award, in recognition of her work on a qui tam action against a nursing home. She is with Pearson, Randal & Schumacher P.A., Minneapolis.

    L. Katie MasonL. Katie Mason, U.W. 2006, has been selected to participate in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Next Generation Program. She is with the business reorganization practice at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., Milwaukee.

    The Milwaukee County Drug Treatment Court Team received the 2013 Agency Research Collaboration Award for its work with the UW-Milwaukee School of Social Welfare’s criminal justice department.

    Theresa M. Owens, Drake 1992, was inducted as a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management at a ceremony in Washington D.C. in May. She is executive assistant to Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson.

    Harvey WendelHarvey Wendel, U.W. 1963, is the first recipient of the Dane County Bar Association’s Harvey L. Wendel Service Award, to be given to members of the DCBA for exemplary service to the legal profession and community. He is with Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison.

    Pro Bono, Public Service

    Foley & Lardner partnered with the Milwaukee Public Schools for a second year to provide donated supplies to Wisconsin Conservatory for Lifelong Learning students at a “school supply store event.”


    Recently retired Wisconsin judges include the following: the Hon. Dominic S. Amato, Arizona 1972, and the Hon. Jean A. DiMotto, Marquette 1984, Milwaukee County; the Hon. Timothy M. Doyle, U.W. 1974, Barron County; and the Hon. Richard O. Wright, U.W. 1967, Marquette County.

    In Memoriam

    Ann R. Behling, U.W. 1979, Fitchburg, Jan. 18, 1951 – July 29, 2013.

    Ira Blaine Bordow, Univ. of San Diego 1984, Milwaukee, May 15, 1959 – July 21, 2013.

    Byron E. Bronston Jr., Michigan 1963, Wausau, June 1, 1938 – Nov. 22. 1999.

    Frank J. Bucaida, U.W. 1957, Madison, Aug. 17, 1932 – Feb. 6, 2013.

    Daniel T. Flaherty, U.W. 1949, La Crosse, July 22, 1923 – June 14, 2013.

    Michael S. Gerlach, North Dakota 1987, Duluth, Minn., May 17, 1954 – June 28, 2013.

    Vernon J. Lubinski, U.W. 1950, Seymour, April 6, 1924 – June 18, 2013.

    William J. Mantyh, Michigan 1949, Milwaukee, Dec. 23, 1921 – March 31, 2012.

    Jean G. Setterholm, U.W. 1954, Berkeley, Calif, June 4, 1927 – Sept. 5, 2012.

    Charles S. Van Sickle, U.W. 1949, Madison, Feb. 9, 1920 – Sept. 29, 2012.

    Scott J. Wells, Fox Point, DePaul 2000, Sept. 21, 1972 – July 2, 2013.

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