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WHO’S DOING WHAT: Firms add attorneys; Quarles & Brady hires former lawmaker

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//September 3, 2018//

WHO’S DOING WHAT: Firms add attorneys; Quarles & Brady hires former lawmaker

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//September 3, 2018//

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Retired Quarles & Brady partner Michael Gonring, who was part of the firm’s Product Liability Practice Group in Milwaukee and was the national pro bono coordinator for many years, was recently honored with the 2018 American Bar Association’s John H. Pickering Achievement Award. (Photo courtesy of Quarles & Brady)
Retired Quarles & Brady partner Michael Gonring, who was part of the firm’s Product Liability Practice Group in Milwaukee and was the national pro bono coordinator for many years, was recently honored with the 2018 American Bar Association’s John H. Pickering Achievement Award. (Photo courtesy of Quarles & Brady)

Davis & Kuelthau adds corporate, litigation attorneys

Davis & Kuelthau recently hired three attorneys to its Corporate and Litigation teams.

Alexander Kay, who earned his degree from Marquette University Law School in 2018, works on the firm’s Corporate Team. He interned as a summer associate with Davis & Kuelthau in 2017. Prior to joining the firm, Kay worked for General Electric.

Blake Nold, who earned his degree from MU Law School in 2018, works on the firm’s Litigation Team. He was a summer associate with the firm in 2017. Before joining the firm, Norl clerked for The Marcus Corp.

Tiffany Woelfel, who earned her degree from the UW Law School in 2016, joins the firm’s Litigation Team as an associate following clerkships with Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin William Griesbach and Joe McDade, senior judge in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

DeWitt hires 2 new attorneys

DeWitt Ross & Stevens recently announced that it has added two new attorneys, Olivia Esser and Joia Sanders, to its Madison office.

Esser, who earned her degree from the UW Law School in 2018, is an associate attorney in DeWitt’s trusts and estates and business practice groups.

Sanders, who earned her degree from UW Law School in 2018, is an associate attorney in DeWitt’s Business and Real Estate practice groups. Her practice focuses on providing aid and assistance to both individuals and businesses.

Reinhart adds 2 lawyers to Milwaukee office

Attorneys Ruth Bauman and Brad Jubber have joined Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren’s Milwaukee office.

Bauman, who earned her degree from the UW Law School in 1987, works in Reinhart’s Labor and Employment Practice. She represents clients in matters such as internal investigations and counsels businesses in areas including workforce management.

Jubber, who earned his degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2017, is a patent attorney in Reinhart’s Intellectual Property Law Practice. He focuses his practice on patent counseling and prosecution in mechanical, electrical and software inventions. Before joining Reinhart, Jubber spent several years drafting and prosecuting patents and over a decade working in aerospace engineering.

JDSupra gives Ruder Ware attorney props

Ruder Ware attorney John Fisher has been recognized by a legal information publication.

Fisher, who earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1985, was recognized as a Top Author for the 2018 JDSupra Reader’s Choice Awards for both Health Care and Compliance. He was one of 240 writers selected from 50,000 authors who contributed content to JDSupra.

The Readers’ Choice Awards recognize top authors and firms whose materials were read by corporate executives, in-house counsel, media and other professionals across the JDS platform during 2017.

Quarles & Brady hires former lawmaker

Quarles & Brady LLP recently announced that Thomas Springer has joined the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group as a partner in its Madison office.

Springer’s practice focuses on federal Indian law, representing tribes and tribal businesses in various matters, including economic development and infrastructure.

Springer, who earned his degree from UW Law School in 2001, spent four terms as a Wisconsin state representative. His work there included leading the Excise and Fees committee and working on the Assembly Health Committee.

Madison firm adds 3 new attorneys

Madison-based Gingras, Cates & Wachs recently announced that it has hired three new lawyers.

William Sulton, who earned his degree in 2008 from UW Law School, joined the firm’s Milwaukee office. He specializes in civil litigation, civil rights and employment litigation.

Chad Kemp, who also earned his degree from UW Law School in 2008, started his own practice before joining GCW’s Madison office.

Riley Leonard, who earned his degree from UW Law School in 2018, spent time in the Alaska State Legislature before moving to Wisconsin. He worked with the Innocence Project and Wisconsin State Legislature before joining GCW’s Madison office.

GCW has offices in Madison, Milwaukee and Eau Claire and works on personal injury, civil rights, employment and family law matters.

Lawyers from Wisconsin firms make list of top attorneys

Three Wisconsin firms have announced that some of their lawyers are featured in The Best Lawyers in America 2019. Best Lawyers is a yearly publication that lists the top 5 percent of practicing lawyers in the nation based on peer reviews.

DeWitt Ross & Stevens recently announced that 36 lawyers from its Wisconsin offices were included in Best Lawyers, and three lawyers were listed as “Lawyer of the Year” in their practice area: Brian Anderson, tax law; Ronald Kuehn, government relations; and Joseph Leone, litigation.

Foley & Lardner also recently announced that Best Lawyers recognized the following 27 lawyers as Lawyer of the Year.

  • Steven Barth, Milwaukee, leveraged buyouts and private equity law;
  • Linda Benfield, Milwaukee, environmental litigation;
  • Jeffrey Costakos, Milwaukee, patent litigation;
  • Edward Hammond, Milwaukee, project finance law;
  • Daniel Kaplan, Madison, management-side employment law;
  • Mark Kassel, Madison, patent law;
  • James McKeown, Milwaukee, antitrust law;
  • Patrick Quick, Milwaukee, corporate governance law;
  • David Reinecke, Madison, trusts and estates;
  • Anne Ross, Madison, mergers and acquisitions law;
  • Jay Rothman, Milwaukee, mergers and acquisitions law and securities/capital markets law;
  • Jeffrey Simmons, Madison, intellectual property litigation;
  • Naikang Tsao, Madison, appellate practice; and
  • Paul Wrycha, Madison, corporate law.

Best Lawyers also recognized the following five lawyers from Ogletree Deakins’ Milwaukee office as Lawyer of the Year in their practice area:

  • Bernard Bobber, labor and employment litigation, management-side employment law and labor law;
  • Timothy Costello, management-side labor law and labor and employment litigation;
  • David Froiland, management-side employment law;
  • Eric Hobbs, management-side employment law and labor law, employer-side workers’ compensation law; and
  • Kevin Kinney, management-side employment law and labor law, labor and employment litigation.

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