What's New

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Bechler Named 2017 "Lawyer of the Year"

Attorney Larry Bechler has been named 2017 “Lawyer of the Year-Municipal Law” in Madison, Wisconsin, by Best Lawyers® in America
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Helland Honored at Wisconsin Law Journal Event

On September 22, 2016, attorney Alison Helland was joined by her peers and family to receive an “Up and Coming Lawyers” Award by Wisconsin Law Journal
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Mendoza on Board of Downtown Madison Rotary

Attorney Mario Mendoza has joined the Board of Directors at the Rotary Club of Madison for a 2-year term.
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Helland Serves as Judge for Doyenne Group Event

Attorney Alison Helland served as a judge for the Doyenne Group’s 5x5x5 Breakfast event where female business owners made a pitch for $5,000 for their start-up companies.
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Attorney Mario Mendoza Speaks at LCC Enlace

Attorney Mario Mendoza, head of the firm’s Bilingual Legal Services Group, debuted Murphy Desmond’s recently printed Spanish-language business and estate planning brochures at the Latino Chamber of Commerce “Enlace” event on August 18, 2016, at La Taguara Restaurant.
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Murphy Desmond Lawyers Recognized by 2017 Best Lawyers® in America

Murphy Desmond is pleased to announce that 13 of our lawyers have been named to 2017 Best Lawyers® in America in 14 different practice areas.
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Firm Sponsors Badger Startup Summit

Murphy Desmond sponsored the Badger Startup Summit on August 22 at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery in Madison.
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Helland Selected as Up and Coming Lawyer by Wisconsin Law Journal

Attorney Alison Helland has been named to the list of “Up and Coming Lawyers” as published in the Wisconsin Law Journal.
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U.S. Department of Justice Seeks a Definite Decision on President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration

On July 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice asked the U.S. Supreme Court for a rehearing before nine justices in the case over President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, highlighting the need for a definitive decision on the matter instead of the non-precedential 4-4 split reached by the high court in June 2016.
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Seventh Circuit Court Upholds Court’s Decision in Trade Well Int’l v. United Cent. Bank (Trade Well II)

On June 17, 2016, a three-judge panel of the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the trial court’s decision in Trade Well Int’l v. United Cent. Bank (Trade Well II).
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Bechler Elected to Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

Attorney Larry Bechler has been elected as a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.
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Helland Elected SLC Representative to State Bar of Wisconsin Legislative Oversight Committee

The State Bar of Wisconsin Section Leaders Council (SLC) has elected attorney Alison Helland to serve as its representative to the State Bar’s Legislative Oversight Committee for a two-year term beginning on July 1, 2016.
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Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) is a form of executive action on immigration, first announced by President Obama on June 15, 2012.
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Immigration Update: Implementation of the Obama Administration's 2014 Deferred-Action Policy Remains Blocked with U.S. Supreme Court 4-4 Tie Decision

The Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision on June 23, 2016, in United States v. Texas.
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Helland on Board of Directors of Madison Magnet

Attorney Alison Helland was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Madison Magnet. In addition to serving as a director, Alison has been appointed to Magnet’s Executive Committee.
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Firm Sponsors 2016 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference

Murphy Desmond is pleased to again be a sponsor of the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference on June 7-8, 2016, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI.
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Zimmerman Honored at Event for "Woman of the Year Philanthropy Award"

Attorney Ginger Zimmerman is the recipient of the 2016 Woman of the Year Philanthropy Award from the United Way of Dane County Women’s Leadership Council.
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Firm Hosts Latino Chamber of Commerce Enlace Event

On Thursday, May 16, from 6:00-8:00pm, the Madison office of Murphy Desmond hosted “Enlace” which is a monthly networking event of the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County. Approximately 40 people attended the event which included food from La Taguara Restaurant.
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Wisconsin Bike Summit Panel Discussion Includes Griesheimer

Attorney Tom Griesheimer will participate in a panel discussion at the Wisconsin Bike Summit, hosted by the Wisconsin Bike Federation, in La Crosse, WI on Saturday, May 21.
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Nicole Pellerin Writes Article for American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal

Attorney Nicole Pellerin’s article entitled  “Undisclosed Claims and Courses of Action” was published in the Spring 2016 edition of the national magazine American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal.
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Zimmerman Serves as Judge for Madison College Business Plan Contest

As part of the firm’s Business Start-Up/ Entrepreneurial practice group, attorney Ginger Zimmerman participated as a judge for the Madison College Challenge, a business plan contest for students at Madison College.
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Robert B.L. Murphy Legacy Circle Luncheon Honors Our Founder

The Wisconsin Historical Foundation, which is the fundraising arm of the Wisconsin Historical Society, hosted luncheons sponsored by Murphy Desmond on May 3 (in Madison) and May 5 (in Milwaukee) for members of the Murphy Legacy Circle and Wisconsin Historical Foundation.
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Firm Sponsors Clean Lakes Alliance Breakfast

Ten Murphy Desmond attorneys attended the Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast on May 3, 2016, to benefit the Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA). Environmental lawyer Matt Frank is on the Board of Directors of CLA.
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Immigration attorney Lopez Interviewed on WKOW

Farming in Wisconsin is one of the many  industries affected by immigration laws.
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Attorney Roy Fine Joins Murphy Desmond

Appleton attorney, Roy Fine, has joined Murphy Desmond’s business, estate planning and intellectual property practice groups.
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USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2017 Cap for H-1B Petitions

The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has reached the Fiscal Year 2017 cap for H-1B Petitions as of April 7, 2016, the fifth business day of this year's filing season
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Attorney Lopez Receives Immigration Award

Immigration lawyer Glorily Lopez has received an award from ThreeBest Rated, an online rating organization that ranks top businesses in a market.
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The PATH Act: Restrictions on Claims For Certain Credits

With tax season under way, make sure you are aware of changes included in the PATH Act as it relates to restrictions on claims for certain credits.
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New Requirements for ITIN Under the PATH Act

Did you know there are new requirements for Issuance of Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) under The PATH Act?
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Wendel Featured in Wisconsin Law Journal

Read here for an article in Wisconsin Law Journal about lawyers and retirement featuring Murphy Desmond lawyer, Harvey Wendel.
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Attorney Lopez Interviewed on WKOW

Immigration lawyer Glorily Lopez was featured in a story on Madison TV station, WKOW, about immigration trends toward citizenship, as it relates to the Trump campaign.
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Immigration Law: DHS Publishes Final Rule for STEM Students and Cap-Gap Relief

See here for details on new rules by the Department of Homeland Security regarding Eligible F-1 Students.
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Attorney Griesheimer Present for Signing Wisconsin Alpine Sports Law

Attorney Tom Griesheimer stands with legislators and Wisconsin ski area owners for the signing of the Wisconsin Alpine Sports Law.
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Mundt Elected to Vice Chair Committee for Office of Lawyer Regulation

Attorney Bill Mundt was elected Vice Chair of the Preliminary Review Committee for Office of Lawyer Regulation, which is an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
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Zimmerman Receives Philanthropy Award from United Way

Congratulations to attorney Ginger Zimmerman who is the recipient of the “United Way of Dane County Woman of the Year Philanthropy Award” by the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.
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IRS Taxpayer Resources Available in Spanish

The IRS provides taxpayer resources in Spanish
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Murphy Desmond Welcomes Attorney Griesheimer

The firm welcomed attorney Tom Griesheimer on February 15, 2016. Tom is a member of our litigation, business law and business start-up practice groups.
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Criminal Defense Attorney Bruce Rosen Joins Murphy Desmond

On February 8, 2016, Bruce Rosen joined Murphy Desmond S.C. in the areas of Criminal Defense, Professional License Defense, and Litigation. Bruce’s legal career spans 45 years of representing clients in an array of criminal and professional defense matters.
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Attorney Frank Summarizes Clean Power Plan Update

Read here for a brief update on the Clean Power Plan (CPP).
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Update on IRS-Related Phone Scams

This brief article gives information on protecting yourself from IRS-related phone scams.
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Ghayyad quoted in Wisconsin Lawyer magazine

Attorney Maryam Ghayyad was interviewed for a feature story in the February 2016 issue of Wisconsin Lawyer. Maryam contributed to the article “What’s Hot, What’s Not: Wisconsin Practice Trends 2016” on the topic of immigration law.
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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.
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Catch Attorney López’s Call-in (Spanish-Speaking) Radio Show on La Movida in Madison

Please see the English and Spanish schedules of Glorily’s López’s radio show for 2016.
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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.
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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).
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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:
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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.
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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.
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Congratulations to the following attorneys who were selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers In America® 2016:

Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law: Bob Pasch, Bill Rameker, Ginger Zimmerman
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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Murphy Desmond Attorneys Named 2014 Wisconsin Super Lawyers

We congratulate the following lawyers who were included on the list for 2014 Wisconsin Super Lawyers
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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!
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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
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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.
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For All Your Legal Challenges

With nearly 40 lawyers in a wide range of practices, Murphy Desmond S.C. can assist you in all of your business and personal legal needs. Since 1931, our firm as worked to achieve our clients’ goals in timely, cost-effective, and final manner.

When choosing a law firm, choose lawyers and firm that has consistenly been recognized for excellence over the years.

For a consultation with Murphy Desmond, call 608.257.7181 or send us an e-mail. Our firm has offices in Madison, Janesville, and Appleton, and serves clients throughout Wisconsin.