For the past three years, the Wisconsin Law Journal has handed out dozens of Up and Coming Lawyer awards. And each year, our editors find they could have given out many more.
This year set a new record, however. In picking our 2012 honorees, judges read through more than 80 nominations from across the state – the most ever.
The candidates, who each have practiced eight years or less, were judged on: demonstrated leadership; contributions to their community; successful achievements in legal outcomes early in their careers; and intangibles such as overcoming obstacles.
Our honorees have made great strides in case law, volunteered their efforts to pro bono and other charity efforts, creatively solved problems, tackled challenging cases and provided mentorship to others. Some have their own practice, others work in a large firm and some work as corporate counsel. But no matter where they are, these Up and Comers lead by example through their dedication and talent.
Each honoree is a unique mix of hard work and individualism, so to give you a balance of information on their achievements and personalities, we profiled them and then asked them some questions about themselves, so you can see, in their own words, why we chose them as an Up and Coming Lawyer.
Their answers are at times amusing, while also deep and philosophical. They confirm why this talented group of attorneys has been so successful. I hope you enjoy getting to know them through their responses.
And I know this won’t be the last time we read about these attorneys. I look forward to watching our 2012 Up and Coming Lawyers continue to make their mark on Wisconsin’s legal community.
Ann Richmond, Publisher