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On September 22nd, the Wisconsin Law Journal will honor the rising stars of Wisconsin’s legal community. These 30 honorees have demonstrated leadership, contributed to their community and successfully achieved legal outcomes early in their career.

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The honorees

Shannon Braun – Godfrey & Kahn
Katie Christiansen – Doar, Drill & Skow
Andrew Coursin – Neider & Boucher
Kelly Dancy – Walny Legal Group
Kyle Engelke – Stafford Rosenbaum
Amy Freiman – Hills Legal Group
Jacob Frost – Boardman & Clark
Ben Glicksman – Kravit Hovel & Krawczyk
Alexander Handelsman – Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren
Alison Helland – Murphy Desmond
Megann Hendrix – Walny Legal Group
Brad Jansen – Law Office of Bradley J. Jansen
Kellen Kasper – Foley & Lardner
Jacqueline Messler – Weiss Berzowski
Robert Mochel – Assistant State Public Defender
Kelsey Morin – Assistant State Public Defender
Elizabeth Murrar – Murrar Law Office
Meghan O’Connor – von Briesen & Roper
Richard Orton – Crivello Carlson
Kyra Plier – Hupy and Abraham
Matteo Reginato – Arenz, Molter, Macy, Riffle, & Larson
David Ress – Bell, Moore, & Richter
Joseph Rolling – Eminent Domain Services
Jennifer Schank – Krekeler Strother
Jessica Schuster – Assistant State Public Defender
Adam Stevenson – University of Wisconsin Law School
Morgan Tilleman – Foley & Lardner
Michelle Wagner Ebben – Michael Best & Friedrich
Hillary Wucherer – Quarles & Brady
Melissa York – Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

Consideration was based on the following criteria:

Attorneys that are on the fast track to making a significant impact on the legal profession.

Attorneys that represent determination in legal work, in community betterment and in improving their own law firms.

Attorneys that have been practicing law for 8 years or less.

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

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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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