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    Vol. 77, No. 8, August 2004

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Bradden C. Backer, U.W. 1981 cum laude, has joined Friebert, Finerty & St. John S.C., Milwaukee, as a shareholder and head of its employment law practice group. He formerly headed the employment law team of Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Milwaukee.

    Thomas J. Binder, Marquette 1986, has joined Borgelt, Powell, Peterson, & Frauen S.C., Milwaukee, continuing his practice in civil litigation and insurance coverage. He previously was a shareholder with Otjen, Van Ert, Lieb & Weir S.C., Milwaukee.

    Kristen Crisp


    Richard Heinemann


    Kristen Crisp, Duke 1991, has joined Boardman Law Firm LLP, Madison, as counsel, focusing on insurance corporate and regulatory law, including financial and health information privacy regulations. She previously practiced law in Madison.

    Richard Heinemann, U.W. 1998 cum laude, has been named a partner at the firm. He continues to focus in energy and telecommunications/cable law, environmental law, general and commercial litigation, and municipal law and finance.

    Cory A. Buye, U.W. 2001, has joined Sweeney & Sweeney S.C., Madison, as an associate, focusing on business, corporate, real estate, estate planning, and probate. The firm has moved to 440 Science Dr., Madison.

    Wendy D. Calvert, U.W. 1999, has joined the Law Offices of Stephen J. Haszto, Chicago, as a staff attorney, practicing insurance defense and commercial litigation. She previously was a claim attorney with General Casualty Insurance Co., Sun Prairie.

    M. Christine Cowles


    Amy A. Ciepluch


    M. Christine Cowles, Marquette 1980, has joined Quarles & Brady LLP as a partner, focusing in product liability, toxic tort, personal injury litigation, and employment law. She previously was with Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen S.C.

    Amy A. Ciepluch, Marquette 2000, has joined the firm as an associate, focusing on employee benefits and HIPAA compliance. She previously was with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, Milwaukee.

    Marc S. Cwik, U.W. 1999, has joined Concord Law School as an instructor. He is a civil trial attorney with Backus·Carranza, Las Vegas, Nev., practicing primarily in personal injury, family law, and insurance defense.

    Nicholas S. Kuhlmann, Marquette 2004, has joined Leffert Jay & Polglaze P.A., Minneapolis, as an associate, practicing primarily in intellectual property litigation.

    Stephanie A. Lyons, U.W. 1995, has rejoined the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C., focusing on the acquisition, development, financing, leasing, and sale of real estate. She previously practiced real estate law at another Milwaukee-area firm.

    Darren J. Magee


    Darren J. Magee, South Dakota 1997, has joined Carlson Koeck Kirk & Graves Ltd., Prairie du Sac, Mazomanie, and Lodi, concentrating in business, real estate, criminal, traffic, family, and civil litigation. He will be the resident attorney at the firm's new office, 154 Main St., Lodi.

    The following attorneys have been elected to partnership at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. In the Waukesha office: Stacie J. Andritsch, Marquette 1997, focuses on labor and employment law, including employee benefits. In the Milwaukee office: John L. Barlament, Duke 1997, focuses on employee benefits law. Amy Schmidt Jones, New York Univ. 1991 magna cum laude, focuses on labor and employment law. Daniel S. Jones, U.W. 1997, practices exclusively in intellectual property law. Amy D. Katarincic, Marquette 1997, concentrates on representing management in employment disputes and labor relations matters. Richard H. Marschall, Georgetown 1997, concentrates on intellectual property matters. Kristina E. Somers, Boston College 1995, focuses on tax law. John C. Thomure Jr., U.W. 1993, focuses on bankruptcy litigation, commercial loan workouts, and white collar crime. In the Madison office: John R. Burczyk, Marquette 1991, focuses on business and corporate law. Jill A. Fahrlander, U.W. 1996, concentrates in intellectual property law. Mary C. Turke, U.W. 1996, focuses on bankruptcy and commercial litigation and transactions.

    Vincent D. Moschella, John Marshall 1982, has become Brookfield city attorney. He previously worked in municipal law for Milwaukee, Waukesha, Menomonee Falls, and Brookfield.

    Mary E. Hughes, U.W. 2002, has joined the Milwaukee office of Peterson, Johnson & Murray S.C. as an associate. She previously was a law clerk for the Milwaukee County circuit courts. Kim M. Kluck, Florida State Univ. 1994, has joined the firm's Madison office as an associate, focusing on insurance defense and medical malpractice. She previously was an assistant general counsel for the Florida Department of Health and was a special agent with the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.

    Jessica Philleo, Marquette 1991, has joined International Medical Group Inc., Indianapolis, as associate general counsel. She previously was an associate general counsel at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton.

    Stephen M. Philleo, John Marshall 1991, has joined Motor Transport Underwriters Inc., Indianapolis, as director of claims and assistant general counsel. He previously was a claims supervisor at Secura Insurance Co., Appleton.

    Gretchen G. Rosenke, Marquette 2003, has joined Murphy, Paulson & Murphy S.C., Racine, as an associate, focusing in family law and litigation.

    Suzanne K. Schalig Jessica T. Kirchner



    Suzanne K. Schalig, U.W. 1981, has joined Schmidt, Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox S.C., Brookfield, focusing on land use issues, including zoning, development, and commercial real estate. She previously was Brookfield City Attorney.

    Jessica T. Kirchner, Minnesota 2003 with honors, has joined the firm as an associate, concentrating in civil litigation, including business, real estate, personal injury, foreclosures, and collections.

    Adam J. Sheridan, Marquette 2004, has joined Cramer, Multhauf & Hammes LLP, Waukesha, as an associate, focusing on corporate and business law, taxation, and estate planning.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    William A. Denny, Marquette 1948, Robert W. Stack, Nashville 1996, Mary C. Flanner, U.W. 1987 cum laude, and Mark Vannucci, Univ. of San Diego 1987, have formed Denny & Yanisch Law Offices LLC, 13500 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove. The firm's practice areas include civil litigation, intellectual property, estate planning and probate, creditors' rights, collections, business law, personal injury, family law, and real estate.

    Gardner Carton & Douglas LLP, a full service commercial law firm, has opened an office at 250 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1800, Milwaukee. Robert J. Simandl, Marquette 1987, and John E. Murray, Iowa 1991, are with the Milwaukee office.

    Appointments, Elections

    Victor M. Arellano, Antioch 1984, has been appointed by Madison Mayor David Cieslewicz to the Madison Development Corporation board of directors. Arellano is a shareholder with Lawton & Cates S.C., Madison.

    Liza Barry-Kessler, U.W. 1997, has been appointed as a citizen member to the Virginia General Assembly's Joint Commission on Technology and Science, Privacy Advisory Committee.

    The Hon. Thomas Cane has been reappointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court as chief judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. He is with District III of the court of appeals. Cane has appointed Judge Neal P. Nettesheim as deputy chief judge and also has appointed the following presiding judges: Judge Ted E. Wedemeyer Jr., District I (Milwaukee); Judge Daniel P. Anderson, District II (Waukesha); Judge Michael W. Hoover, District III (Wausau); and Judge David G. Deininger, District IV (Madison).

    The Columbia County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Mark D. Lawton, Portage; secretary/treasurer - Paul A. Johnson, Lodi.

    The Dane County Bar Association has chosen the following officers: president - H. Dale Peterson; president-elect - Marsha M. Mansfield, secretary - Marta T. Meyers; and treasurer - David R. Friedman; all of Madison.

    Frank J. Daily


    Frank J. Daily, Marquette 1968, has been elected to the board of directors of the University of Alabama School of Law Foundation. He is head of the national product liability practice at Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, and is Chief Judicial Court Commissioner for the Milwaukee County courts.

    The Door County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - James A. Downey; president-elect - Victor D. Brooks; secretary - Rodney Duquaine; and treasurer - Richard A. Hauser; all of Sturgeon Bay.

    Scott Andrew Farrow, Marquette 1988, has been appointed as a special assistant U.S. attorney to help prosecute bankruptcy crimes. He is a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the U.S. Trustee, Las Vegas, Nev.

    Jerome G. Grzeca


    Jerome G. Grzeca, Marquette 1988, has been appointed chair of the Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is managing partner of the Grzeca Law Group S.C., Milwaukee, practicing exclusively in business immigration law.

    Sean R. Jones, William Mitchell 2000, has been appointed as manager of court reporting services with the Judiciary of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

    The following attorneys are among the newly elected officers and directors of the Milwaukee Estate Planning Council Ltd.: president - Barbara A. Bombaci; vice president - Philip J. Miller; treasurer - John K. O'Meara, all of Milwaukee; directors - Robert L. Kamholz Jr., Robert W. Mitchell, Kathleen B. Schrader, Barry S. Werner, and Daniel L. Woehrer, all of Milwaukee; John W. Lohre, Port Washington; James L. Mohr, Wauwatosa; and Gordon P. Ralph, Glendale.

    New board members of the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association are the following: president - Stephanie L. Dykeman, Brookfield; president-elect - Benjamin Wagner, Racine; past president - Bradley I. Dallet, Milwaukee; secretary - Jeaneen Dehring, Milwaukee; directors - Aaron Bernstein, Jennifer Boatwright, Gary Lippow, Monica Riederer, and Amy Weber Schambarger, all of Milwaukee.

    Richard W. Graber, Boston Univ. 1981, has been named chief executive officer of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. He is a shareholder in the business law department and cochair of the government relations department. Robert E. Bellin, U.W. 1969, who previously was CEO of the firm, has become chair of the board. Jesse A. Ishikawa, Michigan 1980, has become managing partner of the firm's Madison office. Bruce T. Block, Boston 1979, has become chair of the newly combined real estate and environmental departments. Jerome M. Janzer, Marquette 1982, is vice chair of the combined departments, and Michael H. Simpson, U.W. 1975, is chair of the environmental subgroup. Steven D. Huff, Boston Univ. 1977, chairs the employee benefits department.

    Michael C. Runde, Notre Dame 1969, has been reelected chair of the Wisconsin chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is a shareholder with Hochstatter, McCarthy & Rivas S.C., Milwaukee.

    The Municipal Attorneys Section of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities has chosen the following officers: president - John Macy, Waukesha; and secretary - Michael Morse, Menomonee Falls.

    Richard J. Podell, U.W. 1969, has been reappointed to the ABA's Center for Human Rights, which monitors trials throughout the world. He is with Richard J. Podell & Associates, Milwaukee.

    Authors, Speakers

    John T. Bannen


    John T. Bannen, Marquette 1976, LL.M. (taxation) DePaul, has authored "Planning for Distributions from Qualified Plans, IRAs and Tax Sheltered Annuities," a study for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. Bannen is a partner with Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, focusing on estate planning/probate, employee benefits, and taxation.

    Eunice Gibson, U.W. 1973, presented a paper entitled "Minimum Wages and Living Costs in the Americas" at the 40th annual conference of the Inter-American Bar Association in Madrid in June. The paper received an honorable mention award. Gibson formerly was Madison city attorney.

    Bradden C. Backer, U.W. 1981, and Robert K. Sholl, Chicago 1981, have coauthored the revised edition of Hiring and Firing in Wisconsin (State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Books, 3d ed. 2004). Backer is with Friebert Finerty & St. John S.C., Milwaukee, and Sholl is with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee.

    Kelly S. Kuglitsch, DePaul 2002, authored "The Changing Nature of 'Private Promises': The Treatment of Private Pension Plans Upon Divorce - A Historical Perspective on QDROS," Employee Benefits Journal (June 2004). She is with von Briesen & Roper S.C., Milwaukee, concentrating on employee benefits and ERISA.

    The following attorneys contributed to the revised edition of Marital Property Law in Wisconsin (State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Books, 3d ed. 2004). Keith A. Christiansen, U.W. 1968, is with Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee. F. William Haberman, Harvard 1965, is with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee. Philip J. Halley, Ohio State 1981, and John B. Haydon, U.W. 1959, are with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee. Andrew N. Herback, Marquette 1985, is a shareholder with Howard, Solochek & Weber S.C., Milwaukee. David L. Kinnamon, U.W. 1966, is with Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee. The Hon. Margaret Dee McGarity, U.W. 1974, is a bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Michael R. Smith, Illinois 1985, is a member of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee. Stephen R. White, U.W. 1994, is with the Milwaukee and Madison offices of Quarles & Brady LLP. Michael W. Wilcox, Marquette 1966, is with DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison.

    Sara Vinarov


    Sara Vinarov, Marquette 2000, spoke to the National Academy of Sciences Committee on intellectual property rights in genomics and protein research and innovation in June, on issues relating to patenting of structural genomics and proteomics inventions. Vinarov is an intellectual property attorney with Quarles & Brady LLP.

    Rose Ann Wasserman, U.W. 1984, has authored the revised edition of A Guide to Wisconsin Employment Discrimination Law (State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Books, 3d ed. 2004). She is an administrative law judge with the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division, Milwaukee.

    Pro Bono, Public Service

    The Law Offices of Michael F. Hupy & Associates S.C., Milwaukee, recently donated $5,000 to Second Harvest of Wisconsin for the Summer Hunger Campaign. Also, attorneys from the firm provided pro bono representation to members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club who challenged Summerfest clothing restrictions, and firm member Michael F. Hupy, Marquette 1972, donated use of his home in Whitefish Bay as the 2004 Breast Cancer Showhouse, proceeds of which go to the Cancer Center of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Major Noah Bledstein, U.S. Air Force, U.W. 1994 cum laude, received an L.L.M. in intellectual property and technology law from the Washington University School of Law in May. He has joined the 91st Intelligence Squadron, Fort Meade, Md., practicing national security law.

    Joseph W. Boucher, U.W. 1978, received the Distinguished Achievement Award - Public Service at the St. Norbert College Alumni Awards Dinner in June. He is a founding partner of Neider & Boucher S.C., Madison.

    Critical Terms in Criminal Proceedings in Spanish and English (State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Books 2004) has received a 2004 "ACLEA's Best" outstanding achievement award from ACLEA (Association for Continuing Legal Education). The book, authored by Ronald Benavides, U.W. 1993, and Luis Cuevas, U.W. 1992, was honored in the public interest activities category.

    Donald P. Gallo, Marquette 1990 cum laude, received the AGC Committee Chairman of the Year Award from the Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee. He is a shareholder in the environmental department of the Milwaukee office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C.

    John W. Daniels Jr.


    John W. Daniels Jr., Harvard 1974, was recognized for his leadership in the legal community and his civic involvement by the Wisconsin Leader's Forum and the International Organization of 100 Black Men. Daniels is a partner with Quarles & Brady LLP, focusing on business and real estate transactions.

    The corporate/mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and litigation practices of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. have been ranked among the top statewide in the 2004-05 edition of Chambers USA. America's Leading Business Lawyers. Individual attorneys recognized for corporate/mergers and acquisitions were Peter Sommerhauser, Northwestern 1968, with the Milwaukee office, and Michael Skindrud, U.W. 1975, with the Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn S.C. Steve Chernof, U.W. 1968, and Mike Dwyer, Michigan 1978, were recognized for their real estate work in the Milwaukee office.

    Harry G. Holz, Marquette 1958, LL.M. Northwestern 1960, has been elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is retired from partnership with Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee.

    The Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin (LLAW) received the American Association of Law Libraries/West Excellence in Marketing Award for Best Campaign. The award was presented in honor of the organization's effort to publish articles in the legal press to enhance the image of law librarians and to educate lawyers and the public about legal resources. Over the past two years, the Wisconsin Lawyer has published several LLAW-sponsored articles on conducting legal research. The award was presented at the AALL national conference in Boston in July.

    Hon. Michael T. Sullivan


    Hon. Michael T. Sullivan, Marquette 1948, was feted recently by the Blood Center of Southeastern Wisconsin for having donated 237 pints of whole blood since 1943. He is a reserve judge in Milwaukee. Sullivan received a framed picture drawn by a child whose life was saved by blood donations. He has also donated at Massachusetts General Hospital when a student at Harvard.

    Jonathan T. Levy, U.W. 1995, has achieved board certification in civil trial law from the Florida Bar. He recently became a name partner with Rosenthal & Levy P.A., West Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie, Fla., continuing to focus on personal injury, social security disability, wrongful death, and insurance disputes.

    Eleven attorneys with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP are included in the 2004-05 edition of Chambers USA. America's Leading Business Lawyers. Kathryn M. Buono, Marquette 1986, and Patrick M. Ryan, Marquette 1969, were recognized for corporate/mergers and acquisitions. John W. Daniels Jr., Harvard 1974, Lawrence J. Jost, U.W. 1969, and Joseph E. Puchner, Stanford 1986, were recognized for real estate. Robert H. Duffy, Marquette 1984, David B. Kern, Michigan 1979, Ely A. Leichtling, Virginia 1979, Mary Pat Ninneman, Marquette 1976, and Sean M. Scullen, U.W. 1999, were recognized for labor and employment. W. Stuart Parsons, Harvard 1967, was recognized for litigation. The firm's practice groups in corporate/mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment, and real estate also received first-place rankings.

    Five attorneys with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. have been included in the 2004-05 edition of Chambers USA. America's Leading Business Lawyers. In the Milwaukee office: David A. Erne, Harvard 1968, and James M. Bedore, Georgetown 1985, were recognized for mergers and acquisitions. Scott W. Hansen, U.W. 1976, was recognized for litigation. Bruce T. Block, Boston 1979, was recognized for real estate. In the Madison office: Jesse S. Ishikawa, Michigan 1980, was recognized for real estate.

    Elyse (Mollner) Stackhouse, U.W. 1990, is the 2004 recipient of the Management Women Nancy A. Felhofer Professional Achievement Award, presented to a woman who exemplifies a true commitment to her profession, to professional and personal development, and to civic and volunteer activities. She is a staff attorney at Wisconsin Public Service Corp., Green Bay.

    Rachel Schneider


    Rachel Schneider, U.W. 1995, has received the 2004 Milwaukee Bar Association Distinguished Service Award. Shneider was recognized for her efforts to help Milwaukee's low-income populations access needed legal services. Schneider serves as chair of the MBA's Legal Services for the Indigent Committee. She is a partner with Quarles & Brady LLP and also serves on the firm's Clinic Support Project, a partnership between the firm, the Task Force on Family Violence, and Legal Action of Wisconsin.


    Anne Knauff, Marquette 1983, retired from federal service in June. She litigated workplace safety and health issues, focusing on mining litigation, for the U.S. Department of Labor, Nashville.

    In Memoriam

    Burton M. Apker, Notre Dame 1948, Phoenix, Aug. 26, 1924 - March 22, 2004.

    Gloria E. Babbitt, U.W. 1983, Madison, April 29, 1932 - April 2, 2004.

    Stephen C. Dozer, Oklahoma City Univ. 1990, Kaukauna, Nov. 29, 1965 - Dec. 17, 2003.

    Robert R. Gavic, Drake 1951, Spring Valley, Nov. 8, 1926 - May 20, 2004.

    James C. Geisler, U.W. 1940, Madison, May 19, 1915 - Sept. 30, 2003.

    Dale E. Jurgensen, U.W. 1961, Ellsworth, June 30, 1931 - Nov. 27, 2003.

    Kurtis P. Klumb, Marquette 1976, Brookfield, April 21, 1950 - April 1, 2004.

    Robert E. Losch, Georgetown 1953, Washington, D.C., July 19, 1926 - Jan. 14, 2004.

    Earl M. La Plant Jr., U.W. 1958, Georgetown, Texas, Aug. 2, 1932 - March 22, 2004.

    William A. Mattka, U.W. 1966, Whitehall, Feb. 1, 1941 - April 2, 2004.

    Donald J. McIntyre, U.W. 1931, Sun City West, Ariz., June 2, 1906 - March 4, 2004.

    Francois N. Palmatier, U.W. 1949, Chicago, Oct. 2, 1923 - May 9, 2004.

    Thomas M. Schaus, U.W. 1962, New Berlin, June 7, 1937 - May 11, 2004.

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

    Rodger D. Squires, William Mitchell 1968, St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 29, 1937 - April 20, 2004.

    Alan H. Steinmetz, U.W. 1942, Largo, Fla., Nov. 22, 1917 - June 2, 2004.

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

    Sylvia K. Wasserman, Northwestern 1939, Milwaukee, March 30, 1916 - May 19, 2004.