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2015 Women in the Law

Jun 11, 2015

Law Journal honors its 2015 Women in the Law

The Wisconsin Law Journal honored its 2015 Women of the Law on Thursday at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. More than 300 people turned out to celebrate this year's field of outstanding women.

Jun 11, 2015

Tidwall finds being a lawyer entails duty to society

Karen Tidwall didn’t think girls became lawyers. Her high school English teacher changed that.

Jun 11, 2015

For Scott, good lawyering starts with listening

Denasha Scott never assumes she knows what a client wants. In large part because of her willingness to listen, Scott, who specializes in estate-planning and business law, has risen to team leader of Stafford Rosenbaum LLP’s Business Law Practice Group and is now a member of the firm’s board of directors.

Jun 11, 2015

Service is front and center for Brostrom

Ellen Brostrom’s passion for service started with a summer job at a soup kitchen.

Jun 11, 2015

For Watson, listening to clients is key

After working for the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s office for more than 20 years, DeeDee Watson hears the same two questions time and time again: How is she able to defend her indigent criminal clients, and how can she do it for so long?

Jun 11, 2015

Shapiro empowers clients during family crises

Amy Shapiro often finds herself working with clients in their darkest hours — whether they’re going through a divorce or dealing with child support or custody concerns.

Jun 11, 2015

Mueller draws on family for motivation

For Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Elisabeth Mueller, working at the DA’s office isn’t just a job. It’s who she is.

Jun 11, 2015

Bergstrom lives by examples set on family farm

Kristin Bergstrom has spent a lot of time being the only woman in the room. “It’s no longer true,” said Bergstrom, one of the first female shareholders at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren.

Jun 11, 2015

McCarthy sees world through clients’ eyes

Gail McCarthy didn’t have anyone telling her to lean in when she became an attorney 35 years ago. She just did.

Jun 11, 2015

For Ustad Smith, ‘winning’ begins with understanding clients

Ann Ustad Smith’s secret weapon is her friendly demeanor. Ustad Smith, chair of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP’s banking and financial services industry group, specializes in helping distressed businesses and meeting clients’ needs regarding bankruptcy, commercial transactions and constitutional litigation.

Jun 11, 2015

Murdock builds career in construction, insurance law

For Andrea Murdock, every case is something different. Working in insurance and construction litigation, the managing shareholder at Halloin & Murdock S.C. in Milwaukee said she enjoys the challenges each new case brings.

Jun 11, 2015

Allen dedicated to fighting for her clients

Jennifer Allen remembers saying she would never go to law school or become an attorney. Fortunately for her clients, it turns out she was wrong.


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