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    Vol. 78, No. 7, July 2005

    In the News


    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Gregg A. Auby


    Gregg A. Auby, U.W. 1994, has become a shareholder in Eustice, Laffey, Sebranek & Auby S.C. (previously Eustice, Laffey & Sebranek S.C.), continuing to focus on estate planning, probate, trust administration, and family law. The firm has offices in Sun Prairie and Waunakee.

    Gwen M. Bee, Oregon 2004, has joined Skinner Law Firm, Menomonie, as an associate, focusing on estate planning, family law, and real estate.

    Denasha A. Scott Robin S. Jacobs Robert W. Habich


    Jacobs Habich

    Denasha A. Scott, U.W. 1997 magna cum laude, has been elected a shareholder at Cook & Franke S.C., Milwaukee. She focuses on estate planning, taxation, and corporate and business law. Robin S. Jacobs, American Univ. 1986 cum laude, has rejoined the firm as an associate in the litigation division. Robert W. Habich, Marquette 2004 cum laude, has joined the firm as an associate, focusing on business transactions, real estate, and estate planning.

    John P. D'Angelo


    John P. D'Angelo, Creighton 2004, has joined Stellpflug, Janssen, Hammer, Kirschling, Bartels S.C., De Pere, as an associate, concentrating in real estate, estate planning, and business and corporate transactions and litigation.

    Gregory M. Davis


    Gregory M. Davis, U.W. 1997 with honors, has become a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Chicago, continuing to focus on labor and employment, particularly background screening law.

    Three attorneys have joined the Milwaukee office of Gardner Carton & Douglas LLP, all in the health law group. Linda Sauser Moroney, Iowa 1994 with honors, focuses on tax and corporate law, nonprofit organizations, health care system restructurings, affiliations, and mergers, and other types of business formation and operation issues, and also is a certified public accountant. Colleen O'Connor Patzer, Minnesota 1996 cum laude, concentrates in regulatory compliance, risk management, facility survey and licensure, informed consent, bioethics, and professional licensure. Robyn Shapiro, Harvard 1977, concentrates on bioethics, medical staff, health information privacy, informed consent, regulatory and licensing matters, and human subjects research compliance issues. She also is professor of bioethics and director of the bioethics center at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Moroney, Patzer, and Shapiro previously were with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee.

    Kristin J. Gernetzke


    Kristin J. Gernetzke, Marquette 2002, has joined O'Flaherty Heim Egan Ltd., La Crosse, as an associate, concentrating on family law, juvenile law, and criminal defense. She previously worked for Skemp & Associates S.C.

    John T. Reichert Linda S. Schmidt



    Two attorneys have joined Godfrey & Kahn S.C. John T. Reichert, Marquette 2002, has joined the financial institutions practice group in the Milwaukee office. Linda S. Schmidt, Columbia 2003, has joined the litigation practice group in the Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn. She previously was with Swidler Berlin LLP, Washington, D.C.

    Jason F. Hahn, U.W. 2002, has joined General Casualty Co. of Wisconsin, Sun Prairie, as a claim attorney, focusing on litigation supervision. He previously was an associate with Corneille Law Group LLC.

    Dawn R. Caldart Lisa C. Paul



    Dawn R. Caldart, Marquette 2001, and Lisa C. Paul, Marquette 1993, have joined First, Albrecht & Blondis s.c., Milwaukee, as shareholders. Caldart previously was director of legal services at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. Paul previously was in solo practice. James P. End, Marquette 2001, has been named a shareholder with the firm. Thomas C. Lenz, Marquette 2005, has joined the firm as an associate.

    Christopher McLaughlin, Marquette 1997, has become an intellectual property counsel for August Technology Corp., Bloomington, Minn. He previously was with Leffert, Jay & Polglaze PA, Minneapolis.

    Valli Vairavan Gupta


    Valli Vairavan Gupta, Marquette 1997, has joined Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC, Chicago, focusing on wealth transfer and estate and trust administration. She formerly was an associate with von Briesen & Roper s.c.

    Julie Lewis Mark P. Manuel



    Julie Lewis, Minnesota 1988, has joined Carney, Davies & Thorpe LLC, Janesville, focusing on labor and employment law. She previously was chief labor negotiator for the state of Missouri and an instructor at the University of Missouri ­ Columbia Law School.

    Mark P. Manuel, Marquette 2004, has joined the litigation and risk management practice group of von Briesen & Roper s.c., Milwaukee, as an associate, focusing on litigation and risk management and banking and commercial transactions.

    Lisa M. Moore


    Lisa M. Moore, U.W. 2004, has joined Hetzel Law Office LLC, West Bend, as an associate, practicing primarily in criminal defense and family law.

    Richard Murphy, Marquette 1990, has been promoted to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, assigned to the 91st Legal Support Organization, Fort Sheridan, Ill. He is with the U.S. Army Field Support Command, Rock Island, Ill.

    Todd Podell, Marquette 1993, has joined CIBA Vision, Atlanta, a producer of contact lens products, as head of global purchasing.

    C. Scott Pryor, U.W. 1980, has been promoted to professor of law at Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Va. He teaches commercial law courses and also will direct the school's 2005 summer program in international human rights in Strasbourg, France.

    Timothy J. Walther


    Michael R. Vescio, Marquette 1995, has been elected partner in the Milwaukee office of O'Hagan, Smith & Amundsen L.L.C., continuing to concentrate on appellate law, complex civil and commercial litigation, and insurance coverage.

    Timothy J. Walther, U.W. 2002, has joined Gendlin & Liverman S.C., Milwaukee, focusing on plaintiffs' personal injury matters. He also is a supplemental court commissioner.

    Jeffrey P. Wilcox


    V. LaTawn Warsaw, Marquette 2001, has joined Legal Horizons LLC, Milwaukee and Hartford, focusing on criminal and family law.

    Jeffrey P. Wilcox, U.W. 1991, has been promoted to the grade of colonel in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps. He is staff judge advocate for the 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force, Lakenheath, England, and will be transferring to Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, where he will be chief of international law for Headquarters Pacific Air Forces.

    Jennifer M. Wilson


    Jennifer M. Wilson, Iowa 2004, has joined Urban & Taylor s.c., Milwaukee, as an associate, focusing exclusively on plaintiffs' personal injury and employee rights litigation.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    Garvey & Stoddard S.C., Madison, has been renamed Garvey McNeil & McGillivray S.C. Name shareholders are Edward R. Garvey, U.W. 1969, Kathleen G. McNeil, U.W. 1997, and Pamela R. McGillivray, U.W. 1999. Former name shareholder Glenn M. Stoddard, U.W. 1994, will open a practice in Eau Claire.

    Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. has opened a new office at 483 N. Mulford, #7, Rockford, Ill. William H. Dietrich, South Dakota 1997, has joined the Rockford office as an associate, focusing on intellectual property law with an emphasis on filing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications and securing copyright protection. He previously practiced in Chicago and Milwaukee.

    Wausau-based Ruder, Ware & Michler L.L.S.C. and Garvey, Anderson, Johnson, Geraci & Mirr S.C., Eau Claire, have merged and will use the Ruder Ware name.

    Basil M. Loeb, Marquette 2001, Scott A. Schmidlkofer, Marquette 2001, and Mark R. Toth, Marquette 2001, have formed Schmidlkofer & Toth LLC, 2525 N. Mayfair Rd., #30, Wauwatosa, focusing on family law, business litigation, criminal and traffic defense, appellate work, wills, and trusts and estates.

    Stafford Rosenbaum LLP has relocated to the Network222 building, 222 W. Washington Ave., Madison.

    Appointments, Elections

    Thomas J. Basting Sr., U.W. 1962, has been appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to the State of Wisconsin Educational Communications Board and also has been appointed to the finance and audit committee of the U.W. Hospital & Clinics Authority board. He is a senior shareholder in the Madison office of Brennan, Steil & Basting S.C.

    Lynn J. Bodi, U.W. 1987, has been elected to the board of trustees of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. She is cofounder of The Law Center for Children & Families, Madison.

    James J. Casey Jr., Dayton 1988, has been elected to the board of the National Council of University Research Administrators and also is a select university delegate to the University-Industry Partnership Project. He is executive director of the office of sponsored programs at Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee.

    Michael R. Christopher


    Michael R. Christopher, U.W. 1972, has been appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to the Wisconsin Judicial Council, serving on the evidence and civil procedure committee. He is with DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison, focusing on real estate and land use law.

    James Duvall, Minnesota 1978, has become Buffalo/Pepin County circuit court judge. He was appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of the Hon. Dane Morey. Duvall previously was Buffalo County district attorney and corporation counsel, and was in private practice with Hartman & Duvall s.c., Attorneys at Law, Alma.

    The Eastern District Bar Association has elected the following officers: president ­ Daniel T. Flaherty, Appleton; president-elect ­ Dean A. Strang, Milwaukee; vice president ­ Scott J. Campbell, Milwaukee; secretary ­ Catherine R. Grogan, Milwaukee; and treasurer ­ Robert L. Gegios, Milwaukee.

    Charles P. Fischbach, U.W. 1967, has been appointed to the board of commissioners of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Fischbach is an arbitrator, focusing on labor and employment disputes.

    Scott B. Franklin, Marquette 1995, C.P.A., has been appointed vice chair of the federal taxation committee of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a tax manager with Kohler & Franklin CPAs, Glendale.

    Hal Karas, Northeastern 1978, has been appointed chair of the State Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Section. He is a partner with the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, focusing on negotiation and documentation of development, planned community and commercial real estate transactions, land use entitlements, lending transactions, and workouts.

    David H. Nispel, U.W. 1984, has been elected vice president of the Wisconsin Municipal Judges Association. He is the city of Middleton municipal court judge and is deputy chief counsel for the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds.

    The Kewaunee County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president ­ Troy C. Dalebroux, Luxemburg; vice president ­ Steven G. Richards, Casco; and secretary/treasurer ­ the Hon. Dennis J. Mleziva, Kewaunee.

    Grant C. Killoran, Minnesota 1989, has been reelected as a State Bar delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. He is a partner with the litigation practice group at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee, focusing on complex business and health care disputes.

    Mark A. Shiller


    Mark A. Shiller, Michigan 1994, has been appointed chair of the Estate and Trust Planning and Administration section at von Briesen & Roper s.c. He focuses on wills, trusts, marital property agreements, and other trust and estate issues at the firm's Mequon, Brookfield, and Milwaukee offices.

    The La Crosse Young Lawyers Association has elected the following officers: president ­ Kathryn D. Schmidt, La Crosse; vice president ­ Mindy N. Wiesjahn, Onalaska; and secretary/treasurer ­ Todd E. Schroeder, La Crosse.

    Pamela Pepper, Cornell 1989, has been appointed to a 14-year term as a U.S. bankruptcy judge for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin. She previously had a solo practice, Pamela Pepper Attorney at Law S.C., Milwaukee.

    William J. Rameker, Iowa 1972, has been elected chair of Special Olympics Wisconsin Inc. He is a member of Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, focusing on corporate restructuring and reorganization.

    John Schulze Jr., Marquette 2004, has been selected to chair the Republican Party of Wisconsin resolutions committee, which assembles the party's platform. He is with American Transmission Co. LLC, Waukesha.

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

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Thomas W. Batterman


    Thomas W. Batterman, U.W. 1982, was recognized by the Association of Independent Trust Companies for his outstanding past service as a director and past president of the board. He is president of Vigil Trust & Financial Advocacy, Wausau.

    Michelle A. Behnke, U.W. 1988, has been selected to join the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, whose membership is limited to attorneys with established expertise and a minimum of 10 years' experience in real estate law who observe high standards of professional and ethical conduct and have contributed to the improvement of real estate law. She is with Michelle A. Behnke Attorney at Law, Madison, and is past president of the State Bar.

    T. Dennis George, U.W. 1966, received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University at the school's May commencement ceremony, at which he delivered the keynote address. He has a solo practice in Seattle, focusing on business counseling, litigation, mediation, and arbitration.

    Paul W. Humphrey, U.W. 1989, received a "Difference Maker" award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his commitment to the victims of alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents. He is a Dane County assistant district attorney.

    The Hon. Robert G. Mawdsley, Marquette 1975, has been named 2005 Judge of the Year by the Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. The award recognizes a jurist who exhibits fairness, diligence, scholarship, and a willingness to treat litigants and lawyers with respect. Mawdsley is a Waukesha County circuit court judge.

    Michael Maistelman, Franklin Pierce 1994, has been named a "Rising Star of Politics 2005" by Campaigns and Elections magazine for his work representing Democratic candidates and organizations in election and campaign finance matters in Wisconsin. He is with the Law Offices of Michael S. Maistelman, Milwaukee.

    ABC for Health Inc. and Bobby Peterson, U.W. 1987, received a Good Samaritan Award from Edgewood College and Samaritan Counseling Center at a ceremony in May, in recognition of going above and beyond the call of duty in helping children.

    Jere D. McGaffey, Harvard 1961, received the 2005 Distinguished Service Award from the ABA Section of Taxation at a ceremony in May for his outstanding contributions to the section, the tax system, and tax education. He is a partner emeritus at Foley & Lardner, Milwaukee, where he focused on tax, estate planning, and business counseling.

    Randy S. Nelson


    Randy S. Nelson, Marquette 1977 cum laude, is included in the 2005-06 edition of Marquis Who's Who in America. He is a partner with the Milwaukee office of Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP, focusing on estate planning, family business planning, tax, trusts, and probate, and also is a certified public accountant.

    Robert V. Petershack, U.W. 1994, has been certified as a commercial arbitrator by the Institute of Conflict Management LLC, San Diego. He is a partner with the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, focusing on copyright and trademark law, software and technology licensing agreements, and arbitration of technology and intellectual property disputes.

    Tobin Richer, DePaul 1998, has been selected for participation in the executive leadership program sponsored by the America's Health Insurance Plans Foundation. He is general counsel for TrustSolutions LLC, Milwaukee.

    Paul M. Schmidt


    Paul M. Schmidt, Kansas 1990, has been admitted to the Florida Bar. He is a partner with Boardman Law Firm LLP, Madison, focusing on estate planning, probate and trust administration, and business and real estate.

    Gerald J. Bloch, U.W. 1964, Michael I. Tarnoff, Marquette 1963, and Ted M. Warshafsky, U.W. 1952, all with Warshafsky, Rotter, Tarnoff, Reinhardt & Bloch S.C., Milwaukee, are included in the 2005-06 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This is the 20th consecutive listing for Warshafsky.

    Authors, Speakers

    Elizabeth T. Russell


    Elizabeth T. Russell, Pace 1986, has authored Art Law Conversations: A Surprisingly Readable Guide for Visual Artists (Ruly Press 2005). She is the art law columnist for Art Calendar magazine.

    Richard A. Stack Jr., Marquette 1975, presented a commercial law course at Marquette Law School in the spring 2005 semester. He is with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz, Appleton.

    In Memoriam

    A.M. Chudnow, Marquette 1937, Milwaukee, July 17, 1913 ­ April 20, 2005.

    Hibbard H. Engler, Marquette 1952, Appleton, May 31, 1925 ­ Feb. 20, 2005.

    Richard L. Everson, U.W. 1955, Milwaukee, July 2, 1927 ­ May 7, 2005.

    Robert V. Fowler, Fond du Lac, March 24, 1924 ­ Feb. 11, 2005.

    Cyril A. Gray Jr., U.W. 1957, Superior, Nov. 13, 1928 ­ Oct. 17, 2004.

    O.G. Hamilton, Marquette 1939, Madison, Jan. 15, 1912 ­ Feb. 19, 2005.

    Warner H. Henrickson, Harvard 1939, Homewood, Ill., Nov. 12, 1915 ­ April 11, 2005.

    Arthur W. Jorgensen Jr., U.W. 1958, Madison, Feb. 23, 1934 ­ March 24, 2005.

    William J. Lukacevich, Marquette 1952, Milwaukee, May 19, 1922 ­ Nov. 1, 2004.

    Paul E. Myerson, U.W. 1948, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 1922 ­ Feb. 22, 2005.

    Charles W. Peckarsky, U.W. 1934, Thiensville, June 22, 1911 ­ Feb. 26, 2005

    Gene Posner, Marquette 1936, Milwaukee, May 29, 1914 ­ April 6, 2005.

    Pierce T. Purcell, U.W. 1956, Prairie du Sac, May 22, 1928 ­ March 22, 2005.

    Lawrence W. Rice, U.W. 1953, Beloit, Dec. 25, 1920 ­ Dec. 28, 2004.

    Hon. Walter J. Swietlik, Marquette 1960, Fredonia, April 20, 1935 ­ April 21, 2005.

    Adam E. Wolf, Marquette, Mequon, March 1, 1914 ­ Sept. 27, 2004.