Vol. 77, No. 3, March
In the News
New Hires, Promotions, Partners
Betsy Abramson, U.W. 1981, has joined the U.W. Law
School as a clinical assistant professor, coteaching elder law and
developing an elder law clinical for second and third-year law students.
She also authored "Ethical Considerations in Potential Elder Abuse
Cases," NAELA Quarterly, vol. 16, no. 4.
Aaron Bransky, U.W. 1989, has been promoted to
director and shareholder at Brown, Andrew, & Signorelli, Duluth,
Minn. He concentrates in estate planning and elder law and also
practices in labor, business, and
Paul A. Dirkse, U.W. 1994, has joined Hopp Neumann
Humke LLP, Sheboygan. He previously was assistant corporation counsel
for Marathon County.
Thomas J. Donnelly, Marquette 1995, has been named a
shareholder at Emile Banks & Associates LLC, Milwaukee. He
concentrates on insurance defense litigation.
James L. Dunlap, William Mitchell 1985, has become a
shareholder with Congdon, Walden, Schuster & Vaklyes S.C., Waukesha,
concentrating in civil litigation, small business matters, and real
Andrew G. Falkowski, Valparaiso 1998, has been
invited into partnership with Elaine A. Shanebrook,
Marquette 1977. The new firm is Shanebrook & Falkowski Law Office
LLP, West Bend. Falkowski focuses on commercial and residential real
estate, real estate development, business law, estate planning, probate
and trust administration, and elder law.
T. Dennis George, U.W. 1966, has joined McNaul Ebel
Nawrot Helgren & Vance PLLC, Seattle, as of counsel, focusing on
litigation, business transactions, investigations, and compliance
matters. He previously was senior vice president, corporate affairs, and
general counsel for Dendreon Corp., Seattle.
Chad W. Koplien, Marquette 1997 with distinction,
has joined Lee, Kilkelly, Paulson & Younger, Madison, as an
associate, focusing on commercial litigation, financial institutions,
construction law, and general business transactional work.
The Hon. Robert A. Haase, U.W. 1968, has joined the
Milwaukee-based Resolute Systems Inc. as a mediator. He formerly was a
circuit court judge in Winnebago County.
Traci L. McClellan, U.W. 2001, has joined the
National Indian Health Board, Washington, D.C., as legislative director.
She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and has extensive
experience in Federal Indian law and policy.
Stephen B. Mead, U.W. 1995, has become a partner in
the Chicago office of McGuireWoods LLP. He is in the labor and
employment department and focuses on representing management in
litigation, as well as reductions in force and employee termination,
accommodation, and leave issues.
Marta Meyers, U.W. 1993, has joined Boardman Law
Firm LLP, Madison, as an associate, practicing in family law, commercial
litigation, trusts and estate litigation, and guardianship. She
previously was with the Madison office of Foley & Lardner.
Matthew C. Siderits, Marquette 1996, and
Daniel L. Zitzer, Marquette 1989, have become
shareholders of Otjen, Van Ert, Lieb & Weir S.C., Milwaukee. Both
practice exclusively in worker's compensation defense.
J. Alberto Quiroga, U.W. 2001, has joined the Law
Center for Children & Families, Madison, as an associate,
concentrating in family law and personal injury.
Sandra Z. Brown, Northwestern 1984, and
Robert J. Misey Jr., Vanderbilt 1987, LL.M. (Taxation)
Georgetown, have been named shareholders in Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren
S.C., Milwaukee. Brown is in the litigation department, and Misey is in
the tax department. Misey has coauthored A Practical Guide to U.S.
Taxation of International Transactions (4th ed. CCH & Wolters
Jacob R. Reis, Marquette 2003, has joined Liebmann,
Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry S.C., Green Bay, as an associate,
concentrating in business and corporate matters.
Rod W. Rogahn, U.W. 1996 cum laude, has joined
Generac Power Systems Inc., Waukesha, as vice president and general
counsel. He previously was the managing partner of Rogahn Law
Amy F. Scholl, John Marshall 1997 cum laude, has
been promoted to shareholder at Coyne, Niess, Schultz, Becker &
Bauer S.C., Madison. She continues to concentrate in litigation.
David C. Sienko, Marquette 1994, LL.M. (Securities
and Financial Regulation) Georgetown, has been elected to membership in
Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLC, Chicago. He concentrates in corporate,
mergers and acquisitions, and securities matters.
Thaddeus C. Stankowski, Marquette 1998, has joined
von Briesen & Roper S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate in the
intellectual property and litigation sections, focusing on areas
including patent, trademark, and trade secret infringement.
Jacob P. Blazkovec, U.W. 1961, and Jacob M.
Blazkovec, Toledo 1992, have joined with Jeffrey R.
Wisnicky, Northern Illinois 2003, to form Blazkovec,
Blazkovec & Wisnicky, Algoma. Wisnicky formerly was an
associate with Blazkovec & Blazkovec.
Jeffrey L. Hesson, Marquette 1983, and Grant
E. Birtch, U.W. 1990, have formed Hesson & Birtch
LLC, 244 E. Doty Ave., Neenah, concentrating on business
formation, purchase, and sale, tax issues, real estate, estate planning,
trusts, and probate. Gerald H. Rammer, U.W. 1970, is of
counsel to the new firm.
Catherine M. Thomas, Marquette 2001 cum laude, has
opened The Law Offices of Catherine M. Thomas, 5601 S.
108th St., Suite 200, Hales Corners, practicing in family law.
The Douglas County Bar Association has elected the following
officers: president - Kelly Thimm; president-elect -
Stephen J. Olson; and secretary/treasurer -
Tony Briedenbach, all of Superior.
John A. Erich, Chicago 1972, has been appointed to
the Community Investment Advisory Council of the Chicago Federal Home
Loan Bank. Erich is shareholder and cochair of the real estate law
department at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee, representing
real estate developers, investors, and nonprofit organizations.
The Fond du Lac County Bar Association has chosen the following
officers: president - Laurel S. Munger; president-elect
- Terrence J. Gaffney; secretary - Ronald P.
Hammer; and treasurer - Dawn M. Sabel, all of
Fond du Lac.
Michael J. Gratz, U.W. 1994, has been chosen
president-elect for the St. Thomas More Lawyers' Society of Wisconsin
Inc., which serves lawyers in southeastern Wisconsin by helping create a
link between faith and the practice of law. Gratz is a partner in Boyle
Fredrickson Newholm Stein & Gratz S.C., Milwaukee, which focuses
exclusively on intellectual property law.
Daniel S. Welytok, U.W. 1987, has been reelected
chair of the Great Lakes Area Tax Exempt/Government Entities Council,
and Michael C. Wieber, Northwestern 1994, has been
reelected secretary. The council is a liaison with the IRS. Welytok is
with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee, and Wieber is with the
M&I Trust Co. NA, Milwaukee.
Frederick R. Hardt, U.W. 1972, has been appointed as
a circuit court judge for the Florida 20th Judicial Circuit by Gov. Jeb
Bush. He previously was in practice in Naples, Fla.
The Monroe County Bar Association has selected the following
officers: president - Aaron J. Lueck, Tomah;
president-elect - Lisa Aldinger Hamblin, Sparta; and
secretary/treasurer - Tyler J. Tripp, Sparta.
The Vernon County Bar Association has elected the following officers:
president - George C. Wilbur, La Farge; secretary -
Stephanie Hopkins, Viroqua; and treasurer -
Timothy Gaskell, Viroqua.
Gregory M. Wesley, U.W. 1997, has been appointed by
Gov. Jim Doyle to the board of directors of the Southeastern Wisconsin
Professional Baseball Park District, which oversees the maintenance and
management of Miller Park Stadium. Wesley is an employment law partner
with Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan LLP, Milwaukee.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has appointed the following attorneys to
Office of Lawyer Regulation district investigative committees: District
4 - Mark A. Jinkins, Pinkert Law Firm, Sturgeon Bay;
District 5 - Richard A. Radcliffe, Mubarak, Radcliffe
& Berry, Tomah, and Jon D. Seifert, Goethel,
Seifert & Schultz, Durand; District 6 - Lance S.
Grady, The Schroeder Group, Waukesha, and Vincent D.
Moschella, Milwaukee assistant city attorney; District 7 -
Kenneth W. Gorski, Gorski & Wittman, Marshfield;
James J. Natwick, Quale Hartmann, Baraboo, Leon
S. Schmidt Jr., Schmidt, Grace & Duncan, Wisconsin Rapids,
and John E. Shannon Jr., Anderson, O'Brien, Bertz,
Skrenes & Golla, Stevens Point; District 9 - Rick J.
Mundt, Winner, Wixson & Pernitz, Madison, and
Meredith J. Ross, Frank J. Remington Center, U.W. Law
School, Madison; District 13 - Gerald H. Antoine,
Huiras, Farrell & Antoine, Port Washington; and District 16 -
David J. Condon, David J. Condon S.C., Woodruff.
Scott C. Woldt, Hamline 1987, has been appointed to
the Winnebago County Circuit Court by Gov. Jim Doyle. Woldt previously
was with Curtis Law Office, Oshkosh.
Authors of the new book Critical Terms in Criminal Proceedings in
Spanish and English/Terminologias Esenciales en el Proceso Criminal en
Español y Inglés, published by State Bar CLE Books, are
Ronald Gabriel Benavides, Benavides Law Office,
Madison, and Luis C. Cuevas, State Public Defenders
Authors of the revised 2004 edition of Wisconsin Rules of
Evidence: A Courtroom Handbook, published by State Bar CLE Books,
are the Hon. Thomas H. Barland, Eau Claire;
Michael J. Brose, Doar, Drill & Skow S.C., New
Richmond; and Susan R. Steingass, Habush Habush &
Rottier S.C., Madison.
Awards, Degrees, Honors
Boyle Fredrickson Newholm Stein & Gratz S.C.,
Milwaukee, which focuses exclusively on intellectual property law, has
been named to the Future 50 List by the Metropolitan Milwaukee
Association of Commerce and the Council of Small Business Executives.
The list recognizes young fast-growing companies in the Milwaukee
Andrew Hanson, Northwestern 2001, has been awarded a
two-year fellowship from the Environmental Leadership Program, New
Haven, Conn. He is with Midwest Environmental Advocates Inc.,
Grant C. Killoran, Minnesota 1989, was named an
"Outstanding Health Care Litigator" in the Nov./Dec. 2003 issue of
Nightingale's Healthcare News. He is a partner with and chair
of the health law litigation focus group and the pro bono committee at
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee. His practice includes
exclusive provider contracts, restrictive covenants, physician
employment agreements, and complex medical real estate matters.
John Schweitzer, U.W. 1985, received the Heffernan
Award at the 2004 Mock Trial Awards Banquet. The award recognizes
lawyers who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to
the Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournament. Schweitzer, who is with
the Wisconsin Department of Regulation & Licensing, Madison,
prepared the case materials for the first several years of the
Peter Sommerhauser, Northwestern 1968, was named to
The Business Journal's 2003 "Book of Lists" as a leader in
Milwaukee's legal community. He is a shareholder in the corporate law
practice group at Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Milwaukee, focusing on
mergers and acquisitions and business and financial planning.
Pro Bono, Public Service
Lieutenant Colonel Tom Rhatican, U.W. 1992,
commanded the 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment, Wisconsin Army
National Guard, in Kuwait and Iraq from March until September. He is
chief of staff for state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, Madison.
Steven I. Cohen, U.W. 1960, Green Bay, April 30,
1932 - Dec. 9, 2003.
Patrick W. Cotter, U.W. 1940, Milwaukee, April 11,
1916 - Nov. 21, 2003.
Albert J. Hauer, Marquette 1947, Fond du Lac, Aug.
16, 1922 - Oct. 7, 2003.
Rosalie J. Horwitz, Marquette 1935, Whitefish Bay,
Jan. 8, 1914 - Dec. 9, 2003.
Frank X. Kinast, U.W. 1947, Beloit, June 21, 1914 -
Dec. 14, 2003.
Mark H. Makholm, U.W. 1950, Stevens Point, Jan. 10,
1915 - Nov. 2, 2003.
Robert L. McGlynn, Marquette 1989, Brookfield, March
10, 1932 - Dec. 11, 2003.
Truman Q. McNulty, Marquette 1948, Milwaukee, Oct.
12, 1921 - Jan. 26, 2004.
Fred W. Miller, U.W. 1936, Madison, March 18, 1912 -
Dec. 15, 2003.