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    Wisconsin Lawyer
    October 01, 2002

    In the News

    Wisconsin Lawyer
    Vol. 75, No. 10, October 2002

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Melissa Abbott

    M. Abbott

    Jessica A. Abbott, Marquette 2002, has joined Dowling, Thelen & Benske S.C. as an associate, focusing on family and juvenile law.

    Melissa A. Abbott, U.W. 2002, has joined Solheim Billing & Grimmer S.C., Madison, as an associate, practicing in estate planning, probate, and tax.

    Matthew M. Beier, U.W. 2000, has joined Murphy Desmond, Lawyers, as an associate. He formerly was with the U.W. Department of Legal Affairs.

    The following attorneys have joined Corneille Law Group LLC, Madison: Robert D. Ebbe, U.W. 1995, focusing in medical malpractice litigation and health law; Jason F. Hahn, U.W. 2002, concentrating in medical malpractice defense and personal injury defense; and Curtis Swanson, Michigan 1974, focusing in health care, medical malpractice defense, and antitrust law.

    Mindy K. Dale, Indiana 1987, has joined Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci S.C., Eau Claire, as an associate in the labor section.

    The following attorneys have joined Davis & Kuelthau S.C. as associates: Christopher M. Avery, Marquette 2002, and Daniel J. Chanen, U.W. 2002, have joined the Milwaukee office. Avery is a member of the business and corporate law section and practices general corporate law. Chanen is a member of the labor and employment section and focuses his practice in school law, particularly special education issues, and general employment matters. Todd W. Martin, U.W. 1995, has joined the firm's Madison office, focusing on employee benefits law, including welfare and pension plans, and general labor and employment law, including leave laws, wage and hour laws, employment contracts, employment tax, and fair employment issues.

    Michael W. Drumke, U.W. 1991, has joined the Chicago office of Schiff Hardin & Waite as a partner, focusing on complex business litigation matters, including toxic torts, product liability, class actions, and commercial litigation. He previously was an associate with Freeborn & Peters, Chicago.

    Rhonda K. Frank-Loron, U.W. 2000, has joined Julian, Musial & Friedrich S.C., Madison, as an associate, focusing on elder law, estate planning, probate, criminal defense, and family law.

    Robert E. Hankel, U.W. 1974, has become a partner in Hartig, Bjelajac, Hankel & Koenen, Racine, and will continue to concentrate in litigation and municipal law.

    Michelle L. Heckmann, Hamline 1996, has joined Hammarback, Murray & Jacobson S.C., River Falls, as an associate. The firm concentrates in agricultural law, family law, general litigation, and personal injury. Heckmann previously was with Cousineau, McGuire, & Anderson, Minneapolis.

    Kirsten A. Keegan, U.W. 2002, has joined Loeb & Herman S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate, concentrating in divorce, paternity, child removal, grandparents' rights, and appellate practice.

    Brian S. Kern, U.W. 1997, has become senior counsel for the Medmarc Insurance Group, Chantilly, Va., focusing on corporate and insurance regulatory law.

    Julie A. Lotto, Lewis & Clark 1998, has joined Reynolds & Associates, Madison, as an associate, practicing in environmental and land use law, family law, and personal injury.

    Noel A. Sloan, Baylor 1994 cum laude, and John C. Thomure Jr., U.W. 1993, LL.M. (taxation) Washington Univ. 2000, have become associates in Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Sloan, a CPA, is a member of the estate planning practice area in the Waukesha office, focusing on assisting high net worth individuals with tax planning and wealth transfer planning. She previously was a tax manager in the family wealth planning area of private client services at Arthur Andersen LLP, Milwaukee. Thomure is a member of the litigation practice area in the Milwaukee office. He previously was an associate at Kohler & Hart LLP and an associate adjunct professor at Marquette Law School.

    Patrick A. O'Neil, U.W. 1992, has joined Piper & Schmidt, Milwaukee, as an associate, continuing to focus on insurance defense.

    John P. Rocco
    Patrick Wells
    Carmen Anderson
    Craig Salzar
    Christopher Riordan

    The following attorneys have joined von Briesen & Roper S.C., Milwaukee:

    John P. Rocco, Marquette 1994 cum laude, is a shareholder in the firm's general litigation and risk management sections, focusing in insurance coverage and defense work, products liability, toxic torts, and business litigation. Patrick Wells, Marquette 1994, also is a shareholder in the general litigation and risk management sections, focusing in insurance coverage and defense, products liability, toxic torts, business litigation, and contract law, UCC-Sales, warranty and defense, lemon law, and appeals. Carmen Anderson, Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City 1995, joined the firm as an associate and has been named a shareholder in the general litigation section, focusing in products liability, toxic torts, insurance coverage, and general litigation matters. Craig Salzer, Marquette 1998, is an associate in the litigation and risk management sections, concentrating in products liability, toxic torts, insurance coverage, and general litigation matters. Christopher Riordan, Marquette
    1987, is an associate in the general litigation section, focusing on medical negligence, hospital malpractice, personal injury, insurance coverage issues, and product liability claims. The five attorneys previously were with Crivello, Carlson, Mentkowski & Steeves, Milwaukee.

    Sean W. O'Neill, Drake 1997, has joined the Law Office of Lee J. Fehr, Onalaska, focusing on plaintiff's personal injury, worker's compensation, OWI defense, and general civil and criminal litigation. He previously was with the Michael Ablan Law Firm S.C.,
    La Crosse.

    Timothy W. Schelwat, Drake 1987, has joined Michael F. Hupy & Associates S.C., Milwaukee, concentrating in plaintiff's personal injury representation. He previously was with Knutson & Heino S.C., Brookfield.

    Andrew J. Schwaba, DePaul 1998, has joined the Milwaukee office of Previant, Goldberg, Uelmen, Gratz, Miller & Brueggeman S.C. as an associate, concentrating in personal injury and worker's compensation law.

    David R. Sparer, U.W. 1979, has joined Herrick & Kasdorf LLP, Madison (formerly Herrick, Kasdorf, Dymzarov, Twietmeyer & Zarov LLP) as a partner. He previously was with the King Street Law Collective.

    Amy E. Worden, Marquette 1999 cum laude, has joined the legal department of the Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., providing support to purchasing clients. She previously was with King & Ballow, Nashville, Tenn.

    Brian H. Zygo, Texas 1997, has joined Thompson & Reilley P.C., Houston, as an associate, practicing in insurance defense, maritime law, admiralty law, and Indian law.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    Jon D. Anderson, Marquette 1994, LL.M. (taxation) N.Y.U. 1998, has opened the Law Office of Jon D. Anderson, 414 E. Walnut St., Suite 201, Green Bay, focusing on corporate, tax, estate planning, real estate, and general practice.

    Dowling & Blumenfield LLP has opened a new office at 11520 N. Port Washington Rd., Suite 107K, Mequon. The firm will continue to concentrate in serious personal injury cases, civil litigation matters, estate planning, and criminal, juvenile, traffic, and drunk driving cases.

    Frank W. DiCastri, U.W. 1997, has relocated to the Milwaukee office of Foley & Lardner from the Chicago office. DiCastri, a member of the business reorganization practice group, focuses on creditors' rights, bankruptcy, and commercial litigation.

    Vladimir M. Gorokhovsky, John Marshall 2001, has opened the Law Office of Vladimir M. Gorokhovsky, 2492 N. Murray Ave., Suite 110, Milwaukee, a general practice with a focus on international transactional law, business immigration, international transportation law, customs and freight-forwarding matters, Russian law, and international child adoption law.

    Gregory M. Hildebrand


    Gregory M. Hildebrand, Marquette 2000, has established Gregory M. Hildebrand LLC, 230 W. Wells St., Suite 801, Milwaukee, practicing family law, collaborative divorce, and estate planning. He previously was an associate with Michael Best &
    Friedrich LLP.

    Mark S. Knutson, Loyola 1978, has opened the Law Offices of Mark S. Knutson S.C., 14170 W. Greenfield Ave., Brookfield. Joseph J. Kaupie, S.M.U. 1998, has become an associate with the firm, which focuses on family law, estate planning, real estate, personal injury, litigation, criminal, and traffic matters. Knutson formerly was with Knutson & Heino S.C., Brookfield.

    Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren s.c. has opened a new office at W233 N2080 Ridgeview Parkway, Waukesha, continuing to focus on business law, estate planning, real estate, environmental law, and litigation.

    Appointments, Elections

    Gregory S. Mager, Marquette 1997, and Peggy L. Podell, Marquette 1986 cum laude, have been elected to positions with the ABA's Family Law Section. Mager has been named co-vice chair of the section's trial practice and techniques committee, and Podell has been elected section vice chair. Both attorneys are with Podell & Podell, Milwaukee, which restricts its practice to divorce law.

    The Calumet County Bar Association has chosen the following officers: president - Troy R. Schneider; president-elect - Jeffrey S. Froehlich; and secretary/treasurer - Terri L. Weber, all of Chilton.

    Todd Cleary, Cornell 1999, has been appointed to the Waukesha County advisory board of the Children's Service Society of Wisconsin. He is an associate in the employee benefits practice group in the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C.

    The Dodge County Bar Association has selected the following officers: president - Karla A. Chase, Mayville; president-elect - James H. Olson, Beaver Dam; and secretary/treasurer - Lisa L. Derr, Beaver Dam.

    The Eastern District Bar Association has chosen the following officers: president - Nathan A. Fishbach; president-elect - William J. Mulligan; secretary - James L. Santelle; and treasurer - Robert L. Gegios, all of Milwaukee.

    The Iowa County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Peter J. Pfotenhauer, Mineral Point; president-elect - Gayle Branaugh Jebbia, Dodgeville; and secretary/treasurer - Margaret M. Koehler, Mineral Point.

    Frank T. Pasternak, John Marshall 1994, has been elected Wisconsin delegate to the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and will serve on the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers board of directors. He practices plaintiff's personal injury and wrongful death litigation at Frank Pasternak & Associates S.C., Wauwatosa.

    The Jefferson County Bar Association has selected the following officers: president - Jacob W. Gobel, Fort Atkinson; president-elect - Jennifer L. Weber, Johnson Creek; secretary - Constance L. Hartel, Fort Atkinson; and treasurer - Vicki E. Zick, Johnson Creek.

    Len Kachinsky, U.W. 1978, spent three weeks on active duty at the staff judge advocate office at the U.S. Army Reserve Command, Fort Gillem, Ga., working on legal issues related to operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. He is with Kachinsky, Petit & Parker LLC, Neenah.

    The Kenosha County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Joseph M. Cardamone III, Salem; president-elect - Nicole L. Beddigs, Kenosha; secretary - Christine A. Gabron, Kenosha; and treasurer - Gino M. Alia, Kenosha.

    The La Crosse County Bar Association has chosen the following officers: president - Michael W. Gill; president-elect - Ann I. Brandau; and secretary/treasurer - Carla J. Hughey, all of La Crosse.

    Robin Shellow, Mercer 1986, has been elected to the board of directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Shellow is with the Shellow Group, Milwaukee, focusing on homicide cases, international defendants, and children involved in adult court cases.

    Ann M. Maher, Marquette 1988 cum laude, and Kenneth R. Nowakowski, Northwestern 1980, have been elected to the board of directors of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee. Maher, who leads the firm's litigation practice group, concentrates in business and employment litigation and dealership, distribution, and antitrust related matters. Nowakowski concentrates in commercial and business litigation, including intellectual property and technology-related matters.

    The Winnebago County Bar Associa-tion has elected the following officers: president - Karen L. Seifert, Oshkosh; president-elect - Jennifer F. Thompson, Oshkosh; and secretary/treasurer - Brenda Bann, Appleton.

    Pro Bono, Public Service

    Robert L. Habush, U.W. 1961, the Howard Eisenberg family, and Marquette University officials honored the late Howard Eisenberg by dedicating the Eisenberg Memorial Hall at Marquette Law School on Aug. 29. Eisenberg was dean of the law school when he died. Habush had earlier donated $500,000 to refurbish the hall, which originally was to bear his name. He is chairman of Habush Habush & Rottier, which has 11 offices statewide.

    Authors, Speakers

    Robert E. Meldman, Marquette 1962, taught a course on international taxation in Brisbane, Australia, as part of an exchange program between the University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law and Marquette Law School. He previously has taught at Marquette as part of the program, which alternates between the U.S. and Australia each summer. Meldman is a shareholder with the Milwaukee office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

    Dianne Post, U.W. 1979, has written "Women's Rights in Russia: Training Non-Lawyers to Represent Victims of Domestic Violence," 4 Yale Human Rights & Dev. L.J. 135 (2001), "Women, Violence and Equality: Analysis and Commentary on Russian Law," J. E. European Law 97, vol. 7, no. 1 (2000), and "Violence Against Women in Post-Soviet States: Foreign Assistance Makes a Difference," Kennan Brief (Woodrow Wilson Int'l Center for Scholars, Aug. 2002).

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    For the second consecutive year, Foley & Lardner has received a CIO-100 award from CIO magazine. The award recognizes the top 100 companies worldwide that exemplify leadership in business or organizational excellence, by effectively integrating technology and processes to improve efficiency and cost effectiveness.

    Godfrey & Kahn S.C., with offices in Appleton, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, and Waukesha, has been ranked third nationwide in an American Banker Magazine list of legal advisors for bank and thrift mergers, based on the deal value of domestic mergers through June 2002.

    The ABA's Family Law Section has created an award in honor of James J. Podell, Michigan 1967. The award, which will be given annually to the person who best exemplifies a commitment to lawyer education, recognizes Podell's work in continuing legal education as a speaker, writer, and editor. He is with Podell & Podell, Milwaukee, which restricts its practice to divorce law.

    Carlton D. Stansbury, Iowa 1990 with distinction, has received the ABA Family Law Section Chair's award for his meritorious service as chair of the section's publications development board. He is a shareholder with Burbach & Stansbury S.C., Milwaukee.

    In Memoriam

    Gilbert F. Barnard, U.W. 1950, Darlington, Sept. 29, 1924 - July 26, 2002.

    William H. Bowman, U.W. 1939, Ojai, Cal., May 21, 1916 - March 21, 2002.

    Eugene C. Daly, Marquette 1942, Milwaukee, Nov. 11, 1919 - July 13, 2002.

    Walter S. Davis, Northwestern 1950, Milwaukee, March 31, 1924 - Jan. 7, 2002.

    Hon. William M. Donovan, U.W. 1970, Porterfield, Aug. 2, 1938 - Oct. 28, 2001.

    John W. Flood, Marquette 1947, Wausaukee, March 1, 1921 - Aug. 17, 2002.

    Eugene O. Gehl, U.W. 1951, Madison, Sept. 6, 1923 - March 14, 2002.

    Cyril Gross, Marquette 1936, Shorewood, Nov. 5, 1912 - July 14, 2002.

    Frederic E. Hatch, Wayne State 1975, Kissimmee, Fla., July 31, 1925 - June 22, 2002.

    Charles J. Howden, U.W. 1974, Madison, July 20, 1946 - June 29, 2002.

    Warren A. Kenney, U.W. 1969, Madison, Jan. 20, 1945 - June 22, 2002.

    Marvin E. Klitsner, U.W. 1942, Milwaukee, Sept. 11, 1918 - Aug. 10, 2001.

    John H. Lauerman, Marquette 1962, Marinette, March 29, 1937 - Oct. 2, 2001.

    William McEwen, Minnesota 1940, River Falls, Oct. 2, 1915 - March 8, 2002.

    Bradley A. McGlade, Oklahoma City Univ. 1976, Plymouth, July 14, 1950 - July 1, 2002.

    Gilbert A. Schneider, Marquette 1951, South Milwaukee, Nov. 29, 1907 - Aug. 7, 2002.

    Ralph Herbert Schultz, U.W. 1945, Milwaukee, Apr. 22, 1920 - May 20, 2002.

    Ralph G. Schulz, Notre Dame 1953, Milwaukee, Jan. 20, 1930 - Aug. 11, 2002.

    Dale Sorden, U.W. 1953, Menomonee Falls, Dec. 19, 1927 - March 9, 2002.

    Shirley M. Sortor, Marquette 1973, Milwaukee, Dec. 30, 1929 - Jan. 30, 2002.

    Charles W. Sturm, Marquette 1936, Milwaukee, Jan. 4, 1914 - Dec. 30, 2001.

    Robert J. von Bereghy, Marquette 1969, Hartland, Jan. 13, 1944 - Apr. 23, 2002.

    J. Nash Williams, NYU 1932, Madison, Aug. 30, 1906 - July 27, 2002.

    John J. Wittak, Marquette 1952, Brookfield, Sept. 15, 1924 - Dec. 14, 2001.

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