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López Named on List of Most Influential Latinos in Wisconsin

Congratulations to immigration attorney Glorily López! She has been named one of the “48 Most Powerful Latinos in Wisconsin” in the nonprofit online magazine Madison365. Glorily was recognized for her work in immigration matters and immigration reform.

Catch Attorney López’s Call-in (Spanish-Speaking) Radio Show on La Movida in Madison

Attorney Glorily López will be available to take your calls about Immigration issues throughout 2016. Please see the English and Spanish schedules for dates and times of Inmigración al Día.

Firm Welcomes Attorney Helland

Attorney Alison Helland joined Murphy Desmond on December 1, where she will assist clients in the areas of business law, business succession planning and estate planning, with an emphasis on tax planning for businesses and individuals. Alison has a background in public accounting, she is fluent in Spanish, and sits on the board of directors for the Latino Chamber of Commerce.

Murphy Desmond Lawyers Included on Lists for 2015 Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Nine Murphy Desmond lawyers are included on lists for 2015 Wisconsin Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. They include: Larry Bechler (State/Local Municipal Law); Stephen Beilke (Family Law); Hal Harlowe (Criminal Defense); Stephen Morgan (Business Litigation); Robert Pasch (Business/Corporate Law); William Rameker (Bankruptcy: Business); and Ginger Zimmerman (Bankruptcy: Business). Attorneys Mark Maciolek (Criminal Defense) and Brian Thill (Creditor-Debtor Rights) were included on Wisconsin Super Lawyers-Rising Stars (age 40 or younger or practicing 10 years or less). In addition, Stephen Beilke was includes as a “Top 25-Madison” lawyer in Family Law. Approximately 5% of lawyers are included in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers lists each year, and 2.5% are named on Rising Stars lists. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Congratulations to these attorneys!

Murphy Desmond S.C. Ranked in 2016 "Best Law Firms"

Murphy Desmond S.C. has been ranked in the 2016 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list in 13 practice areas in the Madison metropolitan area. Firms included in the 2016 "Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals the quality of law practice and breadth of legal expertise.  Murphy Desmond received the following rankings:

  • Metropolitan Tier 1 – MADISON, WI
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Government Relations Practice
    • Litigation - Municipal
    • Litigation - Securities
    • Municipal Law
    • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 – MADISON, WI
    • Family Law
    • Immigration Law
    • Litigation - Bankruptcy
    • Real Estate Law
    • Trusts & Estates Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3 – MADISON, WI
    • Corporate Law
    • Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar

Frank Presents at UW College of Engineering Seminar

Environmental lawyer Matt Frank will present on the topic of “Site Control and Due Diligence” on October 27, 2015, at the Wind Energy Balance-of-Plant Design seminar put on by the University of Wisconsin College of Engineering in Madison, WI. Click here to learn more about the event.

Four Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year-Madison" by Best Lawyers in America® 2016 

Four Murphy Desmond lawyers were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas by Best Lawyers in America® 2016. Only one lawyer is named a “Lawyer of the Year” in each area of law in individual markets. The following attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year-Madison” for 2016: Larry Bechler - Litigation-Municipal; Stephen Beilke - Family Law; Glorily Lopez - Immigration Law; and Ginger Zimmerman - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Congratulations to these attorneys for this prestigious honor!

Congratulations to the following attorneys who were selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers In America® 2016:

Attorney Frank to present at Conferences

Environmental attorney Matt Frank will present at two upcoming conferences: the High Capacity Water Well Science, Law and Regulation seminar in Madison WI, on September 2, 2015, and the Renewable  Energy in the Midwest Conference in Minneapolis, MN, on October 8, 2015.  He will be speaking on Limits on Use of High Capacity Wells  Under Wisconsin Law and also on Demand Drivers for Renewable Resources (the segment on utility scale solar and community solar developments in Wisconsin).

Murphy Desmond Sponsors the Badger Startup Summit Event at Forward Fest

Madison’s entrepreneur and technology groups convene in numerous events at Forward Fest from August 20 through August 27, 2015. Forward Fest Murphy Desmond is a part of this great event as a sponsor of the Badger Startup Summit. If you’re an entrepreneur or have an idea for a start-up, check out what Forward Fest has to offer!

Harlowe named Nation's Top One Percent by National Association of Distinguished Counsel

Attorney Hal Harlowe has been selected to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC). The mission of the NADC is to recognize attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate. The selection process is rigorous and detailed to become a member of the Top One Percent. Hal is the practice group leader for the Criminal Defense group and Licensed Professional Defense team. We congratulate Hal on this honor!

Firm Welcomes DeKraay and Pellerin to Madison Office: Knueppel to Janesville Office

Attorneys Sarah DeKraay, Nicole Pellerin and Shanna Knueppel recently joined Murphy Desmond in several practice areas. Sarah is an experienced family law attorney and assists clients with estate planning; Nicole joined our creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice group as well as our litigation team; and Shanna will work with clients in business law, estate planning, litigation, and family matters. See their bios for more information.

Larry Bechler Co-writes Urban Agriculture

Attorney Larry Bechler has co-written a book entitled Urban Agriculture  which is now available at the American Bar Association website. The book addresses aspects of agricultural activities in non-rural settings and the legal matters that can arise for homeowners, municipalities and various organizations. The book also looks at specific situations and provides solutions to some legal challenges in non-rural areas. The firm is proud of Larry’s work on this educational and insightful book!

Casper and Frank Named Equity Shareholders at Murphy Desmond

Attorneys Tim Casper and Matt Frank recently became equity shareholders at the firm. Tim is a trial lawyer who joined the firm in 2013. Matt joined Murphy Desmond in 2014 and is an environmental lawyer.

Murphy Desmond Attorneys Named 2014 Wisconsin Super Lawyers

We congratulate the following lawyers who were included on the list for 2014 Wisconsin Super Lawyers:

Larry Bechler – Municipal Law
Stephen Beilke – Family Law
Hal Harlowe – Criminal Defense
Mark Maciolek – Criminal Defense (Rising Star)
Steve Morgan - Business Litigation
Bob Pasch -  Business/Corporate Law
Bill Rameker – Creditors’ Rights/Insolvency Law
Brian Thill – Creditors’ Rights/Insolvency Law (Rising Star)
Ginger Zimmerman – Creditors’ Rights/Insolvency Law

Join the conversation with Attorney Glorily Lopez on her La Movida immigration radio program

Immigration lawyer Glorily Lopez will be available to take your calls or text messages on the Madison-area Spanish radio station, La Movida (1480AM) on Friday mornings in 2015, to answer your immigration questions. Click here for details on her radio program, entitled “Inmigración al DÍa.” (En español)

Attorneys Wiesner and Reed Join Murphy Desmond

The firm welcomes attorneys Ryan Wiesner and Jason Reed! Ryan is a litigator who joins us from a Milwaukee firm. Jason most recently worked for Murphy Desmond as a law clerk and will be assisting business clients for the firm.

Kjome Joins the Firm’s Janesville Office

Murphy Desmond is pleased to welcome Attorney Nels Kjome to the firm! Nels joins us as a shareholder in the firm’s Janesville office after years of running his own practice. He is able to assist clients in the following areas of law: Family/Divorce, Criminal Defense, Litigation, and Business.

Online Payment Option Available for Clients

Murphy Desmond clients are now able to make payments online through our "Make a Payment" button on the top of our website pages. The secured page allows clients to make full or partial payments that will be received in real time. In addition to this new paperless option, our clients may continue to make payments using our previous options, which are stated on the invoice.

Murphy Desmond Work Cited Extensively by State High Court

Attorneys Bob Pasch and Brian Thill, co-authors of Wisconsin Collection Law, recently had their publication cited on numerous occasions in the Supreme Court of Wisconsin’s decision in Associated Bank v. Collier. The case involved a collection dispute among competing creditors. Interestingly, both the majority and the dissent cited the 2-volume treatise in support of their positions. The majority quoted Wisconsin Collection Law to affirm that a supplemental examination, or post-judgment deposition, is merely a discovery tool. Whereas, the dissent extensively quoted the same work to argue that the majority was contorting and “blithely” overturning 150 years of Wisconsin law by failing to recognize a common law creditor’s lien that arises in connection with the supplemental examination process. The practical effect of Collier is to introduce new uncertainty into collection actions and potentially take away a useful tool from judgment creditors.

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, 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.

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. Attorney Glorily Lopez was chosen as a "Rising Star."

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 Opens for Business

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. 

For a consultation with Murphy Desmond S.C., call 608.257.7181 or send us an e-mail.