New Hires, Promotions, Partners
Ryan W. Drengler, Marquette 2012, has joined the Stevens Point office of the State Public Defender as an assistant state public defender.
Patricia L. Jenness, Case Western Reserve 2010, has joined the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as an associate in the litigation practice group. She previously was a law clerk for the Hon. William E. Callahan Jr.
Gregory F. Monday, U.W. 1993 with honors, has joined the Madison office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. as a shareholder with the business law and trusts and estates practices, focusing on family business law. He previously was with Foley & Lardner LLP.
Three attorneys have been elected to partnership in Quarles & Brady LLP’s Wisconsin offices. Kerry L. Moskol, U.W. 2004 magna cum laude, is a member of the health law group in the Madison office. Andrew P. Beilfuss, Marquette 2005 cum laude, is with the litigation and corporate services practice groups and Thomas J. Krumenacher, Marquette 2004 cum laude, is with the intellectual property group, both in the Milwaukee office.
Four attorneys have joined the Milwaukee office as associates. Lindsey W. Davis, William and Mary 2012, is with the labor and employment group. James Goldschmidt, Harvard 2012, and Leila Sahar, Georgetown 2012, are with the commercial litigation group. Matthew S. Vanderpool, Southern Methodist 2009 cum laude, is with the health law group.
Three attorneys have joined Rizzo & Diersen S.C., Kenosha. The Hon. Robert J. Kennedy, Illinois 1969, focuses on criminal law and civil litigation. He previously was a Walworth County Circuit Court judge. Elizabeth M. Pfeuffer, Virginia 1998, focuses on family law. She previously was a legal studies professor and a deputy district attorney. Mick Sellergren, Marquette 2011, focuses on criminal and employment law.
William F. Springer, John Marshall 2011, has joined Brennan Steil S.C., Janesville, and focuses on business transactions, real estate, and banking.
Emily E. (Pelant) Thoms, Hamline 2009, has joined Bass & Moglowsky S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate focusing on foreclosure and litigation matters.
Susan B. Walker, St. Louis Univ. 2001, has joined the State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison, as assistant ethics counsel, providing information and guidance concerning professional conduct issues through the State Bar’s ethics program.
Emily Long, U.W. 1998, and William Milne, U.W. 2001, have been elected shareholders at Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci S.C., Eau Claire. Long works on family law, criminal defense, and frac sand, mining, and minerals issues. Milne focuses on trust and estate matters.
Mergers, Relocations, New Offices
Michelle A. Angell, Thomas Jefferson 2004 cum laude, has opened Angell Legal LLC, 430 Ahnaip St., Menasha, focusing on consumer bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, family law, and estate planning.
Michelle Bergholz Frazier, Minnesota 1998, has opened a health law practice, Frazier Law, 4201 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, focusing on regulatory compliance, medical-staff, fraud and abuse, and medical-information matters. She also is an adjunct professor at Marquette Law School and previously was with von Briesen & Roper s.c.
Nelson Irvings & Waeffler SC, Wauwatosa, has changed its name to Nelson Irvings & Wessels SC. The firm continues to concentrate on estate planning, elder law, and special needs planning.
Roland L. Pieper, Marquette 1973, has relocated his law and court commissioner practice to W175 N11081 Stonewood Dr., Suite 213, Germantown.
David M. Roth, Brooklyn 2001, has formed D.M.R. Law Offices, 2825 N. Mayfair Rd., Suite 103, Wauwatosa, focusing on personal injury, civil litigation, and real estate matters.
Jeffrey Spitzer-Resnick, Boston College 1985, has started Systems Change Consulting, which provides consulting and training to individuals and agencies engaged in systemic change advocacy in legislative and administrative agency lobbying, litigation, media relations, grassroots organizing, training, and publications.
Waldman Law LLC, an international employment law boutique, has relocated its New York office to 74 Trinity Place, Suite 1204, and has affiliated with London-based Spencer Lufia LLP, 48 Leicester Sq., Fifth Floor, London, England. Daniel E. Waldman, U.W. 2002, is the firm’s chief counsel.
Thomas J. Basting Sr., U.W. 1962, has been elected chair of the board of the Overture Center Foundation Inc., Madison. He is with Midwest Mediation LLC, Madison.
Michael Carton, Ava Maria 2008, and Michael J. Gratz, U.W. 1994, both with Boyle Fredrickson S.C., Milwaukee, have been appointed cochairs of the Milwaukee Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section. Carton focuses on patent prosecution matters. Gratz practices patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law.
Frank J. Daily, Marquette 1968, has been appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to a three-year term on the Wisconsin Judicial Commission. He is retired from the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP.
Leonard “Lenny” Fineday, Marquette 2011, has been elected president of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association. He is an associate with the Native American and business law practice groups at Best & Flanagan LLP, Minneapolis.
The following attorneys are 2012-14 officers with the Leander J. Foley Jr. Matrimonial American Inn of Court, which recently achieved platinum level in the Achieving Excellence Program: president – Rebecca Millenbach, Marquette 2001, Nelson & Davis LLC, Wauwatosa; vice president – Kent Tess-Mattner, Marquette 1980, Schmidt, Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox S.C., Brookfield; secretary – Debra N. Fohr, Marquette 2002, Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee; treasurer – Graham P. Wiemer, Notre Dame 2006, MacGillis Wiemer LLC; members at large – Richard H. Hart Jr., Marquette 1977, Hart Law Office, Linnea J. Matthiesen, Marquette 2003, Vel Phillips Juvenile Justice Center, and Amy L. Shapiro, Boston Univ. 1981, Hawks Quindel S.C.; and immediate past president – David B. Karp, Marquette 1982, Karp Law Offices S.C., all in Milwaukee.
Scott R. Letteney, Marquette 1988, has been elected president of the Wisconsin Municipal Judges Association. He is municipal judge for the town of Geneva and a Racine deputy city attorney.
Chris E. Rogers, U.W. 1995, has been appointed to the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors for District 9 and has been elected to the Wisconsin Association for Justice board. He is with the Madison office of Habush Habush & Rottier.
Gretchen Viney, U.W. 1978 with honors, has been appointed director of the Lawyering Skills Program at the U.W. Law School.
Two shareholders in the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. have been named to firm leadership positions. Gary R. Plotecher, U.W. 1974, is chair of the intellectual property practice group. Andrew J. Schlidt, Marquette 1995, is cochair of the corporate practice group; he also leads the technology team.
Awards, Degrees, Honors
Donald Leo Bach, U.W. 1974, has been chosen as a fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation. He also has authored The Rapanos Rap: Grapping with Plurality Decisions, published in Bloomberg BNA U.S. Law Week Case Alert & Legal News. He is a partner in the Madison office of DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. and a member of the environmental law, government relations, and litigation practice groups.
Mark A. Cameli, Marquette 1985, was named Citizen of the Year by the Justinian Society of Wisconsin, an affiliate of the National Italian American Bar Association. He is a shareholder with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., Milwaukee, in the litigation practice, chair of the white collar litigation and corporate compliance team, a member of the board, and head of the diversity committee.
Daniel Crean, U.W. 1970, received the 2012-13 William Thornton IMLA Faculty Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association at its annual meeting in Texas and was designated as an IMLA Fellow. He is with Crean Law Office, Pembroke, N.H.
Thomas M. Domer, U.W. 1983, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group at its annual conference in Las Vegas. He is with Domer Law S.C., Milwaukee, and concentrates in worker’s compensation law.
Kathleen A. Gray, Marquette 1982 magna cum laude, has been chosen as a fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation. She is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP and focuses on estate planning for executives, professionals, and business owners and probate and trust administration.
Beth Ermatinger Hanan, U.W. 1996, has been inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. She is a member of Gass Weber Mullins LLC, Milwaukee.
Gregory Mager, Marquette 1997, has been chosen as a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a shareholder with O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C., Milwaukee.
Hannah C. Dugan, U.W. 1987, and Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren are winners of the Milwaukee Bar Association’s 2012 Pro Bono Publico awards for an individual and an organization. Dugan, with Law Offices of Hannah C. Dugan LLC, Milwaukee, focuses her volunteer service on leading public policy discussions, launching projects with specific problem-solving goals, and reinvigorating institutions. Reinhart attorneys volunteer for such organizations as Legal Action of Wisconsin, the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic, the Milwaukee Justice Center, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, area federal courts, and the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp.
Quarles & Brady LLP was a recipient of the 2012 Community Service Award from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office for its support of the “Shop with a Cop” program, which fosters positive relationships between young people and the sheriff’s office.
Yaw Akuoko, U.W. 2000, Tallahassee, Fla., Aug. 17, 1964 – Feb. 11, 2012.
Hon. Ronald G. Bernoski, U.W. 1965, Sussex, March 21, 1940 – April 29, 2012.
James J. Bonifas, Marquette 1948, Brookfield, July 10, 1923 – August 2011.
John C. Chandler, De Paul 1975, Matteson, Ill., Nov. 30, 1948 – July 2, 2012.
Thomas M. Conlin, William Mitchell 1958, St. Paul, Minn., July 23, 1930 – Sept. 23, 2012.
Thomas C. Dallmann, Marquette 1974, Brookfield, Oct. 19, 1946 – July 31, 2012.
Jerome M. Elliott, U.W. 1959, Beloit, March 17, 1931 – Aug. 31, 2012.
Michael J. Jones, Iowa 1955, Oconomowoc, Oct. 19, 1928 – Oct. 1, 2011.
Richard Curtis Messnick, St. Louis 1986, Milwaukee, Jan. 11, 1954 – Dec. 6, 2011.
Morton D. Newald, U.W. 1951, Mequon, Sept. 26, 1926 – Jan. 15, 2012.
John D. O’Connell, U.W. 1943, Appleton, Dec. 22, 1917 – Dec. 31, 2011.
Donald E. Tewes, U.W. 1940, Waukesha, Aug. 4, 1916 – Aug. 29, 2012.
Ted M. Warshafsky, U.W. 1952, Milwaukee, Dec. 6, 1926 – Oct. 14, 2012.
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