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    May 01, 2012

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    Vol. 85, No. 5, May 2012

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Gabrielle Baumann Adams, U.W. 2008, has joined the litigation practice group in the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. and practices with the business and commercial litigation team. She previously was a law clerk for a federal district court judge and also was a Milwaukee County assistant district attorney.

    Stephanie Hanold Anacker, Marquette 2005, has joined Hofbauer Law LLC, Delafield, as an associate and focuses on civil litigation.

    Joel B.   BardsleyJoel B. Bardsley, Iowa 2002, has been named a member of Solheim Billing & Grimmer S.C., Madison, and continues to focus on corporate and finance law.

    Patrick Cannon, Gonzaga 2010, has joined MediRevv Inc., Coralville, Iowa, as revenue integrity manager and general counsel.

    Andrea F. Cataldo, Marquette 2007 cum laude, has joined the corporate practice group in the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. and focuses in mergers, acquisitions, and general corporate matters. She previously was with Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.

    Victoria L. Davis, Marquette 2011, has joined Pledl & Cohn S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate and focuses on disability law, including special education, guardianship, and disability services for children and adults.

    Tara R.   DevineTara R. Devine, Marquette 2003, has been promoted to partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., Chicago, and focuses on personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice cases.

    Lee R. Ferderer, U.W. 1995, has been named chief executive officer of the Fiore Companies, Madison, a real estate investment company.

    Bryant E.   FergusonBryant E. Ferguson, Marquette 2010 magna cum laude, has joined the Milwaukee office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. as an associate in the employee benefits practice area.

    Shelly Fox, Michigan 2000, has joined the Wisconsin Court System Office of Court Operations and manages the Effective Justice Strategies Program.

    Jeff Goldman, U.W. 2002 cum laude, has been promoted to partner at DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison, and continues to practice with the trusts and estates and litigation practice groups.

    Allen J. Irgens, New York 2011, has joined Carney, Davies & Thorpe LLC, Janesville, as an associate and focuses on civil litigation and family law.

    Daniel Finerty, Marquette 1998, and Melissa Stone, Marquette 2007, have joined Lindner & Marsack S.C., Milwaukee. Finerty focuses on labor and employment litigation, compliance, and counseling matters. Stone focuses on defense of worker’s compensation claims for insurers and self-insured employers.

    Alexis K. Lundgren, Minnesota 2011, has joined the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as an associate in the litigation practice group.

    Sarah F.   NovakSarah F. Novak, Marquette 2006, has joined Honsa & Associates P.A., Minneapolis, as an associate and practices exclusively in family law.

    James C. (Jake) Remington, U.W. 2012, has joined Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, in the litigation practice group. He previously was a defense attorney in Milwaukee.

    William A. Rinehart II, U.W. 2005 cum laude, has joined Rinehart, Scaffidi & Mathews, Milwaukee, as a partner and focuses on creditor’s rights, commercial and consumer collection, and civil litigation. He previously was with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Offices

    William E.   'Bill' ConnorsWilliam E. “Bill” Connors, U.W. 1989, has opened Global Recruiters, Sun Prairie,, an executive search firm specializing in recruiting and placing health information technology professionals, attorneys, and law firm staff professionals.

    Aaron P. Frederickson, William Mitchell 2002, has formed MSP Compliance Solutions LLC, P.O. Box 491, Circle Pines, Minn., and focuses on Medicare secondary payer and MMSEA/section 111 reporting compliance issues.

    Robert P.   GoldsteinRobert P. Goldstein, New York Univ. 1969, has opened the Law Office and Center for Nonprofit Excellence, 759 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400, Milwaukee, and focuses on providing services to nonprofit organizations. He previously was with the Warshafsky Law Firm.

    Grzeca Law Group S.C., which practices exclusively in immigration law, has opened a third office, located at 314 S. Madison St., Green Bay.

    Kevin   MartinKevin Martin, Marquette 2003, has opened Martin Law Office SC, 7071 S. 13th St., Suite 208, Oak Creek, and focuses on plaintiff’s personal injury, general liability, professional liability, and products liability cases. He previously was with Cannon & Dunphy S.C.

    Mollie A.   NewcombMollie A. Newcomb, Marquette 2001, has opened the Law Office of Mollie Newcomb LLC, Milwaukee, focusing on intellectual property law. She previously was with Boyle Fredrickson SC, Milwaukee.

    Quarles & Brady LLP has opened a new office, in Washington, D.C., focusing on the franchise and distribution industry.

    Appointments, Elections

    Two attorneys are among the newly elected board members of the ACLU of Wisconsin. Jay Kronenwetter, U.W. 2005, operates Kronenwetter Law Firm, Wausau, and practices in areas including criminal defense, political election law, and litigation. Nilesh Patel, U.W. 2002, operates Mahadev Law Group LLC, Madison, and focuses in employment law.

    John   Robert BehlingJohn Robert Behling, U.W. 2000, has been appointed to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents by Gov. Scott Walker. He is a partner with Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci S.C., Eau Claire.

    Gregg   HermanGregg Herman, U.W. 1977, has been named to a three-year term as the Wisconsin representative on the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers board. He practices at Loeb & Herman S.C., Milwaukee, which practices exclusively family law.

    David Minko, William and Mary 2003, has been appointed to the District 9 Committee of the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation. He is a partner at Melli Law S.C., Madison.

    Billie Jean Smith, U.W. 1992, has been appointed to the United Way of Greater Milwaukee board. She is chair of the intellectual property practice group at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

    Gov. Scott Walker has appointed the Hon. Mark A. Mangerson, Valparaiso 1972, to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Mangerson previously was on the Oneida County Circuit Court. Gov. Walker also appointed the following attorneys to circuit court seats: Jennifer R. Dorow, Regent 1996, Waukesha County Circuit Court; James A. Morrison, Minnesota 1973, Marinette County Circuit Court; and John P. Zakowski, U.W. 1983, Brown County Circuit Court.

    Authors, Speakers

    The following attorneys contributed to the 2012 edition of Annual Survey of Wisconsin Law (State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® 2012):

    Administrative Law: Jordan J. Hemaidan, U.W. 1996, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Madison;

    Business and Securities Law: Alexander (Sandie) Pendleton, Minnesota 1987, and William E. Fischer, Marquette 2003, Kohner Mann & Kailas S.C., Milwaukee;

    Civil Procedure: Paul Bargren, U.W. 1994, and Katherine D. Spitz, Notre Dame 2007, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee;

    Constitutional Law: Deborah C. Meiners, U.W. 2008, DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison, and Kevin Scott, U.W. 1999, DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Brookfield;

    Creditor/Debtor Law: Nancy Johnson, U.W. 1994, Brennan Steil S.C., Janesville, Edward A. Corcoran, U.W. 1981, Neider & Boucher S.C., Madison, and Eliza M. Reyes, John Marshall 1997, Krekeler Strother S.C., Madison;

    Criminal Law: Patrick J. Schott, Marquette 1988, Schott, Bublitz & Engel s.c., Brookfield;

    Elder Law: Jennifer A. O’Neill, William Mitchell 1994, O’Neill Elder Law LLC, Hudson;

    Environmental Law: Linda H. Bochert, U.W. 1974, and Leah H. Ziemba, Syracuse 2006, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Madison;

    Ethics and Professional Responsibility: Timothy J. Pierce, U.W. 1992, State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison, and Jane Appleby, Marquette 2004, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee;

    Evidence: Dean P. Laing, Marquette 1983, and Patrick G. McBride, Marquette 1995, O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C., Milwaukee;

    Family Law: Jennifer N. Brown, DePaul 2006, and Patricia M. Heim, Marquette 1974, O’Flaherty Heim Egan & Birmbaum Ltd., La Crosse;

    Health Law: Alyce Katayama, Maryland 1974, and Andrew Monfre, Marquette 2009, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, and Sarah E. Coyne, U.W. 1995, Quarles & Brady LLP, Madison;

    Insurance Law: Erik J. Pless, U.W. 1993, Everson, Whitney, Everson & Brehm S.C., Green Bay;

    Intellectual Property Law: Carl R. Schwartz, Harvard 1978, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee;

    Juvenile Law: Anton S. Jamieson, U.W. 1997, Dane County Circuit Court Commissioner’s Office, Madison;

    Labor and Employment Law: Courtney R. Heeren, Northeastern 2007, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee;

    Municipal Law: Christopher B. Hughes, Indiana-Bloomington 1993, S. Bryan Kleinmaier, U.W. 2000, and Elisabeth H. Shea, U.W. 2008, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison;

    Probate and Estate Planning: Brian R. Mudd, U.W. 1971, Nelson & Schmeling, Green Bay;

    Real Property: Daniel W. Gentges, Syracuse 1988, and Rebecca Mitich, Marquette 2009, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee;

    School Law: JoAnn M. Hart, U.W. 1985, Richard F. Verstegen, U.W. 1997, and Nicole Thibodeau, Marquette 2006, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison;

    Tax Law: Maureen A. McGinnity, U.W. 1982, Carl D. Fortner, U.W. 1986, Zhu (Julie) Lee, Northwestern 1998, and Jason J. Kohout, Harvard 2007, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee;

    Torts: Amanda J. Kaiser, U.W. 1984, Catherine M. Rottier, U.W. 1986, and Andrew Hebl, Michigan State 2008, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison;

    Trade Regulation: Joseph P. Wright, U.W. 1988, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison;

    Unemployment Insurance Law: Marilyn Townsend, Potomac 1974, Marilyn Townsend Law Office, Madison; and

    Worker’s Compensation: J. Patrick Condon, Marquette 1980, Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen S.C., Milwaukee.

    Thomas Domer, U.W. 1983, presented “Teaching Worker’s Compensation in the Law Schools” to the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law at a meeting in San Antonio, Texas. He represents injured workers at Domer Law, Milwaukee.

    Christopher Krimmer, U.W. 1997 cum laude, presented a program on creditors’ rights in divorce cases at the 23rd Annual Symposium of Family Law Counsel of Community Property States in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in March. He is a partner at Balisle & Roberson S.C., Madison.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Retired Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Thomas R. Cooper, Marquette 1973, received the St. Andrew’s Society of Milwaukee Founders Award in January.

    Kristine Havlik, Virginia 1999, has been named a 2012 Women Putting Their Stamp on Metro Milwaukee honoree for her volunteer work, including helping to start Wisconsin’s Wills for Heroes program. She is senior counsel at Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee.

    Robert Procter, Boston Univ. 1999, was named Associate of the Year by the Wisconsin Builders Association for contributions including authoring of the WBA Home Construction and Remodeling Contracts and spending hundreds of hours answering member inquiries on the WBA legal hotline. He is with Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison.

    Pro Bono, Public Service

    Michael Hupy, Marquette 1972, has made a substantial pledge to the Milwaukee Justice Center, which provides legal services to low-income individuals and families. He is with Hupy and Abraham S.C., Milwaukee.

    Collectively known as “Monty Python’s Flying Circuits,” circuit court judges Jeffery L. Anderson, Oklahoma City Univ. 1998, Polk County, James D. Babbit, U.W. 1980, Barron County, Craig R. Day, U.W. 1991, Grant County, and Jennifer L. Weston, Washington Univ. 1989, Jefferson County, participated in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics in Eau Claire in February.


    The Hon. Sue E. Bischel, Minnesota 1978, retired from the Brown County Circuit Court in February.

    The Hon. Thomas R. Cooper, Marquette 1973, retired from the Milwaukee County Circuit Court in February.

    The Hon. Margaret J. Vergeront, U.W. 1975, will retire from the District IV Court of Appeals in July.

    In Memoriam

    Albert R. Franz, Marquette 1949, Milwaukee, Feb. 20, 1921 – Aug. 25, 2011.

    John F. Lampert, Marquette 1952, Fort Atkinson, Sept. 11, 1927 – March 18, 2012.

    Daniel L. Monson, U.W. 1950, Springfield, Va., April 12, 1920 – Feb. 19, 2012.

    Ann Reilly, Marquette 1986, Vail, Colo., May 26, 1950 – Oct. 7, 2011.

    Wayne J. Roper, Harvard 1949, Milwaukee, May 17, 1924 – March 4, 2012.

    Randall V. TeWinkle, Loyola-Chicago 1984, East Moline, Ill., June 14, 1954 – Feb. 8, 2012.

    W. Scott Van Alstyne Jr., U.W. 1953, Gainesville, Fla., Sept. 21, 1922 – Dec. 10, 2011.

    Russell E. Weinkauf, U.W. 1951, Wausau, July 8, 1922 – Feb. 24, 2012.  

    Authors to receive Wisconsin Lawyer award for health-care reform article

    Michael E.   SkindrudTodd M.   ClearyMichael E. Skindrud, U.W. 1975, and Todd M. Cleary, Cornell 1999, are the 2011 recipients of the Hon. Charles Dunn Author Award, presented annually by the State Bar Communications Committee.

    Skindrud and Cleary are being honored for their article "Health-Care Reform: What You Should Know" (Dec. 2011). In selecting the article, the Dunn award subcommittee said, "This is a well-written article, comprehensive in its treatment of the landmark 2010 Healthcare Reform Law. The authors provide lawyers with the information needed to understand the effects of the law as they advise clients."

    Skindrud is a shareholder in Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Madison, where he chairs the firm's health-care practice group and represents hospital systems, physicians, and health-care insurers statewide. Cleary is a shareholder in Godfrey & Kahn S.C. and a member of its employee benefits practice group. He works out of the firm's Madison, Milwaukee, and Waukesha offices.

    The Dunn award, named after Wisconsin's first chief justice, recognizes writing excellence in Wisconsin Lawyer articles. The award will be presented at the Member Recognition and Networking Celebration, on June 14, 5:30 – 8 p.m., in conjunction with the State Bar Annual Meeting and PINNACLE® Institutes (June 11-15) at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

    Wendy   Alison NoraAttorney Wendy Alison Nora received a certificate of commendation for "Beyond Robo-Signing: Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Basics" (April 2011), which explains robo-signing – unreliable mortgage-processing methods creating fraudulent foreclosure documents – and offers important advice to lawyers practicing this type of law. She owns Access Legal Services in Madison and Minneapolis and has practiced foreclosure defense and financial reorganization since 1985.

    Ronald   SklanskyAttorney Ronald Sklansky received a certificate of commendation for "Changing the Rules on Rulemaking" (Aug. 2011), providing a clear and comprehensive explanation of the significant changes that have been made to an important process, the procedure for the promulgation of administrative rules. He recently retired as a senior staff attorney for the Wisconsin Legislative Council, Madison.

    Russell   WareAttorney Russell M. Ware received a certificate of commendation for the well-written "Negotiating in the ‘Red Zone'" (Feb. 2011). The article provides an engaging mixture of practical and theoretical information useful to lawyers. Ware is a shareholder in SmithAmundsen LLC, Milwaukee. He is a trial lawyer and devotes a substantial portion of his practice to the defense of lawyers' professional liability claims.

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