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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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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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