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    Wisconsin Lawyer
    August 01, 2003

    In the News

    Wisconsin Lawyer
    Vol. 76, No. 8, August 2003

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    J. Aaron Ball, American University 1997, L.L.M. (tax) DePaul 2002, has joined Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn PLLC, Washington, D.C. He focuses on corporate, securities, financial, merger, and acquisition transactions.

    Peter J. Bausch


    Peter J. Bausch, Marquette 2003 cum laude, has joined Boyle, Fredrickson, Newholm, Stein & Gratz S.C., Milwaukee, practicing primarily in patent law prosecution and litigation.

    Randall E. Bennett, U.W. 1988, has become director of legal services for Plexus Corp., Neenah, a worldwide contract manufacturer for the electronics industry. He previously was an associate general counsel for American Medical Security Inc.

    David J. Brummond, Iowa 1975 with distinction, has become legal counsel to the terrorism risk insurance program in the Office of General Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, D.C. He previously was general counsel to the National Fraternal Congress of America, Naperville, Ill.

    Michael P. Cotter, Marquette 1998, has been appointed director of the Walworth County Land Use and Resource Management Department, Elkhorn. He previously was a Walworth County assistant corporation counsel, focusing on land use matters. He continues to serve as East Troy municipal judge.

    Donald A. Daugherty


    Kim Fenske

    Donald A. Daugherty, Northwestern 1990, has joined the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., focusing his litigation practice in corporate/commercial, health care, information technology, products liability, and creditors' rights. He is a member of the firm's litigation, health care, and information technology teams. He previously was a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

    Kim Fenske, U.W. 1990, has joined American Express, Madison, as a personal financial advisor. He will help clients identify their financial goals and how to achieve them. He previously was with the Ho Chunk Nation.

    Oliver J. Kaufman, Marquette 2003, has joined Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, Milwaukee.

    Kimberly A. Kolch, Marquette 1993, has joined the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Erie County Bar Association, Buffalo, N.Y. She is in charge of the coordination and delivery of legal rights presentations and related services to immigrants who are detained and facing deportation proceedings at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility.

    Kathleen M. Healy



    Kathleen M. Healy, Marquette 2003, has joined Urban Taylor & Stawski Ltd., Milwaukee, as an associate. She will focus on plaintiffs' personal injury and employee rights litigation.

    Daniel J. LaRocque, DePaul 1980, has joined the Madison office of Davis & Kuelthau S.C. as a shareholder on the litigation team. His practice includes civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution in insurance, banking, labor and employment, and general business and corporate law. He previously was vice president and deputy general counsel for CUNA Mutual Group, Madison.

    Amanda R. Lough, Marquette 2003, has joined Koch & McCann S.C., Milwaukee, concentrating in social security disability and worker's compensation.

    Lisa Pierobon Mays, Thomas M. Cooley 1995 cum laude, has joined Mays Law Office LLC, Madison, founded by her husband, Stephen E. Mays. Pierobon Mays, formerly a director with Lawton & Cates S.C., Madison, will focus on worker's compensation, personal injury, and general litigation.

    The following attorneys have been elected to partnership at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Madison office: Jordan J. Hemaidan, U.W. 1996 cum laude, practices in commercial litigation and regulatory law, with an emphasis on public utilities and telecommuni-cations. John C. Scheller, John Marshall 1995 magna cum laude, practices primarily in intellectual property litigation, concentrating on patent cases. Matthew L. Storms, Case Western Reserve 1996, is in the business practice group and has experience in negotiating and structuring mergers, acquisitions, venture capital, and health care transactions.

    Milwaukee office: Christopher B. Austin, Marquette 1996, focuses on intellectual property matters, with an emphasis on patent applications relating to mechanical engineering, materials sciences, and packaging engineering. Nathaniel Cade Jr., Michigan 1996, is in the tort liability focus group and has experience in products and premises liability, personal injury defense, construction law, insurance defense, and commercial litigation. Edward R. Lawson Jr., Texas 1996 with honors, practices in intellectual property law, including preparation of patents relating to mechanical engineering, material sciences, and food products. Colleen O'Connor Patzer, Minnesota 1996 cum laude, is in the health care practice area, with experience including Medicare and Medicaid certification and reimbursement, facility survey and licensure, vendor contracting, corporate compliance, resident rights, bioethics, and professional licensure.

    Waukesha office: Joseph E. Tierney IV, U.W. 1995, focuses on real estate law, corporate law, and tax planning matters, including tax-free exchanges and entity choice.

    Benjamin S. Wagner, U.W. 2003 magna cum laude, has joined the Racine office of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. as an associate.

    Aaron M. Hurvitz


    Elisabeth C. Stone

    Aaron M. Hurvitz, U.W. 1998, and Elizabeth C. Stone, Duke 1997 magna cum laude, have joined von Briesen & Roper S.C. as associates. Hurvitz is with the business and labor and employment sections in the Milwaukee office. Stone is with the health care practice group in the Madison office. She formerly was an in-house attorney with the U.W. Medical School.

    Kelly Watzka, Marquette 1994, has joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin as an assistant U.S. attorney, practicing in the criminal division. She formerly was an associate with Leib & Katt S.C., Milwaukee.

    Joshua R. Welsh, Marquette 2002 magna cum laude, has joined Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., Milwaukee, practicing in corporate and tax law.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    Foley & Lardner has opened an office in Tokyo, Japan, to facilitate the firm's longstanding representation of Japanese corporations in intellectual property and corporate legal matters in the U.S.

    Heuer Law Offices S.C., formerly Heuer & Case S.C., has relocated to 744 N. Fourth St., Suite 460, Milwaukee. John M. Heuer, University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law 1977, Kirsten Fagerland Pezewski, Marquette 1996, and Jonathan D. McCollister, Marquette 2001, are with the firm, which practices subrogation and all aspects of creditors' representation.

    Bablitch retires from supreme court

    Susan V. KelleyAfter 20 years as a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, William A. Bablitch retires this month.

    "I have had an extraordinarily fulfilling and satisfying career," said Bablitch. "My public service, encompassing all three branches of government, spans seven governors. I have enormous respect for all of my colleagues, who without exception are completely dedicated to the law and justice. Wisconsin can be proud of its supreme court, and I am proud to have been a member. I am grateful to the citizens of Wisconsin for allowing me to serve them, and deeply humbled and honored by their support."

    Bablitch was elected Portage County district attorney in 1968. In 1972, he was elected state senator, relying on a grassroots campaign comprising mostly student volunteers.

    Patti & Brill LLC, Chicago, has expanded its practice by adding several registered patent attorneys, a registered patent agent, several patent engineers, and scientific advisors with backgrounds in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer engineering, physics, biology, medicine, and the pharmaceutical arts. The firm's Web site is

    Petit, Parker & Dommershausen S.C., Neenah, has been formed as a service corporation effective July 1, 2003.

    Appointments, Elections

    The Dane County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Michael R. Davis; president-elect - H. Dale Peterson; secretary - Marta T. Meyers; and treasurer - David R. Friedman, all of Madison.

    The Door County Bar Association has elected these officers: president - Evan M. Kjellenberg, Sister Bay; president-elect - Jon R. Pinkert, Sturgeon Bay; secretary - James A. Downey, Sturgeon Bay; and treasurer - Richard A. Hauser, Sturgeon Bay.

    The Door-Kewaunee County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Jeffrey A. Jazgar, Green Bay; vice president - D. Todd Ehlers, Sturgeon Bay; and secretary/treasurer - Mark W. Hunter,
    Green Bay.

    James E. Duffy Jr., Marquette 1968, was inducted as an associate justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court on June 27, 2003.

    The Eau Claire County Bar Association has elected these officers: president - Peter E. Grosskopf; president-elect - Pamela J. Veith; secretary - Christopher R. Bloom; and treasurer - Jay E. Heit, all of Eau Claire.

    The Kewaunee County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Elma E. Anderson; vice president - Troy C. Dalebroux; and secretary/treasurer - Dennis H. Mleziva, all of Kewaunee.

    Anne Knauff, Marquette 1983, was deputized as a special assistant U.S. attorney to help prosecute criminal violations of the federal Mine Safety and Health Act. She is with the U.S. Department of Labor, Nashville, Tenn., primarily litigating issues related to coal mining in eastern Kentucky.

    The La Crosse County Bar Association has elected these officers: president - Ann I. Brandau; president-elect - Peder G. Arneson; and secretary/treasurer - Francis M. Doherty, all of La Crosse.

    The League of Wisconsin Municipalities - Municipal Attorneys has elected the following officers: president - Judith Schmidt Lehman, De Pere; and secretary - John P. Macy, Waukesha.

    William H. Levit Jr., Harvard 1967, has been appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to a six-year term as a trustee of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. Levit is the senior member of the litigation practice group at Godfrey & Kahn, Milwaukee.

    The Lincoln County Bar Association has elected these officers: president - Robert R. Russell; president-elect - Dawn R. Lemke; and secretary/treasurer - Jill L. Laufenberg; all of Merrill.

    The Manitowoc County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Katherine M. Reynolds; president-elect - Gary L. Bendix; and secretary/treasurer - Christine M. Dewane, all of Manitowoc.

    The Marathon County Bar Association has elected these officers: president - James B. Connell; president-elect - Elizabeth B. Corbett; secretary - Cari L. Westerhof; and treasurer - Carolie B. Kuehn, all of Wausau.

    The Marinette County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Brent H. DeBord, Oconto; president-elect - Al Chaplin, Marinette; and secretary/treasurer - Kent R. Hoffmann, Peshtigo.

    The Milwaukee Bar Association has elected these officers: president - Daniel D. Blinka; president-elect - Margaret W. Hickey; vice president - Pamela Pepper; and secretary/treasurer - Patricia A. Hintz, all of Milwaukee.

    The Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association has elected the following officers: president - Mark P. Jungers, Mequon; president-elect - Serena E. Pollack, Milwaukee; secretary - Kimberly C. Montgomery, Milwaukee; and treasurer - Scott B. Franklin, Milwaukee.

    The Oneida-Vilas-Forest County Bar Association has elected these officers: president - Jon M. Cassady, Hazelhurst; vice president - Ginger L. Murray, Crandon; secretary - Keith K. Kost, Rhinelander; and treasurer - Steven M. Michlig, Rhinelander.

    The Outagamie County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Deborah L. Agate, Appleton; president-elect - John E. Thiel, Appleton; secretary - Robin L. Koch, New London; and treasurer - Robert T. Kemps, Appleton.

    The Racine County Bar Association has elected these officers: president - Steven T. Botzau, Racine; president-elect - Timothy D. Boyle, Burlington; secretary - Giulio Fornary, Racine; and treasurer - Bernard J. Powers, Racine.

    The Rock County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Eugene R. Dumas, Janesville; vice president - James H. Fowler III, Janesville; secretary - Jonathan W. Groessl, Janesville; and treasurer - Matthew T. Roethe, Edgerton.

    The Sauk County Bar Association has elected these officers: president - Gretchen G. Viney, Baraboo; president-elect - Stephen D. Chiquoine, Reedsburg; vice president - L. William Kahler Jr., Reedsburg; secretary - Natalie T. Bussan, Baraboo; and treasurer - Jeffrey M. Blessinger, Baraboo.

    The Waukesha County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Paul G. Bonneson, Wauwatosa; president-elect - C. Michael Hausman, Delafield; and secretary/treasurer - Eric A. Love, Milwaukee.

    The Waupaca County Bar Association has elected these officers: president - Vicki L. Taggatz, Waupaca; president-elect - Thomas W. Johnson, New London; and secretary/treasurer - Jeffrey J. Siewert, Waupaca.

    The Western District Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Todd Gregory Smith; president-elect - James R. Troupis; secretary - Jennifer Sloan Lattis; and treasurer - Michael J. Modl, all of Madison.

    The Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers has elected these officers: president - Valarie A. Hill; president-elect - Roy L. Williams; secretary - Angela McKenzie; and treasurer - Elaine E. Richards, all of Milwaukee.

    The Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association has elected the following officers: president - Thomas M. Wozny; president-elect - Jason E. Pauls; and secretary/treasurer - Thomas J. Pienkos, all of Milwaukee.

    Correction: Susan V. Kelley, on June 30, began a 14-year term as a federal bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Kelley was appointed to the judgeship by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The editors apologize for their error reported in the July Wisconsin Lawyer.

    Pro Bono, Public Service

    The Habush Habush & Rottier Charitable Foundation partnered with the Greenfield Police, Fire, Health, and Parks and Recreation departments in June to provide 150 free children's bicycle helmets. Habush Habush & Rottier, with offices statewide, formed the foundation, which donates about 6,500 helmets each year to promote child safety.

    Authors, Speakers

    Susan M. Love, Pepperdine 1990, will present "The Foundations of Labor Relations" at a training conference sponsored by the National Public Employer Relations Association in Chicago in September. She also presented "The Negotiations Process" and "Preparing and Presenting an Arbitration Case" at the association's national conference in April. Love is with the Milwaukee office of Davis & Kuelthau S.C.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Boyle Fredrickson Newholm Stein & Gratz S.C., Milwaukee, has been awarded a place on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's "2003 Future 50," a list of the 50 fastest growing young companies in the Milwaukee area. The firm concentrates in intellectual property matters.

    Michael L. Bundy, Marquette 1973, received a "Prosecutor of the Year" award from the Wisconsin District Attorneys' Association. He is a Waukesha County deputy district attorney.

    The corporate/mergers and acquisitions and real estate practices of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. have been ranked second statewide in the 2003-04 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers. The firm's litigation practice ranked third in Wisconsin. Recognized as leading attorneys in corporate/M & A work were Peter Sommerhauser, Northwestern 1968, in the Milwaukee office, and Michael Skindrud, U.W. 1975, in the Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn. Steve Chernof, U.W. 1968, with the Milwaukee office, was named a leading real estate attorney.

    David E. Jarvis, U.W. 1968, has received a lifetime achievement award for his pro bono work from the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association and Legal Action of Wisconsin. Jarvis, a partner in the labor and employment practice group in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP, was recognized for serving for more than 20 years as pro bono coordinator for Quarles & Brady.

    Richard Z. Kabaker, Michigan 1959, received the Father of the Year for 2003 award from the American Diabetes Association's Father's Day Council. He is a partner with the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, focusing on estate planning, trust and estate administration, marital property law, and nonprofit organization law.

    Dianne Post, U.W. 1979, has received the Individual Achievement Award from the Greater Phoenix Child Abuse Prevention Council. She was honored for her work producing the Battered Mothers' Testimony Project: A Human Rights Approach to Child Custody and Domestic Violence. She is director of systems advocacy at the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Phoenix.

    The Schroeder Group S.C., Attorneys at Law, Waukesha, has been named the Top Small Business of the Year by the Waukesha Area Chamber of Commerce. Businesses with headquarters in southeastern Wisconsin are eligible if they have no more than 250 employees and have been in business for at least three years. Criteria for the award include growth in the number of employees and/or in sales, good employee relations, a commitment to good business practices, and community service.


    Bruce Gillman, U.W. 1957, has retired from the practice of law. He was formerly with the Boardman Law Firm and now lives in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Roy H. Nelson, U.W. 1988, has retired from Petrie & Stocking S.C., Milwaukee, to attend Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, with the goal of being ordained a Lutheran pastor. He continues his mediation and arbitration practice.

    In Memoriam

    John T. Carr, Marquette 1948, New Berlin, Dec. 3, 1919 - March 25, 2003.

    Steven J. Caulum, U.W. 1967, Madison, July 8, 1942 - March 23, 2003.

    Robert E. Emery, DePaul 1944, Bayfield, April 16, 1911 - Oct. 31, 2002.

    Frederick J. Erhardt, U.W. 1970, Madison, June 19, 1945 - June 1, 2003.

    John H. Esch, U.W. 1928, Madison, June 4, 1903 - June 17, 2003.

    Keith E. Halverson, U.W. 1966, Prescott, May 16, 1938 - Aug. 30, 2002.

    Harry Lensky, U.W. 1956, Milwaukee, Jan. 24, 1928 - June 12, 2003.

    Eugene W. Tiernan, Iowa 1953, Brandon, Fla., Nov. 5, 1920 - Oct. 31, 2002.

    John O. Ward, U.W. 1942, Osseo, Sept. 6, 1918 - April 18, 2003.

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