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    March 01, 2002

    In the News


    Wisconsin Lawyer
    Vol. 75, No. 3, March 2002

    In the News


    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Megan A. Senatori
    Senatori
    Charles D. Wingrove
    Wingrove

    Megan A. Senatori, U.W. 2001, and Charles D. Wingrove, U.W. 2000, have joined Balisle & Roberson S.C., Madison, as associates in family law, estate planning, probate, and appellate law. Wingrove formerly was with Guelzow Law Offices Ltd., Eau Claire.

    Mark S. Brown, U.W. 1998, has been made a partner with Wessel Brown & Associates, LLC, Madison (formerly Wessel Law Office). Brown practices primarily in criminal defense, appeals, family law, and bankruptcy.

    Thomas A. Cabush, U.W. 1992, has become a shareholder at Kasdorf, Lewis & Swietlik S.C., Milwaukee. He specializes in civil litigation with an emphasis on insurance defense and insurance coverage matters.

    Brian C. Drumm, Indiana-Bloomington 1999, has joined Brickfield, Burchette, Ritts & Stone P.C., Washington, D.C., as an associate practicing regulatory and energy law.

    Ann K. Chandler
    Chandler

    Ann K. Chandler, Marquette 1987, has joined the Delafield office of Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP as an associate in the real estate practice group. Chandler has been a lecturer at the U.W. Law School and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Central Florida and U.W.-Milwaukee.

    Mark Diestelmeier, Iowa 1991, has joined Marshfield Clinic as associate general counsel. He previously was a shareholder at von Briesen, Purtell & Roper S.C. in Milwaukee, where he focused on health law and civil litigation.

    Foley & Lardner has promoted the following Milwaukee-based attorneys to partnership: Charles G. Carter, Georgetown 1993; Daniel M. Hess, U.W. 1992; Maria Gonzalez Knavel, Marquette 1993; David W. Simon, University of Calif.-Berkeley 1994; and Andrew J. Wronski, Minnesota 1994 summa cum laude.

    Carter, a member of the chemical practice group in the intellectual property department, focuses on client counseling, licensing, preparation and prosecution relating to U.S. and foreign patents in chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and material science technologies. He previously was a research scientist and manager in industrial and academic settings and has been awarded more than 45 U.S. patents.

    Hess, a member of the estates & trusts practice group, counsels privately owned businesses in business and estate planning matters. He also practices with the commercial transactions and business counseling group, focusing on mergers, acquisitions, and financing for private companies. He also practices in general corporate and commercial matters, and the effective use of ownership, management, and business succession techniques, with an emphasis on limited liability companies, limited partnerships, shareholder agreements, and sophisticated estate planning.

    Gonzalez Knavel is a member of the payments/compliance practice group, counseling clients on corporate matters and the general operational issues of hospitals and health care facilities, compliance issues, Medicare reimbursement, and the acquisition and sale of medical practice groups. Knavel previously managed a medical clinic.

    Simon practices in the litigation department's compliance, counseling and government enforcement and antitrust groups, representing clients in complex commercial litigation before trial and appellate courts. He also represents corporations and individuals in a variety of criminal and other government enforcement matters.

    A member of the securities litigation group, Wronski focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and trial work in banking and finance, commercial loan enforcement and workouts, insolvency-related litigation under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and state law insolvency provisions, the Uniform Commercial Code, securities law, the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act, and software licensing disputes.

    Foley & Lardner has promoted the following Madison attorneys to partner: Anat Hakim, Harvard 1993, a member of the firm's intellectual property litigation and e-business and information technology practice groups, works on patent, trademark, and domain name disputes. She also counsels clients in Internet law and e-commerce litigation and is an accomplished author and speaker on these issues.

    A member of the tax & individual planning department, Gregory Monday, U.W. 1993 with honors, advises clients in planning for asset protection, succession of family businesses, and estate management through will drafting and trust creation and administration.

    Foley & Lardner has hired the following associates in the Milwaukee office: Chelise Anderson, Illinois 2001 magna cum laude, in the intellectual property department working with the consumer products and trademarks practice group; Samuel Arena, Indiana 2001 cum laude, in the business law department focusing on real estate law; Jeffery R. Atkin, BYU 2000 magna cum laude, in the business law department focusing on finance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities and public companies; Michael Brayer, Michigan 2001 cum laude, in the intellectual property department; Eric J. Carlson, U.W. 1998 cum laude, in the intellectual property and advertising and marketing groups; Max B. Chester, Marquette 2001 magna cum laude, in the business law department focusing on commercial transactions, business counseling, mergers and acquisitions, and securities and public companies; Heidi M. Furlong, Virginia 2001, in the business law department; Laura Z. Jamison, Michigan 2000, in the business law department; Kurt A. Kauffman, Michigan 2001 cum laude, in the business law department; Jean M. Kohler, U.W. 2001, in the tax and individual planning department focusing on estates and trusts; Katherine E. Lazarski, Chicago 2001, in environmental law; Jessica S. Lochmann, Harvard 2001 cum laude, in the business law department; Jodi L. Malek, U.W. 2001 magna cum laude, in the litigation department involved with the general commercial litigation practice group; Michael P. Matthews, Michigan 1996 magna cum laude, in the litigation department (he previously was with Williams & Connolly, Washington, D.C., focusing on commercial litigation, government contracts litigation, and white collar criminal defense); John Michael Murphy, Chicago 2001, in the real estate practice group; Elana Olson, William and Mary 2001, in the labor and employment practice group; Jason Pauls, Marquette 1998, in the intellectual property department with the chemical and biotech practice groups; Christopher Ponte, Valparaiso 2001 cum laude, in the mergers and acquisitions, securities/public companies, and commercial transactions and business counseling groups; David P. Ross, Vermont 2001 magna cum laude, in the regulatory department and involved with the environmental regulation practice group; Christopher Schilder, Michigan 2001, in the litigation department; Jennifer K. Schroeder, Marquette 2001 cum laude, in the insurance practice group focusing on corporate and regulatory law; David M. Sortino, Northwestern 2001 cum laude, in the business law department; Marcus W. Sprow, Michigan 2000 cum laude, in the intellectual property department focusing on patent prosecution and intellectual property counseling; James O. Sullivan Jr., Marquette 2001, in the health law department (he is also a City of Wauwatosa alderman); Kelli Taffora, U.W. 2001 cum laude, in the litigation department; Martha F. Tsuchihashi, Chicago 2001 with honors, in the business law department; and Erik Weidig, U.W. 2001 magna cum laude, in the litigation department.

    The firm has expanded its intellectual property and business law departments with the addition of the following associates in the Madison office: Rick L. Abegglen, U.W. 1999 cum laude, in the intellectual property department and electronics practice group (he previously operated a software and electrical engineering consulting business); Michelle Manning, U.W. 2001 magna cum laude, in the intellectual property department and chemical practice group; Stephan J. Nickels, Marquette 2000 magna cum laude, in the intellectual property department and the intellectual property litigation group (he previously was an associate at Dorsey & Whitney, Minneapolis, Minn.); Alexander "Sandie" Pendleton, Minnesota 1987 cum laude, in the business law department emphasizing emerging growth companies (he previously was with Foley & Lardner, Milwaukee, and Cook & Franke, Milwaukee).

    Andrew J. Bryant
    Bryant

    Andrew J. Bryant, Hamline 1992, has joined Reynolds & Associates, Madison, focusing on employment, personal injury, municipal, education, and family law.

    Joseph D. Kuborn, U.W. 1995, has been made a partner of Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall. Kuborn practices in intellectual property focusing on domestic and foreign patents, trademarks and copyrights.

    Andrew R. Liverman, Valparaiso 1993 with honors, has been elected shareholder at Gendlin & Safran S.C. Liverman joined the firm in 1993 and became a partner in 2000. His primary area of practice is personal injury. Prior to joining Gendlin & Safran, he was a Kenosha County assistant district attorney.

    Thomas J. Misfeldt, U.W. 1974, has joined Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci S.C., Eau Claire, as a shareholder.

    John B. Rhode, Marquette 1995, has been made a shareholder in Sommer, Olk, Schroeder & Payant's Antigo office. Rhode practices in personal injury, family law, and criminal defense.

    Debra Thatcher Gilcrest, Montana 1990, and Peter G. Duffey, Thomas Cooley 1993, have joined Slattery & Lee Ltd., Waukesha, focusing on products liability and personal injury litigation.

    Basil J. Buchko Jr.
    Buchko
    Stephen C. Werner Jr.
    Werner

    Basil J. Buchko Jr., Notre Dame 1999, and Stephen C. Werner Jr., U.W. 1997, have joined Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Buchko joins the Manitowoc office, focusing his practice on corporate transactions and business law. Werner practices with the intellectual property, information technology and e-commerce and private equity groups in the Madison office. He previously was a member of the firm's Milwaukee office. Werner is a director of the State Bar's Young Lawyers Division.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    Victor Dana Brooks, Northwestern 1972, and Jennifer Ament Moeller, Marquette 1994, have formed Brooks & Moeller S.C., Sturgeon Bay. They will continue to serve clients in Northeastern Wisconsin in real estate, estate planning, probate, business transactions, civil litigation, family law, and criminal defense. Both previously were with Brooks & Martel S.C., Brooks as a shareholder and Moeller as an associate.

    Thomas E. Johnson, Dayton 1997 cum laude, has opened Johnson Law Office in Janesville, focusing on personal injury, estate planning, criminal, and family law.

    Christina J. Kabara, Marquette 1995, has opened the Law Offices of Christina J. Kabara LLC, Green Bay. She will continue in estate planning, family law, bankruptcy, and real estate.

    Robert R. Kanuit, William Mitchell 1993, has opened Kanuit Law Offices Ltd., at 4815 W. Arrowhead Rd., Suite 230, Hermantown, Minn., focusing on real estate law, business law, and estate planning. He previously was a shareholder with Maki, Durst, Ledin, Bick & Kanuit S.C.

    Appointments, Elections

    The Adams County Bar Association has elected these officers: president - Daniel G. Wood, Wisconsin Dells; and secretary/treasurer - Thomas J. McNally, Necedah.

    The Brown County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president -Marc A. Hammer, De Pere; president-elect - Brick N. Murphy, Green Bay; secretary - Carla O. Andres, Green Bay; and treasurer - Lisa Lotte Gammeltoft, Green Bay.

    The Douglas County Bar Association has elected these officers: president - George L. Glonek; president-elect - David A. Kropid; and secretary/treasurer - Holly L. Strop, all of Superior.

    The Fond du Lac County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Thomas L. Storm; president-elect - Isabell M. Mueller; secretary - Laurel S. Munger; and treasurer - Kathryn M. Bullon, all of Fond du Lac.

    The Green County Bar Association has elected these officers: president - Bruce W. Wilson; president-elect - Daniel R. Bartholf; and secretary/treasurer - Todd W. Schluesche, all of Monroe.

    The Green Lake County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Daniel D. Sondalle, Princeton; vice president - J. Steven Heil, Berlin; and secretary/treasurer - Mark T. Slate, Markesan.

    The Monroe County Bar Association has elected these officers: president - Lyle P. Schaller, Sparta; president-elect - James A. Quartemont, Tomah; and secretary/treasurer - Stacey R. Sanger, Sparta.

    Rebecca R. DeMarb, U.W. 1997, an associate with Murphy & Desmond S.C., Lawyers, Madison, has been elected to the board of directors of the Legal Association of Women and will serve as co-chair of the program committee. Debbie Garten, U.W. 1982, a shareholder with the firm, has been appointed to the State Bar of Wisconsin's fee arbitration panel for district 2. Robert A. Pasch, U.W. 1972, a shareholder with the firm, presented "Collection Law in Wisconsin," a seminar.

    Thomas A. Myers, Creighton 1978 cum laude, a shareholder with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee, was elected chairman of the board at La Causa Inc., a community-based organization for children and families that served over 9,000 children and adults last year. Myers is in the business organizations department, acting as general counsel to closely held businesses and handling mergers and acquisitions, management buyouts, capital formations, loans, and other commercial transactions.

    The Ozaukee County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Darcy E. McManus, Port Washington; president-elect - Eric E. Eberhardt, Port Washington; vice president - Paul V. Malloy, Grafton; and secretary/treasurer - Karl D. Schefft, Cedarburg.

    The Portage County Bar Association has elected these officers: president - Nadine I. Davy; president-elect - Rick A. Flugaur; and secretary/treasurer - Thomas B. Eagon, all of Stevens Point.

    The Rusk, Sawyer, Washburn County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - J. Michael Bitney, Shell Lake; and treasurer - Frederick A. Henderson, Ladysmith.

    The Sheboygan County Bar Association has elected these officers: president - Charles C. Adams; vice president - Douglas L. Leppanen; and secretary/treasurer - Angela W. Sutkiewicz, all of Sheboygan.

    The Tri-County Bar Association (Buffalo, Pepin, Jackson & Trempealeau counties) has elected the following officers: president - James C. Ritland, Black River Falls; secretary - Mark R. Franklin, Independence; and treasurer - Lawrence J. Broeren, Mondovi.

    The Vernon County Bar Association has elected these officers: president - George C. Wilbur, La Farge; vice president - Stacy A. Smith, Viroqua; and secretary/treasurer - Timothy J. Gaskell, Westby.

    The American Board of Trial Advocates - Wisconsin Chapter has elected the following officers: president - James T. Murray Jr., Milwaukee; vice president - Don C. Prachthauser, Milwaukee; and secretary/treasurer - Roy S. Wilcox, Eau Claire.

    The La Crosse Area Young Lawyers Association has elected these officers: president - Lance C. Hughey, La Crosse; vice president - Bryan E. Tillman, Onalaska; secretary - Aaron K. Garms, La Crosse; and treasurer - Darla A. Krzoska, La Crosse.

    The Legal Association for Women has elected the following officers: president - Jane D. Clark; president-elect and treasurer - Lara M. Herman; and secretary - Christine L. Taylor, all of Madison.

    The Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers has elected these officers: president - Keith R. Clifford, Madison; president-elect - Lynn R. Laufenberg, Milwaukee; vice president - Bruce R. Bachhuber, Green Bay; secretary - David M. Skoglind, Milwaukee; and treasurer - Daniel A. Rottier, Madison.

    The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association has elected the following officers: president - Scott D. Gerardin, Oak Creek; vice president - Harvey W. Pogoriler, Milwaukee; secretary - Deirdre Elliott, Milwaukee; and treasurer - Joanne S. Mack, Milwaukee.

    The Wisconsin District Attorneys Association has elected these officers: president - Sandy A. Williams, Port Washington; president-elect - David J. Wambach, Jefferson; vice president - Robert J. Jambois, Kenosha; and secretary/treasurer - Scott L. Horne, La Crosse.

    The Wisconsin Family Court Commissioners Association has elected the following officers: president - Faye M. Flancher, Racine; vice president - Tammy W. Levit-Jones, Wausau; secretary/treasurer - Terence T. Bourke, Sheboygan; and executive secretary - Michael J. Bruch, Milwaukee.

    Authors, Speakers

    David Patrick Eich, Columbia 1992, is the co-author of "European LBOs - Key Issues for U.S. Sponsors," which was published in the fall 2001 edition of The Venture Capital Review, the flagship publication of the National Venture Capital Association.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Foley & Lardner was recently recognized as one of Information Week's 25 Innovators in Collaboration, the first-ever law firm to be named to the list. The magazine lauded the firm for its use of intranets to deliver more collaborative and timely work products, and for creating knowledge-based products like client-specific extranets.

    Delos N. Lutton, Chicago 1973, a shareholder in Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., led a delegation of attorneys to meet with officials of the United Nations (U.N.) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The delegation will discuss human rights, HIV/AIDS prevention, labor, and environmental issues with the U.N. and affiliated agencies, and will address international trade with the WTO.

    Elizabeth Rindskopf-Parker, Michigan 1968, is chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Business Law's CyberSecurity Privacy Task Force. The task force will work to identify and interpret the ramifications of new laws, such as the anti-terrorism USA Patriot Act of 2001. Rindksopf-Parker is dean of the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific, and U.W. general counsel.

    Chief Judge Michael J. Skwierawski, Milwaukee County, and District Court Administrator Steven R. Steadman, La Crosse County, recently took part in the Conference on Bioterrorism, Biological Attack and the Courts in Oakland, Calif. The conference provided scientific, legal, and security information to court leaders from around the nation. The U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Conference of Chief Justices sponsored the conference. The program was coordinated by the Einstein Institute for Science, Health & the Courts, in Maryland.

    Skwierawski is chief judge for Wisconsin's First Judicial District in Milwaukee County, overseeing the administration of the courts and working with professional court administrators.

    Steadman is district court administrator for Wisconsin's Seventh Judicial District.

    Vincent A. Thomas, U.W. 1986, assistant dean of students and adjunct professor of law at Hamline University School of Law, was elected chair of the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Prelegal Education and Admission to Law School at the association's 2002 annual meeting in New Orleans, La.

    In Memoriam

    Charles R. Conant, U.W. 1949, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 15, 1922 - Jan. 21, 2000.

    Thomas P. Conlin, U.W. 1960, Madison, Aug. 27, 1931 - March 13, 2000.

    George N. Fowell, U.W. 1939, Richland Center, June 22, 1915 - Aug. 17, 2000.

    Donald F. Galloway, Iowa 1941, Green Bay, June 17, 1916 - Sept. 22, 2001.

    John F. Gehrz, U.W. 1945, Milwaukee, Aug. 20, 1922 - Dec. 10, 2001.

    Charles R. Moran, U.W. 1949, Englewood, Colo., Nov. 6, 1919 - Feb. 8, 2001.

    David C. Niblack, Georgetown 1964, Washington, D.C., March 25, 1934 - Nov. 12, 2000.

    John W. Reynolds Jr., U.W. 1949, Milwaukee, April 4, 1921 - Jan. 7, 2002.

    James G. Robb, U.W. 1948, Richland Center, Feb. 10, 1915 - Nov. 7, 2001.

    Elroy J. Ruehl, Marquette 1933, Belvidere, Ill., March 28, 1909 - Feb. 21, 2000.

    Hon. Joseph E. Schultz, U.W. 1952, Watertown, March 28, 1927 - Sept. 6, 2001.

    Hon. Maurice M. Spracker, Marquette 1927, Milwaukee, March 14, 1906 - June 10, 2001.

    Robert R. Studt, U.W. 1958, Monona, Feb. 7, 1931 - Nov. 24, 2001.

    Albert R. Tadych, Marquette 1958, Milwaukee, March 23, 1932 - Sept. 1, 2001.

    John J. Walsh, U.W. 1938, Madison, Aug. 23, 1912 - Nov. 1, 2001.


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