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    May 01, 2006

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    Vol. 79, No. 5, May 2006

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Adam L. Brookman


    Adam L. Brookman, George Washington 1987, has joined Boyle, Fredrickson, Newholm, Stein & Gratz S.C., Milwaukee, as a partner, and will continue to focus on all phases of intellectual property law.

    Pedro A. Colon


    Pedro A. Colón, U.W. 1994, has joined von Briesen & Roper s.c., Milwaukee, as a member of the litigation and risk management practice group. He also is a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly.

    Therese (Teri) Curro, Marquette 2000, LL.M. (dispute resolution) Pepperdine, has joined the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association, Dallas, as a negotiation consultant, and focuses on labor relations.

    Erin Dickinson, Texas 2000, has joined the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as an associate, focusing on litigation. She previously was with Germer, Gertz, Beaman & Brown LLP, Austin, Texas.

    Shawn Eichorst, Marquette 1995, has been named senior associate athletic director at U.W.-Madison. He previously was senior associate athletic director at the University of South Carolina.

    Elaine Sutton Ekes


    Elaine Sutton Ekes, Marquette 2000, has been made a partner at Hostak, Henzl & Bichler S.C., Racine, and continues to focus on municipal law, particularly zoning, planning and land use, and land development.

    David J. Fenlon Ryan E. Hatch



    David J. Fenlon, U.W. 2002 cum laude, has joined Hager, Dewick & Zuengler S.C., Green Bay, as an associate, and practices in estate planning, wills and trusts, mergers and acquisitions, business planning, and real estate law.

    Ryan E. Hatch, U.W. 2004 cum laude, has joined the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins and focuses on intellectual property litigation. He previously was with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Los Angeles.

    Robert W. Irish


    Robert W. Irish, U.W. 1999 cum laude, has joined the corporate practice group in the Shanghai office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. He previously was with Alston & Bird LLP, Washington, D.C.

    Ambassador John E. Lange, U.W. 1975, has been named special representative on avian and pandemic influenza at the U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

    Patrick Blaney Ross Townsend



    Patrick Blaney, Georgetown 2004, and Ross Townsend, U.W. 1987, have joined Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry S.C., Green Bay. Blaney provides general counsel to clients. Townsend, formerly with a Wichita-based energy company, focuses on employment and labor law.

    Andrew Norman


    Andrew Norman, U.W. 2005 magna cum laude, has joined the Madison office of Quarles & Brady LLP as an associate and focuses on litigation.

    Peter K. Richardson, Minnesota 1991, and (John) Wesley Warren, Harvard 2002, have joined the law department at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., Milwaukee. Richardson is an assistant general counsel and assistant secretary on the products and distribution team. Warren is a counsel on the products and distribution team. Both attorneys previously were with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee.

    Several attorneys have joined Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. Linda Dawson, U.W. 1984, is a shareholder in the health care department in the Madison office. She previously was deputy chief legal counsel for the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. Robert Habich, Marquette 2004 cum laude, is an associate in the real estate department in the Waukesha office. Carolyn McAllister, U.W. 2004 magna cum laude, is an associate in the employee benefits department in the Milwaukee office. Tiffany Roepsch, Iowa 2002 with distinction, is an associate in the health care department in the Milwaukee office.

    Adam Omar Shanti, Marquette 2001, has joined Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, Charlotte, N.C., as an associate in the finance group.

    Robert F. Sullivan, U.W. 1998 cum laude, has been promoted to shareholder in the New Berlin office of Schober Schober & Mitchell S.C.

    Cheryl L. Wentland, Marquette 1993, has joined the West Allis City Attorney's Office as an assistant city attorney. She previously was with Wagner, Falconer & Judd Ltd.

    Kelly A. Williams


    Kelly A. Williams, Marquette 2001 cum laude, has joined Flaster/Greenberg P.C., Cherry Hill, N.J., as an associate in the environmental law practice group. She previously was with the Philadelphia and Newark offices of McCarter & English.

    James E. Zorn, U.W. 1981, has been promoted to executive administrator of the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, Odanah. He previously was director of intergovernmental affairs.

    Sarah A. Zylstra


    Sarah A. Zylstra, U.W. 1998 magna cum laude, has been promoted to partner at Boardman Law Firm LLP, Madison, and continues to focus on business and commercial litigation.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    The Madison office of Durrani Law Firm has moved to 2880 Crinkle Root Dr.

    Mary C. Flanner, U.W. 1987 cum laude, Robert W. Stack, Nashville 1996, and Thomas R. Fahl, U.W. 1965, have formed Flanner, Stack & Fahl LLP, 16535 W. Bluemound Rd., Suite 230, Brookfield, and practice in civil litigation, estate planning and probate, business law, bankruptcy, creditors' rights, collections, worker's compensation, and real estate. The attorneys previously were with Denny & Yanisch Law Offices LLC.

    James W. McNeilly Jr., U.W. 1981, has formed and is managing director of Lakelaw Wisconsin, La Crosse and Kenosha, which focuses on bankruptcy and insolvency, business law, civil litigation, estate planning, probate, and real estate.

    Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. has created Reinhart Consulting Services LLC, which delivers state and local tax consulting services nationwide. Consultants include Nick Boegel, Indiana 1988, who also is a certified public accountant.

    Ellen Wiesner, U.W. 1992 cum laude, has formed MedLaw Insights LLC, 2281 Swan Blvd., Wauwatosa, which provides litigation support and case analysis services for attorneys handling personal injury and medical malpractice litigation.

    Appointments, Elections

    Grant E. Birtch, U.W. 1990, has been elected chair of the Neenah Central City Business Improvement District board. He is a partner in Hesson & Birtch LLC, Neenah.

    Margaret (Peggy) Ahne Herlitzka, Marquette 1989, has been appointed a supplemental court commissioner for La Crosse County. She is a partner with Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik, La Crosse, and focuses on family and personal injury law.

    The Kenosha County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Frank J. Parise; vice president - Donald J. Bielski; secretary - Donna M. Gilligan Arendt; and treasurer - Jason A. Rossell, all of Kenosha.

    Bob Lightfoot, Hamline 1995, has been chosen president-elect of the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association. He is a shareholder with Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, and focuses on assisted living and nursing home industry issues.

    Francis J. Podvin, Marquette 1965, has been elected chair of the board of Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. He is with Nash Podvin Attorneys at Law S.C., Wisconsin Rapids, and focuses on cranberry-related legal issues, corporate law, corporate succession planning, estate planning, and probate.

    Meg Vergeront


    Meg Vergeront, U.W. 1993, has been appointed to head the business law team at Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison. She focuses on employment law and constitutional law.

    Anne Taylor Wadsack, U.W. 1971, has been selected as chair of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society board. She is a family law attorney at DeWitt Ross & Stevens, Madison.

    The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has elected the following officers: president - Margaret Wrenn Hickey, Milwaukee; vice president - Daphne Webb, Madison; secretary - Carlton D. Stansbury, Milwaukee; and treasurer - Thomas H. Geyer, Platteville.

    Sally Ann Woock (Anderson), Lewis 1979 cum laude, has been appointed a traffic judge for Brevard County, Fla. She also provides pro bono services to Brevard County Legal Aid.

    André Wright, U.W. 2001, has been appointed chair of the Legacy Redevelopment Corp. board. He is an associate with the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. and focuses on corporate, real estate, and finance law.

    Authors, Speakers

    The following attorneys contributed to the 2006 edition of Annual Survey of Wisconsin Law (State Bar CLE Books 2006): Susan E. Alesia, U.W. 1991, and Eileen A. Hirsch, Virginia 1977, State Public Defenders Office, Madison; Paul Bargren, U.W. 1994, James Caragher, Illinois 1987, Carl D. Fortner, U.W. 1986, Cynthia Franecki, U.W. 1998, James L. Huston, Chicago 1984, Zhu (Julie) Lee, Northwestern 1998, Jodi L. Malek, U.W. 2001, Maureen A. McGinnity, U.W. 1982, and Timothy L. Voigtman, U.W. 1998, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee; Linda H. Bochert, U.W. 1974, Kevin St. John, Chicago 2000, and Raymond P. Taffora, U.W. 1986, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Madison; Edward A. Corcoran, U.W. 1981, Claire Ann Resop, U.W. 1993, and Eliza Reyes, John Marshall 1997, Brennan, Steil & Basting S.C., Madison; Sarah E. Coyne, U.W. 1995, Lauri D. Morris, U.W. 1982, Kerry L. Moskol, U.W. 2004, and Alexis L. Pheiffer, Minnesota 2002, Quarles & Brady LLP, Madison; Joanne Harmon Curry, U.W. 2001, and Richard F. Verstegen, U.W. 1997, Lathrop & Clark LLP, Madison; Kristin P. Fredrick, Marquette 1999, and Patrick J. Schott, Marquette 1988, Schott, Bublitz & Engel S.C., Brookfield; Chad R. Gendreau, U.W. 2003, DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison; Patricia M. Heim, Marquette 1974, O'Flaherty, Heim & Egan Ltd., La Crosse; Christopher B. Hughes, Indiana-Bloomington 1993, S. Bryan Kleinmaier, U.W. 2000, Richard K. Nordeng, U.W. 1974, and Joseph P. Wright, U.W. 1988, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison; James A. Jaeger, Georgetown 1995, Hill, Glowacki, Jaeger & Hughes LLP, Madison; Nancy B. Johnson, U.W. 1994, Brennan, Steil & Basting S.C., Janesville; Amanda J. Kaiser, U.W. 1984, and Catherine M. Rottier, U.W. 1986, Boardman Law Firm, Madison; Alyce C. Katayama, Maryland 1974, Celestina L. Owusu-Sanders, Northwestern 2004, and Carl R. Schwartz, Harvard 1978, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee; Dean P. Laing, Marquette 1983, and Patrick G. McBride, Marquette 1995, O'Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong S.C., Milwaukee; Kimberly Churchill Montgomery, U.W. 1996, Edward J. Pronley, U.W. 1965, Amy Weber Shambarger, U.W. 2003, and André Wright, U.W. 2001, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee; Brian R. Mudd, U.W. 1971, and Sharren B. Rose, U.W. 1979, Nelson & Schmeling, Green Bay; Daniel O'Callaghan, U.W. 2005, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Waukesha; Alexander T. (Sandie) Pendleton, Minnesota 1987, Kohner, Mann & Kailas S.C., Milwaukee; Erik J. Pless, U.W. 1993, Everson, Whitney, Everson & Brehm S.C., Green Bay; Paul R. Riegel, Illinois 1987, Riegel Law S.C., Brookfield; and Marilyn Townsend, Potomac 1979, Marilyn Townsend Law Office, Madison. Attorney Pronley is marking his last year of working on Annual Survey, to which he has contributed every year since its inception in 1985.

    Lucie V. Miller, Marquette 2001, spoke about electronic discovery issues at the LegalTech conference in New York in January and at the International Quality and Productivity Center E-Discovery Conference in Miami in February. She is an e-discovery consultant for Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis.

    Terry Peppard, U.W. 1973, has authored Arbitration and Mediation of Business Disputes: A Wisconsin Practitioner's Guide (State Bar CLE Books 2006). He is a sole practitioner in Madison.

    Ted M. Warshafsky, U.W. 1952, and Frank T. Crivello II, Marquette 1993, have written Trial Handbook for Wisconsin Lawyers, 3d, part of the West Wisconsin Practice Series. They are partners with Warshafsky, Rotter, Tarnoff & Bloch S.C., Milwaukee, and focus on personal injury litigation.

    Pro Bono, Public Service

    Attorneys with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. helped create a legal clinic to assist families of hospital patients with limited financial means to obtain guardianships for their children. Molly J. Zillig, Creighton 1989, and Noleta L. Jansen, U.W. 2003, worked with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Inc. to create the clinic, which is located at the hospital.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    The Hon. Kitty K. Brennan, U.W. 1977, received a 2006 Mentor of the Year Award from TEMPO Milwaukee. She is chief judge of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

    Erik R. Guenther, U.W. 2002, was recognized by In Business magazine's annual "40 Under 40" report on noteworthy Madison-area individuals. He is a criminal defense attorney with Hurley, Burish & Stanton S.C., Madison.

    C. Michael Hausman, Marquette 1967, has been named a "2005 Wisconsin Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics Media Inc. He is with C. Michael Hausman & Associates Ltd., Delafield.

    Thomas R. Hefty, U.W. 1973, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, at commencement ceremonies in May. He is counsel for the Waukesha office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. and formerly was chair and CEO of Cobalt Corp.

    David B. Karp, Marquette 1982, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is with Karp, Karp & Zirgibel S.C., Milwaukee.

    Erich C. Straub, Marquette 1994, is included in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He is with Erich Straub, Immigration Attorney LLC, Milwaukee, and focuses on deportation defense and criminal- and family law-related immigration matters.

    Brian E. Butler, Northwestern 1968, and Daphne Webb, U.W. 1973, are included in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. They are partners with Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison.

    In Memoriam

    Christopher D. Daniels, U.W. 1984, Madison, Nov. 22, 1957 - March 12, 2006.

    Ward L. Johnson Jr., U.W. 1950, Madison, March 19, 1924 - Sept. 21, 2005.

    John Hofeldt, U.W. 1947, Madison, Sept. 6, 1920 - Feb. 28, 2006.

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