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    Vol. 79, No. 12, December 2006

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners


    Stephanie L. Adamany, U.W. 2002, has joined the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Madison, as assistant general counsel. She previously was an associate with Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP, Minneapolis.

    Kraig A. Byron, Wyoming 1992 with honors, has joined the Madison office of Brennan, Steil & Basting S.C. and focuses on family law and civil litigation.

    Karen M. Gallagher, Marquette 1995, has rejoined Coyne, Schultz, Becker & Bauer S.C., Madison, as an associate and focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on insurance coverage issues. She previously was in-house counsel with Capitol Indemnity Corp. Diane Kraft, U.W. 2006, has joined the firm as an associate and focuses on civil litigation.

    Robyn J. De Vos, Hamline 2006, has joined Crooks, Low & Connell S.C., Wausau, as an associate and focuses on estate planning, elder law, probate, and business law.

    Notice to Readers: Beginning in January 2007, the Wisconsin Lawyer will not accept notices of honors determined by other publications (e.g., Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Chambers Directory, etc.). The significant growth of these types of announcements and publication space constraints prompted us to make this decision. In addition, the organizations that bestow these honors print the lists in their publications.

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    - Wisconsin Lawyer editorial board

    Tamara J. Dodge, U.W. 2006 cum laude, has joined Kammer & Studinski Chartered, Portage, as an associate and focuses on personal injury and nursing home abuse and neglect litigation.

    Bryan W. Edgar, Washington Univ.-St. Louis 2006, has joined the Milwaukee office of Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP as an associate and practices in business law, real estate, and litigation.

    Gregory A. 

    Gregory A. Fedders, Iowa 1992 with honors, has joined the Madison office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. in the corporate transactions and business law practice.

    Several attorneys have joined Godfrey & Kahn S.C. as associates. In the Milwaukee office: Jeffrey S. Billings, Michigan 2006, estate planning; Kristi J. Hinner, Loyola-Chicago 2006, intellectual property; and John R. McDonald, George Washington 2006, corporate. In the Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn: Adam C. Briggs, Georgetown 2006, political law; Kelly M. Gallagher, Iowa 2006, corporate; and Jed A. Roher, New York Univ. 2006, corporate and tax. In the Appleton office: Laura B. Henderson, Minnesota 2006, corporate and real estate.

    Capt. Andrew G. Griffin, Marquette 2003, has been assigned as an area defense counsel for the Pacific Circuit and is stationed at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. He previously was a staff judge advocate at Kadena Air Base.

    Brian T. Flood, Syracuse 2000, and Andrew P. Goetsch, Loyola-Chicago 2000, have joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. Flood focuses on the defense of contractors and subcontractors in the Appleton office. Goetsch focuses on professional liability defense matters in the Milwaukee office. He previously was an Illinois assistant attorney general.

    Kimberly Haas, William Mitchell 2000, has joined Wisconsin Judicare, Wausau, as a staff attorney in the civil law unit.

    John C. Kloosterman, U.W. 1995, has joined Littler Mendelson P.C., San Francisco, as a shareholder and focuses on labor and employment law.

    Todd Joseph Koback, U.W. 1999, has joined Davczyk & Varline LLC, Wausau, as an associate and concentrates on insurance defense and civil litigation.

    Laura Krishnan, U.W. 1998 cum laude, has been elected a partner in Parsinen Kaplan Rosberg & Gotlieb P.A., Minneapolis, and continues to focus on estate planning and probate issues.

    Lisa C. Goldman Roger W. Palek
    Goldman Palek

    Lisa C. Goldman, U.W. 1997, and Roger W. Palek, Thomas Cooley 1993, have joined Lawton & Cates S.C., Madison. Goldman focuses on personal injury, business litigation, and criminal defense. Palek focuses on labor union and employment law.

    Paul D. Lehmann, U.W. 2001, has become special assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida. He previously was judge advocate for the U.S. Coast Guard, Miami.

    Douglas D. Timmer, Virginia 1995, and Andrew T. Vedder, Virginia 1997, have joined the law department at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., Milwaukee, both as assistant general counsel and assistant secretaries on the investments-securities team. Timmer previously was a partner with Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago. Vedder previously was a senior counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee.

    Gina M. Ozelie, Marquette 2006, has joined Stadler, Centofanti & Philips S.C., Mequon, as an associate and concentrates on civil and commercial litigation.

    Ryan P. Fetherston, Marquette 2006 cum laude, and Emily F. McNally, Marquette 2006 cum laude, have joined Peterson, Johnson & Murray S.C., as associates. Fetherston is with the Milwaukee office. McNally focuses on litigation and worker's compensation in the Madison office.

    Thirteen attorneys have joined Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. In the Milwaukee office: Scott Bender, Iowa 2006, tax; Todd J. Champeau, Boston College 2006, Michael J. Redding, Marquette 2006, and Stephanie S. Vincent, Marquette 2006, corporate; Richard W. Donner, Brooklyn 2003, real estate; Amanda M. Gibbs, U.W. 2005, bankruptcy; Alison A. Hill, Notre Dame 2006, and Robert S. Jones, Northeastern 2006, litigation; Erin E. Margerie, U.W. 2000, and Daniel R. Peterson, Marquette 2006, employee benefits; and Katie D. Triska, Notre Dame 2006, labor and employment. In the Madison office: Mary Beth Collins, U.W. 2005, labor and employment; and Jessica L. Hutson, Minnesota 2006, health care.

    Deborah Singer, U.W. 2002, has been promoted to general counsel at the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Washington, D.C. She previously was legislative counsel.

    Joel D. Schlitz

    Joel D. Schlitz, Hamline 2006, has joined Mudge, Porter, Lundeen & Seguin S.C., Hudson, as an associate in the general practice area.

    Anne Stemlar, Marquette 1991, has become director of information resources at Goodwin Procter LLP, Boston. She previously worked at WilmerHale.

    Megan M. Stoltz, U.W. 2004, has joined Reuter, Whitish & Cole S.C., Madison, as an associate and focuses on family and municipal law.

    Dennis F. Tomorsky, Detroit 1981, has been appointed executive director of the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs, Brookfield. He previously was a shareholder with Davis & Kuelthau SC, Brookfield.

    Christina L. Votto, Marquette 2006, has joined the Brookfield office of Rose & deJong S.C. as an associate.

    Alexa P. Wautier, U.W. 2003 cum laude, has joined the Madison office of Foley & Lardner LLP as an associ-ate and focuses on corporate and commercial transactions. She previously was with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Chicago, and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP, Columbus, Ohio.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Offices

    Epiphany Law LLC has relocated to 4211 N. Lightning Dr., Appleton. The firm continues to focus on business law matters.

    Melinda Gustafson Gervasi, U.W. 2001, has opened Gustafson Law Office, Madison, which focuses on estate planning and probate. She previously was an analyst for the Legislative Audit Bureau, Madison.

    James Fergal, U.W. 1972, Marcia Grinder, Marquette 1985, Molly Lavin, Marquette 1995, Linda Meagher, Marquette 1988, and Catherine Tully, Marquette 1978, have moved from the Milwaukee office of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. to the firm's Waukesha office.

    Hirschhorn & Bieber P.A. has relocated to 550 Biltmore Way, Penthouse 3 A, Coral Gables, Fla.

    Richard T. Lenz, Notre Dame 1971, and William E. McCarty, Marquette 1962, have relocated their firm, McCarty & Lenz s.c., to Suite 600, Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee.

    David M. Skoglind, Baylor 1982 (formerly of Skoglind Law Offices L.L.C., Mequon), and Mark E. Wurtz, U.W. 1973, Michael J. Roth, U.W. 1977, Todd E. Basler, Pace 1997, and Shawn Brock, Marquette 2002 (all formerly with Holbrook, Wurtz, Roth, Basler & Brock, Sheboygan) have merged to form Skoglind, Wurtz, Roth, Basler & Brock S.C., with offices at 11124 N. Cedarburg Rd., Suite 340, Mequon, and 641 Riverfront Dr., Sheboygan. The firm's practice areas are medical malpractice, personal injury, Social Security disability claims, worker's compensation, family law, estate planning, and elder law.

    Ardell W. Skow

    Ardell W. Skow, U.W. 1966, has merged his practice with the firm now known as Bye, Goff, Rohde & Skow Ltd., River Falls, and continues to concentrate on personal injury matters. He previously was with Doar, Drill & Skow, Baldwin.

    Appointments, Elections

    Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin has elected the following officers: president - John J. Slein, Brookfield; president-elect _ James J. Mathie, Waukesha; and secretary/treasurer - Robert J. Lauer, Milwaukee.

    The La Crosse Area Young Lawyers Association has elected the following officers: president - Lee D. Turonie; vice president - Todd E. Schroeder; and secretary/treasurer - Mindy N. Wiesjahn, all of La Crosse.

    Jay R. Starrett

    Jay R. Starrett, U.W. 1987, has been reelected to the Trucking Industry Defense Association board. He is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. and focuses on transportation law and business litigation.

    Marcia Lucas

    Marcia Lucas, Notre Dame 1993, has been appointed to the State Bar Board of Governors to fill the seat vacated by Margaret Hickey, who has become board chair. Lucas is a partner in the business practice group at the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

    The Wisconsin School Attorneys Association has elected the following officers: president - Thomas N. Shorter, Madison; vice president - Renae Waterman Aldana, Milwaukee; and secretary - John Ashley, Madison.

    Authors, Speakers

    Several Wisconsin attorneys spoke at the annual conference of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Diane Diel, U.W. 1976, who has a solo practice in Milwaukee, spoke on applying ethics in collaborative practice. The Hon. Mary Triggiano, U.W. 1988, with the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, spoke on diversity within a collaborative practice. Karyn Gimbel Youso, Washington Univ. 1993, with Jacobson & Ratzel, Brookfield, spoke about domestic abuse. Karen Zimmermann, Marquette 1982, with Zimmermann & Assocs., Bayfield, presented "The K Family Divorce: A Video Introduction to Multidisciplinary Collaborative Practice."

    Michael S. Heffernan, U.W. 1977, has authored the revised fourth edition of Appellate Practice and Procedure in Wisconsin (State Bar CLE Books 2006). He is with the Madison office of Foley & Lardner LLP. Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge Richard S. Brown, U.W. 1971, authored the book's "Standards of Appellate Review" appendix.

    Jeffrey S. Krause, Marquette 1996, presented several Time Matters Boot Camp training seminars. He is with Information Technology Professionals LLC, Milwaukee.

    Steven W. Martin, U.W. 1973, has authored the revised third edition of the Wisconsin Construction Lien Law Handbook (State Bar CLE Books 2006). He is with CMT Legal Group Ltd., Waukesha.

    Carlton D. Stansbury, Iowa 1990 with distinction, presented "Great Debates on Child Custody Evaluations from a Lawyer's Perspective" at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Seventh International Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations in Atlanta. He practices family law with Burbach & Stansbury S.C., Milwaukee.

    Antoinette Vacca, Marquette 2005, spoke about copyright and the performing arts at the 65th annual meeting of the Midwest chapter of the Music Library Association in Milwaukee in October. She also has authored "Boxing: Why It Should Be Down for the Count," Sports Law J., Spring 2006, No. 1.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Stuart Charlson, Marquette 1992, completed the Judge Advocate General Officer Basic Course in September 2006. He is a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves JAG Corp and also is director of human resources and risk management for Earthfirst Technologies Inc., Tampa, Fla.

    Francis R. Croak, Thomas J. Drought, and William A. Jennaro, all with Cook & Franke S.C., Milwaukee, are included in Best Lawyers in America 2007.

    Twenty-nine lawyers with DeWitt Ross & Stevens are included in Best Lawyers in America 2007. In the Metro Milwaukee office: Douglas H. Frazer, David V. Meany, and Karen M. Schapiro. In the Madison offices: Brian L. Anderson, Jon P. Axelrod, Donald Leo Bach, Denis P. Bartell, Dennis P. Birke, Frederic J. Brouner, Paul A. Croake, Michael R. Davis, Stephen A. DiTullio, Peter R. Dohr, Eric A. Farnsworth, Henry J. "Hank" Handzel, Daniel W. Hildebrand, Jayne K. Kuehn, Joseph T. Leone, William E. McCardell, Todd E. Palmer, Peter A. Peshek, Ronald R. Ragatz, John Rashke, Duane P. "Dewey" Schumacher, Wrede H. "Bud" Smith, Timm P. Speerschneider, Anne T. Wadsack, Michael W. Wilcox, and Thomas D. Zilavy.

    Waring Fincke, U.W. 1975, is the 2006 recipient of the William M. Coffey Defender Award, presented by the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to an individual who has made significant contributions to professionalism in the practice of criminal law. Fincke's solo practice in West Bend is devoted almost entirely to criminal defense.

    William Eich

    The Hon. William Eich is included in Best Lawyers in America 2007. His practice in Madison focsues on mediation, arbitration, and appellate practice, and he formerly was a judge on the Dane County Circuit Court and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

    Eight attorneys from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. are included in Best Lawyers in America 2007, Recognized attorneys are James M. Fergal, Robert L. Habush, James R. Jansen, Robert Jaskulski, Daniel A. Rottier, Susan R. Steingass, D. James Weis, and Mark S. Young.

    Foley & Lardner LLP is the 2006 recipient of the Drucilla Stender Ramey Award, presented by the California Minority Counsel Program. The firm was honored for its strong and ongoing commitment to diversity in the legal profession.

    Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has been named a "Go-To Law Firm" by Corporate Counsel magazine in the area of intellectual property patent counseling.

    Terry F. Peppard is included in Best Lawyers in America 2007. He has a solo practice in Madison.

    Russell A. Shultis, U.W. 1986, is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) John Marshall Award. He was recognized for his work on the DOJ's spent nuclear fuel litigation team and is with the national courts section of the DOJ, Washington, D.C.

    David J. Wambach, Marquette 1985, has been named the 2006 Prosecutor of the Year by the Wisconsin District Attorney's Association, in recognition of his successful prosecution of two "cold case" homicides. He is Jefferson County District Attorney.

    In Memoriam

    Donald J. Bauhs, Marquette 1965, Kenosha, July 13, 1940 - July 12, 2006.

    D. Jeffrey Carter, Michigan State 1988, Waterford, Feb. 22, 1960 - Aug. 10, 2005.

    John C. DeWolfe Jr., U.W. 1939, Chicago, June 8, 1913 - June 12, 2006.

    Hon. Joseph A. Greco, Marquette 1951, Cape Coral, Fla., Dec. 5, 1919 - Sept. 16, 2006.

    Thomas F. Heger, U.W. 1994, Madison, May 22, 1961 - Oct. 9, 2006.

    William A. Jansen, U.W. 1961, Rhinelander, Nov. 17, 1932 - Sept. 29, 2005.

    James Francis Kraemer, U.W. 1964, Kenosha, Sept. 28, 1935 - Jan. 13, 2006.

    Edward S. Levin, U.W. 1952, Milwaukee, Nov. 11, 1926 - Sept. 24, 2006.

    Matthew William McVey, U.W. 1995, Racine, Sept. 17, 1970 Sept. 28, 2006.

    David E. Leichtfuss, U.W. 1961, Hartland, June 21, 1936 - May 20, 2006.

    Arthur J. Morrissey, Marquette 1946, Wauwatosa, Aug. 31, 1920 - Sept. 15, 2006.

    Richard F. Pollak, U.W. 1953, Green Bay, Sept. 3, 1924 - March 29, 2006.

    Bruce R. Rasmussen, U.W. 1947, Beaver Dam, Feb. 2, 1919 - Aug. 16, 2006.

    Harry W. Rummel, Marquette 1946, Oconomowoc, July 7, 1921 - Nov. 17, 2005.

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