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    Vol. 80, No. 9,  September 2007

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    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Marybeth Herbst-Flagstad, Marquette 2003, and Rachel Rabideau, Indiana-Bloomington 2002, have been promoted to senior counsel at Assurant Health, Milwaukee, a health insurance provider. Flagstad previously was counsel and associate counsel. Rabideau previously was associate counsel.

    Timothy D. Edwards, Wayne State 1989, and Edward J. Lawton, U.W. 2007, have joined Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison. Edwards is a partner in the litigation practice group and focuses on employment law, business law, appellate litigation, and professional licensure disputes. Lawton is an associate in the business practice group and focuses on corporate finance and securities, business transactions, corporate governance, and taxation.

    Mary Beth Collins, U.W. 2005, has joined the corporate and real estate practice groups in the Madison office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. She previously worked for another firm in Madison.

    Tara M. Fermanich, Marquette 2005, and Eric S. Johnson, U.W. 2007, have joined Curran, Hollenbeck & Orton S.C. Fermanich previously was assistant counsel for the Wisconsin Towns Association. Both attorneys will be engaged in general practice at the firm's two locations, in Mauston and Wisconsin Dells/Lake Delton. The new Wisconsin Dells/Lake Delton office, at 140 E. Adams St., Lake Delton, is staffed full-time by Jay Englund, Marquette 2004.

    Kathleen M. Daly, William Mitchell 2001, has joined the litigation and dispute resolution practice area of Minneapolis-based Best & Flanagan LLP, focusing on commercial litigation. She previously was with Rider Bennett LLP, Minneapolis.

    Lawrence J. Glusman, U.W. 1995, has been named a shareholder at Friebert, Finerty & St. John S.C., Milwaukee, and continues to focus on commercial lending, real estate, and creditors' rights.

    M. Andrew Skwierawski, U.W. 2007, and Joseph M. Peltz, Marquette 2007, have joined the firm as associates. Skwierawski focuses on business litigation and computer law. Peltz focuses on business litigation and divorce law.

    Mark Gelhaus, U.W. 1989, CPA, has been promoted to partner in the Racine office of Clifton Gunderson, a nationwide accounting firm. He previously was a senior manager.

    Benjamin Grawe Jesse Paul Padilla
    Grawe Padilla

    Benjamin C. Grawe, Vermont 2000, and Jesse Paul Padilla, U.W. 2004, have joined Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP, Milwaukee, as associates in the environmental law group. Grawe previously was with the Madison office of DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. Padilla previously was with Allstate Insurance Co.

    Korey C. Lundin, U.W. 2000, has joined the Madison office of Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc. and focuses on family law. He previously was managing attorney of Legal Action's Green Bay office.

    Kelly S. Kelly Lance E. Mueller
    Kelly Mueller

    Kelly S. Kelly, U.W. 2002, and Lance E. Mueller, U.W. 2002 cum laude, have been elected partners with Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd., Appleton. Kelly is a member of the family law group. Mueller is a member of the business law and litigation groups.

    Craig M. Kuhary

    Craig M. Kuhary, Marquette 1986, has joined Congdon, Walden, Schuster & Vaklyes S.C., Waukesha, as a shareholder and continues to concentrate in criminal law and traffic defense.

    Mitchell J. Musial, Creighton 2002 cum laude, LL.M. Georgetown 2003 with distinction, has joined Menn Law Firm Ltd., Appleton, and focuses on business and corporate transactions, estate planning, and real estate. He previously was a vice president and associate counsel for Associated Banc-Corp.

    Adam S. Bazelon, Marquette 2007 cum laude, and Andrea F. Whiteside, Marquette 2007 cum laude, have joined Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., Milwaukee, as associates. Bazelon focuses on environmental and insurance litigation. Whiteside focuses on taxation and corporate and business organization and governance.

    Two attorneys have joined the law department at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., Milwaukee. Thomas B.R. Christenson II, Ohio Northern 2004, is counsel on the corporate team. He previously was with Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., Milwaukee. Steven J. LaFore, Marquette 2007, is counsel on the investment products and services team.

    Kimberly Shaul, U.W. 1989, has been appointed deputy commissioner of the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, Madison. She previously was with American Family Insurance Co.

    Marcel D. 

    Marcel D. Reneau, Marquette 2007, has joined Hupy and Abraham S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate and concentrates in litigation and personal injury law.

    Antoinette Vacca, Marquette 2005, has become the mediation coordinator for Washington County Family Court Services, West Bend.

    John C. Cabaniss Heidi L. Vogt
    Cabaniss Vogt

    John C. Cabaniss, Wayne State 1981, and Heidi L. Vogt, Marquette 1990 cum laude, have been appointed to lead the litigation and risk management practice group at von Briesen & Roper S.C., Milwaukee. Cabaniss focuses on product liability, personal injury, and other complex litigation. Vogt focuses on insurance coverage litigation, commercial disputes, constitutional law, construction disputes, environmental litigation, and complex litigation.

    Lee Anne N. Conta, Marquette 1994 cum laude, has joined the firm as a shareholder in the litigation and risk management practice group. She focuses on litigation and insurance coverage disputes.

    Six attorneys have been elected shareholders with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. In the Madison office, Lisa R. Lange, U.W. 1999, focuses on commercial and public finance and securities law. In the Milwaukee office: Jennifer Drury Buzecky, Loyola-Chicago 1996, focuses on environmental and energy law issues. Daniel S. Galligan, Marquette 1999 cum laude, focuses on corporate law. Mark T. Garsombke, Regent 1998 cum laude, focuses on information technology and privacy issues and is cochair of the technology and telecommunications practice group and chair of the HIPAA practice group. Thomas J. Pienkos, U.W. 1999, is a member of the intellectual property practice group. Steven F. Stanaszak, Marquette 1996 cum laude, focuses on transportation, product liability, toxic tort, injury defense, and employment litigation.

    Barth J. Wolf

    Barth J. Wolf, U.W. 1984, has been promoted to vice president, chief legal officer, and secretary of Integrys Energy Group, Green Bay.

    Jeremy P. Zielke, Marquette 1996, has been promoted to assistant general counsel at American Family Mutual Insurance Co., Madison. He also has been board certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Offices

    Mark A. Frankel

    The Hon. Mark A. Frankel, U.W. 1973, has opened Frankel ADR LLC, Madison. He previously was a judge on the Dane County Circuit Court and a shareholder in Godfrey & Kahn, Madison.

    Hoffman Law Firm S.C. has moved to W7042 Meadow Place, Onalaska. Melvyn L. Hoffman, Southwestern 1977, continues as a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee and concentrates on bankruptcy and other debtor/creditor issues.

    Jeffrey S. Krause, Marquette 1996, has formed Krause Practice Management LLC, Waterford, focusing on practice management solutions for law firms. He also is cofounder of IP Associates LLC.

    Murphy Desmond S.C. has opened an office in Janesville, at 400 Midland Ct., Suite 102. The office is staffed by Scott K. McCarthy, Nebraska 1991, and Steve Werner Jr., U.W. 1997. McCarthy focuses on litigation. Werner focuses on business law.

Harris Taylor

    Christine Harris Taylor, Valparaiso 1988, has opened a practice dedicated to mediation and arbitration, located at 4701 N. Port Washington Rd., Suite 400, Glendale. She previously was a partner with Harris, Nelson & Davis LLC.

    Appointments, Elections

    Donald Leo Bach

    Donald Leo Bach, U.W. 1974, has been elected chair of the Wisconsin Judicial Commission. He is a partner with the Madison office of DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. and focuses on litigation.

    Ronald Z. Domsky, U.W. 1957, has been elected to the board of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants. He is a professor of taxation at John Marshall Law School, Chicago.

    Rick Esenberg

    Rick Esenberg, Harvard 1981, has been appointed a visiting assistant professor at Marquette University Law School. He recently authored A Court Unbound? The Recent Jurisprudence of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, published by the Federalist Society, and You Cannot Lose If You Choose Not to Play: Toward a More Modest Establishment Clause, 12 Roger Williams L. Rev. 1 (2007).

    Kay Nord Hunt Marc Johannsen
    Hunt Johannsen

    Kay Nord Hunt, Marquette 1981, and Marc Johannsen, Minnesota 1989, have been elected to the board of Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg P.A., a litigation, business, and entertainment law firm with offices in Minneapolis, Hudson, and New York City.

    Thomas Fessler

    Thomas Fessler, Pepperdine 1983, has been appointed to the Council of Distinguished Advisors for Pepperdine University's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Malibu, Calif. He is vice president and general counsel for VSP Vision Care.

    John Schulze, Marquette 2004, has been elected to the board of the State Bar Energy and Telecommunications Section. He is with ATC Management Inc., Waukesha.

    Laurie J. Levin

    Laurie J. Levin, U.W. 1981, has been elected chair of the Florida Bar Health Law Section. She is of counsel to Baker Hostetler in the Orlando office and focuses on health law issues including regulatory compliance, HIPAA compliance, and fraud and abuse.

    The Hon. Richard S. Brown, U.W. 1971, has been appointed chief judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. The Hon. Gregory A. Peterson, U.W. 1973, has been appointed deputy chief judge of the court. Appointed as presiding judges in the four court of appeals districts are the Hon. Patricia S. Curley, Marquette 1973, District I (Milwaukee); the Hon. Daniel P. Anderson, U.W. 1973, District II (Waukesha); the Hon. Michael W. Hoover, U.W. 1978, District III (Wausau); and the Hon. Paul B. Higginbotham, U.W. 1985, District IV (Madison).

    David B. Smith, Texas 1973, has been elected chair of Michael Best's management committee. Smith is a partner in the firm's intellectual property group.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Jason F. Abraham

    Jason F. Abraham, Marquette 1992, has been accepted as a member in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, membership in which is limited to attorneys who have been principal counsel in at least one case that resulted in a multimillion dollar verdict, award, or settlement. He is a partner with Hupy and Abraham S.C., Milwaukee.


    Patrick Houlihan, Marquette 1974, received the Economic Developer Award from the La Crosse Area Development Corp. in July. He is with O'Flaherty Heim Egan Ltd., La Crosse.

    The Hon. Edward E. Leineweber received the 2007 Community Service Award from the Wisconsin Branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He serves on the Richland County Circuit Court. He was honored for his work to establish the Richland County Assistance to Kin of Mentally Ill Persons program.

    Ruder Ware L.L.S.C., with offices in Wausau and Eau Claire, has been recertified by Meritas, a global alliance of business law firms.

    Robert J. King Jr.

    Robert J. King Jr., William Mitchell 1980, was inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America. He is with Lommen Abdo Cole King & Stageberg P.A., Minneapolis, and focuses on medical malpractice and product liability and industrial accidents.

    The Hon. Maxine A. White, Marquette 1985, received the Alumni Service to the Community Award from Marquette University in April. White, who serves on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, was honored for her work in the Wisconsin judiciary and in the National Association of Women Judges.

    Authors, Speakers

    James Casey, Dayton 1988, presented the work program and demonstration project of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership at the 2007 Legal Framework for e-Research Conference in Queensland, Australia.

    Thomas Domer, U.W. 1983, presented "Worker's Compensation Ethics" at the American Association for Justice Convention in Chicago in July and also spoke at Professional Education Systems' Worker's Compensation conference in Las Vegas in February. He represents injured workers at Domer Law S.C., Milwaukee, and teaches at Marquette Law School.

    Josh Johanningmeier, Iowa 1999, and Douglas M. Poland, Loyola-Chicago 1994, both with the Madison office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C., presented "Managing Product Liability Risk in the U.S. Marketplace" at the Great Lakes Governors' Forum on Chinese Trade and Investment in Chicago in May.

    The Hon. Charles B. Schudson, U.W. 1974, presented the keynote address "Loves Me, Loves Me Knot - the History, Law and Literature of Marriage" at the 70th annual conference of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in San Francisco in July.

    Robert Zeinemann, Marquette 2006, has authored an article in the Spring 2007 issue of The Urban Lawyer, a national quarterly journal on state and local government law published by the ABA. The article is a major study of the history of municipal incorporation annexation law in Wisconsin.

    Pro Bono, Public Service

    John W. Daniels Jr., Harvard 1974, chaired the 2007 Fellowship Open, a charity golf event whose proceeds are used to support youth organizations in Milwaukee. Daniels is a partner at the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP.

    In Memoriam

    Mark Edward Colbert, U.W. 1987, Waunakee, July 5, 1961 - July 8, 2007.

    Frank M. Coyne, U.W. 1944, Madison, Aug. 25, 1919 - May 24, 2007.

    Hon. Karl F. Peplau, U.W. 1940, Eau Claire, May 13, 1913 - July 6, 2006.

    Paul R. Holmquist, South Dakota 1968, Eau Claire, Jan. 10, 1943 - June 20, 2007.

    Donald F. Konle, Marquette 1955, Wauwatosa, April 21, 1923 - Dec. 24, 2006.

    Robert J. Lowe, Marquette 1955, Wauwatosa, Nov. 22, 1928 - June 21, 2007.

    Arthur Remley, U.W. 1941, Neenah, July 2, 1917 - June 1, 2007.

    Emanuel N. Rotter, Marquette 1952, Milwaukee, Jan. 11, 1928 - May 25, 2007.

    John R. Seeger, U.W. 1949, Jan. 14, 1925 - Feb. 17, 2007.

    John D. Winner, U.W. 1948, Madison, Sept. 10, 1921 - July 1, 2007.