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    Wisconsin Law Foundation Honors Attorney James Peterson

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    April 18, 2012

    Andrea Gage, J.D.
    State Bar of Wisconsin
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    Wisconsin Law Foundation Honors Attorney James Peterson

    Peterson Receives Award for Outstanding Efforts to Aid Community

    Madison, WI – The Wisconsin Law Foundation, the charitable arm of the State Bar of Wisconsin, is pleased to announce that Attorney James Peterson is the recipient of the 2012 Donald O'Melia Local Service Award. The award recognizes a lawyer who has made a significant public service contribution in his or her local community.

    Peterson is the chairman of the board of St. Aemilian-Lakeside, a non-profit organization which provides therapy, prevention, education and support services for foster care families and Wisconsin's children. Peterson also serves as chairman of Integrated Family Services, Inc., which provides ongoing case management and safety services for children and families from Milwaukee County who are assigned to IFS by a protective services court order or are at high risk for entering the court system. He is also on the board of Capitol West Academy, a tuition-free charter school.

    "Attorney Peterson has a long record of public service, and his good work has touched the lives of many," said Foundation President Dean Dietrich. "All lawyers should strive to show such leadership and dedication to serving our community. We honor Attorney Peterson and the excellent example he sets for the legal profession in Wisconsin."

    Peterson is a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of the firm's Private Equity & Venture Capital, Transactional & Securities and International Practices. He represents private equity acquirers, as well as emerging and mature businesses. Peterson graduated from Northwestern Law School in 1995, and was selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® for the last two years in a row. Prior to practicing law, Peterson worked at the State of Wisconsin Office of Federal-State Relations in Washington, D.C., and as a staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means.

    The award will be presented to Peterson during the 2012 Member Recognition and Networking Celebration on June 14 at the Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.

    Free The Wisconsin Law Foundation, founded in 1951, is dedicated to enhancing, promoting, funding, and developing charitable and educational programs to promote public understanding of the law.

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