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    Vol. 81, No. 12, December 2008

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Mark Afable Christopher 
Spencer Mark Afable, Marquette 1983, and Christopher Spencer, U.W. 1972, have been promoted at American Family Mutual Insurance Co., Madison. Afable is executive vice president overseeing the claim and customer billing divisions. Spencer is senior vice president, with chief legal officer and corporate secretary responsibilities.

    Patrick R. Burns, South Dakota 2000, has joined Dady & Garner P.A., Minneapolis, and focuses on representation of franchisees, dealers, and distributors. He previously was with the Minneapolis office of the American Arbitration Association. Patrick R. Burns

    Charles G. Curtis Jr., Chicago 1982, has joined the Madison office of Arnold & Porter LLP as a partner in the business litigation group and will focus on complex litigation, appellate matters, and Native American law.

    Patrick Farley, U.W. 1995, has joined Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison, in the government relations practice group. He previously was director of external relations for Gov. Jim Doyle.

    Three attorneys have joined Godfrey & Kahn S.C. as associates. Claire K. Finando, Northwestern 2008, is with the corporate group in the Madison office. Annie L. Raupp, Minnesota 2008, is with the litigation and labor and employment group in the Green Bay office. Peter J. Wilder, Missouri-Columbia 2008, is with the financial institutions group in the Milwaukee office.

    John A. Griner IV, Drake 1984, has been promoted to managing counsel at the Brookfield location of Travelers Indemnity Co. and continues to focus on tort, worker’s compensation, subrogation, and construction litigation. The office will now be known as Griner & Associates.

    Daniel J. O'Brien Richard H. 
Schulz Daniel J. O’Brien, Marquette 1986, has joined Halling & Cayo S.C., Milwaukee, and continues to practice in insurance defense, business litigation, and plaintiff’s personal injury law. Richard H. Schulz, U.W. 1965, has joined the firm as of counsel and continues to practice in personal injury and construction litigation with an emphasis on mold-related matters. Schulz previously was with Schulz, Duffey & O’Brien, Milwaukee.


    Megan Kuehl, Marquette 2008, and Mary Lokensgard, U.W. 1993, have joined Menn Law Firm Ltd., Appleton. Kuehl concentrates in general litigation. Lokensgard focuses on estate planning. Megan Kuehl Mary Lokensgard


    Nadia Musallam Nadia Musallam, Marquette 2008, has joined Ruder Ware LLSC, Wausau, in the business transactions group.

    Twelve attorneys from the former Heller Ehrman office in Madison have joined Perkins Coie, Madison. David Harth, U.W. 1979, David Jones, Creighton 1987, and John Skilton, U.W. 1969, have joined the intellectual property litigation practice as partners. Timothy Burns, Missouri-Columbia 1991, has joined the insurance coverage group as a partner. David Anstaett, U.W. 2001, Eric Barber, U.W. 2004, Melody Glazer, U.W. 2004, Christopher Hanewicz, U.W. 1999, Lissa Koop, U.W. 2005, Autumn Nero, U.W. 2006, Sarah Walkenhorst, U.W. 2002, and Jeffrey Walker, U.W. 2007, have joined the intellectual property litigation group as associates.

    Elizabeth S. Blutstein, George Washington 1988, and Kathryn Kronquist, DePaul 1995, have joined the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP. Blutstein is a partner in the public finance team and previously was with Foley & Lardner LLP. Kronquist is of counsel with the corporate services group and focuses on commercial lending and financial institutions. She previously was with Maritime Savings Bank and Legend Title Corp.

    Jeffrey Vercauteren, Notre Dame 2008 cum laude, has joined Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP, Madison, in the energy and telecommunications section.

    Anders Helquist, Drake 2008 high honors, and Jake Torgerson, Iowa 2008, have joined Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci S.C., Eau Claire. Helquist focuses on labor and employment law. Torgerson focuses on business and real estate law and litigation. Anders Helquist Jake Torgerson

    Jennifer Jin, Notre Dame 2008, Kristina Lemanski, Northwestern 2008, and Robert L. Staude, Notre Dame 2008, have joined the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. as associates. Jin is with the state and local tax practice. Lemanski focuses on litigation. Staude focuses on real estate.

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    Mergers, Relocations, New Offices

    Niebler & Roth LLP and Niebler, Pyzyk, Klaver & Carrig LLP have combined to form Niebler, Pyzyk, Roth & Carrig LLP, located at N94 W17900 Appleton Ave., Suite 200, Menomonee Falls.

    Phillip J. Ramthun, U.W. 1978, has relocated his office to 2100 N. Mayfair Rd., Suite 102, Milwaukee, and continues to focus on plaintiffs’ personal injury, worker’s compensation, and Social Security disability matters.

    The Techmeier Law Firm S.C. has moved its office to the Renaissance Building, 309 N. Water St., Suite 160, Milwaukee, and continues its focus on personal injury law.

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    Appointments, Elections

    Thomas Domer, U.W. 1983, has been reappointed to the national board of the Worker’s Injury Law and Advocacy Group and as editor of Worker’s First Watch, the organization’s magazine. He represents injured workers at Domer Law, Milwaukee.

    Steven S. Gensler Steven S. Gensler, Illinois 1992, has been reappointed to the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Gensler is a presidential professor and professor of law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman.

    Jill A. Rakauski, West Virginia 1998, has been elected chair of the Wisconsin Association for Justice. She is a partner at Penn Rakauski, a personal injury law firm with offices in Racine and Chicago, and focuses on occupational and environmental lung injury related to toxic substance exposure. Jill A. Rakauski

    Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., Milwaukee, has formed a new financial markets crisis team, comprised of lawyers from the banking and financial institutions, business reorganization, business law, employee benefits, litigation, real estate, tax, and trusts and estates practice areas.

    Brenda K. Sunby Brenda K. Sunby, John Marshall 1998, has been elected vice chair of the Wisconsin Association for Justice women’s caucus. She is a trial attorney focusing on plaintiff’s personal injury cases with Habush Habush & Rottier in the Wausau, Stevens Point, and Rhinelander offices.

    John Walsh, U.W. 1975, has been elected to the claims committee of Wisconsin’s Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund and the Wisconsin Health Care Liability Insurance Plan. He is a trial lawyer, focusing on personal injury matters, with Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison, and a part-time faculty member with the U.W.-Madison School of Business.

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    Authors, Speakers

    Michael D. Cicchini, Marquette 1999 summa cum laude, has authored An Empirical Basis for the Admission of Expert Testimony on False Confessions, 40 Arizona State Law Journal 1 (2008), and Broken Government Promises: A Contract-Based Approach to Enforcing Plea Bargains, 38 New Mexico Law Review 159 (2008). He is with Cicchini Law Office LLC, Kenosha.

    Jay Grenig, California-Hastings 1971, and Nathan Fishbach, Villanova 1977, have authored Federal Criminal Restitution (Thomson West 2008). Grenig is a professor of law at Marquette University Law School. Fishbach is a shareholder at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee.

    John T. Podbielski Jr., Marquette 1992, has authored “Bringing Home the Bacon: Getting a Firm’s Clients to Pay Their Bills” in the September/October edition of the Association of Legal Administrators’ Legal Management magazine. He is a shareholder with The Podbielski Law Group Ltd., Franklin, and practices creditors’ rights law.

    Richard J. Podell, U.W. 1969, spoke at the Alberta Bar Association conference in Calgary concerning the world-wide development of family law. He is president of Richard J. Podell & Associates, Milwaukee.

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    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Linda Bochert, U.W. 1974, received an award from the U.W.-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in recognition of her work developing, protecting, and improving agriculture, natural resources, and rural living. She is a partner in the land and resources practice group in the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

    The Hon. Philip M. Kirk, Chicago-Kent 1973, has been chosen Judge of the Year by the Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He is a Waupaca County circuit court judge. Philip M. Kirk

    The Hon. Daniel Konkol, Marquette 1976, received the Polish American of the Year Award from the Milwaukee Society of the Polish National Alliance in October. He is a Milwaukee County circuit court judge.

    Timothy F. Nixon, U.W. 1990, has been elected to the American College of Bankruptcy and will be inducted at the U.S. Supreme Court in March 2009. He is team leader for the business finance and restructuring practice group in the Green Bay office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. and also is a member of the corporate and litigation practice groups.

    Michael Ostermeyer, Vanderbilt 1989, received the 2008 Distinguished Service Award from his alma mater, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. He is a partner with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP and focuses on real estate.

    Kathryn Maloney 
Perhach Kathryn Maloney Perhach, Marquette 2000 cum laude, received the Association for Women Lawyers pro bono award for her work as firm coordinator for the Quarles & Brady Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic at the Spanish Center and the Task Force on Family Violence Restraining Order Clinic. She is a partner with the firm and focuses on commercial litigation.

    C. Scott Pryor, U.W. 1980, has been selected by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars as a Fulbright Scholar. He will teach international business transactions and comparative law at the National Law University in Jodhpur, India. He is a professor of law at Regent University, Virginia Beach, Vir.

    Cynthia A. Van Bogaert, U.W. 1982, has been named a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. She is a partner and chair of the employee benefits practice group at Boardman Law Firm LLP, Madison.

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    In Memoriam

    Donald D. Eckhardt, Marquette 1956, Fort Myers, Fla., Sept. 27, 1929 – May 2, 2008.

    John M. Fox, U.W. 1951, Madison, April 11, 1923 – Sept. 11, 2008.

    Robert E. Gosse, U.W. 1967, Annandale, Vir., May 22, 1939 – Oct. 2, 2008. 

    Thomas J. McNally, Notre Dame 1966, Necedah, Sept. 8, 1940 – Oct. 24, 2008.

    Eric F. Stutz, U.W. 1970, Black River Falls, Dec. 10, 1944 – May 2, 2008.

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