What's New - Firm News
Maciolek Wins Concealed Carry Lawsuit
For the first time in Wisconsin, a judge overturned the Department of Justice’s decision to deny a man’s application for a license to carry a concealed weapon. Attorney Mark Maciolek represented the man, appealing the DOJ’s decision on the basis that his conviction for misdemeanor disorderly conduct, dating back to 1995, did not trigger federal law barring him from possessing a firearm. Attorney Maciolek convinced the court that the disorderly conduct conviction was not a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence under federal law. The man has no prior nor subsequent convictions, apart from the 1995 incident. If the case is appealed by the DOJ, it should help to clarify under what circumstances the DOJ can deny an applicant a Wisconsin concealed carry license.
U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Rameker in Clark v. Rameker
Attorney William Rameker and his team argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Clark v. Rameker, and the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Rameker. The case, which has to do with non-spousal inherited IRAs in bankruptcy proceedings, can be reviewed here. Congratulations to our lawyers – Bill Rameker, Ginger Zimmerman, Steve Morgan, Brittany Ogden, Erin West and Bill Mundt and all of our legal staff who worked on this case!
Former WI DNR Secretary Matt Frank Joins Murphy Desmond
Attorney Matt Frank has joined Murphy Desmond and will be practicing in the areas of Environmental Law, Renewable Energy and Sustainabilty, as well as Administrative/Regulatory Law, Municipal Law and Litigation. Matt brings 30 years of experience in government positions as a former Secretary of the Wisconsin DNR, Secretary of the Department of Corrections, and Assistant Attorney General with the Department of Justice.
Ogden Presents at Legal Forum for ELFA
Attorney Brittany Odgen presented "Celebrity Rehab: Litigation Trends and Leasing Lessons Learned from the Rich (?) and Famous" at the annual Legal Forum hosted by Equipment Leasing & Financing Association (ELFA) in Dallas, TX, in early May. Brittany's presentation addressed trends in lease litigation, including recent decisions concerning attorney fees, data security violations, lease convenants, protection of assets and fraud. Brittany, who works with numerous financial and leasing organizations, serves on the ELFA Legal Committee and is a member of LEAN (Lease Enforcement Attorney Network). You can learn more by visiting www.elfaonline.org and www.leasecollect.org or by contacting Brittany.
2013 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Named
These attorneys were chosen to 2013 Super Lawyers: Larry Bechler, Stephen Beilke (also a "Top 50 Wisconsin" and "Top 25 Madison" Super Lawyer), Hal Harlowe, Steve Morgan, Bill Mundt, Bob Pasch, Bill Rameker, Steve Tumbush and Ginger Zimmerman. These attorneys were chosen as Rising Stars: Glorily Lopez and Erin West.
Attorneys Included On Lists for Best Lawyers in America
The following Murphy Desmond attorneys are listed as 2014 Best Lawyers in America: Larry Bechler, Stephen Beilke, Hal Harlowe, Vern Jesse, Dan Lipman, Glorily Lopez, Steve Morgan, Bill Mundt, Bob Pasch, Bill Rameker (Named "2014 Lawyer of the Year - Bankruptcy-Creditor/Debtor Rights"), Mike Vaughan and Ginger Zimmerman.
Murphy Desmond wins #1 Preferred Law Firm 4 Years in a Row
The Annual Book of Lists, published by In Business magazine, names Murphy Desmond as the first place "Preferred Law Firm" in the Madison area, as selected by its 950-member executive register (local business executives). The publication lists numerous business categories in it's annual Executive Choice Awards, and Murphy Desmond received the #1 position in the law firm categoy in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Attorney Gini Hendrickson Joins Murphy Desmond
Attorney Gini L. Hendrickson has joined Murphy Desmond in the areas of estate planning, business succession planning, business law and real estate. Welcome, Gini!
Appleton Office Is Open!
On October 1, 2013, Murphy Desmond opened a law office in Appleton, Wisconsin, to serve the Fox Cities and surrounding region. The office is managed by attorney Warren Kraft, whose practice includes real estate and development, as well as municipal law. Madison attorney Glorily Lopez has expanded her immigration practice to the Fox Valley and is available for consultations in our Appleton office. Also, Madison-based attorney Jane (Ginger) Zimmerman will be available to serve business clients in the Fox Valley in the areas of business bankruptcy and reorganization. Please call our office at (920) 882-7630 or (920) 882-1211 (for Spanish-speaking and immigration law services), or visit us at: 4650 W. Spencer St., Suite 37, Appleton, WI 54914.
Mendoza and Morgan Named Shareholders
Attorneys Mario Mendoza and William E. Morgan have been named Shareholders at Murphy Desmond S.C. Mario's practice focuses on assisting clients in business and real estate matters, family law, and litigation. He also assists licensed professionals on licensing and disciplinary matters. Bill represents both public and private sector employees, with a focus on personnel-related matters, including discrimination claims and administrative matters.
Maciolek Joins Murphy Desmond
Attorney Mark Maciolek has joined Murphy Desmond in the Bankruptcy, Litigation and Criminal Defense practice areas. He maintained a solo practice in Madison for a number of years, and his full bio can be found here. Welcome, Mark!
Casper Joins Murphy Desmond
The firm is pleased to welcome Attorney Tim Casper to our Litigation practice group. Tim, who began his legal practice in Madison in the 1980s, returns to Wisconsin after years in Texas in private practice and working as insurance defense counsel for several national insurance companies. View Tim's bio here.