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    Vol. 81, No. 9, September 2008

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

Affatati Michelle Affatati, U.W. 1997 cum laude, has joined Michelle Behnke & Associates, Madison, as an associate and focuses on business, real estate, and estate planning. She formerly was with another firm in Madison.

    Abrar Azamuddin, Marquette 2007, has joined Penn Rakauski, a Racine firm concentrating in workplace injuries, and focuses on asbestos litigation. Abrar Azamuddin

    Jennifer Baumler, Marquette 2005, has joined Krigbaum Law LLC, Whitefish Bay, and focuses on family law, guardian ad litem work, probate, and civil litigation.

    Jeffry P. Brown, U.W. 1978, has become a partner in Warren Advisors LLC, New York City, a boutique investment bank focusing in liftouts of investment management teams. He previously was chief development officer at Bear Stearns Asset Management.

    James M. Carroll, Marquette 2008 cum laude, has joined First, Albrecht & Blondis s.c., Milwaukee, as an associate and focuses on personal injury, worker's compensation, employment law, and civil rights matters.

    Michael G. Carter, North Carolina 1988, has been promoted to vice president and chief financial officer of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Milwaukee. He previously was head of the policyowner services department.

    Kelly M. Dodd, Marquette 2000, has joined Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. in the family law practice in Milwaukee and focuses on divorce, paternity, and postjudgment matters. She previously was with another Milwaukee firm.

    Kristin J. Eisenbraun, Marquette 2006, has joined Riley & Shane PA, Albuquerque, N.M., as an associate and focuses on insurance law. She previously was a law clerk to the Hon. Roderick T. Kennedy, New Mexico Court of Appeals.

    Sarah Germonprez, U.W. 2008, has joined Bell, Gierhart & Moore S.C., Madison, as an associate and concentrates in civil litigation and insurance defense.

    James E. Kachelski, Marquette 1993, has joined Kohner, Mann & Kailas S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate and focuses on commercial litigation. He previously was with the Kachelski Law Firm S.C., Mequon.

    Jennifer Kopps-Wagner, U.W. 1996, has been promoted to senior vice president and general counsel of Assurant Health, Milwaukee. She previously was vice president, legal.

    Donald E. Locke, Minnesota 1997 cum laude, has been appointed chief of the American citizen services section at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica. He is a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State and previously served in Bogota, Colombia, and Pristina, Kosovo.

    Ann Martin C. Ann Martin, Iowa 2004, has joined the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP as an associate on the labor and employment team. She previously was with Lindner & Marsack S.C.

    Christopher M. Eisold, Marquette 2008 cum laude, and Nicholas J. Schwalbach, U.W. 2008 cum laude, have joined Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., Milwaukee. Eisold concentrates in corporate and tax law. Schwalbach focuses on civil and business litigation.

    Rachel E. Abhold, U.W. 2008 magna cum laude, and James W. Fash, U.W. 2008 cum laude, have joined Melli Law S.C. (formerly Melli, Walker, Pease & Ruhly S.C.), Madison, as associates. Abhold focuses on general business, real estate transactions, and estate and tax planning. Fash focuses on business law and litigation. The firm continues to concentrate in management-side labor and employment law, school law, business law, construction law, litigation, real estate, and estate planning. Rachel E. Abhold James W. Fash

    Daniel Morse Kirk Pelikan Daniel Morse, Pittsburgh 1979, and Kirk Pelikan, Marquette 2004, have joined the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Morse is a partner in the wealth planning services group. Pelikan is an associate in the employee benefits practice group. Thomas A. Miller, Marquette 1992, has been named chair of the firm's intellectual property practice group. He is a partner in the Milwaukee office and a member of the electrical and computer subgroup.

    Mark D. Munson, South Dakota 1999, has joined the trusts, estates, and family business planning practice group of Ruder Ware LLSC, Wausau. Mark D. Munson

    John M. Soper John M. Soper, Marquette 2008, has joined O'Flaherty Heim Egan Ltd., La Crosse, as an associate in the business and employment practice.

    Kevin D. Trost, U.W. 1998, has joined the Detroit office of Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co. L.P.A. as an associate in the complex litigation department. He previously worked with Patrick, Johnson & Mott and Axley Brynelson LLP.

    Sara Vanden Brook, U.W. 2008, has joined The Law Center for Children and Families, Madison, and focuses on children's law and family law.

    Michelle Bergholz Frazier, Minnesota 1998, and Susan Minahan Ruppelt, Marquette 1995, have been promoted to shareholder at von Briesen & Roper s.c., Milwaukee. Frazier is with the health care practice group. Ruppelt focuses on trust and estate planning and administration. Several attorneys have joined the firm. Linda C. Emery, Georgetown 1986, is a shareholder in the business practice group. Alexander M. Gerasimow, Western New England 1976, is a shareholder in the business practice group and chairs the intellectual property section. Thomas P. Alberti, Marquette 2004 cum laude, and Alison E. Helland, Iowa 2005, are associates with the business practice group. Laurel Johnson, Chicago-Kent 2007 cum laude, Gottlieb John Marmet, U.W. 2004, and Daniel J. Noonan, U.W. 2006, are associates with the litigation and risk management practice group. Jacob Winter, Marquette 2007, is an associate with the business practice group and the real estate section. Michelle 
Bergholz Frazier Susan Minahan 

    Christine A. Gimber, Hamline 1994, has been named managing partner of Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci S.C., Eau Claire. She is with the litigation section and the business and real estate section. Pamela M. Macal, U.W. 2003, William J. Spangler, Hamline 2003, and Andrea M. Voelker, U.W. 2003, have been promoted to shareholder. Macal and Voelker are with the labor section. Spangler is with the business and real estate section and the probate and estate planning section.

    Four attorneys have become assistant attorneys general with the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Joseph Ganzer, U.W. 2000, and Nancy Noet, U.W. 1994, are with the civil litigation unit. Ganzer previously was with Hodan, Doster & Ganzer, Milwaukee. Noet previously was with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. Adam Gerol, Drake 1988, and David W. Maas, U.W. 1998, are with the criminal litigation unit. Gerol previously was Ozaukee County Assistant District Attorney. Maas previously was with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.

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    Mergers, Relocations, New Offices

    Mark A. Amadeo, U.W. 1996, has opened the Amadeo Law Firm PLLC, with offices at 1629 K St., N.W., Washington, D.C., and 5235 Westview Dr., Suite 100, Frederick, Md., and focuses on ERISA and employment litigation. He previously was with the Washington, D.C., office of Sprenger & Lang PLLC.

    John C. Cabaniss, Wayne State 1981, has opened Cabaniss Law Office, 10200 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, and focuses on plaintiffs' personal injury work. He previously was with von Briesen & Roper s.c., Milwaukee.

    Stellpflug, Janssen, Hammer, Kirschling and Bartels S.C., headquartered in De Pere, has changed its name to Stellpflug Law S.C. The firm also has offices in Lakewood and Hayward.

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    Appointments, Elections

    Michael J. Allen Michael J. Allen, Chicago 1984, has been elected to the board of RENEW Wisconsin, which promotes clean energy strategies. He is owner of Energy Law Wisconsin and advises energy development projects and assists companies that provide energy-related products and services.

    Ave M. Bie, U.W. 1990, has been appointed to the Wisconsin Crime Victims Council, which helps further the rights of crime victims in Wisconsin. She is a partner with the Madison office of Quarles & Brady LLP and focuses on public utilities and government relations. Ave M. Bie

    Centro Legal, Milwaukee, has elected the following officers: president and chair - Harvey Kurtz; vice president - Daniel Vaccaro; secretary - Jessica Poliner; and treasurer - Domingo Cruz, all of Milwaukee.

    Eunice Gibson Eunice Gibson, U.W. 1973, has been named vice president of the labor law committee of the Inter-American Bar Association. She presented a paper on "Immigrant Workers in the United States" at the association's meeting in June in Lima, Peru.

    The Sauk County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Kevin R. Calkins, Baraboo; and president-elect - Joseph J. Hasler, Reedsburg.

    Judith Sperling-Newton, U.W. 1981, has been appointed to chair the assisted reproduction committee of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. She is with The Law Center for Children and Families, Madison.

    The Tri County Bar Association (Oneida, Vilas, and Forest counties) has elected the following officers: president - Todd R. McEldowney; vice president - Michael W. Schiek; secretary - Brian F. Bennett; and treasurer - Jennifer Stuber, all of Rhinelander.

    The Washington County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Frederick B. Kaftan; president-elect - David A. Nelson; secretary - Mark D. Benson; and treasurer - Juli A. Benedum, all of West Bend.

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    Authors, Speakers

    Thomas Domer, U.W. 1983, has authored "Ethics in the Worker's Comp World," Trial (August 2008). He is with Domer Law, Milwaukee, and focuses on representing injured workers.

    Timothy F. Nixon, U.W. 1990, has coauthored The Increase in Prepackaged Chapter 11s (Aspatore Books 2008). He is a shareholder with the Green Bay office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. and leader of the business finance and restructuring practice group.

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    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    John W. Daniels Jr., Harvard 1974, was honored by the National Bar Association, the oldest and largest national association predominately comprised of African-American lawyers and judges in the United States, at its annual meeting in Houston in July. Daniels, chair of Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, was recognized for his professional achievements and community service.

    Correction: The Hon. John A. Neuenschwander, Chicago-Kent 1983, received the 2008 Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Municipal Judges Association. He is city of Kenosha municipal judge and a professor of history at Carthage College, Kenosha. Judge Neuenschwander's name was given incorrectly in the July issue.

    Ted M. Warshafsky, U.W. 1952, has been selected by the American Trial Lawyers Association as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in the United States. He is a partner with Warshafsky, Rotter, Tarnoff & Bloch S.C., Milwaukee.

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    In Memoriam

    Alex B. Cameron, U.W. 1951, Onalaska, Jan. 20, 1924 - March 15, 2008.

    Michael D. Haza, Thomas M. Cooley 1983, Campbellsport, Dec. 22, 1953 - June 29, 2008.

    Henry F. Rzeczkowski, Marquette 1946, Franklin, Sept. 7, 1917 - May 29, 2008.

    William F. Yeschek, U.W. 1951, Minocqua, Oct. 27, 1921 - May 27, 2007.

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