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    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Shannon K. Cummings, Hamline 1998, has become a partner, practicing in bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, foreclosure, and client relations, at Blommer Peterman S.C., Brookfield. Stephen A. Smith, Oklahoma City 2012, has joined the firm as an associate. He leads the eviction team and handles foreclosure matters.

    William Bock, U.W. 1972, has been selected general counsel for the Arizona League of Cities and Towns. Previously he was the Phoenix, Ariz., chief assistant city attorney and was corporation counsel for Racine and Walworth Counties.

    Nicholas J. Boerke, Marquette 2012 magna cum laude, has joined Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee, in the transactional practice group.

    JoAnne Breese-JaeckJoAnne Breese-Jaeck, U.W. 1993 cum laude, has joined Northwestern Mutual as assistant general counsel on the insurance products and operations teams. She previously was a shareholder at Hostak, Henzl & Bichler S.C.

    David B. Carr, Marquette 2006, has been promoted to partner at Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP, Milwaukee.

    Alyssa D. DowseAlyssa D. Dowse, Marquette 2010 cum laude, has joined the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP as an associate in the labor and employment practice group. She previously was with von Briesen & Roper s.c., Milwaukee.

    Bud Bobber, Northwestern 1987, has been appointed vice chair of Foley & Lardner LLP’s labor and employment practice. He is with the firm’s Milwaukee office. Naikang Tsao, NYU 1992, has been appointed chair of the litigation practice in the firm’s Madison office.

    Larry R. Jakubowski, Marquette 1984, has been selected director for the Civil Rights Bureau of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Equal Rights Division.

    Christopher C. JansonChristopher C. Janson, Marquette 2012, has joined Moertl, Wilkins, & Campbell S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate and focuses on estate planning, probate administration, tax planning, elder law, and guardianships.

    Larry Johnson, Marquette 2006, has joined Hawks Quindel S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate, focusing on individual and class-action wage and hour claims, employee counseling, and noncompetition agreement and other employment-related litigation.

    Robert J. Lawton Jr., Hamline 2004 cum laude, has joined Henningson & Snoxell Ltd., Maple Grove, Minn., focusing on estate planning and elder law.

    Shannon A. Llenza, Marquette 2001, has joined the National Security Division, Office of Intelligence, of the U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., practicing in the operations section. She previously was with the Department of Defense.

    Three attorneys have joined Relles Milliken & Scheffer LLP, Madison. Peter M. Masana, Marquette 2008, practices in criminal, personal injury, and family law. Megan A. Phillips, U.W. 2010, focuses on civil litigation and family law. James N. Youngerman, U.W. 1973, has joined the firm as of counsel.

    Laura McCabe Dan Peters Amy WesnerThree attorneys have joined Ruder Ware, Wausau. Laura McCabe, U.W. 2012, focuses on business transactional matters. Dan Peters, Tulsa 2000, focuses on litigation. Amy Wesner, U.W. 2008 cum laude, focuses on tax matters.

    Melissa K. Scanlan, U.C. Berkeley 1999, has become associate dean and director of the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vt. She previously taught at the U.W. Law School and the U.W.-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences.

    The Hon. Lisa K. Stark, U.W. 1982, has been appointed to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. She previously was an Eau Claire County Circuit Court judge.

    Nicolas E. Toft, Michigan 2003, has been appointed director of child support services and deputy attorney general for the U.S. Territory of Guam.

    Thomas R. Vance, Brooklyn 2007 cum laude, has joined the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. in the corporate practice group.

    Amy Vandamme, U.W. 1998, has joined Fiserv Inc., Brookfield, as vice president and assistant general counsel and manages the commercial and intellectual property litigation group. She previously was a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Offices

    David A. Geier, U.W. 1982, Steven A. Roy, New England School of Law 1977, and Timothy M. Homar, U.W. 2006, have formed Geier Homar & Roy LLP, with offices in Madison, Sauk City, and Wonewoc. They previously practiced with LaRowe, Gerlach & Roy LLP.

    Christy M. HallChristy M. Hall, John Marshall 1998, has formed the Law Offices of Christy M. Hall LLC, 601 Lake Ave., Ste. 101, Racine, focusing on criminal defense. She previously was a partner at Richards & Hall S.C.

    Hupy & Abraham S.C. has opened three new offices, in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Quad Cities, Iowa.

    Liebmann & Wied LLC, Green Bay, is now Lin.Liebmann.Wied LLC.

    Appointments, Elections

    Christopher B. HughesChristopher B. Hughes, Indiana 1993 cum laude, has been elected board chair and managing partner of Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison. He focuses on real estate, business, land use, municipal, and contractual matters.

    Kevin McCrindle, Loyola 1975, has been elected to the board of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is with Law Offices of C. Kevin McCrindle, Waterloo, Iowa.

    Jeffrey PitmanJeffrey Pitman, Marquette 1990, has been elected president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice. He is with Pitman, Kyle, Sicula & Dentice S.C., Milwaukee.

    Francis J. Podvin, Marquette 1965, has been elected chair of the board of Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc., for the eighth consecutive year. He is a sole practitioner in Wisconsin Rapids.

    The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has elected five officers: president – David B. Karp, Marquette 1982, Karp Law Offices S.C., Milwaukee; vice president – Dennis H. Milbrath, New England 1979, Levy & Levy S.C., Cedarburg; treasurer – Hon. Thomas J. Walsh, Hamline 1992, Brown County Circuit Court, Green Bay; secretary – Daniel P. Bestul, U.W. 1983, Duxstad & Bestul S.C., Monroe; and immediate past president – Anthony J. Menting, Marquette 1993, Stafford & Rosenbaum LLP, Madison.

    Authors, Speakers

    The following authors contributed to the revised fourth edition of Contract Law in Wisconsin (State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE, 4th ed. 2013): Michael B. Apfeld, Northwestern 1979, Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Milwaukee; Allen A. Arntsen, U.W. 1981, Foley & Lardner LLP, Madison; Kenneth B. Axe, U.W. 1979, and James E. Bartzen, U.W. 1980, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison; David B. Billing, Marquette 1977, Solheim, Billing & Grimmer S.C., Madison; Larri J. Broomfield, Harvard 1988, Jessica Hutson Polakowski, Minnesota 2006, and Joshua D. Taggatz, Minnesota 2010, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., Madison; Eugenia G. Carter, Georgetown 1986, and Gretchen E. Cleveland, U.W. 2009, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Madison; Troy Hilliard, U.W. 1993, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., Milwaukee; Michael J. Klinker, Northwestern 1984, Standard Process Inc., Palmyra; Randall L. Nash, U.W. 1979, O’Neil, Cannon & Hollman S.C., Milwaukee; Bradley W. Raaths, Marquette 1999, and Brody C. Richter, U.W. 2006, DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison; Hon. Richard J. Sankovitz, Harvard 1983, Milwaukee County Circuit Court; Jane C. Schlicht, Marquette 1983, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Milwaukee; Michael D. Stotler, Illinois 1986, CNA Insurance Co., Brookfield; Jonathan P. Witt, Georgetown 2009, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee; and Kim Marie Wynn, Harvard 1985, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    David L. BourneDavid L. Bourne, Marquette 1988, a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, has been named a 2013 BTI Client Service All-Star by the BTI Consulting Group.

    Pro Bono, Public Service

    Circuit court judges Jeffery L. Anderson, Oklahoma City 1998, Polk County; James D. Babbitt, U.W. 1980, Barron County; Craig R. Day, U.W. 1991, Grant County; and Jennifer L. Weston, Washington Univ. 1989, Jefferson County, jumped into Half Moon Lake in Eau Claire in February as part of a Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics.


    The Hon. Andrew P. Bissonnette, Wyoming 1975, Dodge Country Circuit Court, and the Hon. Jacqueline R. Erwin, Gonzaga 1978, Jefferson County Circuit Court, have announced their retirements.

    In Memoriam

    Brian P. Akers, Stanford 1991, Milwaukee, Jan. 26, 1949 – March 2, 2013.

    Robert E. Cook, U.W. 1950, Sarasota, Fla., Aug. 10, 1923 – March 11, 2013.

    Hon. William J. Duffy, U.W. 1941, Green Bay, Oct. 29, 1916 – Feb. 25, 2013.

    Milo G. Flaten Jr., U.W. 1952, Madison, May 7, 1925 – March 11, 2013.

    Richard W. Knueppel, Marquette 2006, Menomonee Falls, Jan. 14, 1939 – May 27, 2008.

    Carlton Roffa, Marquette 1954, Milwaukee, July 15, 1930 – Oct. 29, 2008.

    Joseph J. Ziino, Marquette 1945, Brookfield, Feb. 22, 1912 – Feb. 21, 2013.

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