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    February 08, 2007

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    Vol. 80, No. 2, February 2007

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    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Thomas Arnon Allen, U.W. 1992 cum laude, has been promoted to general counsel for RMT Inc., Madison, which provides environmental and energy engineering and construction services. Allen also is a registered patent attorney.

    Terrence L. Dunst Bridget M. Finke Deanne M. Koll
    Dunst Finke Koll

    Three attorneys have joined Bakke Norman S.C. Terrence L. Dunst, St. Thomas 2006, is with the Baldwin office and focuses on estate planning, probate, business law, and real estate. Bridget M. Finke, U.W. 2004, and Deanne M. Koll, William Mitchell 2006, are with the Menomonie office. Finke focuses on estate planning, business law, real estate, appellate, and municipal law. She previously was law clerk to the Hon. Gregory A. Peterson of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Koll focuses on family law, criminal defense, debtor/creditor litigation, and general litigation.

    Brian F. Bates

    Brian F. Bates, Golden Gate 1992, has joined Neider & Boucher S.C., Madison, and focuses on business law, administrative law, employment law, and contract law. He formerly was with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (part of the U.S. Department of Defense) and CA Systems.

    Jennifer L.   Birkholz

    Jennifer L. Birkholz, Marquette 2006, has joined Plager, Krug & Bauer Ltd., Freeport, Ill., and focuses on business and commercial transactions, estate planning, employment law, education law, and related litigation.

    Barbara B. Berman, Marquette 1975, has become senior attorney for counterterrorism training for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Division, Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training. She previously was with the counterterrorism section of the DOJ National Security Division.

    Nicole L. (Kreklau) Chula, Hamline 2005, has joined Mallery & Zimmerman S.C., Wausau, as an associate and practices in family law, real estate, litigation, and business matters.

    Ryan Connolly, Marquette 2000 cum laude, has joined the Seattle office of the National Labor Relations Board as a trial attorney.

    Doug Conomy, U.W. 2001, has joined Clutch Legal Staffing, Washington, D.C., as a lateral attorney recruiter.

    Paul Cranley

    Paul Cranley, DePaul 1997, has joined Bell, Gierhart & Moore S.C., Madison, as a director and concentrates in professional liability defense, commercial and products liability litigation, and insurance defense.

    Peter J. Culp, William Mitchell 2000 cum laude, and Brian D. Hamill, Marquette 2000, have been named partners in Dempsey, Williamson, Kelly & Hertel LLP, Oshkosh. Culp is a trial lawyer with an emphasis in personal injury, employment, and labor law. Hamill has a general practice with an emphasis in real estate, business law, and civil litigation. Jason J. Hirschberg, Marquette 2006, and Todd A. Slagter, Denver 2000, have joined the firm as associates. Hirschberg practices business, real estate law, and civil litigation. Slagter focuses on estate planning, probate, and tax law.

    James Joyce Chad Taylor Sarah Troupis
    Joyce Taylor Troupis

    Three attorneys have joined DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. James Joyce, Franklin Pierce 2005, is an associate in the west Madison office and focuses on intellectual property matters. Chad Taylor, U.W. 1996, focuses on government relations, environment, and real estate and land use matters in the Madison and metro Milwaukee offices. Sarah Troupis, Notre Dame 2006, is an associate in the Madison Capitol Square office and concentrates in civil litigation.

    Annamarie Edelen, Marquette 2006, has joined the Milwaukee law practice of Thomas W. Kurzynski as an associate and focuses on civil and criminal litigation.

    Sara L. Gehrig

    Sara L. Gehrig, Minnesota 1993 cum laude, has been promoted to partner with Nowlan & Mouat LLP, Janesville, and continues to focus on business litigation, real estate, and family law.

    Peter M. Gennrich

    Peter M. Gennrich, U.W. 1976, has been elected a partner in Jaburg & Wilk P.C., Scotts-dale, Ariz., and continues to focus on business and consumer y

    Jean-Marie Feedham, Marquette 1991 magna cum laude, has joined Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP, Milwaukee, as counsel and focuses on civil litigation. Jennifer L. Bolger, Marquette 2000, has joined the firm as an associate in the environmental law group. She previously worked with another Milwaukee firm.

    Michael S. Green, U.W. 1997, has joined the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as a partner in the land and resources practice group and focuses on business and real estate law.

    Angela Chaput Foy Jonathan Hendrix
    Foy Hendrix

    Angela Chaput Foy, Marquette 2006, and Jonathan Hendrix, U.W. 2006, have joined Halling & Cayo S.C., Milwaukee. Foy is an associate in the family law practice. Hendrix is an associate in the transactional and business law practice.

    Corey D. Kimps, Florida Coastal 2005, has joined Wanezek & Jaekels S.C., Green Bay, as an associate and focuses on estate planning, elder law, family law, and civil litigation.

    Gini   Hendrickson

    Gini Hendrickson, Pace 2002, has joined Epiphany Law LLC, Appleton, and focuses on legacy planning, wealth transfer techniques, asset protection, and probate and trust administration.

    Paul J. Jones

    Paul J. Jones, Georgetown 1997 cum laude, has joined Regal-Beloit Corp., Beloit, as vice president, general counsel, and secretary. He previously was a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP.

    Jennifer M. Mikulina, U.W. 2001, has been named an income partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. She is with the intellectual property, media, and technology practice group in the Chicago office.

    Daniel D. Barker, U.W. 1996, Bradley G. Kennedy, California-Hastings 2000, and Jessica J. Marquez-Anchondo, U.W. 2005, have joined Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison. Barker focuses on labor and employment law. Kennedy focuses on commercial and civil litigation. He previously was a Dane County Circuit Court staff attorney. Marquez-Anchondo focuses on business law. She previously was with the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. Matthew D. Moeser, U.W. 1999, has rejoined the firm after working as a Dane County assistant district attorney. He focuses on litigation.

    John T. Payette

    John T. Payette, U.W. 1995, has joined the Madison office of Cook & Franke S.C. as an associate and focuses in insurance coverage and insurance defense.

    Thomas M. Rose, Marquette 1995, has been promoted to chief counsel with ING US Legal Services, Minneapolis, and will continue to focus on reinsurance matters.

    Sonya K. Simon (Serron), Marquette 1989, has been promoted to general counsel and director of human resources at Symbiont, West Allis, and focuses on construction and contract law, environmental law, and human resource matters.

    Miguel A. Ruiz, U.W. 1992, has been elected an equity partner at Pretzel & Stouffer Chartered, Chicago, and continues to focus on medical malpractice defense.

    Richard R. Sindic, Temple 1978, has joined Cross Law Firm S.C. in its Milwaukee and Waukesha offices as head of the litigation and small business practice areas. He formerly was a partner at Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP.

    Kristin Ackerman Sperling, U.W. 1998 cum laude, has joined Greystone Residential Funding Inc., Middleton, as corporate counsel. She previously was an associate with Latham & Watkins LLP, Chicago.

    Sarah Volpone, Marquette 1997, has joined the Service Employees International Union 775, Long-Term Care Workers Union, as a staff attorney in Seattle. She previously was a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in Portland, Ore., and Milwaukee.

    Daniel E. Waldman, U.W. 2002 cum laude, has joined Cypress Semiconductor, San Jose, Calif., as corporate counsel manager for employment law and human resources. He previously was an associate with the San Francisco office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.

    Ladd Wiley, U.W. 1998, has been named a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Washington, D.C. He previously was principal deputy general counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Joel Austin Lyudmila Bondarenko Amy Bradshaw Tina Chan
    Austin Bondarenko Bradshaw Chan
    Janet Dixon Katie Featherston Tricia Feiertag Matthew D. Fortney
    Dixon Featherston Feiertag Fortney
    Norah Jones Ryan Lovitz Josh Maggard Marianna Moss
    Jones Lovitz Maggard Moss
    Elizabeth Waterman Johanna Wilbert Michael L. Wokasch  
    Waterman Wilbert Wokasch  
    Booker Coleman
    Jaime L. Hochhausen
    Several attorneys have joined Quarles & Brady LLP. New associates (and their practice groups) in the Madison office are Amy L. Bradshaw, U.W. 2006, health; Matthew D. Fortney, Northwestern 2006, real estate; Jaime L. Hochhausen, John Marshall 2003, litigation; and Michael L. Wokasch, U.W. 2006, intellectual property.

    New associates in the Milwaukee office are Joel Austin, Marquette 2006, intellectual property; Lyudmila Bondarenko, Boston College 2006, corporate services; Tina Chan, Marquette 2006, public finance; Booker Coleman, Marquette 2006, litigation; Janet Dixon, Marquette 2006, health; Katie Featherston, Marquette 2006, school law; Tricia Feiertag, Minnesota 2006, labor and employment; Norah Jones, Loyola-Chicago 2006, tax-exempt organizations; Ryan Lovitz,

    Ohio State 2006, corporate services; Josh Maggard, Ohio State 2006, litigation; Marianna Moss, Fordham 2005, litigation; Elizabeth Waterman, Michigan 2006, corporate services; and Johanna Wilbert, U.W. 2006, litigation.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Offices

    Cross Law Firm S.C. has opened a new office at 509 Arcadian Ave., Waukesha, which focuses on small business matters.

    Robert J. Simandl, Marquette 1987, and John E. Murray, Iowa 1991, have opened Simandl & Murray, 20975 Swenson Dr., Suite, 250, Waukesha, which focuses on human resource law. Both attorneys previously were with Gardner Carton & Douglas LLP, Milwaukee.

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

    Heather Pantoga, Marquette 1998, has relocated Pantoga Law Office to 225 E. Mason St., Suite 401, Milwaukee. She recently authored "Gender-based Miscommunication in Legal Discourse and its Impact on the Clarity of Legal Language," 19 Int'l J. for Semiotics L. 69-80 (2006).

    Appointments, Elections

    Donald Leo Bach

    Donald Leo Bach, U.W. 1974, was named cochair of the transition team for Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. Bach is a shareholder at DeWitt, Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison.

    The Grant County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Nathaniel W. Curry, Platteville; and secretary/treasurer - Lisa A. Riniker, Lancaster.

    The Brown County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Philip J. Danen, De Pere; president-elect - Angela J. Olson, Green Bay; secretary - Jodi L. Arndt, Green Bay; and treasurer Evan Y. Lin, De Pere.

    Several attorneys have been elected to management positions with Davis & Kuelthau s.c. Bradley D. Page, U.W. 1989, with the Milwaukee office, and Edward J. Williams, Louisville 1974, with the Oshkosh office, have been elected to the board. Matthew J. Flanary, U.W. 1992, has been named chair of the labor and employment law group. Ann M. Rieger, Marquette 1988, has been named chair of the business and corporate law group.

    The Waushara County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Thomas A. Lorenson; and secretary - Clay R. Dutcher, both of Wautoma.

    Francis W. "Fran" Deisinger, U.W. 1982 with honors, has been named vice president of and general counsel to Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. He is a shareholder in the firm's litigation department.

    Brian G. Gilpin, John Marshall 1996 cum laude, has been selected as a member of the NameProtect Executive Business Advisory Board. He is head of the intellectual property practice group at Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Milwaukee.

    The Green Lake County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - James D. Peebles, Berlin; vice president - Max W. Saylor, Berlin; and secretary/treasurer - Jenna E. Johnson, Ripon.

    Grant C. Killoran, Minnesota 1989, has been named a regional vice chair of the health care practice group of Lex Mundi, an association of independent law firms. He is chair of the health care practice group in the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

    David A. Krutz

    David A. Krutz, Northwestern 1991, has been selected managing partner-elect of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. He is a litigation partner in the Waukesha office and chair of the management committee.

    The Legal Association for Women has elected the following officers: president - Mindy Rowland Buenger; president-elect - Carrie M. Benedon; secretary - Margit Sandor Kelley; and treasurer - Carousel A. Bayrd, all of Madison.

    Michael P. Maxwell, Marquette 2001, has been elected to the board of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals. He focuses on civil litigation and bankruptcy as managing partner of Maxwell Jones LLP, Milwaukee.

    James L. Santelle, Chicago 1983, has been appointed by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as the justice attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

    Carlton D. Stansbury, Iowa 1990, has been appointed as the ABA's advisor to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws drafting committee on a model collaborative law act. He is a shareholder with Burbach & Stansbury S.C., Milwaukee, and practices family law.

    Rebekah R. Syck, Marquette 1998, has been appointed a municipal judge for Harlingen, Texas.

    The Tri-County Bar Association (Buffalo, Pepin, Jackson, and Trempealeau counties) has elected the following officers: president - Hon. John A. Damon, Whitehall; vice president - Jonathan D. Sherman, Black River Falls; secretary - Paul B. Millis, Black River Falls; and treasurer - Steven G. Schultz, Durand.

    The Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers has elected the following officers: president - Robert L. Jaskulski, Milwaukee; president-elect - Christine Bremer Muggli, Wausau; vice president - Mark L. Thomsen, Brookfield; secretary - Paul V. Gagliardi, Salem; and treasurer - J. Michael End, Milwaukee.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Micabil Diaz-Martinez, Marquette 1989, received the Hoban-Davenport Award from the Disabled American Veterans of Wisconsin in June in recognition of his support for employment opportunities for Wisconsin veterans. In October, he received the Hispanic Man of the Year Award from United Migrant Opportunities Services. He is with the state Department of Workforce Development, Madison.

    Foley & Lardner LLP has been named to the BTI Client Service 30 list, in recognition of exceptional client service.

    Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP has been named a top diversity-owned business in Wisconsin by, based on annual revenues. The firm is headquartered in Milwaukee and has offices in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Ohio.

    Jeffrey Hart, Seattle 1992, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, completed the U.S. Army Infantry School's airborne course (Jump School).

    Warren P. Kraft, Marquette 1984, and Stephen Nick, U.W. 1995, have been named IMLA Local Government Fellows. The program, established by the International Municipal Lawyers Association, recognizes attorneys as legal specialists in the field of local government law. Kraft is Oshkosh city attorney. Nick is Eau Claire city attorney.

    Lynn R.   Laufenberg

    Lynn R. Laufenberg, Marquette 1975 cum laude, received the Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year award from the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers (WATL) in December. He is a senior member of Laufenberg & Hoefle S.C., Milwaukee, and concentrates on personal injury litigation. The award is bestowed on a WATL member who has made an outstanding contribution to the public interest or demonstrated compassion and commitment to advocacy for injured consumers.

    Ken Voss

    Ken Voss, Marquette 1960, has been named the first director emeritus of the State Bar Construction and Public Contract Law Section. He focuses on construction law, real estate and land use, and estate planning and probate with the Brookfield office of DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C.

    Pro Bono, Public Service

    A bankruptcy help desk has been established for pro se debtors in the Eastern District of Wisconsin who cannot afford to hire a lawyer in Chapter 7 cases. The desk is staffed by cochairs Andrew N. Herbach, Marquette 1985, Howard, Solochek & Weber SC, Milwaukee, and Marie L. Nienhuis, Boston College 1987, Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Waukesha.

    Hupy and Abraham s.c., Milwaukee, offered a reward to solve the murder of an employee's relative. As a result, arrests were made and the crime was solved. The firm also donated $10,000 to the NAACP Scholarship Fund at the organization's annual Freedom Dinner in September.

    Milwaukee Municipal Court judge James Gramling, U.W. 1971, and Wisconsin reserve judge Charles Schudson, U.W. 1974, served as international election observers for the December 3, 2006, presidential election in Venezuela.

    In Memoriam

    Larry J. Barber, Marquette 1961, Wauwatosa, Feb. 19, 1929 - April 29, 2006.

    Jacob L. Bernheim, U.W. 1949, Milwaukee, Dec. 7, 1919 - Oct. 16, 2006.

    Eugene O. Duffy, Marquette 1978, Milwaukee, Dec. 23, 1948 - Nov. 7, 2006.

    Adolph J. Feifarek, U.W. 1948, Madison, March 25, 1921 - Dec. 15, 2006.

    Karl-Mario Dunst, Marquette 1962, Campbellsport, April 15, 1928 - Sept. 6, 2006.

    Hon. George W. Greene Jr., Minnesota 1965, Milwaukee, Oct. 17, 1938 - Nov. 26, 2006.

    John P. Hayes, Marquette 1962, Milwaukee, May 17, 1937 - Nov. 29, 2006.

    Herman J. Leasum, U.W. 1937, Green Bay, Aug. 16, 1910 - Nov. 5, 2006.

    Hon. J. Richard Long, U.W. 1949, Beloit, March 22, 1919 - Nov. 30, 2006.

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

    Maurice J. Miller, U.W. 1955, Deerfield, May 14, 1926 - Jan. 29, 2006.

    John P. Thornton, U.W. 1947, Mission, Texas, June 15, 1916 - April 1, 2006.

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