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Now seeking nominations for our 15th annual Leaders in the Law program

Leaders2015-featured1On February 16, 2017, the Wisconsin Law Journal will honor the top members of the state’s legal community with our 15th annual Leaders in the Law awards.

Don’t miss this opportunity to recognize the noteworthy achievements of a colleague, mentor or friend. Honorees will be recognized at a February 16 dinner awards event at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

To nominate, please include a detailed (MUST BE MORE THAN 150 WORDS) description of why you believe the person should be chosen as a Leader in the Law. Winners will be based solely on the QUALITY of the nomination.

Our judges will be looking, in particular, for information regarding a candidate’s:

  • outstanding leadership
  • vision and career achievements
  • legal expertise (specific cases are always good to mention)
  • pro bono work
  • community involvement

The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, Dec. 16

Questions? Call 414-225-1803 or email jenny.byington@wislawjournal.com.

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(Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

The Wisconsin Law Journal honored 26 Unsung Heroes at an event on Thursday at the Grain Exchange in downtown Milwaukee.

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Meet this year’s Unsung Heroes:

morelazLIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Morales dedicates life to Milwaukee firm (and Bloody Marys)

Maria Morales
Weiss Berzowski
Firm Administrator

Unsung Heroes white:goldLIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Sheldon leaves tough spot to fill

Sue Sheldon
State Public Defender’s Office
Recently Retired

bradfordAttraction to law came early for Bradford

Mary Kay Bradford
Legal Assistant
Michael Best & Friedrich

bradshawBradshaw uses research skill to keep attorneys informed, prepared for trial

Jill Bradshaw
Law Library Manager
Godfrey & Kahn

bricklBrickl’s energy, dedication create solid foundation at Murphy Desmond

Kathy Brickl
Office Manager
Murphy Desmond

curnsCurns successfully blends marketing, technology

Jessica Curns
Marketing and Media Technology Coordinator
Godfrey & Kahn

fischerFischer builds client-centric niche in marketing

Pagette Fischer
Director of Marketing, Business Development
Davis & Kuelthau

heyerholmHeyerholm wears many hats for Boardman & Clark

Rita Heyerholm
Legal Assistant
Boardman & Clark 

hullermanEfficiency is cause of pride for Hullermann

Sara Hullermann
Judicial Assistant
Grant County Circuit Court

jensenJensen provides smooth transitions for pro-bono domestic abuse, guardianship projects

Staci Jensen
Legal Secretary
Quarles & Brady

kirkQuarles & Brady’s Kirk doesn’t miss a beat

Kathryn Kirk
Legal Secretary
Quarles & Brady

knousDo-it-all Knous helps clients navigate immigration system

Kateri Knous
Paralegal
Quarles & Brady

kohlKohl fights for the little guy

William Kohl
Private Investigator
Kohl Investigations

lisonVariety keeps Lison engaged, on her toes

Megan Lison
Paralegal
Hager, Dewick & Zuengler

meyerMeyer at home with real estate transactions

Jennifer Meyer
Paralegal
Michael Best & Friedrich

monaghanMonaghan keeps state department on track

Kelly Monaghan
Office Specialist
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

nangleNangle brings spot of sunshine to Bell, Moore & Richter

Shawn Nangle
Receptionist, Administrative Assistant
Bell, Moore & Richter

paulsenPaulsen’s work ethic a benefit to her firm

Donna Paulsen
Paralegal
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

raymondRaymond provides wit and wisdom

Tammy Raymond
Legal Secretary
Godfrey & Kahn

rosenburgRosenberg helps lawyers get in touch with tech

Rob Rosenberg
Company President
Rosenberg Consulting Services

sanfelipoFirm credits Sanfelipo for bridge to motorcycle enthusiasts

Tony “Pan” Sanfelipo
Senior Motorcycle Investigator
Hupy and Abraham

seegertSeegert keeps Godfrey & Kahn on the move

Hope Seegert
Office-Services Manager
Godfrey & Kahn

sommerSommer can play ball with the best of them

Kristin Sommer
Legal assistant
Hupy and Abraham

solrajSolraj at the base of data for the SPD

Chandru Solraj
Database Administrator
Wisconsin State Public Defender’s office

sperlSperl stitches together corporate career

Tracy Sperl
Administrative Assistant
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

wellskopfWellskopf shines at putting spotlight on others

Jill Wellskopf
Director of Marketing
Hupy and Abraham

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Almost 300 people in the Wisconsin law community were in attendance Thursday to honor the 2016 class of Up and Coming Lawyers at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.

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Meet this year’s outstanding Up and Coming Lawyers:

braun-thumbBraun taking busy to the next level

Shannon Braun is really, really busy.

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Christiansen-thumbChristiansen gives a voice to her clients by listening

The compassionate disposition the associate attorney Katie Christiansen brings to her criminal-defense and civil-litigation practice can perhaps be best exemplified by a moment that her colleagues at Doar, Drill & Skow say “solidified her passion for being a zealous advocate for juveniles and those in need of help.”

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Coursin-thumbCoursin not your average, cookie-cutter practicing attorney

A lot of lawyers can point to the day they made the decision to go law school.

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Dancy-thumbDancy plans for success

“I’m naturally a planner,” says Kelly Dancy. “Ask anyone in my family — I’m constantly organizing and reorganizing.”

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Engelke-thumbSmall claims court opens door for Engelke’s career

Kyle Engelke was a senior journalism major at UW-Madison and on his way to a life as a sports writer the day his career plans changed.

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Frieman-thumbFreiman provides the best kind of insurance policy

For Amy Freiman, every day presents a new hurdle.

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Frost-thumbMock trial sets Frost on career path

Jacob Frost knew he was destined to become an attorney when, in his first trial, he helped “convict” Christopher Columbus of crimes against humanity.

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glickman-thumbGlicksman charts his own course

Ben Glicksman’s goal is to make a difference.

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Handelsman-thumbSummertime makes Handelsman a better lawyer

The inherent contradiction of being a trial lawyer in the 21st century is that not that many cases go to trial anymore … except for those of Alex Handelsman.

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Helland-thumbHelland’s practice, volunteering aimed at helping businesses

Murphy Desmond’s Alison Helland acknowledges she has a packed schedule between her work in the firm’s business group and her volunteering for the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County.

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Hendrix-thumbHendrix a family law trendsetter

Megann Hendrix is the youngest person ever to serve on the board of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin and one of the youngest to serve on the board of directors for the State Bar of Wisconsin Family Law Section.

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Jensen-thumbJansen proves you can go home again

Brad Jansen was on the legal fast track.

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Kasper-thumbKasper gets into new ballgame for Brewers

When Kellen Kasper sets a goal, there’s no stopping him.

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Messler-thumbMessler puts the plan into estate planning

Jacqueline Messler understands her clients may not always be eager to talk.

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Mochel-thumbMochel champions expungement, helping children

Robert Mochel had a good idea at a young age that he wanted to help kids. He just didn’t always know he would be doing it with the law.

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Morrin-thumbMorin comes full circle to Waukesha public defender’s office

Kelsey Morin has a special connection to the office where she works.

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Murrar-thumbLife trumps immigration law for Murrar

Just like the rest of us, Elizabeth Murrar is counting down the days until the presidential election.

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OConnor-thumbO’Connor takes the mystery out of health care law

Meghan O’Connor is an expert in one of those fields that affects nearly everyone yet is a mystery to many: health care law.

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Orton-thumbOrton finds admiration for the law

Richard Orton said he has three characteristics that he believes make him a great fit for civil litigation: an inquiring mind, a desire to help others and a competitive drive.

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Plier-thumbPlier thrives by helping others

An injury at age 16 spurred Kyra Plier to pursue a legal career.

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Reginato-thumbReginato ‘knows how to get things done’

Matteo Reginato went to law school with the intention of pursuing a practice in transactional law. He had graduated cum laude from the University of Houston and established a successful career in finance and mergers and acquisitions.

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Ress-thumbRess finds rush in law career

In 2009, David Ress was a second-year law student at Marquette University writing bench memos as an intern for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

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Rolling-thumbRolling battles old standards in eminent domain cases

“Well, there’s not a lot of us,” Joseph Rolling said laughing, “we are about as specialized an area of a law as you can get.”

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Schank-thumbSchank relishes complicated bankruptcy cases

For the bankruptcy attorney Jennifer Schank, the more complicated the case, the better.

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Schusster-thumbSchuster excels in advocate role as assistant state public defender

The cases that Jessica Schuster largely works on have garnered quite a bit of attention in recent months, to say the least.

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Stevenson-thumbUW’s Stevenson breaks ground (and a hip)

Like many young lawyers, Adam Stevenson is driven to make a difference in the law. Some will follow a path to the courtroom, others will distinguish themselves through research or writing.

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Tilleman-thumbTilleman ventures into gray area of insurance law

Insurance law may not sound like a field with room for being innovative, but that’s always a goal of Morgan Tilleman’s practice.

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Wagner-Ebben-thumbEbben flows into practice of construction law

Michelle Wagner Ebben keeps a pair of boots handy just in case she has to tromp around a construction site.

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Wucherer-thumbWucherer’s work comes alive

Even if you’re doing something as casual as taking a trip to the grocery story, you’re likely to see the fruits of Hillary Wucherer’s work.

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York-thumbYork relishes work on complex financial transactions

Melissa York credits her mentors with teaching her the ins and outs of how financial institutions work and the role attorneys play in helping them.

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The Wisconsin Law Journal honored 26 outstanding women lawyers Thursday night during the annual Women in the Law event at the Pfister in Milwaukee. Nearly 325 people were in attendance for the 13th annual event.

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Abraham-JasonAbraham in it for the long haul

Jason Abraham
Hupy and Abraham

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Bitar-RemzyBitar conquers constitutional matters

Remzy Bitar
Arenz, Molter, Macy, Riffle & Larson

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Braza-MaryBraza a national leader in sports law

Mary Braza
Foley & Lardner

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Cain-JanetCain strikes a balance

Janet Cain
Peterson, Johnson & Murray

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Cotton-AnthonyCotton gets jump-start into law career

Anthony Cotton
Kuchler & Cotton

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D'Amato-JenniferD’Amato forges close relationships with clients

Jennifer D’Amato
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

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Daniels-JohnQuarles’ Daniels fosters opportunity

John Daniels
Quarles & Brady

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Dickmann-davidDickmann uses partnerships to help clients

David Dickmann
Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office

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Hogan-JohnHogan injects reason into family law

John Hogan
Hogan & Melms

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Kent-PaulKent champions policy and advocacy

Paul Kent
Stafford Rosenbaum

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MacCauley-StewartMacaulay puts law in its place

Stewart Macaulay
University of Wisconsin Law School

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Mcconnel-AndyMcConnell making a difference for clients, community

Andrew McConnell
Boyle Fredrickson

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Meddings-LoriMeddings’ passion for law should be trademarked

Lori Meddings
Michael Best & Friedrich

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Murn-DonMurn skis into successful law career

Don Murn
Axley Brynelson

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Phillips-JimPhillips’ career takes off at Godfrey & Kahn

Jim Phillips
Godfrey & Kahn

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Siessnop-WayneSiesennop started on the other side of the witness stand

Wayne Siesennop
Siesennop & Sullivan

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Sullivan-PatrickSullivan brings perspective to health care defense

Patrick Sullivan
Siesennop & Sullivan

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Troy-JoeTroy keeps serving community after leaving bench

Joseph Troy
Habush Habush & Rottier

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Wagner-BenHabush’s Wagner a character-builder

Benjamin Wagner
Habush Habush & Rottier

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Wesley-GregWesley having a ball pursuing his ‘second’ dream

Gregory Wesley
Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan

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Questions? Please contact Jenny Byington at jenny.byington@wislawjournal.com or 414-225-1803

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Members of Wisconsin’s legal community turned out Thursday to help honor the Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2015 Unsung Heroes. The yearly event was held in the Grain Exchanged Ballroom and honored 24 people who work behind the scenes and normally go unnoticed.

Sara Wood-Cassidy, deputy Director of State Courts (left) talks to the honoree Holly Szablewski before the start of the program.

Diane Schuck (center), an honoree, shares a laugh with associates.

Jeanie Thomas (left) talks with her Daughter, the honoree Laurie Wagner.

About 250 people gather to help honor the 2015 Unsung Heroes.

Kris Yager (left) talks to the honoree Kathy Carufel before lunch is served.

About 250 people gather to help honor the 2015 Unsung Heroes.

Family, friends and associates gather to honor the 2015 Unsung Heroes.

Terry Tadysak of Habush, Habush & Rottier addresses those in attendance while being honored with a lifetime achievement award. Linda Wells of the Wisconsin Department of Justice also was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Event goers applaud following remarks made by Lifetime Achievement winner Terry Tadysak of Habush, Habush & Rottier.

Jocelyn Henning (left), an honoree, shares a laughs with family.

Meet this year’s Unsung Heroes:

tadysakLifetime Achievement Award
Habush Habush & Rottier
Terry Tadysak

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wellsLifetime Achievement Award
Department of Justice
Linda Wells

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carufelKathy Carufel
Corneille Law Group

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ericksonMackenzie Erickson
Hansen Reynolds Dickinson Crueger

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gehrkeLynn Gehrke
Milwaukee County Law Library

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gudelJoleen Gudel
Tracey Wood & Associates

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henningJocelyn Henning
Wisconsin Department of Justice

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hermannMary Hermann
Milwaukee County Cicuit Court Branch 41

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karpinskiMaribeth Karpinski
Lindner & Marsack

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kimballLorrie Kimball
Quarles & Brady

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kotasSheri Kotas
Quarles & Brady

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laroseLaura La Rose
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

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litinskyLucy Listinsky
Milwaukee County Cicuit Court Branch 41

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lylesMary Lyles
Milwaukee City Attorney’s Office

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medlockJanet Medlock
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

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moserLynda Moser
Michael Best & Friedrich

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philipsLouie Phillips
Boardman & Clark

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premoAdam Premo
Axley Brynelson

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reiffSheila Reiff
Walworth County Clerk’s Office

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schroederMelinda Schroeder
Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic

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schuckDiane Schuck
Boardman & Clark

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szablewskiHolly Szablewski
First Judicial District, Milwaukee County

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thorntonAmy Thornton
Wisconsin Department of Justice

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wagnerLaurie Wagner
Quarles & Brady

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2015 Up and Coming Lawyers (Staff Photo by Kevin Harnack)

2015 Up and Coming Lawyers (Staff Photo by Kevin Harnack)

2015 Up and Coming Lawyers (Staff Photo by Kevin Harnack)

2015 Up and Coming Lawyers (Staff Photo by Kevin Harnack)

2015 Up and Coming Lawyers (Staff Photo by Kevin Harnack)

2015 Up and Coming Lawyers (Staff Photo by Kevin Harnack)

2015 Up and Coming Lawyers (Staff Photo by Kevin Harnack)

2015 Up and Coming Lawyers (Staff Photo by Kevin Harnack)

2015 Up and Coming Lawyers (Staff Photo by Kevin Harnack)

2015 Up and Coming Lawyers (Staff Photo by Kevin Harnack)

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Here’s this year’s Up and Coming Lawyers:

Bynum-MarvinImproving Milwaukee motivates Bynum

Although Marvin Bynum II may miss the mountains of Portland , Ore., where he spent much of his childhood, he’s determined to use his practice in real-estate law to improve Milwaukee, which has been his home since 2001.

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Collins-AmyCollins proves youth doesn’t mean inexperience

Amy Collins spent years on the stage singing, dancing and acting.

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Harrand-LeahWyant sees benefits to waiting for law school

A little life experience gave Leah R. Wyant (Harrand) a lot of perspective before starting law school.

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Harvey-PatrickCase variety keeps Harvey engaged

Patrick Harvey likes to mix it up.

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Hebl-AndrewHebl carries on legacy of helping others

Andrew Hebl doesn’t keep his cape in his briefcase, although he should probably consider it.

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Hoffer-DouglasMunicipal lawyer Hoffer enjoys giving back

Municipal lawyers have to be jacks-of-all-trades but don’t have the usual accompanying luxury of being master of none.

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Jerea-MeganJerabek didn’t take the traditional road to shareholder status

People always ask me how I went from public relations to law, and they’re actually more similar than you might think,” said Jerabek, who made shareholder in July with von Briesen & Roper in Madison after five years with the firm. “I spend most of my day writing, as I did before, and trying to solve problems for people, as I did before. The subject matter, the expertise is different, but the day to day is actually very similar.”

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Kinnel-LaurnaKinnel balances unique case mix

Laurna Kinnel readily acknowledges that her practice at Fox, O’Neill and Shannon, entails an unusual mix of business and family-law cases.

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Krumrie-RyanKrumrie’s talent has him rocketing to success

Ryan Krumrie made quite an in impression when he interviewed at Hager, Dewick & Zuengler.

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Leffler-MatthewLeffler building a legal career

Matthew Leffler grew up in the family business of real estate and development, but he knew he needed to find his own direction in an industry he loved.

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Lonergan-EmilyIt’s all in the family for Lonergan

New attorneys don’t come much tougher than Emily Lonergan.

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Migills-Christopher-MacGillis takes pride in helping others

Christopher MacGillis feels lucky for what he gets to do every day – helping those injured in accidents.

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McFarlane-LaureMcFarlane helps others rekindle passion for law

Laura McFarlane proves being a do-gooder isn’t a bad thing.

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McGinn-ColinMcGinn makes transition from classroom to courtroom

On the surface, you wouldn’t think there were a lot of similarities between teaching and being a lawyer. But Colin McGinn, an assistant state public defender at the Milwaukee’s State Public Defender’s office, sees them every day.

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Moses-FaunSPD’s office has strong pull for Moses

Faun Moses is driven to help those who need it.

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Mueller-TravisMueller on a mission to help others

For Travis Mueller, practicing law is all about relationships.

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Murphy-PatrickNo matter the case, Murphy gives it his all

Patrick Murphy straddles two very different types of practice — insurance coverage and intellectual-property litigation — but enjoys the test of his abilities each brings.

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Pittman-WadePittman nurturing offshoot of the family firm

Soon after graduation from law school, Wade Pittman opened the Madison branch of his family’s law firm: La Crosse-based Pittman & Pittman Law Offices LLC.

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Rock-HannahBuilding on a Rock

Hannah Rock helped to create her current job while still in law school.

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Sanford-EricSanford there for clients at tough times

Court was the natural place for Eric Sanford, who is the son of a prosecutor turned criminal defense attorney and the grandson of a judge.

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Sarmiento-JoeSarmiento a strong insurance policy

Joseph Sarmiento is drawn to insurance litigation because of all the thinking it requires.

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Schlevensky-EricElectrical engineering past gives Schlevensky a jolt

Eric Schlevensky draws on his more than a decade of experience as an electrical engineer when working with clients to meet their intellectual-property needs.

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Schmidt-LizSchmidt relishes taking on difficult cases

When Elizabeth Schmidt first started at West Bend-based Alan C. Olson & Associates, short-term and long-term disability cases merely sounded interesting.

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Schnapp-BreanneSnapp’s passion for advocacy helps her weather tough times

What motivates Breanne Snapp is simple.

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Splitek-MattSplitek excels at simplifying complicated cases

Matthew Splitek regularly deals with complex cases in his commercial-litigation practice at Quarles & Brady LLP.

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Tahnk-SussanahTahk sows the seeds for next generation of attorneys

Although she went to Yale Law School, Susannah Camic Tahk knew she wanted to teach.

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Triebenbach-LaurenTriebenbach took time to ensure legal career was right fit

Somewhere deep inside, Lauren Triebenbach knew she was supposed to be a lawyer.

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weiningger-andrewFrom Big Ten to Big Brother, Weininger finds his domain

Andrew Weininger always knew he wanted to open his own firm.

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Witkov-AdamWitkov balances love for law with love for people

Adam Witkov loves problems.

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Wong-SarahWong creating a patent on her work

Sarah Wong is fast establishing herself as an expert in intellectual property law at the Milwaukee-based firm Boyle Fredrickson SC. The 2012 Marquette University Law School graduate earned an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering, which helped lead to her area of specialization within the law.

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The Wisconsin Law Journal honored its 2015 Women of the Law on Thursday at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. More than 300 people turned out to celebrate this year’s field of outstanding women.

Tim Hawks (from left); Amy Shapiro; and Larry Johnson, all of Hawks Quindel.

Wayne Siesennop (from left), Siesennop and Sullivan; Susan Maloney, Siesennop and Sullivan; and Ralph Celentani.

Ann Murphy, of Quarles & Brady; and Rod DenBoer, of Woller-Anger & Co.

Jennifer Allen, Alan C. Olson & Associates; Christopher Schwartz, of Alan C. Olson & Associates; and Class of 2037 Law School graduate Maggie Schwartz.

Jackie Messler (from left), Weiss Berzowski Brady; Nancy Bonniwell, Weiss Berzowski Brady; and John Selix.

More than 300 people turned out for the Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2015 Women in the Law event.

More than 300 people turned out for the Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2015 Women in the Law event.

More than 300 people turned out for the Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2015 Women in the Law event.

More than 300 people turned out for the Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2015 Women in the Law event.

(Staff photos by Kevin Harnack)

Check out the electronic edition of our 2015 Women in the Law magazine

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Krieter-Maria_1Kreiter gives her all, has it all

Woman of the Year
Maria Kreiter, Godfrey & Kahn

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Allen-Jennifer_1Allen dedicated to fighting for her clients

Jennifer Allen, Alan C. Olson & Associates

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Arddt-Jodi_1Light bulb moment brings Arndt Labs to law

Jodi Arndt Labs, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry

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Bergstrom-KristenBergstrom lives by examples set on family farm

Kristin Bergstrom, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

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Bonniwell-Nancy_1Relationships, public service define Bonniwell

Nancy Bonniwell, Weiss Berzowski Brady

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Bowen-Freya_2Bowen discovers the virtues of being ‘bossy’

Freya Bowen, Perkins Coie

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Brosrom-Ellen_2Service is front and center for Brostrom

Ellen Brostrom, Milwaukee County Circuit Court

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Coffee-Rebecca_1Coffee appreciates impact of her work

Rebecca Coffee, Mastantuono & Coffee

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Fleming-Miriam_2Fleming gives back to community, family through clients

Miriam Fleming, Michael Best & Friedrich

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GaleWyrick-Molly_1GaleWyrick rules court with a receptive ear

Molly Galewyrick, Polk County Circuit Court

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gibeault-patricia_1Gibeault has knack for firsts at Axley Brynelson

Patricia Gibeault, Axley Brynelson

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Heidt-MarthaHeidt the cream of the crop

Martha Heidt, Bye Goff & Rohde

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Gonzalez-Knavel-MariaGonzalez Knavel shows true grit in practice, retirement

Maria Gonzalez Knavel, Foley & Lardner

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Maloney-Susan_1Maloney’s appellate work making a difference

Susan Maloney, Siesennop & Sullivan

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Mascoske-Debra_1Mancoske looks out for clients, other solos

Debra Mancoske, Mancoske Law Office

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McGarthy-Gail_1McCarthy sees world through clients’ eyes

Gail McCarthy, Hochstatter, Mccarthy, Rivas & Runde

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McMahon-Maura_1McMahon fights for her clients by getting personal

Maura McMahon, State Public Defender’s Office

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Mueller-Libby_1Mueller draws on family for motivation

Elisabeth Andrews Mueller, Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office

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Murdock-AndreaMurdock builds career in construction, insurance law

Andrea Murdock, Halloin & Murdock

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Murphy-Ann_1Murphy a trailblazer for women attorneys

Ann Murphy, Quarles & Brady

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Pepper-PamelaAll the world’s a stage for Eastern District’s Pepper

Pamela Pepper, U.S. Eastern District

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Scott-DenashaFor Scott, good lawyering starts with listening

Denasha Scott, Stafford Rosenbaum

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Shapiro-AmyShapiro empowers clients during family crises

Amy Shapiro, Hawks Quindel

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Sutiewicz-AngelaSutkiewicz helps establish veterans court initiative

Angela Sutkiewicz, Sheboygan County Circuit Court

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Sheeran-Susan_2Sheeran blazes law trail for women

Susan Sheeran, Melli Law

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Tidwell-Karen_1Tidwall finds being a lawyer entails duty to society

Karen Tidwall, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek

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Tomczyk-Deb_1Tomczyk gets concrete results from often invisible efforts

Debby Tomczyk, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

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Smith-ann_1For Ustad Smith, ‘winning’ begins with understanding clients

Ann Ustad Smith, Michael Best & Friedrich

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Watson-Dee-Dee_1For Watson, listening to clients is key

Dee Dee Watson, State Public Defender’s Office

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Weston-Cheryl_1Weston teaches law, even while running tech company

Cheryl Weston, University Of Wisconsin Law School

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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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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

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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.

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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)

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Meet this year’s Women in the Law:

Lochmann-Allen-JessieAllen makes a case for having it all
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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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