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    Wisconsin Lawyer
    June 01, 2006

    In the News

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    Vol. 79, No. 6  June 2006

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Lucy J. Billings, U.W. 1990, has joined CV Therapeutics Inc., Palo Alto, Calif., as vice president-legal, licensing and contracts. She also has released her debut compact disc, "Open Air," on her own record label.

    Thomas G. Cullen, Marquette 1986, has been named managing attorney of Wisconsin operations for Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund Inc., Madison. He previously was a staff attorney with the Wisconsin Realtors® Association.

    Jordan C. Loeb Tamara B. Packard



    Jordan C. Loeb, U.W. 1994, and Tamara B. Packard, U.W. 1994, have been made partners in Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP, Madison. Loeb practices primarily in criminal defense and civil litigation, and Packard practices in civil litigation and appeals, emphasizing labor and employment law.

    Samuel C. Wisotzkey, Michigan 1991, has been promoted to shareholder at Kohner, Mann & Kailas S.C., Milwaukee. He focuses on creditors' rights law. Alexander "Sandie" T. Pendleton, Minnesota 1987, has joined the firm as a shareholder. He is a business trial lawyer. Chad M. van Dernoot, New England 2005, has joined the firm as an associate and concentrates on real estate, bankruptcy, and creditors' rights law.

    Park M. Drescher


    Park M. Drescher, St. Louis Univ. 1988, has joined Baylake Bank Trust & Asset Management, Green Bay, as assistant vice president and trust officer. He previously was senior trust advisor with JPMorgan Private Client Services.

    Krista Halla-Valdes, Georgetown 1995, has joined Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin Inc. as an assistant federal defender in the Green Bay office.

    Starlette Harris


    Starlette Harris, U.W. 2005, has joined Miller & Martin PLLC, Chattanooga, Tenn., as an associate and concentrates on commercial real estate.

    Alyssa Mahaffay, U.W. 2004, has joined Community Justice Inc., Madison, as a staff attorney. She previously was a deputy public defender at the Minnehaha County Public Defender Office, Sioux Falls, S.D.

    Ann Mayberry-French


    Ann Mayberry-French, Kentucky 1989, has joined Modine Manufacturing Co., Racine, a developer of thermal management technologies, as senior counsel. She previously had her own firm in Milwaukee.

    Kevin F. Milliken, U.W. 1977, has joined Relles, Long & Milliken LLP, Madison, as a partner, focusing on personal injury, business and other civil litigation, and defense of health care and business professionals and lawyers in disciplinary matters.

    Eric Mikkelson


    Eric Mikkelson, Kansas 1994, has been promoted to partner in the Kansas City, Mo., office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP. He focuses on business transactions and tax matters.

    Michelle M. Richards, Thomas M. Cooley 2006, has joined Consigny, Andrews, Hemming & Grant S.C., Janesville, as an associate.

    Kathleen Rinehart


    Kathleen Rinehart, Marquette 1993, has joined the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. as head of the education practice, focusing on issues including governance and trusteeship, tenure and promotion, student discipline, risk management, and day-to-day operations.

    Robert D. Rothacker


    Robert D. Rothacker, Michigan 1982, has joined the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP as a partner in the employee benefits group.

    Jessica L. Schmitt, Colorado 2003, has joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of General Counsel, Milwaukee, as a staff attorney, focusing on environmental law, real property, and employment and labor law matters. She previously was a law clerk for the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

    Nicholas A. Egert Stacy L. Feldbruegge



    Nicholas A. Egert, Marquette 2005, and Stacy L. Feldbruegge, Hamline 2005, have joined Sweet & Maier S.C., Elkhorn, as associates and focus on business organization, estate planning, real estate law, and probate and estate administration.

    Charles Domer


    Charles F. Domer, U.W. 2002, magna cum laude, has become a partner in Domer Law S.C., Milwaukee. He previously was an associate with the firm.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    John M. Bolger, Marquette 2003, has formed Bolger Legal Group LLC, 135 W. Wells St., Suite 340, Milwaukee, focusing on civil litigation and intellectual property law. He previously was with Schmidt, Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox SC.

    Pleas Williams LLC has relocated to Green Tree Professional Bldg., 6944 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale.

    Appointments, Elections

    Jeffrey B. Bartell, U.W. 1968, has been appointed to the UW System Board of Regents. He is a partner with the Madison office of Quarles & Brady LLP and focuses on corporate and securities law, insurance regulatory and administrative law, and general business law.

    The Chippewa County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Teresa A. Germain; and vice president and treasurer - Jessie Klumper, both of Chippewa Falls.

    The Eastern District Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Scott J. Campbell; vice president - Dean A. Strang; second vice president - Robert L. Gegios; secretary - Michael P. Matthews; and treasurer - Kathy L. Nusslock, all of Milwaukee.

    Sara Elizabeth Dill, Marquette 2005, has been selected as the young lawyer representative on the ABA Criminal Justice Council. She is with Catholic Charities Legal Services, Miami, Fla.

    Lee Jones, U.W. 1997, has been elected president-elect of the Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers. He practices criminal defense, municipal finance law, and corporate law with Laster, Jones & Garcia LLC, Brookfield.

    Robert L. McCracken, U.W. 1974, of Nash, Spindler, Grimstad and McCracken LLP, Manitowoc, was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of Motorists Mutual Insurance Co., Columbus, Ohio.

    The Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association has elected the following officers: president - Micabil Diaz Martinez, Madison; president-elect - Carmen M. Ortiz-Babilonia, Milwaukee; secretary - Carlos A. Ortiz, Milwaukee; and treasurer - David A. Westrup, Milwaukee.

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court has selected three circuit court judges to serve as chief judges for their judicial administrative districts, effective Aug. 1. The Hon. J. Mac Davis, Michigan 1976, Waukesha County Circuit Court, will succeed the Hon. Kathryn W. Foster as chief judge of the Third Judicial District. The Hon. John R. Storck, Harvard 1979, Dodge County Circuit Court, will succeed the Hon. James Evenson as chief judge of the Sixth Judicial District. The Hon. Sue E. Bischel, Minnesota 1978, Brown County Circuit Court, will succeed the Hon. Joseph M. Troy as chief judge of the Eighth Judicial District. The court also reappointed two chief judges, the Hon. Gerald P. Ptacek, Marquette 1974, Racine County Circuit Court (Second Judicial District) and the Hon. Dorothy L. Bain, U.W. 1989, Marathon County Circuit Court (Ninth Judicial District).

    Peter M. Wolff, Marquette 2002, has been elected to the Waukesha County Board of Supervisors. He is with Law Offices of Peter M. Wolff, Brookfield.

    Authors, Speakers

    James J. Casey, Jr, Dayton 1988, published Mayor Frank P. Zeidler: Transportation Development in Post-War Milwaukee, which covers Zeidler's transportation policies and initiatives (highways, mass transit) while mayor from 1948-1960. This book is available through the American Public Works Association. Casey is executive director of sponsored programs at Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee.

    Thomas R. Homberg James A. Sheriff



    Thomas R. Homberg, Marquette 1996, and James A. Sheriff, Duke 1979, both with the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C., have become Wisconsin state editors for HouseLaw, a legal reporting service for mortgage lenders, brokers, and other housing finance professionals. Homberg is a member of the financial institutions practice group, and Sheriff is leader of the group.

    Tomislav Z. Kuzmanovic, U.W. 1988, was a moderator for the National Leadership Conference of Bosnian and Croatian Americans, held in Chicago in March. He is a trial lawyer in the Milwaukee office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.

    Melanie Swank, Marquette 1994, is editor of the newly revised Wisconsin Public Records and Open Meetings Handbook (State Bar CLE Books 2d ed. 2006). She is with the Milwaukee City Attorneys' Office.

    Authors of The Wisconsin Business Advisor Series: Commercial and Consumer Transactions (State Bar CLE Books 2006) are Ralph C. Anzivino, Case Western Reserve 1971, Marquette Law School; Rebecca Grassl Bradley, U.W. 1996, RedPrairie Corp., Waukesha; David I. Cisar, U.W. 1982, von Briesen & Roper s.c., Milwaukee; Jamila S. Covington, U.W. 2000, Navistar Financial Corp., Schaumburg, Ill; Catherine L. Davies, Michigan 1990, Masud Khan, Marquette 1998, and Robert J. Misey Jr., Vanderbilt 1987, all with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., Milwaukee; Michael C. Lueder, Indiana 1987, and Andrew J. Wronski, Minnesota 1994, both with Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee; Nicole J. Renouard, U.W. 2000, and Amy M. Salberg, U.W. 1998, both with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee; and Mark C. Young, Drake 1978, Trapp & Hartman, Brookfield. Anzivino, Thomas Frenn, Marquette 1976, Petrie & Stocking S.C., Milwaukee, and Hoyt Stastney, Minnesota 1997, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, were advisors. Reviewers included Eugenia G. Carter, Georgetown 1986, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison; Emory Ireland, Stanford 1969, Foley & Lardner, Milwaukee; Stephen Lesavich, U.W. 1995, Lesavich High-Tech Law Group PC, Chicago; Daniel J. Miske, DePaul 1985, Petrie & Stocking S.C., Milwaukee; Winston Ostrow, U.W. 1975, Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Green Bay; Roy L. Prange Jr., U.W. 1975, Quarles & Brady LLP, Madison; and C. Judley Wyant, Marquette 1975, Wyant Law Offices S.C., Racine.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Mark K. Harde, Iowa 1986 with highest distinction, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He chairs the trusts and estates group at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Holland, Mich.

    Michael F. Dubis, Marquette 1972, has been named a "2005 Wisconsin Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics Media Inc. He is with Michael F. Dubis Law Office S.C., Waterford.

    David Leeper, U.W. 1975, has received a Fulbright Award for teaching and research at the Institute of Peace, Leadership, and Governance, Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe for 2006-07.

    E. Michael McCann, Georgetown 1962, is the first recipient of the

    E. Michael McCann Distinguished Public Service Award, given by the Milwaukee Bar Association to an attorney or group that exemplifies outstanding public service. He is Milwaukee County District Attorney.

    Three attorneys with Everson, Whitney, Everson & Brehm S.C., Green Bay, have been named "2005 Wisconsin Super Lawyers" by Law & Politics Media Inc. Honored attorneys are Philip R. Brehm, John H. Heide, and Peter J. Hickey.

    The Hon. Mark A. Mangerson, Valparaiso 1974, has been named Judge of the Year for 2006 by the Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He is a judge on the Oneida County Circuit Court, Rhinelander.

    Melany Stinson Newby, Cincinnati 1974, received the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She is vice chancellor for legal and executive affairs at U.W.-Madison.

    William Rosenbaum, U.W. 1950, was honored by the Rotary Club of Madison as the Senior Services Guest for his contributions to the Madison community. He is retired from Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison.

    Several attorneys were recognized at the Author and Speaker Wine Reception at the State Bar 2006 Annual Convention for outstanding contributions to State Bar CLE seminars and books. Honorees were Barbara J. Becker, Marquette 1977, Becker & Hickey S.C., Milwaukee; Randall D. Crocker, Marquette 1979, and Rebecca H. Simoni, Minnesota 1999, both with von Briesen & Roper S.C., Milwaukee; Joseph P. Danas Jr., Valparaiso 1975, Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen S.C., Milwaukee; Daniel R. Freund, Texas 1983, Freund Law Office, Eau Claire; J. David Krekeler, U.W. 1979, Krekeler Strother S.C., Madison; Leonard G. Leverson, Harvard 1982, Kravit, Hovel, Krawczyk & Leverson S.C., Milwaukee; John D. Neal, U.W. 1972, Stafford & Neal S.C., Madison; Timothy F. Nixon, U.W. 1990, Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Green Bay; Claire Ann Resop, U.W. 1993, Brennan Steil & Basting S.C., Madison; Paul G. Swanson, U.W. 1979, Steinhilber, Swanson, Mares, Marone & McDermott, Oshkosh; L. Michael Tobin, Texas 1977, Office of the State Public Defender, Madison; and Keith R. Zehms, Marquette 1980, Eau Claire County Corporation Counsel, Eau Claire.

    In Memoriam

    Robert L. Contrucci, Milwaukee, Jan. 25, 1929 - Dec. 12, 2005.

    James Clement Boos, Minnesota 1992, Duluth, Minn., Nov. 23, 1966 - Nov. 15, 2005.

    James L. Fullin, Ohio State 1972, Madison, Oct. 5, 1947 - March 29, 2006.

    Kenneth F. Hostak, U.W. 1957, Racine, Oct. 1, 1930 - Nov. 11, 2005.

    Timothy V. Malm, Marquette 1975, Milwaukee, July 1, 1946 - Feb. 13, 2006.

    Alvin R. Meyer, U.W. 1951, Mequon, Jan. 28, 1925 - March 10, 2006.

    Joseph N. Misany, Marquette 1942, Elm Grove, Nov. 1, 1916 - Dec. 30, 2005.

    Hugh R. Rather, U.W. 1946, Milwaukee, July 18, 1916 - July 22, 2005.

    James P. Reardon, Marquette 1960, Waukesha, April 7, 1936 - Nov. 2, 2005.

    John S. Sammond, Harvard 1955, West Palm Beach, Fla., Dec. 27, 1928 - Jan. 31, 2006.

    George B. Schwahn, U.W. 1957, Madison, May 5, 1928 - Sept. 26, 2005.

    Harwood H. Staats, Marquette 1947, Cudahy, Dec. 17, 1920 - March 14, 2006.

    Charles J. Stansberry, Marquette 1969, Milwaukee, March 9, 1943 - March 4, 2006.

    John R. Stoltz, Marquette 1969, Columbus, Aug. 4, 1944 - April 17, 2006.

    Harney B. Stover Jr., Michigan 1951, Milwaukee, Oct. 14, 1925 - Jan. 17, 2006.

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