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    Wisconsin Lawyer
    March 01, 2012

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    Wisconsin LawyerWisconsin Lawyer
    Vol. 85, No. 3, March 2012

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Christopher W. Brownell, Virginia 1991, has joined Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, as assistant general counsel on the insurance products and operations practice team. Brownell previously was with StoneRiver Inc., Brookfield, and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton.

    Robert W. Dean, Catholic Univ. 1997, has been named a partner at Hennessy & Roach P.C., Green Bay, and focuses on workers’ compensation defense and general liability matters.

    Kristin A.   DegeneffeKristin A. Degeneffe, U.W. 2011, has joined Aplin & Ringsmuth LLC, Deerfield, focusing on workers’ compensation and employment law.

    Anisa M. Dunn, Michigan State 2007, has become family court commissioner and director of family court services for Racine County. Dunn was previously the legal director for child support enforcement.

    Peter M. Garson, Marquette 1988, has joined DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison, in the business and trust and estate planning practice groups and focuses on business start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, and reorganizations, and business succession planning.

    Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Milwaukee, elected Christopher M. Cahlamer, Marquette 2003 summa cum laude, and Jennifer Peterson Wolff, Marquette 2001, shareholders. Cahlamer is with the securities practice group. Wolff is with the corporate practice group.

    Maria   Kysely SchneiderGutglass, Erickson, Bonville & Larson S.C., Milwaukee, announces Maria Kysely Schneider, Marquette 1999, has become a shareholder. The firm also welcomes new associate Joan M. Huffman, Harvard 2004, focusing on medical licensing and medical malpractice litigation.

    Hansen Riederer Dickinson Crueger & Reynolds LLC, Milwaukee, announces Thomas S. Reynolds II, Chicago-Kent 1997, has become a partner. The firm also welcomes Bryan Cecil, Iowa 2011, as an associate.

    Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen has named two new partners in its Rockford, Ill., office. Jana Brady, Northern Illinois 2003, and Michael Denning, Northern Illinois 2002, both focus on civil litigation defense.

    Amy   LindnerAmy Lindner, Notre Dame 2003, has joined The Schroeder Group S.C., Waukesha, and practices in complex civil litigation matters.

    Rhyan J.   LindleyDavid   MinkoRhyan J. Lindley, Marquette 2004, has been named a partner at Melli Law S.C., Madison. He practices in construction law, business transactions, insurance law, and litigation. David Minko, William and Mary 2003, has joined the firm as a partner. He practices in the areas of employment law, health law, and general business and construction litigation.

    Anthony J. Menting, Marquette 1993, has been named a senior partner at Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison, and practices in family and divorce law.

    Terry Ann Morgan, U.W. 1988, has been appointed regional director of the National Labor Relations Board in Detroit. She previously was deputy assistant general counsel in Washington, D.C.

    Jennifer Racine, U.W. 2003, has joined PayPal Inc., La Vista, Neb., as commercial counsel.

    Lisa   Nester KassRebecca   Frihart KennedyJoseph W.   VoilandNathan J.   WautierMartin P.   TierneyFour attorneys have been promoted to shareholder at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., Milwaukee. Lisa Nester Kass, Marquette 2003 cum laude, is with the litigation and intellectual property practices. Rebecca Frihart Kennedy, Ohio State 2003, is with the litigation practice and product liability and safety service group. Joseph W. Voiland, Marquette 2002 with honors, is with the litigation, employee benefits, and government relations practice groups. Nathan J. Wautier, U.W. 2003 cum laude, is with the real estate practice and institutional services group. Martin P. Tierney, U.W. 1998 cum laude, has joined the firm as a shareholder in the employee benefits practice area.

    Jon Richards, U.W. 1994, has joined Walny Legal Group, Fox Point, in business and estate planning. Previously a sole practitioner, Richards is the Wisconsin State Legislature representative for the 19th assembly district.

    Gesina   (Ena) SeilerGesina (Ena) Seiler, Marquette 2005 cum laude, has been named a partner with Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison, and practices in insurance defense, litigation, criminal law, and defense.

    Jacob A. Sonneborn, U.W. 2000, has been named a partner at Ashburn & Mason P.C., Anchorage, Alaska, and continues to focus in civil litigation, family law, collaborative divorce, and mediation.

    John Stadler, U.W. 1988, is now a quality improvement coordinator at Independent Health Care Plan, Milwaukee. He previously was at the V.A. Medical Center, Manchester, N.H.

    Sandy   SwartzbergSandy Swartzberg, U.W. 1977, has joined Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP, Milwaukee, and practices in mergers and acquisitions, agreements, and business structures.

    Leah R. Thomas, Marquette 2011, has joined Mastantuono Law Office S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate and focuses in criminal defense.

    Five attorneys have joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin. New assistant U.S. attorneys in the criminal division are Kevin F. Burke, Southern Illinois 1997, previously an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois; and Munish Sharda, U.W. 2000, previously an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona; and in the civil division, Barbara L. Oswald, U.W. 1993, previously a Wisconsin assistant attorney general. New special assistant U.S. attorneys in civil and criminal matters are Leah Fillback Henzendorf, Hamline 1998, and Peter S. Rank, U.W. 2010.

    Thomas J.   BurmeisterNicholas   D. CastronovoRyan d.   GehrkeEileen M.   KelleyFour attorneys have joined von Briesen & Roper S.C. as associates. Thomas J. Burmeister, Marquette 2011 cum laude, is with the banking, bankruptcy, business restructuring and real estate practice group, and Nicholas D. Castronovo, U.W. 2011 cum laude, and Ryan D. Gehrke, Marquette 2011, are with the litigation and risk management practice group, all in the Milwaukee office. Eileen M. Kelley, U.W. 2011 cum laude, is with the banking, business restructuring, and real estate practice group in the Madison office.

    Jeffrey K.   Van NestJeffrey K. Van Nest, U.W. 1994 cum laude, Georgetown LLM 1999, has been appointed FBI chief, Genocide War Crimes Program, in Washington, D.C.

    Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee, welcomes tax law attorneys Robert E. Dallman, Kansas 1973, and David C. Swanson, Michigan 1994.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Offices

    Arnstein & Lehr LLP, Chicago, has opened a Milwaukee office at 309 N. Water St., Suite 210. Partner Charles W. Pautsch, Illinois 1977 magna cum laude, and associates Lisa Baiocchi, Marquette 2006, and Jesse Dill, Marquette 2010, all focus on labor and employment law and previously were with Jackson Lewis LLP.

    Nora E.   GierkeDavid E.   FrankNora E. Gierke, Duke 1998, and David E. Frank, Drake 2000, have formed Gierke Frank LLC, 7604 Harwood Ave., Suite 203, Wauwatosa, focusing on commercial litigation, including products liability, construction law, and franchise disputes. They previously were with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., Milwaukee.

    Latrice M. Milton, U.W. 2006, has opened Milton Family Law, 200 S. Executive Dr., Suite 101, Brookfield, representing women in all phases of divorce and helping them transition to new lives after the legal proceedings.

    Jackson Lewis LLP has opened an office in Milwaukee focusing on labor and employment law. Joining the firm from Simandl & Prentice S.C. are managing partner Robert J. Simandl, Marquette 1987; partners Ann Barry Hanneman, Marquette 1989, and Brian Price, Marquette 1990; and associates Connie Korth, Marquette 2002, Stefanie Carton, Marquette 2009, and Andrew Frost, Marquette 2010. Jackson Lewis attorney Brian Neudling, Marquette 2003, also has relocated to the new office, at 20975 Swenson Dr., Suite 250.

    Appointments, Elections

    The New Jersey Senate confirmed Barry D. Liss, Rutgers 1994, to the state’s Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund Commission. He is a director at Gibbons P.C., Newark, N.J., focusing on corporate and regulatory health care law.

    Michael Best & Friedrich LLP partner John Flanagan, Marquette 1984, has been named president of the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund Inc. Flanagan practices commercial litigation.

    Michele L. Perreault, U.W. 2003, has been appointed to the District 9 Committee of the Office of Lawyer Regulation. She is a partner at DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison, and chairs the firm’s family law practice group.

    Sverre David Roang, U.W. 1994, has been awarded the Family Firm Institute’s Certificate in Family Wealth Advising. He is a shareholder at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison, and cochairs the corporate practice group.

    Authors, Speakers

    The Hon. Janine Geske, Marquette 1975, was a visiting professor of law in restorative justice at the Institute of Criminology at Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and provided training in Dublin, Ireland, on using restorative justice processes to address the harm from the Catholic Church clergy sex abuse scandal. She is a professor of law and director of the Restorative Justice Initiative at Marquette University Law School.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    William Hinkfuss, Georgetown 1958, LLM 1959, is the 2011 recipient of the Brown County Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award. He is with Hinkfuss, Sickel, Petitjean & Wieting, Green Bay.


    The Hon. John Dennis McKay, U.W. 1968, has retired from the Brown County Circuit Court.

    In Memoriam

    Daniel H. Eberhardt, Marquette 1968, Elkhorn, Feb. 19, 1938 – Jan. 7, 2012.

    Seymour Gimbel, U.W. 1955, River Hills, Nov. 25, 1927 – Dec. 15, 2011.

    John C. Gower, Marquette 1966, Oconto, Jan. 10, 1941 – Dec. 10, 2011.

    Gregory P. Gregory, Marquette 1948, Cudahy, May 25, 1921 – Jan. 18, 2012.

    Ken Hur, U.W. 1951, Key Largo, Fla., March 2 1924 – Dec. 30, 2011.

    Donald F. Kiesling, U.W. 1977, Germantown, March 14, 1944 – Jan. 13, 2012.

    Joseph Michael Kortenhof, Michigan 1953, St. Louis, Aug. 18. 1927 – Nov. 29, 2011.

    Hon. John E. McCormick, Marquette 1951, Bay View, May 20, 1924 – Nov. 26, 2010.

    Hon. Patrick T. Sheedy, Marquette 1948, Glendale, Oct. 31, 1921 – Jan. 13, 2012.

    Sandra E. Stein, U.W. 1981, Milwaukee, Sept. 3, 1950 – Jan. 9, 2012. 

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