New Hires, Promotions, Partners
Don Daugherty, Northwestern 1990, has joined the Institute for Free Speech, Washington, D.C., as senior attorney after previously serving as senior counsel at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. Daugherty has more than 30 years of experience in trial and appellate litigation, has been a partner at three of Wisconsin’s largest law firms, and recently served as president of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association. He primarily will work remotely from the Milwaukee area.
Eric R. Erdman, Saint Louis Univ. 2010, has joined Lin Law LLC, Green Bay, as an associate and practices in probate and trust administration, estate planning, elder law and special needs, business and corporate law, general civil litigation, and real estate.
Jorge R. Fragoso, U.W. 2012, has joined Milwaukee-based Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown LLP with the criminal defense, appellate, and civil litigation teams. He previously was with the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office and has experience in criminal matters, including trials, sentencing, probation-revocation hearings, and postconviction and appellate proceedings; and juvenile, mental health, guardianship and protective placement, CHIPS, and termination-of-parental-rights matters. Fragoso is fluent in Spanish.
Ari Kasper, Northwestern 2014, has been promoted to associate general counsel, litigation, at eXp Realty LLC, Bellingham, Wash.
Andrew Lorenz, U.W. 2018 magna cum laude, has joined Ruder Ware in the Eau Claire office. He represents businesses and individuals in business transactional matters, with an emphasis on real estate development, leasing, land use, mergers and acquisitions, and business entity formation.
Steven L. Miller, U.W. 1987, has joined Nelson Defense Group LLC, Hudson, as an appellate attorney, working with Robert Maxey, Marquette 2018, in the postconviction and appellate division. Miller provides criminal appellate services state-wide to clients and trial lawyers.
Nadeska Nino-Gomez, U.W. 2018 has joined Zacherl, O’Malley & Endejan S.C., Fond du Lac, and focuses on criminal, immigration, and family law matters. Before practicing law in Wisconsin, she was a corporate attorney in her native country, Venezuela.
Tim Sugar, Hamline 2007, has joined Fiduciary Partners Trust Co. as vice president. He has almost 15 years of combined experience in trust administration and in practice as an estate planning attorney in Madison. Sugar will be establishing a new office location for Fiduciary Partners.
Mergers, Relocations, New Offices
Shimon B. Kahan, DePaul 1991, has moved his practice from Haynes, Studnicka, Kahan & Poulakidas LLC to LaBarge, Campbell, Lyon & Kahan LLC in Chicago. He focuses on civil trial litigation, particularly truck-transportation, retail premises, and construction negligence litigation, and serves as a neutral for arbitration.
New board members for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Wisconsin chapter are the following: president – Alison H.S. Krueger, Nelson, Krueger & Millenbach LLC, Wauwatosa; vice president and Board of Governors representative – Rebecca K. Millenbach, Nelson, Krueger & Millenbach LLC, Wauwatosa; treasurer: Anthony Menting, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison; secretary – Rhonda R. Hazen, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison; and immediate past president – Daniel Bestul, Duxstad & Bestul S.C., Monroe.
Anthony (Tony) J. Steffek, Marquette 2006, has become co-chair of the labor and employment team at Davis|Kuelthau s.c. and oversees a team of seven. Steffek, based in the Green Bay office, assists employers with human resources-related issues such as hiring and firing, noncompetition agreements and other restrictive covenants, disability and ADA issues, FMLA and other leave matters, employee-handbook review, sensitive personnel matters, OSHA compliance, wage-and-hour issues, and labor negotiations. He also provides public entities and schools with counsel on issues specific to them.
Team co-chair James M. Kalny, Marquette 1981, assists clients with collective bargaining issues and employment law matters. He has successfully represented public- and private-sector employers in employment discrimination and wage matters.
Awais Khaleel, Howard 2013, has been chosen to join the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. He is a Dane County assistant district attorney.
Scott M. Paler, U.W. 2005 cum laude, has been elected to the executive committee at DeWitt LLP. Paler, a partner based in Madison, also is chair of the background screening practice group, past chair of the employment practice group, and a member of the litigation practice group. He has advised more than 100 background-screening companies on compliance and business issues and has assisted employers nationwide in creating and administering sound, legally compliant background-screening programs.
Jed Roher, New York Univ. 2006 magna cum laude, with Husch Blackwell, Madison, and Christine Senty, Hamline 1997, general counsel for Quartz Health Solutions, Madison, presented “Combining Provider-Sponsored Health Plans: Risks, Tips, and a Case Study” at the national American Health Lawyers Association Health Care Transactions conference in April 2021.
Authors of the State Bar of Wisconsin publication Wisconsin Civil Procedure Before Trial (7th ed. 2021) are the following: Gabrielle B. Adams, U.W. 2008, Jason K. Smathers, Iowa 2019, and Emily L. Stedman, Mississippi 2013, Husch Blackwell LLP, Milwaukee; Malinda J. Eskra, Marquette 2007, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., Milwaukee; Norman D. Farnam, Illinois 1999, and John J. Laubmeier, U.W. 2005, Stroud, Willink & Howard LLC, Madison; Sarah E. Korte, Hamline 2016, Moen Sheehan Meyer Ltd., La Crosse; Jeffrey A. Mandell, Chicago 2006, and the late Kurt M. Simatic, Marquette 2012, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison; Marsha M. Mansfield, U.W. 1984, Hawks Quindel s.c., Madison; Brittany S. Ogden, Syracuse 1999, and Randy J. Pflum, U.W. 2016, Quarles & Brady LLP, Madison; Steven J. Schooler, Michigan 1981, Madison; Jennifer L. Vandermeuse, U.W. 2011, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Madison; Aaron R. Wegrzyn, Chicago 2013, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee; and Andrew S. Wier, U.W. 2008, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., Kenosha, Lake Geneva, & Racine.
Authors of the State Bar of Wisconsin publication The Attorney’s Guide to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (7th ed. 2021) include the following: Michael T. Brody, Marquette 2006, Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago; Joseph A. Bugni, Ave Maria 2006, and Shelley Fite, U.W. 2006, Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin Inc., Madison; Joseph S. Harper, Chicago 2016, and Michael D. Leffel, Michigan 1997, Foley & Lardner LLP, Madison; Donald J. Wall, Marquette 1977, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Chicago; and Linda S. Isnard, Marquette 1988, Isnard Law Offices LLC, Mequon. Other authors are Stephen E. Arthur, Clifford W. Berlow, James D. Dasso, Peter J. Donoghue, Collins T. Fitzpatrick, Katherine M. Funderburg, Gabriel K. Gillett, Jed W. Glickstein, Jeffrey A. Parness, Shanna H. Rifkin, Liza B. Scott, and Joshua D. Yount, who practice with firms in Illinois and Indiana.
Benjamin M. Adams, Marquette 1985, and William A. Woodrow, Marquette 1976, are retiring in 2021. Adams and Woodrow joined McCarty Law LLP, Appleton, in 2019. Before that, they practiced in Neenah at Adams & Woodrow SC.
Congratulations to Recent Certified Paralegals
Through a State Bar program, paralegals in Wisconsin are eligible to be certified – a credential that demonstrates a paralegal’s dedication to professional development and excellence. The State Bar of Wisconsin Certified Paralegal™ program is a self-funded, voluntary program for all paralegals in Wisconsin who meet the program’s criteria. For information about the program, visit www.wisbar.org/paralegal.
The following individuals were newly certified or recertified as of May 3, 2021. For a full list of Certified Paralegals, visit www.wisbar.org/Paralegal.
Stephanie Mackey, Milwaukee County Corporation Counsel, Milwaukee
Katrina Roth, Miller & Miller LLC, Portage
Melissa A. Scalf, O’Neill Law Firm LLC, La Crosse
Wendy L. Schlies, Godfrey & Kahn SC, Green Bay
Sheila M. Schmitz, ThedaCare, Appleton
Earl A. Charlton, Marquette 1950, Milwaukee, June 18, 1926 – April 12, 2021.
Virginia Dwyer, Minnesota 1980, Eagan, Minn., May 30, 1955 – May 5, 2021.
Hon. Kent C. Houck, U.W. 1959, Richland Center, Aug. 16, 1935 – April 9, 2021.
Tara K. Kleinhans, U.W. 1998, Monroe, Oct. 16, 1969 – May 3, 2021.
Walter F. Schmidt, Marquette 1954, Wauwatosa, Feb. 16, 1930 – July 22, 2020.
Leonard W. Schulz, Marquette 1968, Big Bend, Jan. 18, 1940 – March 28, 2021.
Kurt Simatic, Marquette 2021, Madison, Jan. 4, 1978 – April 16, 2021.
David L. Steele, U.W. 1965, Augusta, Aug. 7, 1935 – April 7, 2021.
Thomas E. Warmington, U.W. 1976, Brookfield, March 16, 1947 – April 15, 2021.
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