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Who’s Doing What: Gibeault first female managing partner at Axley Brynelson


In October, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, along with Marquette Law School students, drafted nearly 100 estate planning documents free of charge for Milwaukee-area veterans. At the second Wills for Veterans event held at Marquette University’s Volunteer Legal Clinic, 23 veterans and their spouses received help with essential estate planning documents.

Participating attorneys from Michael Best included attorneys Alan Cheslock, Gregory Helding, Rhett Holland, Katrina Hull, Bradley Kalscheur, Andrew Paprocki, Timothy Teicher and David Trautschold. Marquette University Law School students assisted and received instruction during the event.


(Photo courtesy of Patricia Gibeault)

(Photo courtesy of Patricia Gibeault)

Patricia Gibeault of Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison, is the firm’s first female managing partner.

With more than 33 years of experience at Axley, Gibeault was elected by the firm’s partners. She also became the firm’s first female partner in 1989. Gibeault practices in the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency, commercial litigation, foreclosure, Chapter 128 Receiverships, Workouts and the Wisconsin Consumer Act. Gibeault succeeds John Mitby, who stepped down Oct. 31.


Marie Bahoora and Y. Douglas Yang have joined the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as attorneys in the firm’s litigation practice group and labor and employment relations practice group, respectively.

Bahoora will focus on commercial litigation in her position at Michael Best. She earned her law degree in 2013 from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Yang’s practice focuses on employment litigation, as well as employee benefits compliance and litigation. He earned his law degree in 2014 from Boston University School of Law.

Paul Dombrowski and Jeffrey Vercauteren joined Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek SC’s real estate law practice in the firm’s Madison office.

Dombrowski focuses his practice on banking and finance legal issues to help the team manage the large financial transactions required to launch large, new projects. He earned his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Vercauteren represents clients in all aspects of project development and financing and advises on detailed and complex regulatory and government affairs issues, including matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and other state, county and municipal administrative agencies, boards and committees. He earned his law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

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