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Who’s Doing What: Additions to Michael Best & Friedrich staff

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Victor Allen, Dayna Frenkel, M. Rhett Holland, Gregory Tears and Zachary Watters joined Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in its Milwaukee office.

Allen is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. He earned his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2010.

Frenkel is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group with a focus on trademark law. She earned her law degree from Washington University School of Law in 2010.

Holland is a member of the Wealth Planning Practice Group. He earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School in 2011.

Tears is a partner in the Transactional Practice Group with a focus on public finance. He earned his law degree in 2002 from Rutgers University School of Law–Newark.

Watters is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. He earned his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2010.

Thomas Burmeister, Nicholas Castronovo, Ryan Gehrke and Eileen Kelley joined von Briesen & Roper SC, Milwaukee.

Burmeister is a member of the Banking, Bankruptcy, Business Restructuring and Real Estate Practice Group at the firm’s Milwaukee office. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from Marquette University Law School in 2011.
Castronovo is a member of the Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group at the firm’s Milwaukee office. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2011.

Gehrke is a member of the Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group at the firm’s Milwaukee office. He earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School in 2011.

Kelley is a member of the Banking, Bankruptcy, Business Restructuring and Real Estate Practice Group at the firm’s Madison office. She earned her law degree, cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2011.

Robert Dallman and David Swanson joined Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek SC, Milwaukee, in its Corporate Practice Group.

Both attorneys have experience in federal and state tax issues and business planning.

Dallman brings more than 25 years of federal and state tax litigation experience with the Internal Revenue Service and selected state taxing authorities.

Swanson has represented clients before the IRS, Wisconsin Department of Revenue and Wisconsin Tax Appeals Commission. He served a six-year term on the Wisconsin Tax Appeals Commission.

Susan Steberl joined Godfrey & Kahn SC, Milwaukee, as the firm’s new director of marketing. She has more than 13 years of marketing and strategic business development experience. Steberl received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Carthage College.

Sandy Swartzberg joined Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP, Milwaukee. He received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1977. Swartzberg is a founder, director and treasurer of the Wisconsin Business Consortium as well as a founder and member of Business Growth Advisors.

Martin Tierney joined Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC as a shareholder in the firm’s Employee Benefits Practice Area. Tierney earned his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

On the rise

Nicole Druckrey, a partner in Quarles & Brady LLP’s Milwaukee office, has been appointed to the city of Oak Creek’s Community Development Authority. She will serve a three-year term. Druckrey practices in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group and focuses her practice on the area of unfair trade practices. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota.

John Flanagan, a partner at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee, was named president of the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides money for Legal Action of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Judicare and Disability Rights Wisconsin. Flanagan has been practicing commercial litigation for 25 years. He earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School in 1984.

Attorneys Lisa Nester Kass, Rebecca Frihart Kennedy, Joseph Voiland and Nathan Wautier were named shareholders at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC, Milwaukee.

Kass is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Intellectual Property practices. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from Marquette University Law School.

Kennedy is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice and Product Liability And Safety Service Group. She earned her law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Voiland is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Employee Benefits and Government Relations practice groups. He earned his law degree, with honors, from Marquette University Law School.

Wautier is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice and Institutional Investor Services Group. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Michele Perreault of DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC was appointed by Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson to the District 9 Committee of the Office of Lawyer Regulation. Perreault is a partner in the firm’s Madison office and serves as chairwoman of its Family Law practice group. She received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Gesina Seiler was named a partner at Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison. She represents municipalities in employment and civil rights matters, businesses and health care providers involved in litigation, and also practices in the criminal law arena. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from Marquette University Law School.

On the move

Nora Gierke and David Frank, both former litigation partners at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC, formed a new litigation boutique in Wauwatosa. Gierke Frank LLC will focus on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on products liability, franchise, real estate, construction and other commercial contract disputes.

Awards & honors

Terry Klippel and Anthony Machi were recognized by the Wisconsin Chapter of the March of Dimes for their volunteer service to the organization.

Klippel, an attorney at Storm, Balgeman, Miller & Klippel SC, Wauwatosa, has volunteered for March of Dimes for more than 20 years and served on the board of directors for most of that time. He earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School in 1978.

Machi is a former municipal judge and the owner of USGUYS Racing. In February 2011, he celebrated his 30th year of volunteer service for March of Dimes. He earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School in 1971.


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