Nelson named to Business Planning Committee
von Briesen & Roper’s Randy Nelson has been appointed to the Business Planning Committee of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel for 2017-2018. The Business Planning Committee focuses on planning techniques for owners of closely held businesses.
Nelson is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office, focusing on estate planning, family business planning, tax planning, trust administration and probate.
Stoehr joins Michael Best & Friedrich
Craig Stoehr has joined Michael Best & Friedrich’s Milwaukee office as a partner in the Corporate and Transactional practice. Stoehr will lead the firm’s international transactional practice group.
He previously was a corporate partner with Latham & Watkins, where he opened and managed the firm’s Qatar office.
Stoehr, who was born and raised in the greater Milwaukee area, came back to Milwaukee from 2005 to 2008, where he led several real estate investments in downtown Milwaukee, served as chairman of The Milwaukee Mile motor speedway and was involved on the boards of the Marquette University National Sports Law Institute, the Wisconsin Sports Development Corp. and the Metro Milwaukee American Heart Association.
Kampmann joins Trust and Estate Counsel as Fellow
Ruder Ware’s Melissa Kampmann has become a Fellow with The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
To qualify for membership, a lawyer must have no less than 10 years of experience in the practice of probate and trust law or estate planning. Lawyers and law professors are elected to be Fellows based on their reputation, skills and contributions to the field by lecturing, writing, teaching and participating in bar activities.
Kampmann chairs Ruder Ware’s Trusts and Estates Practice Group.
SmithAmundsen promotes 4 to partner
SmithAmundsen recently promoted the following four attorneys to partner: Thomas Hayden, Yesha Sutaria Hoeppner, Joe Trevino and Kay Weiler.
Hayden is a member of the Construction and Product Liability Practice Groups in the firm’s Chicago office.
Hoeppner is a member of the Class Action, Commercial Litigation and Toxic Tort and Environmental Practice Groups in the firm’s Chicago office.
Trevino is a member of the Construction, Product Liability and Professional Liability Practice Groups in the firm’s Milwaukee office.
Weiler is a litigator in the firm’s Chicago office.
Kyle recognized by American Association for Justice
Hupy and Abraham’s Thomas Kyle has been named a Diplomate in the National College of Advocacy by the American Association for Justice.
The Diplomate distinction honors those dedicated to enriching their trial skills. There are fewer than 200 lawyers in the U.S. who have earned the designation. Kyle is one of just two attorneys in the state to be named an AAJ Diplomate of Trial Advocacy.
Keppel awarded alumnus award
Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown partner Kathryn Keppel has been presented the Bishop John Paul Distinguished Alumnus Award by Aquinas Catholic Schools at the Founders’ Day ceremony in her hometown of La Crosse.
The award is presented annually to a graduate of Aquinas who actively practices the Catholic faith and has distinguished himself or herself in the community, made achievements in his or her chosen field and demonstrated support for Aquinas Catholic Schools.
At GRGB, Keppel is the firm’s lead appellate attorney.
Gullett joins Frontier Title & Closing
Frontier Title and Closing Services has added attorney Jason Gullett to its Milwaukee office in The Mayer Building, 342 N. Water St., Milwaukee.
Gullett will provide in-house counsel for Frontier Title & Closing Services clients, providing guidance to its customers with the real estate title search for property sales.
Foley & Lardner names chairs of Sports Industry Team
Foley & Lardner has named Kevin Schulz and Jon Israel as co-chair and vice chair, respectively, of the firm’s Sports Industry Team.
Transitioning from his prior role as vice chair, Schulz will now work alongside co-chair Mary Braza to guide the direction of the industry team. Israel succeeds Schulz in the vice chair position.
Schulz joined the firm nearly 20 years ago. He has experience representing organizations in the sports industry in transactional and commercial matters, including sales and acquisitions of professional sports franchises; licensing arrangements; promotional and advertising agreements; sponsorship and naming rights agreements; joint ventures; ticketing arrangements; stadium/arena service agreements; formation of regional sports networks; and television, radio and media rights agreements.
Israel also has substantial sports industry experience, with a focus on advising professional sports leagues and teams on a wide range of labor, employment and general corporate matters.
Quarles & Brady earns Outstanding Service Award
Quarles & Brady’s Milwaukee office has been selected as the winner of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association’s Outstanding Service Award. The award is based on the firm’s pro bono efforts.
Award-winners were recognized during the EDWBA 2017 Annual Meeting on April 24 for their service, achievements and contributions to the practice of law in the district; five awards were presented in varying categories.
Allen joins DeWitt; Fulton joins advisory board
Shannon Allen has joined DeWitt Ross & Stevens’ Brookfield Office.
Allen advises clients in commercial litigation, employment matters and employment litigation. She is president-elect of the Milwaukee Bar Association and took office on May 16. She has been named as a Women in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal, a Wisconsin Super Lawyer and Rising Star by Super Lawyers, and is an active member of the Milwaukee Bar Association.
Also, DeWitt’s Bradley Fulton has joined more than 20 other business and community leaders as a member of the Development Partners Advisory Board of UW Health-American Family Children’s Hospital.
Peterson, Johnson & Murray names new associate
Peterson, Johnson & Murray has added Joshua Czuta to its Milwaukee office.
He will focus his practice on worker’s compensation.
Ogletree Deakins attorneys ranked in Chambers USA
Three attorneys from Ogletree Deakins’ Milwaukee office have been included in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA, an annual ranking of the top U.S.-based law firms and lawyers.
Bernard Bobber, Eric Hobbs and Kevin Kinney all earned the honor.
The Milwaukee office has also earned a Tier 2 ranking, an increase from last year’s Tier 3 ranking. In total, the firm’s offices in 22 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 79 of the firm’s attorneys, have been included in the 2017 edition.