Class Notes

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Notes are posted in alphabetical order by class.

Classes of 2010-2019Classes of 2000-2009Classes of 1990-1999Classes of 1980-1989Classes of 1970-1979Classes of 1960-1969

alex-oh-rezAlex Oh ’10 was named to the American Bar Association’s Top 40 Young Lawyers list for 2016. He is a partner and regis­tered patent attorney at Stoel Rives in Seattle. Oh was also given the 2016 Best LGBT Lawyers under 40 Award by the National LGBT Bar Association, and the Washington LGBT Leadership Award by the Washington Diversity Council.

Nick Welle ’10 is an associate at Foley & Lardner’s Milwaukee office. Welle is a member of the employee benefits prac­tice group.

Lindsey Minser ’12 has joined the law firm of Gherty & Gherty in Hudson, Wis­consin, as an associate attorney.

Nan Wang ’12 joined the global litiga­tion firm Kobre & Kim in its Hong Kong office. Wang’s practice is focused on government enforcement defense and internal investigation.

hi-rez-monicamarkMonica Mark ’13 has joined Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren as an associate in the firm’s litigation practice.

Ryan Siehr ’13 joined von Briesen as an associate in the Milwaukee office. He is a member of the business practice group and the health law and technology law sections. Siehr focuses his practice on business transactions, licensing, start-up and business formation, and technology law.

Amanda Kondo ’16 joined von Briesen’s Milwaukee office as an associate in the business practice group and the trusts and estates section. She focuses her practice in the areas of general business and corporate matters, estate planning, probate and trust administration, tax planning, and marital property.

Katherine Kratcha ’16 has joined Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren as an associate in the firm’s employee benefits practice.

KilianMurphy Kilian Murphy ’16 has joined Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren as an associate in the firm’s real estate practice.

Jeunesse Rutledge ’16 has joined Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren as an associate in the firm’s litigation practice.

Christopher Schuele ’16 has joined Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren as an associate in the firm’s labor and employ­ment practice.

John Behling ’00 was re-elected to serve as vice president of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.

Jonathan Klem ’00 was promoted to senior vice president and manager of estate administration for Country Club Trust Company in Kansas City, Missouri.

Marjorie Liu Marjorie Liu’s ’03 book Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening was included in the New York Public Library’s list of best books of 2016 for teens.


hi-rez-benjaminwagnerBenjamin Wagner ’03 has been inducted as the 2017 president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, the state’s largest voluntary bar association.

Rachel Steiner ’04 joined Chicago Law Partners as a senior attorney. Steiner has a wide range of experience in litigation and employment matters, including counseling. She has represented not-for-profit and for-profit businesses, govern­mental entities, and individual clients. Steiner also has litigated cases in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels, and has practiced before a number of administrative tribunals.

hi-rez-lakeishafieldsLakeisha Fields ’05 joined the Phila­delphia, Pennsylvania, office of Burns White as an associate attorney focusing on nursing home, assisted living, and medical malpractice defense matters.

Randolph Reliford ’05 joined Penn State Law School as the assistant dean for career services, where he directs the school’s program of career advising, de­velopment, and counseling for students.

John Miller ’06 was appointed a mem­ber of the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board by President Obama. Miller is founder and principal of Arenberg Hold­ings, positions he has held since 2015.

hi-rez-petertempelisPeter Tempelis ’06 joined the Wiscon­sin Department of Justice as an assistant attorney general. He previously served as an assistant district attorney and the team captain of the Domestic Violence Unit at the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

Mark Paige ’07 is an assistant profes­sor of public policy at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and author of a new book, Building a Better Teacher: Understanding Value Added Models in the Law of Teacher Evaluation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

Rachel Arfa ’08 was accepted into the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leader­ship, which trains and prepares Demo­cratic women to run for office.

Karen Bauer ’09 was elected to the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Gover­nors, representing Milwaukee. She is also the chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin Public Interest Law Section and was recently honored at the State Bar of Wis­consin Member Recognition Celebration as the Jack Dewitt WisLAP (Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program) volunteer of the year.

Elizabeth Wamboldt ’09 has joined von Briesen as an associate in the Milwaukee office. She is a member of the business practice group and the technology law section. Wamboldt focuses her practice on negotiating and drafting commercial contracts with a particular emphasis on software licensing and IT professional service agreement contracts, as well as data security and privacy issues.

Peter White ’09 joined von Briesen as an associate in the Milwaukee office. White focuses his practice on business formation, mergers and acquisitions, and tax law. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

HR-adamwitkovAdam Witkov ’09 was promoted to partner at Michael Best. He is a member of the litigation group and an advocate for clients in the areas of complex com­mercial and financial services litigation.

Bryce Tolefree ’90 was promoted to claims legal vice president at American Family Mutual Insurance Co. Tolefree oversees general counsel and support staff located across the country who represent American Family and its insureds in claim and corporate-related litigation matters.

Joan Stafslien ’92 has been appointed to the board of directors of Millennium Health, a leading health solutions company.

Amy Bruchs ’93 has been named office managing partner at Michael Best. Bruchs joined the firm’s labor and employment relations practice group in 1995 and has since focused primarily on employment law, labor law, and litigation.

Christopher Rexroat ’93 joined the Falk Legal Group as a partner. His practice focuses on the firm’s commercial litigation and business advisory section, particularly in the financial services, insurance, and business insolvency areas.

hi-rez-pedrocolonPedro Colón ’94 has been appointed to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Board of Directors. Colón has served as judge for the Milwaukee County Circuit Court since 2010. In 1998, he became the first elected Latino in the Wisconsin Legislature and went on to serve in the State Assembly until 2010.

Carol Dabner ’95 earned a Ph.D. in applied gerontology from the University of North Texas.

JoelKanvik_picJoel Kanvik ’95 has joined Blueknight Energy Partners as general counsel. He brings more than twenty years of experience in corporate and private law to the organization.

Melissa Holloway ’96 was appointed as deputy general counsel at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She previously served as general counsel for North Carolina Central University and University of Wisconsin–Madison. She was also recently elected to the board of directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Luis Arroyo ’98 was promoted to partner at Michael Best. He is a member of the labor and employment relations group, where he represents employers in a range of labor and employment matters, particularly in the areas of employee defection and recruitment.

Eric Carlson ’98 was selected as the 2016 recipient of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Exelon Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award. The award was presented at the Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation 18th Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon on July 18, 2016.

hi-rez-robertbanksjrRobert S. Banks Jr. ’82 was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association at the group’s 2016 annual meeting. The award is given in recognition of outstanding, long-term and sustained service to promote the interests of the public investor in securities and commodities arbitration.

Roy Fine ’82 has joined the Appleton office of Murphy Desmond. Fine’s practice focuses on representing clients in business transactions, real estate matters, finance, estate planning, probate, and intellectual property.

John Sikora ’82 joined von Briesen as a shareholder in the Delafield, Wisconsin, office. Sikora focuses his practice in tax planning and the buying and selling of businesses and real estate with a particular emphasis on corporate, partnership, and other business matters.

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw ’85 received an honorary doctorate from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at its 2016 commencement ceremony. Crenshaw, a distinguished professor at the UCLA School of Law and a professor at Columbia Law School, co-founded the African American Policy Forum and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, for which she also serves as director.

Regina Millner ’85 was re-elected president of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.

John Hyland ’89 was elected to the Dane County circuit court.

Eric Dahlstrom ’76 won a lifetime achievement award from the Native American Bar Association of Arizona.

John (Jack) Stark ’79 has published seven books, including four on the law, three feature articles in the Wisconsin Blue Book, over a hundred other articles (including twenty-five on legislative drafting and eight law review articles), and eleven book reviews.

John S. Skilton ’69, a partner in Perkins Coie’s patent litigation practice, is a recipient of the 2016 Wisconsin Law Foundation Charles L. Goldberg Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented at the Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation Annual Recognition Dinner in October.