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Wisconsin Law Journal honors its 2018 Women in the Law


The Wisconsin Law Journal honored 23 outstanding women lawyers Thursday night during its annual Women in the Law event at Discovery World in Milwaukee. More than 240 people attended the 15th annual event.

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Check out this year’s honorees:

loebel-karen6WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Long-time prosecutor instills sense of right in others

Karen Loebel – Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office

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abramoff-bonnieAbramoff a leader in collaborative family law

Bonnie Abramoff – Abramoff Law Offices

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alesia-susanAlesia uses talents, experience in telling clients’ stories

Susan Alesia – State Public Defender’s Office

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ballenger-jesicaBallenger quick to recognize injustices

Jesica Ballenger – Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office

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bechen-kateFrom sounding board to complex M&A deals, Bechen does it all

Kate Bechen – Husch Blackwell

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binkley-jenniferBinkley takes pride in advocating for the vulnerable

Jennifer Binkley – Community Justice Inc.

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clefisch-heatherIn-house work lets Clefisch use her business, legal talents

Heather Clefisch – Spectrum Brands

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coley-sherryColey finds going to trial unlike any other experience

Sherry Coley – Davis & Kuelthau

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daugherty-rayeDaugherty brings well-rounded expertise to intellectual property

Raye Daugherty – Quarles & Brady

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demarb-rebeccaDeMarb an advocate for women in the legal field

Rebecca DeMarb – DeMarb Brophy

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gregor-jenniferGregor finds natural fit in IP practice

Jennifer Gregor – Godfrey & Kahn

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helland-alisonFor Helland, authenticity is key to success

Alison Helland – Boardman & Clark

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highstorm-tiffanyHighstrom a role model for other women attorneys

Tiffany Highstrom – Stafford Rosenbaum

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mary-kliesmetHonzik Kliesmet engineers a successful law career

Mary Honzik Kliesmet – Waste Management

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lewand-porchiaLewand breaking ground and diversity barriers

Porchia Lewand – Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office

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moore-adirenneMoore does more than just represent her clients

Adrienne Moore – State Public Defender’s Office

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nelson-heatherNelson a trailblazer for women in the law

Heather Nelson – The Everson Law Firm

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protasiewicz-janetProtasiewicz’s experience spans from classroom to both sides of courtroom

Janet Protasiewicz – Milwaukee County Circuit Court

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barden-christineBarden uses estate planning to maintain family relations

Christine Rew Barden – Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

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rifelj-farrahThe ‘mom mentor’ always knows best

Farrah N.W. Rifelj – Michael Best & Friedrich

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townsend-marilynTownsend spends career fighting for workers, civil rights

Marilyn Townsend – Marilyn Townsend Law Office

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warner-melissaWarner’s love for math adds up to tax law expertise

Melissa Warner – Axley Brynelson

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weigold-yrsulaWeigold passing on her legal knowledge to the next generation

Ursula Weigold – University of Wisconsin Law School

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