Vol. 75, No. 10, October
In the News
New Hires, Promotions, Partners
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
Mindy K. Dale, Indiana 1987, has joined Weld, Riley,
Prenn & Ricci S.C., Eau Claire, as an associate in the labor
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
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
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
The following attorneys have joined von Briesen & Roper S.C.,
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,
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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.,
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
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
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.
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
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.,
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.