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    Vol. 77, No. 12, December 2004

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Matthew Banker, Marquette 2001, has been promoted to assistant director of membership services at the national office of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis.

    Melissa S. Blair, Marquette 2004, has joined Kravit, Hovel, Krawczyk & Leverson s.c., Milwaukee, as a litigation associate.

    Anne Daugherty-Leiter, Georgetown 2002, has joined State Bar CLE Books as a legal editor. She previously was a staff attorney with People Against Domestic Abuse, Jefferson.

    Marcia E. Facey


    Marcia E. Facey, U.W. 1998, has joined the law department of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., Milwaukee, as a senior attorney, focusing on investments in real estate equity funds and commercial mortgage loans. She previously was an associate with Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee.

    Herbert S. Bratt


    Karen DaCosta Perzan

    DaCosta Perzan

    Herbert S. Bratt, Yale 1956, and Karen DaCosta Perzan, Columbia 1985, have joined Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan LLP, Milwaukee. Bratt concentrates in commercial real estate, business law, and probate. Perzan focuses on asset acquisitions, software and technology licensing, loan transactions, noncompetition and other employment agreements, general corporate matters, and business counseling.

    Lisa R. Jonas


    Lisa R. Jonas, Marquette 2004 cum laude, has joined Croen & Barr LLP, Milwaukee, as an associate, focusing on business litigation and real estate.

    John Jorgensen, Hamline 1993, has begun a year of active duty in the U.S. Army Reserves, serving as a captain with the Judge Advocate General Corps. He also is Winnebago County deputy district attorney.

    Matthew V. Burkert Andrew 

Malone Mark 




    Tiffany L. Wohlfeil Heather L. Clefisch Bratislav Stankovic

    Six attorneys have joined Godfrey & Kahn S.C. as associates. In the Milwaukee office: Matthew V. Burkert, U.W. 2004, has joined the corporate group; Andrew Malone, Michigan 2004 magna cum laude, has joined the tax group; Mark E. Schmidt, George Mason 2004 magna cum laude, and Tiffany L. Wohlfeil, Michigan 2004, have joined the litigation group. In the Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn: Heather L. Clefisch, U.W. 2001, has joined the corporate and real estate groups. She previously was with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, New York. Bratislav Stankovic, U.W. 2004, has joined the intellectual property group.

    Ginger L. Murry


    Heather L. Curnutt


    Ginger L. Murry, Mississippi College 1995, has joined Lawton & Cates S.C., Madison, as counsel, focusing on family law. She previously was a family court commissioner for Forest and Oneida counties, Forest County circuit court commissioner, and Crandon city attorney. Heather L. Curnutt, New York Univ. 1999, has joined the firm as an associate, focusing on general litigation. She previously was with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York.

    Several attorneys have joined Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Daniel J. Vaccaro, American Univ. 1990 cum laude, has joined the litigation practice group in the Milwaukee office as a partner. He previously was an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    The following attorneys have become associates. In the Milwaukee office: Jessica B. Applegate, New York Univ. 2004, has joined the health care practice group; Gayle A. Bush, U.W. 2000 cum laude, Lynn R. Hunsberger, Illinois 2004, Joseph T. Miotke, Marquette 1999 magna cum laude, and Ariana J. Voight, U.W. 2000 cum laude, have joined the intellectual property practice group; Kristi Nelson Foy, Duke 2004, has joined the employment relations practice group; Jennifer L. Haluptzok, Minnesota 2004 cum laude, Jacob E. Miota, New York Univ. 2000 cum laude, and Jonathan C. Wertz, U.W. 2004, have joined the litigation practice group; Bradley J. Hintze, Minnesota 2001 cum laude, and Susan M. Sager, Hamline 1993 cum laude, have joined the land and resources practice group; Michael P. O'Neil, C.P.A., U.W. 2002 cum laude, practices in corporate taxation, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate transactions; Mark W. Siler, North Carolina - Chapel Hill 2004, has joined the tax and wealth planning services practice group.

    In the Madison office: Chad G. Bartell, U.W. 2004 magna cum laude, and William J. Robinson, Michigan 2004, have joined the business practice group. Lynda M. Fitzpatrick, Iowa 2004 with high distinction, has joined the intellectual property practice group. Kevin M. St. John, Chicago 2000 with honors, focuses on litigation.

    In the Waukesha office: Aaron H. Kastens, U.W. 2002 cum laude, focuses on litigation.

    James E. Ferraioli David P. 





 Winters Kristin 



    Four attorneys have been promoted to partner with Quarles & Brady LLP. In the Milwaukee office: James E. Ferraioli, DePaul 1996, focuses on business law, e-commerce and information technology, and real estate; David P. Muth, U.W. 1996, focuses on commercial litigation; Brian D. Winters, Yale 1996, concentrates in antitrust and trade regulation, public utility regulation, and appellate litigation. In the Madison office: Kristin Graham Noel, Northwestern 1996, focuses on commercial litigation, primarily securities and business fraud, intellectual property, and contract disputes.

    Carousel Andrea Bayrd, Minnesota 2000 cum laude, has joined the State Bar Communications Department as a proofreader. She also is a practicing civil rights attorney in Madison. She currently serves on the Equal Opportunity Commission for the city of Madison, the Madison Area Technical College District Board, and the NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin Foundation Board.

    Neena M. Patil, Michigan 1999, has joined the legal division of Pfizer Inc., New York, as assistant corporate counsel, focusing on corporate compliance matters. She formerly was an associate with Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Milwaukee.

    Greg W. Rayford, U.W. 1998 magna cum laude, has become a partner in the San Francisco office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, continuing to concentrate in private equity transactions.

    Emily A. Swendson


    Emily A. Swendson, Drake 2004, has joined Swendson/Menting Law Ltd., Oconomowoc, as an associate, focusing on family law, estate planning, and real estate.

    Ahndrea R. Van Den Elzen, Notre Dame 2003, has joined the Milwaukee office of Peterson, Johnson & Murray S.C. as an associate. She previously was a clerk for Justice N. Patrick Crooks of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    Joseph M. Moschella Jennifer 





    Joseph M. Moschella, U.W. 2004, and Jennifer K. Smith, Iowa 2004 with high distinction, have joined von Briesen & Roper s.c., Milwaukee, as associates. Moschella is with the general litigation and risk management practice group. Smith is with the health practice group.

    Bradley I. Dallet Kimberly 





    Bradley I. Dallet, Case Western Reserve 1994 magna cum laude, and Kimberly Churchill Montgomery, U.W. 1996, have been named shareholders in the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Dallet is chair of the real estate practice group and concentrates on real estate and commercial finance law. Montgomery, a member of the corporate and real estate practice groups, focuses on corporate, real estate, and commercial finance law.

    Mark J. Haberberger, Cornell 1985, has been promoted to senior counsel, Ultrasound and MR, with GE Healthcare Technologies, a division of General Electric Co., Waukesha.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    Virginia M. Bartelt


    Virginia M. Bartelt, U.W. 1983, has merged her practice with Hurley, Burish & Milliken S.C., 10 E. Doty St., #320, Madison. She focuses on real estate, business, and estate planning.

    Durrani Law Firm Ltd. has opened a new office at 10300 SW 72nd St., Suite 470E, Miami, Fla., practicing exclusively in immigration law. The firm also has an office in Madison.

    Michael D. Egelhoff, Marquette 1993, has formed Egelhoff Law Offices LLC, 933 Mayfair Rd., Suite 301, Wauwatosa, focusing on personal injury law.

    The Law Offices of Thomas M. Jacobson S.C. has changed its name to Jacobson & Schrinsky S.C. The firm, located in Milwaukee, continues to focus on representing plaintiffs in personal injury and worker's compensation cases.

    Morse & Shiller Ltd., based in Mequon, has joined von Briesen & Roper s.c. The combined practice, von Briesen & Roper s.c., is located at 10200 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, with an additional office in Brookfield. Morse & Shiller attorneys Daniel W. Morse, Pittsburgh 1979, Mark A. Shiller, Michigan 1994, Karin J. Wagner, U.W. 1998, and Jennifer L. Cumming, Michigan 1998, are with the new firm. Morse and Shiller are shareholders, and Wagner and Cumming are associates.

    Benjamin S. Wagner, U.W. 2003 magna cum laude, has relocated to the Milwaukee office of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. from the Racine office.

    Keith R. Wessel, U.W. 1994, Kristen E. Lehker, Boston Law School 1985 cum laude, and Kelly A. (Mueller) Welsh, U.W. 2002 cum laude, have formed Wessel, Lehker & Welsh Inc., 123 E. Doty St., Suite 303, Madison, concentrating on family law, juvenile law, criminal defense, and bankruptcy. Kristen A. (Healy) Pofahl, Chicago Kent 2002, has joined the firm as an associate.

    Carol J. Wessels, U.W. 1988, has opened Wessels Law Office LLC, P.O. Box 501, W61 N529 Washington Ave., Cedarburg, focusing on elder and disability law, probate, litigation, and individual rights. She formerly was senior attorney for the SeniorLAW program of Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc.

    Appointments, Elections

    Randall E. Bennett, U.W. 1988, has been elected chair-elect of the State Bar's Intellectual Property Section board. He is director of legal services of Plexus Corp., Neenah, an international electronic manufacturing services company.

    James M. Brennan, Marquette 1994 magna cum laude, has been appointed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to the Illinois State Executive Ethics Commission.

    Jonathan A. Duecker, U.W. 1995, has been appointed director of the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security by Gov. Edward G. Rendell. Duecker, who is on leave from Homeland Solutions LLC, Wayne, Penn., previously was deputy director of the homeland security office.

    Gina G. Carter


    Gina G. Carter, Georgetown 1986, has been appointed to the board of advisors of the UW E-Business Consortium. She is a shareholder with LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn, Madison, focusing on intellectual property, unfair advertising, e-commerce, antitrust, and international law, and is chair of the emerging technologies group.

    Warren P. Kraft, Marquette 1974, has been appointed to the Joint Legislative Council's Special Committee on Municipal Annexation, which reviews conflicts arising under current annexation laws and develops means to reduce legal disputes between municipalities and towns. Kraft, who is the Oshkosh city attorney, also was reelected as regional (7th Circuit) vice president for the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

    Richard J. Podell


    Richard J. Podell, U.W. 1969, has been elected to the governing council of the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. He is president of Richard J. Podell & Associates, Milwaukee, which concentrates on family law.

    Joseph A. Rice, Marquette 1985, has been elected chair of the Channel 10/36 Friends Inc. board. He is with Tries & Rice LLC, Milwaukee, and also is a Milwaukee County supervisor.

    Steven F. Stanaszak


    Steven F. Stanaszak, Marquette 1996 cum laude, has been appointed the Wisconsin liaison to the Defense Research Institute Employment Law Committee. He is with the labor and employment practice group in the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.

    The Wisconsin School Attorneys Association has chosen the following officers: president - Michael Aldana, Milwaukee; vice president - Malina Piontek, Madison; and secretary - Ken Cole, Madison.

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court has appointed 12 Wisconsin residents to the district investigative committees, which assist the Office of Lawyer Regulation in investigations of possible lawyer misconduct. The appointees are: Michael D. Brennan, St. Louis 1976, Michael D. Brennan Law Offices, Elkhorn, and Christopher W. Rose, John Marshall 1997, Rose & Rose, Kenosha (District 1); Jo A. Swamp, Marquette 1986, Forest County Potawatomi Community, Milwaukee, and William P. Ward, Milwaukee Police Department (District 2); F. David Krizenesky, U.W. 1969, F. David Krizenesky Law Office, Menasha (District 3); Susan J. McAninch, Catholic Charities, Sturgeon Bay, and Dennis D. McIntosh, Bay Lake Bank Corp. (District 4); Andrew J. Clarkowski, U.W. 1995, Axley, Brynelson, Madison, and Thomas W. Shellander, U.W. 1990, Neider & Boucher, Madison (District 9); Mary Ann King, Chippewa County Department of Social Services (District 11); Mark F. Nielsen, Harvard 1979, Schwartz, Tofte & Nielsen, Racine (District 15); and Dawn R. Lemke, Hamline 1991, Church Mutual Insurance Co., Merrill (District 16).

    C. Thomas Sylke


    C. Thomas Sylke, U.W. 1985, principal of Sylke Law Offices LLC, focusing on patent and other intellectual property matters in Milwaukee and San Francisco, was re-elected to the board of directors of the Blood Center of Southeastern Wisconsin Inc.

    Authors, Speakers

    John M. (Jack) Bruce, George Washington 1979, has authored "Statutory and Other Liens," a chapter in Wisconsin Methods of Practice (West/Thompson 2004). He is with the New Berlin office of Schober Schober & Mitchell S.C., focusing on municipal, land use, business, and environmental law and litigation.

    Scott B. Franklin, Marquette 1995, and Mark J. Miller, Washington Univ. 1983, spoke at the ABA Family Law Fall 2004 CLE Program in October. They co-presented a program on "Tax Aspects of Divorce: Perspectives from the IRS and a Private Practitioner." Franklin is with Kohler & Franklin CPAs, Milwaukee, and Miller is with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, Milwaukee.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Len Kachinsky, U.W. 1978, has received the Army Commendation Medal for his six-month tour of duty at Fort Eustis, Va., as an administrative law officer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He practices criminal and traffic defense law in Appleton.

    Daniel I. Hanrahan


    Daniel I. Hanrahan, Marquette 2000, is one of four recipients nationally of the ABA Family Law Section Pro Bono Award, in recognition of his work representing domestic abuse victims and volunteering at the Task Force on Family Violence. He is an associate with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP, focusing on product liability, toxic tort, and personal injury litigation.

    The Hon. Angela B. Bartell, U.W. 1971, is the 2004 recipient of the Marygold Shire Melli Achievement Award, presented by the Legal Association for Women. Bartell has been a Dane County circuit court judge for 26 years and previously was a partner at the firm now known as LaFollette, Godfrey & Kahn. She is associate dean of the Wisconsin Judicial College and has worked with the Criminal Jury Instruction Committee, the Wisconsin Bench Book project, and the Wisconsin Safe Haven Planning Advisory Committee. Judge Bartell also has worked with many community organizations, including the Downtown Rotary Club, the United Way Board, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, the Children's Theatre of Madison, and the Madison Repertory Theatre.

    The fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation (WLF) honored Jack R. DeWitt, U.W. 1942, with the inaugural Truman Q. McNulty Award for a lifetime of distinguished service to the legal profession, the State Bar, the state and the nation, and for his leadership in educating the public in the rule of law. McNulty, a lifetime member of the Fellows of the American Bar Association, founder of the WLF Fellows and the first president of the WLF Fellows Board of Trustees, passed away in January.

    Joel Hirschhorn


    Joel Hirschhorn, U.W. 1967, has been named one of the "Top Lawyers in South Florida" by the 2005 South Florida Legal Guide. He is with Hirschhorn & Bieber, Coral Gables, Fla., which was named a "Top Law Firm in South Florida." Hirschhorn focuses on civil and white-collar criminal defense of corporations and individuals.

    Joseph S. Spence Sr., Washburn 1989, has been inducted into the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society and into Phi Theta Kappa Society, International Scholastic Order, based on his academic achievements.