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2012 Leaders in the Law

Feb 16, 2012

Tackling a tough year

Before Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi drew State ex rel. Ozanne v. Fitzgerald in her docket, she never imagined any case in her court would thrust her so completely into the national spotlight.

Feb 16, 2012

Fighting for fairness, diversity

Whether she’s spearheading diversity efforts at Foley & Lardner LLP or donating time through pro bono work, Maureen McGinnity’s commitment to the law profession is sustained by a strong sense of fairness and her desire to solve problems.

Feb 16, 2012

Fighting for residents’ rights

Jeff Pitman found his calling in 2001.

Feb 16, 2012

2012 Leaders showcase strength and variety

For the 10th consecutive year, the Wisconsin Law Journal is privileged to to turn the spotlight on attorneys and judges who consistently give their best to their clients, work hard on the administration of justice and provide enrichment to the organizations they support through their outside efforts.

Feb 16, 2012

Weiss focuses on children

To hear her boss tell it, Deanna Weiss summons the “righteous fury of a Biblical prophet” as an attorney and child advocate for the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee.

Feb 16, 2012

Butler uses skills of persuasion

It’s difficult not to like Brian Butler.

Feb 16, 2012

Practice makes perfect

Steven Nelson sets aside real-life litigation for one day every year for a mock trial that attracts hundreds of attorneys from around the state.

Feb 16, 2012

Paying it forward

Cruising along a rural Georgian causeway in the late 1980s, Maxine Aldridge White was singing out loud to the country music station dialed up in her rental car, en route to represent the federal government on a Department of Defense contract.

Feb 16, 2012

Benedict strives to learn more

After more than three decades as a public defender, Samuel Benedict still looks to fellow lawyers — young and old — for advice, collaboration and shared knowledge.

Feb 16, 2012

Serving those in need

Working with immigrants is a mission that brings Barbara Graham a great deal of satisfaction, along with challenges.

Feb 16, 2012

Fox blazes legal trails

The modifiers “ground-breaking,” “high-profile” and “big-money” often are used to describe Madison lawyer Michael Fox’s cases.

Feb 16, 2012

Founding a legacy

The late Gerald “Jerry” Kahn, who helped found one of the largest law firms in Wisconsin, is remembered as a smart, talented lawyer with a very caring, approachable nature.


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