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Unsung Heroes of 2010

2010 Unsung Heroes

More than 275 people gathered Nov. 12 at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee to honor the Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2010 Unsung Heroes. About 50 people were honored in 10 categories, including a Lifetime Achievement award for Linda O’Dell of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals District IV.

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Court Clerk of the Year

The St. Francis Municipal Court convenes twice a month. But there are cases being processed constantly, and somebody has to handle them.

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Paralegal of the Year

Carolyn Simpson became one of Foley & Lardner’s first two U.S. patent prosecution specialists in 2003, when Foley concluded that the volume of applications required specialized attention.

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IT Specialist of the Year

IT Specialists of the Year William Lundie, Gerry Heidenreich, Mike Kelley, Anna Boll, Bill Duchaine, Kay Dailey, Korrine Naydihor, Evelyn Amundson An IT department is like an offensive line: If nobody’s mentioning their name, they must be doing a good job. The IT team at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek fits that description perfectly, partner John Emanuel said in nominating the entire ...

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Human Resources Professional of the Year

Human Resources Professional of the Year Joelyn Wunderlich Human Resources Manager, Foley & Lardner LLP Since 1999, Joelyn Wunderlich has been the Human Resources Manager for the Milwaukee office of Foley & Lardner, Wisconsin’s largest law firm. In that capacity, she has been instrumental in coordinating a wide range of human resource issues that affect the 600 lawyers and support ...

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Legal Programs Professional of the Year

Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program coordinator Linda Albert has spent a fair amount of time in recent months driving to 10 different locations throughout the state to talk to attorneys and staff with the Wisconsin Public Defender’s Office about “compassion fatigue.”

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Firm Administrator of the Year

Firm Administrator of the Year Thomas C. Nipko Executive Director, Godfrey & Kahn, SC Thomas Nipko’s background was in accounting, and he had worked as a comptroller and treasurer for a subsidiary of the old Schlitz brewery. But 28 years ago, after the merger with Stroh’s ended the Milwaukee operation, Nipko decided to pursue a new path in a field ...

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