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Neenah financial advisor wins top State Bar post

Kathy Brost won the majority of the bar’s votes, gathering 2,193. Brost, who earned her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1992, is a trust and financial advisor at Neenah-based Legacy Private Trust Co. Her opponent, Grant Birtch of von Briesen & Roper’s Neenah office, took 2,014 votes. He earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1990

Kathy Brost, of Neenah-based Legacy Private Trust Co., will be the next State Bar president after she defeated Grant Birtch of von Briesen & Roper.

Another woman will be the next in line to be president of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

The State Bar announced Friday that Kathy Brost won the majority of the bar’s votes, gathering 2,193. Brost, who earned her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1992, is a trust and financial advisor at Neenah-based Legacy Private Trust Co.

Her opponent, Grant Birtch of von Briesen & Roper’s Neenah office, took 2,014 votes. He earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1990

She will serve a one-year term as president-elect starting July 1. She will succeed Jill Kastner as State Bar president, serving a one-year term in that position stating July 1, 2020.

Birtch and Brost accepted nominations in December to run for the position.

In other State Bar races, Eric Andrews of MWH Law Group in Milwaukee won the race for a two-year term as bar treasurer, taking 2,644 votes. He defeated Kathryn Bullon of Deerhaven Consulting Services in Ontario, Canada, who received 1,532 votes.

Sarah Zylstra of Boardman & Clark in Madison was elected to a three-year term as the bar’s representative on the Judicial Council, 21-member body that recommends and studies changes to the state’s court procedures and policies. Zylstra defeated Howard Bichler of Wisconsin Judicare. Zylstra took 2,297 votes, while Bichler took 1,911 votes.

The following lawyers were elected to serve two-year terms on the bar’s Board of Governors as district representatives beginning July 1:

  • Joseph Cardamone III, Kenosha County Corporation Counsel
  • Kori Ashley of Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc.
  • Christopher Flowers of Godfrey & Kahn in Milwaukee
  • Margaret Hickey, Becker, Hickey & Poster in Milwaukee
  • Rochelle Johnson-Bent, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee
  • Lisa Lawless of Husch Blackwell in Milwaukee
  • Odalo Ohiku of the Law Office of Odalo J. Ohiku in Milwaukee
  • Amy Wochos of the Milwaukee County Clerk of Courts
  • Renee Read of Remley & Sensenbrenner in Neenah
  • Craig Steger of Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik in La Crosse
  • John Macy, Municipal Law & Litigation Group in Waukesha
  • Bradley Yanke of Anderson, O’Brien, Bertz, Skrenes & Golla in Stevens Point
  • Corey Lorenz of Habush Habush & Rottier in Madison
  • Sam Wayne of Wayne Law in Madison
  • Katie York of the State Public Defender’s Office in Madison
  • Johanna Kirk of Kirk Law Office in Superior
  • Robert G. Barrington of the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office in Juneau
  • Brian Dimmer of Richards & Dimmer in Racine.

About Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com

Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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