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    Vol. 77, No. 7, July 2004

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Melanie Parks Alberts

    Parks Albert

    Melanie Parks Alberts,  Oklahoma City University 1982, has joined The Schroeder Group S.C., Attorneys at Law, Waukesha, concentrating in trusts and estates. She previously practiced law in Madison and Rhinelander.

    Dana R. (Zickerman) Bartocci, U.W. 2001 cum laude, has been promoted to associate director for career services at William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minn.

    Three attorneys have joined Cannon & Dunphy S.C., Milwaukee, as associates. John M. Bolger, Marquette 2003, and Lilian S. Fazekas, Washington College of Law 2003, concentrate on plaintiffs' personal injury work. Al Foeckler, Marquette 1998, focuses on plaintiffs' personal injury, professional malpractice, products liability law, general negligence law, and appellate practice. He previously was with von Briesen & Roper S.C.

    Jason S. Carter, U.W. 2001, has joined Alticor Inc., Ada, Mich., as corporate counsel - international, focusing on transactions in Europe and Asia. He previously was with the mergers, acquisitions, and securities group in the Chicago office of Jenner & Block LLP.

    Scott M. Fuhr


    Scott M. Fuhr, U.W. 1997, has joined Lee, Kilkelly, Paulson & Younger S.C., Madison, as an associate, focusing on business law, commercial transactions, corporate law, real estate, and taxation. He also is a C.P.A.

    Linda V. Meagher, Marquette 1988, Christopher E. Rogers, U.W. 1995, and Rhonda L. Lanford, U.W. 1996, have been named shareholders at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. Meagher practices in the Milwaukee office, Rogers practices in the Madison and Lake Geneva offices, and Lanford practices in the Madison office.

    Joseph W. Hansen, Tulane 1973, L.L.M. New York University 1978, has been appointed chief financial officer of National RV Holdings Inc., Perris, Calif. He formerly was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Zacky Foods/Farms LLC, Los Angeles.

    Diane L. Houk, Columbia 1983, has been named director of the Fair Housing Justice Center, a national civil rights advocacy organization sponsored by New York-based HELP USA, which provides transitional housing, counseling, and job training for homeless families and domestic violence victims. She previously was special litigation counsel with the housing and civil enforcement section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Washington, D.C.

    Michael S. Kent, U.W. 2003, has joined Bender, Levi & Associates S.C., Watertown, as an associate.

    Alexandra B. Klass, U.W. 1992 cum laude, has joined William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minn., as an associate professor. She previously was a partner with Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Minneapolis, concentrating in environmental and land use litigation.

    Christopher M. Seelen


    Derek Prestin


    Christopher M. Seelen, Marquette 1997 cum laude, has been named a shareholder at Garvey, Anderson, Johnson, Geraci & Mirr S.C., Eau Claire. He continues to focus on foreclosures and collections, creditors' rights in bankruptcy, business, and real estate. Derek Prestin, Minnesota 2002, has joined the firm as an associate, concentrating on intellectual property and business law. He previously was with Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery, Chicago.

    Kristina M. Kneepkens, Marquette 2003, has joined the legal department at Generac Power Systems Inc., headquartered in Waukesha.

    Allison M. Lynn, U.W. 2003, has joined Laner Muchin Dombrow Becker Levin & Tominberg Ltd., Chicago, as an associate, concentrating on labor and employment matters.

    Elizabeth F. McCright, Marquette 2003, has joined Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., Milwaukee, focusing on corporate and business law. She previously was a law clerk for the Hon. James E. Shapiro, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin.

    Erika L. Mielke, Marquette 2002, has joined Jacobus Wealth Management Inc., Milwaukee, in the fiduciary advisory division.

    Jon D. Monson, U.W. 2001 cum laude, has joined Piper & Schmidt, Milwaukee, focusing on municipal law and insurance defense.

    Amy R. Seibel, U.W. 1980, has joined Morse & Shiller Ltd., Mequon, as a partner, focusing on corporate transactions and general business law, taxation, and employee benefits. Karin J. Wagner, U.W. 1998, has joined the firm as an associate, focusing on estate planning, business succession planning, estate and trust administration, and tax and corporate law.

    James Patrick Thomas, Minnesota 1993 cum laude, has become a North Dakota assistant attorney general in the consumer protection and antitrust division in Bismarck. He previously was a partner at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    Mark Ehrmann, U.W. 1985, has moved from Godfrey & Kahn's Milwaukee office to the Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn. He focuses on corporate finance, venture capital, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other corporate transactions, securities, and contract negotiations.

    James J. Gende II, John Marshall 1995, has opened Law Offices James J. Gende II S.C., Waukesha, concentrating in personal injury and business litigation. He previously was with Cannon & Dunphy S.C.

    The two service corporations comprising Murphy, Gillick, Wicht & Prachthauser have separated. Gillick, Wicht, Gillick & Graf has moved to 6300 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee, and will concentrate on worker's compensation and social security disability cases. Murphy & Prachthauser will stay at Plaza East, 330 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, and will concentrate on personal injury litigation.

    Joshua T. Keleske, Marquette 1999 summa cum laude, has opened Keleske & Van Eepoel P.A., 423 S. Hyde Park Ave., Tampa, Fla., focusing on estate and business succession planning, charitable giving, and trust and estate administration.

    Julius Kim, Marquette 1997, and Jonathan LaVoy, Marquette 1999, have formed Kim & LaVoy S.C., 2205 N. 124th St., Suite 220, Brookfield, focusing on criminal defense, traffic defense, and immigration.

    Information Professionals Co. (INFO-PRO), Fond du Lac, has purchased Mortgage Services Corp., a real estate tax service for banks. Peter Kujawa, Marquette 2002, is president and chief operating officer of INFO-PRO.

    Kay A. Millonzi, U.W. 1999 cum laude, and Todd M. Pfeil, Creighton 1992, have formed Pfeil & Millonzi LLC, 1104 Mills St., Black Earth, concentrating in agricultural law, business organizations, construction law, employment law, elder law, real estate, and estate planning. Pfeil formerly was general counsel for Edward Kraemer & Sons Inc., Plain. Millonzi formerly was general counsel for Veridian Homes LLC, Madison; associate general counsel for Edward Kraemer & Sons Inc., Plain; and risk manager for American Girl, Middleton.

    Steven R. Penn, DePaul 1991, and Jill A. Rakauski, West Virginia 1998, have formed Penn Rakauski, 927 Main St., Racine, focusing on asbestos and silica dust-mask litigation.

    Schober Schober & Mitchell has relocated its downtown Oconomowoc and Hartland offices to 1227 Corporate Center Dr., Oconomowoc, in the new Waukesha State Bank Building.

    Barry Stern, U.W. 1980, has opened Barry Stern Attorney at Law, 6401 Odana Rd., Madison, focusing on worker's compensation, disability and Wisconsin Retirement System appeals, and mediation and arbitration. He previously was an administrative law judge for the state of Wisconsin and a legislative attorney for the Legislative Reference Bureau.

    Appointments, Elections

    The Kenosha County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - John V. O'Connor; vice president - Nicole L. Beddigs; secretary - Karin Anderson Riccio; and treasurer - Christine A. Gabron, all of Kenosha.

    Donald F. Kiesling Jr., Marquette 1997, has been named to the natural gas regulation committee of the Energy Bar Association. He is with We Energies, Milwaukee, focusing on corporate, environmental, and energy/utility law.

    The La Crosse Young Lawyers Association has chosen the following officers: president - Heidi M. Szatmary, La Crosse; vice president - Bryan E. Tillman, Onalaska; secretary - Edward S. Rue, La Crosse; and treasurer - Kathryn D. Schmidt, La Crosse.

    Stephen W. Hayes, Illinois 1969, has been elected vice president of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Elizabeth A. Neary, Marquette 1983, has been accepted into the organization as a member. Both attorneys are with The Schroe-der Group S.C., Attorneys at Law, Waukesha.

    Timothy F. Nixon


    Timothy F. Nixon, U.W. 1990, has been elected to the State Bar Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors' Rights Section board. He is with the Green Bay office of Godfrey & Kahn and is team leader of the firm's business finance and restructuring practice group.

    The St. Croix Valley Bar Association has selected the following officers: president - Kenneth C. Pletcher, River Falls; president-elect - Jason M. Fey, Hudson; secretary - Anne E. Schmiege, New Richmond; and treasurer - Michelle L W Heckmann, Hudson.

    Hoyt R. Stastney, Minnesota 1997, has been elected to the State Bar Business Law Section board. He is with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP, focusing on corporate finance/securities, financial institutions, privately held businesses, and general corporate law.

    The Washington County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - John A. Best; president-elect - Christine E. Ohlis; secretary - Christine Eisenmann Knudtson; and treasurer - Maureen Murray Volk, all of West Bend.

    The Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association has chosen the following officers: president - David A. Westrup; president-elect - Neifor B. Acosta; secretary - Jennifer A. Ortiz; and treasurer - Isa Gonzalez-Zayas, all of Milwaukee.

    Jordan K. Lamb, U.W. 2002, was appointed to the interim board of directors for the new State Bar Agricultural/Agribusiness Law Section. She is with DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison.

    Pro Bono, Public Service

    The attorneys and staff of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., Milwaukee, recently completed a drive to collect toiletry items for the Milwaukee Women's Center. The firm organizes collections for several charitable organizations each year.

    The Schroeder Group S.C., Attorneys at Law and Slattery & Duffey Ltd. presented the $500 Liberty in Law Award scholarship to high school student Elizabeth Kallenberger. The Waukesha firms sponsor the local competition, which requires entrants to write an essay about things lawyers do to protect and promote American freedom. The Schroeder Group provides legal services to closely-held and family businesses. Slattery & Duffey Ltd. emphasizes automobile crashworthiness cases.

    Authors, Speakers

    Roger D. Strode


    Roger D. Strode, Marquette 1988, has coauthored Inside the Minds: The Art & Science of Health Care Law (Aspatore Books). He is a partner with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP, focusing on health care business transactions.

    Thomas Domer, U.W. 1983, authored the worker's compensation ethics chapter of Workplace Injuries (Lawyers & Judges Publishers 2004). He represents injured workers at Domer Law S.C., Milwaukee, and teaches the worker's compensation course at Marquette Law School.

    Steven F. Gruel


    Steven F. Gruel, U.W. 1985, lectured at the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Trial Advocacy Center in April on accomplice and informant witnesses and also participated in two mock jury trials. He is with the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office, San Francisco.

    Nancy B. Johnson, U.W. 1994, and Beth Eyster Shore, U.W. 1998, co-authored the creditor and debtor rights chapter of the 2004 edition of Annual Survey of Wisconsin Law (State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Books). Johnson is a shareholder with Brennan, Steil & Basting S.C., Janesville, focusing on collections, creditor rights, banking law, construction law, and business transactions and litigation. Shore is an associate with the firm, focusing on business litigation, contract review, and employment law.

    Harlan A. Loeb


    Harlan A. Loeb, Minnesota 1991, chaired and moderated a panel entitled "Managing High Profile Litigation and Crisis While Everybody is Watching: The Evolving Role of the General Counsel" at the spring meeting of the Association of General Counsel. He is U.S. director of litigation for Hill & Knowlton, Chicago.

    Bruce T. Block, Boston University 1979, and Michael H. Simpson, U.W. 1975, contributed to the recently revised Real Estate Transactions System Book (State Bar CLE Books 2004). Both attorneys are with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee.

    Authors of the recently revised Traffic Law in Wisconsin (State Bar CLE Books 2004) are Barry S. Cohen, Law Offices of Barry S. Cohen S.C., Elkhart Lake; Thomas J. Hammer, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee; Joe Maassen, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Madison; Todd E. Meurer, Dane County Circuit Court, Madison; Christopher A. Mutschler, Anderegg & Mutschler LLP, Fond du Lac; and John Sobotik, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Madison.

    Authors of the recently revised Wisconsin Employment Law (State Bar CLE Books 2004) are Bradden C. Backer, Friebert, Finerty & St. John S.C., Milwaukee; Lisa M. Bergersen, Lindner & Marsack S.C., Milwaukee; Joseph P. Danas Jr., Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen S.C., Milwaukee; Daniel T. Dennehy, von Briesen & Roper S.C., Milwaukee; Fred Gants, Quarles & Brady LLP, Madison; Timothy E. Hawks, Shneidman, Hawks & Ehlke S.C., Milwaukee; Eric E. Hobbs, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee; David B. Kern, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee; Michelle Kho, Wis. Department of Agriculture, Trade, & Consumer Protection, Madison; David Lucey, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee; Lawrence T. Lynch, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee; Greg W. Renz, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee; Marianne Goldstein Robbins, Previant, Goldberg, Uelmen, Gratz, Miller & Brueggeman S.C., Milwaukee; Robert K. Sholl, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee; Thomas E. Smith, Wis. Department of Workforce Development, Madison; Jeffrey P. Sweetland, Shneidman, Hawks & Ehlke S.C., Milwaukee; Mark F. Vetter, Davis & Kuelthau S.C., Milwaukee; Rose Ann Wasserman, Wis. Department of Workforce Development, Milwaukee; and Bonnie A. Wendorff, Davis & Kuelthau S.C., Madison.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Frank J. Daily


    Frank J. Daily, Marquette 1968, has been elected to the International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers 2004. He is a senior partner with Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, focusing on the trial of major product liability cases, and is chief judicial court commissioner for the Milwaukee County circuit courts.

    Sean Duffey, U.W. 1986, has earned his paramedic certification. He is a firefighter with the Milwaukee Fire Department and also is with Schulz, Duffey & O'Brien S.C., Milwaukee.

    Julianna Ebert


    Julianna Ebert, Marquette 1981, has been recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal as a "Woman of Influence." She is a partner with Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, focusing on public finance, school law, and municipal law.

    Brian J. Berner, Marquette 1988, has passed the CFP® certification examination and has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to use its certification marks. He is with Financial Planning & Information Services Inc., De Pere.

    Howard S. Erlanger, U.W. 1981, has received one of four Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Awards for 2004. He is Voss-Bascom Professor of Law at the U.W. Law School, a professor of sociology, and director of the law school's Institute for Legal Studies.

    Keith A. Findley, Yale 1985, and John A. Pray, U.W. 1986, received the William Gorham Civil Libertarian of the Year Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin. Findley and Pray are clinical associate professors at the U.W. Law School and codirectors of the law school's Wisconsin Innocence Project.

    Three attorneys with the Madison office of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP are included in the 2004 edition of Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Charles Curtis, Chicago 1982, David Harth, U.W. 1979, and John Skilton, U.W. 1969, are in the firm's general commercial litigation practice area, which was ranked second in the state by the publication.

    Joel Hirschhorn, U.W. 1967, has been elected a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is with Hirschhorn & Bieber P.A., Coral Gables, Fla., focusing on civil and criminal white-collar defense of corporations, business executives, elected public officials, and private individuals.

    Rudolph T. Randa


    The Hon. Rudolph T. Randa, U.W. 1966, received the 2004 Rotary Person of the Year - Vocational Recognition Award. He is chief judge for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin. The award honors individuals who have made Milwaukee a better place by living out their vocations.

    Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has been ranked 28th nationally among top legal advisers for whole-institutions acquisitions and eighth in the Midwest by SNL Financial's Bank Mergers & Acquisitions Yearbook. The rankings are based on deal value.

    Robert A. (Bobby) Peterson, U.W. 1987, received an award for distinguished service to public health from the Wisconsin Public Health Association in honor of his lifetime service to public health and his efforts to direct funds from the nonprofit conversion of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin to community-based public health efforts. He is with ABC for Health Inc., Madison.

    In Memoriam

    Reginald P. Buran, Marquette 1957, Manitowoc, Nov. 19, 1928 - Jan. 23, 2004.

    James R. Hughes, Marquette 1948, Plymouth, Aug. 30, 1917 - April 16, 2004.

    Kenneth Z. Kaiman, U.W. 1950, Milwaukee, Sept. 17, 1923 - April 9, 2004.

    Henry James Reul, U.W. 1954, Madison, Jan. 19, 1925 - Dec. 17, 2003.

    Richard K. Sell, U.W. 1958, Oconomowoc, April 11, 1931 - April 28, 2004.

    Gerald T. Walczak, Marquette 1953, Clearwater, Fla., April 14, 1927 - Nov. 28, 2003.

    Weldon V. Zufelt, Utah 1966, Sheboygan, April 18, 1941 - March 26, 2004.