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    Vol. 77, No. 10, October 2004

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Kent L. Baker


    Kent L. Baker, Marquette 2004, has joined Ziolkowski Patent Solutions Group LLC, Mequon, as an associate, primarily drafting and prosecuting patent applications.

    Nathan P. Cihlar, Marquette 2004, has joined Swid Law Offices LLC, Mosinee, as an associate, focusing on real estate transactions and development, estate planning, and small business matters.

    Marcelo N. Corpuz III


    Marcelo N. Corpuz III, George Washington 1995, has joined Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, as an associate in the health care practice group. He previously was with Latham & Watkins LLP, Washington, D.C.

    Stephen Dries, U.W. 2001 magna cum laude, has become a law clerk for the Hon. Diane S. Sykes, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Chicago. He previously was a law clerk for the Hon. William C. Griesbach of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Green Bay.

    Jon E. Fredrickson, Marquette 1999, has been elected a shareholder in Kravit, Hovel, Krawczyk & Leverson S.C., Milwaukee. He continues to concentrate on litigation involving complex business matters, insurance coverage, bad faith, toxic torts, products liability, and real estate.

    Michael A. Hayes, Marquette 1999, has joined Marsh USA, Chicago, as an assistant vice president in the mass torts and complex litigation consulting practice, focusing on complex liability claims, insurance allocation strategies, and mass torts litigation. He previously was with Pretzel & Stouffer Ltd., Chicago.

    Brian P. Hodgkiss


    Brian P. Hodgkiss, Hamline 1998, has joined Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz, Appleton, focusing on banking and finance, commercial, mergers and acquisitions, and civil litigation. He previously was with Hinshaw & Culbertson.

    Thomas M. Hruz, Marquette 2002 magna cum laude, has joined Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., Milwaukee, focusing on corporate litigation and business law. He previously was a law clerk for the Hon. John L. Coffey, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Hon. David T. Prosser Jr., Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    Alexander R. Kuszewski, Marquette 1996, has joined the Mayfield Heights, Ohio, facility of Rockwell Automation as intellectual property counsel. He formerly was an associate at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee.

    Debra J. Kraft


    Debra J. Kraft, U.W. 1981, has joined the business law and real estate practice groups of Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP, Milwaukee. She previously worked independently as general counsel for several Milwaukee-area corporations.

    Howard G. McMahon, Thomas M. Cooley 1986 cum laude, has joined Salutz & Salutz LLP, Manitowoc, concentrating on personal injury, worker's compensation, and general litigation.

    Patrick M. Miller


    Patrick M. Miller, Marquette 2002, has joined Drewry Simmons Vornehm LLP, Indianapolis, as an associate, focusing on construction law and litigation, public contract, surety, and commercial and business litigation.

    Two attorneys have joined the law department of Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee. Randy Pavlick, George Washington 1984, is assistant general counsel on the financial services team. He previously was a senior vice president and general counsel at UMB Fund Services Inc., Milwaukee. Thomas E. Ravn, Marquette 1999, is a senior attorney on the insurance team. He previously was with CUNA Mutual Group, Madison.

    Christopher J. Pahl


    Christopher J. Pahl, C.P.A., U.W. 2004, has joined Metzler & Hager S.C., Green Bay, as an associate, concentrating in business, corporate and limited liability company law, estate and income tax law, and real estate.

    Jodie L. Renk, Iowa 2003, has joined the Watertown office of Pitman, Kyle & Sicula S.C., concentrating on plaintiffs' personal injury trial work. Thomas W. Kyle, Hamline 1996, and Kelly A. Larmore, Marquette 2003, also practice in the firm's Watertown office, which opened in June. Correction: Renk is not with Greenhalgh & Krueger, as stated in the September issue.

    Elaine E. Richards, Howard 1995, has joined Wells Fargo, San Francisco, as a staff attorney, practicing investment company and investment adviser law. She previously headed the legal team in the mutual fund administration department at U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, Milwaukee.

    Patricia Zeeh Risser, U.W. 1985, has been promoted to managing attorney for the Milwaukee office of Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc. (LAW) and to coordinating lawyer for LAW's Volunteer Lawyers Projects.

    Adam Omar Shanti, Marquette 2001, has joined the Bureau for International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. He previously was an associate in the Charlotte, N.C., office of Alston & Bird LLP.

    Barry W. Szymanski, Marquette 1973, has joined Schober Schober & Mitchell S.C. as of counsel, advising clients on business, corporate, nonprofit, employment law, estate planning, real estate, and emergency medical services law issues. He works mainly from the firm's Mayfair office.

    Janet L. Crnich Craig M. Salzer Eric N. Mathison Rebecca H. Simoni



    Several attorneys have been promoted to principal associate positions at von Briesen & Roper S.C., Milwaukee. Janet L. Crnich, Illinois 1996 cum laude, and Craig M. Salzer, Marquette 1998, are with the litigation and risk management practice groups. Crnich focuses on products liability, premises liability, toxic tort, and general litigation matters. Salzer focuses on products liability, toxic tort, insurance coverage, and general litigation matters. Eric N. Mathison, U.W. 1999 cum laude, and Rebecca H. Simoni, Minnesota 1999 cum laude, are with the banking, bankruptcy, and business restructuring practice group. Mathison focuses on contract litigation, real estate disputes, bankruptcies, and state court receiverships. Simoni advises corporate and financial institutions and individual clients and also provides advice concerning compliance with the rules of professional responsibility.

    Kyle J. Gulya


    Susan C. Kalbach

    Joining the firm as associates are Kyle J. Gulya, U.W. 2004 cum laude, and Susan C. Kalbach, Iowa 2002. Gulya is with the labor and employment law section of the business practice group in the Milwaukee office, focusing on regulatory compliance, antidiscrimination practices, contractual and workplace policy, and personnel management. Kalbach is with the litigation and risk management practice group in the Milwaukee office, focusing on products liability, toxic torts, insurance coverage, and general litigation.

    Megan A. Senatori, U.W. 2001, has become an adjunct faculty member at the U.W. Law School, where she teaches a seminar in animal law. She is with DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison, focusing on litigation with a special interest in issues affecting animals, pet owners, and veterinarians.

    Joseph S. Spence Sr., Washburn 1989, has become an instructor for Bryant & Stratton College. He will teach classes in domestic relations law and bankruptcy law to students in the school's paralegal program.

    Patricia Mengler Whaley, U.W. 1986, has been named vice president and general counsel of Rexnord Corp., a Milwaukee-based manufacturer of mechanical power transmission components.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    Sarah Helvey, U.W. 2004, Melissa Malott, U.W. 2004, Kathryn Peacock, U.W. 2004, and Mitch, U.W. 2003, have formed Community Justice Inc., 222 S. Hamilton St., Suite 22, Madison. The firm provides a broad range of civil legal services and criminal work through public defender appointments to low-income and underrepresented individuals.

    Isa Gonzalez-Zayas, U.W. 2002, has formed Gonzalez-Zayas Law Offices, Milwaukee, focusing on family, municipal, criminal misdemeanor, real estate, and unemployment law. She previously was with Centro Legal por Derechos Humanos, a nonprofit agency in Milwaukee.

    Johns & Flaherty S.C., La Crosse, has been renamed Johns Flaherty & Collins S.C., due to the addition of Terence Collins, U.W. 1977, and Cheryl Gill, Drake 1989, to the firm.

    Victoria A. Oleniczak, Dayton 1992, and Linda L. Gray, Northern Illinois 1982, have formed Oleniczak & Gray LLC, 2847C Buell Dr., East Troy, focusing on family law, estate planning, probate, municipal law, and real estate.

    Appointments, Elections

    The Hon. David L. Borowski, Marquette 1991, has been appointed to a Joint Legislative Study Committee to review Wis. Stat. chapter 938 (the Juvenile Justice Code). He is assigned to the Children's Division of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

    The Hon. Ann Walsh Bradley, U.W. 1976, has been appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to the Wisconsin Commission on Uniform State Laws, which, along with other state commissions and the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, considers proposed model and uniform legislation. Bradley is a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    The Dodge County Bar Association has chosen the following officers: president - Lisa L. Derr; and president-elect and secretary/treasurer - Cassel McClure, both of Beaver Dam.

    The Eastern District Bar Association has chosen the following officers: president - Kathleen S. Donius, Milwaukee; president-elect - Daniel T. Flaherty, Appleton; vice president - Scott J. Campbell, Milwaukee; secretary - Catherine R. Grogan, Milwaukee; and treasurer - Robert L. Gegios, Milwaukee.

    Gregg Herman, U.W. 1977, has been elected secretary of the ABA Family Law Section. He is with Loeb & Herman S.C., Milwaukee, which practices exclusively in family law.

    The Jefferson County Bar Association has selected the following officers: president - Vicki E. Zick, Johnson Creek; vice president - Theresa A. Beck, Jefferson; and secretary/treasurer - J. Paul Neumeier, Jefferson.

    R. Jeffrey Krill


    R. Jeffrey Krill, U.W. 1981 cum laude, has been appointed to the Wauwatosa City Council and will sit on the community development committee and the legislation, licensing, and communications committee. He is a partner with Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan LLP, Milwaukee, and is an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School.

    The La Crosse County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Peder G. Arneson; president-elect - Michael C. Ablan; and secretary/treasurer - Kathryn D. Schmidt, all of La Crosse.

    John Lhost, William & Mary 1974, has been elected to the board of trustees of the Nature Conservancy of Wisconsin. He is a partner and assistant coordinator of the trusts and estate group with Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee.

    Richard J. Podell, U.W. 1969, has been appointed to the ABA museum board. He is president of Richard J. Podell & Associates, Milwaukee.

    Samuel J. Recht


    Samuel J. Recht, U.W. 1960, has been appointed to the athlete agent advisory committee, which helps implement legislation relating to the regulation of athletic agents. He is a partner with Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, focusing on sports law, litigation, and real estate.

    Matthew R. Robbins, Wayne State 1977, has been appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to the State Judicial Nominating Committee. Robbins is with Previant, Goldberg, Uelmen, Gratz, Miller & Brueggeman S.C., Milwaukee, focusing on labor and employment law.

    Michael Silhol, U.W. 1985, has been appointed chair of the in-house counsel practice group of the American Health Lawyers Association. He is general counsel and secretary of Dallas-based Radiologix Inc.

    Donald A. Schoenfeld Thomas L. Doerr Jr.



    Donald A. Schoenfeld, Marquette 1974, and Thomas L. Doerr Jr., Marquette 2000, both with von Briesen & Roper S.C., Milwaukee, have been named cochairs of the Milwaukee Bar Association's Real Property Section. Schoenfeld is a shareholder in the banking, bankruptcy, and business restructuring practice group and chair of the firm's real estate section. Doerr is a member of the banking, bankruptcy, and business restructuring practice group.

    The Society of Family Lawyers has chosen the following officers: president - David B. Karp, Milwaukee; president-elect - Julie O'Halloran, Milwaukee; treasurer - Mary E. Leonard, South Milwaukee; secretary - Thomas Klein, Milwaukee; and directors at large - Judith M. Budny, West Allis; Karl Schefft, Cedarburg; and Kent Tess-Mattner, Brookfield.

    Scott D. Soldon, Northwestern 1978, has been appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to the Wisconsin State Fair Park board. He is with Previant, Goldberg, Uelmen, Gratz, Miller & Brueggeman S.C., Milwaukee, focusing on labor and employment law.

    Carlton D. Stansbury, Iowa 1990 with distinction, has been elected a member at large of the ABA Family Law Section Council. He is a shareholder with Burbach & Stansbury S.C., Milwaukee, focusing on family law, collaborative law, paternity, mediation, and appellate work.

    Patricia (Patty) Struck, U.W. 1977, has been elected president-elect of the North American Securities Administrators Association. She is the administrator of the Division of Securities in the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions.

    Mary Triggiano, U.W. 1988, has been appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court. She previously was managing attorney of the Milwaukee office of Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc.

    David A. Westrup, Michigan 1989 cum laude, has been appointed to the task force on asbestos and the emerging issues committee, both part of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. He is with von Briesen & Roper S.C., Milwaukee, focusing on complex civil litigation.

    The Winnebago County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - John S. Zarbano, Oshkosh; president-elect - Colleen Bradley, Oshkosh; and secretary/treasurer - Brenda Bann, Appleton.

    Authors, Speakers

    Charles M. Kirby, Hamline 1976, spoke at the annual meeting of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel in Cambridge, Md., in July on dealing with claims of sexual misconduct. He is with Church Mutual Insurance Co., Merrill.

    Raymond S. E. Pushkar, Marquette 1963, spoke about issues concerning Iraq contracting at the Defense Contractors Conference and the Computer Services Association mid-year meeting, both in July, and on National Public Radio's "Marketplace" program, in May and August. He is a senior partner in McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Washington, D.C.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Gregory B. Conway, Marquette 1970, has been included in the 2004-05 edition of Chambers USA. America's Leading Business Lawyers. He is a partner with Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry S.C., Green Bay, focusing on litigation.

    James J. Gende II, John Marshall 1994, has been certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is with Law Offices James J. Gende II S.C., Waukesha.

    Anne Knauff, Marquette 1983, received the U.S. Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award, in recognition of superior conciliation and resolution skills, at a ceremony in Atlanta in July. She retired from federal service in June.

    Kevin G. Krogmeier, N. Kentucky Univ. - Chase 1986, received a master of laws degree in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, Calif., in May. He is vice president of human resources for Vulcan Materials Co., Western Division, Los Angeles.

    Several attorneys from Previant, Goldberg, Uelmen, Gratz, Miller & Brueggeman S.C., Milwaukee, have been included in the 2003-04 edition of Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White Inc.) in recognition of their excellence in labor and employment law. Included are Gerry M. Miller, Yale 1960; Frederick Perillo, Michigan 1981; Matthew R. Robbins, Wayne State 1977; and Scott D. Soldon, Northwestern 1978.

    Timothy Rymer, Maryland 1990, has been certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is with Hausmann-McNally S.C., Milwaukee.

    Schober Schober & Mitchell S.C. was the only Waukesha County-based firm to appear in the Business Journal's annual ranking of the top 30 Milwaukee-area law firms. Schober, which ranked number 27, focuses on business, real estate, litigation, estate planning, and general practice.

    The Hon. Maxine Aldridge White, Marquette 1985, received the 2004 Mattie Belle Davis Award from the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) in October. She sits on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court. The award is reserved for individuals who demonstrate dedication to supporting women in the legal profession. Among White's activities are serving as a regional director for the NAWJ and organizing a tribute to Wisconsin's retired female jurists.

    Pro Bono, Public Service

    Michael F. Hupy, Marquette 1972, contributed $5,000 to a reward fund set up to elicit information to solve a crime in which two persons were injured while motorcycling. He is with Michael F. Hupy & Associates S.C., Milwaukee.

    In Memoriam

    James J. Barrock, Marquette 1957, Brookfield, June 18, 1932 - July 26, 2004.

    A. Warren Cahill, Marquette 1943, Waukesha, Oct. 23, 1917 - June 10, 2004.

    Hon. William E. Cordingly, U.W. 1953, Lexington, Ky., March 29, 1927 - Dec. 25, 2003.

    Hon. Donn H. Dahlke, U.W. 1958, Montello, Nov. 24, 1933 - April 1, 2004.

    Ralph H. Delforge, Marquette 1950, Milwaukee, June 2, 1920 - Nov. 9, 2003.

    John E. Grahovac, Marquette 1975, Racine, June 26, 1949 - April 25, 2004.

    William E. Johnson, U.W. 1956, Madison, Oct. 6, 1928 - Sept. 10, 2002.

    Bryan K. Koontz, Vanderbilt 1967, Middleton, Sept. 2, 1941 - July 23, 2004.

    E.A. Laubenstein, U.W. 1938, Hartford, Feb. 2, 1914 - July 24, 2003.

    Jay E. Schmidt, U.W. 1976, Milwaukee, April 29, 1951 - July 22, 2004.

    Donald F. Sieger, Northwestern 1955, La Crosse, Oct. 23, 1930 - Dec. 6, 2003.

    Edmund Slack, Notre Dame 1940, Albia, Iowa, Oct. 24, 1913 - July 25, 2004.

    James F. Spohn, U.W. 1948, Worthington, Ohio, June 15, 1923 - June 28, 2004.

    Hon. Harold J. Wollenzien, Marquette 1947, Waukesha, Dec. 15, 1922 - Jan. 21, 2004.