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    Wisconsin Lawyer
    November 01, 2012

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    Wisconsin LawyerWisconsin Lawyer
    Vol. 85, No. 11, November 2012

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Jeffrey E. GrossJeffrey E. Gross, U.W. 2012, has joined Corneille Law Group LLC, Green Bay, focusing on personal injury and medical negligence defense.

    Mary Polson Haefer, Marquette 1989, has been promoted to casualty claims manager at Capitol Insurance Cos., Middleton.

    Christopher R. LiroChristopher R. Liro, Michigan 2000 magna cum laude, has joined Andrus Intellectual Property Law, Milwaukee, focusing on litigation. He was previously with Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago.

    Jennifer M. Luther, U.W. 2010 cum laude, has joined Winner, Wixson & Pernitz LLC, Madison, as an associate focusing on personal injury, insurance disputes, construction defects, and general civil litigation.

    Jon G. Furlow, Minnesota 1986, has rejoined the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP with the litigation practice group. He previously was vice president and associate general counsel at CUNA Mutual. Benjamin E. Evans, U.W. 2007, has joined the firm as an associate in the intellectual property practice group and focuses on patent law.

    Stacy AlexejunRachel GrahamLeah McNeelyNoleta L.   JansenPeter J.   KaiserStacy Alexejun, Marquette 2009 cum laude, Rachel Graham, U.W. 2008 cum laude, and Leah McNeely, Valparaiso 2011 summa cum laude, have joined the Madison office of Quarles & Brady LLP Alexejun and Graham are with the commercial litigation group. McNeely is with the health law group. Noleta L. Jansen, U.W. 2003 cum laude, and Peter J. Kaiser, U.W. 2011 magna cum laude, have joined the firm's Milwaukee office as associates. Jansen is with the trusts and estates practice group and focuses on estate planning and administration. Kaiser is with the corporate services group and focuses on securities.

    Wes AndersonLeah R. HarrandEmily L.   MitchellJoshua D. TaggatzReinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. welcomes associates Wes Anderson, U.W. 2012 cum laude, Leah R. Harrand, U.W. 2012 summa cum laude, Emily L. Mitchell, Marquette 2012 cum laude, and Joshua D. Taggatz, Minnesota 2010 magna cum laude. Anderson is with the health care group, Harrand is with the real estate group, and Mitchell is with the banking and finance group, all in Milwaukee. Taggatz is with the litigation practice group in Madison.

    Four attorneys have joined the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Lacey Cochart, Vermont 2012, focuses on remediation and redevelopment. Chandra Harvey, U.W. 2010, focuses on fisheries, wildlife, and endangered resources. She previously was with the Office of the State Public Defender. Michael Kowalkowski, U.W. 2011, focuses on law enforcement. He previously held other positions with the DNR. Michael Szabo, Marquette 2005, focuses on air law issues. He was previously with Smith Amundson, Milwaukee.

    Brian R. Zimmerman, Marquette 2009, has been named a shareholder at Hurtado S.C. Counselors at Law, Wauwatosa, focusing in complex construction litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and contract negotiation.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Offices

    Bruce M. Davey, U.W. 1968, and Lisa C. Goldman, U.W. 1997, both formerly with Lawton & Cates S.C., have opened Davey & Goldman Law Firm, 7609 Elmwood Ave., Ste. 203, Middleton, focusing on criminal defense, discrimination, employment and ERISA claims, personal injury, and litigation.

    Appointments, Elections

    The Hon. Ramona A. Gonzalez, Marquette 1981, La Crosse County Circuit Court, has been elected to a three-year term on the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges board.

    Mark K. Harder, Iowa 1986, a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Holland, Mich., has been elected chair of the State Bar of Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Section.

    Rebecca Rapp St. John, Chicago 2000, was appointed to the Dane County Circuit Court by Gov. Scott Walker. She previously was a Wisconsin assistant attorney general.

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court appointed the following three judges to the Committee of Chief Judges, effective Aug. 1: Chief Judge Randy R. Koschnick, Hamline 1985, Jefferson County Circuit Court, Third Judicial Administrative District; Chief Judge Neal A. "Chip" Nielsen III, Suffolk 1981, Vilas County Circuit Court, Ninth Judicial Administrative District; and Chief Judge Gregory J. Potter, Gonzaga 1984, Wood County Circuit Court, Sixth Judicial Administrative District. The supreme court reappointed Chief Judge Mary K. Wagner, U.W. 1982, Kenosha County Circuit Court, Second Judicial Administrative District; and Chief Judge Donald R. Zuidmulder, U.W. 1968, Brown County Circuit Court, Eight Judicial Administrative District. The committee elected Chief Judge William D. Dyke, U.W. 1960, Iowa County Circuit Court, as chair.

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court Planning and Policy Advisory Committee welcomes new members the Hon. James J. Bolgert, U.W. 1979, Sheboygan County Circuit Court, and the Hon. David M. Reddy, Thomas M. Cooley 1986, Walworth County Circuit Court.


    Michael J. Gratz, U.W. 1994, founding shareholder of Boyle Fredrickson, Milwaukee, presented "Intellectual Property Basics for Aero Innovators," at the AeroInnovate Venture Forum in Oshkosh.

    Kimberly A. Hurtado, CM-BIM, Marquette 1988, was a speaker at the International Construction Law Conference ACCL/CCCL Programme in London, presenting "Britain's iBIM Initiative: The RIBA BIM Overlay & Recommendations to Promote BIM as an Asset Life Cycle Tool." She is a managing shareholder at Hurtado S.C., Wauwatosa.

    Timothy F. Nixon, U.W. 1990, has coauthored an Inside the Minds™ book, Chapter 15 Bankruptcy Strategies. He is a shareholder with Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Green Bay, and leads the business finance and restructuring practice group.

    Carlton D. Stansbury, Iowa 1990 with distinction, published "Creative Use of ADR Techniques in Family Law Litigation," in the American Journal of Family Law. He is a shareholder with Burbach & Stansbury S.C., Milwaukee.

    Authors of the recently published revision The Guardian ad Litem Handbook (State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® 4th ed., 2012) are the following: Richard J. Auerbach, U.W. 1978, and Marlene A. Porter, U.W. 1982, Auerbach & Porter S.C., Madison; Rachel L.L. Caplan, U.W. 1994, Caplan Law Office S.C., Madison; Roy W. Froemming, U.W. 1976, Froemming Law Office, Madison; Mitchell Hagopian, U.W. 1985, and Kristin Kerschensteiner, Puget Sound 1982, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Madison; Thomas R. Glowacki, U.W. 1975, and Heather A. Wilson, U.W. 2006, Hill, Glowacki, Jaeger & Hughes LLP, Madison; James R. Jansen, U.W. 1982, Habush, Habush & Rottier S.C., Madison; and Gretchen G. Viney, U.W. 1978, Viney & Viney, Baraboo.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Charles P. Fischbach, U.W. 1967, received an award of distinction from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in recognition of his professional activities "as a distinguished arbitrator providing dignity, fairness, and cooperative processes in collective bargaining."

    John H. FisherJohn H. Fisher, U.W. 1985, has obtained the designation of CCEP (Certified Compliance Ethics Professional) from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. Fisher is a health care attorney at Ruder Ware, Wausau.

    James D. FriedmanJames D. Friedman, Notre Dame 1972, received the Charles L. Goldberg Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Law Foundation for his lifetime achievement in the legal profession and his distinguished record of civic service and commitment to bettering the legal profession. He is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP and chairs the financial institutions practice group.

    Godfrey & Kahn has been named a 2012 Gold Standard Firm by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum. Godfrey & Kahn has offices in Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton, Green Bay, and Waukesha.

    Donald E. Locke, Minnesota 1997 cum laude, is the 2012 recipient of the National Intelligence University's Friedman Award, given for the most outstanding thesis on a topic related to the U.S. homeland-security intelligence mission. Locke is a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

    Christine Liu McLaughlin, Marquette 1992, was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women for demonstrating excellence and dedication within her profession. McLaughlin is a shareholder at Godfrey & Kahn, Milwaukee, with the labor, employment, and immigration practice group.

    Timothy A. HawleyMark A. PennowMarie A. StantonMark P. WendorffThe National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals inducted Timothy A. Hawley, Marquette 1988, Stellpflug Law SC, De Pere; Mark A. Pennow, U.W. 1980, Denissen, Kranzush, Mahoney & Ewald SC, Green Bay; Marie A. Stanton, U.W. 1975, Hurley, Burish & Stanton SC, Madison; and Mark P. Wendorff, U.W. 1978, Wendorff Law Firm LLC, Wausau, into the association's Wisconsin chapter.

    Israel Ramon, Marquette 1994, received a civil rights award from Voces de la Frontier Inc. Ramon, a shareholder at Hawks Quindel S.C., Milwaukee, founded the free legal clinic at Voces 10 years ago.


    The Hon. Sarah B. O'Brien, U.W. 1974, has retired from the Dane County Circuit Court after 20 years.

    The Hon. Patrick L. Willis, U.W. 1975, has retired from the Manitowoc County Circuit Court after 15 years.

    Pro Bono, Public Service

    The Hon. Patricia S. Curley, Marquette 1973, Wisconsin Court of Appeals; Roberta A. Heckes, Marquette 1999, Roberta A. Heckes Attorney at Law, Adell; Rebecca L. Persick, Chicago-Kent 1994, Sheboygan County Court Commissioner's Office; Elizabeth G. Rich, Illinois 1984, Elizabeth Gamsky Rich & Associates SC, Plymouth; and the Hon. Angela W. Sutkiewicz, Marquette 1986, Sheboygan County Circuit Court, answered questions about the court system and community- and court-related services at the Sheboygan County Interfaith Farmers Market in June. The State Bar of Wisconsin Bench and Bar Committee worked with the Courts Connecting with Communities outreach program to initiate this event.

    In Memoriam

    Douglas Boley Clark, U.W. 1988, Madison, Dec. 19, 1955 – Sept. 14, 2012.

    Donald L. Heaney, U.W. 1955, Madison, May 14, 1931 – Sept. 6, 2012.

    Michael L. Hermes, U.W. 1992, Green Bay, April 11, 1968 – Aug. 14, 2012.

    Norman Kvalheim, U.W. 1953, Cuba City, June 25, 1926 – Aug. 18, 2012.

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