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    October 01, 2014

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    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    David J. Brummond, Iowa 1975, has joined DLA Piper, Washington, D.C., as of counsel in the insurance and reinsurance practice group. He previously was with the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

    Pamela M. Krill, U.W. 1994 cum laude, and Tom O’Day, U.W. 2005, have rejoined Godfrey & Kahn S.C. Krillis with the investment management practice group in Madison and Milwaukee. O’Day is with the labor, employment, and immigration and health care practice groups in Madison. Erin A. West, Minnesota 2009 cum laude, has joined the firm’s litigation practice group in Madison.

    Ronald S. StadlerAaron J. GrafThe Milwaukee office of Mallery and Zimmerman S.C. welcomes Ronald S. Stadler, U.W. 1989, as a shareholder, and Aaron J. Graf, Marquette 2008, as an associate. Both practice commercial and employment litigation.

    Daniel P. MurrayDaniel P. Murray, Hamline 1993, has joined Rodli, Beskar, Neuhaus, Murray & Pletcher S.C., River Falls, as a partner, focusing on divorce, family law, personal injury, insurance, and farm litigation.

    Nerino J. Petro Jr., Northern Illinois 1988, has joined Holmstrom & Kennedy P.C., Rockford, Ill., as chief information officer and also has been named chair of the Winnebago County Bar Association Practice Management Committee. He previously was the practice management advisor for the State Bar of Wisconsin.

    Daniel J. Polglaze, U.W. 1994 cum laude, has joined Westman, Champlin & Koehler P.A., Minneapolis, an intellectual property law firm.

    Collin M. Ritzinger, U.W. 2011, has joined Hill, Glowacki, Jaeger, & Hughes LLP, Madison, as an associate practicing in estate planning, special needs trusts, estate and trust administration, special needs planning, and elder law. He previously was an attorney and trust advisor for WisPACT.

    Kevin SpexarthKevin Spexarth, Marquette 2014, has joined Andrus Intellectual Property Law LLP, Milwaukee, as an associate focusing on domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution and enforcement.

    Alan Marcuvitz, Marquette 1957, Andrea H. Roschke, U.W. 1982, and Nicholas J. Boerke, Marquette 2012 magna cum laude,have joined von Briesen & Roper S.C., Milwaukee. Marcuvitz focuses on land use, real estate development, eminent domain, and real property taxation. Roschke focuses on zoning, tax assessment, and condemnation proceedings. Boerke focuses on real estate, eminent domain, real property, and taxation.

    Travis J. West, U.W. 2006, has joined the Milwaukee office of Pia Anderson Dorius Reynard & Moss LLC as a partner and focuses on complex business litigation, regulatory actions, and employment disputes at the administrative, trial, and appellate levels and on corporate governance, commercial disputes, and risk management. He also represents veterans.

    Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. welcomes four attorneys to the Milwaukee office. Erika S. Baurecht, Marquette 1996 with distinction, is with the real estate practice group and the commercial real estate, construction services, and commercial finance teams. Frank W. DiCastri, U.W. 1997, is with the corporate and finance practice group and the business restructuring, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy team. Philip J. Miller, Marquette 1987 cum laude, and Susan C. Minahan, Marquette 1995, are with the corporate and finance practice group and the trust and estates team.

    Zachary D. Wyatt, U.W. 2006, has joined the Legislative Reference Bureau, Madison, as a legislative attorney. He previously was with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

    Peter M. YoungPeter M. Young, Marquette 2009, has been promoted to shareholder at the Wausau office of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. His practice includes personal injury claims, automobile accidents, products liability claims, landowner liability claims, fall cases, dog bites, and animal injury cases.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Offices

    John L. Sesini, Chicago-Kent 1991, has opened Sesini Law Group S.C., Immigration and Nationality Law, 234 W. Florida St., Suite 203, Milwaukee, and 314 S. Madison St., Green Bay. Previously he was a partner at Grzeca Law Group. The firm focuses on family immigration matters, removal defense, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, federal appeals, naturalization issues, asylum, and E (investor) visas. Benjamin M. Crouse, Marquette 2009, has joined the firm as an associate. He previously was with the Grzeca Law Group.

    Barbara J. Zabawa, U.W. 2001, has opened the Center for Health Law Equity LLC, 5104 Valley Dr., McFarland. The firm helps providers and protects patient interests by offering health care regulatory compliance advice, among other services.

    Appointments, Elections

    Michael W. Drumke, U.W. 1991, has been elected chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. He is a partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell LLP, Chicago, and focuses on complex business litigation matters, including toxic tort, product liability, pharmaceutical, class action, and commercial litigation.

    Thomas A Gilligan Jr., William Mitchell 1989, has been appointed district court judge in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. He previously was a shareholder at Murnane Brandt, St. Paul, Minn.

    Jerard J. Jensen, U.W. 1978, a senior member of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.’s health law team and managing partner of the firm’s Madison office, has been named interim CEO of the Medical Group Management Association, Englewood, Colo., which represents medical practice administrators and executives nationwide.

    John RothsteinJohn Rothstein, Marquette 1979, a partner at the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP, has been named chair of the fiduciary, trust, and probate litigation subgroup. He is a member of the commercial litigation group, focusing on corporate disputes, product liability, probate, and real estate matters.

    Peter Wilder, Missouri-Columbia 2008, has been appointed to the Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association board for a two-year term. He is a member of the banking and financial institutions practice group with the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

    Authors, Speakers

    Ruthann M. Driscoll, Marquette 1983, presented “Advanced Social Security Strategies” at the 2014 National Clinic for Advanced Financial Service Professionals in Orlando, Fla. She is a director of advanced planning at Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    James L. CummingsJames L. Cummings, U.W. 1962, recently marked 50 years with Remley & Sensenbrenner S.C., Neenah. Nationally recognized for his expertise in estate planning, his practice areas also include probate matters and business and real estate law.

    Michael Holden, Chicago-Kent 2008, an associate at Romanucci & Blandin LLC, Chicago, has joined the State Bar of Wisconsin. He practices personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, nursing home negligence, premises liability, construction injury, and auto accident cases.

    Todd J. Liebman, U.W. 1990, has earned a master of strategic studies degree from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa. He is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps and is assigned as an operational law planner for the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, Norfolk, Va. In his civilian practice, he is the Sauk County corporation counsel.

    Judith Sperling-Newton, U.W. 1981, was recognized by the American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity as an Ally in Small Practice, for her efforts in the movement for LGBT equality.

    The Hon. Mary Triggiano, U.W. 1988, Vel Phillips Juvenile Justice Center, Milwaukee, will be recognized as the Jurist of the Year by the Wisconsin Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers on Oct. 17 in Milwaukee.

    The Wisconsin District Attorneys Association presented the 2013 State Prosecutor of the Year Awards to Ozaukee County district attorney Adam Gerol, Drake 1988, and Pierce County assistant district attorney William “Bill” H. Thorie, William Mitchell 1976.

    In Memoriam

    Raymond Burczyk, Marquette 1954, Oakland, Calif., Jan. 22, 1926 – June 11, 2014.

    Ralph J. Chmurski, Marquette 1946, Brookfield, Aug. 11, 1920 – May 15, 2014.

    Karl F. Heimke, U.W. 1952, Overland Park, Kan., March 4, 1924 – July 6, 2014.

    John Francis Hovel, U.W. 1983, Milwaukee, Oct. 22, 1952 – Aug. 15, 2014.

    Karl W. Huckaby Jr., U.W. 1950, Matthews, N.C., March 31, 1923 – June 16, 2014.

    E. Jay Olivares, Wayne State University 1975, Norway, Mich., Dec. 26, 1948 – Aug. 6, 2014.

    Joseph L. Polito, Illinois 1973, Rockford, Ill., Dec. 22, 1945 – May 5, 2014.

    William L. Randall, Michigan 1956, Mequon, Feb. 20, 1930 – June 23, 2014.

    Douglas L. Reed, Harvard 1971, Shorewood, March 23, 1938 – July 9, 2014.

    Stephen M. Seymour, U.W. 1990, Sheboygan, April 24, 1965 – Aug. 3, 2014.

    Frank J. Wiener, U.W. 1976, Madison, Jan. 4, 1947 – Dec. 2, 2013.

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