The Wisconsin Law Journal honored 30 Unsung Heroes at an event on Thursday at the Grain Exchange in downtown Milwaukee. More than 245 people were in attendance to honor the people who excel behind the scenes.
Smith manned court’s front lines with kindness, deep knowledge
Throughout his 31-year career in the Milwaukee County Clerk of Court’s office, Jim Smith developed quite the following.
Ace lives up to name in public defender’s office
An “ace” is typically defined as someone who is an expert at what they do. The dictionary entry is missing one thing, though: A picture of Gary Ace.
Binns has a hat for every occasion at Reinhart
Ken Binns describes himself as someone who likes to stay in the background at work. But as the facilities manager for Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, Binns is at the helm of various front-and-center firm operations, from supervising front desk reception and client services to managing its catering team and overseeing office maintenance.
Bose finds career satisfaction in winning clients’ trust
For Mary Bose, establishing a trusting relationship between a client and attorney is more than important: “It’s everything.”
Cares, Knapp are Godfrey & Kahn’s discovery, tech gurus
Adam Cares and Bruce Knapp have probably processed billions of pages of documents – enough to fill more than one warehouse.
Optimism, compassion make Casillas crucial to her team
Rachel Casillas loves the outdoors. Her list of favorites recreations includes camping, bicycling and hiking.
Cieslak made life easier for attorneys, clients
Although Wanda Cieslak passed away unexpectedly earlier this year, her presence is still felt by those who worked with her.
Daniels on front line in helping firm expand
She has never tried a case and her name isn’t on the shingle, but Jeanne Daniels still has been instrumental in growing Hupy and Abraham.
To lawyers, Grencik unmatched in her work
When a client starts asking the legal assistant for advice, you know you’re in good hands.
Hacker finds perfect fit at Remington Center
Peggy Hacker found her perfect job before graduating college.
Hudson shines helping staff make use of latest technology
Since she was a child, Alexus Hudson has enjoyed trying out the latest electronic devices and learning about new technology. With her family’s encouragement, she has successfully turned her interest into a career teaching others how to use new electronic devices, software and more.
Staying on schedule vital for IP paralegal Hughes
Organization is a must for Julie Hughes.
Johnson dedicated to providing top service
Hard work and an emphasis on putting clients first led Jim Johnson from working as a warehouse clerk to a warehouse supervisor at Quarles & Brady in just five years.
Kratochvil gives of herself in decades of service at Marquette University
Carrie Kratochvil was working for a lawyer in Racine County after graduating from Gateway Technical College in 1996 when an ad in the newspaper changed her life.
Krimmer becomes IT man at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren
Meeting the information technology needs of a modern law firm is no small feat, but Andy Krimmer at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren is up to the task.
For the record, Lewandowski shines
Anna Lewandowski stands at the intersection of where new business and records management meet for Michael Best & Friedrich.
Neimon takes pride in helping hold court system together
Michael Neimon sees the court system as the glue that holds society together.
Reeves makes sure lawyers stay in step with tech
As an IT computer-services specialist in the office of the State Public Defender, it’s Marshall Reeves’ job to ensure lawyers can do theirs.
Roberts plays vital role in patent practice
While a lot has changed since Kelly Roberts began working as a legal assistant 30 years ago, one thing hasn’t: Her love of the job.
Rullman accounting prowess starts with penny pinching
Barb Rullman started out her accounting career in a different place than where she is today.
Sayers leads firm’s rebranding campaign
It’s one thing to take on a rebranding project for a law firm of more than 120 staff and attorneys.
Sewell can fully well see attorneys’ needs
Although it’s often hard to predict exactly what sort of case will next come across the paralegal Peter Sewell’s desk, Sewell manages to stay unflappable amid the uncertainty.
Flexibility, organization automatic for Simatic
Before Debbie Simatic begins her workday at Quarles & Brady, the executive assistant for human resources reads an inspirational quote to put her in the right frame of mind before she begins juggling various duties for C-Suite level executives.
For Sweeney, success comes from small victories
Brenda Sweeney’s dream had been to be a teacher.
Taibleson sets the table at Godfrey & Kahn
Before there was email or e-filing, Godfrey & Kahn had Saralee Taibleson.
Updike stands out as firm’s go-to guy
Personality comes up a lot, both when Shawn Updike describes his job and when his boss describes him.
Wehr is fearless, persistent in helping indigent defendants
Name it, and Emilie Wehr can probably find it.
Wittkopf strikes balance working hard, having fun
Andrea Wittkopf strikes the right balance in the office between hard work and fun.
Wrobel the face of district court
As a longtime employee working in the federal court system in Milwaukee, Kris Wrobel is constantly called to stay on top of emerging situations and think on her feet.