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About the Conference

Solo and small-firm attorneys are the aces of the legal world. We’re inspired by your bravery and pioneer spirit in piloting your firm. But you shouldn’t have to fly solo on your course to success. That’s why we created the Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference.

WSSFC is your co-pilot, helping you navigate a smaller firm’s everyday challenges – whether it’s keeping up on multiple practice areas or managing the business side of your office.

It’s a chance to share the sky with outstanding fellow attorneys. Make some new friends. Find out what works – and what doesn’t – for other lawyers like you. And take time to visit exhibitors at the Legal Expo for all the latest tools, services, and ideas to keep your practice soaring.

Don’t let stress put you into a stall. Learn how you can feel better, work smarter, and reduce strain. Relax and unwind at enjoyable social events.​

So join us at WSSFC 2019 as we take off on a journey of learning, networking, and fun!

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Choose Your Own Adventure!​

With six powerful plenaries and 32 individual breakout sessions, WSSFC features customizable education, networking, and business exchanges.

Plenary sessions will be announced throughout the spring, and full CLE schedule details will be posted in July. Have an idea for a session? Email Barbara Moddes at

Tuition Costs

Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference Tuition Early Registration
BY October 2
Standard Registration
AFTER October 2
State Bar of Wisconsin Members $329 $379
New members (admitted to practice after 4/30/2017) $164 $189
Staff of State Bar members and WALA members $329 $379
Ultimate Pass Silver* $164 $189
Ultimate Pass Gold (with luncheons) $20 $20
Ultimate Pass Gold (without luncheons) $0 $0
Nonmembers* $429 $479
Law Students (with luncheons) $20 $20
Law Students (without luncheons) $0 $0

Ultimate Pass Silver not eligible for first time attendee discount.

Guest Packages

Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference - Guest Options Early Registration
BY October 2
Standard Registration
AFTER October 2
Guest Package* $50 $50
Guest Thursday Lunch $20 $20
Guest Friday Luncheon and Award Presentation $20 $20

*Includes all breakfasts, breaks, opening reception, and hospitality suite

Please indicate whether you will attend the Thursday and Friday lunches when registering.

Thursday lunch in the Expo Hall is included for all registrants. Friday networking lunch and Lederer Award are included with paid registrations (Ultimate Pass Gold subscribers and Law students add $20 per lunch). Please register guests for all appropriate options.

CLE, EPR, LPM, and LAU Credits

WSSFC will be submitted to the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners for up to 13.0 CLE, 7.0 EPR, 6.0 LPM, and 5.0 LAU credits*.

*Effective July 1, 2017, lawyers can earn up to 6.0 hours of Law Practice Management (LPM) and up to 6.0 Lawyer Awareness and Understanding (LAU) credits toward the 30 hours of approved CLE required during a reporting period. See SCR 31.02 (3) and (4) for more information.

Additionally, earn even more credits watching complimentary webcast replays in November and December.​

WSSFC Scholarships – Apply Today!

The State Bar’s Solo/Small Firm & General Practice Section is offering three scholarships to WSSFC. The scholarships cover the cost of conference tuition. Recipients are responsible for their travel and lodging costs.

All solo and small-firm attorneys are eligible to apply, but preference is given to those who otherwise couldn’t attend the conference due to financial constraints.

WSSFC scholarship recipients are expected to “pay it forward” through volunteer service. That service could take the form of assisting with WSSFC planning or serving on either the Solo/Small Firm & General Practice Section board or a board subcommittee.

Download your application and submit it to by Friday, September 13, 2019.

WSSFC 2019 Planning Committee

Executive Committee

Nerino J. Petro, Jr.
Conference Chair
The Erickson Group
Belvidere, IL

Sarah L. Ruffi
Past Chair
Ruffi Law Offices, S.C.

Nancy L. Trueblood
Trueblood Law Firm LLC

Timothy Clark
PINNACLE Seminars Division Manager
State Bar of Wisconsin

Barbara Moddes
PINNACLE Program Planner
State Bar of Wisconsin

Plenary Committee

Kathleen A. Brost
Legacy Private Trust Co.

Johanna R. Kirk
Kirk Law Office LLC

Jeffrey S. Krause
Affinity Consulting Group

Sarah L. Ruffi
Ruffi Law Offices, S.C.

Christopher Shattuck
LOMAP Advisor
State Bar of Wisconsin

Nancy L. Trueblood
Trueblood Law Firm LLC

Substantive Track

Sara M. Drescher
Forest County Potawatomi Community

Kate Knowlton
Knowlton Law Group LLC

Practice Management Track

Jeffrey S. Krause
Affinity Consulting Group

Sarah L. Ruffi
Ruffi Law Offices, S.C.

Technology Track

Brent J. Hoeft
FirmLock Consulting LLC

Nerino J. Petro, Jr.
The Erickson Group
Belvidere, IL

Quality of Life/Ethics Track

Paul F. Angel
Angel & Angel, S.C.

J. David Krekeler
Krekeler Strother, S.C.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Habush, Habush & Rottier 
    Daniels Capital 
    Kramer, Elkins & Watt, LLC 
    Krekeler Strother, S.C.  
    Minnesota Lawyers Mutual 
    Professional Insurance Programs  
    State Bar of Wisconsin Solo Small Firm and General Practice Section  
    Thomson Reuters 
    West Bend Mutual 
    ABA Retirement Funds  
    Affinity Consulting  
    American Cancer Society  
    Boyle Fredrickson  
    Bultman Financial Services  
    The Computer Center

    Technology Track Sponsor

    eCourt Reporters  
    Gingras Thomsen Wachs  
    Hupy & Abraham, S.C.  
    Legal Research Center  
    NOMOS Marketing  
    RyTech, LLC  
    Smith Keane LLP Virtual Receptionists  
    Spotlight Branding  
    TRP Design Group  
    University of Wisconsin Law School  
    Wisconsin Court System  
    Wisconsin Judicare  
    Woman Warrior Lawyer  
    Bakke Norman  

Contact Us

General Info:
Barbara Moddes
(800) 444-9404 ext. 6157
(608) 250-6157
Karen Richter
(800) 444-9404 ext. 6132
(608) 250-6132