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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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Abuse of Discretion – Sufficiency of Evidence

T.J.B. appeals from an order granting the State’s motion waiving juvenile jurisdiction for a delinquency petition filed against him. T.J.B. argues the court erroneously exercised its discretion when it failed to sufficiently consider evidence related to the statutory criteria for waiver and that certain of the court’s findings were unsupported by the record.

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Adverse Possession

Thomas D. Sykes and the other named plaintiffs (the Islanders) appeal an order granting summary judgment in favor of the Village of Summit and the Village’s Chief of Police Michael Hartert (collectively, Summit) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the State of Wisconsin (collectively, the DNR) and dismissing all of the Islanders’ claims and causes of action.

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