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    Wisconsin Lawyer
    June 01, 2003

    In the News

    Wisconsin Lawyer
    Vol. 76, No. 6, June 2003

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    J. Timothy Lovett


    Howard B. Schoenfeld


    Scott T. Christian, Marquette 1990, and Nancy B. Johnson, U.W. 1994, have become shareholders with Brennan, Steil & Basting S.C. Christian, who practices primarily out of the Delavan office, focuses on business and corporate transactions, including business organization, acquisition, and sales; contracts; employment; and employee benefits. Johnson, who practices primarily out of the Janesville office, concentrates in general business, collections, construction law, environmental law, and business litigation.

    Peggy Brever, Northwestern 1980, and Amanda Layden, Marquette 1995, have joined the legal services department of Children's Health System, Wauwatosa. Brever formerly was a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee. Layden formerly was a shareholder with von Briesen & Roper S.C.

    J. Timothy Lovett, U.W. 1992, and Howard B. Schoenfeld, U.W. 1971, have joined the Milwaukee office of DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. Lovett's background is in land use, zoning and development, urban planning, and real estate development. Schoenfeld's background is in complex litigation and related transactional matters, in areas including real estate, construction, and civil rights law.

    Jay G. Durst


    Jay G. Durst, U.W. 1996, has been named a shareholder at Boyle, Fredrickson, Newholm, Stein & Gratz S.C., Milwaukee, practicing in intellectual property law with a focus on transactional patent and trademark issues, particularly nanotechnology.

    Michael D. Huitink, Georgetown 1999 cum laude, has rejoined the litigation practice group of the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. as an associate. He previously was with Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey P.L.C., Grand Rapids, Mich.

    The following attorneys have joined the Milwaukee office as associates: Nicholas Doukas, San Francisco 2002, is with the intellectual property practice group. Patrick S. Murphy, Marquette 2002, is with the financial institutions practice group. Neena M. Patil, Michigan 1999, is with the corporate and business and health care practice groups.

    Jennifer Peterson Wolff, Marquette 2001, has joined the corporate and business practice group in the Waukesha office as an associate. Anthony F. Baer, U.W. 2002 cum laude, Gregory J. Fumelle, Thomas M. Cooley 1986, and Marcella S. Spoto, U.W. 2001, have joined Greenhalgh & Krueger S.C. Baer concentrates on personal injury, worker's compensation, and general litigation. Fumelle has extensive experience in family law, bankruptcy, collections, commercial and civil litigation, real estate, and debtor-creditor law. Spoto concentrates on personal injury, commercial litigation, employment law, and general litigation. Fumelle is with the firm's Madison office, and Baer and Spoto are associates with the Baraboo office.

    Joseph S. Goode


    Joseph S. Goode, Syracuse 1994 cum laude, has joined the litigation group in the Madison office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. He previously was a shareholder at Kravit, Gass, Hovel & Leitner S.C., concentrating in general commercial and business litigation, with an emphasis in shareholder disputes, business workouts, dealership and franchise law, noncompete agreements, and patent litigation.

    Thomas R. Hefty, U.W. 1973, has become of counsel to Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee, practicing with the firm's corporate, health care, government relations, and insurance practice groups. He previously was chair and chief executive officer of Cobalt Corp. and its subsidiary, Blue Cross Blue Shield United of Wisconsin.

    Chad W. Koplien


    Chad W. Koplien, Marquette 1997 with distinction, has joined McCarty, Curry, Wydeven, Peters & Haak, with offices in the Fox cities region of Northeastern Wisconsin, focusing on complex personal injury and commercial litigation involving product liability, catastrophic accidents, and business disputes. He previously was with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Wenning, Sewall & Pitz, Appleton, and Terschan, Steinle & Ness, Milwaukee.

    Darrell C. Landry, Tulane 1997 with honors, has joined the Milwaukee office of Otjen, Van Ert, Lieb & Weir S.C., concentrating primarily in medical malpractice defense.

    Douglas Lemke, Marquette 1996 cum laude, has joined First Magnus Financial Corp., a national mortgage banker headquartered in Tucson, Ariz., as general counsel. He previously was in private practice at Brown & Bain P.A., and Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.

    Michael P. McCormick, California Western 2000, has joined Krekeler Strother S.C., Madison, as an associate, concentrating in bankruptcy and collection matters.

    Mary Rose Orcutt, Hamline 2002, has joined Geimer Law Offices S.C., Green Bay, practicing in elder law.

    Lisa F. Kaplan, Villanova 1994, and Mark A. Vawter, U.W. 2002, have joined Murphy Desmond S.C., Lawyers, Madison, as associates. Kaplan, who practices in commercial litigation and insurance defense, formerly was with the Pittsburgh, Penn., office of Jones, Day, Reaves & Pogue. Vawter practices in creditors' rights, litigation, land use, real estate, construction, and municipal law.

    The following attorneys have been named shareholders in the Milwaukee office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C.: Heather L. Fields, DePaul 1996 cum laude, in the health care depart-ment; Daniel Kelly, Regent 1991, in the litigation department; Amelia L. McCarthy, Marquette 1994, in the litigation department; John G. Pawley, U.W. 1994 cum laude, in the labor and employment department; and David B. Schulz, Marquette 1995 cum laude, in the banking and finance department.

    Andrew W. Schutte, Arizona 2000, has joined the New Richmond office of Bakke Norman S.C. as an associate, concentrating in criminal and civil litigation. He previously was with the Pima County, Ariz., Public Defender.

    William H. Thedinga, Harvard 1973, has joined Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci S.C., Eau Claire, as a shareholder in the business section.

    Steven J. Thomas, Marquette 1992, has been promoted to vice president - litigation/risk management at Kohl's Department Stores Inc., Menomonee Falls.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    Bakke Norman S.C., with offices in New Richmond, Baldwin, Menomonie, and Amery, and the Richardson Law Office, Spring Valley, have merged. Robert J. Richardson, George Washington 1966, and Jennifer A. O'Neill, William Mitchell 1994, will be the resident attorneys at the new Bakke Norman S.C. office in Spring Valley. Richardson concentrates in taxation, and farm, estate, and business planning. O'Neill practices primarily in elder law, estate planning, and residential real estate.

    Alan E. Grischke


    Thomas J. Molinaro, U.W. 1978, and Theresa B. Laughlin, U.W. 1996, have joined Alan E. Grischke, Loyola 1971, to form Grischke, Molinaro & Laughlin LLSC, with offices in Wausau, Antigo, Medford, Stevens Point, and Wisconsin Rapids. The practice concentrates in plaintiffs' personal injury law, including products liability, medical malpractice, worker's compensation, and motor vehicle accidents.

    Chad W. Koplien


    Lance R. Trollop

    Christine A. Bremer, Loyola 1978, has established The Law Office of Christine Bremer & Associates, 2100 Stewart Ave., Wausau, with additional offices in Stevens Point, Marshfield, and Minocqua. Also with the practice is Lance R. Trollop, U.W. 2001. The firm practices in personal injury and medical malpractice.

    John B. Kiel, U.W. 1992, has opened the Law Office of John B. Kiel LLC, 3500-252nd Ave., Salem, practicing in labor and employment law with an emphasis on employee-side public-sector labor relations law. Kiel remains of counsel to Shneidman, Hawks & Ehlke S.C., where he previously was a shareholder.

    Julie A. Lotto, Lewis & Clark 1998, has opened Julie A. Lotto Attorney at Law, Madison, concentrating exclusively on guardian ad litem appointments. She previously was with Reynolds & Associates.

    Howard N. Myers, U.W. 1964, is now mediating labor and employment issues as well as other litigated matters. He previously was a senior partner with Shneidman, Hawks & Ehlke S.C., Milwaukee and Madison.

    Kachinsky, Petit & Parker LLC will become Petit, Parker & Dommershausen LLC, effective July 1, 2003. Tajara S. Dommershausen, Marquette 2001, will become a partner and Leonard D. Kachinsky, U.W. 1978, will be resigning from the firm.

    Appointments, Elections

    Hassan A. Allen


    Hassan A. Allen, U.W. 2002, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Milwaukee Urban League. He is with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP, concentrating in product liability litigation.

    James C. Babler, U.W. 1979, has been appointed judge of Branch 1 of the Barron County Circuit Court. He previously was the Barron County district attorney.

    Steven C. Bahls, Northwestern 1979, has been appointed president of Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill. He is currently dean and professor of law at Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio.

    David L. Borowski, Marquette 1991, has been elected judge of Branch 12 of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court and has been assigned to children's court. He will take the bench on Aug. 1, 2003. He currently is a Milwaukee municipal court commissioner.

    The Clark County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Bonnie Worden-Wachsmuth, Owen; vice president - Linda Smith, Neillsville; secretary and treasurer - Matthew K. Prior, Neillsville.

    Joshua L. Gimbel, U.W. 1987 cum laude, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Vince Lombardi Charitable Funds, which raises money for cancer research, education, patient care, and early detection for the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center at St. Luke's Medical Center, Milwaukee. Gimbel
    is a partner and member of the land
    and resources practice group with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee.

    Paul R. Van Grunsven, Marquette 1986, has been reappointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court as chair of the Office of Lawyer Regulation's special preliminary review panel, which reviews grievances and allegations of unprofessional conduct made against participants within the lawyer regulation system. Van Grunsven is chair of the health law section at Kasdorf, Lewis & Swietlik S.C., Milwaukee.


    Ronald L. Lampe, Marquette 1966, has retired from Dempsey, Williamson, Lampe, Young, Kelly & Hertel LLP, Oshkosh. He will continue practicing as a mediator and arbitrator.

    Robert D. Repasky, Duquesne 1963, retired after 30 years in the Wisconsin Department of Justice and moved to Rockport, Texas. Repasky was admitted to practice in Texas and the federal district court for the Southern District of Texas. He practiced primarily in bankruptcy and family law.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Eric J. Boos, U.W. 2002, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at SoKoine University, Tanzania, during the 2003-04 academic year. Boos, a professor at Edgewood College, Madison, will teach classes on the relationship between land tenure laws and agricultural practice and food security in developing nations.

    The Hon. Jean DiMotto, Marquette 1984, received a national Alumni Merit Award of Achievement from Marquette University. DiMotto, a judge with the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, was honored for integrating nursing with the law in her judicial, teaching, and publishing work, and for her commitment as an oblate with the Benedictine Women's Monastery, Madison.

    Merrick R. Domnitz, Hamline 1977, has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor extended only by invitation to lawyers with a minimum of 15 years' trial experience who have mastered the art of advocacy. Domnitz is a partner in Domnitz, Mawicke & Goisman S.C., Milwaukee.

    Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has received the Trademark Insider Award from NameProtect. The firm was listed as legal representative on 523 trademark applications submitted to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in 2002, ranking it first among Milwaukee firms in the number of submitted applications.

    Don C. Prachthauser


    Don C. Prachthauser, Marquette 1977, has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor extended only by invitation to lawyers with a minimum of 15 years' trial experience who have mastered the art of advocacy. He is a partner with Murphy, Gillick, Wicht & Prachthauser, Milwaukee.

    The Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association presented awards for excellence to the following: U.S. district judge J. P. Stadtmueller, Marquette 1967, Judge Robert W. Warren Public Service Award; U.S. bankruptcy judge Russell E. Eisenberg , Marquette 1961, the Judge Dale E. Ihlenfeldt Bankruptcy Award; Franklyn M. Gimbel, Marquette 1960, the Judge Myron L. Gordon Lifetime Achievement Award;Hannah C. Dugan, U.W. 1987, and D. Michael Guerin, Marquette 1974, the Founder's Award for their instrumental roles in the formation of the EDWBA.

    Nancy J. Sennett, Northwestern 1979, received a Distinguished Alumni Award from U.W.-Madison. She was honored for accomplishments including chairing the board of the Wisconsin Alumni Association from 2000 to 2001. Sennett is the first female managing partner at Foley & Lardner's Milwaukee office, where she concentrates in securities litigation.

    Lawrence J. Jost Michael J.                   Ostermeyer Rachel A. Schneider



    Three attorneys with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady have recently been honored for professional achievements. Lawrence J. Jost, U.W. 1969, was inducted into the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. He is a partner concentrating in commercial real estate law with a special emphasis on representating developers, lenders, and landlords. Michael J. Ostermeyer, Vanderbilt 1989, was admitted to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He is group coordinator for the real estate practice group and focuses on development and conveyance of industrial, commercial, and institutional realty. Rachel A. Schneider, U.W. 1995, received the Individual Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award from the State Bar. She has served as chair of the Milwaukee Bar Association's Legal Services for the Indigent Committee for five years and recruits attorneys from Quarles & Brady and other firms to take on pro bono projects. She focuses on environmental law and litigation.

    Chad W. Koplien


    Stuart Parsons

    The Wisconsin Law Journal has honored 10 Wisconsin lawyers as "leaders in the law" for their significant legal achievements, leadership in advancing legal services to poor people, and important contributions to Wisconsin's legal community and the community at large. The Hon. Janine P. Geske, Marquette 1975, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, received the special recognition award for achievements including serving as interim Milwaukee County Executive and as interim dean at Marquette University Law School. Other honorees were Barrett J. Corneille, U.W. 1980, Corneille Law Group LLC, Madison (also recognized for having a "Top Verdict for 2002"); Merrick R. Domnitz, Hamline 1977, Domnitz, Mawicke & Goisman S.C., Milwaukee; J. Ric Gass, Marquette 1970, Kravit, Gass, Hovel & Leitner S.C., Milwaukee; William L. Gansner, U.W. 1974, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Madison; Robert L. Habush, U.W. 1961, Habush, Habush & Rottier S.C., Milwaukee; W. Stuart Parsons, Harvard 1967, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee; Meredith J. Ross, U.W. 1990, Frank J. Remington Center, U.W. Law School; Nancy J. Sennett, Northwestern 1979, Foley & Lardner, Milwaukee; and Ann Ustad Smith, Northwestern 1984, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Madison.

    Tamara M. Skoglund, Hamline 2001, has earned her license as a CPA. She
    is an associate with the New Berlin office of Schober Schober & Mitchell S.C., focusing on litigation, business law, taxation, and complex accounting issues.

    In Memoriam

    Frank S. Andrus, U.W. 1953, Sun City, Ariz., April 30, 1928 - Jan. 4, 2002.

    Hon. Marianne E. Becker, Marquette 1966, Waukesha, Nov. 14, 1941 - March 10, 2003.

    Hon. John W. Brady, U.W. 1968, Wonewoc, July 22, 1944 - March 9, 2003.

    Norbert A. Chuppa, Marquette 1953, Grafton, Dec. 2, 1928 - July 16, 2002.

    Dale Downing, U.W. 1940, Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 2, 1913 - March 24, 2003.

    Joseph P. Holman, U.W. 1939, Delray Beach, Fla., March 22, 1915 - Jan. 17, 2003.

    Kirt J.E. Ludwig, U.W. 1966, Burlington, Nov. 3, 1941 - March 16, 2003.

    Phillip Markey, U.W. 1940, Milwaukee, Aug. 1, 1913 - Jan. 7, 2003.

    Richard L. Moncada, U.W. 1994, Milwaukee, Aug. 30, 1967 - April 19, 2003.

    Hon. William R. Moser, Marquette 1953, South Milwaukee, Oct. 14, 1927 - April 11, 2003.

    Tracy Donner Reckmeyer, U.W. 1988, Milwaukee, July 2, 1963 - April 14, 2003.

    Lawrence E. Slavik, Marquette 1958, Wauwatosa, Nov. 26, 1927 - March 17, 2003.

    Robert M. Whitney, U.W. 1974, Green Bay, Jan. 29, 1949 - March 31, 2003.

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