New Hires, Promotions, Partners
Jennifer Augustin, William Mitchell 2010 cum laude, has joined Aplin & Ringsmuth LLC, Deerfield, focusing on defense of Wisconsin and Minnesota worker’s compensation claims.
Regina Butler, U.W. 2010, has joined the Eau Claire office of Ruder Ware LLSC, focusing on wills, trusts, and estate planning.
Patrick F. Carroll, Marquette 2013, and Matthew M. Fernholz, Marquette 2010, have joined Cramer, Multhauf & Hammes LLP, Waukesha. Carroll is with the business practice team. Fernholz, formerly a clerk for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, is with the litigation team.
Kevin B. Cronin, Alabama 2012, has joined the staff of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, D.C.
David L. De Bruin, Michigan 1981, has joined Schopf & Weiss LLP, Chicago, as special counsel focusing on patent litigation and patent challenges in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Michael J. Gentry, Marquette 2013, has joined Heins & Minko LLC, Mequon, as an associate, focusing on employee-side employment law.
Joshua Gimbel, U.W. 1987, has joined Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown LLP, Milwaukee. Formerly a partner with Michael, Best & Friedrich, Gimbel focuses on commercial and corporate litigation, land use and zoning, and real estate and municipal law.
Four attorneys have joined Gruber Law Offices LLC, Milwaukee. Timothy S. Knurr, Marquette 1985, who is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, focuses on litigation and trial work. Steven Gruber, Marquette 2013 magna cum laude, Nicholas Hermann, Marquette 2013 magna cum laude, and Nicholas E. Petty, Marquette 2003, focus on personal injury litigation.
Mark T. Johnson, U.W. 2008 cum laude, has joined Christenson and Allex LLC, Fitchburg, as a senior associate, practicing in elder and special needs law, estate planning, and estate and trust administration.
Michael G. Koutnik, Marquette 2013 cum laude, has joined Fox, O’Neill & Shannon S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate, and focuses on general corporate, intellectual property, real estate, and transactional law.
Amy J. Krier, U.W. 2003 cum laude, has been promoted to shareholder at Davis & Kuelthau s.c., Milwaukee, and continues to focus on estate planning, trust and estate administration, probate, and business succession planning.
Christopher Kukowski, Marquette 2007, has been promoted to nonequity shareholder at Boyle Fredrickson, Milwaukee, and continues to focus on the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications and on intellectual property opinions and enforcement.
William (Will) McKinley, Marquette 2011, has joined Menn Law, Appleton, with the business litigation and insurance litigation teams.
Margaret E. Murphy, Marquette 2013, has joined Karp Law Offices S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate and focuses on family law.
Mario Mendoza, U.W. 1996, and William E. Morgan, U.W. 1992, have been named shareholders at Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison. Mendoza focuses on business and real estate matters, family law, and litigation. Morgan represents public and private employers in employment and personnel-related matters and also is a lobbyist.
Aneet Kaur, Marquette 2013, and Molly Petitjean, Michigan State 2013 magna cum laude, have joined the Madison office of Peterson, Johnson & Murray S.C. as associates.
Brandon Krajewski, San Diego 2012, and Rachel Taylor, Marquette 2013 summa cum laude, have joined the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP as associates. Krajewski is with the commercial litigation practice group. Taylor is with the corporate services practice group.
Steven W. Martin, U.W. 1973, has joined the Milwaukee office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. as a shareholder in the litigation, business law, and real estate practice areas. He previously was with CMT Legal Group Ltd. Joseph D. Shumow, Washington Univ. 2007, has joined the firm’s Madison office in the real estate practice. He previously was with the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority.
Jeffrey Ruidl, Marquette 2006, has been promoted to director at Northwestern Mutual Real Estate Investments, Milwaukee, overseeing the underwriting of new mortgage loan and equity investments.
Joseph M. Russell, Northwestern 2003, has joined von Briesen & Roper s.c., Milwaukee, as a shareholder in the litigation and risk management practice group. He formerly was with Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago.
Jared Walker Smith, U.W. 2012, has joined LaRowe Gerlach Taggat LLP, Sauk City, as an associate. He has a general practice, including estate planning, probate, business law, real estate, and environmental law.
Samantha J. Wood, U.W. 2013 cum laude, has joined Lindner & Marsack S.C., Milwaukee, focusing on labor and employment issues.
Three attorneys have joined the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Joseph D. Birdsall, Marquette 2013, is with the worker’s compensation team and human resources law practice group. Kurt M. Simatic, Marquette 2012 cum laude, is with the business and commercial litigation team and the litigation practice group. Benjamin E. Swoboda, Michigan 2006 cum laude, is with the commercial finance team and the corporate and finance practice group.
Mergers, Relocations, New Offices
Thomas B. Burton, U.W. 2010, has formed the Law Office of Thomas B. Burton, www.theburton lawoffice.com, a virtual law office serving clients in Wisconsin and Minnesota and focusing on estate planning and business law.
Murphy Desmond S.C. has opened an office at 4650 W. Spencer St., Suite 37, Appleton. Warren Kraft, Marquette 1982, manages the office and focuses on real estate and development and municipal law. Also with the office are Glorily Lopez, U.W. 2000, practicing immigration law, and Jane (Ginger) Zimmerman, U.W. 1985, practicing business bankruptcy and reorganization.
Michael Allen, Chicago 1984, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Wisconsin Bioenergy Council. He is owner of Energy Law Wisconsin, Sun Prairie.
Michael Carton, Ava Maria 2008, and Michael J. Gratz, U.W. 1994, have been appointed cochairs of the Milwaukee Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section. They both are with Boyle Fredrickson, Milwaukee. Carton, an associate, focuses on patent prosecution. Gratz, a founding shareholder of the firm, practices patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law.
Robert Heinrich, Minnesota 1998 cum laude, has been elected vice president of the Wisconsin Association for Financial Professionals. He is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of the finance and financial institutions practice and the sports industry team.
John Schulze, Marquette 2004, has been selected to serve as notes and comments editor for the Energy Law Journal. He is chief legal counsel for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Madison.
Sean Scullen, U.W. 1999 cum laude, has been appointed national chair of the Quarles & Brady LLP labor and employment practice group. He provides counsel and litigation representation for private and public sector employers in the firm’s Milwaukee office.
Todd G. Smith, U.W. 1996 cum laude, has been appointed the Wisconsin state legal defense organization representative for the Defense Research Institute. He is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. and represents Wisconsin insurers focusing on complex coverage matters, including intellectual property, construction defect, and environmental contamination claims.
Joseph Pickart, Iowa 1990, has been elected and Jerard Jensen, U.W. 1978 cum laude, has been reelected to the Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. board. Pickart, a shareholder in the Milwaukee office, leads the state and local taxation team. Jensen, managing shareholder of the Madison office, practices finance, health, and corporate law. New firm officers are Cynthia L. Buchko, U.W. 2000, vice president of legal services, and Lynda R. Templen, U.W. 1991 with honors, vice president of client services. Buchko is a shareholder in the Madison office and concentrates in commercial litigation, real estate litigation, and energy and mining law. Templen is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office and focuses on bond and tax issues.
Thomas A. Bailey, Marquette 1967, and Laura Lau, Marquette 1988, authored the recently revised Family Law Casenotes and Quotes (State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® 3rd ed. 2013). Bailey is retired from law practice. Lau is a Waukesha County court commissioner.
Adam Chase Korbitz, U.W. 1993, authored “The Precautionary Principle and the Active SETI Debate” and “Altruism, Metalaw and Celegistics: A Perspective on Universal Law Making,” two chapters in Extraterrestrial Altruism: Evolution and Ethics in the Cosmos (Springer 2013). He is owner of CeleJure™ Consulting, Monona.
Authors of the recently revised Wisconsin Trial Practice (State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® 3rd ed. 2013) are the following: Eric L. Andrews, Marquette 2011, and Patrick W. Brennan, Marquette 1981, Crivello Carlson, S.C., Milwaukee; Hon. Michael O. Bohren, Marquette 1975, Waukesha County Circuit Court; R. George Burnett, U.W. 1981, and Gregory B. Conway, Marquette 1970, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry S.C., Green Bay; Craig A. Christensen, Marquette 1985, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., Appleton; and James M. Fredericks, Marquette 1987, Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen S.C., Milwaukee. Michael J. Hogan, Saint Louis Univ. 1978, Marquette University Law School; Robert L. Jaskulski, Marquette 1988, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., Milwaukee; Olivia M. Kelley, Marquette 2009, and Howard B. Schoenfeld, U.W. 1971, DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Brookfield; Kevin J. Lyons, U.W. 1970, Davis & Kuelthau s.c., Milwaukee; Robert L. McCracken, U.W. 1974, Justin F. Wallace, U.W. 2008, and William R. Wick, Marquette 1974, Nash, Spindler, Grimstad & McCracken LLP, Manitowoc. Anna M. Pepelnjak, Marquette 1978, Weiss, Berzowski, Brady LLP, Milwaukee; Thomas P. Schwaba, Loyola Univ. Chicago 1972, Schwaba & Sparks LLP, Marinette; Keith R. Stachowiak, Marquette 1983, Murphy & Prachthauser SC, Milwaukee; Francis X. Sullivan, U.W. 2000, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Madison; and Susan R. Tyndall, Marquette 1985, Habush, Habush & Rottier S.C., Waukesha. The book’s judicial commentators are the Hon. Jane Carroll, U.W. 1987, Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Milwaukee; the Hon. Guy Dutcher, U.W. 1990, Waushara County Circuit Court, Wautoma; the Hon. Elliott Levine, U.W. 1990, La Crosse County Circuit Court, La Crosse; the Hon. Emily S. Mueller, U.W. 1978, Racine County Circuit Court, Racine; and the Hon. Frank Remington, U.W. 1984, Dane County Circuit Court, Madison.
Awards, Degrees, Honors
James T. Barry III, Chicago 1989, received the 2013 Realtor of the Year award from the Commercial Association of Realtors-Wisconsin in October. He is president of Milwaukee-based Cassidy Turley Barry.
Boardman & Clark LLP, based in Madison, has been awarded recertification in Meritas, a global alliance of business law firms.
John Emory Jr., U.W. 1997, accepted the U.S. Leading Adviser of the Year award on behalf of Emory & Co., Milwaukee, as part of the 2013 M&A Awards presented by London-based Acquisition International.
Virginia G. Essandoh, John Marshall 1999, was a recipient of the National Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Women of Pennsylvania award in October. She is chief diversity officer at the Philadelphia office of Ballard Spahr LLP.
Wayne Landsverk, U.W. 1972, has been elected to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is with Miller Nash LLP, Portland, Ore.
Seven Quarles & Brady LLP attorneys were inducted to the Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation in October. Honorees from the Madison office are Sarah Edelman Coyne, U.W. 1995, and Greg Everts, Michigan 1990. Honorees from the Milwaukee office are Frank Daily, Marquette 1968, Julianna Ebert, Marquette 1981, Harry Holz, Marquette 1958, Ann Murphy, U.W. 1979, and Tom Phillips, Utah 1973.
The Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP has received a Philanthropist of the Year award from Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity.
John “Duke” Welter, U.W. 1980, Eau Claire, received the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ West Central Region National Resources Award for his long-standing conservation work. A former member of the Wisconsin Natural Resources board, he works for Trout Unlimited, building regional watershed restoration efforts in the unglaciated or “driftless” areas of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. Welter has been recognized nationally for his work on wetland and groundwater protection, public land and water access, and restoration. He fishes, but not nearly enough.
Pro Bono, Public Service
Quarles & Brady LLP recently began several public service initiatives. Frank Daily, Marquette 1968, and Julianna Ebert, Marquette 1981, honored firm pro bono coordinator Michael Gonring, Marquette 1982, by establishing the Milwaukee Justice Center Mobile Legal Clinic. The clinic is operated by Marquette Law School and the Milwaukee Bar Association. The firm established an ongoing scholarship through the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund in honor of former chair John W. Daniels Jr., Harvard 1974. The firm’s national corporate social responsibility program, Quarles Cares, launched a new anti-bullying initiative in October.
William A. Autio, George Washington 1955, Ocala, Fla., Oct. 24, 1921 – Aug. 16, 2013.
Robert M. Berg, U.W. 1952, Janesville, April 9, 1928 – Feb. 19, 2013.
Eliot M. Bernstein, Marquette 1948, Milwaukee, June 11, 1922 – Oct. 16, 2013.
George M. Carroll, U.W. 1948, Eau Claire, May 13, 1918 – Aug. 14, 2013.
Norbert L. Doligalski, Marquette 1948, Dallas, Sept. 3, 1922 – Sept. 20, 2013.
Michael A. Greene, Boston Univ. 1977, Milwaukee, Dec. 24, 1949 – March 14, 2013.
Allan Jay Joseph, U.W. 1962, San Francisco, Feb. 4, 1938 – May 7, 2013.
Homer C. Mittelstadt, U.W. 1965, Cable, Oct. 24, 1936 – July 14, 2013.
John J. Poehlmann, Marquette 1952, Milwaukee, April 26, 1928 – Aug. 16, 2013.
James R. Pope, U.W. 1959, Dodgeville, June 1, 1932 – June 11, 2013.
Edwin R. Rossini, Marquette 1964, Naples, Fla., Sept. 29, 1938 – Feb. 25, 2013.
Thomas A. Ryan, American Univ. 1965, Beloit, Nov. 27, 1939 – Aug. 9, 2013.
Claudia Jane Sanders, Chicago-Kent 1979, Cross Plains, Aug. 8, 1954 – Aug. 11, 2013.
Anthony G. Scariano, DePaul 1975, Chicago, July 7, 1946 – Dec. 26, 2012.
Kenneth E. Tilsen, Minnesota 1950, Hudson, Nov. 4, 1927 – Sept. 1, 2013.
Urban J. Van Hoof, U.W. 1951, Little Chute, Dec. 6, 1921 – Sept. 24, 2013.
Kieran J. Walsh, Marquette 1991, Eau Claire, Dec. 23, 1964 – July 25, 2013.
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