Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown has promoted three associates to partner. They are Russell Karnes, Kristen Nelson and Nicole Masnica.
Karnes joined the firm in 2016. He has a civil litigation practice focused on real estate, property tax assessment appeals, contract and business disputes, quiet title actions, foreclosure and title insurance litigation, misrepresentation claims, collection actions, and municipal law. He also assists clients in their business, estate planning and real estate transactions.
Masnica spent nine years representing individuals in all stages of criminal litigation at the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office before joining the firm in 2019. As a State Public Defender, she represented the defense on both the Waukesha County Drug and Alcohol Treatment Courts. In addition to traditional criminal work, Masnica has helped clients in termination of parental rights proceedings on appeal, pursued civil writs of habeas corpus in both state and federal court on behalf of Wisconsin inmates, and has argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Nelson was a solo practitioner in private practice, specializing in criminal and health care defense, before starting with the GRGB team in 2018. She has represented clients before the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, the Wisconsin Department of Hearings and Appeals, Wisconsin State Courts and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.