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    Wisconsin Lawyer
    July 01, 2003

    In the News

    Wisconsin Lawyer
    Vol. 76, No. 7, July 2003

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions
    Mergers, Relocations,
    New Associations

    Awards, Degrees, Honors
    Appointments, Elections
    Authors, Speakers

    In Memoriam

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    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 action litigation.

    Kelley appointed to federal court

    Susan V. KelleySusan 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 has prosecuted
    and defended preference claims and participated in complex chapter 11 and
    12 cases.

    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 Law Office.

    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


    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 commercial
    and residential development. He previously was with von Briesen & Roper S.C.

    Jennine T. Sonntag, Marquette
    1993, has joined Hannan & Associates LLC, Brookfield, focusing on attorneys'
    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 matters.

    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 justice.

    Michael P. Maxwel


    Timothy L. Baldwin

    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 adoption.

    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 Paddock Lake.

    Appointments, Elections

    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 litigation.

    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 regulation.

    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


    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 criminal matters.

    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. Dichter, Milwaukee.

    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 Milwaukee.

    Authors, Speakers

    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 S.C., Milwaukee.

    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 Milwaukee.

    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 institutions.

    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., Dallas, Texas.

    Robert L. Habush


    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., Milwaukee.

    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 topics.

    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.

    In Memoriam

    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. 19, 2002.

    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.

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