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    Wisconsin Lawyer
    March 01, 2006

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    Vol. 79, No. 3, March 2006

    In the News

    David F. Andres


    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    David F. Andres, Marquette 1996, has been made a partner at McCoy & Hofbauer S.C., Waukesha, and continues to focus on complex civil litigation with a concentration in product liability matters in the health care area.

    James Andreucci Jr., Marquette 1989, has joined the Milwaukee office of Clifton Gunderson as a tax partner and will focus on manufacturing, retail, and distribution companies.

    Jodi L. Arndt


    Jodi L. Arndt, Vermont 1999, has been named a partner at Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry S.C., Green Bay, and will continue to focus on environmental law.
    Angela R. Bennett Autumn L. Lindquist



    Angela R. Bennett, Hamline 2005, and Autumn L. Lindquist, William Mitchell 2001, have joined Bakke Norman S.C. Bennett focuses on criminal defense, family law, and general litigation in the New Richmond office. Lindquist focuses on family law, probate, and municipal law in the Amery office.

    Joseph C. Copa, U.W. 1999 cum laude, and Paul D. Curtis, Minnesota 1999, have been named partners at Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison. Copa concentrates in commercial litigation, construction, health care litigation, employment law, and general health care law. Curtis focuses on insurance defense, employment litigation, and commercial litigation.

    Patricia J. Epstein, Brooklyn 1989, has been promoted to shareholder at Bell, Gierhart & Moore S.C., Madison, and continues to concentrate in civil litigation defense. Jessica J. Zerbst, U.W. 2001, has been promoted to director at the firm and continues to focus in business, real estate, family law, and estate planning. Amy B. F. Tutwiler, U.W. 1994, has joined the firm and concentrates in litigation.

    Jennifer L. Binkley, U.W. 2001, Carolyn M. Emery, U.W. 2003, and Carrie Vance, Boston College 2005, have joined Community Justice Inc., Madison, as staff attorneys and provide a broad range of legal services to low-income and underrepresented individuals.

    Eryn M. Doherty, Marquette 2000, has joined Fox Entertainment Group Inc., Los Angeles, as senior counsel for labor relations. She previously was with the Boston office of the National Labor Relations Board.

    Nathan J. Dosch, Marquette 2004, has joined Silton, Seifert, Carlson & Gamble S.C., Appleton, as an associate, concentrating on estate planning, estate and trust settlement, tax law, and elder law.

    Kurt D. Dykstra


    Kurt D. Dykstra, Marquette 1998 summa cum laude, has been promoted to partner in the Holland, Mich., office of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP and continues to concentrate in litigation.

    Dan Ferris, American Univ. 1986, has been promoted to vice president and general counsel at SECURA Insurance Cos., Appleton. He recently earned his chartered property casualty underwriter (CPCU) designation.

    Grady Frenchick


    Grady Frenchick, U.W. 1977, has joined the Madison office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. in the intellectual property practice. He focuses on intellectual property matters involving the life sciences and biotechnology.

    Jacqueline M.       Fontana


    Jacqueline M. Fontana, U.W. 2001 magna cum laude, has joined Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison, as an associate, focusing on bankruptcy and commercial and civil litigation. She previously was a law clerk for the Hon. Margaret J. Vergeront, Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

    Six attorneys have been elected shareholders at Godfrey & Kahn S.C. In the Milwaukee office: Sean O. Bosack, Marquette 1997, focuses on litigation. Stephanie A. Lyons, U.W. 1995, and Jennifer L. Vallier, Northwestern 1996, focus on real estate. Jeremy D. Newman, Michigan 1997, focuses on corporate law. In the Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn: Katherine Stadler, Northwestern 1997, focuses on litigation and business finance and restructuring. Mike B. Wittenwyler, U.W. 1998, focuses on political law.

    Thomas N. Shorter


    Thomas N. Shorter, Northeastern 1996, has joined LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn as a shareholder in the employment, health care, and education practice groups.

    Chris G. Halverson, U.W. 1991 cum laude, has joined Godfrey, Leibsle, Blackbourn & Howarth S.C., Elkhorn, and focuses on litigation, municipal law, and business law.

    Joseph M. Fasi II Jill Pedigo Hall


    Neifor B. Acosta Laurie E. Meyer
    Acosta Meyer

    Joseph M. Fasi II, Stetson 1983, and Jill Pedigo Hall, Iowa 1982, have joined Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan LLP, Milwaukee. Fasi, a partner, focuses on litigation, and Hall, a senior associate, focuses on equal opportunities and employment law. Neifor B. Acosta, Marquette 1999, and Laurie E. Meyer, Marquette 1998, have been promoted to partner at the firm. Acosta focuses on litigation, and Meyer focuses on equal opportunities and employment law.

    Beth Ermatinger Hanan, U.W. 1996, has been named a member of Gass Weber Mullins LLC, Milwaukee, and continues to concentrate on appellate practice and complex litigation.

    Bonni D. Fredrick, Marquette 1995, Patti J. Kurth, Indiana Univ.- Indianapolis 1980, and Peter M. Silver, Marquette 1987, have been named shareholders in the Milwaukee office of Kasdorf, Lewis & Swietlik S.C. Fredrick and Silver focus on worker's compensation issues, and Kurth focuses on insurance defense and brief writing.

    Stacy M. Ludwig, U.W. 1988, has become an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., where she teaches legal ethics. She also is with the U.S. Department of Justice Professional Responsibility Advisory Office.

    Kristin R. Muenzen, Marquette 2003, has joined the U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., as a trial attorney in the land acquisition section. She previously clerked for the Hon. Christine O.C. Miller, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Washington, D.C.

    Diane Odeen


    Diane Odeen, Hamline 1998, has been elected a shareholder at Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageburg, Minneapolis and Hudson. She focuses on employment litigation.

    Brittany Ogden, Syracuse 1999, has been promoted to shareholder at Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, and continues to focus on commercial and business litigation, commercial leasing issues, and bankruptcy and creditors' rights matters.

    Daniel Plane, Marquette 1996, has become head of anticounterfeiting in Southeast Asia for the LVMH Fashion Group in the Hong Kong office. He previously worked for Nokia Corp., Espoo, Finland.

    Eight attorneys have been promoted to shareholder at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. In the Milwaukee office: Daniel P. Cooper, Michigan 1998, is with the tax and business law departments. Nora E. Gierke, Duke 1998, is with the litigation department. Masud Khan, Marquette 1998 cum laude, is with the business law and international departments. Robert J. Muten, Valparaiso 1998 summa cum laude, is with the labor and employment department. Gregory A. Storm, Notre Dame 1998 cum laude, is with the employee benefits department. Sherilyn R. Whitmoyer, Ohio State 1998, is with the business law department. In the Madison office: Melanie S. Lee, Iowa 1998 with distinction, is with the real estate department. In the Waukesha office: Jeremy T. Whitt, Vanderbilt 1998, is with the real estate department.

    Dean B. Richards, Marquette 1982, has joined the Waukesha office as a shareholder in the real estate department.

    Lisa Roys


    Lisa Roys, Cooley 1998, has been promoted to public affairs director with the State Bar of Wisconsin. Roys previously was government relations coordinator at the State Bar, and prior to that she was with Ruder Ware.

    Laura C. Smythe, U.W. 1997, has joined Alternative Resolutions Inc., Appleton, as a mediator with a focus on family services. She previously was an associate with the Sutter Law Firm, Appleton.

    John W. Stangel


    John W. Stangel, U.W. 1973, has joined Salutz & Salutz LLP, Manitowoc, as a partner and concentrates in real estate law and probate. He previously was a partner with Winter, Stangel & Chewning LLP.

    Thomas P. Gehl James C. Green


    Christopher J. Schreiber Denise E. Shaw
    Schreiber Shaw

    Four attorneys have joined the Milwaukee office of von Briesen & Roper, s.c. Thomas P. Gehl, Marquette 1986, is a shareholder, chair of the regulatory law and Indian law sections, and member of the business, international, and real estate law sections. James C. Green, Marquette 1991, is a shareholder in the business, international, and litigation sections. Christopher J. Schreiber, Marquette 2003, is an associate in the banking, bankruptcy and business restructuring practice group. Denise E. Shaw, California Western 1994, is an associate in the litigation and risk management practice group.

    Joseph E. Tierney IV, U.W. 1995, has joined the Milwaukee and Brookfield offices of Davis & Kuelthau s.c. as a shareholder and will focus on real estate law, general corporate law, and tax law.

    Kathryn Mullen Upton, Marquette 2001, has joined the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Dayton, Ohio, as director of charter school sponsorship. The foundation works with charter schools in Dayton, Springfield, and Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    Hartig, Bjelajac, Hankel, & Koenen and Kallenbach & Lehner S.C. have merged to form Hankel, Bjelajac, Kallenbach, Lehner & Koenen LLC, Racine. Firm members are Robert E. Hankel, John M. Bjelajac, Terrance L. Kallenbach, Phillip Lehner, and Rod J. Koenen. Judith Hartig-Osanka is of counsel.

    Appointments, Elections

    David A. Crass, U.W. 1991 cum laude, has been appointed managing partner of the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. He concentrates in environmental/regulatory law, land use, and agricultural law.

    The Douglas County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Harley L. Prell III; president-elect - Karry A. Johnson; and secretary/treasurer - Parrish J.R. Jones, all of Superior.

    The Fond du Lac County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Michael E. O'Rourke; president-elect - Nicholas A. Brannen; secretary - Kirk W. Everson; and treasurer - Dawn M. Sabel, all of Fond du Lac.

    James D. Friedman, Notre Dame 1972, has become president of the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund Inc. He is a partner with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP and is chair of the firm's regulated business practice section and financial institutions practice group.

    The Legal Association for Women has elected the following officers: president - Elizabeth M. Bucaida; president-elect - Mindy Rowland Buenger; secretary - Margit S. Kelley; and treasurer - Carousel A. Bayrd, all of Madison.

    The Monroe County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Tyler J. Tripp; president-elect - Erik B. Pearson; and secretary/treasurer - Rick Niemeier, all of Sparta.

    The Sheboygan County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Lisa C. Stengel, Sheboygan; vice president - Elizabeth G. Rich, Plymouth; and secretary/treasurer - Christine D. Esser, Sheboygan.

    The Tri-County Bar Association (Buffalo, Jackson, Pepin and Trempealeau counties) has elected the following officers: president - Paul L. Bohac, Black River Falls; vice president - the Hon. John A. Damon, Whitehall; secretary - Paul B. Millis, Black River Falls; and treasurer - Steven G. Schultz, Durand.

    Tim Van de Kamp, Marquette 2005, has been appointed to the technology committee of the Milwaukee Bar Association. He is an associate with the Milwaukee Metro office of DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., focusing on business, real estate, and litigation.

    The Vernon County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - George A. Hopkins, Viroqua; vice president - George C. Wilbur, La Farge; secretary - Stephanie M. Hopkins, Viroqua; and treasurer - Timothy J. Gaskell, Viroqua.

    The Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates has elected the following officers: president - Marie A. Stanton, Madison; vice president - Joseph J. Beisenstein, Kimberly; and secretary/treasurer - W. Ted Tornehl, Milwaukee.

    Authors, Speakers

    Authors of the new book The Wisconsin Business Advisor Series: Environmental and Real Estate Law (State Bar CLE Books 2006) are Michelle A. Behnke, U.W. 1988, a sole practitioner in Madison; Michael A. Dodge, Marquette 1999, a sole practitioner in the greater Milwaukee area; Benjamin C. Grawe, Vermont 2000, DeWitt Ross & Stevens, Brookfield; William Pharis Horton, Georgetown 1963, a sole practitioner in Madison; and Todd E. Palmer, St. Louis Univ. 1992, DeWitt Ross & Stevens, Madison.

    David Patrick Eich


    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    David Patrick Eich, Columbia 1992, was named one of the "Hot 100" lawyers in Europe for 2005 by the January 2006 edition of The Lawyer magazine. He is a partner in transnational mergers and acquisitions and private equity with Kirkland & Ellis International LLP in London and Munich.

    Dennis M. Grzezinski was named a "2005 Wisconsin Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics Media Inc. He is a solo practitioner in Milwaukee.

    Five attorneys with Halling & Cayo S.C., Milwaukee, have been named "2005 Wisconsin Super Lawyers" by Law & Politics Media Inc. Recognized attorneys are Richard Cayo, Robert Dvorak, Pat Grove, Christopher Kolb, and Catherine LaFleur.

    Six attorneys with Hawks Quindel Ehlke & Perry S.C. are included in the 2006 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Recognized attorneys are Katherine Charlton, Timothy Hawks, Richard Perry, Barbara Zack Quindel, and Jeffrey Sweetland, all with the Milwaukee office; and Aaron Halstead, with the Madison office.

    Michael F. Hupy has been named a "2005 Wisconsin Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics Media Inc. He is with Hupy and Abraham S.C., Milwaukee.

    Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, was named in the top three "Firms of Distinction" in the law firm category by In Business magazine's 2005 Consumer Choice Awards.

    Richard Perry, Marquette 1959, was awarded the Howard B. Eisenberg Lifetime Achievement Award by the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund Inc. at a ceremony in November. Perry, with the Milwaukee office of Hawks Quindel Ehlke & Perry S.C., was honored for his efforts to provide civil legal services to low-income persons for the past three decades.

    Douglas J. Phebus


    Douglas J. Phebus, Southern Illinois 1996, has been certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is with Lawton & Cates S.C., Madison.

    Pro Bono, Public Service

    Employees of Murphy Desmond S.C., Madison, provided gifts, household items, and food for a local family through an "adopt a family" program sponsored by the Salvation Army. The firm also contributed money to Toys for Tots.

    Matthew Storms, Case Western Reserve 1996, has established a nonprofit entity, the Badger OIF Foundation, to benefit Iraqi children. Storms is deployed in Iraq with the Wisconsin Army National Guard and was recently promoted to major. He practices business and corporate law with the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

    In Memoriam

    Alfred P.J. Diotte, U.W. 1953, Janesville, April 16, 1925 - Dec. 18, 2005.

    Donald E. Koehn, U.W. 1952, Sheboygan Falls, Dec. 9, 1924 - Nov. 2, 2005.

    James Philip Larkin, Minnesota 1954, Cumberland, Feb. 15, 1931 - Feb. 26, 2005.

    Michael J. O'Melia, Marquette 1968, Phoenix, Ariz., April 16, 1942 - Jan. 21, 2006.

    C. James Riester, Marquette 1956, Milwaukee, July 10, 1931 - Aug. 17, 2005.

    Hon. Clarice M. Schleifer, Maryland 1962, Bridgewater, Va., Jan. 8, 1920 - Jan. 14, 2006.

    Dorothy Nelson Topel, U.W. 1947, Marinette, June 3, 1922 - Dec. 26, 2005.

    Russell L. Stewart, Marquette 1971, Bloomingdale, Ill., July 18, 1946 - Dec. 6, 2005.

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