Power of Attorney

Top lawyers 2007

POWER

Isn’t that what you want in an advocate? Someone who knows her stuff, who comes prepared and who has a winning record? Someone who is not afraid to take on giants or to champion unpopular causes or people? Someone who does it without apology. Someone who commands respect and shows respect, someone who fights hard but fairly? When you need a lawyer, you want someone you can trust to stay by your side, someone who won’t back down from conflict but who doesn’t fan fires just to watch things burn. Someone who understands the law and the legal process. Aren’t those the best attorneys? Madison Magazine set out to find out who those attorneys are. We sent out ballots and asked area attorneys to choose the best lawyers in various fields and this is the mighty list they compiled. There are a lot of ways to define power. It isn’t just braun. It isn’t clout or connections or influence. However you define it, you’d be hard pressed to argue that there isn’t a lot of power on these pages.
 

Survey Results:

 144 Madison-area Lawyers chosen by their peers.

Names are listed alphabetically in each category.

Administrative / Government Law

Henry A. Gempeler
Foley & Lardner

Ron Kuehn
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Raymond Taffora*
Michael Best & Friedrich

Adoption

Michele L. Perreault
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Bob Ramsdell
Ramsdell Law Office

Theresa L. Roetter
Hill, Glowacki, Jaeger & Hughes

Judith Sperling-Newton
Law Center for Children & Families

Ruth Westmont
Westmont & Congo

Nancy C. Wettersten
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Agriculture Law

David A. Crass
Michael Best and Friedrich

Jordan K. Lamb
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

H. Dale Peterson
Stroud, Willink & Howard

Mediation/Alternate Dispute Resolution

Mark A. Frankel
LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn

Sharon Mollman Elliott
Foley & Lardner

Allan R. Koritzinsky
Foley & Lardner

John C. Mitby
Axley Brynelson

John M. Moore
Bell, Gierhart & Moore

Marie A. Stanton
Hurley, Burish & Stanton

Appeals Law

Michael S. Heffernan
Foley & Lardner

Daniel W. Hildebrand
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Michael B. Van Sicklen
Foley & Lardner

Lost Innocence After spending eighteen years in prison, Steven Avery walked out of the Stanley Correctional Institution prison on September 11th, 2003 a free man. Thanks to the work of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, a legal assistance program run by the UW Law School, Avery was exonerated from the 1985 brutal rape and beating of a thirty-six-year-old Two Rivers woman. Overnight Avery became a poster child for reforming the legal and criminal justice systems. Not only was he robbed of nearly two decades of his life, but the real criminal was likely still on the streets. Now Steven Avery is making headlines again, but hardly the kind anyone expected. He has been charged with the October 2005 rape, murder and mutilation of twenty-five-year-old Teresa Halbach. Avery is claiming innocence; his trial is scheduled for April. “This is highly unusual,” explains Keith Findley, University of Wisconsin law professor and co-director of the Innocence Project. “Over 180 inmates have been exonerated through the Innocence Project Network worldwide and no other person has been charged with another major crime after being freed from prison.” Asked if he believes that the new accusations dampen the reputation of the Innocence Project, Findley says, “The Project did its job. DNA evidence proved conclusively that Mr. Avery was not the perpetrator in the 1985 assault. The system failed in that case, and that is why we are here.” Judy Schwaemle, Dane County deputy district attorney, adds, “The work of the Innocence Project on Mr. Avery’s behalf is no less valuable or significant because of Mr. Avery’s subsequent conduct. No other organization or private firm does the work that the Innocence Project does.” That work includes the exoneration of over eighteen innocent people since the project’s inception in 1998. The project has also been instrumental in passing legislation to improve police investigative procedures. - Kacy Gadberry

Banking/Financial Services

Timothy S. Crisp
Michael Best & Friedrich

John Knight
Boardman Law Firm

Antonina Prestigiacomo
Foley & Lardner

Robert V. Petershack
Michael Best & Friedrich

Bankruptcy

Denis P. Bartell
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Patricia M. Gibeault
Axley Brynelson

Michael E. Kepler
Kepler & Peyton

James D. Sweet
Murphy Desmond

Michael B. Van Sicklen
Foley & Lardner

Business Law

Joseph W. Boucher
Neider & Boucher

Bruce L. Harms
Axley Brynelson

Blaine R. Renfert
Foley & Lardner

David G. Walsh
Foley & Lardner

Discrimination/ Civil Rights

Michael R. Fox
Fox & Fox

Michael J. Modl
Axley Brynelson

Jeff Scott Olson
Jeff Scott Olson Law Firm

Commercial Litigation

Allen A. Arntsen
Foley & Lardner

Jon P. Axelrod
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Gordon Davenport III
Foley & Lardner

Construction Law

Brad Fulton
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Michael G. Laskis
Foley & Lardner

William E. McCardell
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Brian W. Mullins
Axley Brynelson

Consumer Law

P. Jeffrey Archibald
Archibald Consumer Law Office

Jeanne M. Armstrong
Neider & Boucher

Steve Meili
UW Law School Consumer Law Litigation Clinic

Robert A. Pasch
Murphy Desmond

Peter J. Richter
Stroud, Willink & Howard

Robert R. Stroud
Stroud, Willink & Howard

Contracts

Christopher C. Cain
Foley & Lardner

Blaine R. Renfert
Foley & Lardner

Anne E. Ross
Foley & Lardner

Ronald W. Todd
Stroud, Willink & Howard

Criminal Defense

Charles W. Giesen
Giesen Law Offices

Stephen P. Hurley
Hurley, Burish & Stanton

Stephen J. Meyer
Meyer Law Office

Lester A. Pines
Cullen Weston Pines & Bach

Christopher T. Van Wagner
Van Wagner & Wood

Criminal Prosecution

Brian Blanchard
Dane County DA office

Paul Humphrey
Dane County DA office

Ann Sayles
Dane County DA office

Timothy Verhoff
Dane County DA office

Education Law

Jayne K. Kuehn
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Michael J. Julka
Lathrop & Clark

Thomas N. Shorter
LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn

Elder Law

Betsy Abramson
Atty., elder law consultant

Carolyn A. Hegge
Stroud, Willink & Howard

Barbara S. Hughes
Hill, Glowacki, Jaeger & Hughes

James A. Jaeger
Hill, Glowacki, Jaeger & Hughes

Election/Campaign Finance/Political Law

Raymond Taffora*
Michael Best & Friedrich

Chad R. Taylor
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Mike B. Wittenwyler
LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn

Employee Benefits

Brian L. Anderson
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Christopher S. Berry
Foley & Lardner

John Rashke
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Environmental Law

Linda H. Bochert
Michael Best & Friedrich

Douglas B. Clark
Foley & Lardner

Paul G. Kent
Anderson & Kent

Todd E. Palmer
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Family (Divorce) Law

Steven A. Bach
Cullen Weston Pines & Bach

Stephen C. Beilke
Murphy Desmond

Michael S. Heffernan
Foley & Lardner

Allan R. Koritzinsky
Foley & Lardner

Anne Taylor Wadsack
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Nancy C. Wettersten
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Heath Care Law

Michael G. Laskis
Foley & Lardner

Robert J. Lightfoot II
Murphy Desmond

Brian R. Purtell
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Thomas N. Shorter
LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn

Immigration Law

Linda M. Clifford
LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn

Glorily Lopez
Lopez Law Office

Anita M. Sorensen
Foley & Lardner

Irene Wren
Wren & Gateways Law Group

Intellectual Property

Craig A. Fieschko
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Paul S. Hunter
Foley & Lardner

Mark A. Kassel
Foley & Lardner

Joseph T. Leone
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Charles S. Sara
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Tess Welch
Michael Best & Friedrich

Juvenile Law

Benjamin C. Gonring
State Public Defender

Edward G. Krueger
Krueger Law Office

Nancy C. Wettersten
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Labor and Employment Law

Michael H. Auen
Foley & Lardner

Stephen A. DiTullio
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Brad Fulton
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Fred Gants
Quarles & Brady

Daniel A. Kaplan
Foley & Lardner

Michael J. Westcott
Axley Brynelson

Landlord/Tenant Law

Greg Collins
Axley Brynelson

Jay D. Koritzinsky
Koritzinsky & Karls

Duane “Dewey” Schumacher
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

David R. Sparer
Herrick & Kasdorf

Medical Malpractice/ Defense

Barrett J. Corneille
Corneille Law Group

Claude J. Covelli
Boardman Law Firm

John W. Markson
Bell, Gierhart & Moore

Curtis C. Swanson
Corneille Law Group

Medical Malpractice/ Plaintiffs

John L. Cates
Gingras, Cates & Luebke

Michael R. Davis
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Eric A. Farnsworth
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Daniel A. Rottier
Habush Habush & Rottier

Susan Steingass
UW Law School; of counsel Habush Habush & Rottier

Municipal Law

Michael R. Christopher
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Henry A. Gempeler
Foley & Lardner

Mark R. Sewell
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Personal Injury/Defense

Bradley D. Armstrong
Axley Brynelson

Claude J. Covelli
Boardman Law Firm

Michael P. Crooks
Peterson, Johnson & Murray

John W. Markson
Bell, Gierhart & Moore

Ward I. Richter
Bell, Gierhart & Moore

Personal Injury/Plaintiffs

Michael R. Davis
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Eric A. Farnsworth
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Robert J. Kasieta
Kasieta Legal Group

Michael Riley
Axley Brynelson

Daniel A. Rottier
Habush Habush & Rottier

Public Interest Law

Raymond R. Carey
Foley & Lardner

Henry A. Gempeler
Foley & Lardner

Steve Meili
UW Law School Consumer Law Litigation Clinic

Public Policy

Raymond R. Carey
Foley & Lardner

Ron Kuehn
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Eric Wilson
Wisconsin Department of Justice

Mike B. Wittenwyler
LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn

Real Property

Douglas S. Buck
Foley & Lardner

Henry A. Gempeler
Foley & Lardner

Jesse S. Ishikawa
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

Harvey L. Temkin
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

Securities

Jeffrey B. Bartell
Quarles & Brady

Anne E. Ross
Foley & Lardner

Paul T. Wrycha
Foley & Lardner

Tax Law

Brian L. Anderson
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Steven A. Brezinski
Axley Bryneslon

Andrew L. Nelson
Foley & Lardner

Traffic Violations (DUI) Defense

James H. Connors
James H. Connors Law Office

Christopher T. Van Wagner
Van Wagner & Wood

William Ginsberg
Mandell & Ginsberg

Stephen P. Hurley
Hurley, Burish & Stanton

David Mandell
Mandell & Ginsberg

Stephen E. Mays
Mays Law Office

Transportation Law

Charles “Buck” Sweeney
Axley Brynelson

John Duncan Varda
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Fred Wisner
Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Trusts and Estate Planning

Richard J. Langer
Michael Best & Friedrich

Gregory F. Monday
Foley & Lardner

David W. Reinecke
Foley & Lardner

Wrede “Bud” Smith
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Michael W. Wilcox
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Wills and Probate

Daniel T. Hardy
Axley Brynelson

Richard J. Langer
Michael Best & Friedrich

Gregory F. Monday
Foley & Lardner

David W. Reinecke
Foley & Lardner

Michael W. Wilcox
DeWitt Ross & Stevens

* Raymond Taffora is now an assistant DA for Dane County. His previous employer, Michael Best & Friedrich, is listed because he was recognized for his work while there.

Madison Magazine - January 2007
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