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    Vol. 76, No. 9, September 2003

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Michael H. Altman, Washington University 1992, has joined the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as a partner in the corporate and business law practice area, emphasizing corporate and buyout transactions, securities regulation, and venture capital investment transactions. He previously was a partner at Altheimer & Gray, Chicago.

    Janet S. Dabney, Marquette 2002 cum laude, and Robert A. Moakley, Marquette 1999, have joined Beck, Chaet & Bamberger S.C., Milwaukee, as associates. Dabney practices in commercial real estate and health law, and Moakley practices in corporate law, business transactions, commercial real estate, and litigation.

    Susan Caldwell


    Susan Caldwell, U.W. 2003, has been promoted to corporate vice president for regulatory services at WPS Health Insurance, Madison, in charge of analysis, recommendation, and implementation of corporate compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations.

    Thomas T. Calkins, Marquette 2003 cum laude, has joined Piper & Schmidt, Milwaukee, as an associate, focusing in insurance subrogation and defense.

    Gregory E. Cox, Northern Illinois 1985, has joined Sweet, Maier & Cox S.C., Elkhorn, concentrating on general civil litigation and risk management. He formerly was a partner with the Rockford, Ill., office of Hinshaw & Culbertson.

    Michael H. Doyle, Marquette 1994, has joined Richardson Financial Group Inc., Menomonee Falls, as a financial advisor, providing financial, estate, and investment planning services to closely held businesses and to individuals. He previously was a manager for Ernst & Young LLP.

    Joanne L. Dufek, U.W. 1999, has joined the Madison office of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP, focusing on intellectual property counseling and litigation. She previously was with Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, San Diego.

    Kennard N. Friedman, U.W. 1995, has joined Yakes Bauer Kindt & Phillips S.C., Oshkosh, as a business law and estate planning partner, focusing in health care, business transactions, tax-exempt organizations, contracts, employment, real estate, wills, and estate planning.

    Cindy L. Fryda, Marquette 2003, has joined the Milwaukee office of Krukowski & Costello S.C. as an associate, focusing on general employment law matters.

    William T. Kryger


    William T. Kryger, Marquette 1999, has joined Boyle, Fredrickson, Newholm, Stein & Gratz S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate. He is experienced in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secret law, and licensing. He previously was an associate with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

    John R. Paunan, Marquette 2002, and Catherine A. Goodman, U.W. 2003, have joined Fuchs, DeStefanis & Boyle S.C., Milwaukee, as associates.

    Howard Goldberg, U.W. 1964, has joined Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, concentrating in employment and labor law, business planning, estate planning, and real estate. He formerly was with Brennan, Steil, Basting & MacDougall S.C.

    David J. Hanus, Drake with honors 1996, has been promoted from associate to noncapital partner at the Milwaukee office of Hinshaw & Culbertson. He concentrates in complex civil litigation, emphasizing construction litigation, products liability, professional liability, and employment litigation. Brian P. Hodgkiss, Hamline 1998, has joined the Appleton office of the firm as an associate, concentrating in construction litigation, insurance defense and bad faith, ERISA litigation, and municipal law.

    Charles B. Hoslet, U.W. 1989, has been named managing director of the new Office of Corporate Relations at U.W.-Madison, helping businesses access resources available to them at the university. He previously was director of state government relations for U.W.-Madison.

    Thomas D. Miller, Marquette 2000 cum laude, has joined the Milwaukee office of Shneidman, Hawks & Ehlke S.C., as an associate, representing public-sector unions in labor relations law and employees in employment litigation matters.

    Sean K. Murphy, U.W. 1999 cum laude, has joined Sprint Corp., Overland Park, Kan., as an attorney supporting marketing and sales for the local telephone division. He previously was an associate with Quarles & Brady LLP and a contract attorney with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Washington, D.C.

    Sara D. Vinarov


    Sara D. Vinarov, Marquette 2000, has joined the Madison office of Quarles & Brady LLP as an associate with the intellectual property practice group. She previously was with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

    Christina L. Peterson, Marquette 2003, has joined Stellpflug, Janssen, Hammer, Kirschling & Bartels S.C., De Pere, as an associate in the litigation department.

    Nicholas E. Petty, Marquette 2003, has joined the Law Offices of Robert A. Levine, Milwaukee, as an associate, focusing on civil litigation.

    David J. Sauceda, Marquette 2001, has joined Schmidt, Martz & Smith Ltd., Milwaukee, as an associate, concentrating in family, criminal, traffic, and bankruptcy matters. He previously was press secretary for Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), Washington, D.C.

    Patrick "Buck" Schilling, U.W. 1986, has joined Harrold, Scrobell & Danner S.C., Minocqua, as an associate, concentrating in criminal and traffic cases. He previously was Price County District Attorney.

    Michael C. Trudgeon


    Karen R. Steil, Marquette 2001, has joined Fortis Health, Milwaukee, as associate counsel in the legal department. She previously was an associate at Davis & Kuelthau S.C.

    Michael C. Trudgeon, Marquette 2003, has joined the Janesville office of Brennan, Steil & Basting S.C., concentrating in probate and estate planning.

    Penelope S. Strong, U.W. 1979, has been appointed chief public defender for Yellowstone County, Montana. She previously was a first assistant public defender for the Wisconsin Public Defender.

    Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. has elected three new shareholders.

    Katherine W. 

Lambert Steven W. Keane Jeffrey A. McIntyre



    Katherine W. Lambert, DePaul 1978, is a member of the trusts and estates practice group in the Milwaukee office, handling asset transfer planning and trust and estate administration. Steven W. Keane, Marquette 1995 cum laude, is a member of the litigation and information technology practice groups and leader of the construction group in the Milwaukee office. He focuses in commercial, construction, information technology, securities, and professional malpractice litigation. Jeffrey A. McIntyre, Northwestern 1994, is a member of the litigation practice group in the Madison office. He concentrates in complex commercial, intellectual property, construction, and product liability matters.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    Dorothy Ann Case, Marquette 1985, has established Case Law Firm S.C., 400 N. Broadway, Suite 402, Milwaukee, concentrating on retail and commercial debt collections and collections litigation.

    Congdon, Ward & Walden S.C., Waukesha, has changed its name to Congdon, Walden, Schuster & Vaklyes S.C. Karene S. Marchan, Marquette 1996, has joined the firm as an associate, practicing in guardianship, probate, estate and Title XIX planning, litigation, and family law.

    Brian A. Herro, Marquette 2003, and Michael L. Lamont, Marquette 2003, have formed Herro & Lamont LLC, 2070 Wisconsin Ave., Grafton, focusing on real estate, personal injury, family law, business law, estate planning, and criminal law.

    Len Kachinsky, U.W. 1978, and Robert Sisson, S.U.N.Y.-Buffalo 1994, have formed Sisson & Kachinsky Law Offices, 103 W. College Ave., Appleton. Kachinsky, formerly with Kachinsky, Petit & Parker LLC, Neenah, is finishing a six-month tour of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    James R. Mills, Valparaiso 1995, and Gabrielle Boehm, William Mitchell 1987, have formed Mills & Boehm LLP, 123 Wolf Run, Suite 1, Mukwonago, a general practice firm emphasizing personal injury, estate planning and probate, criminal and traffic defense, and real property.

    Larry Thomas, Marquette 1992, has opened Thomas & Opp P.A., 5402 Parkdale Dr., Suite 101, Minneapolis, www.thomasopp.com, focusing exclusively on technology law, including negotiating IT transactions. Thomas formerly was with Thomas & Bonnabeau, Minneapolis.

    Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. and Capstone International Inc. have created WHD Government Affairs LLC, a new subsidiary focusing solely on govern-ment affairs services, including lobbying, strategic planning, negotiating, contract procurement, and government marketing services. Mike Rogowski, U.W. 1988, Tom Springer, U.W.
    2001, and Chas Mulcahy, Marquette 1962, will head the state arm of the business.

    John L. Sesini, Chicago-Kent 1991, has opened Sesini Law Firm S.C., 1434 W. State St., Milwaukee, www.sesiniimmigrationlaw.com, an immigration law firm that emphasizes family-related matters, fiancé and student visas, asylum claims, citizenship and naturalization, and deportation/removal defense. Sesini formerly was with Brennan, Ramirez & Sesini LLP.

    Appointments, Elections

    Daniel Blinka, U.W. 1978 cum laude, has been elected president of the Milwaukee Bar Association. He teaches evidence, criminal law, and trial practice at Marquette University Law School, is of counsel to Stierman, Steffens & Kuphall, and contributes to the Wisconsin Lawyer supreme court and court of appeals digests, and to the Bar's Supreme Court Calendar service.

    Orlando J. Cabrera, U.W. 1989, has been appointed by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as executive director of the Florida Housing Finance Corp., which allocates present value tax credits, municipal bonds, and other state and federal subsidies for affordable housing. He previously was a partner with Holland
    & Knight LLP.

    Daniel J. Habeck, U.W. 1998, has been elected to the Waukesha County Bar Association board of directors. He practices with Cramer, Multhauf & Hammes LLP, Waukesha.

    Daniel P. Koval, DePaul 1990, has been appointed as the city of Madison municipal judge by the Madison Common Council. He previously was a Madison assistant city attorney, dealing primarily in municipal litigation.

    Gregory B. Conway


    Gregory B. Conway, Marquette 1970, has been appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to the state Judicial Selection Commission. The nine-attorney commission screens applicants for judicial openings throughout Wisconsin. Conway is a partner with Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry S.C., Green Bay, concentrating in corporate law and litigation, and business, commercial, and personal injury litigation.

    Toby E. Marcovich, U.W. 1954, has been elected president of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. He is a partner with Marcovich, Cochrane, Milliken & Swanson LLP, Superior.

    Todd J. Liebman, U.W. 1990, has deployed to Germany in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Liebman, a major in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps, is officer-in-charge of the legal center for the First Brigade, First Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany. He is Sauk County Corporation Counsel.

    Nia Enemuoh-Trammell


    Nia Enemuoh-Trammell, U.W. 1998, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission. She is a litigation associate in the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, representing businesses in litigation matters, and is also a member of the firm's trademark subgroup.

    Richard E. Petershack, U.W. 1982 cum laude, has been designated by Gov. Jim Doyle as the governor's repre-sentative to the finance committee of the Democratic Governors Association. He is chair of the business practice group at Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison.

    Authors, Speakers

    Philip Bruner, Michigan 1964, coauthored Bruner & O'Connor on Construction Law (West 2002). He is a partner with Faegre & Benson, Minneapolis.

    Joseph C. Copa, U.W. 1999 cum laude, coauthored "Confidentiality Clauses in Software Contracting," Advance for Health Information Executives (June 2003). He focuses
    on employment law and litigation at Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison.

    Scott B. Franklin, Marquette 1995, C.P.A., presented the tax matters segment of "Things Divorce Lawyers Should Know about Non-divorce Law but Don't Know Who to Ask," a seminar sponsored by the Society of Family Lawyers. He is a tax manager with the accounting firm of Kohler & Franklin, Glendale.

    Harlan A. Loeb


    Harlan A. Loeb, Minnesota 1991, presented "Managing the Litigation Fall-out from Sarbanes-Oxley" at the eighth annual Forbes Magazine CFO Forum. He is U.S. director of litigation support for Hill & Knowlton, Chicago.

    Mark McGarvie, Marquette 1981, coedited Charity, Philanthropy, and Civility in American History(Cambridge University Press 2003). He teaches legal history at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, and also teaches U.S. history at the University of Richmond (Vir.).

    Richard J. Podell, U.W. 1969, gave the keynote address, "Equal Justice Under Law," at a conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June. He is president of Richard J. Podell & Associates, Milwaukee.

    Hon. Charles B. Schudson, U.W. 1974, presented the keynote address to the annual convention of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, in Wisconsin Dells in June. He is a judge on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, Milwaukee.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    William Bedker, U.W. 1996, was honored as Assistant District Attorney of the Year by the Wisconsin District Attorney's Association. He is a Dodge County assistant district attorney, focusing on domestic violence cases.

    R. George Burnett, U.W. 1981, 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 at Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry S.C., Green Bay, and State Bar president.

    Micabil Diaz-Martinez, Marquette 1989, received the 2003 Latino Citizen of the Year award in recognition of his work and advocacy on behalf of Milwaukee's Latino community. He is the administrator of the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division.

    William Donaldson, Marquette 1993, has earned a master's degree in public administration from U.W.-Oshkosh. He is counsel to the Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care.

    Major Joshua E. Kastenberg USAF, Marquette 1996, is the 2003 recipient of the Thomas Bradbury Chetwood S.J. prize from Georgetown University Law Center, presented to the student with the highest academic average in the master of international and comparative law program. He is the deputy staff judge advocate general of Spangdahlem Air Force Base, Germany. He also is author of "A Three Dimensional Model of Expert Psychiatric and Psychological Admissibility in 'False Confession' Defenses," Seattle University Law Review, and "Enforcing Internationally Recognized Human Rights Violations under the Alien Tort Claims Act: An Analysis of the Ninth Circuit's Decision in Doe v. Unocal," Franklin Pierce Law Review.

    Hon. Mary M. Kuhnmuench, New England School of Law 1983, received the Milwaukee County Community Justice Gavel Award, for having the "courage and faith to embrace restorative justice as a way of helping both victims and defendants rebuild their lives." She is a Milwaukee County circuit court judge.

    Ann M. Murphy, U.W. 1979, received the Milwaukee Bar Association's Lawyer of the Year award. Murphy, managing partner of the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP, focuses on commercial lending and public finance.

    Randy S. Nelson


    Randy S. Nelson, Marquette 1977 cum laude, has been selected for inclusion in the 58th edition of Marquis Who's Who in America. He is a partner in Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP, focusing on estate planning, family business planning, advising service cor-porations and partnerships, tax planning, trust administration, and probate.

    Margaret Dee McGarity, U.W. 1974, was one of 10 women recognized in the Wisconsin Law Journal's June 25 special section on Women in the Law. The other names appeared in the July issue of this magazine.

    Melissa Schraibman, U.W. 1994, received the 2003 Attorney General's John Marshall award for Trial of Litigation, for prosecuting U.S. v. Flowers, a tax fraud conspiracy case involving members of the Christian Patriot Association. She is with the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, Washington, D.C.

    Christine Harris Taylor


    Christine Harris Taylor, Valparaiso 1988, has earned an LL.M. in dispute resolution, with an emphasis in mediation and arbitration practice, from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a founding partner with Harris, Nelson & Zaeske LLP, Wauwatosa, practicing family law.

    Jeffrey R. Zirgibel, Drake 1996, has been certified as a civil trial advocate by the Board of Trial Advocacy. He is with Karp, Karp & Zirgibel S.C., Milwaukee, practicing plaintiffs' personal injury law.

    In Memoriam

    John H. Poulos, Marquette 1961, Tavares, Fla., Oct. 3, 1922 - Jan. 27, 2003.

    Lawrence W. Timmerman, Marquette 1936, Milwaukee, June 1, 1910 - Jan. 8, 2003.