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    Wisconsin Lawyer
    March 01, 2005

    In the News

    Wisconsin Lawyer
    Vol. 78, No. 3, March 2005

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Patrick M. Bertrandt, San Diego 2002, has joined the Law Offices of Mark S. Knutson S.C., Brookfield, as an associate. He previously worked for DeMarrs & Associates S.C. as a mediator.

    Susan Collins William R. Peck


    Marta T. Meyers Ryan Quinn



    Susan Collins, U.W. 1995 cum laude, Marta T. Meyers, U.W. 1993, and William R. Peck, U.W. 1990 cum laude, have been named partners in Boardman Law Firm LLP, Madison. Collins practices primarily in estate and gift planning, planning for tax-exempt organizations, and probate and estate administration. Meyers practices in family law, commercial litigation, trusts and estates litigation, and guardianships. Peck focuses on tax law, business law, and nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. Ryan Quinn, U.W. 2004 magna cum laude, has joined the firm as an associate, practicing in banking law.

    Chris Ford, Boston Univ. 1982, has joined Centro Legal, Milwaukee, as executive director. He previously was with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. Carmen Ortiz, U.W. 1999, has become managing attorney of the family practice group. She previously was with the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee. Centro Legal is a nonprofit legal services provider.

    Ave Bie, U.W. 1990, has joined the Madison office of Quarles & Brady LLP as a partner in the public utilities and government relations practice groups. She previously was chair of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.

    Mathew Corr


    Mathew Corr, U.W. 1997, has been elected a shareholder in Boyle, Fredrickson, Newholm, Stein & Gratz S.C., Milwaukee. He continues to focus on intellectual property law.

    Charles G. Maris, Marquette 1984, has joined the Brookfield office of Davis & Kuelthau s.c. as a shareholder, focusing on estate planning. He recently was elected president of the Waukesha Estate Planning Council. Daniel A. Kaminsky, Marquette 2002, has joined the firm's Milwaukee office as an associate, concentrating on real estate law.

    Seven attorneys have been named partners with Foley & Lardner LLP. Thomas R. Hrdlick, Georgetown 1988, and Ethan D. Lenz, Minnesota 1996, are members of the regulatory department and the insurance industry group. Morten Lund, Yale 1995, is a member of the business law department and the finance practice group. Andrew L. Nelson, U.W. 1993, is a member of the tax and individual planning department and the taxation and tax, valuation, and fiduciary litigation practice groups. James P. Peterson, Northwestern 1995, is a member of the business law department and the transactional and securities practice group. Leigh C. Riley, Pennsylvania 1995, is a member of the tax and individual planning department and the employee benefits practice group. Peter C. Underwood, Harvard 1996, is a member of the business law department and the transactional and securities practice group.

    John R. Lagowski Ann E. Rabe



    John R. Lagowski, Marquette 1996, and Ann E. Rabe, U.W. 2004, have joined the intellectual property practice group of DeWitt Ross & Stevens as associates. Lagowski, who previously practiced in Milwaukee and Chicago, is with the Brookfield office. Rabe is with the Madison office.

    Nine attorneys have been elected shareholders at Godfrey & Kahn S.C. In the Appleton office: Michael J. Lokensgard, U.W. 1993, focuses on corporate law. In the Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn: Kendall W. Harrison, U.W. 1995, and Todd G. Smith, U.W. 1996, focus on litigation. In the Milwaukee office: Brian G. Gilpin, John Marshall 1996, focuses on intellectual property; Christine Liu McLaughlin, Marquette 1992, focuses on labor and employment; David R. Navarre, U.W. 1996, focuses on corporate law; David H. Patzer, Minnesota 1996, focuses on estate planning; and Paul J. Stancil, Virginia 1996, focuses on litigation. In the Waukesha office: Susan C. Sorrentino, Hamline 1989, focuses on real estate.

    Daniel T. Flaherty, U.W. 1986, has been named head of the firm's statewide litigation team and appointed to the management committee. He is a shareholder focusing on complex business litigation in the Milwaukee, Appleton, and Green Bay offices. Todd W. Martin, U.W. 1995, has joined the insurance and employee benefits practice groups in the Madison, Appleton, and Green Bay offices. He previously was with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

    Jill Gilbert Charles P.       Magyera DeVona Y.     Wright



    Jill Gilbert, DePaul 1984, and Charles P. Magyera, U.W. 1971, have joined Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan L.L.P., Milwaukee. Gilbert practices in intellectual property, taxation, and litigation. Magyera, a partner, focuses on labor and employment law, emphasizing collective bargaining negotiations and employment discrimination defense. DeVona Y. Wright, U.W. 1999, has been named a partner, continuing to focus on business transactions, real estate, and public finance.

    Edward R. Antaramian, Marquette 1984, has become a shareholder in the intellectual property law firm of Jansson, Shupe & Munger Ltd., Racine, concentrating on intellectual property litigation and prosecution. Matthew M. Fannin, Chicago-Kent 2002, and Molly Hogan McKinley, U.W. 2001, have joined the firm as associates. Fannin previously practiced intellectual property law in Chicago. McKinley previously was a law clerk with the Iowa Supreme Court.

    Robert M. Konop, U.W. 1973, has joined the Chicago office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP as a partner in the business litigation practice area, focusing on fidelity insurance law. He previously was vice president and associate general counsel of the CUNA Mutual Group, Madison.

    Eugene M. LaFlamme, Marquette 2002, has joined McCoy & Hofbauer S.C., Waukesha, as an associate, focusing on complex litigation, products liability, commercial litigation, and professional malpractice.

    Donald L. Mabry, Marquette 1994, has become a partner in the Los Angeles office of Nielsen, Haley & Abbott LLP, focusing on fidelity, surety, commercial, and insurance defense matters.

    Mark D. Mallloy Nadya E.     Shewczyk



    Mark D. Malloy, William Mitchell 1998, has become a shareholder with Leib & Katt S.C., Milwaukee, continuing to focus on litigation involving products liability, toxic torts, premises liability, and insurance coverage. Nadya E. Shewczyk, Marquette 2004, has joined the firm as an associate, focusing on litigation and medical malpractice.

    Joshua R. Markus, U.W. 1998 cum laude, has joined the Chicago office of Verdin Associates, a legal recruiting firm, as vice president. He previously was an associate with McDermott Will & Emery, Chicago.

    Traci L. McClellan, U.W. 2001, has joined the National Indian Council on Aging, Albuquerque, N.M., as executive director. She previously was legislative director for the National Indian Health Board, Washington, D.C.

    Kenneth E. Rusch, Toledo 1982, has joined Dye, Foley, Krohn & Shannon S.C., Racine. His general practice includes civil and business litigation, personal injury, wills, trusts, and family law.

    Christopher M. Scherer, John Marshall 1999, has joined Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall LLP, Milwaukee, as an associate, concentrating on domestic and international patent prosecution and enforcement. He previously was with Haverstock & Owens LLP, Sunnyvale, Calif.

    Gilbert Southwell III, U.W. 1981, has joined Wells Fargo Capital Management LLC, Menomonee Falls, as vice president/senior fixed income research analyst. He previously was secretary and associate counsel for Strong Capital Management Inc.

    Brett J. Souza, Marquette 1995, has been named partner at the Irvine, Calif., office of Bryan Cave LLP. He practices with the corporate finance and securities; entrepreneurial, technology, and commercial practice; and transactions client service groups.

    Adam J. Tutaj


    Adam J. Tutaj, Marquette 1999 magna cum laude, has been made a shareholder at Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., Milwaukee, continuing to focus on corporate, tax, and health law.

    Fran Ulmer, U.W. 1972, has become director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She previously taught at the university and has been mayor of Juneau, Alaska, a member of the Alaska House of Representatives, and Alaska lieutenant governor.

    Joseph Veenstra


    David M. Victor, Vanderbilt 1983, has joined Fuchs, DeStefanis & Boyle S.C., Milwaukee, concentrating primarily in litigation and insurance defense matters.

    Joseph Veenstra, U.W. 1998, has become a partner in Johns, Flaherty & Collins, La Crosse. He is a member of the personal/family services and business/employment groups.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    Kirsten S. Beaudoin, Marquette 1999, has formed the Law Office of Kirsten S. Beaudoin LLC, 250 N. Sunnyslope Rd., Brookfield, focusing on estate planning and real estate transactions. She formerly was with Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, and Wiedner & McAuliffe Ltd., Chicago.

    Yakes Bauer Kindt & Phillips S.C., Oshkosh, has changed its name to Kindt Phillips Friedman & Fremgen S.C.Gary Yakes, Marquette 1960, and Joseph Bauer, Marquette 1964, have retired, and Ken Friedman, U.W. 1995, and Mark Fremgen, John Marshall 1990, have joined the firm.

    Kohner, Mann & Kailas S.C. has moved to the Washington Building, Barnabas Business Center, 4650 N. Port Washington Rd., Milwaukee.

    Robert E. Nailen, Mississippi 1985, has formed Nailen Law Office, 204 W. Tripoli Ave., Milwaukee, focusing on creditors' rights, real estate, probate, small business, and employment matters.

    Kelley, Weber, Pietz & Slater S.C., Wausau, has changed its name to Pietz, VanderWaal, Stacker & Rottier S.C.

    Kathleen J. Quinlan, U.W. 1976, has opened a solo practice at 216 S. Hamilton St., Madison, focusing primarily on family law and related matters.

    Appointments, Elections

    The Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates has selected the following officers: president - Kenan J. Kersten, Milwaukee; president-elect - Marie A. Stanton, Madison; and secretary/treasurer - Joseph J. Beisenstein, Kimberly.

    The Wisconsin chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association has elected the following officers: president - Jacqueline J. Ertl, Milwaukee; vice president - Pamela M. Patzke, Madison; secretary - Patricia M. Hanz, Milwaukee; and treasurer - Donald F. Kiesling Jr., Milwaukee.

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court has appointed the Hon. Kitty K. Brennan, U.W. 1977, to serve as chief judge of the First Judicial Administrative District. Brennan serves on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, to which she was first elected in 1994.

    The Brown County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Carla O. Andres, Green Bay; president-elect - Robert R. Gagan, Green Bay; secretary - Phillip J. Danen, DePere; and treasurer - Angela J. Olson, Green Bay.

    The Douglas County Bar Association has chosen the following officers: president - Stephen J. Olson; president-elect - Harley L. Prell III; and secretary/treasurer - Karry A. Aspinwall, all of Superior.

    Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin Inc. has appointed Michael Lieberman as the first resident federal defender for the Western District of Wisconsin. Lieberman, previously an assistant federal public defender in Alexandria, Va., will represent indigent criminal defendants.

    The Green County Bar Association has selected the following officers: president - Tara K. Kleinhans; president-elect - Brian D. Bucholtz; and secretary/treasurer - Todd W. Schluesche, all of Monroe.

    Mary B. Grossman, Loyola-Chicago 1997, has been appointed as a Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

    The Legal Association for Women has elected the following officers: president - Theresa L. Roetter, Madison; president-elect - Elizabeth Bucaida, Sun Prairie; secretary - Kelly Bostedt, Madison; and treasurer - Kristine E. Anderson, Madison.

    Jonathan T. Levy


    Jonathan T. Levy, U.W. 1995, has been elected to the Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association board of directors. He is with Rosenthal & Levy P.A., West Palm Beach, Fla.

    The Monroe County Bar Association has chosen the following officers: president - Lisa Aldinger Hamblin; president-elect - Tyler J. Tripp; and secretary/treasurer - Erik B. Pearson, all of Sparta.

    The Ozaukee County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - H. Ben Levy, Cedarburg; president-elect - Dennis H. Milbrath, Cedarburg; vice-president - Donald R. Fraker, Mequon; and secretary/treasurer - Michael P. Herbrand, Grafton.

    The Portage County Bar Association has selected the following officers: president - Brian G. Formella; president-elect - Robert J. Shannon; and secretary/treasurer - Brad P. Corbett, all of Stevens Point.

    The Sheboygan County Bar Association has chosen the following officers: president - Roberta A. Heckes, Adell; vice president - Lisa C. Stengel, Sheboygan; and secretary/treasurer - Shawn G. Rice, Sheboygan.

    The Tri-County Bar Association (Buffalo, Pepin, Jackson, Trempealeau) has selected the following officers: president - James J. Duvall, Alma; vice president - Paul I. Bohac, Black River Falls; secretary - Paul B. Millis, Black River Falls; and treasurer - Steven G. Schultz, Durand.

    Authors, Speakers

    Authors of the newly revised Attorney's Guide to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Books, 3d ed. 2005) include: William M. Conley, U.W. 1982, and Elizabeth Pevehouse, Ohio State 2000, with the Madison office of Foley & Lardner LLP; Linda Isnard, Marquette 1988, with Bralau Properties LLC, Cedarburg; W. Stuart Parsons, Harvard 1967, with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP; James C. Schroeder, U.W. 1981, with Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, Chicago; and Donald J. Wall, Marquette 1977, circuit executive for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Chicago.

    Frank T. Crivello II, Marquette 1993, has become coauthor with Ted M. Warshafsky, U.W. 1952, of Trial Handbook for Wisconsin Lawyers (1996 & supp. 2004), now part of West Publishing Company's Wisconsin Practice Series. Both attorneys are with Warshafsky, Rotter, Tarnoff, Reinhardt & Bloch S.C., Milwaukee.

    Daniel T. Dennehy, Marquette 1979, has authored the Wisconsin Wages and Hours Handbook (State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Books 2005). He is with von Briesen & Roper s.c., Milwaukee, focusing on labor and employment law, health law, and litigation.

    Pro Bono, Public Service

    Attorneys from the Wisconsin offices of Foley & Lardner LLP have raised more than $17,000 for Sarvodoya, a Sri Lankan tsunami relief organization. Leading the effort was Morten Lund, Yale 1995, a partner in the business law department in the Milwaukee office.

    Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., Milwaukee, has donated the hours in-kind of shareholder Robert E. Meldman, Marquette 1962, to the U.W.-Milwaukee Low Income Taxpayers Clinic, where Meldman works as an executive in residence with graduate tax students. He is with the firm's tax department, focusing on general, domestic, and international business transactions.


    Leonard W. Wang, U.W. 1978, has retired from the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Barbara L. Burbach, U.W. 1975, and Carlton D. Stansbury, Iowa 1990 with distinction, are included in the 2005-06 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Burbach and Stansbury are shareholders in Burbach & Stansbury S.C., Milwaukee, focusing on family law, paternity, collaborative divorce, mediation, and arbitration; Stansbury also does appellate work.

    Twenty-one attorneys with DeWitt Ross & Stevens were named "top lawyers" by respondents to a Madison Magazine survey. By category, attorneys recognized were: Administrative/government: Ronald W. Kuehn and Jordan Lamb; Appeals law: Daniel W. Hildebrand; Bankruptcy: Denis P. Bartell; Environmental: Todd E. Palmer and Peter A. Peshek; Estate planning and probate: Wrede H. (Bud) Smith (also Trust) and Michael W. Wilcox (also Trust); Family: Anne T. Wadsack and Nancy C. Wettersten (also Juvenile); Intellectual property: Craig A. Fieschko, Joseph T. Leone, and Charles S. (Chuck) Sara; Labor and employment: Stephen A. DiTullio; Litigation: Jon P. Axelrod; Medical malpractice: Michael R. Davis (also Plaintiff's personal injury) and Eric A. Farnsworth (also Plaintiff's personal injury); Municipal: Michael R. Christopher and M. Elizabeth Winters; Tax law: Brian L. Anderson and Frederic J. Brouner.

    Fifty-one attorneys from the Wisconsin offices of Foley & Lardner LLP are included in the 2005-06 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The following attorneys are among them (the balance were listed in the February issue): Carl D. Fortner, U.W. 1986; Harvey A. Kurtz, Chicago 1972; James T. McKeown, Minnesota 1984; Jay O. Rothman, Harvard 1985; and Luke E. Sims, Georgetown 1976. Attorneys included for 10 years are James P. Connelly, Georgetown 1972; John C. Cooper III, American Univ. 1972; George D. Cunningham, Georgetown 1973; John R. Dawson, Duke 1970; Lloyd J. Dickinson, U.W. 1974; George A. Dionisopoulos, Harvard 1980; Robert A. DuPuy, Cornell 1973; Mark F. Foley, Michigan 1981; Timothy C. Frautschi, U.W. 1963; Benjamin F. Garmer III, New York Univ. 1967; Michael W. Hatch, Yale 1974; Stanley S. Jaspan, Yale 1971; Wayne R. Lueders, Yale 1973; Maurice J. McSweeney, Chicago 1963; Greg W. Renz, Chicago 1975; Thomas L. Shriner Jr., Indiana -Bloomington 1972; Mark A. Thimke, Duke 1979; and Allen W. Williams Jr., Columbia 1970. Richard S. Gallagher, Harvard 1967, has been included for 20 years.

    Forty-three attorneys with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP are included in the 2005-06 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The following are among them (the balance were listed in the February issue): Linda S. Moroney, Iowa 1994; Thomas E. Obenberger, Marquette 1967; José A. Olivieri, Marquette 1981; J. Lewis Perlson, U.W. 1969; Mark S. Poker, Marquette 1988; David R. Price, Michigan 1983; Bret A. Roge, Marquette 1984; John R. Sapp, Duke 1969; Timothy G. Schally, U.W. 1985; Robert A. Schnur, Harvard 1963; Thomas W. Scrivner, U.W. 1977; Robyn S. Shapiro, Harvard 1977; Ann U. Smith, Northwestern 1984; David B. Smith, Texas 1973; Charles P. Stevens, Marquette 1981; Charles V. Sweeney, U.W. 1985; Raymond P. Taffora, U.W. 1986; James R. Troupis, Northwestern 1978; and William F. White, Antioch 1976.

    Robert Michelson, Duke 1972, has been recertified in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification. He is with Michelson Law Firm, Racine.

    Mark C. Witt


    Mark C. Witt, Michigan 1994 cum laude, is included in The Business Journal's "40 Under Forty" list. He is a shareholder and a member of the corporate practice group in the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C., focusing on business law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, private equity, and venture capital.

    von Briesen & Roper s.c., Milwaukee, is marking 100 years in operation. The firm was founded by Ernst von Briesen in Shorewood in 1904.

    In Memoriam

    E. Clarke Arnold, U.W. 1941, Columbus, Dec. 28, 1916 - Nov. 17, 2004.

    James L. Belanger, U.W. 1967, Darlington, Jan. 25, 1939 - Oct. 15, 2004.

    David S. Berman, Marquette 1967, Arlington, Va., July 31, 1940 - Jan. 25, 2005.

    Anthony J. Brondino, Marquette 1948, Milwaukee, Oct. 27, 1921 - Dec. 19, 2004.

    Steve Enich, Marquette 1947, Milwaukee, April 21, 1923 - Nov. 10, 2004.

    Gary David Friedman, Loyola- Chicago 1962, Burlington, April 21, 1939 - April 12, 2004.

    Russell Goldstein, Marquette 1951, Milwaukee, Nov. 9, 1926 - Jan. 27, 2005.

    Hon. James P. Jansen, Valparaiso 1973, Antigo, Feb. 5, 1944 - Jan. 12, 2005.

    Michael J. Mealy, Marquette 1967, Whitewater, Jan. 31, 1942 - Nov. 16, 2004.

    John B. Menn, U.W. 1947, Appleton, June 16, 1914 - Oct. 22, 2004.

    Thomas A. Plein, Marquette 1966, Henderson, Nev., June 11, 1940 - Nov. 14, 2004.

    James J. Podell, Michigan 1967, Milwaukee, Oct. 5, 1940 - Jan. 29, 2005.

    Mordella D. Shearer, U.W. 1948, Boise, Idaho, July 14, 1919 - May 1, 2004.

    Stephen M. Sobota, U.W. 1968, Madison, July 16, 1943 - June 15, 2004.

    Roland J. Steinle Jr., Marquette 1949, Milwaukee, Feb. 26, 1924 - Dec. 2, 2004.

    James Wiviott, U.W. 1966, Glendale, June 3, 1941 - Dec. 28, 2004.

    Peter P. Woboril Jr., U.W. 1943, Dela-field, April 13, 1918 - Oct. 26, 2004.

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