2017 Up and Coming Lawyers
On September 19th, the Wisconsin Law Journal will honor the rising stars of Wisconsin’s legal community. We’re asking you to nominate attorneys who have demonstrated leadership, contributed to their community and successfully achieved legal outcomes early in their career.
A reception honoring the 2016 Up and Coming Lawyers will be held Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Those chosen for this honor also will be featured in a special Wisconsin Law Journal publication.
Consideration was based on the following criteria:
- Attorneys that are on the fast track to making a significant impact on the legal profession.
- 2. Attorneys that represent determination in legal work, in community betterment and in improving their own law firms.
- 3. Attorneys that have been practicing law for 8 years or less.
THIS YEAR’S HONOREES
David Blinka – Habush Habush & Rottier
Brendan Bush – Hansen Reynolds
Elizabeth Bush – Horizons Law Group
Mackenzie Campbell – Doar Drill & Skow
David Eckhardt – Husch Blackwell
Christopher Ehrfurth – Kuchler & Cotton
Jonathan Eiden – von Briesen & Roper
Peyton Engel – Hurley, Burish Stanton
Jarod Ferch – Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren
Nathan Fronk – von Briesen & Roper
Matthew Giesfeldt – Wisconsin State Public Defender
Michael Hahn – Axley Brynelson
John Healy – Corneille Law Group
James Irvine – Halloin & Murdock
Jon Kammerzelt – Quarles & Brady
Benjamin Kaplan – Michael Best & Friedrich
Marci Kawski – Husch Blackwell
Michael Koutnik – Fox, O’Neill & Shannon
Kaitlin Lamb – Wisconsin State Public Defender
Gwendolyn Leachman – University of Wisconsin Law School
Melissa McCord – Quarles & Brady
Ronnie Murray – Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin
Emil Ovbiagele – Ovb Law and Consulting
Seep Paliwal – Community Justice Inc.
Maggie Premo – Neider & Boucher
Zach Ramirez – Legislative Council
Ryan Reid – Wisconsin State Public Defender
Nadya Perez-Reyes – Wisconsin State Public Defender
Vincent Scipior – Coyne, Schultz, Becker & Bauer
Max Stephenson – Gimbel, Reilly Guerin & Brown
Evan Tenebruso – Boardman & Clark
Ryan Truesdale – Hupy and Abraham
Kathryn Westfall – Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren
Matt Wuest – Godfrey & Kahn
Nicholas Zepnick – Foley & Lardner
2016 Up and Coming Lawyers
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.
Meet this year’s outstanding Up and Coming Lawyers:
Braun taking busy to the next level
Shannon Braun is really, really busy.
Christiansen 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.”
Coursin not your average, cookie-cutter practicing attorney
A lot of lawyers can point to the day they made the decision to go law school.
Dancy plans for success
“I’m naturally a planner,” says Kelly Dancy. “Ask anyone in my family — I’m constantly organizing and reorganizing.”
Small 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.
Freiman provides the best kind of insurance policy
For Amy Freiman, every day presents a new hurdle.
Mock 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.
Glicksman charts his own course
Ben Glicksman’s goal is to make a difference.
Summertime 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.
Helland’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.
Hendrix 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.
Jansen proves you can go home again
Brad Jansen was on the legal fast track.
Kasper gets into new ballgame for Brewers
When Kellen Kasper sets a goal, there’s no stopping him.
Messler puts the plan into estate planning
Jacqueline Messler understands her clients may not always be eager to talk.
Mochel 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.
Morin comes full circle to Waukesha public defender’s office
Kelsey Morin has a special connection to the office where she works.
Life trumps immigration law for Murrar
Just like the rest of us, Elizabeth Murrar is counting down the days until the presidential election.
O’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.
Orton 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.
Plier thrives by helping others
An injury at age 16 spurred Kyra Plier to pursue a legal career.
Reginato ‘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.
Ress 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.
Rolling 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.”
Schank relishes complicated bankruptcy cases
For the bankruptcy attorney Jennifer Schank, the more complicated the case, the better.
Schuster 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.
UW’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.
Tilleman 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.
Ebben 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.
Wucherer’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.
York 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.
Questions? Call 414-225-1803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 Up and Coming Lawyers
Here’s this year’s Up and Coming Lawyers:
Improving 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.
Collins proves youth doesn’t mean inexperience
Amy Collins spent years on the stage singing, dancing and acting.
Wyant sees benefits to waiting for law school
A little life experience gave Leah R. Wyant (Harrand) a lot of perspective before starting law school.
Case variety keeps Harvey engaged
Patrick Harvey likes to mix it up.
Hebl carries on legacy of helping others
Andrew Hebl doesn’t keep his cape in his briefcase, although he should probably consider it.
Municipal 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.
Jerabek 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.”
Kinnel 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.
Krumrie’s talent has him rocketing to success
Ryan Krumrie made quite an in impression when he interviewed at Hager, Dewick & Zuengler.
Leffler 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.
It’s all in the family for Lonergan
New attorneys don’t come much tougher than Emily Lonergan.
MacGillis takes pride in helping others
Christopher MacGillis feels lucky for what he gets to do every day – helping those injured in accidents.
McFarlane helps others rekindle passion for law
Laura McFarlane proves being a do-gooder isn’t a bad thing.
McGinn 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.
SPD’s office has strong pull for Moses
Faun Moses is driven to help those who need it.
Mueller on a mission to help others
For Travis Mueller, practicing law is all about relationships.
No 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.
Pittman 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.
Building on a Rock
Hannah Rock helped to create her current job while still in law school.
Sanford 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.
Sarmiento a strong insurance policy
Joseph Sarmiento is drawn to insurance litigation because of all the thinking it requires.
Electrical 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.
Schmidt 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.
Snapp’s passion for advocacy helps her weather tough times
What motivates Breanne Snapp is simple.
Splitek excels at simplifying complicated cases
Matthew Splitek regularly deals with complex cases in his commercial-litigation practice at Quarles & Brady LLP.
Tahk sows the seeds for next generation of attorneys
Although she went to Yale Law School, Susannah Camic Tahk knew she wanted to teach.
Triebenbach took time to ensure legal career was right fit
Somewhere deep inside, Lauren Triebenbach knew she was supposed to be a lawyer.
From Big Ten to Big Brother, Weininger finds his domain
Andrew Weininger always knew he wanted to open his own firm.
Witkov balances love for law with love for people
Adam Witkov loves problems.
Wong 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.