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    Vol. 76, No. 5, May 2003

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Thomas L. Doerr Jr.


    Margaret Irish Hoefer


    Thomas L. Doerr Jr., Marquette 2000, and Margaret Irish Hoefer, U.W. 2000, have joined Cook & Franke S.C. as associates. Doerr concentrates in general corporate and commercial and residential real estate matters in the Milwaukee office. He previously was with Beck, Chaet & Bamberger S.C. Hoefer concentrates in health, civil litigation, and environmental matters in the Madison office. She previously was with Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Minneapolis.

    David V. Meany


    Mark R. Sewell


    Nancy C. Wettensten
    M. Elizabeth Winters

    Four attorneys have been promoted to shareholder at DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison. David V. Meany, Georgetown 1983, represents clients in complex commercial litigation matters and advises clients on antitrust and trade regulation, regulatory compliance, and consumer protection issues. Mark R. Sewell, U.W. 1990, focuses on complex estate administration, commercial real estate transactions, and business mergers and acquisitions and has extensive experience with rural land use issues. Nancy C. Wettersten, U.W. 1986, represents individuals in family law, juvenile law, and criminal defense matters. M. Elizabeth Winters, U.W. 1997, represents management interests in employment relationships, resolves commercial litigation disputes, and works with municipal and local governments.

    Syovata K. Edari, U.W. 2001, has become an assistant state public defender with the Appellate Division in the Milwaukee office. Edari previously was judicial clerk to the Hon. David Deininger, District IV Court of Appeals, Madison.

    Michael Fischer, Harvard 1973, has joined Kravit, Gass, Hovel & Leitner S.C., Milwaukee, practicing in complex commercial, antitrust, trade regulation, and securities litigation. He previously was a partner with Foley & Lardner, Milwaukee.

    Lawrence R. LaSusa


    Lawrence R. LaSusa, DePaul 1986, has joined Calcutt, Cunningham, Davison, Rogers & Boynton PLLC, Traverse City, Mich., as an associate, focusing on litigation and advising individuals, partnerships, corporations, and governmental agencies in business and litigation matters. He previously was with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin.

    Terrence J. Gaffney, Tulane 1974, has joined Sager, Colwin, Samuelsen & Associates S.C., Fond du Lac, practicing in estate and trust planning and administration, corporate and business transactions and litigation, bankruptcy/reorganizations, and employment. He previously was with Davis & Kuelthau S.C., Milwaukee; Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, Chicago; and Gaffney Law Offices, Oak Brook, Ill.

    Douglas G. Lemke, Marquette 1996 cum laude, has become general counsel with First Magnus Financial Corp., Tucson, Ariz. He formerly was with Brown & Bain P.A. and Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.

    Eric A. Bartsch, William Mitchell 1994 cum laude, and Reuben A. Mjaanes, U.W. 1996 cum laude, have been named partners in Lindquist & Vennum PLLP, Minneapolis. Bartsch practices in antitrust, agricultural, and business litigation. Mjaanes practices in employment, labor law, and general litigation.

    Bradley C. Lundeen


    Bradley C. Lundeen, William Mitchell 1984 cum laude, has joined Bell O' Connor & Campbell, Phoenix, as an associate, practicing in insurance defense and employment law litigation with a focus on defense of bad faith claims. He previously owned and operated Lundeen Law Ltd., Hudson.

    Michael Mishlove, Michigan 1992 cum laude, has joined Friebert, Finerty & St. John S.C., Milwaukee, as a senior associate, focusing in litigation with concentrations in employment and commercial litigation.

    Connie O' Connell, U.W. 1996, has joined the insurance practice group of LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn, Madison, helping to represent insurance companies with complex corporate, regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters. She previously was the Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner.

    Richard J. Schroeder, Hamline 1992, has become a partner with Burke & Thomas, Arden Hills, Minn.

    Elizabeth Neary


    Sally Piefer


    Elizabeth Neary, Marquette 1983, and Sally Piefer, Marquette 1994, have become shareholders in The Schroeder Group S.C., Attorneys at Law, Waukesha. Neary concentrates on business and commercial litigation and also works on children's law cases, especially adoption. Piefer focuses on employment and labor law, business transactions, and corporate law.

    Stephen C. Werner Jr.


    Stephen C. Werner Jr., U.W. 1997, has joined the Madison office of Quarles & Brady LLP as an associate in the intellectual property and e-commerce and informational technology practice groups. He focuses on intellectual property, information technology, and private equity.

    Charles R. Shedlak, Cornell 1991 cum laude, has been named a partner in Tuesley & Hall LLP, South Bend, Ind., continuing to concentrate in commercial litigation, business torts, and land use and real estate litigation.

    Lisa E. Soronen, U.W. 2000 magna cum laude, has become a staff attorney with the National School Boards Association, Alexandria, Virginia. She previously was with the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Madison.

    John D'Antico Mark T. Garsombke Thomas J. Niemiec


    Karen Tidwall Molly Zillig  

    The following attorneys have joined the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.: John D'Antico, Florida 1999 with honors, concentrates in prosecuting patent applications in electrical, mechanical, and electromechanical arts with the intellectual property group. Mark T. Garsombke, Regent University 1998, is with the information technology, telecommunications, and intellectual property groups. He previously was corporate counsel at Strong Funds. Thomas J. Niemiec, University of Detroit 1981, concentrates in worker's compensation issues. He previously was a shareholder with Bassford, Lockhart, Truesdell & Briggs, Minneapolis. Karen Tidwall, Creighton 1993 cum laude, has joined the litigation group, focusing in products liability, commercial and business disputes, securities matters, and toxic torts. Molly Zillig, Creighton 1989, has joined the litigation and transportation groups, focusing in products liability defense, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, professional liability defense, toxic torts, and commercial litigation. Tidwall and Zillig previously were with Kravit, Goss, Hovel & Leitner.

    Phillip C. Theesfeld, U.W. 1993, has joined Piper & Schmidt, Milwaukee, as an associate.

    Rebecca J. Vahle, U.W. 2002, has joined the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as an associate in the land and resources practice group, focusing in environmental law, land use, and real estate. She previously was a legal research intern for the Center for Applied Legal Studies, Johannesburg, South Africa.

    John D. Wilson, Maryland 1987, has rejoined the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as a partner in the land and resources department, focusing in utility and regulatory law. He also will be leading the firm's government and public policy special practice group with Raymond Taffora, U.W. 1986. Wilson previously was vice president of public and regulatory affairs for Xcel Energy - Wisconsin.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    Douglas S. Buck


    Douglas S. Buck, U.W. 1993, has moved to Foley & Lardner's Madison office from the firm's Chicago office. Buck is a partner in the business law department, focusing in real estate.

    The Hon. Frank Thomas Crivello, Marquette 1973, has moved his practice to the Law Offices of Seymour Pikofsky S.C., 735 N. Water St., Suite 1100, Milwaukee, where he will continue his mediation and arbitration practice and provide litigation support for complex trial problems. He will also be of counsel to the firm and handle commercial and personal injury litigation. Crivello previously was a Milwaukee County circuit judge.

    Nicole M. Jergovic, Marquette 2000, and Peter A. Haas, Marquette 2001, have opened J & H Law LLC, 1001 SW Fifth Ave., Portland, Ore. Jergovic focuses on criminal defense, civil litigation, and family law.

    Mark Lukoff, U.W. 1972, has opened an office in Racine in association with Arthur B. Nathan, Marquette 1971, and Winifred A. Nathan, Marquette 1983. Lukoff concentrates in criminal, traffic, juvenile, appellate, and social security. He previously was with the state public defender.

    Richard R. Sindic, Temple 1978, has relocated Sindic Law Offices S.C. to 7087 W. Moreland Blvd., Suite 7, Waukesha. The firm, which focuses on business law, commercial and civil litigation, personal injury, and real estate, has become of counsel to Ladd, Milaeger & Wimmer LLP, Waukesha.

    Appointments, Elections

    Randal N. Arnold, U.W. 1980, has been elected to the Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Membership is by election only and is based on the candidate's courtroom experience, personal character, and reputation. Arnold is a partner with the Milwaukee office of Hinshaw & Culbertson, concentrating on the defense of medical and legal malpractice matters and on professional licensing.

    Nancy M. Bonniwell


    Nancy M. Bonniwell, North Dakota 1984, has been elected president of the Waukesha Estate Planning Council. She is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP, concentrating in estate administration and estate, business succession, and marital property planning.

    Jennifer Lee Edmondson, U.W. 1986, has been appointed to the board of directors and the grants committee of the Appleton Education Foundation, which awards grants for educational projects that promote creativity and educational innovation.

    Gerardo H. (Jerry) Gonzalez, U.W. 1988, has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. He is managing partner of Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan L.L.P. and directs the firm's litigation practice in its Milwaukee and Chicago offices.

    William A. Jennaro


    William A. Jennaro, Marquette 1968, has been appointed by Gov. James E. Doyle as special counsel to assist the governor' s office and the Department of Administration with negotiations concerning the renewal of gaming contracts with state Indian tribes. Jennaro is a shareholder with Cook & Franke S.C., Milwaukee.

    Len Kachinsky, U.W. 1978, has been ordered to active Army duty as an administrative law officer in the office of the staff judge advocate, Fort Eustis, Virginia. He is senior attorney in Kachinsky, Petit & Parker LLC, Neenah.

    Heather L. MacDougall


    Heather L. MacDougall, Marquette 1994, has been appointed by President George W. Bush as chief counsel to the chair of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. She previously was associate general counsel of LPA Inc.

    John P. Macy, Marquette 1980, has been chosen secretary-elect of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section of the American Bar Association. He is with Arentz, Molter, Macy & Riffle S.C., Waukesha.

    Michael P. Maxwell, Marquette 2001, has been elected to the board of directors for Landmark Credit Union, Waukesha. He is with Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer S.C., Hartford.

    Daniel P. Bach, U.W. 1984, has been appointed deputy attorney general for the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) by Attorney General Peggy A. Lautenschlager, U.W. 1980. He previously was with DeMark, Kolbe & Brodek S.C., Racine. Michael R. Bauer, U.W. 1988, has been appointed DOJ legal services administrator. He previously was with Lawton & Cates S.C., Madison.

    Charles W. Pautsch, Illinois 1977 magna cum laude, has been named president of Wessels & Pautsch P.C., a management-side labor and employment law firm with offices in Milwaukee, St. Charles and Chicago, Ill., Davenport, Iowa, and Minneapolis. Dick Wessels, DePaul 1967, has become chair of the firm.

    John Podvin, U.W. 1991, has been appointed to the arbitration board of the National Automated Clearing House Association - the Electronic Payments Association. Podvin is a partner with Bracewell & Patterson L.L.P., Dallas, Texas, focusing on assisting financial institutions in matters involving state and federal banking laws, regulations, supervisory agencies, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation.

    Paul E. Prentiss, Duke 1971, has been appointed to a four-year term on the Milwaukee County Personnel Review Board. Prentiss is a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, concentrating primarily in labor and employment law, employee benefits, and general business litigation.

    Authors, Speakers

    Thomas Domer, U.W. 1983, presented "Worker's Compensation Ethics" and "Case and Client Evaluation" at the Worker's Compensation Top Ten 2003 Medical/Legal Issues National Conference in Las Vegas in February. He is with Domer Law S.C., Milwaukee.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Robert C. Leibsle, Marquette 1972, has been selected for inclusion in
    the 2003-04 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He is president
    of Godfrey, Leibsle, Blackbourn & Howarth S.C., Elkhorn, focusing on real estate law.

    Jeffrey J. Serum, U.W. 2002, has been chosen for membership in the Order of the Coif. Serum is an associate with Garvey, Anderson, Johnson, Geraci & Mirr S.C., Eau Claire, concentrating in business and real estate matters.

    David Walsh


    David Walsh, Harvard 1970, has received Foley & Lardner's Lynford Lardner Community Service Award in honor of his extensive volunteer work and community involvement, with organizations such as the Madison Opportunity Center, the U.W. System Board of Regents, Future Madison, and The Foundation Fighting Blindness. He is a partner with the Madison office of Foley & Lardner. The firm will donate $5,000 on Walsh's behalf to The Foundation Fighting Blindness.


    The Hon. Raymond F. Thums, U.W. 1964, will retire from the Marathon County Circuit Court, effective July 31. He has presided in Branch 2 of the court since 1988.

    In Memoriam

    George M. Chester, Harvard 1949, Milwaukee, July 15, 1922 - March 1, 2003.

    Robert D. Heidel, U.W. 1968, Middleton, Feb. 20, 1943 - Jan. 22, 2003.

    Jerome Merlin Ott, U.W. 1976, Mount Horeb, Feb. 22, 1948 - March 25, 2003.

    Norman N. Rosen, U.W. 1948, El Paso, Texas, June 25, 1919 - March 6, 2003.

    David A. Saichek, U.W. 1964, Milwaukee, Feb. 26, 1940 - March 23, 2003.

    Mark M. Velguth, William Mitchell 1987, Milwaukee, March 5, 1957 - March 4, 2003.

    Gary R. Weidner, U.W. 1974, Green Bay, Nov. 18, 1948 - Jan. 25, 2003.