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    Vol. 75, No. 9, September 2002

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    William Peck


    Matthew Weber


    Bart D. Achterberg, Marquette 2002, has joined the Janesville office of Consigny, Andrews, Hemming & Grant S.C. as an associate.

    Michele M. Biwer, Marquette 2002 cum laude, has joined Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry S.C., Green Bay, as an associate, engaging in a general practice with a focus on employment law.

    William R. Peck, U.W. 1990 cum laude, and Matthew D. Weber, U.W. 1997 cum laude, have joined Boardman Law Firm LLP, Madison, as associates. Peck, who practices in tax, business, and nonprofit law, previously was with Dunkley, Bennett, Christensen & Madigan P.A., Minneapolis. Weber, who practices in municipal law and real estate law, previously was a visiting clinical assistant professor at the Legal Assistance for Urban Communities Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School.

    Heather L. Burgess, Marquette 2002, has joined Becker & Hickey S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate.

    John Robert Byrnes, U.W. 1973, has become assistant U.S. trustee for the Western District of Virginia. He previously was assistant U.S. trustee for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

    Nancy Bonniwell

    Nancy M. Bonniwell, North Dakota 1984, has been named a partner in Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP, Milwaukee and Delafield. Her practice includes estate planning, real estate,
    and business law. Bonniwell currently serves on the board of directors and
    is vice president of the Waukesha County Estate Planning Council.

    Kevin J. Cords, U.W. 2002, has joined Kasieta Legal Group LLC, Madison, focusing on civil litigation, personal injury, and employment law.

    Duffy Dillon, U.W. 2000 cum laude, has joined the Janesville office of Brennan, Steil, Basting & MacDougall S.C., concentrating in family law, worker's compensation, and criminal and civil litigation, including personal injury, commercial, and insurance defense.

    Susan A. Engler, Marquette 1992, has been made a partner in the Milwaukee office of Hinshaw & Culbertson, focusing on professional liability, medical malpractice, and worker's compensation.

    Michael H. Bloom, U.W. 1993, and Sven W. Strutz, U.W. 2002, have joined Eckert, Kost & Vocke LLP, Rhinelander, as associates. Bloom, previously a trial attorney with the Wisconsin Public Defenders' office,
    will focus on general litigation, and Strutz will engage in general and appellate practice.

    Rory Dilweg, U.W. 1996, has joined the Los Angeles office of Holland & Knight LLP, focusing on representing Indian tribes throughout the western United States. He previously was interim chief counsel for the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.

    Pamela Hart

    Pamela Hart, U.W. 2002, has joined Hart Law Offices, Edgerton and Janesville, as a partner, practicing in real estate, estate planning, landlord-tenant, and family law.

    Bradley D. Hauswirth, Hamline 1991, has joined Wagner, Falconer, & Judd Ltd. as head of the civil litigation department in the Minneapolis and Brookfield offices, practicing primarily in personal injury, professional malpractice, and business and commercial litigation. He previously
    was a shareholder with Stringer & Rohleder Ltd.

    Perry J. Hoffman, U.W. 1992, has joined the intellectual practice group in the Chicago office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLC, concentrating in intellectual property protection, procurement, and licensing in the electronics, computers, communica-tions, controls, and software fields. He previously was with Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery, Chicago.

    Tim Kohls, U.W. 1998, has joined the London office of White & Case LLP, focusing on acquisition finance and syndicated commercial lending and representing clients in repackagings and reorganizations.

    Geoffrey A. Lacy, Marquette 2002, has joined Hochstatter, McCarthy & Rivas S.C., Milwaukee, as an associate, practicing immigration law.

    Jordan Lamb
    Susan Minahan Ruppelt
    William J. Lyne

    Jordan K. Lamb, U.W. 2002 cum laude, has joined DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison, as an associate, focusing on estate planning and government relations.

    Judith A. Langer, Marquette 1985, has been promoted to privacy official at Cobalt Corp., Milwaukee, responsible for privacy compliance issues under HIPAA, Gramm Leach Billey, and state law. She previously was a regulatory compliance attorney at Cobalt.

    Susan Minahan Ruppelt, Marquette 1995, and William J. Lyne, Marquette 2002, have been named partners in O'Connor, Sachs, Ruppelt & Lyne LLP, Mequon (formerly O'Connor & Sachs LLP), both concentrating in estate planning, probate and trust administration, tax planning, and family business planning.

    Shana R. Lewis, U.W. 1999, has joined Lathrop & Clark LLP, Madison, as an associate, focusing on representing individuals and employers in public and private sector employment and labor law.

    Joseph M. Engl, Marquette 2002 cum laude, and David J. Turek, Marquette 2002 summa cum laude, have joined Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., Milwaukee. Engl practices in corporate and tax law, and Turek practices in civil litigation, environmental law, and insurance law.

    Michele A. Peters, Marquette 2002, has joined the Milwaukee office of Shneidman, Hawks & Ehlke S.C. as an associate, practicing in labor law and worker's compensation.

    Andrew Pyatskowit, U.W. 1981, has joined the Oneida Law Office as a staff attorney, practicing Indian law in the employment, corporate, and litigation areas. He previously was the tribal prosecutor for the Menominee Indian Nation.

    Erika L. Reick, Marquette 2002, has joined the Milwaukee office of Davis & Kuelthau S.C. as an associate in the business and corporate law section, focusing on estate plans for individuals and family-owned businesses, marital property agreements, succession planning, probate and trust administration, and nonprofit law issues.

    Mary Richards, U.W. 1989, has joined Emile Banks & Associates LLC, Milwaukee, as an associate, practicing primarily in insurance defense, coverage litigation, general litigation, and appellate practice. She previously was a staff attorney with Hogan, Ritter, Minix & Pasholk and in-house counsel for St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Co.

    Lawrence S. Roberts, U.W. 1995, has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Patton Boggs LLP as an associate, concentrating in federal Indian law and environment and natural resources issues. He previously worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel.

    Edward Rue

    Edward S. Rue, U.W. 2002 cum laude, has joined Johns & Flaherty S.C., La Crosse, focusing on litigation, business, employment, and family law.

    Jeffrey J. Serum, U.W. 2002, has joined Garvey, Anderson, Johnson, Geraci & Mirr S.C., Eau Claire, practicing in business, real estate, tax, and estate planning.

    Thomas D. Sykes, Ohio State 1979, has joined the Chicago office of McDermott, Will & Emery as a partner, focusing on tax controversy matters and tax litigation. He previously was a partner in a tax law firm and a senior-level litigator with the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, both in Washington, D.C.

    Glen M. VanderKooi, Marquette 1996 magna cum laude, has been promoted to senior counsel at Meijer Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich., focusing in real estate acquisition, development, sales, leasing, and licensing.

    Galo Vargas

    Galo Vargas, U.W. 2002, has joined the Milwaukee office of von Briesen & Roper S.C. as an associate in the business and technology groups, focusing in corporate law, technology, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, and patent licensing.

    Stacy C. Gerber Ward, Notre Dame 1993, has joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. She formerly was a shareholder with Cook & Franke, Milwaukee.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    Grossman, Patti & Brill has relocated to One N. La Salle St., 44th Floor, Chicago. The firm, which concentrates in intellectual property litigation and transactional matters, including contingent fee patent litigation and high-tech patent prosecution, can be contacted at (312) 346-2800; (312) 346-2810 (fax); or com info grossmanpatti grossmanpatti info com (email). The firm's Web site is www.grossmanpatti.com.

    Len Kachinsky, U.W. 1978, Gregory Petit, Marquette 1993, and Gregory Parker, Thomas Cooley 1998, have formed Kachinsky, Petit & Parker LLC, Neenah. The firm concentrates on criminal and traffic defense, family law, and real estate.

    Donald Romundson, U.W. 1987, has relocated from the Green Bay office of Godfrey & Kahn to LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn, Madison. He is a shareholder with the litigation practice group, focusing in litigation, appellate practice, insurance law, products liability, and tribal law.

    Seneczko Law Offices S.C. has relocated its employment law practice to Oconomowoc. Linda S. Quartaro, Pepperdine 1988, has joined the firm, practicing in employment law and worker's compensation defense. She previously was senior trial counsel for EBI Cos.

    Appointments, Elections

    David Erne, Harvard 1968, has been elected to the Northwestern Mutual board of trustees. He is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., concentrating in corporation, banking, international, and bankruptcy law.

    Michael R. Davis

    Michael R. Davis, U.W. 1974, has been selected president-elect of the Dane County Bar Association. He is a partner with DeWitt, Ross & Stevens S.C., Madison, focusing on plaintiff's personal injury and wrongful death cases, and medical negligence and other civil litigation.

    The State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section has elected the following directors: Gary Gerlach, Frederick Kessler, Roy Nelson and Dennis Selby, all of Milwaukee; Cathy Warmington, Waukesha; and Randy Sproule, Madison. The section also elected the following officers: chair - Terry Peppard, Madison; vice chair/treasurer - Percy Julian, Madison; and secretary - Robert Asti, Cedarburg.

    Michael J. Gratz, U.W. 1994, has been elected chair of the State Bar Intellectual Property Section. He is a partner with Boyle, Fredrickson, Newholm, Stein & Gratz S.C., Milwaukee, concentrating in patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright law and related licensing and litigation.

    Art Harrington, U.W. 1975, has been elected president of the Milwaukee Public Library Board. He is a shareholder and head of the environmental and energy law practice group in the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C.

    Margaret W. Hickey, U.W. 1986, has been elected chair of the State Bar Family Law Section. She practices in elder law and family law with Becker & Hickey S.C., Milwaukee.

    Margaret E. Johnson, U.W. 1993 cum laude, has received a special faculty appointment at the Washington College of Law at American University, Washington, D.C., serving as a practitioner-in-residence and director of the Domestic Violence Clinic.

    Catherine M. Kelly, U.W. 1996, has been elected secretary of the Barristers Club of San Francisco and has become a member of the board of directors of the San Francisco Bar Association. She is a corporate associate at Steinhart & Falconer LLP, San Francisco.

    William H. Levit Jr.

    William H. Levit Jr., Harvard 1967, has been elected president of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association. He is senior member and former chair of the litigation practice group in the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C., with a diverse practice including antitrust, securities, distributor relations, licensing, unfair competition, insurance regulation and coverage disputes, professional liability, shareholder disputes, and alternative dispute resolution.

    C. Kevin McCrindle, Loyola-Chicago 1975, has been elected to the board of governors of the Iowa State Bar Association and was also appointed to the council of the bar's Probate and Trust Law Section. He is with C. Kevin McCrindle Law Offices, Waterloo, Iowa.

    George K. Steil Sr., U.W. 1950, has been elected chair of the U.W. Hospital and Clinics Authority board of directors. He is president of Brennan, Steil, Basting & MacDougall S.C., Janesville, and is a former president of the
    State Bar.

    John A. Sikora

    John A. Sikora, U.W. 1982 cum laude, has been elected chair of the State Bar Taxation Section. He is a partner with Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP, Milwaukee, practicing in tax planning, tax controversies, real estate, including like-kind exchanges, and corporate law, and is an adjunct assistant professor at Marquette University Law School.

    Richard J. Podell, U.W. 1969, has been appointed to the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights, which monitors human rights violations around the world. He is president of Richard J. Podell & Associates, Milwaukee.

    Authors, Speakers

    Michael Biehl, Harvard 1976, has written Doctored Evidence, a legal/medical mystery novel. He practices health law with the Milwaukee office of Foley & Lardner.

    Scott B. Franklin, Marquette 1995, CPA, authored the Tax Tips column for the summer 2002 issue of Family Advocate magazine, published by the ABA's Section of Family Law. He is tax manager with Kohler & Franklin CPAs, Glendale.

    Martin J. Greenberg, Marquette 1971, spoke at a Chicago conference on "The Economics of Venue Security - Risk Assessment, Management and Cost Control for Venue Safety and Security," sponsored by Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal. He is with Greenberg & Hoeschen, Milwaukee.

    Judith Sperling Newton, U.W. 1981, and Henry Plum, Marquette 1972, will speak at the 25th National Children's Law Conference of the National Associ-ation of Counsel for Children in Orlando, Fla. Newton is with Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison, and Plum is with Henry Plum Law Office, Wauwatosa.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    Brennan, Steil, Basting & MacDougall S.C. is included in the 2002 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, published by Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register. The honor is reserved for firms that have received an AV rating, with the "A" signifying the highest level of legal ability and the "V" denoting very high adherence to the standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence. The firm has offices in Janesville, Madison, Monroe, and Delavan.

    Robert L. Habush, U.W. 1961, has received the Leonard M. Ring Champion of Justice Award from the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. The award is bestowed on a trial lawyer who has demonstrated a lifetime of accomplishments as a trial lawyer and contributions to the association. Habush is a senior partner with Habush Habush & Rottier, a personal injury firm with offices in 11 Wisconsin cities.

    Pro Bono, Public Service

    Race Judicata, an annual fun run/walk sponsored by the U.W. Law School Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF), will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002, at Picnic Point on the U.W. campus. Funds raised by the race are used for grants for law students to do public interest legal work nationwide. PILF welcomes both participants and volunteers to help put on the race. Please contact Jennifer Tobin at (608) 298-9145 for more information or a registration form.

    In Memoriam

    Thomas N. Akey, U.W. 1974, Minocqua, July 9, 1946 - May 17, 2002.

    Vartak Gulbankian, U.W. 1935, Racine, Sept. 21, 1913 - March 22, 2002.

    Lloyd S. Jacobson, U.W. 1932, Milwaukee, Oct. 18, 1910 - May 24, 2002.

    Chris R. Kabella, U.W. 1978, Saint Paul, Minn., Jan. 26, 1952 - July 27, 2002.

    Thomas T. Lindsey, Drake 1979, Washburn, Sept. 28, 1953 - June 10, 2002.

    James R. Mattison, Marquette 1938, Cornville, Ariz., April 8, 1913 - Jan. 14, 2002.

    R. Alexander Reisdorf, U.W. 1949, Madison, Aug. 26, 1924 - April 21, 2002.

    David Sebora, U.W. 1940, Waupaca, Sept. 9, 1916 - Jan. 19, 2002.

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