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Ruder Ware attorney Christopher M. Seelen has been appointed to the panel of Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees for the Western District of Wisconsin. Seelen practices at the firm’s Eau Claire office.

As a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee, Seelen is designated to be the presiding officer at first meetings of creditors with authority to examine debtors under oath.  Seelen is the second attorney with Ruder Ware to be honored with this appointment; attorney Randi L. Osberg has served as a Chapter 7 trustee for the Western District for nearly 20 years.

In addition to his duties as a Chapter 7 trustee, Seelen will continue to concentrate his practice on representing creditors in bankruptcy court and state court. He earned his J.D. from Marquette in 1997.

He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Commercial Law League of America, and the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees.

The Waukesha County Economic Development Corporation (WCEDC) has named Godfrey & Kahn attorney Robert Risch to its board of directors effective immediately.

The WCEDC is a public/private partnership that focuses on innovative initiatives that help Waukesha County businesses become more efficient and profitable. In his new role on the board, Risch will help guide the direction of the WCEDC as it moves into its innovation initiative. Risch is a member of Godfrey & Kahn’s Corporate Practice Group and also serves as managing partner of the firm’s Waukesha office location. He earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1988.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has been named to the adjunct faculty at Marquette University Law School as distinguished lecturer in sports law and policy.

The appointment formalizes a teaching position Selig has held at Marquette Law School since 2009, lecturing for several classes of the Professional Sports Law course each spring. The course is part of the nationally prominent Sports Law program at Marquette Law School, which is also home to the National Sports Law Institute. Both are led by Marquette Law School Professor Matt Mitten. Selig has been a member of the NSLI Board of Advisors since its inception in 1989.

Quarles & Brady announced that Kristin A. Occhetti, an associate in the firm’s Milwaukee office, has been appointed to the associate board of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee (“ZSM”).

Occhetti is a member of the firm’s Trusts & Estates group focusing her practice on estate planning and wealth preservation strategies for individuals, small business owners and professionals. Her experience includes preparing wills, trusts, financial and health care powers of attorney and planning traditional bypass trusts and marital deductions, generation-skipping transfer taxes, and asset protections. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from Marquette University Law School.

ZSM was established in 1910 as an informal group of community leaders who bought animals and raised funds for the Zoo.

The law firm of O’Flaherty Heim Egan & Birnbaum of La Crosse announces the addition of Nicholas D. Thompson.

Thompson is a 2008 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Law, where he was on the Dean’s list, was Best Oralist, Legal Writing and Advocacy, and a speaker on Mixed Martial Arts, Sports Law. Thompson started his solo practice in 2009 and also owned a Mixed Martial Arts business, where he negotiated contracts for regional, national and international events.

Thompson currently is the Municipal Court Prosecutor for the City of Onalaska, and will also focus his practice in the areas of Sports Law, Employment, Corporate and Criminal Law.

The Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn has joined the Green Tier ranks of Wisconsin companies committed to exceed the standards for environmental regulations.

Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will join local and state officials, employees and business guests for a ceremony at Milwaukee City Hall on Dec. 9 at 9 a.m. to celebrate the firm’s accomplishments and its commitment to a greener, more sustainable economy.

Green Tier is a program aimed toward rewarding environmentally responsible businesses in Wisconsin, and the first program of its type in the nation. Qualified businesses and associations make legal commitments to superior environmental performance through agreements with the DNR.

Godfrey & Kahn is the first law firm to receive Green Tier status. They have six offices, with five in the state of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Appleton and Waukesha) and one in Washington, D.C.

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