“Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2016”
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.
United Way Honors Jerry O’BrienThe 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.
Rick Flugaur Receives Quality of Life Leadership Award
We would like to congratulate Attorney Rick Flugaur on being named one of the 2015 Quality of Life Leadership Award winners. The award was presented by Saint Michael’s Foundation at the 22nd Annual Community Leadership Celebration on April 25, 2015 at the Stevens Point Country Club. The 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.
Rick is currently a member of the Executive Committee, a Director, and Corporate Counsel of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Foundation, as well as a Board member and Chair of the Administration Committee of the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Pacelli Educational Foundation. His community involvement over the years has included Saint Michael’s Foundation, where he served on the Board of Directors and as President, United Way of Portage County Board of Directors and President, St. Stephen’s Parish Endowment Fund Board of Trustees, Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools Development and Advisory Council member, North Central Chapter of CPAs Board of Directors and President, and the Central Wisconsin Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and Treasurer.
In addition to being an attorney, Rick is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs. His practice is concentrated in estate planning, estate settlements with and without probate, taxation, and general business law.
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.
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.
Donna Ginzl Member of “2014 Pro Bono Honor Society”Donna Ginzl was 1 of 398 attorneys recognized by the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission as a member of the 2014 Pro Bono Honor Society. Attorneys who receive this honor have distinguished themselves by providing at least 50 hours of qualifying pro bono legal services in 2014 to assist people of limited means.
When the Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society was created last year by the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission and the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Pro Bono Program, 121 Wisconsin lawyers were honored for their pro bono contributions in 2013. A commitment to pro bono service is an important part of being a Wisconsin lawyer and a distinguishing feature of the legal profession.
“Volunteers are a key component of our legal services delivery system in Wisconsin and their services are a valuable contribution to the fair and effective functioning of our courts. The need is great, but time and resources are scarce.”
Shirley S. Abrahamson
Justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court
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.