Almost 300 people in the Wisconsin law community were in attendance Thursday to honor the 2016 class of Up and Coming Lawyers at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.
Meet this year’s outstanding Up and Coming Lawyers:
Braun taking busy to the next level
Shannon Braun is really, really busy.
Christiansen gives a voice to her clients by listening
The compassionate disposition the associate attorney Katie Christiansen brings to her criminal-defense and civil-litigation practice can perhaps be best exemplified by a moment that her colleagues at Doar, Drill & Skow say “solidified her passion for being a zealous advocate for juveniles and those in need of help.”
Coursin not your average, cookie-cutter practicing attorney
A lot of lawyers can point to the day they made the decision to go law school.
Dancy plans for success
“I’m naturally a planner,” says Kelly Dancy. “Ask anyone in my family — I’m constantly organizing and reorganizing.”
Small claims court opens door for Engelke’s career
Kyle Engelke was a senior journalism major at UW-Madison and on his way to a life as a sports writer the day his career plans changed.
Freiman provides the best kind of insurance policy
For Amy Freiman, every day presents a new hurdle.
Mock trial sets Frost on career path
Jacob Frost knew he was destined to become an attorney when, in his first trial, he helped “convict” Christopher Columbus of crimes against humanity.
Glicksman charts his own course
Ben Glicksman’s goal is to make a difference.
Summertime makes Handelsman a better lawyer
The inherent contradiction of being a trial lawyer in the 21st century is that not that many cases go to trial anymore … except for those of Alex Handelsman.
Helland’s practice, volunteering aimed at helping businesses
Murphy Desmond’s Alison Helland acknowledges she has a packed schedule between her work in the firm’s business group and her volunteering for the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County.
Hendrix a family law trendsetter
Megann Hendrix is the youngest person ever to serve on the board of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin and one of the youngest to serve on the board of directors for the State Bar of Wisconsin Family Law Section.
Jansen proves you can go home again
Brad Jansen was on the legal fast track.
Kasper gets into new ballgame for Brewers
When Kellen Kasper sets a goal, there’s no stopping him.
Messler puts the plan into estate planning
Jacqueline Messler understands her clients may not always be eager to talk.
Mochel champions expungement, helping children
Robert Mochel had a good idea at a young age that he wanted to help kids. He just didn’t always know he would be doing it with the law.
Morin comes full circle to Waukesha public defender’s office
Kelsey Morin has a special connection to the office where she works.
Life trumps immigration law for Murrar
Just like the rest of us, Elizabeth Murrar is counting down the days until the presidential election.
O’Connor takes the mystery out of health care law
Meghan O’Connor is an expert in one of those fields that affects nearly everyone yet is a mystery to many: health care law.
Orton finds admiration for the law
Richard Orton said he has three characteristics that he believes make him a great fit for civil litigation: an inquiring mind, a desire to help others and a competitive drive.
Plier thrives by helping others
An injury at age 16 spurred Kyra Plier to pursue a legal career.
Reginato ‘knows how to get things done’
Matteo Reginato went to law school with the intention of pursuing a practice in transactional law. He had graduated cum laude from the University of Houston and established a successful career in finance and mergers and acquisitions.
Ress finds rush in law career
In 2009, David Ress was a second-year law student at Marquette University writing bench memos as an intern for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Rolling battles old standards in eminent domain cases
“Well, there’s not a lot of us,” Joseph Rolling said laughing, “we are about as specialized an area of a law as you can get.”
Schank relishes complicated bankruptcy cases
For the bankruptcy attorney Jennifer Schank, the more complicated the case, the better.
Schuster excels in advocate role as assistant state public defender
The cases that Jessica Schuster largely works on have garnered quite a bit of attention in recent months, to say the least.
UW’s Stevenson breaks ground (and a hip)
Like many young lawyers, Adam Stevenson is driven to make a difference in the law. Some will follow a path to the courtroom, others will distinguish themselves through research or writing.
Tilleman ventures into gray area of insurance law
Insurance law may not sound like a field with room for being innovative, but that’s always a goal of Morgan Tilleman’s practice.
Ebben flows into practice of construction law
Michelle Wagner Ebben keeps a pair of boots handy just in case she has to tromp around a construction site.
Wucherer’s work comes alive
Even if you’re doing something as casual as taking a trip to the grocery story, you’re likely to see the fruits of Hillary Wucherer’s work.
York relishes work on complex financial transactions
Melissa York credits her mentors with teaching her the ins and outs of how financial institutions work and the role attorneys play in helping them.