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    June 03, 2020

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    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award & more. Share your own announcement!

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Sarah Brown DeBruinSarah Brown DeBruin, Capital Univ. 1992, has joined One Law Group S.C. as a shareholder in the De Pere office and practices in business and contract law, trademarks and copyrights, franchise law, general counsel services, internet and technology law, physician and executive employment agreements, and Title IX investigation and procedures. She previously operated Legal Business Edge LLC, Appleton.

    Dennis R. McBride, New York Univ. 1980, has been elected mayor of the city of Wauwatosa. He previously served two terms as president of the Wauwatosa Common Council and spent 24 years as senior trial attorney and supervisory trial attorney in the Milwaukee office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    Peter M. Tempelis, U.W. 2006, has become a Waukesha County assistant district attorney. He serves in the newly created sensitive crimes unit, focusing on domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse cases; and prosecutes white-collar fraud cases. Tempelis formerly worked for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Madison, and in district attorney offices in Milwaukee and Jefferson.

    Christa WittenbergChrista Wittenberg, Michigan 2012, has been elected shareholder at O’Neil Cannon Hollman DeJong & Laing S.C., Milwaukee. She is a member of the litigation practice group and focuses on complex contract disputes, shareholder disputes, class actions and whistleblower disputes, trademark and copyright law, personal injury cases, and healthcare litigation.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Offices

    The Milwaukee office of Michael Best has moved to the new BMO Harris Tower, 790 N. Water St., Suite 2500.

    Appointments, Elections

    Three Wisconsin attorneys are among appointees to the Governor’s Task Force on Student Debt. The task force was created through Executive Order #67 and is tasked with addressing the growing student debt crisis in Wisconsin.

    Karen Bauer, U.W. 2009, works with Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, focusing on foreclosure defense, student loan law, unlawful repossessions, fair debt collections, and other consumer law issues. James J. Miller, Univ. of Miami 1991, focuses on bankruptcy law at Miller & Miller Law LLC, Milwaukee. Lara Sutherlin, Northeastern 1999, is the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection designee to the task force. She works with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Madison.

    Richard L. Hillman, Marquette 1987, has been appointed judge of the 55th District Court by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

    The Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL) has elected the following officers: president – Aaron Nelson, U.W. 1996, Nelson Defense Group LLC, Hudson; president-elect – Michael Cohen, U.W. 1991, Cohen Law Offices SC, Eau Claire; vice president – Sarah Schmeiser, U.W. 2004, Stroud, Willink & Howard LLC, Madison; and secretary – Jessa Nicholson Goetz, U.W. 2006, Nicholson, Gansner & Otis SC, Madison. Chad Lanning, U.W. 1997, Lubar & Lanning LLC, Milwaukee, is immediate past-president, and Corey Mehlos, U.W. 2014, Kaehne, Cottle, Pasquale & Associates SC, Sheboygan, is treasurer.

    Karleigh Miller, Creighton 2016, Cohen Law Offices SC, Eau Claire, and Christopher Zachar, U.W. 2007, Zachar Law Office LLC, La Crosse, have been elected to the WACDL board. Board members who were reelected are Robert Henak, New York Univ. 1982, Henak Law Office SC, Milwaukee; Jeffrey Kippa, Marquette 2001, J. Kippa Law LLC, Appleton; Amanda Riek, U.W. 2011, State Public Defenders Office, Portage; Peter Rotter, Marquette 1988, Peter C. Rotter Attorney at Law, Wausau; Michael Rudolph, U.W. 1983, Rudolph Law Office, Appleton; and Josh Uller, Marquette 2005, Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin Inc., Milwaukee.

    Authors, Speakers

    Authors of the recently revised Law of Damages in Wisconsin (State Bar of Wis. 8th ed. 2020) are the following: Susan K. Allen, Marquette 2006, Kyle W. Engelke, U.W. 2013, and Jeffrey A. Mandell, Chicago 2006, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison; Allen A. Arntsen, U.W. 1981 (retired), and Matthew D. Lee, Alabama 2006, Foley & Lardner LLP, Madison; Melinda A. Bialzik, Harvard 1999, and Robert L. Gegios, U.W. 1981, Kohner, Mann & Kailas S.C., Milwaukee; Keith A. Bruett, Marquette 1998, and Patrick S. Nolan, Marquette 1997, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee; Robert C. Burrell, Iowa 1971, Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen S.C., Milwaukee; and Jessica M. Butler, U.W. 2009, Gruber Law Offices, LLC, Milwaukee.

    Also, Mackenzie E. Campbell, William Mitchell 2014, Doar Drill & Skow S.C., New Richmond; James R. Clark, U.W. 1971, and Nicholas Kitzman, Duke 2016, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee; Andrew J. Clarkowski, U.W. 1995, Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison; Sherry D. Coley, Marquette 2003, and Tiffany E. Woelfel, U.W. 2016, Davis|Kuelthau S.C., Green Bay; Matthew J. Cornetta, Iowa 2001, Ruder Ware L.L.S.C., Eau Claire; Brandon J. Evans, George Mason 2005, Kendricks, Bordeau, Keefe, Seavoy & Larsen P.C., Marquette, Mich.; Isabelle L. Faust, Marquette 2018, Patrick J. Lubenow, U.W. 1984, and Russell M. Ware, Marquette 1971, SmithAmundsen LLC, Milwaukee; Stephanie L. Finn, U.W. 1991, and Webster A. Hart, William Mitchell 1967, Herrick & Hart S.C., Eau Claire; Stephen L. Fox, Marquette 1992, and Kent A. Tess-Mattner, Marquette 1980, Schmidt, Rupke, Tess-Mattner & Fox S.C., Brookfield.

    Also,Kurt Goehre, U.W. 2009, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry S.C., Green Bay; Thomas Gonzalez, U.W. 1998, Husch Blackwell LLP, Milwaukee; John W. Hein, New York Univ. 1970, Davis|Kuelthau S.C., Milwaukee; Rebecca M. Hillary, Marquette 2013, and Robert J. Kasieta, Marquette 1983, Kasieta Legal Group LLC, Madison; Ann S. Jacobs, U.W. 1992, and Jacqueline C. Nuckels, Marquette 2004, Jacobs Injury Law S.C., Milwaukee; Victoria M. Karcher, U.W. 2011, and Elizabeth D. Reeths, U.W. 2011, Klinner Kramer Shull LLP, Wausau; Paul A. Kinne, U.W. 1993, Riley C. Leonard, U.W. 2018, and Scott B. Thompson, U.W. 2015, Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs, Madison; Eric W. Lengell, Marquette 2007, and Gary S. Stanislawski, Marquette 1997, Zilske Law Firm S.C., Brookfield; Kristin E. Lonergan, U.W. 2007, Crooks, Low & Connell S.C., Wausau; and Thomas J. Lonzo, U.W. 1989, Rose & deJong S.C., Milwaukee.

    Also, Theodore V. Lyons Jr., U.W. 1978, Meier, Wickhem, Lyons & Schulz S.C., Janesville; J. Ryan Maloney, Marquette 2007, James T. Murray Jr., Marquette 1974, and Andrea H. Roschke, U.W. 1982, von Briesen & Roper SC, Milwaukee; Melita M. Mullen, U.W. 2012, and David G. Ress, Marquette 2011, Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C., Madison; Daniel Peterson, Minnesota 2012; David J. Pliner, U.W. 1989, Corneille Law Group LLC, Madison; Terrence M. Polich, U.W. 1998, Lawton & Cates SC, Madison; Katherine D. Spitz, Notre Dame 2007, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Madison; Jonathan T. Swain, Marquette 1975, and Samantha J. Wood, U.W. 2013, Lindner & Marsack S.C, Milwaukee; David J. Turek, Marquette 2002, Gass Weber Mullins LLC, Milwaukee; and Susan R. Tyndall, Marquette 1985, Habush, Habush & Rottier S.C., Waukesha.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Michael S. Ariens, Marquette 1982, has been named the inaugural Aloysius A. Leopold Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, where he teaches constitutional law, American legal history, professional responsibility, and evidence.


    Michael P. MayMichael P. May, U.W. 1979, retired on June 1, 2020, from his position as city attorney for the city of Madison. First appointed by Mayor Dave Cieslewicz in 2004, May also served under Mayor Paul Soglin and Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the U.W. Law School and of the State Bar of Wisconsin Senior Lawyers Division board.

    Joseph M. Nicks, U.W. 1975, has retired as a full-time lawyer with Godfrey & Kahn SC, Green Bay. He remains associated with the firm on an of counsel basis.

    Congratulations to Recent Certified Paralegals

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    Through the State Bar of Wisconsin Certified Paralegal™ program, paralegals in Wisconsin are eligible to be certified – a credential that demonstrates a paralegal’s dedication to professional development and excellence. It is a self-funded, voluntary program for all paralegals in Wisconsin who meet the program’s criteria. For information, visit

    The following individuals were certified as of May 15, 2020. For a full list of Certified Paralegals, visit

    Christine M. Brown, Curran, Hollenbeck & Orton S.C., Mauston.

    Susette M. Carli, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire, Altoona.

    Paige K. Dulai, Crivello Carlson S.C., Milwaukee.

    Cherlyn Gullicksen and Patricia Pfrang, Malm & La Fave S.C., Milwaukee.

    Jacob D. Hurley, Hurley Burish S.C., Madison.

    Kristen B. Lenzen, DeWitt LLP, Brookfield.

    In Memoriam

    Israel Aceves, U.W. 2006, Newport Beach, Cal., April 20, 1976 – April 10, 2014.

    Joseph R. Caton Jr., Marquette 1973, Hudson, March 28, 1947 – April 29, 2020.

    William J. Connors, U.W. 1982, Madison, June 15, 1938 – March 30, 2020.

    Walter H. Erbach, U.W. 1972, Madison, March 26, 1947 – Feb. 29, 2020.

    Laurence E. Gooding Jr., U.W. 1950, Milwaukee, Sept. 13, 1922 – Oct. 24, 2019.

    Robert H. Halvorsen, U.W. 1963, Kohler, June 6, 1935 – Feb. 2, 2020.

    Joseph C. Niebler Sr., Marquette 1968, Brookfield, Oct. 30, 1944 – March 19, 2020.

    Harry J. O’Leary, Marquette 1960, Janesville, March 4, 1933 – May 5, 2020.

    David H. Raihle Sr., U.W. 1960, Chippewa Falls, Feb. 21, 1934 – April 13, 2020.

    Lynn M. Zuehlsdorf-Mack, U.W. 1988, Jackson, March 8, 1949 – April 7, 2020.

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