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Gerleman takes his career for a spin

Spinning yarn and thread gives Plymouth lawyer Thomas Gerleman the physical distraction his brain needs to focus on solving some of his most difficult case problems.

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2011 Unsung Heroes – Law Librarian

Law Librarian of the Year Maureen Burns Law librarian, Godfrey & Kahn SC “Maureen Burns has always been fascinated by law, but, in college, decided she wasn’t interested in pursuing a law degree. When an advisor suggested law librarianship as an alternative, Burns jumped at the opportunity. She earned a master’s degree in library science and, in 1994, went to ...

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2011 Unsung Heroes – IT Specialist

IT Specialists Professional of the Year Joe Bichanich Knowledge management/process improvement managers, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP Jason Milligan Knowledge management/process improvement managers, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP Last summer, the outlook for Michael Best & Friedrich LLP’s new document management system was bleak. Consultants who’d been working for several months to implement the iManage system suddenly quit. Then, the ...

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2011 Unsung Heroes – Court Clerk

Court Clerk of the Year Kelly Haag, Court clerk, Waukesha County Juvenile Court A bulletin board of photos of happy families — children and their adoptive parents — is Waukesha County Juvenile Court Clerk Kelly Haag’s daily reminder of the importance of her work. “We just try to make the legal process so much easier for them,” Haag said, “because ...

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2011 Unsung Heroes – Human Resources

Human Resources Professional of the Year Mary Wilkes Manager, Quarles & Brady LLP Mary Wilkes is on the fast track. Wilkes came to Milwaukee-based Quarles & Brady LLP in 2008. She started as a manager of six secretarial leaders, who in turn supervised some 90 secretaries in 11 practice areas. A year and a half later, she was promoted to ...

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2011 Unsung Heroes – Legal Community Service

Legal Community Service Provider of the Year Lori Zahorodny Program assistant, Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic When Lori Zahorodny started working for the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic it had one site, open one day a week. With Zahorodny’s help, the clinic now has four sites, open five days a week. The additional days and locations have meant even more people can ...

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2011 Unsung Heroes – Firm Administrator

Firm administrator of the Year Bruce Wichmann Firm administrator, Axley Brynelson LLP Bruce Wichmann started his career as a CPA,  but after 23 years at Axley Brynelson LLP in Madison, the firm administrator cannot imagine doing anything else. He started working at the 12-partner firm at a time when Axley was anxious for growth and  technology was just starting to ...

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Cotrone composes his retirement plan

Milwaukee native Carlo Cotrone does not plan to retire anytime soon, but when he does, he’s got an active second career to fill his days outside the legal world.

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