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In June, the Wisconsin Law Journal will honor outstanding achievement by the top women in the practice of law. We’re looking for those who, by achieving success, have also paved the way for success for other women in the law.

An event honoring Wisconsin’s Women in the Law will be held June 11, 2015 at The Pfister in Milwaukee. Those chosen for this honor will also be featured in a special Wisconsin Law Journal publication.

The Pfister Hotel
424 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Registration & cocktails

6:30 p.m.: Dinner

7:15 – 8:00 p.m.: Awards presentation

Contact Jenny Byington with any questions at 414-225-1803 or jenny.byington@dailyreporter.com.

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2015 Women in the Law

Elisabeth Andrews Mueller - Milwaukee County district Attorney Office
Jodi Arndt - Law Firm of Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry
Kristin Bergstrom - Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren
Nancy Bonniwell - Weiss Berzowski Brady
Freya Bowen - Perkins Coie LLP
Ellen Brostrom - Milwaukee County Circuit Court
Rebecca Coffee - Mastantuono & Coffee
Susan De Groot - Neider & Boucher
Mariam Fleming - Michael Best & Friedrich
Molly GaleWyrick - Polk County Circuit Judge
Maria Gonzalez - Foley & Lardner
Maria Kreiter - Godfrey and Kahn
Susan Maloney - Siesennop Sullivan
Debra Mancoske - Mancoske Law Office
Gail McCarthy - Hochstatter, McCarthy, Rivas & Runde SC
Maura McMahon - State Public Defender’s Office
Andrea Murdock - Halloin & Murdock
Ann Murphy - Quarles & Brady
Pamela Pepper - District Judge
Denasha Scott - Stafford Rosenbaum
Amy Shapiro - Hawks Quindel
Susan Sheeran - Melli Law SC
Angela Sutkiewicz - Sheboygan county Circuit Court
Karen Tidwell - Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek
Deborah Tomczyk - Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren
Ann Ustad Smith - Michael Best & Friedrich
DeeDee Watson - State Public Defender’s Office
Cheryl Weston - University of Wisconsin Law School

2015 LEADERS IN THE LAW

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Almost 400 lawyers, judges, support staff and their families came together Wednesday to celebrate the Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2015 Leaders in the Law.

 

boucherJoseph Boucher
founding partner, Neider & Boucher SC

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budzinskiMark Budzinski
managing partner, Corneille Law Group LLC

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conleyDaniel Conley
partner, Quarles & Brady LLP

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crockerRandall Crocker
president and CEO, von Briesen & Roper SC

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deladuranteyNathan DeLadurantey
founding partner, DeLadurantey Law Office LLC

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farrellAndrea Farrell
attorney, The Jeff Scott Olson Law Firm SC

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foxWilliam Fox
founder and chairman, Fox, O’Neill & Shannon SC

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kattWilliam Katt
regional managing partner, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

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klingamanRussell Klingaman
partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

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larsonEric Larson
partner, Arenz, Molter, Macy, Riffle & Larson SC

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lazarMaria Lazar
assistant attorney general, Wisconsin Department of Justice

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melowskiDennis Melowski
founding partner, Melowski & Associates LLC

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muthR. Timothy Muth
shareholder, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC

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nickStephen Nick
city attorney, City of Eau Claire

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nissenJennifer Nissen
attorney, Hochstatter, McCarthy, Rivas & Runde SC

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nistlerBrent Nistler
founding partner, Nistler Law Office SC

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olivieriJose Olivieri
partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

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olsonAlan Olson
founder and attorney, Alan C. Olson & Associates, SC

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persickRebecca Persick
commissioner, Sheboygan County Circuit Court

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petersonJohn Peterson
senior shareholder, Peterson, Berk & Cross SC

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reedThomas Reed
regional attorney manager, State Public Defenders Office Milwaukee Trial Division

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richterWard Richter
shareholder, Bell, Moore & Richter SC

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sweeneyBuck Sweeney
partner, Axley Brynelson LLP

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vogelCharles Vogel
shareholder, Godfrey & Kahn SC

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wagnerRoy Wagner
shareholder and chairman of construction-law practice, von Briesen & Roper SC

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witteEdward (Ned) B. Witte
shareholder, Environment and Energy Strategies, Godfrey & Kahn, SC

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wolvertonMary Wolverton
shareholder, Peterson, Johnson & Murray SC

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mcgaffeyLifetime Achievement
Jere McGaffey
retired partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

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Esther “Cody” Splitt
attorney, Private practice

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UNSUNG HEROES OF 2014

Twenty-four of the Wisconsin legal community’s Unsung Heroes were honored Thursday with an awards luncheon at the Milwaukee Athletic Club in Milwaukee.

Meet this year’s Unsung Heroes:

Honoree Cheryl Fritche, of Horizons Law Group LLC, with her husband, Ron

Honoree Joan Zweber (center) with her Quarles & Brady LLP colleagues Vicki Hassi (left) and Ann Scholz

Honoree Sandra Peterson (center), of the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office, with daughter Anna Peterson (left) and mother Mildred Mathison

The honorees and colleagues from Michael Best & Friedrich LLP are (left to right) Jane Moberg, Lori Ott, Nancy Dragolovich and Phyllis Evans-Carr.

Honoree Richard Gureski, of Godfrey & Kahn SC, with daughter Abigail (left) and wife Chrissy

Staff photos by Kevin Harnack

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BauerBauer relishes career as record guardian

Sherry Bauer
court reporter, Kenosha County Circuit Court

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crandallCuriosity helps Crandall leap from art world to legal work

Jane Crandall
librarian, Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison

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CzyshCzysh plays multiple roles for Andrus

Sharon Czysh
Office manager, Andrus Intellectual Property Law LLP, Milwaukee

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DragolovichDragolovich completes successful career

Nancy Dragolovich
IP docketing and administrator manager (retired), Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee

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dunkinDunkin offers a helping hand

Regina Dunkin
executive director, Merrill Community Center Inc., Beloit

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Evans-CarrEvans-Carr masters art of event planning

Phyllis Evans-Carr
office manager/HR, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee

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FerrelFerrel leads by example

Deb Ferrel
paralegal, Hawks Quindel SC, Madison office

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FritcheSuccess is in the details for Fritche

Cheryl Fritche
legal assistant/paralegal, Horizons Law Group LLC, Brookfield

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GandeeGandee maintains serenity in hectic world

Julie Gandee
legal secretary, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee

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Gibbs-BeneshGibbs-Benesh thrives on change

Genny Gibbs-Benesh
paralegal, Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP, Madison

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Finn-GorskiFinn Gorski makes her mark in long career

Liz Finn Gorski
judicial operations manager, Vel Phillips Juvenile Justice Center, Wauwatosa

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GureskiGureski overcomes early career struggles

Richard Gureski
central file manager, Godfrey & Kahn SC, Milwaukee

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HansonHanson finds success with old-school ethics

Diane M. Hanson
office manager, Boardman & Clark LLP’s Baraboo office

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KarlsKarls crafts a steady career

Jean Karls
legal assistant, Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison

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KruegerKrueger marks time with technology

Susan Krueger
legal secretary, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee

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LoehnerLoehner seeks new challenges

Michele Loehner
paralegal, Habush, Habush & Rottier SC, Milwaukee

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MobergMoberg finds unexpected success

Jane Moberg
Director of Library Services, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee

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OttOtt leaves mark at Michael Best & Friedrich

Lori Ott
legal secretary, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee

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PackChallenges don’t faze legal secretary

Erika Pack
legal secretary, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee

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PazPaz finds success behind the scenes

Monica Paz
deputy clerk of courts, Waukesha County Juvenile Court

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PetersonPeterson offers help when defendants need it most

Sandra Peterson
legal associate, Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office

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SmithSmith finds satisfaction in helping others

Kathy Smith
budget and policy analyst, Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office

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UlrichDedication, adaptability power Ulrich

Sarah Ulrich
office manager/legal assistant, Becker Law Office SC, Madison

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ZweberZweber gives decades to Quarles & Brady

Joan Zweber
supervisor, office services, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee

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2014 UP AND COMING LAWYERS

Twenty-six attorneys from a variety of practice areas were honored Wednesday night as Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2014 Up and Coming Lawyers.

Now in its sixth year, the annual award event recognizes attorneys who – right out of the starting gate – have shown themselves to be rising stars. With eight years or less of experience, honorees have handled challenging legal issues, taken steps to improve the justice system and given of themselves to their communities.

Honorees were chosen for their initiative and zeal for the practice of law, as well as their commitment to community and the positive effect they have on the lives of those around them.

Some of them do pro bono work, others donate time to local organizations and many mentor the next generation.

The 2014 dinner and awards presentation was held at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.

Tyler Grigg and wife, honoree Kathryn Grigg of Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison.

Gary Poulson, Sue Wagner, Eileen Fowles, Alyssa Dowse, Matt Poulson, and honoree Sarah Fowles of Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee.

Laura Aehl-Roth and honoree Kathryn Harrell of Lawton & Cates SC, Madison.

David Mohorich, Tyler Smith and Angela Harris of Schroeder Solutions Inc., New Berlin.

Melissa Guzman, Christopher Liro, honoree Benjamin Imhoff, Andi Dietzel, George Solveson and Amanda White of Andrus Intellectual Property Law LLP, Milwaukee.

(Staff Photos by Kevin Harnack)

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briccoBricco shows her toughness

Katie Bricco, Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office, Waukesha

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cimpl-wiemerCimpl-Wiemer keeps balance

Allison Cimpl-Wiemer, vice president and associate counsel, Associated Banc-Corp, Milwaukee

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diulioDiUlio follows straight path to law

Nicholas DiUlio, attorney, Godfrey, Braun & Frazier LLP, Milwaukee

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fowlesFowles satisfied with career switch

Sarah Fowles, associate, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee

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garciaGarcia finds helping hands

Carina R. Garcia, attorney,  Petrie & Stocking SC, Milwaukee

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gatewoodGatewood rolls with changes

Heather K. Gatewood, senior legal counsel, Michels Corp., Brownsville

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griggGrigg makes divorce collaborative

Kathryn Grigg, attorney, Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison

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Harrell thrives in complex cases

Kathryn Harrell, attorney, Lawton & Cates SC, Madison

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hartmanHartman helps poor and elderly

April Hartman, staff attorney, Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc., Milwaukee

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hoffHoff has clients’ interests at heart

Casey Hoff, attorney, Kirk Obear and Associates, Sheboygan

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imhoffImhoff finds worldwide demand

Benjamin Imhoff, partner, Andrus Intellectual Property Law LLP, Milwaukee

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johnsonJohnson helps workers stay afloat

Larry Johnson, attorney, Hawks Quindel SC, Milwaukee

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kohoutKohout plays key role in Bucks’ sale

Jason Kohout, senior counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee

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linLin looks for the challenges

Enku Edgar Lin, assistant public defender, Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office, Milwaukee

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linnenLinnen racks up 7th Circuit wins

Julie Linnen, attorney, Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin Inc., Madison

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manianManian excels in criminal law

Jacob Manian, associate attorney, Fox, O’Neill & Shannon SC, Milwaukee

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mcleodMcLeod builds on early win

Nicholas M. McLeod, associate attorney, Alan C. Olson & Associates SC, New Berlin

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meinersMeiners leads by example

Deborah Meiners, associate attorney, DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC, Madison

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menghiniMenghini making his mark

Michael Menghini, partner and shareholder, Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd., Appleton

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naleidNaleid looks to next chapter

Brittany Lopez Naleid, attorney, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC, Milwaukee

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noyesNoyes finds success in the details

Kelly Noyes, shareholder, von Briesen & Roper SC, Milwaukee

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schellerScheller builds a career on campus

Rebecca Scheller, University of Wisconsin Law School

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shresthaShrestha thrives in complex cases

Jessica J. Shrestha, associate, Wheeler, Van Sickle & Anderson SC, Madison

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sitzbergerSitzberger shows steely resolve

Randy Sitzberger, prosecutor, Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office

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turczynTurczyn turns dreams into business

Melissa Turczyn,  associate, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Madison

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urmanskiUrmanski empowers victims

Joel Urmanski, assistant district attorney, Sheboygan County

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2014 WOMEN IN THE LAW

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The crowd gathers for the Wisconsin Law Journal’s Women in the Law event June 12 in downtown Milwaukee. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

In front of several hundred of her peers, attorney Jessie Lochmann Allen was honored Thursday night as Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2014 Woman of the Year.

The award capped off the evening’s 2014 Women in the Law awards, an annual event hosted by Wisconsin Law Journal with help from presenting sponsor Associated Bank. Twenty-seven outstanding female members of the state’s legal community were honored at the event, which was attended by more than 375 people at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel. See below for a full list of this year’s winners.

The Woman of the Year distinction is made by the Association for Women Lawyers, Wisconsin Law Journal’s event partner in the annual awards.

In choosing her for the honor, the group’s board noted that Allen, a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP and member of the firm’s transactional and securities practice, has “gone above and beyond to help other women achieve similar success both in the law and in business.”

Allen also is a member of the firm’s Recruiting Committee and serves as the hiring partner for the Milwaukee office.

“Jessica is very obviously a highly-qualified lawyer … in a very visible role to colleagues and clients,” AWL President Jennifer Allen said. “However, what impresses me the most is that she uses her position to help other women. She reminds her own clients about the value of putting women on their boards and recommends women to fill these roles.”

All of this, while managing her own responsibilities at work and home.

“She is in a position to help and she does so in spite of her obviously very busy and full life,” Jennifer Allen said. “This speaks volumes about her quality as a professional and a sponsor of women.”

Honoree Rebecca Wickhem House of Harley-Davidson Inc. (left) and Honoree Jessie Lochmann Allen of Foley & Lardner LLP enjoy a pre-dinner reception at the Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2014 Women in the Law event Thursday in Milwaukee. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

Ismael Ozanne (left), Honoree Jodie Rohrer of the Dane County District Attorney’s Office and David Rohrer celebrate at the Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2014 Women in the Law event Thursday in Milwaukee. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

Ron Stadler (from left), Jeni Tate and Honoree Jean-Marie Crahan of Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP enjoy a pre-dinner reception at the Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2014 Women in the Law event Thursday in Milwaukee. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

Gary Bahr (from left), Stacey Rajchel-Bahr, John Pankow, Honoree June Spoerl of the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office, Cheryl Roets and Tim Roets celebrate at the Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2014 Women in the Law event Thursday in Milwaukee. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

Jack Dierks and Honoree Catherine Tully of Habush Habush & Rottier SC enjoy a pre-dinner reception at the Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2014 Women in the Law event Thursday in Milwaukee. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

The crowd gathers for the Wisconsin Law Journal’s Women in the Law event June 12 in downtown Milwaukee. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

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Meet this year’s Women in the Law:

Lochmann-Allen-JessieAllen makes a case for having it all
Woman of the Year
Jessie Lochmann Allen — Foley & Lardner LLP

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Shannon-AllenAllen keeps mother in mind while building career

Shannon Allen — Fox O’Neill & Shannon SC

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Erin-Murphy-BarbatoFirm founder fights for immigrant rights

Erin Murphy Barbato — Barbato Immigration Law LLC

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Justice-Ann-Walsh-BradleyJustice Bradley continues to rise to challenges

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley — Wisconsin Supreme Court

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Monica-Burkert-BristBurkert-Brist leaves lasting impression

Monica Burkert-Brist — Wisconsin Department of Justice

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R-Alta-CharoUW Law professor makes a difference

R. Alta Charo — University of Wisconsin Law School

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Crahan-Jean-MarieLitigation leader devotes time to others

Jean-Marie Crahan — Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP

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Dickinson-ErinDickinson takes a risk, reaps the rewards

Erin Dickinson — Hansen Reynolds Dickinson Crueger LLC

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Bartels-Farrell-JoanIn-house counsel relishes spreading goodwill

Joan Bartels Farrell — Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin Inc.

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Hart-RachelleHart sets an example while guiding others

Rachelle Hart — Aurora Health Care Inc.

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Hartley-JillHartley gets tougher with every challenge

Jill Hartley — The Previant Law Firm SC

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Ackerman-Havas-MichelleHavas takes the long route to dream job

Michelle Ackerman Havas — Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office Children’s Court Center

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Hintz-PatriciaHintz goes beyond the basic requirements

Patricia Hintz — Quarles & Brady LLP

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Wickhem-House-RebeccaHouse leads the pack in varied legal career

Rebecca Wickhem House — Harley-Davidson Inc.

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Kirkeide-JaneKirkeide always willing to lend a hand

Jane Kirkeide — Sager & Colwin Law Offices SC

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Klimpel-JoanSummer assignment sets Klimpel on career path

Joan Klimpel — Godfrey & Kahn SC

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Kuchler-DonnaKuchler’s maternal instincts aid defense work

Donna Kuchler — Kuchler & Cotton SC

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LaTour-JeanLa Tour provides a voice for the vulnerable

Jean La Tour — Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office

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McNamara-McGraw-LarraineForeclosure attorney inspired to fight for others

Larraine McNamara-McGraw — Horizons Law Group LLC

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Peck-LauraReal estate remains Peck’s priority

Laura Peck — Axley Brynelson LLP

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Prestigiacomo-AntoninaPrestigiacomo helps nurture others

Antonina Prestigiacomo — Foley & Lardner LLP

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Renlund-Cari-AnneRenlund keeps her focus on clients

Cari Anne Renlund — DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC

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Rohrer-MiriamRohrer offers light in the darkness

Miriam J. “Jodie” Rohrer – Dane County District Attorney’s Office

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Spoerl-JuneSpoerl tries to keep clients out of the system

June Spoerl — Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office

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Tully-CatherineTully stands tall in a male-dominated career

Catherine Tully — Habush Habush & Rottier SC

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Webb-DaphneWebb helps carve a path for others

Daphne Webb — Stafford Rosenbaum LLP

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wolfe-maryWolfe finds strength in challenges of her job

Mary Wolfe — Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office

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