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    July 01, 2015

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    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Johanna J. AllexJohanna J. Allex, U.W. 2000, has joined the Madison office of Stafford Rosenbaum LLP as a partner with the trusts and estates group. She previously was with Christenson and Allex LLC.

    Elizabeth Bush,Hamline 2013, has joined Horizons Law Group LLC, Brookfield, focusing on guardian ad litem work in family, juvenile, and elder-care cases. She previously ran her own solo office.

    Ann E. Elmer, Marquette 2015, has joined Reff Baivier Bermingham & Lim SC, Oshkosh, as an associate, focusing on estate planning, probate, and elder law.

    Stacy Ertz, William Mitchell 1996, has joined the Oakdale, Minn., office of Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen S.C. Ertz manages complex insurance coverage claims and defends trucking, property, casualty, commercial, homeowners, umbrella, and auto claims in first- and third-party litigation.

    Jill Pedigo Hall, Iowa 1982, has joined von Briesen & Roper s.c., Milwaukee, as a shareholder and focuses exclusively on labor and employment law.

    Danielle M. JohnsonDanielle M. Johnson,St. Thomas 2013 cum laude, has joined the Madison office of DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. as an associate in the business practice group.

    Joshua A. BlakelyKelly L. MouldJoshua A. Blakely,U.W. 1998, and Kelly L. Mould, U.W. 2011, have joined Johnson Bank as vice presidents and wealth fiduciary advisors.  Blakely previously was a shareholder of Blakely & Wagner S.C. and was the Racine County register in probate. Mould previously was with Hostak, Henzl & Bichler S.C., Racine.

    Kathryn A. KronquistKathryn A. Kronquist, DePaul 1995, has joined the Washington D.C. office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC as a shareholder, focusing on commercial finance, commercial real estate finance, and bank regulatory matters.

    Ryan D. KrumrieRyan D. Krumrie, Hamline 2007, has become a partner with Hager, Dewick & Zuengler S.C., Green Bay, where he advises and assists clients with business-planning matters, contracts, real estate transactions, buying and selling of businesses, condemnation law, and collections. 

    Megan M. LullingMegan M. Lulling,Marquette 2014, has joined Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer S.C., Hartford, as an associate, focusing on insurance litigation, subrogation, worker’s compensation, health insurance and ERISA, and environmental law.

    Patrick D. NewmanPatrick D. Newman, William Mitchell 2013, has joined Moss & Barnett, Minneapolis, on the creditors’ remedies and bankruptcy team, focusing on all facets of creditors’ rights.

    Dane J. BrownMichael M. FortneyDane J. Brown, Marquette 2015, and Michael M. Fortney, Marquette 2015, have joined Peterson, Johnson & Murray.Brown is with the Milwaukee office, and Fortney is with the Madison office.

    Todd Podell, Marquette 1993, has rejoined the Alcon division of Novartis, Fort Worth, Texas, as global head of business transformation and enterprise resource planning.

    Rose I. Simon, Marquette 2011, has become a Sheboygan assistant city attorney, focusing on municipal enforcement.

    Shantanu SinghShantanu Singh, U.W. 2004, has joined the law department of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. as an assistant general counsel on the insurance products and operations team. He previously was an associate general counsel at DIIG Inc., Milwaukee.

    Jenna CleversChad WadeJenna Clevers, Marquette 2010, and Chad Wade, Valparaiso 2008, have joined Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy S.C., Green Bay. Clevers represents public-and private-sector clients in labor and employment law, school and higher education law, municipal law, and civil litigation. She also has extensive knowledge in federal Indian law. Wade practices in labor and employment law, including legal compliance for FLSA, FMLA, NLRA, and employment discrimination for private and public employers.

    Timothy Van de Kamp, Marquette 2005, has been elected a shareholder at O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing, Milwaukee. He is a member of the corporate practice group and focuses in real estate, construction law, banking, and creditors’ rights.

    Kaley S. Walker, Hamline 2014, has joined Eiden & Hatfield LLC, Menomonie.

    Three attorneys have joined Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Richard A. Coad, William Mitchell 2004, is a member of the corporate-compliance and white-collar-defense team and litigation practice group in the Madison office. Steven W. Laabs, Marquette 2008 cum laude, is with the corporate transactions team in the Milwaukee office and focuses on representing companies and business owners.  Peter J. Walsh, DePaul 1998, LL.M. (taxation) Florida, is a member of the trusts and estates and the trust, estate, and fiduciary litigation teams in the Milwaukee office.

    Appointments, Elections

    Melinda (Mindi) Giftos, Florida 2000, has been named managing shareholder of the Madison office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. She leads the firm’s technology law team and is a member of the intellectual property practice group.

    Jeff A. GoldmanJeff A. Goldman, U.W. 2002 cum laude, has been elected to the State Bar Board of Governors. He is chair of the trusts and estates group at DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison.

    Mark K. Harder, Iowa 1986 with highest distinction, has been appointed chair of the family-law practice group of Warner Norcross & Judd, Holland, Mich. Harder focuses on trusts and estates, family business and succession planning, business and corporate services, and tax law.

    Matthew P. DregneBryan KleinmaierMatthew P. Dregne, U.W. 1992, has been named chair of the government law practice group at Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison, and Bryan Kleinmaier, U.W. 2000, has been named co-chair of the energy law practice group.

    Authors, Speakers

    The following attorneys contributed to the 2015 edition of Annual Survey of Wisconsin Law (State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® 2015): Administrative Law: Jordan J. Hemaidan, U.W. 1996, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Madison, and Michael Screnock, U.W. 2006, Sauk County Circuit Court, Baraboo; Business and Securities Law: Alexander (Sandie) Pendleton, Minnesota 1987, Pendleton Legal S.C., Milwaukee; Civil Procedure: Katherine D. Spitz, Notre Dame 2007, Milwaukee, and Joseph P. Campbell, Michigan 2014, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee; Constitutional Law: Joseph A. Ranney III, Yale 1978, DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison; 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: Mark T. Johnson, U.W. 2008, Christenson Law Office LLC, Fitchburg, and Jessica A. Liebau, Marquette 2011, Willms S.C., Thiensville; Environmental Law: Leah H. Ziemba, Syracuse 2006, and Cameron F. Field, Vermont 2013, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Madison; Ethics and Professional Responsibility: Timothy J. Pierce, U.W. 1992, and Aviva M. Kaiser, SUNY-Buffalo 1979, State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison;

    Family Law: Aiden P. Tharp, Temple 2012, and Patricia M. Heim, Marquette 1974, O’Flaherty Heim Egan & Birnbaum Ltd., La Crosse; Health Law: Alyce Katayama, Maryland 1974, and Elizabeth R. Gebarski, Marquette 2013, 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: Hillary J. Wucherer, Marquette 2008, and Heather Stutz, Marquette 2014, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee;

    Juvenile Law: Anton S. Jamieson, U.W. 1997, Dane County Circuit Court Commissioner’s Office, Madison; Labor and Employment Law: Lindsey W. Davis, William & Mary 2012, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee; Municipal Law: Christopher B. Hughes, Indiana-Bloomington 1993, S. Bryan Kleinmaier, U.W. 2000, and Holly J. Wilson, U.W. 2014, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison; Probate and Estate Planning: Vanessa Klemish, U.W. 2010, Klemish & Johnson, LLC, Eau Claire; Real Property: Lucas N. Roe, U.W. 2008, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., Madison; School Law: JoAnn M. Hart, U.W. 1985, and M. Tess O’Brien-Heinzen, U.W. 1993, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison;

    Tax Law: Carl D. Fortner, U.W. 1986, Timothy L. Voigtman, U.W. 1998, and Jordan J. Bergmann, U.W. 2014, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee, and Theresa Nickels, U.W. 2005, and Eric J. Hatchell, U.W. 2011, Foley & Lardner LLP, Madison; Torts: Amanda J. Kaiser, U.W. 1984, Andrew Hebl, Michigan State 2008, and Evan B. Tenebruso, U.W. 2011, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison; Trade Regulation: Edwin J. Hughes, Chicago 1978,and Susan K. Allen, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison; Unemployment Insurance: Marilyn Townsend, Potomac 1974, Marilyn Townsend Law Office, Madison; and Worker’s Compensation: Sean M. Spencer, Marquette 2001, Spencer Law S.C., Pewaukee.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Foley & Lardner LLP, with offices in Milwaukee and other cities in the United States, Europe, and Asia, has been recognized as a top-10 law firm most recommended by corporate counsel, according to a survey by BTI Consulting Group. 

    In Memoriam

    Bruce K. Adamski, Mississippi 1985, Stevens Point, March 10, 1958 – Oct. 25, 2014.

    Lester H. Affeldt, U.W. 1954, Randolph, July 15, 1930 – May 5, 2015.

    Peter J. Bausch, Marquette 2003, Elm Grove, April 20, 1977 – Aug. 9, 2014.

    John M. Bergman, Wayne State 1983, Escanaba, Mich., April 6, 1949 – April 27, 2015.

    Thomas G. Burczyk, U.W. 1981, Union Grove, April 16, 1956 – Jan. 24, 2015.

    William E. Chritton, U.W. 1945, Stoughton, April 12, 1919 – March 28, 2015.

    Linda S. Drake, Marquette 1983, Shorewood, Oct. 18, 1949 – Feb. 20, 2015.

    James R. Ehrle, Marquette 1965, Milwaukee, May 30, 1941 – March 23, 2015.

    William H. Fernholz, U.W. 1959, Milwaukee, Aug. 27, 1930 – June 19, 2014.

    Donald L. Jury, U.W. 1953, Appleton, Sept. 30, 1926 – March 14, 2015.

    J. Timothy Keane, St. Louis Univ. 1973, St. Louis, Mo., June 5, 1944 – Feb. 23, 2015.

    Gregory J. Lafakis, Chicago-Kent 1982, Marco Island, Fla., June 21, 1945 – Feb. 11, 2015.

    James G. Lawrence, U.W. 1960, Madison, April 20, 1931 – April 18, 2015.

    Elizabeth A. Mitchel, Minnesota 1989, Baraboo, May 22, 1960 – March 13, 2015.

    Ellard J. Pexa, Jr., Marquette 1969, Chanhassen, Minn., June 18, 1944 – April 16, 2015.

    Jack M. Priester, Marquette 1972, Madison, June 29, 1946 – Jan. 13, 2015.

    John A. Neupert, U.W. 1962, Lake Mills, Sept. 23, 1932 – Feb. 15, 2015.

    Martin E. Rosenthal, Chicago-Kent 1980, Evanston, Ill., June 24, 1947 – Oct. 5, 2014.

    Alonzo B. Seran, William Mitchell 1959, Westfield, N.J., Jan. 20, 1928 – Feb. 14, 2015.

    Comm. Lisa B. Vander Maazen, Creighton 1982, Appleton, Feb. 15, 1957 – May 9, 2015.

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