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Who’s Doing What: von Briesen opens new office; firms add new hires

von Briesen & Roper's new Waukesha office at 20975 Swenson Drive, Suite 400.

von Briesen & Roper’s new Waukesha office at 20975 Swenson Drive, Suite 400.

von Briesen expands into Waukesha

von Briesen & Roper has opened a Waukesha office at 20975 Swenson Drive, Suite 400. It marks von Briesen’s eighth office in Wisconsin.

The following lawyers and professionals are located in the firm’s Waukesha office:

• Timothy Nettesheim, shareholder, who leads the firm’s new Capital Markets Section;

• Robert Simandl, shareholder in the Compensation and Benefits/ERISA and Labor and Employment sections;

• John Sikora, shareholder in the Business and Corporate, Tax and Mergers and Acquisitions sections;

• Nancy Bonniwell, shareholder in the Trusts and Estates and Business and Corporate sections;

• Ann Chandler, shareholder in the Real Estate and Business and Corporate sections;

• Ann Barry Hanneman, shareholder in the Labor and Employment Section;

• Elizabeth Ward, shareholder in the Compensation and Benefits/ERISA and Labor and Employment sections;

• Jeffrey Bartlett, director of finance for the Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets sections;

• Christopher Lerario, Mergers and Acquisitions advisor for the Capital Markets Section;

• James Panther, associate in the Labor and Employment Section;

• Lori Waldron, director of Capital Markets Services; and

• Nicole Dueno, paralegal in the Business and Corporate, Capital Markets and Mergers and 
Acquisitions sections.

von Briesen has also recently opened new offices in Oshkosh, Green Bay and Appleton.

Eskra earns Reinhart pro bono award; attorneys named shareholders

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren attorney Malinda Eskra has been named the firm’s 2016 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. Each year, the firm recognizes a Reinhart attorney who best demonstrates its commitment to serve those otherwise unable to obtain needed legal services.

Eskra was recognized for her dedication and commitment to several pro bono cases throughout 2016, after joining the firm in January of that year. She was also honored for her role in handling appellate issues for pro bono clients.

Eskra is an attorney in Reinhart’s Litigation Practice.

Reinhart also named six attorneys as shareholders. They are Michael Baima (Intellectual Property Practice), Thomas Burnett (Litigation Practice), Megan Jackson (Employee Benefits Practice and Institutional Investor Services and Public Plans subgroups), Travis Mueller (Corporate Law Practice), Caitlyn Sikorski (Trusts and Estates Practice), and Guy Temple (Litigation Practice).

Boucher joins O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong, & Laing

William Boucher, a graduate of the UW Law School, has joined the Milwaukee law firm of O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong, & Laing. His experience includes consulting businesses and individuals on federal, state, and international tax issues.

Treblaw adds Swartzberg

Sandy Swartzberg, a business attorney and corporate strategist with a focus on information technology law, has joined Treblaw.

Swartzberg, who has four decades of legal experience, joins veteran trial lawyer Chris Trebatoski, founder and owner of Treblaw. Swartzberg comes to Treblaw from Weiss Berzowski Brady, where he practiced for five years prior to the firm’s dissolution at the end of 2016.

Hawley joins Ruder Ware

Ruder Ware has added Ashley Hawley to its Wausau team.

A Marathon native, Hawley has focused her practice on estate planning. At Ruder Ware, she works closely with individuals and families to design plans customized to their life situation, their goals, and their values.  This sometimes includes drafting wills, trusts and other planning documents as well as formation of entities for estate planning and business purposes, asset protection, gifting and transfers of assets.

Moran recognized as Client Choice Awards winner

Michael Best & Friedrich’s Kevin Moran has been chosen as a recipient of the 2017 Client Choice Awards winner in the Intellectual Property-Patents category in Wisconsin. The award recognizes law firms and partners around the world who provide exceptional client care and quality of service.

He is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Hansen Reynolds names 3 partners

Hansen Reynolds has promoted three associates to partner. They are James Barton, Andrew Kramer and John McCauley.

Barton and Kramer joined Hansen Reynolds in 2013, while McCauley joined the firm in 2015.

Lindner & Marsack names Finerty as equity partner

Lindner & Marsack has named Daniel Finerty as an equity partner.

Finerty joined Lindner & Marsack in 2012 and concentrates his legal practice on representing and counseling clients — including Wisconsin counties, cities, school districts, Native American tribes, tribal-owned businesses and private-sector employers — in labor and employment litigation and compliance matters.

Quarles & Brady’s Salanga, Maggard earn group chair seats

Quarles & Brady partner Edward Salanga has been named national chair of the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group, and partner Joshua Maggard will assume the newly established role of vice-chair of the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.

Salanga succeeds Kevin Long, who has been the national chair of the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group for the past 10 years. Long will continue to serve on the executive committee.

As partner in the firm’s Milwaukee office, Maggard focuses his commercial litigation practice on class-action defense and professional liability defense. He has also served on several technology-focused groups and firm committees.

Hartley joins Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet

Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet has added Claire Hartley to the firm as an associate.

Hartley’s practice focuses on representing school districts, municipalities and private employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, general school law and litigation.

Hupy and Abraham’s Schelwat named Top 100 Lawyer

Hupy and Abraham’s Timothy Schelwat has been chosen to renew his membership as a National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Lawyer for the fourth straight year.

The Top Trial Lawyers Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of trial lawyers who meet a strict number of qualifications, exhibit extraordinary trial results and display leadership. Selection into the organization requires a multiple-stage process and grants access to an elite group of litigators.

Schelwat is joined by attorneys Michael Hupy, Jason Abraham, Evan Claditis, Brandon Derry, Robert Domol, Todd Korb, Chad Kreblin, Thomas Kyle and Thomas Perlberg who are also members of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers for Wisconsin.

Husch Blackwell hires Jones

Husch Blackwell has added Kimberly Jones to its Milwaukee office as a partner in its Tax Practice.

Jones comes to the firm after nearly 18 years with accounting firm Deloitte Tax LLP, where she served as a tax advisor.

As a member of the firm’s Financial Services and Capital Markets Group, Jones will expand the firm’s Federal Tax Controversy practice and serve as a resource to FSCM members on federal tax matters.

Frontier opens downtown Milwaukee office

Hartland-based Frontier Title and Closing Services has opened an office in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. It is Frontier’s third office in Wisconsin.

The new office is on the eighth floor of The Mayer Building, 342 N. Water St.

The company has also named Jason Gullett as in-house counsel in its new office.

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