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    Wisconsin Lawyer
    February 01, 2004

    In the News

    Wisconsin Lawyer
    Vol. 77, No. 2, February 2004

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Richard H. Fuller


    Steven H. Schinker


    Aaron E. Alt, Harvard 1997 cum laude, has become a partner at the London, England, office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Alt, who also is an English solicitor, focuses on international investment fund structuring and formation, mergers and acquisitions, buyouts, and private equity investments.

    Richard H. Fuller, Marquette 1993 cum laude, and Steven H. Schinker, Thomas Cooley 1992 with distinction, Pace (LL.M.) 1993, have joined Anderson, O'Brien, Bertz, Skrenes & Golla, Stevens Point. Fuller concentrates in civil litigation and family law, and Schinker practices in civil and commercial litigation, environmental law, professional negligence, and personal injury.

    Several attorneys have joined Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison. Michael Riley, U.W. 1973 cum laude, is a partner, and Jason J. Knutson, U.W. 2000 cum laude, is a senior associate, both focusing on plaintiffs' personal injury and securities claims and businesses' economic claims. Dennis E. Robertson, U.W. 1970, is of counsel, concentrating on personal injury and worker's compensation claims. Jonathan M. Ward, Marquette 2001 magna cum laude, is an associate focusing on technology, including Internet, issues.

    Michael J. Bachhuber, U.W. 1987, has become executive director of Access to Independence Inc., Madison, a nonprofit organization that supports independent living for people with disabilities. He previously was a supervising attorney in the Milwaukee office of the Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy Inc.

    Dana R. (Zickerman) Bartocci, U.W. 2001 cum laude, has joined William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minn., as a career counselor.

    David J. Bischmann, U.W. 1991, has become a shareholder in Hausmann-McNally S.C., Milwaukee, continuing to concentrate in plaintiffs' personal injury litigation support and research.

    Joseph W. Byrne


    Catherine Cetrangolo


    Joseph W. Byrne, U.W. 1997 cum laude, has been named a partner at Boardman Law Firm LLP, Madison. He practices in all areas of intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secret law. Catherine Cetrangolo, Ohio State 2001, has joined the firm as an associate, concentrating on litigation. She previously was a clerk to the Hon. Barbara B. Crabb, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

    Joy M. Burkholder


    Tara C. Campbell


    Joy M. Burkholder, U.W. 1998, has joined the Milwaukee office of Wessels & Pautsch P.C. She focuses on representing management in all aspects of labor and employment law.

    John M. ("Jack") Bruce, George Washington 1979, has joined the New Berlin office of Schober Schober & Mitchell S.C., focusing on municipal and land use law, business and environmental law, and litigation.

    Tara C. Campbell, Marquette 2001 cum laude, has joined the Dallas office of Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP as an associate, concentrating in business tax planning. She previously was attorney-advisor to the Hon. Joel Gerber, U.S. Tax Court, Washington, D.C.

    Timothy T. Finley, Northwestern 1995, has been elected a partner at Howrey, Simon, Arnold & White, Washington, D.C. He is a member of the commercial trial group, focusing on contract disputes, business torts, defamation, dealer terminations, antitrust, and trademark litigation.

    Laura L. Domagala


    Laura L. Domagala, William Mitchell 2002 cum laude, has joined Eckberg, Lammers, Briggs, Wolff & Vierling P.L.L.P., Stillwater, Minn., as an associate, focusing in estate planning, trust and estate administration, business succession planning, charitable planning, and elder law.

    Lee J. Eulgen, U.W. 1997 high honors, has been elected a partner in Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, Chicago. He is in the intellectual property group, focusing on litigation, negotiation, and counseling.

    William E. Fischer, Marquette 2003 cum laude, has joined Kohner, Mann & Kailas S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate, concentrating in complex business litigation.

    Tom M. Freeman, Harvard 1977, has joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP as a partner in its new San Francisco office, focusing on representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes and litigation.

    James B. Gehrke, Marquette 1995, and Kellie R. Lang, Marquette 1993, have become of counsel with Gehrke & Associates S.C., Wauwatosa. Gehrke focuses on business start-ups, trademarks, copyrights, Internet law, licensing, nonprofit organizations, and legislative advocacy. Lang focuses on health care and regulatory law, bioethics, and risk management.

    Andrea Havlik, Hamline 2002, has joined Petit, Parker & Dommershausen S.C., Menasha, as an associate, concentrating in criminal law, family law, and general practice.

    Jennifer J. Kent, Stanford 1996, has joined Harley-Davidson Motor Co. as legal counsel, managing commercial litigation and compliance matters. She formerly was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

    Janice M. Falkenberg


    Stephen L. Knowles


    Janice M. Falkenberg, William Mitchell 1990, and Stephen L. Knowles, U.W. 1973, have joined Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan L.L.P., Milwaukee, as partners in the equal opportunities and employment law department, focusing on matters involving discipline and discharge, disability, harassment, family and medical leave, wage and hour, discrimination, restrictive covenants, and reductions in force.

    Theodore D. Koelling, Marquette 2003, has become a staff attorney with Plexus Corp., Neenah, a contract manu-facturer for the electronics industry.

    Jonathan H. Koenig, William & Mary 1995, has joined the criminal division of the U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He previously was an assistant U.S. attorney.

    John E. Lange, U.W. 1975, has become deputy coordinator in the new Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and served from 1999 to 2002 as U.S. Ambassador to Botswana.

    Nathan S. Lee, U.W. 1998 cum laude, has joined Amgen Inc., Thousand Oaks, Calif., as corporate counsel, focusing on FDA regulatory and clinical issues. He previously was an associate with the Washington, D.C., office of Ropes & Gray LLP.

    Kevin Maroney, U.W. 1988, has become associate general counsel with Wausau Benefits Inc., Wausau. He previously was with the U.S. Department of Labor, focusing on ERISA and other employee benefits areas.

    Five associates have joined the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich. Matthew C. Carlson, Boston University 1998, is a member of the land and resources practice group and focuses on residential and commercial real estate acquisition and development transactions. Michael A. Hughes, American University 2001 cum laude, focuses on litigation. Brian J. Rybarik, U.W. 2003 cum laude, is a member of the litigation legal practice area. Magill E. Weber, U.W. 2003, is a member of the intellectual property law practice area and focuses on life science patents prosecution and litigation. Farrah N. Winter, U.W. 2003 cum laude, is a member of the employment relations legal practice area.

    Angela Nichols Philipp, Marquette 2001, has joined Harris & Nelson LLP (formerly Harris, Nelson & Zaeske LLP), Wauwatosa, as an associate, focusing on all areas of family law. She previously was with John T. Fields & Associates, Brookfield.

    Kirk L. Deheck, Marquette 2003, has joined the Ziolkowski Patent Solutions Group, LLC, Mequon, as an associate. Deheck, a mechanical engineer, concentrates his practice in intellectual property law. Ziolkowski Patent Solutions Group, LLC was formed in 2002 from a former Cook & Franke S.C. patent group.

    Jessica A. Palmer-Denig, U.W. 1999 cum laude, has become a Minnesota assistant attorney general in the labor/human rights division. She previously was an associate with Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Minneapolis.

    Benjamin P. Payne, Marquette 2002, has been promoted from an associate of the Law Offices of Dayten Hanson to a member of the firm, now known as Hanson & Payne LLC, Milwaukee. He concentrates in insolvency, bankruptcy, and creditors' rights.

    Carl J. Pellegrini, U.W. 1992, has been elected a partner at the Washington, D.C., office of Sughrue Mion PLLC. He concentrates in intellectual property litigation and patent prosecution.

    Roger Strode, Marquette 1988, has joined Quarles & Brady LLP as a partner in the health law practice group, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, specialty hospital formation and operation, corporate restructurings, health care venture capital transactions, and joint ventures. He also is a CPA. Benjamin Kurten, U.W. 1997, has joined the firm as an associate in the immigration law group.

    Four attorneys have joined Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. Kent P. Barnes, Drake 2000 high honors, is with the business law department in the Milwaukee office. Bradford A. Borman, Arizona State 1991, and David Minko, William & Mary 2003, are with the telecommunications and energy department in the Madison office. Anthony J. Lucchesi, U.W. 2000 magna cum laude, is with the litigation department in the Madison office.

    Marcia Rimai, Harvard 1980, has been promoted to senior vice president - marketing at Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, and also has been named to the company's strategic planning committee. She previously was vice president and head of the policyowner services department.

    Jacob L. Schrinsky


    Jacob L. Schrinsky, Marquette 1999, has been promoted to shareholder in the Law Offices of Thomas M. Jacobson S.C., Milwaukee. He continues to focus on plaintiffs' personal injury and worker's compensation claims.

    Richard R. Sindic, Temple 1978, has joined Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP, Milwaukee and Delafield, as a partner in the business and litigation practice groups, focusing on business/commercial litigation, real estate, construction, and employment law.

    Charles M. Soule, Marquette 1992, has joined Stafford & Neal S.C., Madison, as an associate. The firm's practice is limited to worker's compensation and social security disability claims.

    Christopher M. Toner


    Christopher M. Toner, U.W. 2002, has joined Metzler & Hager S.C., as an associate, concentrating in business and civil litigation, employment law, municipal/zoning law, and landlord/tenant law.

    Craig E. Vance, Marquette 2001, has joined the Elm Grove office of Consumer Legal Services as an associate, focusing on lemon law and warranty litigation.

    Allan M. Foeckler Sibylle H. Tasker



    Allan M. Foeckler, Marquette 1998, and Sibylle H. Tasker, Santa Clara 1997, have joined von Briesen & Roper S.C., Milwaukee, as associates. Foeckler, a member of the general litigation and risk management practice group, focuses on products liability, toxic tort, and commercial litigation. Tasker, a member of the banking, bankruptcy and business restructuring practice group, counsels clients on commercial loans, public finance, real estate, business restructuring, and bankruptcy matters.

    Kim Marie Wacek, Hamline 1987, has been called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Middle Temple Inn of Court. She is now a fully qualified barrister and will focus on international litigation. She previously practiced in Green Bay.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    Douglas H. Frazer Benjamin C. Grawe Karen M Schapiro




    Douglas H. Frazer, Northwestern 1985, Benjamin C. Grawe, Vermont 2000, and Karen M Schapiro, Northwestern 1985, have merged their practice, Frazer & Schapiro, with DeWitt Ross & Stevens. They work in the Brookfield office. Frazer focuses on tax law, business law, and estate planning and probate. Grawe focuses on tax, business, estate planning, and environmental law. Schapiro concentrates on all aspects of environmental law and land use.

    Atterbury & Kammer S.C. has moved to 8500 Greenway Blvd., Middleton. Lee Atterbury, U.W. 1974, and Alexander Kammer, Northern Illinois 1998 cum laude, focus in personal injury law, professional negligence, and products liability.

    Gregory J. Cook, Marquette 1976, has relocated to the Milwaukee office of Kasdorf, Lewis & Swietlik. He is a shareholder concentrating on civil litigation.

    Schober & Ulatowski S.C., Green Bay, has merged with the Green Bay office of Davis & Kuelthau S.C. The Schober attorneys focus on business law, estate planning, creditor/debtor issues, insurance, litigation, and mediation and arbitration.

    Susan E. Hanson, Drake 1980, and Jeffrey A. Santagá, Marquette 1998, have formed Hanson & Santagá S.C., 1233 N. Mayfair Rd., Suite 170, Wauwatosa. Hanson focuses on estate planning and probate. Santagá's practice includes corporate, trademark, and real estate law. Both attorneys formerly were with Blumenfeld & Hanson S.C.

    Joe A. Goldberger, Marquette 1985, Susan Minahan Ruppelt, Marquette 1995, and William J. Lyne, Marquette 2002, have formed North Shore Legal Associates LLP, 11649 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, concentrating in real estate, estate planning, probate and trust administration, and business planning. Goldberger previously was with the Law Offices of Joe A. Goldberger. Ruppelt and Lyne formerly were with O'Connor, Sachs, Ruppelt & Lyne LLP.

    Irving B. Kahn, U.W. 1964, has opened an office at 11512 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon. He previously was a partner with Atinsky, Kahn, Sicula & Teper, Milwaukee.

    Joseph F. Madrigrano Jr., Marquette 1972, Thomas P. Aiello, John Marshall 1980, and Thomas Santarelli, William Mitchell 2000, have formed Madrigrano, Aiello & Santarelli LLC, 1108 56th St., Kenosha, focusing on business planning, estate planning, probate, real estate transactions, personal injury, and civil litigation.

    Nowakowski & McManus LLP has moved to 12700 W. Bluemound Rd., Elm Grove. Elizabeth F. Svehlek, Marquette 2003, has joined the firm as an associate, concentrating on representing self-insured employers and insurance companies in worker's compensation claims.

    Tabak & Tepper S.C. and Pitman, Kyle & Sicula S.C. have merged into Pitman, Kyle & Sicula S.C., Milwaukee, focusing on plaintiff's personal injury cases. Firm members are Jeffrey A. Pitman, Marquette 1990; Thomas W. Kyle, Hamline 1996; Howard S. Sicula, Marquette 1991; Richard G. Kalkopf, Marquette 1991; Fred Tabak, Marquette 1968; Angela McGraw, Marquette 2000; Jonathan P. Groth, Marquette 2000; and Kelly Larmore, Marquette 2003.

    The Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. has moved to 555 E. Wells St., Suite 1900.

    Appointments, Elections

    Edward J. Heiser Jr.


    Edward J. Heiser Jr. , Michigan 1968, has been elected president of the governing committee of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law. He is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek and head of the firm's consumer finance law group.

    The Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin Inc. has elected the following officers: chair - Carlton D. Stansbury, Milwaukee; chair-elect - Kathleen Baird , Wauwatosa; immediate past-chair - Steve A. Bach , Madison; secretary - Karen D. Julian, Madison; marketing chair -Janice Wexler, Madison; training chair - Diane S. Diel, Hales Corners; at-large members - Daphne Webb , Madison, Jennifer M. Wall , Waukesha, and Erika Leuffen Salerno, Appleton; and regional representatives - Katherine Charlton , Milwaukee, Mark O'Neill, Racine, Robert Ramsdell , Madison, and Mark Schubert, Appleton.

    Joel Hirschhorn


    Joel Hirschhorn, U.W. 1967, has been appointed to the Board of Bar Examiners Review Committee. He is the founding partner of Hirschhorn & Bieber P.A., Coral Gables, Fla., and concentrates on criminal defense work.

    Charles G. Maris


    Charles G. Maris, Marquette 1984 cum laude, has been elected vice president of the Waukesha County Estate Planning Council. He is a partner with the Milwaukee office of Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP, focusing on estate planning, probate, real estate, business law, and family law.

    The Society of Family Lawyers has chosen the following officers: president - Carlton D. Stansbury, Milwaukee; president-elect -David B. Karp , Milwaukee; immediate past president - Bonnie M. Abramoff , Germantown; treasurer - Julie A. O'Halloran , Milwaukee; secretary - Mary E. Leonard , South Milwaukee; and directors-at-large - Judith M. Budny , West Allis, Thomas D. Klein , Milwaukee, and Karl D. Schefft , Cedarburg.

    Jay R. Starrett


    Jay R. Starrett, U.W. 1987, has been elected to the board of directors of the Trucking Industry Defense Association. He is a shareholder with the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., focusing on transportation law, product liability, and legal malpractice defense.

    The Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers has chosen the following officers: president -Bruce R. Bachhuber , Green Bay; president-elect - David M. Skoglind, Milwaukee; vice president -Daniel A. Rottier , Madison; secretary - Robert L. Jaskulski, Milwaukee; treasurer -Christine A. Bremer, Wausau; and New Lawyers Section chair - Anthony J. Skemp , Milwaukee.

    The Wisconsin School Attorneys Association has elected the following officers: president - Jon Anderson, Madison; and president-elect -Michael Aldana, Milwaukee. Ann Patteson , Green Bay, was elected to the board. Continuing board members are Jim Ward , Eau Claire, Linda Isnard, Milwaukee,Jeff Jones, Wausau, and Malina Piontek, Madison.

    Authors, Speakers

    The Hon.Shirley Abrahamson, Indiana University-Bloomington 1956, spoke at an ABA Litigation Section symposium that focused on "The Vanishing Trial: An Examination of Trials and Related Matters in Federal and State Court," a report by Prof. Marc Galanter of the U.W. Law School. Abrahamson is chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    Judith A. Langer , Marquette 1985, presented "HIPAA Privacy: A Real World Perspective" to the 5th Annual Convention of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals in Reno in November. She is with Cobalt Corp., Milwaukee.

    Michael P. Maxwell, Marquette 2001, presented a seminar on worker's compensation subrogation at the 5th Annual Convention of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals in Reno in November. He also has been appointed to the private panel of chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He is managing partner of Maxwell & Baldwin LLP, Milwaukee.

    Bill Slate, U.W. 1959, and Mark Slate , U.W. 1999, presented a program on will and trust litigation at the 32nd semi-annual Estate Planning Collegium in Las Vegas in October. The Slates practice together in Slate Law Offices, Markesan.

    John Tessner , Gonzaga 1984, is co-author of theMinnesota Legal Research Guide 2d (William S. Hein & Co.). He is head of public services at the Hamline University Law Library.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Peter C. Blain, Georgetown 1978, has been selected for membership in the American College of Bankruptcy, an honorary and educational society for attorneys who have demonstrated the highest levels of professional expertise and leadership and ethical standards and a continued contribution to the enhancement of the bankruptcy and insolvency processes. He is a shareholder with the Milwaukee office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. and chair of the firm's bankruptcy and creditor's rights department.

    DeWitt Ross & Stevens , with offices in Milwaukee and Madison, has received national recognition for its new corporate identity package. The firm's brochure appears in the 2004 publication of American Corporate Identity.

    Greenhalgh & Krueger S.C., Baraboo and Madison, has been recognized as a "Patriotic Employer" by the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, in recognition of the support provided by the firm's office administrator, Eileen Shanks, to an employee who was called to active military duty in Iraq.

    Erik R. Guenther , U.W. 2002, received a 2003 Journal Times Award from the Racine Journal Times , in recognition of his community work in civil rights law and his involvement in the Young Professionals of Racine. He is an associate with Hostak, Henzl & Bichler S.C., Racine, focusing on business and employment law and employment discrimination litigation.

    Michael R. Smith


    Michael R. Smith, Illinois 1985 magna cum laude, has been named a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel based on his professional reputation and ability in the field of trusts and estates. He is a shareholder with the Milwaukee office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., focusing on wills, trusts, marital property agreements, charitable endowments, and business succession planning.

    Robert L. Habush, U.W. 1961, received the 2003 Distinguished Service Award from the U.W. Law School. He was honored for his outstanding contributions to the profession as a practitioner and for his work in several national and international leadership positions. He is a senior partner in the Milwaukee office of Habush, Habush, Davis & Rottier S.C.

    Tomislav Z. Kuzmanovic, U.W. 1988, received one of four "Litigator of the Year 2003" awards from Investors Underwriting Managers Inc. He is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Hinshaw & Culbertson.

    Robert B. Shelledy, Northwestern 1989, has earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a visiting assistant professor at Marquette University's Political Science Department.

    Nicholas Wood


    Nicholas Wood , Marquette 1982, was named one of the "Big Six" zoning attorneys in Arizona by the Phoenix Business Journal for his work on several developments in the Phoenix region. He is a partner with Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix.

    Pro Bono

    Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP, Chernov, Stern & Krings S.C., Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.,and Warshafsky, Rotter, Tarnoff, Reinhardt & Bloch, all of Milwaukee, donated more than 500 new toys, items of clothing, and maintenance supplies to the Hope House, Milwaukee, a transitional living facility and emergency shelter.

    In Memoriam

    Linda J. Hornik, Marquette 1991, Milwaukee, Sept. 25, 1962 - July 18, 2003.

    Michael R. Klos, U.W. 1971, Madison, Nov. 18, 1941 - Dec. 4, 2003.

    Robert J. Schmidt, U.W. 1952, Wausau, Oct. 17, 1924 - Nov. 9, 2003.

    Amy Marie Silberberg, Hamline 1978, Afton, Minn., Aug. 24, 1953 - Oct. 17, 2003.

    Denise B. Staudacher, John Marshall 1983, Whitefish Bay, March 1, 1958 - May 3, 2003.

    Gaar W. Steiner , Chicago 1962, Milwaukee, Aug. 7, 1937 - Oct. 3, 2003.

    Jessica M. Vianes, U.W. 2002, Milwaukee, Nov. 24, 1976 - Nov. 8, 2003.

    Delbert Wile, U.W. 1942, Milwaukee, Oct. 4, 1920 - Dec. 12, 2003.

    Gary M. Williams, Marquette 1976, Hales Corners, July 14, 1951 - Dec. 13, 2003.

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