Wisconsin Super Lawyers 2017

Wisconsin Super Lawyers 2017

Our firm is proud to announce that Attorneys Gerald O’Brien, Russell Golla and Ronald Skrenes have been named 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers. In addition, Attorney Brent Jacobson was listed as a 2017 Rising Star by Wisconsin Super Lawyers magazine. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. Only 2.5% of the state’s attorneys are selected as Rising Stars.

Wisconsin Super Lawyers is an annual listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 5% of all active attorneys (both public and private) comprise this prestigious list. In addition to being named “Wisconsin Super Lawyers,” Attorneys O’Brien, Golla and Skrenes have received an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. An AV certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.

Mr. O’Brien and Mr. Golla are also Board Certified as Civil Trial Specialists by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Attorneys who are Board Certified have passed rigorous tests and have demonstrated substantial experience in the courts.

Mr. Skrenes is one of only twelve attorneys in Wisconsin who have achieved the Estate Planning Law Specialist designation. He is the only attorney in Wisconsin who simultaneously holds designations/certifications as an (1) Attorney, (2) Certified Public Accountant, (3) Accredited Estate Planner, (4) Certified Financial Planner and (5) Estate Planning Law Specialist.

Nadine Davy Receives Quality of Life Leadership Award

We would like to congratulate Attorney Nadine Davy on being named one of the 2017 Quality of Life Leadership Award winners. The award was presented by Saint Michael’s Foundation at the 24th Annual Community Leadership Celebration on Saturday, April 29, at SentryWorld. This award is given annually by Saint Michael’s Foundation in recognition of a leader who currently resides or has previously resided in Portage County and has made a significant contribution to enhancing the quality of life for citizens in the surrounding region.

Nadine currently serves as Chair of the Community Partners Steering Committee and is on the Endowment Committee of St. Stephen’s Church. Her community involvement over the years includes Saint Michael’s Foundation (Board member), Women’s Fund of Portage County (Board member and Chair), the Woodland Girl Scout Council (Board member and Chair), the Stevens Point Area YMCA (Board member and Chair), and the American Cancer Society (Board member). She has also served as a Portage County Business Council Ambassador and was a participant of the Portage County Leadership Institute and Chair of the PLIC Curriculum Committee.

Nadine has been a family law attorney for over 25 years, representing individuals in divorce, custody and physical placement, paternity and adoption matters. She is also a Divorce Mediator.

Keith Pilger Receives Leadership Award

Attorney Keith Pilger was presented with the Gerald M. O’Brien Leadership Award at the YMCA Annual Recognition Luncheon on February 18, 2016. The Gerald M. O’Brien Leadership Award has been established to recognize an individual or business that in any given year has provided exceptional leadership and service to the Stevens Point Area YMCA. Keith joined the YMCA Foundation Board in 2006. During that time he served on the Executive Committee first as Treasurer, then Chair-Elect, Chair and Past Chair. While in these leadership roles, he led the successful effort to solicit and evaluate RFPs to select a wealth management company to oversee the Foundation Trust Funds. He also served as Chair of the Golf Outing event, raising over $20,000 and as key counsel/advisor in negotiations to purchase Y Camp Glacier Hollow. He also provided in-kind services to update the YMCA Foundation bylaws, gift acceptance policy and investment policy. Keith has also worked on the YMCA Board Strategic Planning Committee.

United Way Honors Jerry O’Brien

The United Way of Portage County honored Attorney Jerry O’Brien for his decades of service to the United Way by presenting him with a special recognition award at its annual Recognition Luncheon on February 9, 2016. In 1967 Jerry was the Chair of the annual campaign. The campaign raised $79,500. This was a very large sum considering that in 1967 the average cost of a new house was $14,000 and the average income per year was $7,300 with a Federal minimum wage of $1.40 an hour. Jerry continues his involvement with the United Way by meeting with a group of past chairs twice a year.

Russ Golla Elected President of WAJ

Attorney Russ Golla was elected President of the Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ) on December 4, 2015. He is also a member of the Executive Committee, Legislative Task Force Committee, Membership Service Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors. WAJ is the largest voluntary bar association in Wisconsin and is dedicated to preserving the right to a jury trial and promoting a fair and equitable civil justice system.

United Way Honors Attorney Ron Skrenes

The United Way of Portage County honored Attorney Ron Skrenes with an award for his dedication to the community. Ron received the Tina Peters Dedicated Service Award, which is presented to an individual who has shown exemplary passion and compassion to the residents of Portage County.Ron has served twice on the United Way Board, first from 2004 to 2009, and then again from 2011 to the present. During these Board tenures, he has served on the Finance, Endowment and Executive Committees, and he was Board president in 2012.

In addition to being one of this community’s most well-respected attorneys, Ron is also a licensed certified public accountant, a certified financial planner and an estate planning law specialist. He has also been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” based on peer recognition and professional achievements. Super Lawyers recognize the top 5% of active attorneys in each state. He has also received the highest AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

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