Author Archives: Melody Finnemore

Abston creating a true melting pot

Ian Abston - Hoan Group

Ian Abston often meets older business leaders and Millennial employees and hears concerns about who will lead Wisconsin into the future. The older leaders ask who the next generation of leaders will be, and the younger ones question when it will be their turn.

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Clients, colleagues sing Bialzik’s praises

Melinda Bialzik - 
Kohner, Mann & Kailas

With a father who was an attorney, Melinda Bialzik swore she would never be one and would instead pursue acting. As she studied anthropology during college, however, she learned about different people’s perspectives and law school began to look more interesting.

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Gage-Michaels spends career advocating for the vulnerable


Andrea Gage-Michaels began her career in television journalism, public relations and advocacy. As a reporter, she often suggested that her interviewees consult with an attorney if they were in a legal predicament. She said her reporting and advocacy experience helped develop the investigational skills she needed to become a lawyer.

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With rule change, Dwyer’s work a game-changer

Michael Dwyer - 
Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge

The son of a Milwaukee alderman, Michael Dwyer grew up with an interest in politics. He worked for small law firms early on and, representing mostly poor clients, gained experience in criminal, juvenile, family, probate, real estate, unemployment, worker’s compensation, bankruptcy and small-business law.

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Bahr raises the bar at Reinhart

Beth Bahr - 
Director of human resources, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

Beth Bahr leads the human resources team at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren and refers to herself as a human resources generalist, though she prefers to specialize in employee engagement, employee development and maximizing her firm’s internal client services.

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