Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Sarah Coyne, a partner in the firm’s Madison office and chair of the firm’s health law group, has been named “Wisconsin Health Law Attorney of the Year” by the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Health Law Section.
The award is presented annually to an attorney who has contributed to the preservation and enhancement of the health and life of the people of Wisconsin.
Coyne represents and advises health care providers (entities and individuals) and health plans on a variety of issues, including regulatory compliance and patient care issues. She received her J.D., cum laude, O.T.R., with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
The award was presented to Coyne at the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Member Recognition and Networking Celebration on June 9 at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP announced that Kelly Fortier, a partner in the immigration & international migration practice at Michael Best, has been elected chair of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. AILA is the national association of over 11,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law.
Fortier’s practice focuses on employment-based immigration matters. She earned her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2003.
The firm also announced that Leah Hurtgen Ziemba has joined the firm as an associate in its Madison office in the firm’s energy and sustainability industry team, focusing her practice on the siting and permitting of new development projects, including agricultural and energy projects, and counseling clients on environmental matters. She received her law degree from Syracuse University College of Law.
Foley & Lardner LLP announced the launch of Foley Ventures, a $4 million venture capital fund exclusively to invest in or with Foley clients.
Foley attorneys from all practice groups, from intellectual property to government regulations, and from all U.S. and international offices, are free to submit qualified investment opportunities, regardless of whether or not they invested in the Foley venture fund. This will provide the fund with an extensive and diverse deal flow.
Foley’s Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice is made up of more than 200 attorneys focused on the full range of public and private debt and equity vehicles and their investment activities.
Godfrey & Kahn SC announced that Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air has honored the firm with the 2011 Commuter Champion award.
The firm was recognized for offering on-site purchasing of pre-tax transit passes and vouchers, which provide approximately three weeks of transit per month to employees, along with displaying transit schedules and information.
The firm’s Milwaukee and Madison offices participate in “bike to work” events, as well as provide volunteers and sponsorships for the events.
Other commute initiatives include compressed or flex-work schedules and the availability of an Employee Transportation Coordinator to assist with commuting needs.
The WPCA program is a coalition of about 300 businesses, community organizations, schools and government agencies committed to improving air quality through voluntary action.
Fox, O’Neill & Shannon SC has added attorney Matthew O’Neill to the firm’s full-service litigation practice.
With more than 20 years of commercial litigation and appellate practice experience, O’Neill has argued many cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Wisconsin Court of Appeals and 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. He graduated magna cum laude from Marquette University Law School.
DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC announced Cari Anne Renlund’s return to the firm’s Madison office. Renlund previously served as a law clerk and associate with the firm. She then moved to the Wisconsin’s Department of Administration and Department of Transportation and has now rejoined the firm as a partner in its environmental, transportation and government relations practice groups. She earned law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.