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    December 01, 2015

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    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Adam E. Crawford, U.W. 2008 cum laude, has joined Kimberly-Clark Corp., Neenah, as senior counsel in the litigation group. Crawford previously was a senior counsel at Assurant Health and an associate at Foley & Lardner LLP.

    Caitlin E. Herbert, Marquette 2013 cum laude, and Joseph M. Peltz, Marquette 2007, have joined Beck, Chaet, Bamberger & Polsky S.C., Milwaukee. Herbert focuses on debtor-creditor, litigation, and receivership matters. Peltz focuses on commercial litigation.

    Kyle T. Buss, Marquette 2015, has joined Witte Law Offices LLC, Milwaukee, as an associate, focusing on personal injury matters.

    Whitney A. JohnsonScott B. ThompsonWhitney A. Johnson, Valparaiso 2015, and Scott B. Thompson, U.W. 2015, have joined Gingras, Cates & Luebke S.C., Madison. Johnson practices in personal injury, professional malpractice, business torts, product liability, employment discrimination and retaliation, and family law. Thompson practices in personal injury, class and collective actions, professional malpractice, and civil rights.

    Eight lawyers have joined Godfrey & Kahn S.C. In the Green Bay office: Molly R. Berkery, U.W. 2011, is with the health care practice group. She previously was with a firm in Green Bay. In the Madison office: Julie A. D’Angelo, U.W. 1998 cum lude, is with the investment management practice group. Previously she was senior counsel for a multinational financial institution supporting the company’s wealth management business. James A. Joyce, Franklin Pierce (now University of New Hampshire) 2005 cum laude, is with the intellectual property practice group. He previously was with another firm in Madison. Grace E. Kim, New England 2009, and Adam R. Prinsen, U.W. 2015 magna cum laude, are with the litigation practice group. Kim previously was with a firm in Chicago. Linda S. Schmidt, Columbia 2003, has rejoined the litigation practice group. She previously was with Swidler Berlin LLP (n/k/a Bingham McCutchen LLP), Washington, D.C.

    In the Milwaukee office: Kathryn A. Mills, Marquette 2015 cum laude, is with the labor, employment, and immigration practice group. Thomas P. Trier, U.W. 2014 cum laude, is with the corporate practice group. He previously was with a firm in Minneapolis.

    Michael J. KingJulia SchusterMichael J. King, U.W. 2015 cum laude, and Julia Schuster, Marquette 2015 cum laude, have joined Goldstein Law Group S.C., Milwaukee, as associates and focus on labor and employment law and corporate issues.

    Micheal HahnMicheal Hahn, U.W. 2014, has joined the Madison office of Axley Brynelson LLP as an associate, focusing on construction, litigation, and environmental law.

    Matthew Z. KirkpatrickMatthew Z. Kirkpatrick, William Mitchell 2009, has joined Herrick & Hart S.C., Eau Claire, and focuses on bankruptcy, creditor rights and insolvency, personal injury, and litigation. He previously practiced in Minnesota.

    James E. Panther, Marquette 2014, has joined Simandl Law Group S.C., Waukesha, as an associate and focuses on labor and employment counseling and litigation.

    Keith Reese-KelleyKeith Reese-Kelley, Marquette 2015, has joined Ryan Kromholz & Manion S.C., Brookfield, as an associate, practicing in all aspects of intellectual property law with an emphasis on IP litigation and dispute resolution.

    Diana M. Eisenberg, U.W. 2014 magna cum laude, and Jennifer M. Luther, U.W. 2010 cum laude, have joined Stroud, Willink & Howard LLC, Madison, as associates. Eisenberg focuses on real estate transactions, business guidance, and commercial litigation. Luther practices in estate planning, real estate, and business transactions and litigation.

    Timothy C. SweeneyTimothy C. Sweeney, South Dakota 1975, has joined Neider & Boucher, Madison, and concentrates in business and finance, including formation, governance, and mergers and acquisitions; real estate; and estate planning and probate.

    Seven attorneys have joined the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Heather M. Downs Russell, U.W. 1999 cum laude, Robin K. Lehninger, Minnesota 2015 magna cum laude, and Maximiliano J. Silvestre, Northwestern 2015 cum laude, are with the corporate finance practice group. Downs Russell focuses on federal securities, corporate governance matters, and corporate finance. She previously practiced with firms in New York City and Chicago. Lehninger is with the corporate transactions, employee benefits, and health care law teams. Silvestre is with the corporate transactions team.

    Laura L. Ferrari, Marquette 2015 cum laude, has joined the human resources law practice group and is a member of the labor and employment and consumer financial services teams. Leslie Gutierrez, Loyola-Chicago 2015 cum laude, Angela B. Harden, Marquette 2015, and Margaret K. Heitkamp, Northwestern 2015, have joined the litigation practice group. Gutierrez is a member of the business and commercial litigation, trust, estate, and fiduciary litigation, and construction services teams. Harden and Heitkamp are members of the business and commercial litigation team.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Offices

    Daniel M. Chudnow, Marquette 1984, has opened a new office, at 10144 N. Port Washington Rd., Suite 2A, Mequon.

    Timothy D. Edwards, Wayne State 1989, Megan Phillips, U.W. 2010, and Ashley Richter, U.W. 2010, have formed Edwards Richter & Phillips LLP, Madison. The firm handles legal matters for businesses and individuals in the areas of civil litigation, family law, employment law, and electronic discovery.

    Laurie A. BigsbyHorizons Law Group, Brookfield, has launched a new practice for student loan defense, led by Laurie A. Bigsby, Valparaiso 1988, who concentrates in personal finance and bankruptcy matters.

    Authors, Speakers

    Thomas A. Bailey, Marquette 1967, and Laura Lau, Marquette 1988, authored the recently revised Family Law Casenotes and Quotes (State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® 5th ed. 2015). Bailey is retired from law practice. Lau is a Waukesha County court commissioner.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Peter G. Davis, U.W. 1975, received the 2015 Melvin Lurie Labor Management Cooperation Prize from the U.W.-Milwaukee Masters in Human Resources and Labor Relations Program. Davis is chief legal counsel for the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, Madison, and a lecturer at the U.W. Law School.

    Dean R. DietrichDean R. Dietrich, Marquette 1977, of Ruder Ware, Wausau, is the recipient of the annual ATHENA Leadership Award presented by the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. Dietrich is known for his expertise in legal ethics and his advocacy for early childhood development. The ATHENA awards are presented annually for professional excellence, community service, and actively assisting women to attain leadership skills.

    The Kohn Law Firm, Milwaukee, received the 2015 Community Service Award from the National Creditors Bar Association, in recognition of firm members’ volunteer activities.

    Recipients of the Milwaukee Bar Association’s 2015 Pro Bono Publico awards are the following: Patrick J. Schoen, Marquette 1975, Quarles & Brady LLC, Milwaukee; the Leander J. Foley Matrimonial American Inn of Court; and Marquette University law student Kasey Parks.

    Israel Ramon, Marquette 1994, a shareholder in the worker’s compensation and personal injury law firm of Ramon & Medrano S.C., Milwaukee, has been elected a fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation. Ramon is past president and a current board member of the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association, president of the Wisconsin Hispanic Conduit Inc., and a board member of the Council for the Spanish Speaking (Centro Hispano) in Milwaukee and the MKE LGBT Center.

    In Memoriam

    Eugene G. Babler, Marquette 1948, Brookfield, July 19, 1922 – Jan. 12, 2015.

    James E. Brennan, Marquette 1951, Milwaukee, Nov. 15, 1923 – May 19, 2015.

    Charles W. Campbell, U.W. 1951, Crestview Hills, Ky., July 20, 1924 – Oct. 4, 2015.

    Mark K. Carr, Marquette 1992, Brookfield, Aug. 8, 1963 – Sept. 30, 2015.

    James Congdon, U.W. 1952, Aug. 13, 1925 – Jan. 28, 2015.

    Hon. Richard D. Cudahy, Yale 1961, Chicago, Feb. 2, 1926 – Sept. 22, 2015.

    John J. Doll, U.W. 1953, Madison, June 13, 1926 – Sept. 13, 2015.

    William E. Dye, U.W. 1951, Naples, Fla., Oct. 15, 1926 – Sept. 28, 2015.

    Charles E. Eklund, DePaul 1954, Fontana, April 29, 1927 – May 3, 2015.

    Wendell K. Fredericks, Western New England 1972, Southfield, Mich., July 2, 1933 – April 9, 2015.

    Bernard R. Fredrickson, U.W. 1963, Stevens Point, Oct. 19, 1938 – Sept. 26, 2015.

    Thomas F. Handorff, William Mitchell 1998, July 1, 1963 – Oct. 16, 2015.

    Eldon R. Hird, U.W. 1951, Dodgeville, Aug. 13, 1926 – Sept. 28, 2015.

    James M. La Pointe, Marquette 1967, Appleton, July 21, 1937 – Dec. 30, 2014.

    Michael Lutz, U.W. 2010, Milwaukee, Aug. 28, 1970 – July 25, 2015.

    Phillip J. Ramthun, U.W. 1978, Milwaukee, Jan. 17, 1953 – Oct. 10, 2015.

    Lois K. Ruszala-Beach, Ohio State 1984, Midland, Mich., Dec. 15, 1959 – Dec. 1, 2014.

    Michael T. Tierney, Minnesota 1982,
    Duluth, Minn., March 16, 1957 – June 23, 2015.

    Herbert W. Turvey, U.W. 1956, Washington, D.C., Aug. 16, 1932 – Oct. 22, 2015.

    LeRoy R. Warren, U.W. 1955, Santa Fe, N.M., Nov. 5, 1929 – April 29, 2015.

    Owen R. Williams, Illinois 1972, Amery, April 24, 1938 – Aug. 17, 2015.

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