• Mark Kmiecik joined Davis & Kuelthau SC’s trusts, estates and succession planning team, as well as its tax team in metro-Milwaukee. Kmiecik earned his master’s of law degree in taxation from Northwestern University School of Law and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
• Brian Lucareli joined Foley & Lardner LLP as director of fiduciary management. He will work out of the firm’s Milwaukee office and oversee support and growth of the firm’s wealth and trust business, a component of Foley PrivateOffice, targeting opportunities in southeastern Wisconsin. He earned his law degree in 1989 from Marquette University Law School.
ON THE RISE
The workshop, taught by 20 GE Healthcare and Quarles attorneys, featured sessions on contract law, employment law and legislative advocacy.
Quarles attorneys participating in the program included Jennifer Rathburn, Cory Nettle, Steven Berryman, Ann Rabe, David Kern, Sean Scullen, Mary Pat Jacoby, Alyce Katayama, Ave Bie, Kevin Long, Rachel Bryers and Raphael Ramos.
• The Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin’s new officers for 2014-15 term are: Lisa Winkler, Dane County Resource Center, president; Steve Weber, Quarles & Brady, vice president/president elect; Kris Turner, University of Wisconsin-Madison Law Library, secretary; Julie Baldwin, Northwestern Mutual, treasurer.
• Godfrey & Kahn SC announced shareholder James Peterson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, in a bipartisan vote, as the newest federal district judge in the Western District of Wisconsin.
Peterson joins shareholder William Duffin, who was recently appointed and sworn in as a magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Peterson was head of the firm’s intellectual property litigation practice group out of Godfrey & Kahn’s Madison office. He earned his law degree in 1998 from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Duffin was one of the senior litigators in the Milwaukee office who focused on commercial litigation and franchise and dealership law. He earned his law degree in 1987 from the University of Iowa College of Law.
• Matthew Rowe of Ruder Ware LLSC, Wausau, was appointed to the board of directors for Meritas, a global alliance of independent business law firms.
Rowe will be responsible for reviewing and establishing policy and setting strategy for the alliance. He practices primarily in the areas of corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions and related acquisition financings, and the representation of financial institutions in connection with regulatory and other matters. He earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.
• Tom Shorter, shareholder and chairman of Godfrey & Kahn SC’s health care practice group, was elected to a first term for the American Health Lawyers Association board of directors.
The AHLA is the nation’s largest nonpartisan educational organization devoted to legal issues in the health care field. Shorter earned his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.
AWARDS & HONORS
• The Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin presented its first Distinguished Service Award to Cindy May of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law Library. The association also congratulated Jane Moberg, director of information services at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, on her nomination for the award.
Karen Prochniewski, training manager with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, is the 2014 recipient of the Institute for Court Management’s Vice President’s Award of Merit for Applied Research.
This award is presented annually to a graduating student of ICM’s Fellows Program in recognition of the most outstanding research project. Prochniewski and 18 other court professionals from around the United States took part in graduation ceremonies conducted at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.