Vol. 76, No. 7, July
In the News
New Hires, Promotions, Partners
Michael S. Anderson, Washington Univ. 1980, has been
named managing partner at Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison.
Schuyler J. Baehman, Marquette 2000, has been
promoted to assistant managing editor of the Sports Business Daily, a
Charlotte, N.C.-based online trade publication.
Jeffrey A. Berens, Marquette 1996 cum laude, has
been named a partner in Dyer & Shuman LLP, Denver, Colo., continuing
to concentrate in securities fraud, consumer, and employment law class
Kelley appointed to federal court
V. Kelley, Catholic University of America 1979, has been
appointed to a 14-year term as a federal bankruptcy judge for the
Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Kelley is currently a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich,
Madison. A bankruptcy attorney, Kelley focuses her practice on
commercial and bankruptcy transactions and litigation. A certified
business bankruptcy specialist by the American Board of Certification,
Kelley has experience representing creditors, debtors, creditors'
committees, and bankruptcy trustees in environmental and construction
matters, court proceedings, foreclosures, and out of court workouts. She
and defended preference claims and participated in complex chapter 11
Kelley is the first woman to serve as the State Bar Bankruptcy
Insolvency & Creditors' Rights Section chair (1999 - 03). She is a
member of the State Bar Board of Governors (2001 - 04), the Board of
Governors Executive Committee (2002 - 03), and the Convention and
Entertainment Committee. Kelley also is a CLE seminar presenter.
Beginning July 1, Kelley's judicial duties will require that she hear
bankruptcy cases in Milwaukee and once a month in Green Bay.
Robert H. Brigham, U.W. 1950, has joined Hill,
Glowacki, Jaeger & Hughes LLP, Madison, as of counsel, focusing on
probate, estate planning, and real estate. He previously owned Brigham
Gail Buenger, Marquette 2002, has been promoted to
director of corporate compliance at Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee.
Robert D. Crivello, Marquette 2003, has joined
Cannon & Dunphy S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate, focusing on
plaintiff's personal injury work.
Marc S. Cwik, U.W. 1999, has joined Jimmerson Hansen
P.C., Las Vegas, Nev., as an associate. The firm concentrates in complex
civil litigation, insurance defense, medical malpractice, real estate,
gaming, and domestic relations.
Lori J. Fabian, Marquette 2003, has become an
associate with Hippenmeyer, Reilly, Moodie & Blum S.C., Waukesha, in
the general practice of law.
Lora A. Kaelber, Marquette 2000, has joined Gray
& End L.L.P., Milwaukee, practicing plaintiff's medical malpractice
and personal injury law.
Emma Katherine Lehner, U.W. 1997 cum laude, has
joined the Arizona Attorney General's Office as an assistant attorney
general in the antitrust unit. She previously was with the white collar
crimes and special matters trial group of Lewis & Roca LLP.
John J. McEwan, Michigan 1982 cum laude, has been
named general counsel for The Livesey Company, Madison, a real estate
development and management company. He formerly was with DeWitt Ross
& Stevens, Madison.
Ross L. Kodner, Marquette 1986, president of
MicroLaw Inc., Milwaukee, recently was admitted to practice before the
U.S. Supreme Court and was reappointed cochair of CLE and program
planning for all U.S. Legal Tech conferences. Kyle
Doviken has joined MicroLaw as director of national business
development. Doviken previously practiced with a small firm and worked
for West Group and Lexis-Nexis.
John J. O'Neill, Marquette 1982, has been named a
partner in the Milwaukee office of O'Hagan, Smith & Amundsen L.L.C.,
continuing to practice in civil litigation, commercial transportation,
insurance coverage, and property litigation.
Lisa M. Pardon, U.W. 1999, has joined the Madison
office of Brennan, Steil & Basting S.C., focusing in community
association, real estate, construction, employment, and white collar
crime law and general litigation.
Rachel Schneider, U.W. 2003, has joined Eggert &
Cermele S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate. The firm focuses on
representing law enforcement unions and officers in employment matters
and other civil litigation.
Paul M. Selin, Marquette 1999, has joined American
Land Development L.L.C., Kenosha, as director of operations, focusing on
and residential development. He previously was with von Briesen &
Jennine T. Sonntag, Marquette
1993, has joined Hannan & Associates LLC, Brookfield, focusing on
and brokers' professional liability, construction law and litigation,
and business and commercial litigation.
Cletus R. Willems, U.W. 1970, has become vice
president and general counsel with JHT Holdings Inc., a transportation
service provider headquartered in Kenosha. He formerly was with O'Connor
& Willems S.C., Kenosha.
Mergers, Relocations, New Associations
Daniel T. Gilbert, John Marshall 1980, announces the
formation of Barrett & Gilbert, Attorneys and Counselors at
Law, 1645 Temple Lane, Rockford, Ill., concentrating in medical
malpractice, wrongful death, and catastrophic personal injury
Brent H. DeBord, Marquette 2001, has opened
Brent H. DeBord, Attorney at Law, 1122-A Main St.,
Oconto, continuing to practice criminal defense and juvenile
Michael P. Maxwell, Marquette 2001, and
Timothy L. Baldwin, Marquette 2000, have formed
Maxwell & Baldwin LLP, 633 W. Wisconsin Ave., 20th
Floor, Milwaukee. Maxwell has a civil litigation practice, including
serving as national subrogation counsel for insurance clients. Baldwin
has a tax and criminal litigation practice.
The firm also practices in business organizations, family law, criminal
law, bankruptcy, and strategic business planning. Rebecca K.
Millenbach, Marquette 2001, and Russell J.A.
Jones, Marquette 2002, have joined the firm as associates.
Millenbach focuses in tax litigation and business planning, and Jones
focuses in civil and criminal litigation.
Susan A. Hansen, Marquette 1981, and Gregory
M. Hildebrand, Marquette 2000, have formed Hansen &
Hildebrand S.C., 230 W. Wells St., Suite 801, Milwaukee,
focusing on family law, collaborative divorce, mediation, and
Theodore B. Kmiec III, DePaul 1987, and
Kevin T. Noonan, John Marshall 1989, have formed
Kmiec & Noonan LLC, 8307 Antioch Rd., Salem,
concentrating in criminal defense, traffic law, personal injury,
worker's compensation, and social security disability in southeastern
Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Kmiec and Noonan previously were with
Gagliardi, O'Brien, Braden, Olson & Capelli, of Lake Geneva and
Patricia K. Alfredson, William Mitchell 1990, has
been elected president of the Olmsted County Bar Association. She is an
assistant city attorney in the criminal and civil divisions of the
Rochester (Minn.) City Attorney's Office, focusing on land use law;
building, safety, housing, and fire code enforcement; and criminal
The Clark County Bar Association has elected the following officers:
president - Bonnie Wachsmuth, Owen; vice president -
Linda C. Smith, Neillsville; and secretary/treasurer -
Matthew K. Prior, Neillsville.
Bruce A. Olson, Marquette 1981, has been appointed
chair of the ABA's Techshow 2004, to be held March 25-27 in Chicago.
Olson is with the Green Bay office of Davis & Kuelthau S.C.
Alyson K. Zierdt, Marquette 1981, of the
firm's Oshkosh office, has been elected chair of the District 3
Investigative Committee for the Office of Lawyer Regulation.
Sandra Lee Esrael, U.W. 1976, has been elected
treasurer of the National Association for Regulatory Administration,
which promotes safeguarding of children, youth, and adults through
licensing regulation. She is with the Wisconsin Department of Health and
Family Services, concentrating in child care and public health
Three attorneys with the Milwaukee office of Hinshaw & Culbertson
have been elected to leadership positions with the Milwaukee Young
Lawyers Association (MYLA). Serena Pollack, Denver
2000, has been chosen president-elect. She concentrates in professional
malpractice litigation and commercial litigation. Mellissa
Schafer, Marquette 1999, was elected to the MYLA board. She
concentrates in worker's compensation, general liability, and tort
coverage. Jeff Patza, Marquette 2000, was appointed
cochair for the monthly MYLA Minglings. He concentrates in litigation
and appellate law.
Joel Hirschhorn, U.W. 1967, has been reelected to
the board of directors of the State Bar's Nonresident Lawyers Division.
He is with Hirschhorn & Beiber P.A., Coral Gables, Fla., focusing on
the defense of corporations and business executives in civil and
William A. Jennaro, Marquette 1968, has been
appointed to a two-year term on the Milwaukee Bar Association Foundation
Board. He is a shareholder at Cook & Franke S.C., Milwaukee.
Grant C. Killoran, Minnesota 1989, has been elected
a State Bar delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. He is a partner in
the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Friedrich, where he focuses
on complex business disputes litigation, is chair of the health law
litigation group, and is cochair of the pro bono committee.
James F. Lisowski Sr., Arkansas 1991, has been
appointed to the standing panel of chapter 7 and chapter 11 bankruptcy
trustees for the District of Nevada. He is with Lisowski Law Firm
Chartered, Las Vegas, Nev.
John Schober, Marquette 1976, has been named chair
of the State Elections Board, which administers Wisconsin's election and
campaign laws and investigates alleged violations. He is a shareholder
in Schober Schober & Mitchell S.C., with offices in New Berlin,
Hartland, and Oconomowoc, concentrating in elder law, real estate,
probate, and estate planning.
The St. Croix Valley Bar Association has chosen the following
officers: president - Rose M. Allen, Hudson;
president-elect - Kenneth C. Pletcher, River Falls;
secretary - Michelle L.W. Heckmann, River Falls; and
treasurer - Jason M. Fey, Hudson.
The Washington County Bar Association has selected the following
officers: president - Todd K. Martens; president-elect
- John A. Best; secretary - Christine E.
Ohlis; and treasurer - Maureen Murray Volk,
all of West Bend.
Daniel S. Welytok, U.W.1987, has been elected chair
of the Great Lakes Region Tax Exempt/Government Entities Council, which
solicits direct practitioner input on proposed IRS policies to shape IRS
guidance on rulemaking. He is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office of
Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.
The State Bar's Labor and Employment Law Section elected the
following officers at the May 2002 State Bar convention: chair -
Aaron N. Halstead, Madison; vice chair - John
A. Corrigall, Wisconsin Rapids; secretary - Fredric R.
The Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association has elected the following
officers: president - Ana M. Berrios; president-elect -
David A. Westrup; secretary - Jennifer A.
Ortiz; and treasurer - Nelida Cortes, all of
Lawrence G. Albrecht, Valparaiso 1973, presented
"Human Rights Under Assault in an Age of Terror" at the Conference on
the Response to Terrorism, Center for International Legal Studies,
Salzburg, Austria; and "Framework for Analysis of Human Rights
Enforcement" at the Conference on Legal Transplants: Hegemonic and
Counter-Hegemonic Models in a Globalized World, University of Trento,
Italy. Albrecht is a partner at First, Blondis, Albrecht & Novotnak
Authors of the revised 2003 edition of Eckhardt's Workbook for
Wisconsin Estate Planners, published by State Bar CLE Books,
include: Mark J. Bradley, Ruder, Ware & Michler
L.L.S.C., Wausau; John C. Frank, Lathrop & Clark
LLP, Madison; Mary M. Hogue, Mary M. Hogue Law Office
LLC, Wausau; Joyce Littlejohn Kiel, Wisconsin
Legislative Council, Madison; John A. Kussmaul, Kinney,
Urban & Kussmaul LLC, Lancaster; Richard J. Langer,
Michael Best & Friedrich, Madison; Judith G.
McMullen, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee;
Gregory M. Monday, Foley & Lardner, Madison;
Randy S. Nelson, Weiss, Berzowski, Brady & Donahue
LLP, Milwaukee; J. Lewis Perlson, Michael Best &
Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee; Carl J. Rasmussen, Boardman,
Suhr, Curry & Field LLP, Madison; Linda Roberson,
Balisle & Roberson S.C., Madison; Wendy S. Rusch,
Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison; Paul J.
Tilleman, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee; and
Stephen R. White, Quarles & Brady LLP, Madison and
Carlton D. Stansbury, Iowa 1990 with distinction,
has authored a chapter in 101+ Practical Solutions for the Family
Lawyer: Sensible Answers to Common Problems (ABA Family Law
Section, 2d ed.). He is a shareholder with Burbach & Stansbury S.C.,
Milwaukee, practicing family law.
Authors of the revised 2003 edition of The Wisconsin Fair
Dealership Law, published by State Bar CLE Books are
Michael A. Bowen, Foley & Lardner, Milwaukee, and
Brian E. Butler, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison.
Awards, Degrees, Honors
Harry F. Franke, Marquette 1949, has
received the Belle Case LaFollette award from the Wisconsin Law
Foundation. Franke, who is of counsel to Cook & Franke S.C.,
Milwaukee, received the award for his outstanding contributions to the
advancement of the legal profession.
Shawn Guse, U.W. 1995 cum laude, has been awarded
the Star of the Quarter by the ABA Young Lawyers Division, in honor of
his exemplary leadership in the development and administration of the
division's goals and programs. Guse is with the Madison office of
Quarles & Brady LLP.
The Marquette University Law School Alternative Dispute Resolution
(ADR) program has been ranked as the eleventh best ADR program
nationwide by U.S. News & World Report. Specialty program
rankings are based on nominations made by legal educators at peer
John Podvin, U.W. 1991, has been ranked third in the
communications/technology category in Texas in the 2003-04 edition of
Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers. He is a
financial services partner with Bracewell & Patterson L.L.P.,
Robert L. Habush, U.W. 1961, is the 2003 recipient
of the U.W. Law School's Distinguished Service Award, presented to U.W.
Law School alumni and faculty who have made outstanding contributions to
the legal profession. Among his accomplishments, Habush has held various
leadership roles in the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and has
been instrumental in the success of the Wisconsin Academy of Trial
Lawyers. He is president of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.,
C. Scott Pryor, U.W. 1980, has been granted tenure
by the Board of Trustees of Regent University, Virginia Beach, Va. He is
an associate professor at the Regent University School of Law, teaching
commercial and bankruptcy law.
Roger D. Strode, Marquette 1988, has been ranked as
one of the country's 2003 outstanding healthcare transaction lawyers by
Nightingale's Healthcare News. Strode was recognized for his
excellent credentials and work in health care law.
Nightingale's Healthcare News is published by the Beard
Group, a law and business publisher.
Strode is a partner and chair of the health law practice group at
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee. His practice focuses on
mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and
representing institutional health care providers and large physician
groups. He is a frequent lecturer on corporate and health law related
The labor and employment practice group at Quarles & Brady LLP,
Milwaukee, has received top ranking in the 2003-04 edition of
Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers. The group
tied for top-ranked labor and employment group in Wisconsin. Several
individual attorneys also have been recognized in the directory.
Honorees in the Milwaukee office are John W. Daniels
Jr., Harvard 1974, real estate; Robert H.
Duffy, Marquette 1984, labor and employment; Lawrence
J. Jost, U.W. 1969, real estate; David B.
Kern, Michigan 1979, labor and employment; Ely A.
Leichtling, Virginia 1979, labor and employment; Mary
Pat Ninneman, Marquette 1976, labor and employment; and
W. Stuart Parsons, Harvard 1967, litigation. Honorees
in the Madison office are Jeffrey B. Bartell, U.W.
1968, and John C. Robison, Illinois 1978, both of whom
concentrate in corporate and mergers and acquisitions. Robison also is
recipient of the Dane County Bar Association's Lawyer Award for Pro Bono
Service. He was honored for his commitment and service to community
nonprofit organizations, primarily the United Way of Dane County.
The following attorneys have been recognized in the Wisconsin Law
Journal's June 25 special section on Women in the Law:
Maureen McGinnity, Foley & Lardner, Milwaukee;
Patricia DeLessio, Legal Action of Wisconsin,
Milwaukee; Hon. Patricia Curley, Wisconsin Court of
Appeals, Milwaukee; Attorney General Peg
Lautenschlager, Madison; Mary Wolverton,
Peterson, Johnson & Murray, Milwaukee; Katja
Kunzke, Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance, Madison;
Phoebe Williams, Marquette University Law School,
Milwaukee; Susan Steingass, Habush, Habush &
Rottier, Madison; and Hon. Ramona Gonzalez, La Crosse
County Circuit Court.
Hon. John G. Buchen, U.W. 1948, Sheboygan, Sept. 3,
1920 - April 19, 2003.
Glenn A. Buse, Denver 1966, Fox Point, April 24,
1933 - Dec. 29, 2002.
Richard P. Carr, Georgetown 1975, Milwaukee, Oct.
12, 1945 - March 3, 2003.
Robert A. Collins, Michigan 1946, Brookfield, Sept.
17, 1922 - Jan. 4, 2003.
Harry J. Cook, U.W. 1949, Madison, Feb. 11, 1922 -
Feb. 26, 2003.
Lester J. Dencker, Marquette 1940, Milwaukee, April
27, 1914 - Oct. 7, 2002.
Bruce N. Evers, U.W. 1985, Appleton, Dec. 28, 1957 -
April 7, 2003.
Joel M. Fitzer, U.W. 1965, Seal Beach, Cal., April
26, 1941 - May 8, 2003.
W.E. Hoard, U.W. 1938, Beloit, Oct. 3, 1913 - Dec.
R.B. Hovel, U.W. 1942, Sun Prairie, Sept. 10, 1918 -
May 23, 2003.
W.R. Kopp, U.W. 1928, Naples, Fla., March 17, 1905 -
Feb. 1, 2003.
Donald C. Lubner, Marquette 1975, Cedarburg, July 6,
1949 - March 15, 2003.
Daniel McKinley, U.W. 1939, Dodgeville, Dec. 15,
1914 - May 6, 2003.
Hon. Herbert J. Mueller, 1939, Oshkosh, Oct. 11,
1909 - May 8, 2003.
Clarence P. O'Connor, U.W. 1949, Kaukauna, Nov. 9,
1919 - May 9, 2003.
William J. O'Connor, Marquette 1948, Milwaukee, July
11, 1919 - Feb. 7, 2003.