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Davis & Kuelthau announces that Charles G. Maris has been admitted to practice law in Florida. Maris, an estate planning practitioner with more than 25 years of experience, joins several Davis & Kuelthau attorneys who have each demonstrated their commitment to comprehensive client service through qualification for practice in multiple jurisdictions. Although Maris’ practice will remain based in Davis & Kuelthau’s Brookfield office, his admission to the Florida bar will enable him to serve the firm’s many business and individual clients with Florida interests.

Maris, who has been with Davis & Kuelthau for six years, focuses his practice on estate planning for individuals, implementation of gifting strategies and trust administration. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Marquette University Law School.

Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Jon P. Wilcox announced that he has joined Troupis Law Office . Troupis Law Office, a national litigation law firm, was formed earlier this year by Jim Troupis, a past chairperson of one of Wisconsin’s three largest law firms. Former Justice Wilcox will specialize in advising clients, including other law firms, on state court appellate matters.

Justice Wilcox becomes the eighth attorney to join Troupis Law Office since its June 2010 opening. Justice Wilcox noted that the rapid growth of the office and its ongoing representation in important, often groundbreaking, matters before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and in the Federal District Court were important reasons for his decision.

Anderson, O’Brien, Bertz, Skrenes & Golla announces that Daniel F. Schmeeckle recently joined the firm as an associate. He received his J.D., cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. His main areas of practice are personal injury and business litigation.

The law firm of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek announces the addition of Christopher G. Meadows to its Litigation – Tort Practice Group in the Milwaukee office. He will practice as a member of the Products Liability Litigation & Risk Avoidance Team.

Meadows represents manufacturers of industrial equipment, consumer goods, and building products against personal injury and property damage claims in cases across the country. He also advises manufacturers of potential liability with proposed new products.

Meadows received his law degree, cum laude, from Marquette University Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Marquette Law Review.

A Madison lawyer will be recognized this month for a lifetime of service to both the legal profession and to the public. Attorney David Walsh, a partner with Foley & Lardner, will receive the 2010 Charles L. Goldberg Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Law Foundation at a ceremony in Milwaukee on Nov. 16.

The Wisconsin Law Foundation is the charitable arm of the State Bar of Wisconsin. Its Charles L. Goldberg Distinguished Service Award is named after a former State Bar president who was widely recognized for his leadership in providing free legal services to the poor.

Godfrey & Kahn announced that its board of directors and management committee have appointed Nicholas P. Wahl as the firm’s next Managing Partner to take effect at the firm’s annual shareholder meeting on Jan. 19, 2011.

Wahl succeeds Rick Bliss, who will lead the firm’s client relations efforts after serving 15 years as Managing Partner. Bliss will also continue to be a member of the firm’s management committee. This transition is the culmination of a multi-year succession plan that the firm undertakes for key leadership positions.

Wahl began his career with Godfrey & Kahn in 1990 with the firm’s Real Estate and Corporate practice groups. Wahl is leading the firm’s efforts to relocate its Milwaukee office to a new office building in downtown Milwaukee.

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