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Notes are posted in alphabetical order by class.
David Bonner ’10 was appointed to the Truman State University Board of Governors by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.
Brittany Lopez Naleid ’10 was named a 2015 Future Leader by Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, a nonprofit that prepares area professionals from the Hispanic community to take on leadership roles.
MaiVue Xiong ’10 has been elected shareholder with Weld, Riley, Prenn and Ricci in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She is a member of the business section and advises clients in business transactions, banking and financing services, real estate, landlord-tenant, and intellectual property law.
Samuel Kohn ’12 was a guest speaker at an American Indian College Fund education event in Chicago, which addressed increasing the number of American Indian college graduates. Kohn is a member of Dentons law firm based in San Francisco, where he is a member of the firm’s tribal litigation practice team. He is an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe of Montana.
Maciej (Matt) Pietruczak ’13 joined Quarles and Brady’s business law practice group in Milwaukee. Pietruczak assists clients with business and corporate matters, including equity and debt financing, equity incentive plans and related agreements, corporate restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions.
Samantha Amore ’14 joined the Milwaukee law firm O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong and Laing.
Mahima Kheterpal ’14 joined Wendel Rosen’s business practice group in Oakland, California. Kheterpal’s practice focuses on working with clients on a range of general business issues, including incorporation, bylaws, compliance with corporate and employment laws, securities law, and tax considerations.
Adam R. Prinsen ’15 has joined the law offices of Godfrey and Kahn as part of the litigation practice group.
Kelsey Schmidt ’15 joined the Milwaukee office of Ogletree Deakins as an associate. She focuses her practice on employment law matters.
Joyce Williams ’15 joined Segal McCambridge in its Chicago office. Her practice focuses on the litigation of toxic tort and complex commercial matters.
Stacy Leeds ’00 was named one of 20 Leaders in Diversity by National Jurist Magazine in its Fall 2015 issue. The magazine highlighted professors who have made significant efforts to further diversity efforts in legal education.
Nathan Ganfield ’01 was named general counsel at Johnsonville Sausage in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.
Aaron Patton ’01 was promoted to managing director at Precision Discovery, where he is also a member of the executive management team. He works with software consultants, law firms, and corporations to identify and implement efficient solutions to discovery related issues.
Erik Weidig ’01 was appointed to serve as corporation counsel for Waukesha County, Wisconsin.
Andrew Frank ’02 was named a shareholder of the Wagner Law Group in Milwaukee.
Martin Machtan ’02 has cofounded Has Karma, an offline referral program and internet start-up designed specifically to help small and local businesses earn referrals from their best customers.
Michele Perreault ’03 was elected to serve on DeWitt Ross and Stevens’s executive committee. Perreault is a shareholder in the firm’s Madison office and practices in the areas of litigation and family law.
Eric Barber ’04 has joined Michael Best and Friedrich’s Madison office as an insurance partner in the litigation practice group. He will focus on assisting policyholders in navigating complicated and sensitive insurance issues.
Lena Yvonne Henderson ’05 has worked in the field of property tax law for the past nine years. In 2015, she became one of the founders of the Women’s Property Tax Association to encourage and support women engaged in property tax law, administration, and/or adjudication.
Carlos Pabellón ’05 has been appointed director of the Dane County Department of Administration. He has been serving as the department’s interim director since June 2015.
Nicholas DiUlio ’06 has joined the litigation team at Davis and Kuelthau as senior attorney. DiUlio focuses his practice on commercial and personal injury defense litigation, railroad law, and eminent domain.
Brian Kwok ’06 joined the Palo Alto, California, office of Haynes and Boone as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice group. His practice focuses on patent strategy, licensing, and litigation.
Autumn Nero ’06 was promoted to partner at Perkins Coie. Nero is a member of the firm’s intellectual property practice and focuses on patent litigation in the Madison office.
Rachel Arfa ’07 was named to the 2016 class of Leadership Greater Chicago, a leadership development program that draws leaders from nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors to explore key issues facing the Chicago region over a 10-month duration.
Jamaal Jordan ’07 has been promoted to partner at Senniger Powers in Saint Louis. He is licensed to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office, and his work covers all areas of intellectual property law, with a special emphasis on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the United States and abroad.
Bryan Steil ’07 has been appointed to the UW System Board of Regents by Governor Scott Walker.
Valerie Vidal ’07 was chosen as a member of the 2016 class of fellows participating in a landmark program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. Vidal is a partner at the Milwaukee office of Quarles and Brady.
Scott Colom ’09 was elected district attorney for Mississippi’s 16th District, comprised of Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay, and Noxubee Counties.
Tim Covello ’90 was appointed superior court commissioner for San Luis Obispo County, California. He is responsible for presiding over traffic and small claims proceedings, as well as habeas corpus petitions, juvenile drug court, family treatment court, and truancy cases.
Dorothy Harrell ’90 was honored by the Zonta Club of Beloit, Wisconsin, at its annual Tribute to Women awards dinner. Harrell was recognized, along with eight other women, for her personal achievements and contributions to her community.
Eleonora diLiscia ’91 is a contributing author on the Illinois Forms of Jury Instruction, 2015 supplement from Lexis Nexis. She previously coauthored five chapters in the 2014 Illinois Jurisprudence, Criminal Law and Procedure, Volumes 1 and 2 from Lexis Nexis.
Andrew Smith ’91 has joined Mallery and Zimmerman as a shareholder in the firm’s Rhinelander, Wisconsin, office. Smith represents governmental entities and school districts and their board members
on a wide range of issues, including litigation matters in all state, federal, and administrative courts in Wisconsin. He also provides estate and succession planning services to individuals, families, and businesses.
Phillip Maples ’92 has joined Michael Best and Friedrich’s Manitowoc, Wisconsin, office as a partner in the wealth planning services group.
Billie Jean Smith ’92 was elected to the board of After Breast Cancer Diagnosis. Smith is a partner at Michael Best and Friedrich and a leading member of its intellectual property practice.
Christopher Quinn ’93 formed Spirit Horse Connection, a nonprofit organization that supports Native cultures and Native American horses, and he is currently planning a housing project on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Jon Richards ’94 has joined the law firm of Ziino, Germanotta, Knoll and Christensen in Milwaukee as a partner. His practice areas include business formation and transactions, nonprofit governance, estate planning, probate administration, real estate, and consumer law.
Brian Wornow ’94 has joined Clayton Holdings as senior managing director of lending services. In this position, Wornow will lead a new line of business focused on expanding Clayton’s capital market and whole loan services offerings to Wall Street, hedge funds, aggregators and money managers, private equity firms, REITs, and investment companies.
Jane Clark ’95 and Mike Gotzler ’97 are the founding partners of Clark and Gotzler, a new employment and human resources law firm located in Waukesha and Madison.
Susan Provenzano ’95 cowrote the text, Advanced Appellate Advocacy, with Sarah Schrup, Carter Phillips, and Jeff Green. Provenzano teaches civil procedure, employment law, employment discrimination, appellate advocacy, and effective legal writing at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law.
Lawrence Roberts ’95 has been appointed as acting secretary for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the remainder of the Obama Administration. He previously served as the principal deputy assistant secretary for the bureau.
Jennifer Carleton ‘96 joined the board of directors of the Tyler Robinson Foundation, the charitable arm of the band Imagine Dragons. The foundation is named after Tyler Robinson, a fan of the band who, at 16 years old, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Carleton is a shareholder in the Las Vegas office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.
Jason Gerlach ’96, along with two partners, acquired Sunrise Capital Partners, a leader in alternative asset management. As CEO and managing partner of Sunrise, Gerlach leads a team that manages more than $750 million of investor capital across a range of alternative investment strategies.
Christopher Krimmer ’97 joined DeWitt Ross and Stevens as a member of its family law team. Krimmer focuses his practice in such areas as divorce, legal separation, child custody, child support, paternity, adoptions, guardianships, probate, marital property agreements, estate planning, and more.
Michelle Ackerman Havas ’98 was appointed circuit judge in Milwaukee County by Governor Scott Walker.
Dan Gritti ’98 was hired as head football coach at Illinois-Milliken University. Before taking the position, Gritti successfully resurrected the football program at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
John Wagner ’80 has written a memoir of his human rights work in Peru entitled Troubled Mission: Fighting For Love, Spirituality, and Human Rights in Violence-Ridden Peru.
Katherine Spelman ’81 has joined Lane Powell as a shareholder in its intellectual property and technology practice group in Seattle. Spelman advises clients on copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secret matters, with a focus on media, licensing, and mass digitization issues.
Philip Karter ’82 presented a CLE seminar to the Montgomery Bar Association in April titled Help, My Client Is Being Audited, What Do I Do? Karter is a shareholder with the national law firm Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams and Aughtry.
Sharon House Cornelius ’83 received the Alumni Special Achievement Award from Black Hills State University in Rapid City, South Dakota. She currently serves as a
appellate court judge of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.
Robert Dreps ’84, a champion of open government who has represented news organizations in groundbreaking cases for three decades, was inducted into the Wisconsin, Newspaper Hall of Fame. Dreps was also named the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism’s recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Wisconsin Watchdog Award. He recently retired from full-time practice at the Madison office of Godfrey and Kahn.
Sandra Hupfer ’84 was appointed vice president of casualty claims at SECURA Insurance.
Andrew McConnell ’85 was named one of twenty Leaders in the Law for 2016 by the Wisconsin Law Journal. McConnell joined Boyle Fredrickson in 2001 and is a shareholder and past president of the firm. He specializes in patent, trademark, and copyright law with an emphasis on application preparation and prosecution, counseling, licensing, and dispute resolution.
Michael Harris ’86 was appointed trial judge by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.
Jane Jarcho ’86 was named deputy director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. She has been the national director of OCIE’s investment adviser examination program since 2013, where she oversees 600 lawyers, accountants, and examiners who are responsible for inspecting registered investment companies and advisers.
Michelle Behnke ’88 was nominated to the position of Treasurer-elect of the American Bar Association. She will take office at the conclusion of the annual meeting in August.
Sean O’Brien ’89 has been promoted to lieutenant colonel in the New York Army National Guard. The deputy judge advocate general for the New York National Guard, O’Brien is responsible for providing day-to-day military legal advice for the commanders and staff of the 16,000-member organization.
Patricia Banks ’72, presiding judge of the Elder Law and Miscellaneous Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, has been named chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging for the 2015–16 fiscal year.
Wayne Landsverk ’72 was awarded the 2015 Management Practitioner Award by the Oregon chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. The award recognizes Oregon labor-management relations practitioners whose accomplishments and approaches to labor relations are widely admired by labor, management, and neutral parties.
Ira Zarov ’74 received the Oregon State Bar Award of Merit, the highest award given by the bar for contributions to the bench and bar while exhibiting the highest professional standards. In February, he received the Henry Hewitt Access to Justice Award from the Lawyers Campaign for Equal Justice for making substantial contributions to efforts to provide access to justice for all Oregonians.
John L. Beard ’75 has joined Butzel Long in its Washington, DC, office as a shareholder. Beard’s focus will be to further develop and lead the firm’s growing trademark practice.
Randolph Stone ’75 was appointed to Chicago’s Task Force on Police Accountability. The task force released a report that reviewed the accountability, oversight, and training currently in place for Chicago’s police officers. It also recommended reforms to improve independent oversight of police misconduct, ensure officers with repeated complaints are identified and evaluated appropriately, and establish best practice for release of videos of police-involved incidents.
Louis Butler Jr. ’77 joined the DeWitt Ross and Stevens firm in its Brookfield, Wisconsin, office. His practice focuses on litigation, construction litigation, environmental issues, and appellate matters.
Tony Press ’78 published Crossing the Lines, a collection of short stories.
Rick Newman ’79 is the executive director of the American Museum of Tort Law. The museum serves as a broad forum to increase the public’s understanding of the civil justice system and the various ways in which the law has served and can serve to protect safety, rights, and freedoms in a democratic society.