Welcome Kristi Waits!

We are very happy to announce that Kristi Waits has joined our Firm as our new Firm Administrator. This is a new position within our Firm that will focus on strategic planning, marketing and business development, client relations, financial management, and technology management. Kristi will be responsible for leading the administrative operations of the Firm. She will be working with our Office Manager, Deanna Mossak, and the rest of our extraordinary staff to help us continue to provide the best legal services we can to our clients!

Kristi has worked in the field of criminal justice administration for 20 years. She began her career in Washington, DC, then moved to Madison where she was the Executive Director at the Wisconsin Sentencing Commission and then the Director of the Wisconsin Justice Information Center at the Office of Justice Assistance. She most recently lived in Vermont and worked for the Vermont Department of Public Safety. Kristi holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from California State University at San Bernardino and a Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University.

If you see Kristi at our office or one of our Firm events, please join us in welcoming her and her husband, Thomas, to the Firm and our Community!

Meet our Law Clerk

With an eye towards the future, we also hired a summer law clerk for 2017. Jeff Raymond spent the summer helping our attorneys with a variety of legal research projects. Jeff is returning to UW-Madison this fall for his second year of law school studies, but we look forward to having him back again next summer.

Thanks Jeff for all your hard work this summer!

Brad Yanke to serve on Board of Governors

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.

Rick Flugaur elected to serve as President of the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, Inc.

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.

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.

Attorney Brent Jacobson Becomes Partner

We are pleased to announce Brent W. Jacobson as the firm’s newest partner. Brent joined the firm as an associate in the fall of 2011. He completed his legal education at West Virginia University, where he graduated third out of 152 in his class in 2009. After law school, Brent started his practice in Pennsylvania with K&L Gates, an international law firm, where he practiced as a commercial litigator with an emphasis on oil and gas litigation and product liability defense.

At Anderson O’Brien, Brent’s practice includes insurance defense, personal injury, business litigation and construction litigation. Though Brent’s practice routinely leads him to State court, he also handles legal disputes that have placed his clients in Federal courts. Outside of litigation, Brent also has also handled arbitrations and mediation on behalf of business clients under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.

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