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    Vol. 81, No. 11, November 2008

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Vicki Ridgway 
Barton Vicki Ridgway Barton, Louisville 1996, has joined the law firm of Jeffrey Leavell S.C., Racine. She has experience in civil and criminal trials, worker’s compensation, medical malpractice defense, immigration law, estates, and family law.

    Maureen D. Boyle, U.W. 1994, has joined the Barron County District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney. She previously was an assistant district attorney in Walworth and Rock counties.

    Marc E. Christopher, Drake 2001 with honors, has joined the Milwaukee office of Yost & Baill LP as an associate and focuses on automobile and property subrogation. He previously was a Racine County assistant district attorney.

    Nathan J. Dosch, Marquette 2004, has joined Neider & Boucher S.C., Madison, and focuses on estate planning and business and tax law. He previously was owner and managing attorney at Dosch Law Firm LLC, Appleton.

    T.J. Estabrook, Hamline 2003, CPA, has joined O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong S.C., Milwaukee, and focuses on tax and corporate law aspects of mergers and acquisitions. He previously was with Ernst & Young LLP.

    James J. Gettel, Illinois 1984, has joined Schenck M&A Solutions, Milwaukee, as a managing director. He previously was with The Waterstone Group, staffing agencies that he cofounded and codirected. James J. Gettel

    Carl J. Artman, Washington Univ. 1991, LL.M. Denver, has joined Godfrey & Kahn S.C. as a shareholder in the Indian nations and environmental and energy practice groups. He previously was assistant secretary of Indian affairs and associate solicitor for Indian affairs, both with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. Several attorneys have joined the firm as associates. In the Madison office: Monica Santa Maria, U.W. 2008, is with the litigation group. Andrew J. Turner, U.W. 2008, is with the corporate group. In the Milwaukee office: Rebecca K. Hamrin, U.W. 2008, is with the real estate group. Adam J. Loomans, U.W. 2008, is with the corporate group. Alia S. Mendez, Marquette 2008, is with the securities group. Wendy S. Richards, U.W. 2008, is with the tax group. Eric J. Weiss, U.W. 2008, is with the litigation group.

    Dan Johnson, Marquette 1999, has been promoted to partner at Ryan Kromholz & Manion S.C., Brookfield, and continues to focus on trial- and appellate-level patent, copyright, and trademark litigation.

    Lora A. Kaelber, Marquette 2000, has joined the MACC Fund – Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Inc., Milwaukee, as a development officer. She previously was with End, Hierseman & Crain LLC.

    Warren P. Kraft, Marquette 1982, has been appointed director of human resources and assistant city attorney for the city of West Bend. He remains of counsel to Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, and previously was Oshkosh city attorney.

    Kyle W. Lathrop, Iowa 1992, has joined the medical products division of W.L. Gore & Associates, Flagstaff, Ariz., as health care counsel. He previously was assistant general counsel with Stiefel Laboratories Inc., Coral Gables, Fla.

    Stephanie Mueller Laundre Stephanie Mueller Laundre, Marquette 2008 cum laude, has joined Ziolkowski Patent Solutions Group SC, Milwaukee, as an intellectual property attorney.

    Jason D. Luczak, Chicago-Kent 2008, has joined Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, Milwaukee, as an associate and focuses on criminal defense and civil litigation matters.

    Donald L. Mabry, Marquette 1994, has joined Hurrell Cantrall LLP, Los Angeles, concentrating on the defense of products liability, general liability, and governmental liability claims.

    Elizabeth Erickson Pevehouse, Ohio State 2000, and Mark Tilkens, Marquette 2002, have joined Melli Law S.C., Madison. Pevehouse is an associate and focuses on labor and employment law and general commercial litigation. Tilkens is a partner and practices labor and employment law. Elizabeth 
Erickson Pevehouse Mark Tilkens

    Michael Meyer, U.W. 1987, has been promoted to supervising staff attorney for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Chicago.

    Erika L. Mielke, Marquette 2001, has joined Wachovia Wealth Management, Winston-Salem, N.C., as a vice president and financial planner. She previously was with Associated Trust Co., Milwaukee.

    Lucie Miller, Marquette 2001, has joined KPMG LLP, Chicago, as a manager in the forensic technology services group. She previously was an electronic discovery consultant for Eli Lilly & Co.

    Jay Schloff, U.W, 1999, has become chair of the intellectual property practice at Intellipex PLLC, Bingham Farms, Mich.

    Susan Allen Elisabeth 
Howard Susan Allen, Marquette 2006 cum laude, and Elisabeth (Lis) Howard, U.W. 2008, have joined Stafford Rosenbaum LLP. Allen is an associate in the Metro Milwaukee office and focuses on products liability and commercial litigation. Howard is an associate in the Madison office and focuses on business and municipal law.

    Brian D. Anderson, Maryland 2000, Philip R. Koutnik, Marquette 2008 cum laude, and Julie Zavoral, U.W. 1994, have joined Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Anderson is a partner in the real estate practice in the Madison office and concentrates in commercial real estate acquisition, construction, disposition, finance, development, and leasing. Koutnik is an associate in the corporate practice in the Milwaukee office. Zavoral is with the intellectual property practice in the Madison and Milwaukee offices.

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    Mergers, Relocations, New Offices

    Kevin M. Henderson, Marquette 2007, and his father, Brian J. Henderson, Marquette 1974, have formed Henderson Law Office, 230 W. Wells St., #300, Milwaukee, focusing on general civil litigation.

    Andrew C. MacDonald, Marquette 1996, has opened MacDonald Law Office LLC, 4650 W. Spencer St., Appleton, and focuses on estate, business succession, and Medicaid planning. He previously was with Hopper Law Office, Appleton.

    John T. Podbielski Jr., Marquette 1992, has opened Podbielski Law Group Ltd., 9809 S. Franklin Dr., Suite 104, Franklin, focusing on foreclosures, evictions, replevins, subrogation, debt collection, and accounts receivable management consulting services. He previously was with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, Chicago, and Schelble & Podbielski S.C., Milwaukee.

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    Appointments, Elections

    The Calumet County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president – George Twohig, Chilton; and vice president – Kevin Davidson, Kaukana.

    Daniel T. Dennehy, Marquette 1979 magna cum laude, has been elected legal counsel to the Wisconsin Society of Healthcare Human Resources Administration board. He is a partner with von Briesen & Roper s.c., Milwaukee, and focuses on advising health care providers on all aspects of employment, personnel, and labor matters.

    Fred Gants, Chicago 1976, has been appointed to the committee that will recommend candidates for the Western District of Wisconsin clerk of court position. He is a partner with the Madison office of Quarles & Brady LLP and is the Madison office coordinator for the firm’s national labor and employment practice group.

    Kathryn A. Keppel, Marquette 1986, has been elected to the State Bar Appellate Practice Section board. She is a partner with Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, Milwaukee, and focuses on appellate practice, civil litigation, and products liability matters.

    The following attorneys have been elected to the board of Jewish Family Services, Milwaukee: chair – Nathan Fishbach, Villanova 1977, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.; vice chair – Miriam Fleming, DePaul 1992, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; treasurer – Randy Nelson, Marquette 1977, Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP; assistant treasurer – Stuart Mukamal, Yale 1976, Milwaukee city attorney; and secretary – Judith Cranberg, Loyola-Chicago 1990, Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital. Reelected directors include James Fergal, U.W. 1972, and Benjamin Wagner, U.W. 2003, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.; Michael Lappin, U.W. 1992, Quarles & Brady LLP; Amy Shapiro, Boston Univ. 1981, Hawks Quindel Ehlke & Perry S.C.; and Alan Wagner, Michigan 1998, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.

    The La Crosse Young Lawyers Association has elected the following officers: president – Nicholas Passe, La Crosse; and secretary/treasurer – Russell Hammer, Sparta.

    The Marathon County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president – Peter C. Rotter; vice president – Michael K. Moran; and secretary – William Mansell, all of Wausau.

    Christopher L. Strohbehn, Marquette 2002, has been elected president of the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association. He is an associate with Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, Milwaukee, and focuses on personal injury, civil litigation, and criminal defense matters.

    The Walworth County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president – Jeffrey Hahn, Delavan; and vice president – John Walter Peterson, Williams Bay.

    The Winnebago County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president – Katherine Seifert, Menasha; president-elect – Kathleen Diedrich, Oshkosh; secretary – Elizabeth Nevitt, Neenah; and treasurer – Paul Zilles, Menasha.

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    Authors, Speakers

    The Hon. Ralph Adam Fine, Columbia 1965, has authored the newly revised editions of The How-To-Win Trial Manual, The How-To-Win Appeal Manual, and Fine’s Wisconsin Evidence, all published by Juris Publishing. He is on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

    Richard J. Podell, U.W. 1969, spoke about “Trends in Family Law” at the Canadian Bar Association conference in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He is president of Richard J. Podell & Associates, Milwaukee.

    Authors of the recently revised Real Estate Transactions System (State Bar CLE Books 4th ed. 2008) are Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. attorneys Eric M. Berman, Marquette 2007; Bruce T. Block, Boston Univ. 1979; Michael Simpson, U.W. 1975; and Carolyn A. Sullivan, U.W. 1991. Berman, Block, and Simpson are with the Milwaukee office. Sullivan is with the Waukesha office.

    The Hon. Charles B. Schudson, U.W. 1974, presented the plenary address, “Today’s Family – Understanding the Reshaped Relationships Coming to America’s Courts” and gave seminars on emotional intelligence and the art of judging at the Utah Judicial Conference in Park City in September. He also taught a course, “Tippecanoe and Who? – Looking Through the Lens of History/Seeing the 2008 Presidential Election,” at Lawrence University’s Bjorklunden Seminars in September. He is a Wisconsin reserve judge. 

    Authors of the recently revised Wisconsin Governmental Claims and Immunities Handbook (State Bar CLE Books 2d ed. 2008) are the following: Joseph P. Guidote Jr., Rutgers 1986, Outagamie County corporation counsel, Appleton; Charles D. Hoornstra, U.W. 1967, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Madison; Rudolph M. Konrad, Northwestern 1975, Milwaukee City Attorney’s Office; Jennifer Sloan Lattis, U.W. 1989, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Madison; Jan A. Smokowicz, U.W. 1980, Milwaukee City Attorney’s Office; and John M. Vandlik, Chicago-Kent 1986, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of General Counsel, Milwaukee.

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    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Jeffrey R. Anderson, William Mitchell 1975, was a corecipient of the Steven J. Sharp Award, presented by the American Association for Justice, and was a finalist for the Public Justice Foundation’s trial lawyer of the year award, both in recognition of his work in clergy sex abuse litigation. He is with Jeff Anderson & Associates, St. Paul, Minn. Jeffrey R. 

    Frank T. Crivello II, Marquette 1993, has been admitted to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is with Warshafsky, Rotter, Tarnoff & Bloch S.C., Milwaukee.

    Michael J. Fitzgerald, Marquette 1985, has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor extended to experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose careers have been marked by ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality. He is a partner with Glynn, Fitzgerald & Albee, Milwaukee.

    Two jurists received awards from Jewish Family Services (JFS), Milwaukee. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the Hon. Shirley Abrahamson, Indiana Univ. 1956, chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for an exemplary career in which she has maintained the highest standards of justice for individuals and families in Wisconsin. The Hon. Kitty Brennan, U.W. 1977, received the Spirit of Caring Award for her exceptional commitment to JFS’s mission and service to the Milwaukee community while she was chief judge of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Brennan now is on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

    Stephen C. Nick, U.W. 1995, received the Daniel J. Curtin Jr. Young Public Lawyer of the Year Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association in September. Nick, Eau Claire city attorney, was honored for providing outstanding public service, possessing an exemplary reputation, and having high ethical standards, all while balancing professional and personal pursuits.

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    Pro Bono, Public Service

    Foley & Lardner LLP presented a check of more than $125,000 to the Hunger Task Force in September. Milwaukee office personnel make donations for each regular-season strikeout recorded by a Milwaukee Brewers’ pitcher at Miller Park; the firm extended the program through the playoffs this year.

    Employees of Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, donated more than $500 worth of school supplies for low-income students in the Boscobel, Iowa-Grant, Madison, and Mineral Point school districts.

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    Dean R. Zakos, Marquette 1979, has retired from Modine Manufacturing Co., Racine. He was vice president, general counsel, and secretary and was with the company for 26 years.

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    In Memoriam

    Anthony W. Schiro, U.W. 1950, Milwaukee, Oct. 23, 1921 – July 19, 2008.

    Allen L. Spiker, U.W. 1983, Omaha, Aug. 4, 1950 – June 1, 2008.  

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