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WHO’S DOING WHAT: von Briesen adds to staff; Quarles hires patent attorneys


WHO’S DOING WHAT: von Briesen adds to staff; Quarles hires patent attorneys


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Green Bay city attorney wins award

Green Bay’s city attorney was recently recognized for an award.

Wisconsin Women In Government presented Wausau City Attorney Vanessa Chavez with its 2019 Rising Star award.

Before working as city attorney, Chavez represented government clients throughout New Mexico with the law firm of Robles, Rael & Anaya. She practices municipal law, land use law, environmental law, election law and civil rights law.

Chavez ,who earned her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, moved to Wisconsin in 2016.

The award was presented to her at the Wisconsin Women in Government’s 2019 Scholarship and Recognition Gala on May 15 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center.

von Briesen adds 5 attorneys

Milwaukee-based von Briesen & Roper recently hired the following five attorneys:

  • Daniel Balk III, an associate in the Health Law Section in the Milwaukee office, earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School and practices transactional, regulatory, compliance and HIPAA issues for health care entities.
  • Jacob Curtis is a shareholder in the Government Law Group in the Milwaukee office. Before joining von Briesen, Curtis, who earned his degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, was chief legal counsel at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, an associate counsel at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and a policy advisor for state Sen. Duey Stroebel.
  • Matthew McGovern is a shareholder and chair of the Energy and Clean Technology Section in the Milwaukee office. Before joining von Briesen, McGovern was the government affairs liaison for Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. He was also previously a senior advisor at the United States Department of Energy in the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis.
  • Samuel Robertson, an associate in the Business Practice Group in the Madison office, focuses his practice on estate planning, trust and estate administration and business matters. Robertson, who earned his law degree from UW Law School, spent several years working at financial institutions before joining von Briesen.
  • Peter Walsh is a shareholder in the Business Practice Group in the Waukesha office. He focuses his practice on estate and asset protection planning and inheritance litigation.

Milwaukee firm hires elder law attorney

Moertl, Wilkins & Campbell recently hired a new attorney for its Milwaukee office.

Jennifer Imediegwu joined the firm as an associate attorney. Her work focuses on estate planning and elder law.

Imediegwu has been licensed to practice law in Wisconsin since 2017, and she earned her law degree in 2013 at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Hupy promotes 6th attorney to shareholder

Vito Manicioto
Vito Manicioto

Milwaukee-based personal injury firm Hupy and Abraham recently promoted attorney Vito Manicioto to shareholder.

The firm hired Manicioto in 2011 as an associate attorney in the firm’s Gurnee, Illinois, office. He is the firm’s sixth shareholder.

2 Milwaukee lawyers named ‘Best Lawyers’

Kathryn Keppel
Kathryn Keppel
Erin Strohbehn
Erin Strohbehn

Milwaukee-based Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown recently announced that two of its partners were recognized by a national lawyer directory based on peer-review surveys.

Kathryn Keppel and Erin Strohbehn were named 2019 Best Lawyers in America in Best Lawyers’ spring business edition. Keppel was recognized for her appellate practice, and Strohbehn was recognized for her work in personal injury litigation.

Quarles adds patent attorneys

Milwaukee-based Quarles & Brady has added four new patent attorneys to its intellectual property practice, including three of them who work in the firm’s Wisconsin offices.

The firm recently announced that Tolga Gulmen and Tambryn VanHeyninge joined the Madison office, and Scott McBride joined the Milwaukee office. Also, Kris Fredrick, previously the general counsel and IP counsel for Honeywell International, joined the firm’s Minneapolis office.

Quarles has added two dozen attorneys and professionals in the area since the beginning of 2018.


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