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Big Fish, Small Ponds

The challenges and rewards of having a practice in rural Wisconsin

Notes From the Bench

Kathy Stilling’s time as a judge informs her new approach in private practice

'It Hits You Differently'

The case Jacob Miota still thinks about

Rhonda Hazen Balances the Emotional

In addition to family law, she volunteers as an EMT and decompresses with martial arts

The Journey and the Destination

How Cecilia Ju found her true passion

Talking Shatner with Jason Abraham

How the stars aligned for the icon to become a spokesperson for Hupy & Abraham

Leading the Charge

Meaningful change has always been Ruth Irvings’ goal, even if it’s via an estate plan

The Rainbow Connection

Linda Balisle doesn't know how she'd curb childhood trauma without the help of a Madison nonprofit

It's Somebody's Job to Make That Stuff

And on Letterman, at Miramax films, and now on a podcast, that somebody is Nick Gansner

Salman Run

Tanya Salman gets others onto the right page, hitting the high notes and crossing the finish line

How Much Is Enough?

Mark Thomsen says it’s high time to do something about police misconduct

An Uphill Battle

Fighting medical malpractice isn’t easy, but Mike End is up to the task

Taking the Reins

Christine D. Esser is determined to make a difference, one gallop at a time

Standing Tall

Volunteerism is the foundation of Beth Kushner’s career

From the Depths of Hell to a Courtroom in Madison

Jeff Simmons finds himself in the middle of a battle between two comic book titans

OK, Ladies, Now Let’s Get in Formation

Leadership diversity, equal pay and discrimination: Eight women weigh in on how far the legal profession has (and hasn’t) come

The Case That Came Back to Life

William Sulton thought the case was over and done with. Then new evidence resurrected it

The Silent Partner at Sweet & Maier

The historic home adds something strange to the neighborhood

Every Rose Has Its Horn

Larry Bechler performed in three Rose Bowls with ‘The Best Damn Band in the Land’

Local Counsel with Jack W. Ebbott

The Madison attorney tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Cream of the Crop

Cannon and Dunphy have built powerful legal careers from lessons they learned growing up in Wauwatosa

Providing for Providers

Sarah E. Coyne helps rural hospitals apply big health care laws to small-scale operations

The Tie That Binds

Stephen Hayes tried the first traditional surrogacy case in Wisconsin, then helped write the law on it

Discovery with Bridget M. Erwin

The Fox Valley attorney tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Dean Strang Has the Mic

Making a Murderer has brought him, and the justice system, to the national stage

Where There’s Smoke, There’s John V. McCoy

Following fires and finding who’s at fault

Divorcing from the Status Quo

Susan Hansen and Gregory Hildebrand created the Family Mediation Center to meet evolving legal needs

Staying Afloat

How Brent Nistler keeps businesses—including his own—above ground

A Game of Millimeters

In a past life, Nate Olson worked drug intelligence and served in Iraq

Q&A with Dean Strang

The Making a Murderer lawyer talks about Brendan Dassey's overturned sentence

Discovery with Dennis M. Melowski

Ironman Dennis Melowski on throwing fastballs, Jay Z name drops and being unapologetic

Local Counsel with Kristen E. Lonergan

The Wausau attorney tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

The Bookends

How sharing a room as kids helped turn Heidi Vogt and Linda Vogt Meagher into top litigators

The Man From Luck

Ardell Skow has spent 50 years taking personal injury cases in northwestern Wisconsin

Brew Crew

Milwaukee Brewers’ extra-base hits make wishes come true—and not just at Miller Park

Board Games

Lance Trollop on the challenges facing education in Wisconsin

The Long and Winding Road

Bob Gegios’s six-year battle to try his case

Labor Force

Barbara Zack Quindel on east coast sarcasm, the Wisconsin idea, and the last five years for Wisconsin labor

On the Variety of Things

To general litigator Dean Laing, it’s a new day every day

The Silent Part of the Conversation

It’s just one reason why Marie Stanton thrives as a mediator

Paradigm Shifts

Jerry Gonzalez fosters relationships between corporations and minority- and women-owned firms

Trial Dog

In an age of settlements, clients with must-try cases are relying on experienced lawyers like J. Ric Gass

The Human Side of Law

Elder and family law attorney Margaret W. Hickey guides people through disasters both natural and emotional

The Things He Carries

Stephen J. Meyer’s clients tend to be good people who have screwed up once

Schooling Banks and Brokers

What Stephen E. Kravit and C.J. Krawczyk found in three million pages of discovery

Life, Death and the Green Bay Packers

Real estate attorney Benjamin S. Stern, of Chernov, Stern & Krings, talks about the global financial meltdown, the importance of the dash, and some football team or other

The Quick and the Reserved

Terry E. Johnson likes helping lawyers with problems

Longtime Adviser

Anne Ross’ calm, elbows-in approach keeps clients coming back for decades

Act 10, Scene 2

Shana Lewis is a problem-solver for Wisconsin school districts

After the Storms

Law student Jennifer Cunha provides relief to legal services organizations post-disaster

Buting for the Defense

Cancer survivor Jerome Buting on fallibility, prejudgment and the deterioration of criminal law

Professional Calm

Daphne Webb stays level in the emotionally charged area of family law  

Flying Colors

Aviation defense lawyer Bill Katt avoids the cockpit but goes full throttle in the courtroom

Situation NORML

Why Kirk Obear, a former chief of military justice, works pro bono for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Act 10, Scene 1

Lester Pines and Tamara Packard were ringside during the Madison protests

Leap of Faith

Amelia McCarthy’s Peace Corps journey became a pro bono mission

War Stories

Dennis P. Coffey on the war on drugs, law schools, and how overlegislated we are

Everybody Likes Don

Plaintiff’s lawyer Don Prachthauser is true and prepared

The Book of Daniels

Real estate lawyer John Daniels uses business instincts and people skills to help shape Milwaukee

Packed to the Gills

Brothers Pat and Greg Gill Jr. bring gridiron intensity to their family-owned firm

Turning Al Anbar

Why Mark Budzinski left his med-mal practice to lead troops in Iraq

Sympathy for the Defendant

Tracey Wood is energetic, optimistic, and represents ‘the most hated’ defendants


Philip J. Halley could tell you about his practice; but then he wouldn’t be a trusts and estates lawyer

Man of Milwaukee

Why Frank Gimbel loves jury trials and Don Quixote

Barristers of the Ballot Box

How five Wisconsin lawyers got involved in the political process

Corner Man

Former cop Ed Harness is empathetic and unintimidated

Late Bloomer

How Corrado Cirillo demonstrated his wherewithals

Woman’s Best Friend

How Megan Senatori helps domestic abuse victims—and their pets—get to safety

The Pugilist (Not) At Rest

Michael Tarnoff of the Warshafsky Law Firm is boxing again—after 50 years

Rainy Day Man

Stephen P. Hurley fights ‘the 21st-century version of lynching'

The Catcher of the Lie

Ted Warshafsky on community, Ralph Nader and getting the motherf---ers to fess up

Keeping an Eye on What’s Right … And Wrong

Patricia Struck is looking out for your retirement savings

Give Us Your Scientists, Your Engineers, Yearning to Breathe Free

Immigration lawyer Glorily Lopez on who we're keeping out and why

Confronting Our No. 1 Fear (And It’s Not Death)

Trial lawyer Brenda Sunby once dreaded public speaking

Keep Manhattan, Just Give Her That Countryside

Brittany Ogden couldn't resist the pull of the family farm

The Lawyer Who Saw the Lightning

Stephen M. Glynn and nearly 40 years of moral fitness

The Guy From the West End of Milwaukee

Mike Jones is the public face of Milwaukee’s most iconic product

We Are Family

Relatives who play and work well together

From Court to Court

Karie Cattanach is still sinking threes as Dane County assistant D.A.

One-Man Law & Order

Mark Tilkens went from Top Cop to Top Lawyer

Peer Recognition

How Erik Guenther gets juries to sympathize with clients accused of sexual assault

The Lawyer With a Bear in His Briefcase

Frank Daily chose the law because of Atticus Finch’s example, Bobby Kennedy’s letter and a healthy Irish respect for the rules

The Supreme Thrill

Four Wisconsin attorneys talk about taking their cases all the way to the Supreme Court

The Lawyer Who Can Save Your Soul

Personal injury lawyer Emile Banks moonlights as associate pastor at Christian Faith Fellowship Church

If Life Gives You Lemons, Call Vincent Megna

The Waukesha attorney finally found his niche at 46: representing Davids against automotive Goliaths

A Small Part to Play

While forging a business litigation practice in Milwaukee, Tomislav Kuzmanovic also helped liberate Croatia

Lady Justice

Linda Balisle just wanted a part-time job; she wound up making new law

The Boxer

Pedro Colón’s life reads like a Horatio Alger story

Get Your Motor Runnin'

Jennifer Kent went in-house with the most famous motorcycle company in the world

Getting Even

Robert L. Habush went into the law reluctantly; now Wisconsin’s Trial Lawyer of the Year award is named after him.

The Crusader

Robert Henak’s mission is to make sure no one slips through the cracks

Milwaukee's Prosecutor

After 37 years as Milwaukee’s district attorney, E.Michael McCann keeps going ... and going ...

The Storm

Victor Arellano makes waves to help immigrants find peaceful shores.

Bringing Momentum to Milwaukee

Amelia McCarthy tosses footballs, shatters ceilings

The Listener

Reflecting on a year as state bar president

Carrie Bradshaw of the Tundra

Billie Jean Smith travels far and wide for adventure … or a good pair of shoes

The Voice

Philip O’Brien speaks well inside the courtroom and inside the booth

Representing the First Americans

Brian Pierson knows what sovereignty means

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