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    July 02, 2010

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    Vol. 83, No. 7, July 2010


    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Robert W. Dean, Catholic Univ. 1997, has joined Hennessy & Roach P.C. to open its Green Bay office, 414 E. Walnut St., Suite 110. He focuses on worker’s compensation defense and general liability matters.

    David C. Dupee, Marquette 2009, has joined the Milwaukee office of Leib & Katt LLC as an associate and focuses on medical malpractice defense.

    John C. Gardner John C. Gardner, Marquette 2004 magna cum laude, has joined the Madison office of DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. as an associate in the employment relations and litigation group.

    David R. Gault, Drake 1984, has been promoted to colonel in the Wisconsin Army National Guard and has become a state judge advocate. He also is Dane County assistant corporation counsel.

    Andrew L. Larson, U.W. 2010, has joined Davczyk & Varline LLC, Wausau, as an associate and focuses on insurance defense and civil litigation.

    Brian K. Lewallen, Marquette 2001 cum laude, has been promoted to director of global environmental affairs, industrial health, and occupational safety at Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill.

    Robert J. Lightfoot II, Hamline 1995, has joined the Madison office of von Briesen & Roper s.c. as a shareholder and focuses on representing health-care entities. He also is a registered nurse.

    Anthony Menting, Marquette 1993, has joined the Madison office of Stafford Rosenbaum LLP as a partner and focuses on family and divorce law. He previously was with Swendson/Menting Law Ltd., Oconomowoc. Anthony Menting

    Brigid Moroney, Marquette 2010, has joined Beck, Chaet, Bamberger & Polsky S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate and focuses on general corporate law, labor and employment law, and receiverships.

    Scott M. Paler Scott M. Paler, U.W. 2005 cum laude, has joined the Madison office of DeWitt Ross & Stevens as an associate in the litigation and employment relations groups. His concentrations include background-screening matters.

    Jennifer L. Rathburn, St. Louis Univ. 2000, has joined the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP as a partner in the health-law group. Jennifer L.   Rathburn

    Several attorneys have joined Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. Scott M. Fabry, Marquette 1987, LL.M. taxation Georgetown, is a shareholder in the business law and tax practices in the Waukesha office. Caroline P. Lavelle, St. Louis 2004 magna cum laude, is a member of the health-care practice group in the Milwaukee office. Robert A. Lawler, Iowa 2005, and James G. Morrow, U.W. 1986, have joined the intellectual property practice, Lawler in the Madison office and Morrow in the Milwaukee office. Scott M. Fabry Caroline P.   Lavelle
    Robert A. Lawler James G. Morrow

    John B. Stadler, U.W. 1988, has become the patient-safety manager at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Manchester, N.H.

    Ryan J. Steffes Ryan J. Steffes, U.W. 2005 cum laude, has been elected a shareholder with Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci S.C., Eau Claire, and continues to focus on employment law, general litigation, and appellate law.

    Mary C. Theisen, U.W. 1993, has joined the Afghanistan Justice Sector Support Program as a justice advisor, providing training, mentoring, and capacity building services for prosecutors’ offices in five Afghanistan provinces. She previously was a Milwaukee County assistant district attorney.

    Matthew T. Troha, U.W. 2003, has been promoted to vice president of human resources and deputy general counsel for JHT Holdings Inc., Pleasant Prairie.

    Travis James West, U.W. 2006, has joined Solheim Billing & Grimmer S.C., Madison, as an associate and practices in commercial and product liability litigation and general business law. Travis James   West

    Five attorneys have joined Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., all in the Milwaukee office. Lydia J. Chartre, Marquette 2003, concentrates in condominium law, collections, creditor-side bankruptcy, business law, commercial litigation, and appellate law. Tom Ewing, Marquette 1978, focuses in litigation and business counseling. He previously was with the firm and then was general counsel for two companies. Martha Hamilton, Notre Dame 2008, focuses on worker’s compensation. Mary Elizabeth Hughes, U.W. 2002, focuses on worker’s compensation and general civil litigation. Dan La Fave, Northwestern 1992, concentrates on defense of premises liability and personal injury cases.

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    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    Emile Banks & Associates LLC has opened an office at 44 E. Mifflin St., Suite 400, Madison, and continues to focus on insurance defense litigation, medical malpractice, worker’s compensation, bond law, municipal law, and school law.

    DeMarb Law Office LLC has opened an office at 122 W. Washington Ave., Suite 808, Madison, with the Evansville office open by appointment. Rebecca R. DeMarb, U.W. 1997, continues to focus on debtor/creditor law, including bankruptcy. Jeffrey M. Glazer, Chicago-Kent 2004, has joined the firm as an associate and focuses on debtor/creditor law, intellectual property, and general corporate representation.

    Jessica M. Kramer, U.W. 2004, has opened Kramer Law LLC, 205 3rd Ave., Belleville. She focuses on labor and employment, civil litigation, and contracts and also provides limited-scope representation.

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    Appointments, Elections

    William E. Duffin William E. Duffin, Iowa 1987, has been elected president of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association. He is a shareholder in the litigation practice group in the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C.

    The La Crosse County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president – Al Trapp; president-elect – Margaret Herlitzka; secretary – Jim Kroner; and treasurer – Greg Egan IV, all of La Crosse.

    Thomas N. Shorter, Northeastern 1996, has been appointed chair of the American Health Lawyers Association labor and employment practice group. He is a shareholder in the labor and employment and health-care practice groups in the Madison office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. Thomas N. Shorter

    Marna M. Tess-Mattner, Marquette 1983, has been elected chair of the Carroll College board. She is a shareholder at Schmidt, Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox S.C. and represents employers in all aspects of employment and labor law.

    Troy D. Thompson, Marquette 1998, has been elected chair of the labor and employment practice group at Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison.

    Terry A. Trogdon, North Dakota 1998, has been elected to the Minnesota Women Lawyers board. She is a partner with Gerlach Beaumier & Trogdon, Duluth.

    Wisconsin voters elected judges to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and 10 county circuit courts in April. Brian W. Blanchard, Northwestern 1989, was elected to the District IV Court of Appeals. Paul F. Reilly, U.W. 1987, was elected to the District II Court of Appeals. The Hon. William D. Dyke, U.W. 1960, was reelected to the Iowa County Circuit Court. New judges and their counties are Joseph D. Boles, William Mitchell 1981, Pierce County; Jay N. Conley, Marquette 1977, Oconto County; James P. Czajkowski, U.W. 1971, Crawford County; Eugene A. Gasiorkiewicz, Mississippi 1974, Racine County; Mark L. Goodman, U.W. 1985, Monroe County; Mark D. Gundrum, U.W. 1994, Waukesha County; John A. Jorgensen, Hamline 1993, Winnebago County; J. David Rice, U.W. 1970, Monroe County; and Gary R. Sharpe, U.W. 1976, Fond du Lac County.

    Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson has named four judges to spots on the Wisconsin Judicial College. The Hon. Lisa K. Stark, U.W. 1982, Eau Claire County Circuit Court, has become head of the college. The Hon. Charles H. Constantine, Marquette 1978, Racine County Circuit Court; the Hon. Edward F. Vlack III, Marquette 1974, St. Croix County Circuit Court; and the Hon. Patrick L. Willis, U.W. 1975, Manitowoc County Circuit Court, have been appointed associate deans.

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    Authors, Speakers

    Arnold P. Anderson, Marquette 1969, has authored Wisconsin Insurance Law (State Bar CLE Books, 6th ed. 2010). He is with Mohr & Anderson LLC, Madison.

    Thomas A. Bailey, Marquette 1967, and Laura Lau, Marquette 1988, have authored Family Law Casenotes and Quotes (State Bar CLE Books, 2d ed. 2010). Bailey practices in Whitefish Bay. Lau is a Waukesha County circuit court commissioner.

    Authors of the recently revised Marital Property Law in Wisconsin (State Bar CLE Books, 4th ed. 2010) are the following: Christine Rew Barden, Indiana-Indianapolis 1995, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Madison; Keith A. Christiansen, U.W. 1968, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee; F. William Haberman, Harvard 1965, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee; Phillip J. Halley, Ohio State 1981, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee; Andrew N. Herbach, Marquette 1985, Howard, Solachek & Weber S.C., Milwaukee; David L. Kinnamon, U.W. 1966, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee; the Hon. Margaret Dee McGarity, U.W. 1974, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Milwaukee; Michael R. Smith, Illinois 1985, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee; Stephen R. White, U.W. 1994, J.P. Morgan Private Wealth Management, Milwaukee; and Michael W. Wilcox, Marquette 1966, DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison.

    Authors of the recently revised Traffic Law and Practice in Wisconsin (State Bar CLE Books, 4th ed. 2010) are the following: Todd E. Meurer, U.W. 1980, Dane County Circuit Court, Madison; John J. Sobotik, U.W. 1985, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Madison; Andrew I. Martinez, U.W. 2007, and Cole D. Ruby, U.W. 2007, both with Martinez & Ruby LLP, Baraboo; and Dennis M. Melowski, Marquette 1993, Melowski & Associates, Sheboygan.

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    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Hon. Shirley S.   Abrahamson The Hon. Shirley S. Abrahamson, Indiana-Bloomington 1956, has received the ABA Justice Center’s 2010 John Marshall Award, in recognition of her exemplary lifelong commitment and dedication to the improvement of the administration of justice. She is chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    Jeffrey P. Aiken, Marquette 1972 cum laude, has received professional director certification from the Corporate Directors Group. He is a member of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee.

    The Hon. Kitty K. Brennan, U.W. 1977, received the Milwaukee Press Club Headliner’s Award at the club’s annual Gridiron dinner in April, in honor of being in the news for making a positive difference in Wisconsin. She is on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District I. Hon. Kitty K.   Brennan

    The Madison office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. received the Hotline Firm of the Year Award from the State Bar of Wisconsin for its long-term commitment to the program, a public-service component of the State Bar’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service.

    Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. received a 2010 Civilian Community Service Award from the West Allis Police Department in recognition of the firm’s donation of bike helmets and fittings to local children.

    Gary Hollman, CPA, Michigan 1972, received the 2010-2011 WICPA Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is with the Milwaukee office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C.

    Melissa S.   Kampmann Melissa S. Kampmann, U.W. 2003, has received Certified Financial Planner certification. She focuses on estate and retirement planning with Ruder Ware L.L.S.C., Wausau.

    The Milwaukee Bar Association recognized two lawyers and a program with its 2010 legal achievement awards. Peter W. Bruce, Chicago 1970, with Davis & Kuelthau, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. The city of Milwaukee, the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, Marquette Law School, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice received the Lawyer of the Year Award for their creation of the Milwaukee Foreclosure Mediation Program. Donald J. Christl, Chicago 1966, with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., received the Distinguished Service Award.

    The Hon. Scott R. Needham, U.W. 1978, received the Judge of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates in May. He is on the St. Croix County Circuit Court and is deputy chief judge of the 10th Judicial District.

    Mark Thibodeau, Marquette 1977, has been named Prosecutor of the Year by the Wisconsin District Attorneys Association. He is Adams County district attorney, Friendship.

    Benjamin S. Wagner, U.W. 2003, has been certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. Benjamin S.   Wagner

    The Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office received the Patriot Award from the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in recognition of the SPD’s leadership and personnel policies.

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    Pro Bono, Public Service

    The Pro Se Help Desk for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, received a grant from the American College of Bankruptcy. Andrew N. Herbach, Marquette 1985, with Howard, Solochek & Weber, Milwaukee, is chair of the help desk.

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    In Memoriam

    Gustav W. Christ, Marquette 1958, Plover, Feb. 16, 1927 – April 13, 2010.

    Thomas B. Columbus, U.W. 1950, Elfrida, Ariz., Feb. 23, 1919 – April 30, 2010.

    John W. Cowee, U.W. 1974, Aurora, Colo., Aug. 1, 1918 – May 21, 2010.

    Philip J. Croak, U.W. 1948, Madison, Sept. 4, 1920 – April 6, 2010.

    Lester A. Druck, Minnesota 1940, Madison, June 19, 1917 – Nov. 6, 2009.

    Mark Jay Grossman, Potomac 1979, New Brunswick, N.J., Feb. 13, 1952 – June 12, 2009.

    Robert F. Jansen, U.W. 1946, Berlin, May 21, 1922 – Oct. 13, 2009.

    Roderick J. Lippert, U.W. 1955, McFarland, Feb. 1, 1927 – March 25, 2010.

    Stefan Macko, U.W. 1953, Olympia, Wash., Oct. 19, 1926 – Nov. 21, 2009.

    Frederick P. Otto, U.W. 1950, Sun City West, Ariz., Jan. 1, 1923 – Jan. 9, 2010.

    Harry V. Quardracci, 1961, Hartland, Jan. 10, 1936 – July 30, 2002.

    Samuel J. Recht, U.W. 1960, Milwaukee, Dec. 10, 1936 – April 8, 2010.

    Robert A. Wanasek, U.W. 1954, Burlington, June 17, 1920 – Feb. 5, 2010.

    George T. Weber, U.W. 1950, Hales Corners, July 23, 1928 – Jan. 23, 2010.

    Joseph J. Zilber, Marquette 1941, Milwaukee, Nov. 13, 1917 – March 1, 2010

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