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    August 01, 2006

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    Vol. 79, No. 8  August 2006

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Aaron E. Alt, Harvard 1997, has been promoted to senior vice president - corporate development at Sara Lee Corp., Chicago. He previously was vice president and senior corporate counsel.

    Brian Mullins Carl Sinderbrand Saul C. Glazer

    Brian W. Mullins, U.W. 1980, and Carl A. Sinderbrand, U.W. 1978, have joined Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison, as partners. Mullins focuses on construction law. Sinderbrand focuses on environmental law. Saul C. Glazer, U.W. 1990, has joined the firm as a senior associate and concentrates in construction, contract, and employment law. The attorneys previously were with Wickwire Gavin P.C., Madison.

    Gregory J. Babcock, Marquette 2006, has joined Sommer, Olk, Schroeder & Payant LLP, Antigo, as an associate.

    Felicia       Miller-Watson Daniel J. Noonan
    Miller-Watson Noonan

    Felicia Miller-Watson, Thomas M. Cooley 2005, and Daniel J. Noonan, U.W. 2006, have joined Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen S.C., Milwaukee, as associates. Miller-Watson focuses on worker's compensation, employment law, and civil litigation. Noonan focuses on civil litigation.

    Captain Robert B. Blazewick, Marquette 1987, has been appointed director of the U.S. Navy & Marine Corps Appellate Defense Division, Washington, D.C. He previously was deputy director of the general litigation division of the U.S. Navy Office of the Judge Advocate General.

    Andrew Bosshard

    Andrew R. Bosshard, Northwestern 2000, cum laude, has joined Bosshard Parke Ltd., La Crosse, and focuses on business and tax planning. He previously was with Cades Schutte LLP, Honolulu. Bennett Myers, U.W. 2004, also has joined the firm and focuses on civil litigation and family law. He previously was with Parker, Satrom & Donegan P.A., Cambridge, Minn.

    William E. (Bill) Connors, U.W. 1989, has become director of the Continuing Legal Education Department at the State Bar of Wisconsin. He previously was Evansville city administrator.

    Amy J. Wilkinson, U.W. 2002, and Anthony J. Steffek, Marquette 2006, have joined Denissen, Kranzush, Mahoney & Ewald S.C., Green Bay, as associates and will focus on general civil litigation and insurance defense.

    David Patrick Eich

    David Patrick Eich, Columbia 1992, has been appointed senior partner of Kirkland & Ellis's Hong Kong office, which will open in the fall of 2006, pending regulatory approval. He will continue to focus on transnational mergers and acquisitions and other complex transactions.

    Rea Holmes Karen A. Waple
    Holmes Waple

    Rea Holmes, UCLA 2005, has joined LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn, the Madison office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C., in the corporate practice group. Karen A. Waple, George Washington 2001, has joined the litigation practice group in the Milwaukee office. She previously was with Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago.

    Susan Kalbach, Iowa 2002, and Greg Melgares, Loyola-Chicago 1996, have joined the Milwaukee office of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman. Kalbach focuses on health law and litigation. Melgares focuses on corporate transactions.

    Tim Kiefer, Harvard 1998, a U.S. Department of State foreign service officer, has been transferred to the U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq. He previously was with the U.S. Consulate, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

    Kevin King, Oklahoma City 1977, has become general counsel for the Wisconsin Realtors Association. He previously was executive vice president of the Realtors Association of South Central Wisconsin.

    Ann M. Meyer, San Diego 1989, has joined the West Bend City Attorney's Office as an assistant city attorney and focuses on prosecution and collection cases. She previously was with the Ozaukee County District Attorney's Office.

    Teresa L. Rickert

    Teresa L. Rickert, Drake 2004, has joined Schmidt, Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox S.C., Brookfield, as an associate and focuses on civil litigation and corporate law. She previously was corporate counsel for Menard Inc.

    Lacie L. Shook, Marquette 2006, has joined Schmidlkofer & Toth LLC, Wauwatosa, as an associate and focuses on business law.

    Lila Sljivar, Marquette 2001, has joined Wilens & Baker P.C., Manhattan, as a senior associate leading the federal court litigation practice, primarily in immigration law matters.

    Victor A.   Lazzaretti Roy E. Wagner
    Lazzaretti Wagner
    P. Greg Gulick Jr., Scott T. Kelly
    Gulick Kelly

    Four attorneys have joined von Briesen & Roper s.c., Milwaukee. Victor A. Lazzaretti, Marquette 1993 cum laude, is a shareholder and focuses on real estate acquisitions, development, and finance. Roy E. Wagner, Marquette 1978, is a shareholder and focuses on business formation, construction law, and business and construction litigation. P. Greg Gulick Jr., Indiana 2001, is an associate and focuses on health care regulatory compliance issues. Scott T. Kelly, Marquette 2006 cum laude, is an associate and focuses on transactions, mergers and acquisitions, governance, and tax issues.

    John A. Griner IV, Drake 1984, and R. Scott Ritter, Marquette 1975, have been promoted to practice group leader at Nada K. Sizemore & Associates, Brookfield, the Wisconsin staff counsel office of the St. Paul Travelers Insurance Co. Griner leads the worker's compensation team, and Ritter leads the liability team. Nada K. Sizemore, Pace 1981, is new managing counsel for the office. She previously managed the company's southern Connecticut office.

    Nicholas J. Vivian, Hamline 2003 magna cum laude, has joined Eckberg, Lammers, Briggs, Wolff & Vierling P.L.L.P., Stillwater, Minn., as an associate and focuses on business and municipal law. He previously was with Bakke Norman, New Richmond.

    Eido M. Walny, Boston Univ. 2001, has joined Schott, Bublitz & Engel s.c., Brookfield, as an associate and will continue to focus on all aspects of estate planning and business law.

    J. Mark Wilkinson, Tulsa 1998, has joined the Richardson, Texas, office of Haynes & Boone LLP as an associate and focuses on preparing and prosecuting patent applications. He previously was with Ziolkowski Patent Solutions Group S.C., Mequon.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    Mark Budzinski

    Corneille Law Group has opened a branch office at 325 W. Jefferson St., Green Bay. Leading the office is Mark Budzinski, U.W. 2000, who focuses on general liability, medical malpractice, and construction litigation. He recently rejoined the firm after serving with the Marines in Iraq.

    Appointments, Elections

    Betsy J. Abramson, UW, 1981, has been appointed to the American Bar Association's Commission on Law and Aging. Abramson has been involved in public interest law for the elderly for more than 20 years, has served on three Legislative Council committees involving elderly issues, has represented the elderly on issues before the Wisconsin legislature, and is an advisor to the State Bar's Elder Law Section.

    The Association of Women Lawyers of Brown County has elected the following officers: president - Jodi L. Akers, Green Bay; vice president of membership - Jennifer M. Gaecke, Green Bay; vice president of meetings & special events - Christina L. Peterson, De Pere; and treasurer - Sarah S. Malcore, Green Bay.

    Winn S. Collins, U.W. 2003, has been elected to the Wisconsin District Attorneys Association executive board. He is an Outagamie County assistant district attorney.

    Daniel Conley, U.W. 1985, has been elected president of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association. He is chair of the commercial litigation group in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP.

    The Dane County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - John R. Sweeney; president-elect - Marta T. Meyers; secretary - Valarie Bailey Rihn; and treasurer - David R. Friedman, all of Madison.

    The Door County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Jon R. Pinkert, Sturgeon Bay; president-elect - Collin J. Dahl, Sister Bay; secretary - Rodney Duquaine, Sturgeon Bay; and treasurer - Richard A. Hauser, Sturgeon Bay.

    Kathleen A. Gray

    Kathleen A. Gray, Marquette 1982, has been elected chair of the State Bar's Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section board. She is a partner with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP and focuses on estate planning and probate and trust administration.

    The Door-Kewaunee County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Andrew P. Naze, Kewaunee; president-elect - Jeffrey R. Wisnicky, Sturgeon Bay; and secretary/treasurer - Gina M. Schmitz, Sturgeon Bay.

    The Eau Claire County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Christopher M. Seelen; president-elect - Stephen C. Nick; secretary - Teresa E. O'Halloran; and treasurer - Brian M. Nodolf, all of Eau Claire.

    Susan A. Hansen, Marquette 1981, has been named president of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She practices family law with Hansen & Hildebrand S.C., Milwaukee.

    The La Crosse County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - David B. Russell; president-elect - Ellen M. Frantz; secretary - Mary C. Lansing; and treasurer - Scott A. Kissinger, all of La Crosse.

    The League of Municipalities-Municipal Attorneys has elected the following officers: president - Linda U. Burke, Milwaukee; and secretary - Dean R. Dietrich, Wausau.

    The Lincoln County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Gerald J. Hersil; and secretary/treasurer - Dawn R. Lemke, both of Merrill.

    The Manitowoc County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Lee H. Kummer; president-elect - Richard P. Mozinski; and secretary/treasurer - Jeremy T. Gill, all of Manitowoc.

    The Marathon County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Gregory J. Strasser; president-elect - Peter C. Rotter; secretary - Cari L. Westerhof; and treasurer - Virginia L. Erdman, all of Wausau.

    The Milwaukee Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - the Hon. Michael J. Skwierawski; president-elect - David A. Westrup; vice president - Maria S. Lazar; and secretary/treasurer - Patricia A. Hintz, all of Milwaukee.

    The Milwaukee Young Lawyers Assoc-iation has elected the following officers: president - Jeaneen J. Dehring, Milwaukee; president-elect - Jonathan A. Gruhl, New Berlin; secretary - Gary D. Lippow, Milwaukee; and treasurer - Bernard J. Westfahl Jr., Elm Grove.

    The Oconto County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Edward D. Burke Jr.; and secretary/treasurer - Aaron M. Krzewinski, both of Oconto.

    The Outagamie County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Valerie J. Goodrich; president-elect - Christopher G. Sitzmann; secretary - John D. Claypool; and treasurer - Robert T. Kemps, all of Appleton.

    The Rock County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Jonathan W. Groessl, Janesville; vice president - Steven T. Caya, Janesville; secretary - Amy M. Larkey, Janesville; and treasurer - Matthew T. Roethe, Edgerton.

    Terry W. Rose, U.W. 1967, has been elected chair of the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors. He is a trial attorney with Rose & Rose, Attorneys, Kenosha.

    The Sauk County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - William F. Greenhalgh; and treasurer - Jeffrey M. Blessinger, both of Baraboo.

    Wrede H. "Bud" Smith, Northwestern 1974, has been appointed to the Oakwood Foundation board. He practices estate planning and probate, succession planning, business, real estate, and mergers and acquisitions with DeWitt Ross & Stevens, Madison.

    David G. Walsh, Harvard 1970, has been reelected president of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. He is a partner with the Madison office of Foley & Lardner LLP and is with the public affairs and government procurement practice and the sports industry team.

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

    The Waukesha County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - the Hon. J. Mac Davis, Waukesha; president-elect - Marjorie A. Wendt, Brookfield; and treasurer - Daniel J. Habeck, Waukesha.

    The Waupaca County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Kaye E. Anderson, Waupaca; president-elect - Robin L. Koch, New London; and secretary/treasurer - Brenda S. Freeman, New London.

    The Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Jennifer Sloan Lattis; president-elect - Gregory T. Everts; secretary - Robert E. Shumaker; and treasurer - Gregory T. Everts, all of Madison.

    The Wisconsin Asian Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Yer L. Vang, Madison; vice president - Jini M. Rabas, Madison; secretary - Arman S. Rouf, Milwaukee; and treasurer - Alia S. Rouf, Wauwatosa.

    The Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers has elected the following officers: president - Lee R. Jones, Brookfield; president-elect - N. Lynette McNeely, Milwaukee; secretary - Antonique C. Williams, Milwaukee; and treasurer - Nadine N. Hardy, Milwaukee.

    Pro Bono, Public Service

    Rebecca M. Orvick, U.W. 1997, and Melissa K. Warner, U.W. 2001, chaired the second annual By Women for Women golf outing at the Bergamont Golf Course, Oregon, in June, which benefited the Madison affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Both attorneys are with Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison.

    Five Milwaukee law firms will join forces with Habitat for Humanity - Waukesha County to build a home in Waukesha for a low-income family. Participating firms are Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Foley & Lardner LLP, Quarles & Brady LLP, Godfrey & Kahn S.C., and Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C.

    Authors, Speakers

    Arthur J.   Harrington

    Arthur J. Harrington, U.W. 1975, has authored Environmental Liability and the Emer ging Art Form of Transference (Aspatore Books 2006). He a shareholder and cochair of the environmental and energy law practice group with Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Milwaukee.

    Robert Pasch, U.W. 1972, has authored the revised edition of Wisconsin Collection Law, now available as part of West's Wisconsin Practice Series. He is with Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, and focuses on collection and commercial law, creditors' rights, business law and litigation, and partnership litigation.

    Daniel L. Vande     Zande
    Vande Zande

    Daniel L. Vande Zande, U.W. 1986 cum laude, presented a paper on "Sir Edward Coke: Judicial Leadership and the Glorious Revolution" at Oxford University, England, in May. He has a solo practice in Waupun.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Foley & Lardner LLP has been named the best corporate law firm in Milwaukee by Corporate Board Member magazine. Rankings are made by directors serving on boards of publicly traded companies.

    Mark A. Frankel, U.W. 1973, has received the first Distinguished Service Award from the State Bar's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section for his volunteer efforts in representing the section as amicus curiae before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Supreme Court in Borst v. Allstate Insurance Co. He is a shareholder at LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Madison.

    The corporate/mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, real estate, and litigation/general commercial practices of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. have been ranked among the top statewide in the listing of "America's Leading Business Lawyers 2006" compiled by Chambers & Partners. Individual attorneys recognized for corporate/mergers and acquisitions were John A. Dickens, U.W. 1981, Christopher B. Noyes, U.W. 1984, Peter M. Sommerhauser, Northwestern 1968, and Nicholas P. Wahl, U.W. 1990, all with the Milwaukee office, and Michael E. Skindrud, U.W. 1975, with the Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn. Attorneys recognized for real estate were

    Michael J. Dwyer, Michigan 1978, and Stephen L. Chernof, U.W. 1968, both with the Milwaukee office. William H. Levit Jr., Harvard 1967, was recognized for commercial litigation, with the Milwaukee office. The firm also has been listed in Midwest Real Estate News magazine as one of the top real estate law firms in the Midwest. Rankings are determined by the number and dollar amount of real estate transactions in the previous year.

    Joel Hirschhorn, U.W. 1967, has been named a "2006 Florida Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics Media Inc. He is with Hirschhorn & Bieber P.A., Coral Gables, Fla.

    Jonathan Levine

    Jonathan O. Levine, Georgetown 1988, has been named to the list of "Top 100 Labor Attorneys in the United States for 2006" compiled by Labor Relations Institute Inc. Inclusion on the list is determined by the number and outcome of National Labor Relations Board elections in which the attorney provided representation. He is chair of the labor and employment relations group in the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

    Jonathan T. Levy

    Jonathan T. Levy, U.W. 1995, has been named a "2006 Florida Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics Media Inc. He is a partner with Rosenthal & Levy P.A., West Palm Beach, Fla., and focuses on plaintiffs' personal injury litigation.

    Matthew J. Richburg, Thomas M. Cooley 1996, has been certified as a creditors' rights law specialist by the American Board of Certification. He is with Kohn Law Firm S.C., Milwaukee.

    Joseph Spence Sr., Washburn 1989, and other members of the Trilogy Poetic Team received the 2006 Commemorative Poetry Ambassador Medal from the International Library of Poetry for their exceptional poetry performances and public service. Spence is with Capital Legal Services, Brookfield.

    Ken Voss, Marquette 1960, received a meritorious service award from the Greater Milwaukee chapter of the American Subcontractors Association, for which he has served as general counsel. He is with the Brookfield office of DeWitt Ross & Stevens and focuses on construction law, real estate and land use, and estate planning and probate.

    In Memoriam

    Sheldon L. Cohen, Marquette 1952, Miami, Fla., June 7, 1927 - May 5, 2006.

    Deborah L. Bundy Ferry, Minnesota 1993, Powhatan, Va., June 3, 1961 - Dec. 30, 2005.

    William J. Haese, Marquette 1952, Fox Point, Dec. 11, 1925 - May 19, 2006.

    Harold Harris, Marquette 1948, Leesburg, Fla., Sept. 18, 1920 - Dec. 28, 2005.

    Paul E. Ibach, U.W. 1957, Luxemburg, Feb. 14, 1930 - Aug. 23, 2005.

    Robert D. Isaksen, U.W. 1950, Middleton, July 1, 1924 - March 3, 2006.

    Richard E. Johnson, U.W. 1939, Waupaca, Feb. 2, 1915 - June 15, 2006.

    Hon. P. Charles Jones, U.W. 1963, Spring Green, Dec. 10, 1935 - June 12, 2006.

    Phillip K. Koch, U.W. 1959, New Berlin, March 28, 1933 - May 15, 2006.

    George E. Rice, Marquette 1949, Muskego, Dec. 17, 1924 - March 27, 2006.

    Robert L. Rohde, Marquette 1949, Sheboygan, Sept. 26, 1923 - Oct. 23, 2005.

    Bryan Curtis Royce, Thomas M. Cooley 1994, Chippewa Falls, Nov. 14, 1962 - June 19, 2006.

    Larry A. Sieger, U.W. 1939, Viroqua, Nov. 7, 1908 - Jan. 19, 2006.

    Theodore Sosnay, Marquette 1936, Glendale, April 16, 1912 - July 30, 2004.

    Edward A. Stierberger, U.W. 1958, Union, Mo., Nov. 2, 1933 - Oct. 14, 2005.

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