Class Notes

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Notes are posted in alphabetical order by class.

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Rochelle Johnson-Bent ’10 of the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee is the first recipient of the new Outstanding Mentor Award from the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Patrick Neuman ’10 has been named a partner at the Madison firm of Boardman & Clark. Neuman practices primarily in the area of banking law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, and corporate law. He started in the firm as a law clerk in 2008, and joined as an associate after receiving his JD.

Yousuf Syed Khan

Yousuf Syed Khan ’10 is currently serving as a Human Rights Reporting Officer/Legal Analyst with the United Nations International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic in Geneva. He previously served as a Human Rights Lawyer with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, and as a Human Rights Officer with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

Truscenialyn Brooks ’11 was reelected to the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors for a second two-year term starting July 1, 2017.

Kathy Marschman ’12 has been named interim secretary of Wisconsin’s Department of Veterans Affairs by Governor Scott Walker. Prior to assuming the new role, Marschman worked as the agency’s deputy secretary. She served for more than 24 years in the US Army Reserve and the National Guard, including several years of active service.

Connor Valentyn ’17 has joined Murphy Desmond in its Madison office.



John Behling ’00, an attorney with Weld Riley in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has been elected president of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. Behling had served as the vice president of the board since 2015. He is the board’s youngest president, as well as the first from the Chippewa Valley.

Matthew Impola ’00 was elected to the partnership in Foley & Lardner’s Milwaukee office.

Sarah DeKraay ’01 has been named a shareholder at Murphy Desmond in Madison. Her practice focuses on divorce and family law, including child custody, child support, post-divorce issues, marital agreements, grandparents’ rights, collaborative divorce proceedings, and mediation.

Ruben Garcia ’02 was appointed associate dean of faculty development and research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law.

Margaret Daun ’03 was nominated by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele to lead the County’s Office of Corporation Counsel, and was confirmed in March by the County Board. She is responsible for overseeing the provision of legal services to all county departments, elected officials, Mitchell International Airport, the transit and parks systems, and its pension fund.

Chris Hoppe ’03 has been named executive associate athletic director for sport administration and student-athlete support services at the University of Pittsburgh. In this role, Hoppe oversees sport administration, NCAA compliance, financial aid, life skills, equipment services, sports performance, student conduct, and Title IX. He will also serve as a liaison to Pitt’s Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes.

Jennifer (Neth) Warberg ’03 was named a shareholder at Littler Mendelson, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management. Warberg advises and represents clients in litigation in a broad range of employment law areas, including discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, class action defense, and whistleblowing and retaliation.

Alexis (Highsmith) Smith ’05 has been named executive director of the New Haven Legal Assistance Association. Andrew Kramer ’06 was promoted to partner at Hansen Reynolds Dickinson Crueger.

Corrie Plant ’06 has joined Bick Law in Newport Beach, California, as a partner. She will handle matters of environmental litigation and compliance counseling.

Brian Spahn ’06 was elected to shareholder at the law firm of Godfrey & Kahn. Spahn is a member of the firm’s litigation practice group.

Ryan Worrell ’06 was promoted to vice president of legal affairs for Twentieth Century Fox Television in Los Angeles, California.

Robin Dalton ’07 received a Women of Distinction Leadership Award from YWCA Madison for her dedication to community service, professional achievement, leadership, and improving the lives of others. Dalton is an immigration attorney at the RISE Law Center, where she represents immigrant victims of sexual and domestic abuse.

Shane Delsman ’07 was elected to shareholder at Godfrey & Kahn. Delsman is a member of the firm’s intellectual property and litigation practice groups.

Kerry (Burchill) Murphy ’07 is a founding member of Lasky Murphy, a women-owned, boutique law firm located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her practice focuses on commercial and business litigation, as well as business formation and contract matters. Murphy was also recently appointed to the board of directors of the Louisiana Bar Foundation.

Tim Shea ’07 has joined Piper Jaffray as part of the firm’s diversified industrials and services investment banking group. The firm is based in Minneapolis.

Jessica P. Culotti ’08 was named to the Wisconsin Humane Society’s (WHS) Young Leaders Advisory Board (YLAB). The YLAB is comprised of young leaders in the Milwaukee, Racine, and Ozaukee areas who share the mission of building a community that values animals and treats them with kindness and respect.

Robert Ellis ’08 was elected a member of Dykema Gossett. His practice focuses on business and commercial litigation.

Ben Sykes ’08 has been elected partner with Locke Lord in its Chicago office. His practice concentrates on insurance, health care, and administrative matters.

Travis Mueller ’09 was named a shareholder at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren. His practice focuses on corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial contracting.

John Walsh ’09 of Axley Brynelson in Madison received the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the State Bar of Wisconsin.


Phillip Maples ’92, partner at Michael Best, gave the keynote address at University of Wisconsin–Manitowoc’s commencement ceremony in May. Maples is a frequent writer and speaker on estate and tax planning and business legal topics. He has served on the boards of community organizations, including the UW–Manitowoc Foundation.

Douglas Buck ’93 has joined Quarles & Brady as a partner in the real estate practice group. He has more than 20 years of experience and leadership in the Madison and national real estate markets. He also serves as an adjunct professor at UW Law School, where he teaches Advanced Real Estate Transactions.

Michael Gratz ’94 was selected to serve on the St. Paul University Catholic Foundation board of directors. The board is currently overseeing the building of a new $29-million church and student center located in the heart of UW–Madison’s campus on Library Mall. Gratz is a founding shareholder of the intellectual property law firm of Boyle Fredrickson in Milwaukee.

Matt Miszewski ’95 has been named senior vice president of sales at the Seattle-based Socrata, a data-as-a-service platform for government organizations.

Wade Newell ’96 was appointed by Governor Scott Walker as district attorney for Chippewa County. Prior to the appointment, Newell served as the county’s assistant district attorney for 16 years.

Michelle Viste ’99 has been named executive director of the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Office of Crime Victim Services. Prior to the appointment, she served as a state prosecutor.

Robert Gegios ’81 was chosen as 2017 “Leader in the Law” by the Wisconsin Law Journal. He is the chairperson of the litigation department of Kohner Mann & Kailas in Milwaukee.

Mary Wagner ’82 was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Susan B. Anthony Women of Influence Ceremony for her work as a teacher, lawmaker, and Kenosha County circuit court judge. The award is given annually to a woman residing in Kenosha County who believes in equity and exemplifies this philosophy; gives of herself that others might learn, grow, and succeed; and provides inspiration through leadership.

Fred Lautz ’85 has been appointed executive director of St. Marcus Ministries in Milwaukee. St. Marcus Ministries includes St. Marcus School and St. Marcus Lutheran Church.

Ginger Zimmerman ’85 has been elected president of the Wisconsin-based Murphy Desmond. She will be responsible for firm management and business development, and will continue to practice law in business, real estate, bankruptcy, secured transactions, agricultural and commercial transactions, and commercial litigation.

Kevin Delorey ’86, a partner at Quarles & Brady, has been named national chair of the firm’s real estate practice group. Delorey splits his time among the firm’s Madison, Milwaukee, and Tampa offices, with regular visits to the Chicago office.

Anne Gallagher ’88 is director of global communications for Jenner & Block, based in its Chicago office. Ray also serves as a board member of the UW Alumni Group of Chicago and a board member of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s marketing committee.

Mary Kramer ’88 is the author of a published law book, The Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity: A Guide to Representing Foreign Born Defendants (AILA pubs, 6th Ed 2015). She was also appointed to serve on the board of trustees for the College of Saint Benedict, her undergraduate alma mater. She practices immigration litigation in Miami, Florida.

Daniel Schultz ’88 has been named the director of legal/hearings for the Arizona Department of Education. In this role, Schultz will provide comprehensive legal guidance and interpretation of legislation for the department, prepare the department for judicial proceedings and administrative law hearings, and draft a variety of legal documents on its behalf.


Roy Thilly ’74 was recently elected as chair of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.

William ShernoffWilliam Shernoff ’62 was honored at the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s prestigious Litigation Awards Dinner on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Montage, Beverly Hills. Shernoff, founding partner of Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley, a law firm specializing in insurance bad faith litigation, received the “Excellence in Advocacy Award,” which honors a trial lawyer whose case successes have resulted from expert legal skills, unique trial strategy, and courtroom teamwork, and who also gives back to the community.

Del Smith ’69 is launching Reed Smith’s practice area in aviation and aerospace finance and commercial space business. Smith, who formerly led Denton’s space business group, is now based in Reed Smith’s Virginia office.