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.
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.
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.
Our firm is proud to announce that Attorneys Gerald O’Brien, Russell Golla and Ronald Skrenes have been named 2016 Wisconsin Super Lawyers. In addition, Attorney Brent Jacobson was listed as a 2016 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 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.