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Rosen Named Chair of Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County

Criminal defense attorney Bruce Rosen was named Chair of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Dane County.
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Attorney López Interviewed on ABC-Affiliate in Madison Regarding Latest Executive Order on Immigration

In light of the latest executive order on immigration on March 6, 2017, Immigration Attorney Practice Leader Attorney Glorily A. López was interviewed by ABC-affiliate WKOW (Channel 27) in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Immigration Attorney López Meets With Office for U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin

On March 7, 2017, Immigration Attorney Practice Leader Glorily López met with staffers from the Office for U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin in Milwaukee and Washington, DC to discuss the impact of President Trump’s executive orders on immigration.
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Mendoza Elected Trustee of United Way of Dane County Foundation

Attorney Mario Mendoza was recently elected as a Trustee of the United Way of Dane County Foundation.
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Murphy Desmond Receives Community Award from the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County

Murphy Desmond is honored to receive the 2017 Continuous Support & Commitment Award from the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County for our long-standing support of the Chamber and its mission.
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Attorney Helland Appears on El Debate to Discuss Issues Impacting Small Businesses and their Owners

On February 27, 2017, Attorney Alison Helland was the featured guest on “El Debate,” La Movida 1480 AM’s Spanish language morning call-in show.
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Attorney Mendoza Featured in Madison365

Attorney Mario Mendoza was featured in Madison365 in an article about the history of the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County.
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Know Your Rights, article by ACLU

See here for information from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), as it pertains to being pulled over by the police, immigration agents or the FBI in the United States.
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López Featured in Wisconsin Lawyer magazine

Immigration lawyer Glorily López was interviewed for a feature in the magazine of the Wisconsin State Bar.
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Immigration Lawyer Glorily López Interviewed on ABC Affiliate in Madison

Attorney Glorily López continues to be a resource for local media and in the community as it pertains to immigration law in the United States
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Attorney Harlowe Interviewed About Restorative Court Changes in Dane County

Dane County is part of a nationwide Restorative Court project intended to reduce incarcerations and racial inequities of young people ages 17 to 25 for non-violent and lower level crimes
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Attorney Bill Mundt Passes Away Unexpectedly

The attorneys and staff at Murphy Desmond S.C. are profoundly saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend, William F. Mundt
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Attorney López Speaks at “United We Stand” Immigration Seminar in Madison, WI

Immigration attorney Glorily López spoke to a large crowd on Sunday, January 29, 2017, at the “United We Stand” immigration seminar
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President Trump Signs First Executive Orders on Immigration

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed two executive orders relating to immigration
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Firm Sponsors RENEW Wisconsin’s 2017 Energy Policy Summit

Murphy Desmond was a sponsor of the RENEW Wisconsin Energy Policy Summit on January 19, 2017, at the Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Supreme Court Hears Case on Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Bankruptcy

On January 17, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Midland Funding v. Johnson
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Attorneys Ghayyad and Maciolek Chosen to Attend 2017 Wisconsin State Bar Young Lawyers Conference and Leadership Summit

The firm congratulates Murphy Desmond lawyers Maryam Ghayyad and Mark Maciolek, as they have both been selected to participate in the Wisconsin State Bar’s 2017 Young Lawyers Conference & Leadership Summit, to be held in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on March 24, 2017
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Social Security Administration Stops Mailing Statements to Certain Group

Due to budget restrictions, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will make changes to the mailings of important information for many people planning for retirement
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DeKraay Becomes Shareholder

The firm is pleased to announce that Attorney Sarah DeKraay has become a shareholder with Murphy Desmond S.C., effective January 1, 2017
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Murphy Desmond Attorneys Named on 2016 Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Congratulations to the following Murphy Desmond attorneys who have been named on lists for 2016 Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
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Murphy Desmond Immigration Lawyers Speak to College Students

Immigration attorney Maryam Ghayyad spoke to students at the University of Wisconsin Multicultural Student Center on December 7, 2016, to discuss “Immigration and Uncertainties of 2017.”
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Brickl Receives Unsung Heroes Award

On December 1, 2016, Murphy Desmond office manager Kathy Brickl was honored at a luncheon in Milwaukee for an “Unsung Heroes Award” by Wisconsin Law Journal. Kathy was nominated and won the award given to legal support staff who work hard behind the scenes to get things done
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Update to the Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule

The new Overtime Rule, which was to be in effect beginning December 1 , 2016, has been blocked
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USCIS Updates Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification

On November 14, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released an updated version of the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification
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Firm Sponsors Early Stage Symposium

Murphy Desmond sponsored one of Madison’s premier events for Wisconsin entrepreneurs, the Early Stage Symposium, on November 16-17, 2016, in Madison, WI
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Murphy Desmond S.C. Ranked in 2017 "Best Law Firms"

Murphy Desmond S.C. has been ranked in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list regionally in 14 practice areas
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Immigration Impact of the 2016 Election Results

The surprising and historical results of the November 8, 2016, general elections have left the immigrant community and immigration law practitioners with more questions than answers.
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Firm Sponsors 2016 Madison Marathon

Murphy Desmond is pleased to once again sponsor the Madison Marathon Madison Marathon on November 13, 2016
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IRS Due Diligence Initiative Focuses on Tax Preparers

As part of its Due Diligence Initiative, the IRS is sending letters to tax preparers it suspects are not performing the due diligence required prior to allowing their clients to take the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit/Additional Child Tax Credit and American Opportunity Tax Credit on their returns
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Morgan and Helland Present to WWBIC at Firm's Madison Office

Attorneys Bill Morgan and Alison Helland presented seminars through Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) in two separate seminars held at the firm’s Madison office
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DeKraay Inducted in Sports Hall of Fame

Congratulations to attorney Sarah DeKraay!
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Overtime Rule For Business Owners - What You Need to Know

Currently the Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule is on hold
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Department of Homeland Security Increases Filing Fees, Effective December 23, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a Final Rule in the Federal Register on Monday, October 24, 2016 (81 FR 73292, 10/24/16), confirming that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) filing fees will be increasing across the board before the end of the year
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Latino Art Fair Sponsored by Murphy Desmond

In partnership with the Latino Chamber of Commerce, Murphy Desmond sponsored the Latino Art Fair on October 7, 2016, at the Overture Center in Madison, WI.
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IRS Accepting Applications for Renewal of ITINs

On October 1, 2016, the IRS began accepting applications for renewal of Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs)
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Mendoza is MC at Hispanic Heritage Luncheon

Attorney Mario Mendoza served as the master of ceremonies for the 6th Annual Hispanic Heritage Luncheon on October 12, 2016.
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Thill Presents Foreclosure and Repossession Seminar

Attorney Brian Thill presented on the topic of "Wisconsin Foreclosure and Repossession Compliance" in September 2016.
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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. Larry received the same award in 2012.
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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 has worked to achieve our clients’ goals in a timely, cost-effective, and final manner.

When choosing a law firm, choose lawyers and a firm that has consistently 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.