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2019 Unsung Heroes

Law Journal honors its 2019 Unsung Heroes

The Wisconsin Law Journal honored 21 Unsung Heroes at an event on Thursday at the Grain Exchange in downtown Milwaukee. More than 200 people were in attendance to honor the people who excel behind the scenes.

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Joan Bernaden – Quarles & Brady

Joan Bernaden, a legal secretary and work coordinator at Quarles & Brady’s Milwaukee office, is the person whom everyone loves. Her colleagues describe her as a diligent and loyal employee, a trusted confidant and friend, and a sassy personality whom clients love to be around.

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Jacob Gardner – Stafford Rosenbaum

It’s clear that Jacob Gardner cares deeply about his job and the people he works alongside. Ask him a few questions about how he ended up at Stafford Rosenbaum, and he’ll give you more than enough background. But it’s not ...

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Laura Olsen – Quarles & Brady

The opportunity to continuously learn keeps Laura Olsen enthusiastic about her role as a senior legal-research specialist at Quarles & Brady in Milwaukee.

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Anne Peterson – Falk Legal Group

Anne Peterson views her job at Falk Legal Group as requiring her to do whatever is necessary to help attorneys and staff employees there achieve or maintain their standard of excellence.

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Amy Crowder – Wisconsin State Law Library

As deputy law librarian at the Wisconsin State Law Library, Amy Crowder regularly contemplates ways to keep the library’s 135,000 physical items and nearly five miles of bookshelves useful in an increasingly digital world.

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Betty Karnes – Michael Best & Friedrich

A lot has changed since Betty Karnes was hired in 1983 as a file clerk at Michael Best & Friedrich. Advancements in technology have greatly changed most day-to-day tasks at law offices. And, of course, email and cellphones have forever ...

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Eric Ellis – Hupy and Abraham

In the past five years, Eric Ellis has made more than 1,000 videos for Hupy and Abraham. That sounds like a lot, but Ellis is not complaining. Ellis, multimedia specialist at the firm, said every day at Hupy and Abraham ...

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James Livingston – Quarles & Brady

When people stop James Livingston in the hallways of Quarles & Brady, they have his undivided attention — no matter how important their issue or what he has on his long to-do list.

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