Attorney Amy Eddy was recently elected to the CAP Services Board of Directors. CAP Services, Inc. is an incredible organization that has a mission to bring about a permanent increase in the ability of low-income individuals throughout the community. They offer dozens of programs related to the advancement of social and economic justice, including jobs skills, business coaching, housing and transportation, community development, child and family development, and health and wellness. One-third of the seats on CAP’s Board of Directors are low-income representatives, which means they are directly engaged in shaping their own community programs and services. This is a huge honor for Attorney Eddy and the Firm.
Anderson O’Brien has several University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point alumni, including Attorney Dave James. Dave and his wife Trina recently had the honor of leading the Alumni Pinning Ceremony at one of this year’s commencement events. The alumni lapel pin tradition connects UWSP Pointers across generations. At the commencement ceremony, each graduate is given a pin to pass to other Pointers they may meet throughout life. Dave is currently a member of the UWSP Foundation’s Board of Directors and currently serves on the Executive Committee as Corporate Counsel.
Attorney Keith Pilger received the President’s Award from the Portage County Business Council at its Annual Dinner on January 31. He was selected by Board President Doug Ballweg based on his commitment and spirit of cooperation to the Portage County Business Council. In announcing his selection, Ballweg said that “When you talk about quiet, yet impactful, service to a community, the name of Keith Pilger, Anderson O’Brien, is in the center of the conversation. His engagement in moving the community forward goes well beyond his years on the Board of Directors for the Portage County Business Council, including two terms as President. Like so many of our Members, he is interested in keeping the community in the forefront of growth and innovation.”
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.
Attorney Brad Yanke has been elected to serve a two-year term as a District 7 representative on the State Bar Board of Governors. District 7 includes Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood counties. The Board of Governors manages and directs the affairs and activities of the State Bar of Wisconsin. The Board includes: the association’s five officers, the immediate past president (all of whom are ex officio members-at-large of the Board), 35 members elected from the State Bar districts, one member selected by the Young Lawyers Division, one member selected by the Government Lawyers Division, one member selected by the Senior Lawyers Division, five members selected by the Nonresident Lawyers Division, and three non-lawyers appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Attorney Rick Flugaur was recently elected to serve as President of the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, Inc. His term will start on July 1, 2017. Rick has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2013 and is currently a member of the Finance and Executive Committees. The Community Foundation was established in 1982 to help make the counties of Portage and Waushara better places in which to grow, to work, to play and to retire – by helping people, enhancing education, enriching arts and culture, contributing to wellness and improving the environment through financial management of gifts and grants from individuals and organizations. As of the end of the most recent fiscal year, the Foundation had over 18 million dollars in assets, and in 2016, gave back nearly 1.6 million dollars to the communities it serves in grants, scholarships, and other program services.