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    Vol. 76, No. 3, March 2003

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Erin M. Heck, William Mitchell 2001 magna cum laude, and Daniel P. Steffen, William Mitchell 1998, have joined Bakke Norman S.C. as associates. Heck concentrates in real estate, estate planning, and trust administration in
    the firm's Menomonie office. Steffen concentrates in family, criminal, and civil litigation in the New Richmond office. He previously was with Ludvigson & GaleWyrick, Osceola.

    Patricia J. Epstein, Brooklyn 1989, has joined Bell, Gierhart & Moore S.C., Madison, and has been named a director in the firm. Timothy J. Yanacheck, Marquette 1974, also has been named a director. Epstein
    and Yanacheck concentrate in medical malpractice and civil litigation.

    Christopher A. Davies, U.W. 1999, has been named a partner with Consigny, Andrews, Hemming & Grant S.C., Janesville, practicing in personal injury, business litigation, family law, criminal defense, and employment dispute resolution.

    Daniel I. Droege Jr., Hamline 1987, has joined Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, focusing in family law. He formerly was with Droege Law Office, Madison.

    Amie B. Feddema, U.W. 2002, has joined Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison, practicing primarily in business law and business litigation.

    John Haase, Valparaiso 1991 magna cum laude; John Kalter, Minnesota 1994 magna cum laude; and Pamela Krill, U.W. 1994 cum laude, have been elected shareholders in Godfrey & Kahn S.C. Haase is a member of the labor and employment and litigation practice groups in the Green Bay office. Kalter is a member of the labor and employment practice group in the Milwaukee office. Krill is a member of the securities team in the Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn.

    Kayla K. Hiller


    Kelly S. Kuglitsch


    Kayla K. Hiller, U.W. 1997, has been named a partner in Nowlan & Mouat LLP, Janesville. She concentrates in business, real estate and municipal law, and estate planning.

    Kathrin Anderson Kanabay, Marquette 1996, has joined Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered, Chicago, focusing on business planning and corporate law and has been admitted to the Illinois Bar. She previously was with Phillips, Donohue & Cymerman S.C., Milwaukee.

    Elizabeth (Liza) Kessler, U.W. 1997, has become program manager for America Online's Parental Controls, a part of the company's integrity assurance department.

    Kelly S. Kuglitsch, DePaul 2002 cum laude, has become an associate with the Milwaukee office of von Briesen & Roper S.C., focusing on assisting employee benefit plan administrators and fiduciaries with compliance with ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, and related regulations.

    The following attorneys have joined the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee Inc. as staff attorneys: Colleen A. Foley, North Carolina Central University 1993; Lindsey C. Grady, Marquette 2002; Carmen M. Ortiz, U.W. 1999; Natasha L. Torry-Abate, U.W. 2001; and Christine L. Wember, Marquette 1998. Janet M. Mueller, U.W. 1983, has rejoined Legal Aid as a staff attorney. Peter M. Koneazny, N.Y.U. 1983, has rejoined Legal Aid as litigation director.

    Jennifer Mirus


    Jennifer Mirus, U.W. 1993 cum laude, has been named a partner in Boardman Law Firm LLP, Madison. She advises businesses and municipalities on all aspects of employment relations, represents employers in employment-related litigation, and advises health care industry managers on compliance and privacy issues.

    Angela L. Pingel, Marquette 2002 cum laude, has joined the Milwaukee office of Krukowski & Costello S.C. She previously was vice president of investment operations for Heartland Advisors.

    Joseph P. Decker, Marquette 1994 cum laude, has joined the Madison office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. as a shareholder, practicing in the health care department. Christopher M. Beldin, Marquette 2000 magna cum laude, has become an associate with the labor and employment department of the firm's Milwaukee office.

    William T. Stuart, Marquette 1997 cum laude, has been named a shareholder at Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., Milwaukee, continuing to focus on real estate, environmental law, and commercial litigation.

    Tom Werlein, Minnesota 1989, has joined American Express Property Casualty, Green Bay, as its first litigation manager, in charge of defending insureds and the company in litigation nationwide. He previously was with the now-discontinued personal lines claims division of Northland Insurance Co.

    John P. Yentz


    John P. Yentz, U.W. 1982, has joined The Schroeder Group S.C., Attorneys at Law, Waukesha, as a shareholder, emphasizing acquisitions, succession planning, and finance. He formerly was a shareholder with von Briesen & Roper S.C.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    Bakke Norman S.C., with offices in New Richmond, Baldwin, and Menomonie, and the Byrnes Law Office, Amery, have merged. Daniel M. Byrnes, San Francisco 1963, and Brian D. Byrnes, Northern Illinois 1998 cum laude, will be the resident attorneys in the Amery office of Bakke Norman S.C. Daniel M. Byrnes concentrates in estate planning, probate, and business transactions. Brian D. Byrnes practices primarily in residential real estate, estate planning, bankruptcy, and municipal law.

    Timothy S. Riley, U.W. 1985, has joined David B. Lund, U.W. 1959, and Debra A. Stroik (formerly Petkovsek), U.W. 1990, in practice in De Forest. The firm is now known as Lund, Stroik & Riley S.C. Riley focuses on real estate, family law, and contracts.

    Relles, Borns & Long LLP has opened at 301 N. Broom St., Madison. David Relles, Catholic University 1977, Mark Borns, U.W. 1983, and Joseph Long, U.W. 1991, are partners in the firm, which concentrates in personal injury, civil litigation, family law, professional liability, and criminal and professional license defense.

    Shane W. Falk, Minnesota 1996 cum laude, has joined the firm as an associate, concentrating in family law and civil litigation. Falk previously was with Seidl & Stingl S.C., Wausau.

    Patti & Brill LLC has relocated its office to One N. LaSalle St., 44th Floor, Chicago, Ill. The firm continues to focus on intellectual property legal matters, including U.S. and international patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, opinion rendering, licensing, unfair trade practices, and trade secret misappropriation.

    Francis J. Sailer, Marquette 1978, has opened LaFave & Sailer LLP, 1101 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. He continues to practice in international trade, regulation, and customs, with an emphasis on unfair trade matters involving antidumping and countervailing duty cases. He previously was a partner with Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP, Washington, D.C.

    Wessels & Pautsch P.C., a management-side labor and employment law firm founded by Richard H. Wessels, DePaul 1967, will be opening a new office in Indianapolis. The firm's other offices are in St. Charles, Ill., Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Davenport, Iowa.

    Appointments, Elections

    The Ashland-Bayfield County Bar Association has chosen the following officers: president - John P. Anderson, Washburn; vice president - Sean P. Duffy, Ashland; and secretary/treasurer - Joseph C. Crawford,
    La Pointe.

    The Brown County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Brick N. Murphy; president-elect - Lise L. Gammeltoft; secretary - Carla O. Andres; and treasurer - Robert R. Gagan, all of Green Bay.

    The Fond du Lac County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Dawn M. Sabel; president-elect - Laurel S. Munger; secretary - Terrence J. Gaffney; and treasurer - Kathryn M. Bullon, all of Fond du Lac.

    The Green County Bar Association has chosen the following officers: president - Daniel R. Bartholf; president-elect - R. Scott Jacobson; and secretary/treasurer - Todd W. Schluesche, all of Monroe.

    The Green Lake County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - J. Steven Heil, Berlin; vice president - Mark T. Slate, Markesan; and secretary/treasurer - John F. Koenig, Ripon.

    The La Crosse Area Young Lawyers Association has picked the following officers: president - Edward S. Rue, La Crosse; vice president - Bryan E. Tillman, Onalaska; secretary - Amy M. Mashak, La Crosse; and treasurer - Bronwyn M. Woyach, La Crosse.

    The Legal Association for Women has elected the following officers: president - Lara M. Herman; president-elect - Rebecca R. DeMarb; cosecretaries - Christine L. Taylor and Allison Helland; and treasurer - Rebecca R. DeMarb, all of Madison.

    Among the officers elected by the Milwaukee Estate Planning Council Ltd. are the following State Bar members: vice president - Barbara A. Bombaci, Milwaukee; secretary - Philip J. Miller, Milwaukee; and directors - Robert Kamholz Jr., Milwaukee; John W. Lohre, Port Washington; Robert W. Mitchell, Milwaukee; John O'Meara, Milwaukee; Gordon P. Ralph, Glendale; Kathleen B. Schrader, Milwaukee; and Barry S. Werner, Milwaukee.

    Hon. Mel Flanagan, U.W. 1984, has been elected vice president of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) for 2003. Hon. Maxine White, Marquette 1985, has been appointed NAWJ Midwest regional director for a two-year term. Flanagan and White are on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

    The Ozaukee County Bar Association has chosen the following officers: president - Eric E. Eberhardt, Port Washington; president-elect - Karl D. Schefft, Cedarburg; vice president - H. Ben Levy, Cedarburg; and secretary/treasurer - Dennis H. Milbrath, Cedarburg.

    The Portage County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Rick A. Flugaur; president-elect - Thomas B. Eagon; and secretary/treasurer - Brian G. Formella, all of Stevens Point.

    The Richland County Bar Association has chosen the following officers: president - Amy E. Forehand; and secretary/treasurer - James J. Robb, both of Richland Center.

    Hoyt R. Stastney, Minnesota 1997, has been appointed chair of the financial institutions practice group of the State Bar's Business Law Section. Stastney is an associate with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP, focusing on corporate finance and securities, financial institutions, and closely-held businesses.

    Denis Stearns, U.W. 1992, has been elected president of the board of directors of Bailey-Boushay House, Seattle, a skilled nursing facility devoted to the needs of people living with AIDS. Stearns is a partner at Marler Clark, Seattle.

    The Tri-County Bar Association (Buffalo, Pepin, Jackson, and Trempealeau counties) has elected the following officers: president - Gene B. Radcliffe, Black River Falls; secretary - Paul B. Millis, Black River Falls; and treasurer - Lawrence J. Broeren, Mondovi.

    The Wisconsin chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association
    has elected the following officers: president - Deirdre Elliott; vice president - Jacqueline J. Ertl; secretary - Linda M. Glembocki; and treasurer - Joanne S. Mack, all of Milwaukee.

    The Wisconsin District Attorneys Association has chosen the following officers: president - David J. Wambach, Jefferson; president-elect - Scott L. Horne, La Crosse; vice president - Todd K. Martens, West Bend; and secretary/treasurer - Robert J. Jambois, Kenosha.

    The Wisconsin Family Court Commissioners Association has elected the following officers: president - Terence T. Bourke, Sheboygan; vice president - Darcy E. McManus, Port Washington; and secretary/treasurer - Lorene D. Mozinski, Manitowoc.


    Hon. Harry Halloway, U.W. 1947, has retired after 25 years as Milwaukee County court commissioner. He also was a trial lawyer for 26 years. Halloway, whose notable courtroom activities included dancing on the bench, singing, and playing with dogs, was known for his perpetual exuberance.

    Authors, Speakers

    Carlton D. Stansbury, Iowa 1990 with distinction, spoke on "Drafting and Funding College Education Provisions in Settlement Agreements" at the National CLE Conference in Aspen, Colo. Stansbury is a shareholder in the family law firm of Burbach & Stansbury S.C., Milwaukee.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Timothy J. Aiken, Marquette 1975, and Paul J. Scoptur, Marquette 1978, have been selected for inclusion in
    the 2003-04 edition of Best Lawyers
    in America
    . They are the senior shareholders of Aiken & Scoptur
    S.C., Milwaukee, concentrating their referral practice in personal injury
    and medical malpractice.

    Peter A. Haas, Marquette 2001, has been admitted to practice as a registered patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is with J & H Law LLC, Portland, Ore.

    Michael Bryan Kades, U.W. 1995, has received a Paul Rand Dixon Award, given to Federal Trade Commission employees who have made outstanding contributions to the commission's enforcement mission. He is an attorney with the health care division of the bureau of competition, Washington, D.C., focusing on antitrust investigations and pharmaceutical industry litigation.

    John P. Runde, U.W. 1979, has achieved board certification as a civil trial advocate through the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Runde is with Terwilliger, Wakeen, Piehler & Conway, Wausau.

    Mary Pat Ninneman, Marquette 1976, has joined the International Association of Defense Counsel, an invitation-only international organization that comprises the world's leading corporate and insurance attorneys. Ninneman is a partner with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP, focusing on employment litigation and counseling, especially wrongful discharge discrimination and employment tort litigation.

    In Memoriam

    Brian H. Blacher, John Marshall 1978, Milwaukee, Aug. 26, 1952 - Feb. 14, 2003.

    Hon. George A. Burns Jr., Marquette 1953, Glendale, July 21, 1929 - July 19, 2002.

    Oliver H. Butler, Marquette 1941, Midland, Mich., July 26, 1914 - Dec. 31, 2002.

    L. William Connolly Jr., Marquette 1952, Milwaukee, June 14, 1923 - Dec. 12, 2002.

    Gerald Robert Falk, U.W. 1976, Milwaukee, Aug. 13, 1947 - Nov. 27, 2002.

    J. William Foran, Marquette 1948, Wauwatosa, Feb. 17, 1922 - Dec. 22, 2002.

    Philip S. Habermann, U.W. 1947, Madison, Aug. 11, 1913 - Feb. 11, 2002.

    William A. Jackson, U.W. 1948, New Port Richey, Fla., April 14, 1920 - Nov. 7, 2002.

    Donald P. Johns, U.W. 1966, Madison, May 7, 1936 - Dec. 4, 2001.

    William H. Lawler, Marquette 1953, Brookfield, Dec. 28, 1928 - Oct. 14, 2002.

    Robert E. Michalski, Marquette 1936, Santa Rosa, Cal., April 15, 1913 - Nov. 23, 2002.

    Robert F. Muza, Marquette 1949, Menomonie, April 7, 1923 - July 20, 2002.

    Richard Eugene Nelson, U.W. 1956, Milwaukee, March 18, 1929 - Dec. 21, 2002.

    Frederick E. Reidenbach, U.W. 1949, Franklin, Feb. 20, 1919 - Dec. 14, 2002.

    Verne-Marie F. Slade, U.W. 1935, Placerville, Cal., July 13, 1910 - Jan. 10, 2003.

    Norman R. Wild, U.W. 1976, Antigo, Aug. 5, 1944 - Jan. 14, 2003.