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2009 Up and Coming Lawyers

2009 Up and Coming Lawyers

Rachel M. Arfa Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee Full Story >> . . Elizabeth A. Conradson Cleary Milwaukee City Attorney’s Office Full Story >> . . William E. Fischer Kohner, Mabb & Kailas SC Full Story >> . . Erik ...

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Melissa S. Kampmann

These two adjectives probably best describe Melissa S. Kampmann, who balances a busy estate-planning practice with myriad community service. Kampmann has handled a wide variety of succession, income and estate-planning, and trust and estate administration matters, ranging from simple wills, ...

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Michelle D. Johnson

Doing insurance defense work, Michelle Johnson observes, “People think that you work for a big, bad insurance company.” But Johnson notes that the insureds are frequently people who believe they have done nothing wrong, but are sued only because they ...

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Grant Huebner

When Grant Huebner graduated from Marquette University Law School in 2002, he never imagined that a few years later he would be on the verge of wrapping up the successful prosecution of 15 members of the Simon City Royals, a ...

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C. Wade Harrison

C. Wade Harrison may be one of the more recent law school graduates in the Up & Coming Lawyers Section, but he is also one of the oldest. Harrison took an untraditional route to the profession — working as a ...

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Timothy M. Hansen

Unsurprisingly, Tim Hansen was nervous before oral argument to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Huml v. Vlazny, a 2006 case of first impression and recognized by Wisconsin Lawyer as one of the most significant cases of 2006. But Hansen, then ...

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Benjamin S. Wagner

When Benjamin S. Wagner began his undergraduate work, he planned to follow his grandfather’s footsteps into medicine. By his junior year, he realized that being a doctor was not his calling. Instead, he decided to study law, as his father, ...

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Erik R. Guenther

Attorney Erik R. Guenther was not sure he wanted to spend seven months in Afghanistan. But he applied and was hired as the Defense Mentor in the Justice Sector Support Program, a position which allowed him to train judges, prosecutors, ...

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Amanda L. Rockman

At age 26, Amanda L. Rockman, who’d just recently been named associate judge for the Ho-Chunk Nation, went to lunch in the tribe’s casino. She was carded. Rockman became one of the youngest judges in the country when she took ...

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William E. Fischer

Bill Fischer has spent his legal career in complex civil litigation at Kohner, Mann & Kailas SC His practice includes securities arbitration, litigation involving Wisconsin sales and use tax, insurance bad faith, intellectual property infringement and unfair competition, and Wisconsin ...

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Michele L. Perreault

Before becoming an attorney, Michele L. Perreault spent 10 years as a social worker, involved in domestic violence programs and also working for the American Red Cross. As a social worker, she found that her advocacy for people in need ...

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Elizabeth A. Conradson Cleary

Anyone looking for information about the broad spectrum of legal services available to low-income people in Milwaukee can find a valuable resource on the Coalition for Access to Legal Resource’s Web site at www.legalhelpmilwaukee.org. Elizabeth A. Conradson Cleary helped Marquette ...

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T.J. Perlick-Molinari

T.J. Perlick-Molinari, a member of the OWI Legislative Committee of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, attended an Assembly hearing on proposed changes to the state’s OWI laws — laws, he believes, that are tough enough, and rely on ...

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Rachel M. Arfa

Soon after she got to the University of Wisconsin Law School, Rachel M. Arfa had an inspirational moment affirming her decision to become an attorney. Arfa, profoundly deaf since birth, has been a staff attorney at Legal Aid Society of ...

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Celestina L. Owusu-Sanders

Although attorney Celestina L. Owusu-Sanders is a member of the Health Law Practice Group at Quarles & Brady LLP, she has a passion for civil rights issues. A native of Ghana, Owusu-Sanders regularly takes asylum cases pro bono and has ...

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2009 leaders reflect varied contributions

Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2009 Leaders in the Law come from very diverse backgrounds, representing the myriad ways lawyers and judges contribute to our legal system and to their communities. For the seventh year, we are excited to turn the spotlight ...

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Carlos A. Ortiz

When Carlos A. Ortiz’s wife went into labor with their third child, the paramedics did not make it in time for the big event. So, Ortiz stepped away from his usual role as a legal advisor and litigator and delivered ...

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Jeremy R. McKenzie

Jeremy R. McKenzie loves sports. He enjoys many professional sports and has a strong interest in playing lesser-known niche sports, such as the Irish game of hurling and the less obscure sport of curling. His favorite U.S. Supreme Court decision ...

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Katie Longley

Clerking for a judge is usually something attorneys do straight out of law school. But Katie Longley did it a little differently. She worked for a year at Foley & Lardner after graduation, then clerked for a year for U.S. ...

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Rudy Kuss

October 17, 2005, wasn’t a great day for Rudy Kuss, just a few months out of law school. In two different cases on that day, in the same Milwaukee County courtroom, the judge granted summary judgment for the defendants in ...

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Deanne M. Koll

Attorney Deanne M. Koll likes a good challenge. In one of her first jury trials, the 2006 law school graduate successfully represented a woman who had been confined against her will at a mental institution, known as ‘Chapter 51.’ “During ...

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Rebecca Frihart Kennedy

Rebecca Frihart Kennedy, a litigation attorney at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC, is very proud of her work with a team of attorneys that obtained a favorable jury verdict and injunctive relief for a commercial real estate developer in a ...

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